Love Your Place Awards 2020

Call for nominations for Waitākere’s environmental champions

Who’s your eco hero out West?

Nominations open on 1 October for the biennial Love Your Place Awards, which celebrate 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 will close 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


Make a nomination

Before you begin, you can check whether a location sits within the eligible Waitākere Ranges Local Board area by visiting or viewing the map. Please note that the area does not include Green Bay, New Lynn, Henderson , Rānui or Massey.

Is the form above not showing up? If you’re on mobile, make your nomination here.

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.