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GHD

1 Nov 2016

GHD has repurposed and restored an old motorway off-ramp in central Auckland into a vibrant urban space. One kilometre of infrastructure in the Central Motorway Junction has been transformed into a cycleway and walkway.


    

Avon- Ōtākaro Network

31 Oct 2016

Avon- Ōtākaro Network has partnered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to develop the Mahinga Kai Exemplar, a biodiversity restoration and earthquake recovery project in Anzac Drive Reserve, Christchurch.


    

Junk Run finalist story

31 Oct 2016

Junk Run is the only waste collection company to sort and separate materials onsite, at source, and transport them off-site manually.


    

Christchurch Bike Share

31 Oct 2016

Christchurch Bike Share, known now as ‘Spark Bikes’, is a public bike share system in Christchurch.


    

Auckland Transport finalist story

31 Oct 2016

The Auckland Bike Challenge, run by Auckland Transport, was the first workplace cycle challenge for Auckland businesses. The aim was to get as many people riding a bike ‘anytime, anywhere’ during the month of February 2016.


    

Spark NZ

31 Oct 2016

Spark Plugs is turning old Spark telephone boxes into electric vehicle (EV) chargers. This allows EV owners to ‘top up’ their car and combat ‘range anxiety’ – the fear they won’t be able to reach their destination.


    

Flick Electric Co

31 Oct 2016

Flick gives electricity consumers the ability to choose the price they want to pay for the electricity they want to use. It provides access to the wholesale cost of generation and local distribution.


    

TerraCycle finalist story

18 Oct 2016

TerraCycle’s fundamental goal is to eliminate the idea of waste. It is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste.


    

My Car Your Rental finalist story

18 Oct 2016

My Car Your Rental is a peer-to-peer car rental company that has created a safe and secure platform for owners to list their car for rent by other trusted users.


    

Verisafe

4 Oct 2016

Verisafe is a personal safety tool to help businesses, organisations and at-risk people in the community. All users need is a functional smartphone. 


    

New Zealand Network Charitable Trust finalist story

4 Oct 2016

The New Zealand Network Charitable Trust is a fledgling charity with an innovative funding solution, to effectively reduce child poverty in our schools.


    

Little Yellow Bird finalist story

4 Oct 2016

Little Yellow Bird uses an innovative business model to design and manufacture ethical corporate uniforms, supporting communities along the way.


    

Kiwibank and Banqer

4 Oct 2016

Kiwibank and Banqer strongly believe that Kiwi kids need to be more financially capable to be confident and thrive in today’s world. Together they have built a programme that is in 1000 classrooms across New Zealand.


    

Ecotricity finalist story

4 Oct 2016

Ecotricity is the only supplier of carboNZero certified electricity in New Zealand, sourcing from 100% renewable non-thermal generation including wind, hydro and solar.


    

CSC Buying Group finalist story

4 Oct 2016

CSC is a membership-based buying group (an organisation that pulls together the combined buying power of all its members to negotiate discounts with suppliers)


    

Corefusion Limited  

4 Oct 2016

The Multi Agency Service Application (MASA) is an innovative app that uses technology to create a virtual hub within the social service sector.


    

Chariot Ridesharing

4 Oct 2016

Chariot is a safe new way of bringing people together to find carpools or share rides with others through an app.


    

TerraCycle

4 Oct 2016

TerraCycle is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste. Its goal is to eliminate the idea of waste and minimise the amount that gets sent to landfill.


    

Sustainability Trust finalist story

4 Oct 2016

Sustainability Trust is a social enterprise with diverse range of services and programmes, all of which contribute to its overarching vision of an environmentally, socially, economically and culturally sustainable Wellington region.


    

Packaging Forum Inc

4 Oct 2016

For the first time, New Zealanders can easily recycle soft plastics. Through a partnership approach across brands, manufacturers, retailers, government and social enterprises, this project has introduced drop-off points at major retail outlets.


    

Metal Art

4 Oct 2016

The Metal Art Group designs, manufactures and sells street and park furniture to councils throughout New Zealand.


