Kaikoura was the first community in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve platinum certification from EarthCheck and has been collecting environmental information since 1999.
EarthCheck is the world's leading environmental benchmarking and certification programme for the travel and tourism industry and now operates in over 80 countries across the globe.
What is remarkable is that the Kaikoura community has successfully entered its 10th year of being audited and certified under the EarthCheck programme.
"Congratulations to the entire Kaikoura District Council team who were involved in achieving this prestigious milestone," says Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global. "Your Platinum Certification now places you as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators and communities that are certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck Community Standard."
Mayor Winston Gray also congratulated the community for their involvement in sustainability programmes. "It requires the commitment of all residents, businesses and key stakeholders, as well as a readiness to submit to expert scrutiny. The result demonstrates that the whole community does consider everyday practices and chooses to act sustainably."
Your Platinum Certification now places you as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators and communities that are certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck Community Standard.Stewart Moore, EC3 Global CEO
Changing market expectations together with new risks associated with climate change and resource depletion require access to specialised tools and expertise. Taking a science-based approach, the Kaikoura community has benchmarked its environmental performance over time and has identified where substantial progress has been made and where further improvements are required.
EarthCheck, managed and owned by EC3 Global, is an internationally recognised environmental management and certification programme with members in over 80 countries. The programme improves operational performance of member organisations and reduces costs. Recent studies show that 6 million people a week are impacted by EarthCheck's branded solutions. The company takes a scientific and systematic approach to risk mitigation and legislative requirements and is regarded as one of the world's best-practice environmental sustainability leaders.