Mission Statement: to promote community spirit by recognising people who take pride in their living environment
In 2012 the inaugural Beautification Awards were presented to people and organisations that over several years have consistently worked to beautify their living environment through a wide range of strategies. These included but were not limited to: removing weeds including wilding pines and non-native flora to encourage the return of native plants and animals, planting natives to stablise soil and encourage biodiversity, particularly in vulnerable areas such as coastlines and wetlands, implementing strategies to reduce litter and encourage recycling, implementing and fostering biodiversity projects, landscaping, and maintaining and enhancing the appearance of the living environment through creative recycling projects.
The wards were presented in two categories district wide: schools and public places.
While many school undertook some wonderful work in beautifying their environment, four stood out as exceptional. Omihi School students took out the top position because of their amazing work on their Biodiversity trail, which included the construction of signs, weta hotels, and bird nesting boxes, and their focus in sustainability, including their inspirational 'outdoor art' recycling projects. They have created an outdoor living environment that is both beautiful and functional, inspiring every one who visits. The children can be proud of their amazing achievement (and so can their inspiring teachers!).
Omihi School students accepting their Beautification Award from Mayor Winton Dalley: December 2012. Part of their biodiversity trail is visible in the background.
Congratulations also go to Waikari School, Amberley School, and Leithfield School for their wonderful work on biodiversity trails and converting unsightly areas into beautiful places.
It was equally difficult to choose from the many programmes being undertaken throughout the district by dozens of dedicated and passionate people who have worked tirelessly to enhance and beautify their natural environment. In keeping with the Beautification Awards mission statement, the following groups and individuals received awards:
Amberley Ward : Amberley Beach Coast Care in recognition of their work to beautify and enhance your coastal environment
Cheviot Ward : Cheviot Beautification Group in recognition of their work to beautify and enhance the entrances of the township over the past decade
: Port Robinson Reserves Committee in recognition of their work over many years to restore native flora along the coastline
Hanmer Springs Ward: Weedbusters Volunteers in recognition of their work to beautify and enhance heritage forests
Glenmark Ward : Warren Campion in recognition of his work to beautify and enhance the environment of Waipara township
Amuri/Hurunui : Hurunui Gateway Promotions in recognition of their work to beautify and enhance Stocks Reserve
: Peny Zino and John Harper in recognition of their work to beautify and enhance the village green area
Categories: schools and non-commercial public places.
Criteria for entry is straightforward and all entries will be carefully considered.
Conditions (they're not as complex as they seem at first glance!) and Entry Form
- Entry is free
- Entry is open to all schools, community groups, and individuals in the Hurunui District
- Entry forms and portfolios may be retained and used for promotional purposes
- Only a teacher or administrator may nominate a school. Each school may only enter once although each entry may include several projects that together aim to enhance and beautify the outdoor living environment.
- Only one nominee—an individual, group, or organisation—may be nominated for each non-commercial public space.
- Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form available here
- Each entry should consist of a documented portfolio of work undertaken between March 30, 2013 and September 30, 2013. The portfolio may consist of project(s) initiated prior to March 30, however the project(s) will be assessed based on the work undertaken during this period.
- The portfolio should consist of
- a mission statement or clear goal or purpose of the project or work undertaken
- a demonstrated time line of events, for example a diary with photographs clearly showing progress between 30 March 2013 and 30 September 2013
- an outcome. This may be in the form of photographs and a brief description.
- Incomplete projects that have been documented this way are acceptable however the complete project may not be entered in subsequent beautification awards. The only exception to this is where a project forms part of a larger project such as a biodiversity trail, in which case it will be assessed at the judges' discretion
- The judges may wish to see the finalists' projects before the awards are announced
- The nominees for non-commercial public spaces agree to having their photographs taken for publicity purposes
- The nominees for schools agree to have photographs taken of their projects for publicity purposes. No photographs of children will be used without the prior consent of parents or guardians.
- All entries must be submitted to the Council at 66 Carters Road, Amberley by 5.00pm 30 September 2013
- The recipients will be announced 31 October 2013
- The recipients will be awarded at a ceremony in Council Chambers at a date to be announced late November or early December 2012
- The recipients will be entitled to use the Beautification Award logo for marketing or promotional purposes
- The judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
What exactly is beautification?
That's entirely up to you - you're only limited by your imagination. Projects might include but are certainly not limited to -
- Biodiversity enhancement (looking for funding? Download a short summary that includes tips for how to apply of possible funding bodies (complied June 2013).
- Tree planting
- Outdoor art (see below for ideas)
- Restoration of outdoor spaces (see below for ideas)
- Part of an overall project might include recycling materials that would otherwise need to be transported to a waste recycling centre or thrown away. For example, making fire briquettes from shredded newspapers, recycling plastic bags (see attached), creating compost heaps for gardens, etc. Local recycling reduced transport and the incidence of waste products such as paper and plastic entering the local environment.
Did you know that replacing car parking spaces can actually increase business turnover? When you beautify an area with welcoming and functional outdoor furniture and quirky art, you are creating ‘linger spaces’ – places people want to come to visit because it makes them feel good. A line of cars with wheels jammed in gutters just outside shops does not foster ‘linger spaces’. Beautiful outdoor spaces are not just aesthetically pleasing. They enhance community pride and are good for business! Just have a look at Palmerston North:
- Turn an old wall into an outdoor art galley or make micro sculptures and funky outdoor furnature from items people leave behind
- Change an unused corner of a village area into something spectacular
- Get together with neighbours and turn a weedy old outdoor space into a community garden
- Convert ugly public toilets into a tourist attraction at Kawakawa and Paihia (Note, this would need consent from Council, but it gives you an idea of the creative thinking)
- The idea of the beautification award is to promote community spirit. An entire street, for example, might get together to beautify their community
- Convert a chain link fence into a vertical garden
- Use old timber pallets (Goldpine Amberely will give them to you for free) to do the same. Also see here and here to create outdoor furniture for public places, or even create a pavilion
- Take a page from taggers turned urban artists
- LED lights at Pegasus
- Recycled tin to create outdoor art in planter boxes and here
- Add planter boxes to poles
- Turn old doors and tiles into a feature corner of a public space:
- Recycling plastic milk jugs into planter boxes
- Playgrounds: Recycled vehicle into playground furniture andrecycled water tanks into cubby houses
- Turn firewood stumps into an 'urban art' drum set
- Turn an old boat into a planter
- Turn empty public spaces into appealing people places with recycled timber ‘cubicles’
- Build Weta hotels
Good luck, have fun, and don't forget to include your Entry Form. If you have any questions, contact Sonny Whitelaw, the Biodiversity Advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 03 314 8816 or 027 528 6975.