The search is on to find the heroes fighting to protect our precious native species and habitats.
This year, Auckland is celebrating its first ever Mayoral Conservation Awards.
The awards are a chance to celebrate the city’s successes and take pride in the amazing conservation work being taken on in our communities by groups and individuals.
Mayor Phil Goff said he was looking forward to awards celebrating the contribution of Aucklanders working hard to protect and enhance our environment.
“The awards will acknowledge communities and individuals who demonstrate excellence in conservation,” said Phil Goff. “Our environment is precious, and we want to credit those who work so hard to protect and conserve it.”
“These awards are about recognising enthusiastic and dedicated Aucklanders with the highest level of civic recognition, to thank them for their work in making the city a better place for the community.”
Aucklanders are encouraged to nominate a project or enter their own. The project should demonstrate great conservation work in the community, whether it involves community-led work on the frontlines of conservation or tackling eradication and restoration work throughout the region.
Entries are closing soon on 13 August. Nominate a project now
The awards ceremony will take place during Conservation Week on Thursday 20 September.
Nominate a project
To enter, identify a community-led project that you think demonstrates great conservation work. Then decide which of the six categories you think best suits the project: Eradication, Restoration, Innovation, Collaboration, Individual and Schools/education.
You can nominate any projects in the Auckland region carried out by communities, schools or individuals; on private land, public parks and reserves; and marine, terrestrial or freshwater.
Before entering, read the Nomination Guide for rules, criteria and what judges are looking for.
Nominations can be made online or by mail. Entries close 5pm, Monday 13 August 2018 and the finalists will be announced on the 15 September.
And if you’re looking for funding for your projects, applications are open for the Regional Environment and Natural Heritage Grants here.