A Night of Celebration


Many Selwyn Businesses were represented at the Responsible Business Awards’ Evening held recently at the Lincoln Event Centre. These Awards are assessed and presented every two years. Lincoln Envirotown run these with the generous support of the Selwyn District Council and are always impressed by the number of businesses who voluntarily undertake to discuss their initiatives and actions towards becoming more sustainable  and engaging with their communities.

This year over seventy businesses were visited by a coordinator and received awards ranging from Bronze to Platinum, along with feedback letters congratulating them on current practice and suggesting possible future developments.

The Awards’ evening was very much a celebration of all businesses’ efforts and the coordinators had much to say about the incredible efforts being made by Selwyn’s business community. The evening began with Lincoln Envirotown Chair Dave Fitzjohn thanking the supporters of both the project and the evening. Amongst these were the winery who always provide some of the refreshments and digital assistance which enabled the coordinators to take mobile computers into the ‘field’ to make assessments.

“This was followed by an excellent presentation by Nisha Duncan who is the Managing Director of the Ecovilla in Christchurch, which is a new sustainable concept for accommodation in the heart of Christchurch,” Dave explained. “She urged businesses not to fear starting new environmentally friendly practices as customers are highly likely to embrace them. She used their ‘plant only breakfasts’ as an example of where this had happened.”

A number of trophies have been donated over the years for area winners, but two Selwyn-wide prizes are now awarded as the project has gone very much ‘Selwyn wide’.

The overall Selwyn Award Trophy, gifted for the purpose by the Lincoln Community Committee, is a magnificent trophy commissioned through local artist Bing Dawe; a sculpture of a Fan Tail.

“Whilst the Award was made in 2017, this year was the first time this actual trophy was the prize,” Dave said. “It was won by the Lincoln business Bento Ninja who were accoladed for the fact that they are providing so many sustainable, long lasting, products and their willingness to repair, rather than discard.

“The other relatively new trophy for all Selwyn is the Education Trophy. BHU Organics Trust kindly donated a trophy for this strongly contested category and it was won by Weedons School.

Other Trophy Awards on the night:

  • Rolleston Trophy: Twice As Nice
  • Malvern/ West Melton Trophy: won jointly by West Melton Vets and The Fat Beagle, Darfield
  • Lincoln Trophy: Lincoln University Catering
  • Ellesmere Trophy: Matariki Practice
  • Prebbleton Trophy: Broadfield Berry Fruit Ltd
  • Tai Tapu Trophy: Challenge Tai Tapu.