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KNZB Week 2014 Results!

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You’re beautiful New Zealand!
We are so excited to announce that Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week 2014 was officially the biggest ever.

We want to congratulate all the volunteers, many of whom who braved wild weather last week to clean up their patch. The annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week concluded on Saturday 20th September and saw the biggest number of clean-up events registered since the campaign began in 2010 and a 54% increase on the 2013 results!
“We are thrilled to see so many New Zealander’s organizing events in their community” says KNZB General Manager Heather Saunderson, “the week has been a record-breaker for us and everyone who participated should be incredibly proud of what has been achieved.”
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week is not just about the clean-ups. These events build and strengthen community spirit and allow people to demonstrate their pride in where they live. Many groups took the opportunity to plant fruit trails or native trees.
“It would be great to reach a point where litter is no longer the issue and communities can focus their energy on enhancing our environment” added Heather Saunderson.
The organization has a network of 33 volunteer run or council supported branches around the country and the aim is to have representation in every town and city. Heather Saunderson explains, “We can provide the tools and resources to get the job done, but it is the people on the ground that make things happen at a local level.”

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week Facts and Figures

  • 562 clean-up events nationwide (up 54% from 365 clean-ups in 2013. The previous highest number recorded was 403 clean-ups in 2010, the first year of the event)
  • 15,312 rubbish bags
  • 8,850 recycling bags
  • 228 Schools (up from 124 in 2013)
  • 246 Groups (up from 199 in 2013)
  • 88 Businesses (up from 42 in 2013)
  • 35,896 volunteers participated nationwide

Most interesting finds:

  • A lawnmower (Hornby Primary School, Christchurch)
  • $5 (Wilton, Wellington)
  • A kitchen sink! (Whangarei)

Most registered clean-up events:

  • New Plymouth - 69 events
  • Dunedin – 50 events

Most remote clean-ups:

  • Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Guides Trekking (pictured top)
  • Chatham Islands

The ideal way to contribute to Keeping New Zealand Beautiful is to become a member. Annual membership is $40 and this enables KNZB to provide the resources free-of-charge to schools and groups around the country for campaigns such as Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Graffiti Free Week and Paint New Zealand Beautiful.

If you are interested in becoming a member or getting involved with your local branch you can email us at

Great work Aotearoa. You are truly beautiful!





News & Events

Adult eco superhero 


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.


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.


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