Do you know one of Southland’s environmental champions?
Every year, we know that many community groups, schools, businesses and farmers are taking action to make a significant difference to our environment. Environment Southland wants to recognise and reward those unsung heroes in our community that are taking a leading role in the environmental space. In their 27th year, the awards continue to recognise and celebrate environmental champions throughout Murihiku Southland.
Nominations have closed. Nominees will receive a follow-up call to confirm receipt of the nomination and to discuss the process for judging. Judges will make site visits at a pre-arranged time between 1 August and 15 September to meet nominees and assess projects and actions.
The winning entries will receive cash prizes courtesy of our valued sponsors.
All nominees will be invited to attend the awards dinner to be held on Thursday, 19 October at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill, where the winners will be announced.
Seven different award categories cater for a range of environmental projects and actions. The categories include individual, rural, education, community and business. Please phone 0800 76 88 45 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have queries about eligibility, entry criteria or the event itself.
Environmental Action in the Community
Sponsored by WM Environmental
This award recognises groups that are working collaboratively within their community to enhance Southland’s environment. Judges are looking for enduring or completed projects that have clear aims and successes. Groups, societies, not-for-profit organisations, youth movements and service clubs are all eligible for this category.
Environmental Leadership in Farming
Sponsored by Wynn Williams
This award recognises whole-farm approaches to environmental issues and innovations in farm practices, water management and land management in Southland. Judges are looking for clear leadership/innovation and action that has wins for the environment. All farmers/farms are eligible for this award.
Environmental Action in Biodiversity and Biosecurity
Sponsored by Invercargill Licensing Trust
This award recognises projects/actions that support biodiversity and/or biosecurity in Southland. Judges are looking for projects/actions with a clear aim/s that demonstrate progress. Individuals and groups are eligible for this award.
Environmental Action in Education
Sponsored by Essential Resources
This award recognises environmentally-focused projects in education. Judges are looking for projects/action that engage students in environmental learning and empower them to make a difference. This award is specific to schools, kura kaupapa Māori, early childhood centres or tertiary institutions. Whole schools/learning centres, groups or individuals are eligible for this award.
Environmental Action in Water Quality Improvement
Sponsored by Southland Fish & Game
This award recognises individuals, groups, businesses or farms that are taking action to improve water quality within Southland. Judges are looking for action resulting in enduring improvements to water quality that relate to wetlands, estuaries, rivers, streams or lakes. Projects/actions in the early stages of environmental action or established projects and those in either urban or rural settings are eligible for this award.
Individual Environmental Action or Leadership
Sponsored by ANZ
This award recognises an individual whose leadership, action, support of others and effectiveness to collaborate and influence others is making a significant contribution to Southland’s environment.
Environmental Leadership and Innovation in Business
Sponsored by AON
This award recognises commercial entities that are operating with an environmental ethos and are showing leadership within the business community. Judges are looking for innovative thinking and action either within the business operation or in product/service development. Businesses/commercial entities, regardless of size, are eligible for this award.