27.11.18

AWARDS: celebrating NZ’s sustainability heroes!

Last Thursday almost 700 of NZ’s sustainability movers and shakers gathered to celebrate the biggest night on the sustainability calendar. Read on to find out who took home the beautiful, artisan-designed, green gongs!

With more entrants and more attendees than ever before, the growth of the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards reflects the burgeoning growth and mainstreaming of sustainability in business.

MCs Bernard Hickey and Andy Kenworthy hosted a black tie gala dinner at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront. The night was captured on film, thanks to Borderless Productions.

In her opening address, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network Rachel Brown said: “Tonight shows how sustainability has extended across our institutions and how addressing the challenges has become a must for all of us. The issues we face are urgent, they are diverse and inter-connected, and addressing them requires each of us to play a role.

“Tonight is our chance to celebrate the work of business leaders. Without your hard work, nothing improves. Your leadership is vital. Your stories inspire us and prove ‘we can do this’. All 92 finalists are examples of future business our planet needs.”

But the night was all about the winners. They came from the construction, agriculture, food and transport sectors to name a few, and businesses big and small, reflecting the ubiquity of sustainability in today’s business world.

The winners of the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards are:

SUPREME AWARD: NZI TRANSFORMING NEW ZEALAND AWARD

WINNER = City Rail Link

Finalist = Wā Collective

Finalist = Ethique


COMMUNICATING FOR CHANGE

Sponsored by Cadence Communications

Winner = Wā Collective

Commendation = Countdown

Commendation = The Rubbish Trip

 


SUSTAINABILITY SUPERSTAR

Sponsored by Enviro-Mark Solutions

Winner = Tracy Brown, DairyNZ

Commendation = Dave Maslen, NZ Merino Company


MILLENNIAL ON A MISSION

Sponsored by Ministry of Youth Development

Winner = Olie Body, Wā Collective

Commendation = Maddison McQueen-Davies, Share a Pair

Commendation = Olivia Philpott, Watercare


TRANSFORMING FOOD

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

Winner = Our Land of Milk and Honey

Commendation = Kai Ika


RESTORING NATURE

Sponsored by Department of Conservation

Winner = Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Commendation = Tahi

Commendation = Te Whangai Trust


EFFICIENCY CHAMPION

Sponsored by Ricoh

Winner = City Rail Link

Commendation = Auckland District Health Board

Commendation = Fonterra Pahiatua


GOING CIRCULAR

Sponsored by Auckland Council

Winner = Ethique

Commendation = NZAgbiz


SMARTER TRANSPORT

Sponsored by WSP Opus

Winner = Yoogo Share

Commendation = Waste Management NZ


REVOLUTIONISING ENERGY

Sponsored by EECA Business

Winner = emhTrade

Commendation = Red Stag Timber

Commendation = solarcity


HARDWIRED FOR SOCIAL GOOD

Winner = Kilmarnock Enterprises

Commendation = Sudima Hotels


PARTNERING FOR GOOD

Sponsored by Alsco

Winner = Take My Hands

Behind the scenes many organisations come together to make these Awards the most sustainable in New Zealand:

Ethical procurement
All the organisations that have supplied goods and services at the Awards are committed to leading sustainability in their industry and are fantastic to work with – Borderless, Soar Print, Corporate AV and Hire Plants.
The food from Collective Hospitality is healthy, seasonal, locally sourced and organic. Drinks come from great names in sustainability – Yealands Family Wines, HallertauKarma Cola and Better Drinks.

Circular economy
We use circular principles to ensure all our resources for this event are reusable, recyclable and compostable. We work with our designer Paradigm and caterer Collective Hospitality. Together we ensure we don’t send resources to landfill and aim for a zero waste event. Clean Event make sure we get that right.

Smart transport
We want this to be a low carbon event and work with Auckland Transport to ensure attendees can get to the event by public transport, carpool, car-share in an electric vehicle, foot, bike or using Uber or Green Cabs. We will calculate the collective emissions and donate a collective carbon offset to Million Metres.

Our Awards trophies are made by a local artisan who has been making these for us for the past 13 years. And our Supreme Award, an array of beautiful river stones designed by Paradigm, is simply handed on from the past year’s winners and another stone is added to the pile.

Find out more:

Read our media release.

Check out our hashtag on social media, which was the number one trending hashtag in New Zealand on Twitter during the event: #SBNawards

View our photos on Facebook:

Photos of the winners and commendations

Photos from the night and more!