• Patrick McBride

Keep New Zealand Beautiful!

Covid-19 has created a lot of uncertainty for everyone this year, but one thing that remains constant is the need to look after, enhance and protect our environment, strive for sustainability and continue to work on the beautification of our local communities.

The Beautiful Awards are a great way to celebrate the many positive things individuals, businesses, schools, community groups and councils are doing across Aotearoa to Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

This serves as a fantastic media opportunity to promote your town or city, as New Zealanders are now more than ever, encouraged to do something new in New Zealand, and explore areas that Kiwis have longed to explore.

The Beautiful Awards celebrates environmental excellence and this year's entries are open until 5 August 2020. At this time, there is planning for the Beautiful Awards Gala Dinner at The Domes, Auckland Zoo to go ahead on 29 October 2020.

Whanganui was crowned New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City at last year’s Beautiful Awards. Whanganui Mayor, Hamish McDouall says.

“We were thrilled to win the Most Beautiful City and Best Street categories in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2019. 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. I’m also very glad that the work of the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre has received recognition. 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.”

Thanks to Resene, this year there will also be a Supreme Award available in this category, with the winning town or city winning a mural painting valued up to $10,000.

To find out more about the Beautiful Awards and each of the award categories please read the Beautiful Awards Criteria and Terms and Conditions on their website (HERE)