News: Va­ri­ety at this year’s Golden Foot awards

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Samoan fam­ily walk­ing clubs, a rad­i­cal so­lu­tion to a dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion and a hunt for the Gruf­falo are among the win­ners of this year’s Golden Foot Awards.

The bi­en­nial awards cer­e­mony is held by Liv­ing Streets Aotearoa to cel­e­brate projects that help to pro­mote walk­ing - in cities, in the coun­try and ev­ery day.

The six win­ners were pre­sented with their award by As­so­ciate Trans­port Min­is­ter Julie Anne Gen­ter in a cel­e­bra­tion at Par­lia­ment in Welling­ton re­cently.

They were:

The Gruf­falo Ex­plorer - a walk­ing tour for chil­dren in Christchurch’s Bot­tle Lake For­est, where they hunt for the pop­u­lar book char­ac­ter. Henry Hill School Travel “un­plan” - a com­mu­nity-based ef­fort to tackle un­safe roads out­side its lo­cal school.

Hemo Gorge project near Ro­torua - once the fourth most per­ilous in­ter­sec­tion in New Zealand, now a round­about with art, cy­cle­ways and walk­ing paths. Fern­ridge Walk­ing School Bus - a ru­ral com­mu­nity cre­ates a safe walk to school.

Walk­ing Samoans - clubs make walk­ing a “must do” so­cial event for Samoan fam­i­lies.

Auck­land Busi­ness Case for Walk­ing - putting a dol­lar value on time spent walk­ing so this can be as­sessed in ma­jor trans­port projects.

“These projects have one thing in com­mon - they’re find­ing new and clever ways to get Ki­wis out ev­ery day be­ing ac­tive,” Liv­ing Streets Tu­muaki Tuarua Ellen Blake says.

“Some of them show com­mu­ni­ties get­ting to­gether to solve prob­lems and find­ing in­no­va­tive, low cost so­lu­tions.

“Oth­ers are led by coun­cil or gov­ern­ment agen­cies who ‘get’ the value of walk­ing in build­ing safe, sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’re thrilled to present such a strong group of win­ners, and hope their work in­spires other groups around Aotearoa New Zealand to get out of their cars and into their walk­ing shoes.”

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