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KNZB Week 2014 Updates

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Clean-ups are already happening around the country for KNZB Week and we are please to say we are soaring ahead of last year's numbers. Well done New Zealand!

Keep up the great work and don't forget to send us your photos and stories, we love to hear about your clean-ups.

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Volunteer of the Month

Don't forget to put your nominations in for the KNZB Volunteer of the Month Award, sponsored by New Zealand Couriers. We want to hear all those inspiring stories! 

If you would like to submit a nominee for VOM, please email us

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Annual Report 2014

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A copy of the Annual Report 2014 is available here for download.

News & Events

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We have had an incredible response to this year's KNZB Week, with hundreds of clean-up events registered from Northland to Invercargill. We even have a clean-up planned in the Chatham Islands!
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-Up Week is on NOW until Sat 20th September 2014. We can take some last minute registrations up until Wednesday 17 September via


Each year Keep New Zealand Beautiful recognizes outstanding achievements in the areas of litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification with a series of awards. We had an amazing amount of nominations and the winners were announced at our  Conference Gala Dinner in Wellington on Sat 6 Sept. A huge congratulations to our winners in each category!

Tidy Kiwi Award
The Award honours outstanding and exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling and beautification activities. The 2014 recipient of the award is Our Seas Our Future, for their protection of New Zealand's coastal and marine environment.

Ruud Kleinpaste Award
The Award is given to the KNZB member(s) whose efforts to positively enhance the organisation's mission and values have gone beyond that of what many volunteer KNZB members may undertake. Ashton Peat is the 2014 recipient of the award. He is a life member of KNZB and has been a Keep Rotorua Beautiful committee member for over 30 years. 

 Young Legend Award
The recipients of this award have demonstrated remarkable leadership and outreach in their community through work in the areas of litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling promotion and beautification. The students of the Makara Model School have been selected as the 2014 recipient. Their passion for the environment and their commitment to make a difference not only to the hill, but also to the beach and sea beyond was inspiring. Principal Gail Dewar accepted on behalf of the students at Makara Model School.
Beautiful Towns & Cities Award
These Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in local and urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments. Keep Dunedin Beautiful is the 2014 recipient of the award. This past year they have led numerous litter abatement and graffiti free projects, a formalised volunteer awards programme, a hanging baskets initiative, trees for babies programme, a theatre group specific to recycling, reusing and refusing, Recyclia and numerous other programmes.
Community Environmental Initiative Award
The Community Environmental Initiative Award annually honours innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. This award is sponsored by Fonterra and the recipient is awarded $5,000 to fund environmental community activities and programmes. The 2014 recipient is the Keep Porirua Beautiful Trust. The Trust has  been working on a beautiful stretch of native bush in urban Porirua for the past four years, known as Thompson's Gully. 
Sustainable Schools Award
The Sustainable Schools Award annually honours a teacher, school or tertiary institution for commitment and practical action to implement sustainable practices and environmental projects which enhance the school and/or community. This award is sponsored by NZ Couriers and the recipient is awarded $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programmes. The 2014 recipient of the award is the Manchester Street School,who educate and consolidate environmentally sustainable actions that their students will need to make the environment a better place. Principal Heather Clark accepted on behalf of the Manchester Street School students and teachers.





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News & Events

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TOM SZAKY: Eco-visionary, entrepreneur and founder of Terracycle confirms Keynote speech at KNZB National Conference, Sat 6 September 2014

The last minute opportunity to have acclaimed eco-visionary and founder of Terracycle, Tom Szaky, speak at our National Conference this weekend was too good to miss, so we have made some slight alterations to our programme. We highly recommend you move mountains to come and hear Tom as he is truly inspirational!

Tom dropped out of Princeton University to found TerraCycle, a company that got its start by selling an organic fertiliser made from worm poo in reused soft drink bottles. Today it collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of 'non-recyclable' garbage in 24 different countries. TerraCycle has been called the "Google of Garbage" by the New York Times and the “The Coolest little start-up in America” by Inc. Magazine. In 2009, Tom published his first book,"Revolution in a Bottle", his latest book is "OutSmart Waste".

TerraCycle is a global pioneer in recycling and up-cycling with a goal to eliminate the idea of waste by providing innovative solutions for hard to recyclable products and packaging waste. TerraCycle’s model engages consumers and communities in the collection of a range of waste through our Brigade programs and then converts this waste into new, eco-friendly products.

TerraCycle also gives back to the community by making donations per unit of waste collected to nonprofits and schools. To date TerraCycle has diverted 2.6 billion pieces of waste and donated US$9 million to charities and not for profits across the globe.

All this has been achieved by a young man who emigrated with his family as political refugees from Hungary, who started his first business at the age of 14, has faced bankruptcy and has stayed true to his vision against the odds. We can guarantee that Tom will change the way you think about what waste is and what can be achieved when we set goals.

The Keep New Zealand Beautiful National Conference and AGM will be held at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, 5 - 7 September 2014. Our full 'revised' programme is available now to download via this link.  and there is still time to register to attend.

Check out the video 'How I Did It - Terracycle'

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Registrations are now open! Download the registration form here