Search for New Zealand’s most beautiful towns and city underway

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Search for New Zealand’s most beautiful towns and city underway

30 May 2018: New Zealand towns and cities can now throw their hat in the ring for the title of 2018’s Most Beautiful Town and Most Beautiful City.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Beautiful Awards with a new, more simplified entry process.

Towns and cities will be able to submit a more simplified entry form with chosen finalists then being able to showcase their town or city to a new judging panel for the last stage of judging. This year’s judges include:

  • Flox, one of New Zealand’s leading stencil artists
  • Sally Duggan, Editor of NZ House & Garden
  • Heather Saunderson, Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO. 

The Most Beautiful Town or City that receives the highest score for community beautification and art will also win a Flox mural, designed and painted in their community.

Flox was selected as a judge for her passion for community art and says, “My outdoor mural works have become a way of voicing sustainability and conservation messages to the wider public, so being involved in this year’s Beautiful Awards is truly an honour.”

The Awards recognise the positive actions taken by Kiwi communities to enhance the environment and take into account initiatives such as waste minimisation, community beautification, recycling and sustainable tourism attractions.

This year’s other guest judge Sally Duggan was selected for her first-hand experience of some of New Zealand’s most beautiful places through her role as Editor of NZ House & Garden magazine.

“When we ask the people whose lovely homes appear in NZ House & Garden about what they love most about their place, they almost always mention their connection to their local environment and community. I’m loving this chance celebrate our best towns and cities,” says Duggan.

New Zealand towns and cities have until 1 August 2018 to submit their entries for this year’s Beautiful Awards.

The winners will be announced at the Beautiful Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at Auckland Maritime Museum on 26 October 2018.

To enter and for more information on the award categories and criteria visit the Keep New Zealand Beautiful website.




About Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards:

The Beautiful Awards celebrate environmental excellence and recognise positive actions taken by communities, businesses, schools, individuals and councils, in local and urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments. This competition is open to all individuals, environmental groups, schools, businesses and councils to enter each year.

The 17 official awards are across five categories, including: Individuals, Community, Places, Small Towns, Large Towns and Cities. This year the entry form for all award categories has also been simplified.

The mural by FLOX, will be awarded to the town or city that demonstrates the most outstanding commitment to, and achievement in community beautification; scoring the highest of Category 2 in the Towns & Cities Awards criteria.

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