Auckland councillor, Penny Webster, former president of Auckland Federated Farmers, says bringing the Ballance Farm Environment Awards to Auckland will be great for the region.
"I think it's very important that Auckland gets involved in a competition like this. Auckland's large rural constituency on both the northern and southern sides of the city is a very important part of the regional economy. Anything we can do to help farmers improve their environmental sustainability has to be good for the region.
The competition is also a good way for farmers to show urban Auckland that they take their environmental responsibilities very seriously."
Auckland region's northern boundary spans from South Head across to just south of Mangawhai, stretching out to Great Barrier Island. Its southern boundary encompasses Waiuku, Pukekohe and reaches across to the Firth of Thames.