Walking Awards evening 2009

The winners of the Golden Foot Awards were announced at a presentation ceremony in Wellington on Friday 24th July.  There was a buzz of excitement in the air as Louise Schofield described the finalists and announced the winners.

Representatives from all the winning projects were there to accept the unique hand crafted jandal award from Alick Shaw, board member of NZTA.

Golden Foot AwardThe judges were particularly pleased with the number of entries from ordinary people and local community groups working away with limited funds and grand ideas.  Living Streets are proud to be able to showcase and reward these people.
The winners included:

Best practice walking facility


  • Project Twin streams walk and cycle way, Waitakere City Council

Highly commended

  • Turanganui Riverside Walkway, Gisborne District Council
  • Te Arawai, Kapiti Coast District Council

Top commitment by organisation


  • The Great Perimeter Walkway, Urban Landscapes Group, Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch

Highly commended

  • Travel Smart, Tauranga City Council
  • Mangawhai Walking Weekend 10th anniversary
  • Walking Weekend Committee

Consultancy Award


  • Taking a walk in Cambridge Park, Antanas Procuta ArchitectsLtd and Cambridge Park Ltd

Accessibility innovation


  • First NZ Puffin, Hutt City Council

Best walking promotion


  • 10,000 steps Northland, Sport Northland

Highly commended

  • Happy Feet, Kids Club 2, Hamilton
  • City on its Feet, Sport Bay of Plenty, Tauranga

Best small project


  • Buggy Walks, Sport Wellington

Highly commended

  • Bill Wilkes Reserve improvements, Tasman District Council
  • Walk this Way, Bronté Davemport, Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru

 These new industry awards celebrate and recognise New Zealand achievements for walkers, by acknowledging innovative new facilities, highlighting national best practise and rewarding ongoing commitment to walking.   By raising the profile of walking friendly infrastructure and promotions, it is hoped that future projects will give more consideration to walking friendly designs.

For more information on the winning projects click here [link to details of the finalists, already on the website]

To see photos of the awards, click here

For more information please contact Janet at janet.lawson at livingstreets.org.nz

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Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

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