Entries open for Keep NZ Beautiful Awards

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Keep New Zealand Beautiful is now accepting nominations and submissions for the 2020 Beautiful Awards.

The Beautiful Awards are run annually to provide a benchmark for environmental excellence.

The awards inspire, recognise and acknowledge those businesses, schools, individuals, communities, towns and cities who are working hard across Aotearoa to Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

The Beautiful Awards consist of 16 different awards across five categories: Individuals, Community, Businesses, Places and Towns and Cities.

They celebrate individuals such as the young legends and Tidy Kiwis of New Zealand, as well as the champions of community environmental initiatives, the most beautiful small town, large town and city, the most sustainable school, best street and even the best loo in New Zealand.

In 2019, Whanganui was awarded Most Beautiful City.

“The award has given us impetus to continue the surge in beautification projects happening in Whanganui - ranging from a street art festival to a scheme funding heritage buildings’ enhancement work,” says Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall.

"The award has given us a spring in our collective step. It has been a reward for past work to enliven our historic city centre, care for our river and beaches, and promote our region. It is confirmation of what most people who visit already know - that we are a very pretty city indeed."

Entries are open until 5 August 2020, and winners will be announced at the Beautiful Awards Gala Dinner. This will be held at The Domes, Auckland Zoo on October 29.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO Heather Saunderson says the annual awards are a great opportunity for communities to showcase the sustainable initiatives being achieved across Aotearoa.

For more information about the awards and how to enter, please visit

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Posted on 03-03-2020 10:07 | By rogue

Right, here goes. The ship is close to sailing on this one. As a cycling commuter I can assure you that we are no longer the "Clean Green" we once were. I live rural & ride about 15km each way to & then from work. There is rubbish strewn along the side of the road. Like most people I thought it was untidy losers tossing rubbish out the window as they were driving. I was wrong. One morning I was later than normal to work & came across multiple rubbish & recycling trucks along my normal route. These were the culprits for all the "new"rubbish along the side of the road. They obviously pick up the rubbish (Bins & Bags) & either don’t compact the rubbish down or leave the hatch open, this possibly creates a nice venturi for the rubbish to be sucked back out.