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KNZB Week 2014 Results!

Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Guides Trekking

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!





Beverage Container Community Recycling Grants Programme



The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants, funded by The Coca-Cola
Foundation provides financial support to individuals, communities and organisations for projects which make long term improvements to the recycling of beverage containers.
Applications to the Community Grants Programme is open to projects ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 (plus
GST) which have a focus on beverage containers and:
· encourage and facilitate “Out & About” recycling 
  programmes at a local community level
· provide education on the correct disposal of waste
· provide education on cause and effects of recycling; and
· enforce best practice principals in our communities.
Projects will be assessed against a number of criteria including:
· Research based on understanding the particular issues
  being addressed;
· Recycling innovation and best practice principles;
· Public benefit building on community capabilities;
· Sustainable living including informing and engaging 
  local communities;
· Measurable impact both short and long term.
Applications open: Thursday, 22nd January 2015 at 9 am
Applications close: Friday 27th February 2015 at 5 pm
Full programme details and Application Forms can be downloaded
 here or email or by contacting the Keep New Zealand office on 09 264 1434.
The successful applicants will be notified by 16 March 2015 and it is anticipated that projects will begin on the 6th of April 2015. All projects must be completed within six months of the start date and be finished by
5th October 2015.
The Community Grants Programme is managed by Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society, Inc.








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Annual Report 2014

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