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Published: 2004-06-10 00:00:00

Businesses as diverse as Fonterra Te Rapa and The Permaculture Trust won awards for their environmental contribution at last night’s Waikato Business and the Environment Awards.

A total of 21 entries of all types of business entered the 2004 awards, which are sponsored by Environment Waikato. They were judged by Cr Paula Southgate, Phil Houben, Michael Hamid and Mavora Hamilton.

The Hamilton City Council Pohutukawa Award, which recognises businesses working with the community to achieve lasting environmental improvement went to The Body Shop for their Trash to Fashion Awards. The awards have become an annual event and encourage people to understand the importance of reusing materials and long-term sustainability.

The silver award went to the Hamilton Skills Centre for its role in working with the community on the Frankton to the City Railwalk, with a merit for Carter Holt Harvey’s Full Circle scheme to reduce paper and cardboard going to landfill.

The BP Pounamu award, which recognises the integration of environmental management into overall business processes went to Fonterra Te Rapa for establishing environmental management into everyday business practice.

The silver award went to Avenue Self Storage for establishing sustainable business practices and the bronze award to Carter Holt Harvey Kinleith for its commitment to achieving sound environmental management practices and working towards becoming ISO 14001 accredited.

The Fulton Hogan Waikato Paua Award, which recognises businesses reducing waste and using resources more efficiently went to Avenue Self Storage. The company is working towards becoming a paperless office, introducing widespread electronic systems and significantly reduced the amount of paper used in their business.

The silver award went to Carter Holt Harvey Kinleith for implementing systems to reduce waste in all areas of their business. The bronze award went to Cryovac Sealed Air for reducing their waste to landfill and managing waste materials from their Hamilton Site.

The Degussa Innovation Award, which recognises businesses developing innovative solutions to enhance environmental quality went to Kessels and Associates. The company created natural wetlands for dealing with stormwater runoff. The silver award went to WEL Networks for preventing oil reaching stormwater runoff in substations.

The Pukeko Award, which recognises not-for-profit organisations working with the community to achieve long lasting environmental benefits, went to two companies. Permaculture Trust won for encouraging, promoting and demonstrating benefits of organic gardening, permaculture and sustainable living, and Waikato RiverCare won for improving the biodiversity of the Waikato River by planting natives on the banks.

The silver award went to Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve Project for eradicating pests from Kakepuku Mountain and implementing an extensive planting regime.