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Auckland Transport

Travelwise Choices Awards

Travelwise Choices Awards celebrate the success of Auckland businesses committed to promoting sustainable transport.

The 2017 awards ceremony took place on 28 June. It was a fantastic day with presentations from our keynote speaker Barbara Cuthbert (Bike Auckland) plus 2016 winners Tejo van Schie from Westmere Physiotherapy and Debbie Wilson from Counties Manukau District Health Board.


Award winners


Supreme Award

For the entry that, in the judge’s opinion, was truly remarkable.

Winner: Datacom

Datacom

Datacom won the most prestigious award for leading the way with their ‘positive commuting bonus’ - a cash incentive for any staff member giving up their car park within a specific time frame. With great end-of-trip facilities, company electric bikes, discounts at bike retailers, plus money from the scheme to potentially purchase a bike, Datacom makes active travel a viable transport option for their staff.

Sustainable Travel Champion Award

For that person in an organisation who goes the extra mile to motivate others, organise events, or actively promote travel options.

Winner: Joanne Ferry – Tonkin and Taylor

Joanne Ferry

Joanne is always on a mission to get colleagues out of cars and onto their bikes by encouraging cycling to meetings instead of using fleet vehicles.

Her dedication led to an increase in Tonkin and Taylor’s participation in the Auckland Bike Challenge, up from 20% in 2016 to 34% in 2017. She also encouraged their Wellington (89.1%), Nelson (88.9%), Christchurch (88.7%) and Hamilton (82.6%) offices to participate in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge.

Highly commended: Jessica Rose – Wairaka Land Company

Jessica Rose

Jessica passionately promotes benefits of active commuting to staff by bringing in new ideas, collaboration, and motivation to influence travel behaviour change at Unitec and Wairaka Land Company.

She motivated Unitec staff to participate in the Auckland Bike Challenge where they have been in 1st place 2 years running. Jessica is currently working on a project that aims to get 80% of students commuting using sustainable travel and 20% of staff commuting using bicycles by 2020.

Think-outside-the-car Award for Creative Excellence

An award is for an out-of-the-ordinary initiative or an outstanding campaign with an innovative approach.

Winner: Environmental Resource Management (ERM)

Environmental Resources Management

ERM has top-down leadership from their managing director when it comes to promoting sustainable travel. Staff are actively encouraged to carpool wherever possible including to client meetings and with project staff from other companies. Their staff even walk to different offices so they can carpool with people from other companies. ERM have been able to give up all but one of its office carparks, which is kept for clients and guests. 

Highly commended: Datacom

Datacom have increased the uptake of sustainable travel options through a number of initiatives. Their end of trip facilities include 120 secure bike parks, 18 showers, a drying room and lockers. Company electric bikes were introduced along with a fun health and safety engagement programme aimed at introducing people to electric bikes. They also introduced a ‘Positive Commuting Bonus’ which gives staff a cash incentive if they give their car park up within a specific time frame.

On-board Award - public transport

For a company with increased use of public transport.

Winner: Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB)

Waitemata District Health Board

WDHB employs nearly 8,000 staff. Their 2017 Travel Survey showed there has had been a shift in the number of staff travelling sustainably to and from work, including public transport increasing by 3%, cycling by 2% and walking 1%. Initiatives implemented include participating in the Auckland Walk Challenge and Auckland Bike Challenge, implementing a shuttle service between North Shore and Waitakere hospitals, reducing the need to drive, and installing new bike and motorbike parking at North Shore Hospital.

Highly commended: Aucky Walky Tours

Aucky Walky Tours

Since 2016, Aucky Walky Tours have shown over 250 visitors and locals around downtown Auckland. On their ‘Hello Auckland’ walking tour, they stop at Britomart Transport Centre to explains how AT HOP cards work and the City Link bus route. Aucklanders who have done the tour often remark that it’s been years since they’ve caught a bus, and many don’t own an AT HOP card. Aucky Walky Tours shows them how!

Pedal-power Award - cycling

For a company with an increased uptake in cycling.

Winner: Gladeye

Gladeye

Gladeye increased the number of staff cycling to work each day from 8.5% to 45% in 4 weeks by providing a designated environment for bikes. Their ‘bike gang’ re-designed and modified an internal office space for cyclists, including parking for 20 bikes, a custom-built clothing rack for wet gear, helmet and shoe lockers, pumps, and cycle maps. The space removed a number of reasons staff had given for not cycling.

Highly commended: Isthmus

Isthmus

At Isthmus, bikes are stored inside and have even been incorporated into their studio design. The company also provides bike racks, changing areas, showers, and towels. As a result, over 30% of Isthmus staff regularly cycle to work. The company also provides electric bikes for staff to use for travel to work and meetings, and they have introduced a parking policy so users pay for all on-site parking. All parking revenue goes into the Isthmus Environment Fund, which is used for community-based projects.

Step-it-up Award - walking

For a company with an increased uptake in walking.

Winner: Max Health and Living International INC

Max Health

The Auckland Walk Challenge was used as a opportunity to help their team bond, and Max saw it as an opportunity to promote their company's healthy living values. Although it was hard to get staff on board at first, through passionate promotion, they became dedicated to the challenge and morale in the office was improved.

Highly commended: Aucky Walky Tours

Aucky Walky Tours' ‘Hello Auckland’ walking tour combines a walking tour with a ride on the ‘locals’ bus, so visitors see and learn more about Auckland. In February, Free Walk Fridays were put on so locals could see their city like they’d never seen it before.

Match-maker Award – carpooling

For a company with an increased uptake in carpooling.

Winner: Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB)

WDHB promotes carpooling at their workplace by providing priority carpooling spaces for staff. The implementation of a shuttle service between North Shore and Waitakere hospitals has also reduced the need for staff to drive to work.

Highly commended: Environmental Resource Management (ERM)

ERM’s managing director encouraged his staff to use alternative means of transport to travel to and from work by requesting carpooling to client meetings with project staff from other companies. Staff have taken this on board by walking to other office locations so they can carpool with other companies. This enables them to leave their cars at home and travel sustainably to work.


Previous Commute Awards winners

The Travelwise Choices Awards were previously known as the Commute Awards.

Find out about Commute Awards winners.