Call to nominate local heroes

by Andy Bryenton

The Kaipara District Council has opened up Citizens Awards nominations for 2020, seeking to recognise the ‘good sorts’ among us who make this a better community. 

At the same time, the council has announced a new set of awards, which acknowledge the work of individuals and organisations who protect and enhance the district’s unique environment. 

It is the first year these new environmental awards have run, with five categories to enter. They are Environmental Action in the Community, Environmental Action in Education, Environmental Action in Business/Industry, Environmental Youth Leadership and Kaitiakitanga (the philosophy in tikanga Maori of stewardship or protection of the land and its resources). 

“Perhaps you know someone who is driving learning and action to bring about change on environmental issues, or a business, which demonstrates a notable contribution to the sustainable development of natural resources in the Kaipara,” says Jenny Rooney, the funding coordinator for the KDC. “We want to hear about them.” 

KDC is also calling for Citizens Awards nominations. These are awarded annually, to recognise substantial service, usually of a voluntary nature or beyond normal employment, benefitting Kaipara and its people. Nominations for both the Environmental Awards and the Citizens Awards run until May 31 2020, with the winners announced in July.

For full details of categories, nomination forms and further information, please see the Kaipara District Council website under