Love Your Place Awards 2020

Call for nominations for Waitākere’s environmental champions

Who’s your eco hero out West?

The biennial Love Your Place Awards celebrates volunteers, businesses and schools making a difference for the environment in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area. The area extends from Whatipu, Glen Eden and Titirangi in the south, to Waitākere, Swanson and Te Henga in the north.

Nominations closed on 8 November 2020.

Award categories

The five award categories are:
  • Denise Yates Award: for youth (under 16) showing emerging leadership around local environmental issues
  • Karaka Award: for a school or school group taking action on a local environmental issue
  • Nīkau Award: for a business or social enterprise making a contribution to improve the environment
  • Rātā Award: for an outstanding volunteer group or organisation taking action on a local environmental issue
  • Kahikatea Award: for an outstanding individual volunteer taking action on a local environmental issue

The Awards Night

For any enquiries about the Love Your Place Awards Night, please email

Past award winners


The last edition of the awards in 2018 recognised trailblazers working in predator and weed control, food growing and waste minimisation initiatives.

See more photos from 2018, and read about the winners.

Thank you

The Love Your Place Awards are funded by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and organised and hosted by EcoMatters.