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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!





Volunteer of the Month



Sue has lived in Alexandra for the last seven years, originally coming from her home in Wales in 1980 for a job in Invercargill as a Landscape Architect, moving around the country and thankfully, settling in our community of Alexandra.
Since joining KACB in 2007, she has been our ‘super landscape designer’, being involved in all of our projects. Sue was a brilliant ‘right-hand’ woman to Ann Wills, convenor of our Kamaka Walkway upgrade and beautification (runner-up in the 2013 KNZB-Fonterra Award). Enthusiastically drawing up detailed landscape plans for the whole track in many sections and numerous planting areas, she also supervised community workers clearing unwanted foliage, selected plants, suggested alternatives and was there to assist in the planting of the 600 plants, helping lay carpet weed matting, shovelling mulch, and helping with irrigation. She continues to be extremely supportive following up with monitoring and work where required. 

Sue has also been involved with the KACB Rail Trail project, Linger and Die Project Gold plantings, Lookout Estate plantings, instigating landscaping around an unsightly pump station and Gillaly Way entrance, attending many working bees and doing whatever job is required, always available to assist with advice if needed. She also regularly attends any clean up that is held, or wherever she may be – if there’s rubbish, she’ll pick it up!

Despite working around 30 hours a week, Sue finds time each week to volunteer for not one, but five organisations. She is a regular on the sorting station at Central Otago Wastebusters, has been a big buddy with Presbyterian Support’s Buddy Programme for well over 10 years, has been an accredited visitor with Age Concern for 15 years, is a volunteer conversationalist with Malaysian women through English Language Partners and is very well respected on our KACB committee.  

Sue offers not only friendship to both the young and older people in Alexandra, but is able to share her knowledge gained through her career as a landscape architect.

We would like to acknowledge Sue’s extremely valued input in all aspects of her support of KACB!

Well done, Sue. You deserve to be KNZB’S 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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