In the spirit of our guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good - Canon supports environmental protection both in its daily operations and through our community activities.
Each year Canon appeals for applicants for its annual environmental grants program. Grants in-kind worth $15,000 are available to New Zealand schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations making a positive impact on their environment and community.
The grants are awarded under the following categories:
- Regional Award: An environmental project with significance to a rural or regional area within New Zealand
- Education Award: An environmental project being run by a kindergarten, primary or secondary school or tertiary organisation, or group within the organisation, within New Zealand
- Community Award: An environmental project being run by a community group or organisation within New Zealand
Applications for the 2016 Environmental Grants are now closed.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Canon New Zealand
Phone (09) 489 0300
Please note we can only accept applications which fulfil the criteria of the Terms & Conditions (link to document below).
About our 2016 winners:
Community Award – Motutapu Restoration Trust
The Motutapu Restoration Trust has worked voluntarily to restore the natural and cultural landscape of Motutapu Island since 1994. The Island has remained pest free since 2011, allowing for kiwi, takahe and many other species to return.
In order to continue to educate volunteers, the community and local school’s about their conservation projects, the Motutapu Restoration Trust are in need of a seminar room for training and teaching. Canon’s range of projection and printing products will assist in facilitating these important sessions.
On-going assessment of their native species and nests is vital for their projects success. Professional Canon camera equipment will be used to film their progress and monitor the health and survival of kiwi and takahe on the island.
Education Award – Hobsonville School
The students and teachers at Hobsonville School have taken on the ambitious goal of making their school and community waste free. This student lead programme encourages pupils to take ownership of their school environment and activate a number of initiatives to make noticeable steps for change.
Through organic composting, reduced landfill and recycling initiatives, as well as their long term goals of installing a community garden, Hobsonville School are well on their way to achieving their sustainability goals.
The Canon equipment will be vital in recording and monitoring their waste free project and sharing it with the wider community through their blog, website and productions.
Regional Award - Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust
Since 2002 the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust have been working hard towards their goal of restoring the Otanewainuku region by removing pests and returning it to its former glory to allow the re-introduction of Kōkako into the area.
Since 2012, 20 Kōkako have been re-introduced to Otanewainuku and another 30 birds are planned to be trans-located by the end of 2019. Measurement of bird survival and breeding success rates is fundamental to the ongoing advancement of the Kōkako Recovery Project.
Kōkako nest in in the tree tops and at Otanewainuku they are 20m above ground level. Specialised equipment is required to assess the birds and Canon’s range of binoculars and cameras are ideal for identification and recording what is observed.