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Regional conservation award entries wanted

Sep 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

JUST 14 entries for the Encore Awards have been received ahead of Monday’s deadline for conservation honours in the Wellington region.

Organiser Matt Velde says the Greater Wellington Regional Council is hoping for last minute arrivals for the awards established last year.

“We tend to get the most entries during the last couple of days. I suspect there’ll be quite a few more before the end of the week.”

The application period has been extended from 26 August to 5 September to give latecomers a chance to get their applications in.

“We usually end up getting six or seven entries for each category, meaning 60 or 70 entries across the board. It’s hard to tell so far, but it seems to be tracking well.”

Encore is designed to honour long-term volunteers, local businesses or landowners who commit themselves to conservation projects around Wellington.

The awards come in 10 different categories to recognise specialised aspects of service.

Two new categories have been added this year – the Landowner’s Conservation Award, and the Recreational Volunteers Award.

The council has not yet received any applications for the Recreational Volunteers Award, and the Historic Places Trust Award is also being ignored.

“We’d certainly like to get a few more, but time is running out.”

Judging will take place during September and October before the presentation ceremony is held at the City Gallery on November 30.

Information on entering is available at


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