Beautification Awards

Mission Statement: to promote community spirit by recognising people who take pride in their living environment

2013 entry conditions and forms

Background

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.

Schools

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.

Public 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


Nominations are now open for the 2013 Beautification Awards  

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

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 -

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:

 Looking for some creative inspiration? Check these:

Good luck, have fun, and don't forget to include your Entry Form. If you have any questions, contact Sonny Whitelaw, the Biodiversity Advisor: biodiversity@hurunui.govt.nz Phone 03 314 8816 or 027 528 6975.