Canon rewards environmental champions

21st September 2016
Canon New Zealand are excited to announce the winners of their Canon Environmental Grants Program, revealing three inspiring projects set to receive grants-in-kind to help achieve their sustainability goals.

The Motutapu Restoration Trust, Hobsonville School and the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust have each been awarded $5,000 worth of Canon equipment of their choice for their projects’ positive impact on the environment, the uniqueness of their projects, and for demonstrating how Canon products can make a difference to their cause.

Canon New Zealand Managing Director Kim Conner says the range of community-led projects being championed by people across New Zealand is remarkable and the judging panel was impressed by the high-caliber of applications.

“From communities working together to protect kiwi, kōkako, kereru, bats, penguins and bees, to schools and charities raising awareness and educating the importance of looking after our coastlines, rivers and trees, we have been truly inspired by these amazing causes.” 

Kim Conner, Managing Director - Canon New Zealand
The winning projects include:
- Community Award: The Motutapu Restoration Trust endeavors to reinstate the natural and cultural landscape of Motutapu Island and provide facilities to help teach/train volunteers and the wider Auckland community about the importance of its conservation project.
- Education Award: Hobsonville School’s waste-free school project is dedicated to teaching pupils and the wider community the importance of caring for our environment and how to live sustainably.
- Regional Award: Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust’s, Kōkako Recovery Project, aims to restore and replenish the Kōkako population in the Otanewainuku region.

“These incredible award recipients are a true reflection of Canon’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which translates to ‘working together for the common good’. Canon feel’s extremely honored to be able to support these worthy organisations and further amplify their projects through our range of specialised products,” says Conner.

More information on the award recipients:

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.
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