Ames Street of Paekākāriki has been named Kāpiti Coast’s Greenest Neighbourhood 2014 in a well-attended prizegiving at the Sustainable Home and Garden Show over the weekend.
The neighbourhoods were judged on a combination of factors: the size of their final footprint, how much they reduced their footprint over the duration of the competition and how they came together as a community. The last factor was evaluated by our panel of judges who toured the neighbourhoods at the start and end of the competition and followed their activities in between via this blog.
Ames Street attained a final footprint of 1.4 Earths* – an improvement of 19% from the start of the competition – winning $2000 to be split between a community group, a school and a neighbourhood project of their choice. Waimeha Lagoon finished on 1.2 Earths, down by 11%. Reikorangi’s footprint measurement was incomplete. The New Zealand average is 2.1 Earths.
“We benefitted from lots of initiatives started by previous Greenest Neighbourhood entrants, so it’s a win for the whole village really,” says Ames Street’s coordinator Vicky Noon.
Her neighbour Shona Jaunas credited Vicky with “the huge undertaking of getting us all out of our own worlds and into the project”.