Energise Otaki wins Project category of WWF’s Conservation Innovation Awards

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Conservation Minister Maggie Barry (centre) with Energise Ōtaki stalwarts Andy Fraser(with award), Sue Hurst & Leigh  Ramsey
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry (centre) with Energise Ōtaki stalwarts Andy Fraser(with award), Sue Hurst & Leigh Ramsey

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) made a significant award to a group of committed Otaki environmental activists.

The $25,000 award will allow Energise Ōtaki to explore innovative solutions including alternative energies, energy conservation, a census to measure ‘Energy Poverty’ in the town and the establishment of an Energy Investment trust to stimulate uptake of renewable energy solutions.

Spokesperson Bryan Sharpe said: “We’re thrilled to receive WWF’s endorsement of our initiatives. Working with Ōtaki College and the Ōtaki Cleantech centre, we have seen students implement exciting concepts that have already shown how a school can become a conservation site of the future. This grant will allow us to explore more innovative ways of energy minimisation for Otaki.”