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Travelwise Choices Award winners announced

Published: 29 October 2020

Auckland Transport (AT) has announced this year’s Travelwise Choices Award recipients, recognising the commitment of business, individuals and community organisations who encourage staff, students, customers and volunteers to make fewer car journeys.

Now in its fifth year, the awards are a celebration of the success of organisations doing good in the transport space.

Cliff Wilton, AT’s Sustainable Mobility Manager, says "There are so many people doing amazing things across Auckland to reduce the number of cars on the roads, and these awards are a great opportunity for us to give the recognition that these groups and organisations deserve".

The independent panel of judges were impressed with the high standard and commended the outstanding work being done across the region in the sustainable transport space.

Included in the judging panel was Dr Kirsty Wild, Research Fellow at the University of Auckland who says she “was amazed at the variety of great transport initiatives taking places across Auckland”.

“While large campaigns such as Mercury’s Kissing Oil Goodbye are generating meaningful conversations, it’s important to acknowledge the smaller actions that everyday organisations and individuals are doing that together create real change”.

2020 Travelwise Choices Award winners:

Superior Grassroots Action

An organisation that has activated and helped a wide community access, learn about or spread transport choices through a grassroots level.

Ecomatters Trust - Community Bike Hubs

Highly commended – Boopsie Maran

Event of the Year

A specific transport initiative within the year that has been particularly successful.

Devonport Business Association - Devonport PARK(ing) Day

Champion of Modes

A passionate advocate for any and all better travel modes.

Teau(Tee) Aiturau – Time to Train Mangere

Highly commended – Ryan ‘the lion’ Ashton

Sustained Leadership

An individual who has proven sustained leadership in the transport space by encouraging better travel choices.

Debbie Wilson - CMDHB & Ministry of Health

Highly commended - Elsa Benjamin

Innovative Thinker

For new and bold approaches to managing transport and encouraging better ways.

Big Street Bikers

Excellence in Travel Choices

Proven sustained mode shift and excellence in enabling it.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Flexible Future

Continuing to enable and encourage flexible policies post-lockdown and moving forward.


Sustained Leadership in Transport

Widespread, outspoken and vocal leadership in transport. Those walking and sharing the talk.


Initiative of the Year

A specific transport initiative within the year that has been particularly successful.

Mercury Energy – Kissing Oil Goodbye

Highly commended - Silent Disco Citywalk by Papaya Stories

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