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KNZB Announces Award Winners for Best Loo

KNZB Announces Award Winners for Best Loo and Best Cities/Towns

Keep New Zealand Beautiful has announced its award winners for 2006 at its annual conference in Wellington. They are as follows:

Best Loo Competition Award Winners:

1st Prize Environmental Toilet – Wainui Reserve - $1000 plus trophy Wainui Reserve – Wainui Road, Raglan (local contact: Hazel Squair, ph 027 425 6210)

Shared 1st Prize Beautiful Toilet – Kawakawa $500 plus certificate Hundertwasser toilets, Gillies Street, Kawakawa (local contact: Mike Colebrock, ph 021 999 513)

Shared 1st Prize Beautiful Toilet - Rotorua $500 plus certificate Pukuatua Street Palace, Rotorua (local contact: Christine Findon, ph 027 471 753)

Award winners presented with a trophy, cash prizes and certificates sponsored by Kiwi Loo New Zealand.

Best Cities and Towns Award Winners:

Alexandra/Clyde - Category A (Population 0 - 8,000) – contact Maureen Davies, ph (03) 448 6046

Fielding - Category B (Population 8,001 - 20,000) – contact Del Gibb, ph (06) 323 7570

Rotorua - Category C (Greater than 20,000) – contact Christine Findon, ph 027 471 753

Award winners presented with a trophy and cash prize of $1000 each courtesy of Coca Cola Amatil NZ.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful's Barry Lucinsky on Best Loo winners:

"There were 18 entrants for best loo whose presentation of applications was outstanding and creative. The number of participants signifies that the New Zealanders take great pride in their public toilets. It is important to recognise what positive effects a basic facility such as the public toilet can have on the community's appearance and how residents and out of town visitors view the town. The awards have been divided this year into the top environmental toilet and the most beautiful."

Please contact Barry Lucinsky for further information ph: (06) 364 3379 Please contact Aimee Driscoll if you would like any photos of the winning entries, ph: 021 492 032

Background Information on Awards

Best Loo Competition Background Information

The competition (sponsored by Kiwi Loo) is aimed at upgrading, beautifying and maintaining public toilets within New Zealand and Keep New Zealand Beautiful programme sites.

Simple beautification in the form of attractive pathways, flower beds, planting of trees and shrubs around these buildings have enhanced them. In many cases murals have been painted inside and out.

While the building and upkeep is the responsibility of the local authority, in some areas the beautification and appearance of these buildings is done by voluntary organisations like Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society programmes.

Entrants are asked to explain in no more then 300 words what makes their loo the best.

Points that will be taken into consideration for judging of winning toilet 1. Signposting
2. Visual appearance to visitors
3. Hygiene standards and cleanliness
4. Lighting
5. Public safety issues
6. Amenities offered e.g. o Disabled facilities o Mirrors o Hand wash facilities and basin o Towels/dryer o Supplies o Other facilities o Dispenser machines o Mothers' room
7. Parking
8. Beautification involvement
9. Maintenance and monitoring programme

Beautiful Cities and Towns Background Information

These Awards were created to recognise the efforts of authorised Beautiful Cities and Towns' programmes and are awarded annually to the entrants who are best achievers in their category.

To ensure equality of opportunity programmes are grouped, for the purposes of the awards, into categories based on population size.

Category A – Population 0 - 8,000 Category B – Population 8,001 - 20,000 Category C – Population Greater than 20,000

The award in each category is in the form of a certificate and a cheque. These are sponsored by Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd.

Awards are judges by a appointed panel selected by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Board.

In determining the category winners of Beautiful Cities and Towns Awards, the judges have a points system that uses the following criteria:

- Presentation
- Range of Activities
- Involving the Public
- Objectives
- Presentation to Community Groups
- Cost-Benefit Studies
- Litter Reduction Through Projects


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