    

Kai Carrier

4 Oct 2016

Kai Carrier are reusable food pouches designed to reduce the amount of single use packaging sent to landfill, enabling busy families to feed fresh homemade food on the go. 


    

Good Neighbour Aotearoa Trust

4 Oct 2016

The Good Neighbour Aotearoa Trust’s vision is to help people transform their communities by putting ‘neighbour’ back into ‘neighbourhoods’.


    

Counties Manukau Health finalist story

4 Oct 2016

Counties Manukau (CM) Health has been on a journey towards becoming more sustainable since 2012. It was the first Australasian healthcare system to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint.


    

Auckland Council finalist story

4 Oct 2016

Retrofit Your Home (RYH) is an Auckland Council programme to improve the environmental efficiency of housing. It aims to   make home heating, insulation and water saving improvements more accessible.


    

Kokako

19 Sep 2016

Sustainability is in the DNA of Kokako. Established in 2001, it was the first solely organic coffee company in Auckland.


    

Steve Ellingford (Bayfair Shopping Centre)

19 Sep 2016

Steve is centre manager at Bayfair Shopping Centre, the largest in the Bay of Plenty. He is well aware of the centre’s environmental impact and is passionate about ensuring it has the smallest carbon footprint possible.


    

Buffie Mawhinney (Ranui Community Centre)

19 Sep 2016

Buffie is a role model for socially sustainable and community enterprises. She has been closely involved in the Ranui, West Auckland local community for the last seven years.


    

Gareth Morgan (The Morgan Foundation)

19 Sep 2016

Gareth founded The Morgan Foundation, a charitable organisation focused on conservation, public policy education and social development.


    

Barry Coates (Green Party, formerly Oxfam and The University of Auckland)

19 Sep 2016

Barry is an expert on a wide range of sustainability issues. A man of huge integrity, he is described as ‘walking the talk’, living a low impact life and leading the way for others to do the same.


    

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust – creating a community wind farm

12 Nov 2015

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust engages with local residents to find sustainable climate change solutions. In 2009 the Trust partnered with the Ākina Foundation to create the Blueskin Wind Cluster Project.


    

Junk Run – from waste to a community solution

11 Nov 2015

Junk Run is a waste collection and recycling initiative that takes unwanted household and business items and diverts them from landfill. 


    

Auckland Council’s Wai Care – water quality education for all

11 Nov 2015

Wai Care is a water quality education, monitoring and action programme provided by Auckland Council for community groups, schools and individuals in the Auckland region.


    

Thunderpants – undies that give back

9 Nov 2015

Thunderpants is a New Zealand made, sustainable clothing brand with a business model shaped around giving back and supporting the local community.


    

Manukau Beautification Trust – educating through events

9 Nov 2015

The Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust undertakes programmes and initiatives to beautify Auckland. The vision of its Eye on Nature initiative is, “Plant a seed and grow a young mind to engage positively in ongoing environmental activities”.


    

Honeywrap – natural, re-usable food wrap

9 Nov 2015

Honeywrap is a natural NZ product that has been created to address the growing problem of waste from single use plastic. The aim is to increase awareness of the environmental impact of using disposable plastic to wrap food and provide alternatives.


    

HoneyLab – from bees to medicine

9 Nov 2015

New Zealand pharmaceutical company HoneyLab has created a new category: PharmaNaturals. HoneyLab undertakes laboratory studies and clinical trials of honey, bee venom and other products obtained from bees and their environment.


    

Good Neighbour Trust – putting the ‘neighbour’ back into neighbourhoods

9 Nov 2015

The Good Neighbour Trust has a clear vision: to help neighbourhoods transform their communities. Its desire is to inspire people to get involved and strengthen communities by putting the 'neighbour' back into neighbourhoods.


    

Ākina Foundation – preparing social enterprises for take off

9 Nov 2015

Launchpad, established in 2014/2015, is Ākina’s programme to get New Zealand’s best social enterprise ideas off the ground in six months.


    

Ākau – empowering youth through architecture

9 Nov 2015

Ākau is a design and architecture studio with a social conscience. Its unique vision is to weave together youth creativity, community strengths and design in order to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing communities today.


