Six destinations have been shortlisted for the 2020 Beautiful Awards in New Zealand, which celebrate the environmental excellence of communities, businesses, schools and individuals across the country.
The annual awards are run by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, an organisation that has been committed to driving environmental change through the education, inspiration and empowerment of communities for over half a century. There are 13 award categories, and each finalist in the location-based categories must demonstrate sustainable and environmentally-conscious behaviors across four key areas: litter prevention and waste minimisation, community beautification, recycling projects and sustainable tourism.
According to the recently-announced shortlist, Whanganui and Hamilton are battling it out for the Most Beautiful City award, while Cambridge and Hastings are going head-to-head in the Most Beautiful Large Town category. Waiheke Island and Arrowtown are duking it out to be named the Most Beautiful Small Town. One of these six destinations will be named the Supreme Towns & Cities winner, and will receive a mural to help beautify their community up to the value of NZ$10,000 (US$6633).
“We have had some amazing nominations this year that show, by working together, we will come out of this COVID-19 pandemic a stronger community and a stronger nation, with a more sustainable future," says Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO, Heather Saunderson. "All of the towns and cities finalists have worked hard to secure a spot in the top six. Celebrating environmental excellence, small wins and beautiful behaviour, whether personal or professional, is now more important than ever.”
Further information on the Beautiful Awards is available from the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website here.
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