Get your entries in and tickets for the Beautiful Awards now 11 June 2019 Businesses, community groups and individuals are encouraged to showcase the brilliant work you do for the environment by entering the Beautiful Awards. Photo: Dr Kate James (Marine Scientist) and Judy Rooney (Founder of the group) representatives from Plastic-Free Coromandel Town who won the Community Group Award at the 2018 Beautiful Awards. Businesses, community groups and individuals are encouraged to showcase the brilliant work you do for the environment by entering the Beautiful Awards. The Awards, run by Keep NZ Beautiful, recognise environmental excellence and positive actions to protect and enhance our local environments. Last year, Plastic-Free Coromandel Town won the Community Group Award, along with our new Hot Water Beach toilet winning the Plumbing World Best Loo Award. "Coromandel, let's get behind this again,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Last year was awesome and reflects what our local communities care about and what is truly special and unique to us - our place - our environment." This annual competition is open to all individuals, environmental groups, schools, businesses and councils. The 17 official awards are across five categories: Individuals, Communities, Businesses, Places, Small and Large Towns and Cities. Entries are valid for projects, campaigns and initiatives which have been completed between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 unless otherwise stipulated in the outlined criteria. Entries close 31 July 2019. If you have any questions or queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org You can read more about the Beautiful Awards and each of the different award categories here. Beautiful Awards tickets on sale now Enjoy an evening of entertainment, dinner and drinks as we announce the winners of Keep NZ Beautiful prestigious awards and celebrate the environmental excellence of towns, cities, individuals, groups, businesses and schools. If you would like to purchase tickets to the Beautiful Awards dinner, held on Thursday 24 October at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin, click here. Save the date - Clean Up Week is back Video: Don't Upset Mama Nature Clean Up Week is proudly brought to you by G.J. Gardner Homes and back for 2019, running from 9-15 September. Registrations will open in July; to register for important updates and to be notified when registrations are open, please enter your details here. Plastic Free July Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July. The Plastic Free Foundation is a not-for-profit which delivers the annual challenge and works on solutions with communities around the world. Their vision is a world without plastic waste by encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use. See plasticfreejuly.org for more information.