November was a month for celebrating many collaborative community projects that have been happening in West Auckland throughout the year, as ordinary people take it upon themselves to do something to improve their environment and their neighbourhoods.
EcoMatters Trust packed out the former Waitakere City Council Chamber for its annual Ecowise Awards. Welcomed by chairman John Riddell, the several hundred people present gave enthusiastic recognition to the dozens of individuals and groups who had entered projects or been entered for their work.
Ranui Community Garden won The Karaka Award for the West Auckland Community Garden making a difference.
The Brent Peters Award for on-going commitment to caring for West Auckland was won by Beauregard Fleming and Paxton Sneddon.
The Rata Award for the West Auckland school caretaker making a difference was Mike Rowe.
Lin Chetty won the Kahikatea Award for the West Auckland teacher who inspires environmental action.
The Nikau Award for the West Auckland business caring for the environment was awarded to Megan Tait of Plant Native.
Blockhouse Bay Intermediate won The Puriri Award for the West Auckland school or pre-school caring for the environment. In nearly every instance children had created gardens, grown produce and in many cases had taken the produce home for their families.
The Kowhai Award for West Auckland students making a difference was won by Kelston Boys High School.
The Totara Award for the West Auckland group caring for the environment was awarded to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Henderson Valley.
Sarah James of Glen Eden won the Kauri Award for the West Auckland individual making a difference.