    

BNZ and Good Shepherd Trust – collaborative community finance

9 Nov 2015

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) and Good Shepherd New Zealand, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and The Salvation Army, launched a Community Finance initiative in August 2014 to tackle financial exclusion.


    

Sustainable regeneration of Wynyard Quarter

9 Nov 2015

Panuku Development Auckland, as Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, has been tasked with the sustainable regeneration of the Wynyard Quarter on behalf of all Aucklanders.


    

Quigley and Watts – bringing social impacts into decision making

9 Nov 2015

Alongside Taylor Baines Ltd and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Aquaculture Unit, Quigley and Watts has undertaken a programme to bring social and community effects to the forefront of decision making.


    

NZ Landcare Trust – community-driven catchment management

9 Nov 2015

NZ Landcare Trust is an independent, non-government organisation that promotes and delivers rural, community-driven catchment management initiatives at a national level.


    

Neighbourly – enabling community support

9 Nov 2015

Neighbourly.co.nz was founded as a site for neighbours to connect with each other and local businesses to address issues affecting their community.


    

Mental Health Foundation – improving mental health for better business

9 Nov 2015

The Working Well initiative is designed and run by the Mental Health Foundation to help organisations sustain optimal mental health for their employees.


    

Manukau Beautification Trust – beautifying South Auckland

9 Nov 2015

The Manukau Beautification Trust supports, promotes and undertakes programmes, actions and initiatives to beautify Auckland. The core work of the Trust has been the management of graffiti as well as landscaping and an array of beautification projects


    

Kai Carrier – reusable food pouches

9 Nov 2015

Kai Carriers are reusable food pouches designed with the modern day family in mind. They are aimed at reducing the amount of single use packaging sent to landfill and enabling busy 21st century families to feed fresh homemade food on the go.


    

Hubbards – grass roots community support

9 Nov 2015

Positive community impact is at the core of Hubbards’ ethos. Since being established in 1988, Dick Hubbard’s commitment to helping others has been instilled across the company.


    

Deloitte and Oxfam – building coalitions to improve disaster response

9 Nov 2015

Deloitte NZ partnered Oxfam NZ and Deloitte DTTL to co-create an innovative solution to the logistical challenges faced when responding to disasters in the Pacific.


    

Bird on a Wire – changing perception of fast food

9 Nov 2015

Bird on a Wire is a free range rotisserie that is the first takeaway chicken shop in Auckland to use free-range chicken. It supports the communities it operates in by purchasing all its produce from local sources.


    

Kaibosh - zero food poverty and zero food waste

2 Nov 2015

Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation with a vision of zero food poverty and zero food waste.


    

Damon Birchfield – leading by example

27 Oct 2015

Damon Birchfield is CEO of EcoMatters Environment Trust, a not-for-profit trust whose purpose is to connect people and the environment and to nurture kaitiakitanga (guardianship).


    

Viv Heslop – creating a sustainable mind-set

27 Oct 2015

Viv, most recently through her work as sustainability manager for the Wynyard Quarter urban regeneration project, is committed to delivering sustainable urban developments and creating a shift to a sustainable mind-set.


    

Dorothy Wilson – a lifetime legacy of sustainability

27 Oct 2015

An educator, author and leader in sustainability, Dorothy has been promoting, developing and facilitating sustainability for 30 years with a record for creating long-lasting change.


    

Shane Hagai – quarrying for social good

27 Oct 2015

As Kapiti Quarries Manager, Shane, who works for Winstone Aggregates, goes above and beyond to ensure the quarry has a positive impact on his community and does so on many fronts.


    

Morphum Environmental directors – putting people and planet before profits

27 Oct 2015

Founders and directors of Morphum Environmental, Caleb Clarke, Damian Young and Dean Watts have aimed from the beginning for their company to become a leading environmental consultancy that benefits society and the environment.


    

DB Breweries: reporting on sustainability success

20 Oct 2015

DB Breweries has long been committed to embedding sustainability across its business. In 2015 the company formalised its sustainability journey by producing its inaugural GRI-based sustainability report.


