15/08/2019 1:00:00 p.m.
15 August 2019
Whanganui has been selected as a finalist in the Most Beautiful City and Best Street categories in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.
The awards celebrate towns, cities and local heroes who lead the way with outstanding environmental and beautification work.
Whanganui Mayor, Hamish McDouall, says the result is fantastic for Whanganui. “In the past year, Whanganui has experienced a surge of activity in beautification projects ranging from a street art festival to a scheme funding heritage buildings’ enhancement work. This is a chance to show the town-beautification work and sustainability initiatives that are amongst our communities.
“We all know Whanganui is a beautiful place and to be named as a finalist in two categories is quite simply outstanding,” Mayor McDouall says.
A number of local initiatives were identified in Whanganui’s most beautiful city entry including Whanganui Walls street art festival, Coastcare activities, the urban Shared Pathways initiative, Whanganui’s Town Regeneration work, Bushy Park activity, litter and anti-dumping initiatives, the Heritage Grant Scheme and many more. Whanganui has been recognised nationally for some of our environmental initiatives such as the Matipo Community Gardens Trust and an international Green Flag Award for Rotokawau Virginia Lake.
The Ridgway Street precinct between Drews and Victoria avenues is a finalist in the Best Street category.
Helen Craig, who entered Ridgway Street into the awards in her personal capacity, says, “Ridgway Street is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful streets, with wall-to-wall heritage buildings, beautiful blossom trees in spring, a small park and a temporary activity and food-cart pop-up community space last summer. A recently-added huge mural overlooking the park is the icing on the cake.”
The next step in the awards process is to submit a video for each finalist category. Judges will visit Whanganui in September to complete an assessment for the Most Beautiful City Award.
The Most Beautiful City and Best Street award winners are announced in October 2019.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping communities clean, safe and beautiful. Campaigns like ‘Be A Tidy Kiwi’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ have been part of New Zealand culture for over 50 years.
Tackling litter, graffiti, waste minimisation and recycling initiatives are core activities and wider environmental projects include community beautification and clean-up events, tree and garden planting, waterway and highway restoration. Education programs and resources to support volunteers in their community efforts are also provided.