Raglan tops list of beautiful towns at Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards

Raglan’s ongoing efforts to minimise waste and beautify our community were acknowledged at this year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.

Raglan was in the running for Most Beautiful Small Town, along with Plastic Bag Free Raglan, which was nominated for Best Community Environmental Initiative.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping communities clean, safe and beautiful. The Awards celebrate community groups, businesses, schools, individuals and councils who are working to beautify and enhance a town’s environment.

Judging is based on efforts being made to minimise and prevent litter, community beautification projects, recycling projects and sustainable tourism attractions.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful judges visited Raglan in September and took a tour of the community with Councillor Thomson. They learned about Raglan’s waste minimisation initiatives at Xtreme Zero Waste, the Council’s ‘3 P’s’ loo campaign, the local dune plantings and community beach cleans being organised by the Whaingaroa Environment Centre and saw first-hand the successful work of Plastic Bag Free Raglan.

Raglan was awarded Most Beautiful Small Town, but during their visit, the judges recognised Raglan’s ‘unprecedented commitment and efforts to beautifying the community’, as a result, Raglan was also awarded the Supreme Award for the evening.

Plastic Bag Free Raglan won Best Community Environmental Initiative, an award that honours innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership.

Councillor Thomson attended the Awards night on behalf of the Raglan community, and gave an inspiring korero to attendees, praising the work being done around the country, but also encouraging them to do more.

Raglan is gaining a reputation around Aotearoa as one of the country’s most environmentally conscious and sustainable towns. Local community groups such as the Whaingaroa Environment Centre, Karioi Maunga ki te Moana, Plastic Bag Free Raglan, Raglan Upcyling Co-op, Whaingaroa Harbour Care, Raglan Naturally, the Whaingaroa Raglan Affordable Housing Project and many others dedicate endless volunteer hours to keep our environment pristine and clean in various ways.

As the Supreme Award winner, Raglan will receive a customised community mural, designed and painted by renowned mural artist, Flox.

If you would like to learn more or get involved in any of the local efforts going on in the community to ‘Keep Raglan Beautiful’, get in touch with the Whaingaroa Environment Centre, the Raglan Community House, the Raglan Chamber or Xtreme Zero Waste.

Members of Plastic Bag Free Raglan, Raglan Naturally, Whaingaroa Environment Centre, Xtreme Zero Waste, the Raglan Chamber of Commerce and Waikato District Council Raglan Service Centre. Some of the groups who are part of the initiatives that were recognised by the Keep NZ Beautiful judges, including Plastic Bag Free Raglan’s award for Best Community Environmental Initiative.

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