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Whakatane Supreme Winner - Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Our community were truly humbled to be named Supreme Award Winner at the 2021 Keep NZ Beautiful Awards. While this award acknowledges the undoubted beauty of our town and environment, it was noted by judges the strength of community.

Here's what the judges had to say...

The Supreme Towns & Cities Award winner is chosen from across all the Towns & Cities and is the judge’s top pick from an already-outstanding set of finalists.

“This is always a very hard award to judge and this year was no exception. The Towns and Cities submissions were of an extremely high standard, and the virtual tours provided great insight into the amazing environmental initiatives that have taken place.

The winner for this award is Whakatane...

Biodiversity is a huge focal point for those in Whakatane. The community underwent a tree audit and created tree policies so that people have a better understanding of the value of trees and how their lifespan impacts us. They have also closed the gaps in understanding between rural areas and the township, bringing a tighter cohesion to environmental efforts. The community have also created a Seed Library, and are getting local children and youth involved in plantings – around 4,800 per year.


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