Nom­i­na­tions ga­lore for new awards

The Northland Age - - Local News -

More than 90 nom­i­na­tions have been lodged for the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil’s in­au­gu­ral En­vi­ron­men­tal Awards 2019, de­signed to recog­nise peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing hard to pro­tect and en­hance the re­gion’s en­vi­ron­ment.

Thirty-nine of the 93 nom­i­nees have been named as fi­nal­ists in eight cat­e­gories.

The win­ners will be named at a cer­e­mony in Whanga¯rei on May 23.

Coun­cil deputy chair­man David Sin­clair said the award cat­e­gories cov­ered a broad range of en­vi­ron­men­tal en­hance­ment projects and ac­tiv­i­ties, while a supreme award would also be pre­sented.

“The fi­nal­ists rep­re­sent a real cross­sec­tion from right across the re­gion, in­clud­ing in­di­vid­u­als, groups and com­mu­nity group lead­ers, iwi, farm­ers, forestry and schools,” he said, adding that a lot of work had been done by a fourstrong panel of in­ter­nal staff and ex­ter­nal experts to review all 93 nom­i­na­tions, which had in­cluded a raft of sup­port­ing in­for­ma­tion, pho­tos and videos.

The coun­cil had hoped for sev­eral dozen en­tries, and to re­ceive just a few short of 100 in the awards’ first year was a re­mark­able achievemen­t, and a credit to all those in­volved, nom­i­nees and or­gan­is­ers alike.

“Es­sen­tially the awards are about recog­nis­ing and cel­e­brat­ing kaiti­ak­i­tanga in ac­tion, and a chance to high­light the ‘can-do’ at­ti­tudes and re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions large num­bers of North­landers from all walks of life are mak­ing to help our en­vi­ron­ment thrive,” Cr Sin­clair said.

He hoped the awards would be an an­nual event, and was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the num­ber of en­tries show­cas­ing all that was hap­pen­ing in North­land in­crease even fur­ther in the years to come.

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