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Source: Auckland Council

Nominations for this year’s Mayoral Conservation Awards are now open.

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by mana whenua, communities, landowners, youth and schools across Tāmaki Makaurau to care for and restore our region’s environment.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says it’s inspiring to see the work being done for the environment by volunteers across Auckland.

“Volunteers and community groups play a critical conservation role across the region — restoring streams, trapping pests, planting trees and more,” he says.

“The Mayoral Conservation Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate these unsung heroes who are working hard to protect and improve our environment.”

If you know of – or are involved in – conservation work being driven by extraordinary communities, groups or individuals check out the online nomination form here.

Or download the pack here [PDF]

Nominations are open until Wednesday 4 November.

This year, the awards ceremony is part of Auckland Pestival Weekend 2020 on Saturday 28 November at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre. It’s the first day of a two-day CitiSci conservation forum that continues Sunday 29 November at the University of Auckland’s School of Environment Science Centre.

There are three award categories to enter:

Collaboration

  • Recognising a project that has actively involved or mentored others in their neighbourhood, landscape or network to achieve significant conservation outcomes.

Schools/youth

  • Recognising schools (including kura kaupapa and early childhood facility) who use an authentic learning approach to enable and empower students to take conservation action in their community or outstanding leadership and achievement by a young individual or group of individuals (under 25 years old) to achieve positive conservation outcomes.

Triumph against adversity

  • Recognising projects who had to make significant changes due to COVID-19 and successfully navigated them for positive outcomes.

All category winners will be eligible for the Penny Hulse Supreme Environment Award.

If you have any enquiries, email pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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