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Greater Wgtn and Honda Partner for Environment

News release
6 May 2004

Greater Wellington and Honda partner to care for region’s environment

Greater Wellington Regional Council and Honda New Zealand Ltd have formed a partnership to encourage Wellington residents to prove they care about the environment of the Wellington region.

A campaign starting this week encourages residents to join Greater Wellington’s Be the Difference programme to learn ways they can help protect the environment. And by joining the programme before 7 June 2005 residents can go in the draw to win the use of an environmentally-friendlier Honda Civic Hybrid for a year.

Ian Buchanan, Chairperson of Greater Wellington says “We’re offering a Honda Civic Hybrid as a prize because it produces less than 2% of the exhaust emissions that the average New Zealand car produces. Currently motor vehicles are the major contributor to air pollutants in this region. More hybrid and low emission vehicles on our roads would make a big difference.”

“Honda is also showing its commitment to the environment of the Wellington region by funding 9500 native trees to be planted in the region this year. These trees will significantly assist Greater Wellington with its biodiversity restoration work.”

A Be the Difference sign-up brochure will be distributed to all letterboxes from this weekend. Residents can also join Be the Difference at _www.bethedifference.gw.govt.nz_ or by texting their name, postal and email address to 4411.

Be the Difference members receive information packs at least three times a year, giving advice and tips on how they can protect the environment and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Over 7700 households have joined the programme already. Both new and existing members will be eligible for the prize draw.

ENDS

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