Get your application in for the ENCORE awards

Is your work benefitting environmental restoration, conservation and heritage in the Wellington region? Do you want to inspire others to help out too?

If so, why not apply for an ENCORE Award. The awards are open to any group, individual or business in the Wellington region demonstrating a sustained commitment to a project with a positive environmental or conservation outcome.

There are eight award categories:

  • Community Partnerships Award honouring the work of community groups and organisations on environmental restoration and conservation initiatives

  • Community Leadership Award honouring the leadership and vision of an individual working on environmental restoration and conservation initiatives

  • Business Leadership Award honouring those businesses reducing the impact of their own activities and making a positive contribution to environmental restoration and conservation

  • Emerging Environmental Business Award awarded to businesses who have recently begun work to reduce their environmental impact and make a contribution to environmental restoration and conservation

  • Meridian School Sustainable Project Award honouring projects led by school students that contribute to conservation, to improving the health of their environment and to promoting environmental education for sustainability in their school community

  • Meridian School Environmental Leadership Award awarded to individuals within schools (students, teachers and others) leading a school project or initiative that improves, conserves or protects the local or regional environment.

  • Excellence in Compliance Award – acknowledges Greater Wellington consent holders exceeding their compliance requirements to reduce or avoid adverse effects on the environment.

  • Historic Heritage Award – acknowledges groups and individuals engaged in the restoration or preservation of historic and cultural sites and features

    The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 27 August. For application forms, and information about each award category go to

    The ENCORE Awards are a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board and the Department of Conservation.

    Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Parliament in mid-November.

    Note: The Excellence in Compliance Award is open only to individuals and organisations holding a resource consent with Greater Wellington.