Eco projects acknowledged

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 08/08/2012
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SUSTAINABLE WINNER: Eugene Behan-Kitto of Waewae Atawhai (Giving Legs to Kindness) was a Waiheke finalist in the Auckland Council Sustainable Environment Awards.

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Two Waiheke Island entries were among the contenders for prestigious sustainability awards.

Eugene Behan-Kitto of Waewae Atawhai and the Kaitiaki of Newton Reserve were the island's two finalists in the 2012 Auckland Council Sustainable Environment Awards held at the Auckland Town Hall on July 30.

The awards acknowledged finalists across four categories - individual, community, school and youth - for their exemplary work on sustainable initiatives.

Environment and Sustainability Forum chairman Wayne Walker, who spoke at the awards along with mayor Len Brown, says the awards recognise and celebrate the great work done by the region's environmental champions.

“The purpose of these awards is to acknowledge the fantastic and diverse projects happening in all corners of the Auckland region,” he says.

“Through the Auckland Plan, we have a vision to make Auckland the world's most liveable city, and these are the people leading the way to that vision.

"They, and the projects they lead, are truly worth celebrating.”

Mr Walker, who was also a judge in the schools category, says a thorough review of entries led to a decision by judges to recognise all 35 entries in all the categories this year.

“Friends, associates and colleagues did a fine job of identifying high-quality sustainable projects for us to consider," he says.

"The standard of projects was impressive, at or above the benchmark we expect of a finalist, so the fairest approach was to acknowledge them all,” he says.

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