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Keep New Zealand Beautiful Chooses NZ's best Towns

19 September 2008

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Chooses

New Zealand’s Best Towns And The Best Loos 2008

KNZB has chosen this year’s winners in its Beautiful Towns and Cities Awards and its Best Loo Competition.

KNZB’s annual competitions have caught the imagination of both big and small town New Zealand, attracting entries from across both islands.

Beautiful Towns and Cities
There were three finalists for category “C” (population greater than 20,000) – Rotorua City, Gisborne City and Dunedin City. The judges say they were extremely impressed by the standard and presentation of all entries and in the end chose Dunedin as the winner.

In category “B”, with a population of between 8,000 and 20,000, Keep Feilding Beautiful won. The other finalists in this category were Keep Rangiora Beautiful and Keep Alexandra/Clyde Beautiful. Again the judges commended all entries for their quality and work.

Small-town New Zealand, classed by KNZB as category “A”, towns with populations under 8,000, were again out in force this year. The smaller the community, it seems, the greater the community pride. Judges say the small towns excelled themselves again with entries from Keep Woodville Beautiful, Keep Rongatea Beautiful and Westport. The judges wanted to create prizes for all of these entrants in this category but in the end declared Westport a narrow winner.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful recognises the sponsorship of Coca Cola Amatil for the Best Cities and Towns awards.

Best Loo Competition 2008
Keep New Zealand Beautiful was flushed with pride and entrants for the Best Loo Competition.

KNZB believes that since the reintroduction of the “Best Loos”, the standard of public toilets in New Zealand has improved dramatically. This is reflected in the presentation of all of the entrants.

The “Best Loo” entrants came from a good geographical spread showing the idea has caught on around the country. Entrants included: Waitakere City Council, Hurunui District Council, Horowhenua District Council, Whangarei District Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Rotorua District Council, Ruapehu District Council, and Otorohanga Public Toilets.

The judges convinced the sponsors to split the prize money and create another trophy for the first-equal winners:

Hurunui District Council
Hawarden Public Toilets

Horowhenua District Council
Levin Adventure Park Toilets

Keep New Zealand Beautiful acknowledges the support and sponsorship of “Kiwi Loo” and The Environmental Endeavour Company Ltd for the Best Loo Competition.

The recent resurgence of Keep New Zealand Beautiful has been highlighted by such awards as the Best Cities and Towns and the Best Loo awards.

Organiser, Barry Lucinsky, says the competitions are fun to judge because entries come from communities who have pride in their neighbourhood and they’re good people to deal with. “There’s nothing like dealing with a local body and its citizens where a great place to live is seen as a priority, rather than some of the neglected neighbourhoods that some areas have accepted as a part of life.”

Mr Lucinsky says enjoying where you live and taking a pride in its appearance benefits everyone and that’s why the competitions are run.


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