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Time to celebrate Tāmaki Makaurau’s Zero Waste champions

Nominate an Aucklander now for the 2019 zero waste community awards

Published: 10 July 2019

Know someone who has been working hard to minimise waste in your local community?

Nominations for Auckland’s 2019 Community Zero Waste Awards are currently open and it will only take a few moments of your time to complete the easy online nomination form.  

The awards are an opportunity for Aucklanders to recognise and celebrate zero waste champions across Tāmaki Makaurau. The focus this year is about going ‘Back to the Future’ and looking at our ancestor’s practices and knowledge for future solutions. 

Nominate a Zero Waste Champion

Click here to nominate a zero waste champion or to register to attend the Auckland Community Zero Waste Hui and/or Awards Night.

Nominations close Monday 15 July.

The awards event is preceded by the Getting to Zero Waste Hui, which runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday 18 July. Kaipātiki Project is hosting the Auckland Council-sponsored community event at Smales Farm, Takapuna.  

Celebrating community success

“As sponsor, Auckland Council is delighted to be partnering with the Kaipātiki Project to deliver the Getting to Zero Hui and Awards’ Night,” says Parul Sood, Programme Director – Waste Solutions.

"It’s an inspiring, free event, which showcases the innovative work happening to move Tāmaki Makaurau towards being a zero-waste city. The awards’ night is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate these community-led success stories.

“It’s a chance to thank and nominate those around you that are walking the talk, leaders in their field, or passionate Aucklanders doing amazing work around zero waste.”

Kaipātiki Project’s chairperson Charmaine Bailie says, “The Zero Waste Hui will be led by rangatahi of Para Kore ki Tāmaki, who will be sharing their perspectives on climate change. Para Kore ki Tāmaki teach zero waste and conscious climate behaviour within a Te Ao Māori lens, as rangatahi for rangatahi.  

"We are living in uncertain times with responsibilities to Te Taiao, our tupuna, and those who will follow.  Climate change is an overarching issue for indigenous people, the oceans that connect us, and the influence we hold as rangatahi.” 

The six award categories open for nominations are:

  • Power to the People for a group, community organisation or school that has demonstrated commitment, effort and leadership
  • Fair on all Fronts for an innovative community or social enterprise that is converting waste into resources and improving social, environmental and local economic outcomes
  • Trail Blazer for individuals that have gone above and beyond demonstrating their passion, knowledge, encouragement and empowerment for zero waste in their community
  • Re-imagining the Resource for an innovative, creative and unique upcycled product
  • Leaders in the Making for young people who have helped lead the way to a zero-waste world
  • Te Moana Nui A Kiwa – this category has two awards for individuals and/or groups. Activators in the community that have inspired, empowered and activated their people towards a zero-waste future, for the restoration of our land and Moana.
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