Green awards of our own

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Peter de Graaf

A Rus­sell en­vi­ron­men­tal group is launch­ing the Far North’s first green awards, to recog­nise com­pa­nies, in­di­vid­u­als and schools that are striv­ing to save the planet.

The Far North Go Green Awards will be pre­sented at a gala event the Duke of Marl­bor­ough Hotel, on the Rus­sell water­front, on March 28, in the cat­e­gories of a good green idea, an out­stand­ing eco com­pany, and out­stand­ing eco cit­i­zen and Eco School of the Year, one of which will be named the supreme win­ner.

The func­tion will also fea­ture a re­cy­cled fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion.

The ini­tia­tive is or­gan­ised by the Re­silient Rus­sell Char­i­ta­ble Trust, bet­ter known as the Rus­sell Re­cy­clers. Formed five years ago, the group can be seen pro­mot­ing re­cy­cling at most Bay of Is­lands events.

Trust chairman John Maxwell said the aim of the awards was to cre­ate aware­ness of the en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able di­rec­tion hu­mankind needed to head to­wards.

“As far as we know this is the first time this has been done, cer­tainly in the Far North, and pos­si­bly in the coun­try,” he said.

“The awards are also a way of pub­licly ac­knowl­edg­ing a large num­ber of peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions who want to pro­tect this beau­ti­ful area and are do­ing their bit to make sure it stays that way.”

Co-or­di­na­tor Sandy Myhre said the Go Green Awards, which would be pre­sented an­nu­ally, would ini­tially be lim­ited to Far North en­tries, but she hoped other re­gions would pick up the ini­tia­tive would be picked up by other re­gions around the coun­try.

Fif­teen en­tries had been re­ceived at last re­port, with nom­i­na­tions clos­ing midMarch. Trust mem­bers would select the fi­nal­ists, with the win­ners to be cho­sen by guest judges.

Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able at www.rus­sell­re­cy­clers.nz

The in­au­gu­ral awards have been funded by a grant from the Bay of Is­lands-Whangaroa Com­mu­nity Board.

PIC­TURE / STEPHEN WEST­ERN

Rus­sell Re­cy­clers at work dur­ing the town’s Bird­man Fes­ti­val last year.

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