2021 Mayoral Conservation Awards open for environmental champions

Publish Date : 08 Sep 2021
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The 2021 Mayoral Conservation Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the significant effort made by mana whenua, communities, landowners, youth, and schools across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, to support our region’s nature to thrive.

Conserving the natural environment of Tāmaki Makuarau is a team effort and the huge community effort to protect our native species is inspiring. The Mayoral Conservation Awards are pivotal in recognising and celebrating the wonderful work happening in the community.

The 2021 Mayoral Conservation Awards will recognise environmental champions in 3 categories:


This category recognises working with others in the community, and/or across a wider landscape or network, to achieve significant conservation outcomes


This category recognises:

  • projects that have used creativity and initiative, and/or developed or refined techniques, methods or systems, to achieve positive results in their conservation work
  • new ways of working
  • western science and/or Mātauranga Māori.

Schools / Youth

This category recognises:

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

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

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.

Nominations are open to all conservation projects in the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland region carried out on private land, or public parks and reserves managed by Auckland Council or the Department of Conservation

Open until Monday 11 October 2021 at 5pm, finalists will be announced on Friday 5 November.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 25 November, 6–9pm. All finalists will be invited.

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

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