It seems there are many similarities between Villa Maria and Counties Manukau Health. We are both on a journey of continuous improvement and adhere to the CEMARS (Certified Emission Measurement and Reduction Scheme) framework and management plan as a means of minimising the impact we have on the environment.
We share a fundamental passion and belief that we have a responsibility to ensure that our resources are protected for the next generation. As supporters of our local communities we both invest time and resources and help to provide opportunities for the young people who live in the community we serve.
Villa Maria boasts a reduction in greenhouse gases of 11% per bottle since 2010 whilst Counties Manukau Health is committed to reducing their carbon footprint by 20% in 2017.
Whilst we share many common beliefs and approaches, we can also learn from each other. Villa Maria own vineyards and 30% of those are organically managed. Where no synthetic pesticides and herbicides are used soil health is improved. They then add a nutrient rich fertiliser to the soil, an output of composting organic matter, resulting in less polluted waterways.
Counties Manukau Health could learn from this approach and apply this way of thinking when considering the quality and source of the food that we serve to our patients and staff. We could also reconsider the range and toxicity of the chemicals we use each and every day to keep the hospital clean. Any opportunities of service improvement that lead to better health outcomes are a priority and the scope is far and wide.
Villa Maria is leading the way and is recognised as being a sustainability champion in New Zealand and the world. Let us toast their success and follow suit!
APAC delegates had the opportunity to visit the world famous Villa Maria, where George Fistonich has been for 50 years. The winery now produces award-winning wines with grapes brought in from vineyards across New Zealand to the processing plant in Mangere. Delegates toured the winery, hearing about the history, philosophy and current practices of Villa Maria, from Fabian Yukich, Executive Director, Wineries & Vineyards; Trish Wilson, Continuous Improvement Specialist; and Alastair Maling, GM, Winemaker & Viticulture. Our local and international visitors – from Southland, Samoa, Singapore, Australia and the UK – were also able to sample some of fine wines produced by this family-owned business
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David Grayson, Debbie Wilson & Sandy Millar
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