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Travelwise Choices Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Travelwise Choices Awards.

The Travelwise Choices Awards are held as an opportunity to share the successes of the Travelwise Choices organizations we work with and businesses across Auckland who are committed to promoting sustainable transport to their staff, students and colleagues. It is a time for us to recognize the great initiatives led by businesses and institutions to encourage walking, cycling, public transport and carpooling within their workplace.

Have you had success with promoting carpooling or cycling at your workplace? Have you run an amazing event to motivate your staff to leave their cars at home? Do you have a Sustainable Travel Champion who goes the extra mile to get people at your work involved?

We invite you to enter the Travelwise Choices Awards 2018 to tell us about your progress and experiences over the past year.

Nominate & Register for the Travelwise Choices Awards 2018

Looking for some inspiration? Get ideas from business already leading the way by checking out last year’s award winners

Award categories

The categories for nominations are detailed below. The size of your organization will be taken into account when judging all award categories. You are welcome to submit nominations for as many of the categories as you would like, however you will need to submit separate entry forms for each.

Please see Eligibility for Entry for more information.

Sustainable Travel Champion Award

Celebrating the achievements of someone in your organisation who goes the extra mile to motivate others, organise events, or actively promote travel options. Let us know who your sustainable travel champion is and why they are nominated. It could be tenacity, going above and beyond the call of duty, engaging with staff, making progress towards achieving travel plan targets. Or all of the above!

Think Outside the Car Award for Creative Excellence

This award is for an out-of-the-ordinary initiative or an outstanding campaign with an innovative approach. Tell us what you achieved and how you did it. How were people motivated? Was there a challenge… or prizes? Did you manage to get new workplace facilities for walkers and cyclists? Or, have you had great success with flexible working?

On Board Award

What uptake of public transport did you achieve and how did you do it? What made getting people out of their cars easy (or difficult)?

Pedal Power Award

What uptake of cycling did you achieve and how did you do it? What made getting people out of their cars easy (or difficult)?

Step It Up Award

What uptake of walking did you achieve and how did you do it? What made getting people out of their cars easy (or difficult)?

Match-Maker Award

What uptake of carpooling did you achieve and how did you do it? What made getting people out of their cars easy (or difficult)?

Depending on entries, there could be a Supreme Travelwise Choices Award for an entry that is, in the judges’ opinion, truly remarkable.

How to enter

To enter, please fill out the online nomination entry form below - one for each category you are entering. You can attach photos, logos, and video clips to support your entry.

Nominate & Register for the Travelwise Choices Awards 2018

Entries close 5pm Friday, 20 July 2018.


If you have any questions about the awards or are interested in speaking at the event, please email

To learn more about the Travelwise Choices programme or inquire about becoming a member, please fill out the application form and receive a free travel plan.


Entries will be judged by a panel from Auckland Transport, including the Manager of the Travelwise Choices Team. The judges reserve the right to consider your entry for additional categories and all decisions are final. Terms & conditions apply.

Eligibility for Entry

  • Each nomination must be submitted by 5pm Friday, 20 July 2018 to be included in this year’s Awards selection.
  • Applicant must be part of a workplace or organisation to be eligible. This includes public and private sector agencies, businesses, non-profit organisations, colleges and universities, business associations, transport management associations and transportation providers.
  • Only projects that have taken place over the past 12 months, eg. July 2017 to July 2018 are eligible to be nominated.
  • In the event of being nominated, Auckland Transport may be in touch for further information or promotional material.
  • Organizations that entered for the 2017 Travelwise Choices Awards cannot enter again using the same project.
  • In the event of winning an award, the nominee or someone representing the nomination must be available to collect the award on the day of the event.
  • The nomination form must be completed to its entirety. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • As sponsors of the event, Auckland Transport has the right to obtain nomination information, photos, and videos for further promotional use (ie. Listing as case study on Auckland Transport website).
  • Read the additional terms and conditions

The Awards Event

The Travelwise Choices Awards 2018 are happening in August and you are invited.

Date: Thursday 2 August 2018
Time: 1.00 - 5.00pm
Location: The Generator @ The Grid AKL, 12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter

The Travelwise Choices Awards 2018 are happening this August and we are excited to say that you’re invited!

We would love to see you there to help celebrate all of the outstanding Travelwise Choices organisations and business across Auckland who are committed to encouraging sustainable travel in their workplaces.

Come and spend an afternoon in the company of like-minded people and be a part of moving Auckland toward becoming a more sustainable city.

Finger Food - Juice/Water, Tea/Coffee – Prizes - Amazing Speakers

At the event, you’ll hear from our keynote speaker about travel demand initiatives as well as getting inspiration from some of our Travelwise Choices businesses on what they are doing in the sustainable travel space. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about our Travelwise Choices programme.

The afternoon will culminate with a formal awards ceremony where winners will be announced for each of the six award categories.

Interested in testing your bike skills? You will also have an opportunity to trial an electric bike before the event. Additional details will be provided closer to the date.

Stay on and network after the awards. This will be a good opportunity to make new connections and there will be a cash bar, light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages.

Previous Commute Awards winners

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

Find out about Commute Awards winners.