    

Eat My Lunch: creating a social movement through social media

20 Oct 2015

The New Zealand born social movement, Eat My Lunch, has received global attention in just eight weeks of operations through a simple business model: BUY ONE. GIVE ONE.


    

Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool: reporting sustainability

20 Oct 2015

Trevelyan’s is a family-owned business in Te Puke that provides packing and cool storage for kiwifruit and avocados.  In April 2015 the company released its first sustainability report to showcase the success of its sustainability framework.


    

Sustainability Options: advocating sustainability

20 Oct 2015

Sustainability Options advocates and promotes options for sustainability by sharing its knowledge through a free, personalised and independent service. It gives presentations to businesses, schools, councils, iwi, community groups and individuals.


    

Generation Zero: Creating a sustainable future through digital communications

20 Oct 2015

Generation Zero, a youth-led organisation, was founded to provide solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels.


    

Tread Lightly Caravan: children as champions of change

20 Oct 2015

The Tread Lightly Caravan is a mobile exhibition/classroom established by the Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust to inspire 8-12 year old New Zealanders to live more sustainably.


    

Colmar Brunton: Better Business, Better Future

20 Oct 2015

Market research leader Colmar Brunton has operated in NZ for over 30 years. Its vision is ‘Better Business, Better Future’ and for the last seven years it has funded research into consumers’ changing attitudes and behaviours in sustainability.


    

A community of coffee lovers: Peoples Coffee

11 Dec 2014

Peoples Coffee is a team of people unified by a love of coffee and the challenge of proving that a business can produce a world-class product that is environmentally sustainable, financially viable and socially profitable.


    

Congratulations AgriSea, Community Impact award winner

11 Dec 2014

AgriSea Seaweed shows how business can give back to community, with a number of community initiatives designed to strengthen and develop their community.


    

PowerSmart Solar: monitoring solar energy use in housing developments

11 Dec 2014

PowerSmart Solar, in partnership with St Kilda Developments, has created a residential housing development with an integrated solar electricity system, to see how electricity use is reduced through the use of solar energy.


    

Splore: changing the way people party through effective communications

11 Dec 2014

Splore festival leads by example when communicating behavioural change.


    

Sustainability at the heart of Mt Eden

25 Nov 2014

Mt Eden Village Centre in Auckland is paving the way in terms of environmental performance and financial sustainability. It’s a great venue for anyone looking for a location for a sustainable event.


    

NZ tour company nominated for international ecotourism award

18 Nov 2014

Auckland-based tour company TIME Unlimited Tours has been selected in the top 10 in the GreenTec Awards, a worldwide Environmental and Ecotourism Award.


    

GoodSense: leading green marketing

19 Dec 2013

GoodSense is a marketing firm with a speciality in “green marketing”. It is particularly focussed on increasing public literacy around “greenwashing” and, in doing so, seeks to encourage companies to use best practice “green marketing”.


    

Better living at Hobsonville Point

19 Dec 2013

Hobsonville Point is a new community development in West Auckland with a big vision. It sees itself becoming a sustainable community treasured by its people, and has set goals for quality urban development with an environmentally responsible focus.


    

Sustainability Options: advice for home and workplace

19 Dec 2013

Sustainability Options promotes engagement in sustainability with households and businesses by offering tailored advice on reducing energy use, renewable energy options, waste minimisation, water conservation, and fair and ethical trade options.


    

Paper4Trees in NZ schools

19 Dec 2013

The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust runs the award-winning Paper4Trees programme, the largest school-based recycling programme in the country – with more than 4000 schools and early childhood centres participating.


    

Food from Garden to Table

15 Dec 2013

Increasingly, children are disconnected from their food supplies, fail to recognise common vegetables, have limited ability to cook food and lack positive food experiences at home. It’s these issues the Garden to Table Trust seeks to address.


    

Kiwibank & Nga Tangata: Tackling poverty in NZ through microfinance

15 Dec 2013

Over the last two years, Kiwibank has supported Nga Tangata Microfinance Trust, the first formal microfinance initiative in New Zealand, which provides small, safe and fair loans to households in South Auckland.

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