Beautiful Awards

Our Beautiful Awards are New Zealand’s longest-running sustainability awards and provide a benchmark for environmental excellence. Run annually since 1972, the Awards inspire, recognise and acknowledge those individuals, schools, community groups, towns and cities working passionately to Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Entries for the Beautiful Awards 2021 have now closed and the finalists and individual award recipients are listed below.

We’re looking forward to celebrating the recipients and finalists of the Beautiful Awards 2021 at the Beautiful Ball on Thursday 17 February 2022 at the Banquet Hall, Parliament House, Wellington from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. We’re delighted to announce that this event will be hosted by the Minister for the Environment, Hon David Parker.

Tickets are available to purchase via our website.

If you’d like any further information about the Beautiful Awards or the Beautiful Ball, please email

Beautiful Awards 2021 finalists and individual recipients

Towns & Cities

Most Beautiful Large City
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Most Beautiful Small City


Most Beautiful Large Town


Most Beautiful Small Town



Best Loo

Leith Place Toilet – Tokoroa
Pepe Toilet – Tairua
Wairere Falls Toilet – Matamata

Best Street
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Broadway – Matamata
Ferry Road Cycle Connection – Christchurch
Mary Street – Thames

Kiwis’ Choice
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Dudding Lake – Marton
Great Lake Pathway – Taupō
Jim Barker Playground – Otorohanga
Lake Huiputea – Otorohanga
Queens Park – Invercargill


Community Group Award

Eco Action Nursery Trust – Christchurch
Rotary Cambridge
Te Whare Mahana Community Hub – Levin

Sustainable Schools
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Halfmoon Bay School Te Kura O Rakiura – Stewart Island
Kristin School – Auckland
Solway College – Masterton

Individual recipients

Tidy Kiwi
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David Williams – Otorohanga
Kumar Kumareswaran – Lower Hutt
Michelle Stronach-Marsh – Petone

Young Legend

Jemima Christie – Havelock North
Nora Quigley – Methven
Sophie Weenink – Nelson

Local Hero

Anna Petchell – Hamilton
Gary Mitchell – Wellington
Marshal Walia – Auckland