From Napier's scenic coastline, to Havelock North's highest peaks - the beauty of Hawke's Bay has been recognised in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Beautiful Awards 2017.

This year the prestigious awards evening will be held at Craggy Range on October 13, to celebrate the people and communities around New Zealand who "Do the right thing and demonstrate environmental excellence in all walks of life".

As well as hosting the awards, Hawke's Bay has a strong showing - with three finalists.

Havelock North is in the running for Most Beautiful Suburb, while the Hastings-based Hawke's Bay Farmers Market has been nominated for the Most Sustainable Business Project and Napier is up for the Most Beautiful City.


Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said it had been a year of beautification projects "in our much loved suburb of Havelock North", like the Village Green project, and Duart House stream restoration.

"There's so many passionate people who love the village and support all of its projects. It just has such unique natural features with the city underneath the great Te Mata Rongokako, and just with the completion of the village green it was the right time to enter."

The council had created a video showcasing the village to submit for the awards.

As well as the dynamic business association, many projects were supported by the council, and the community.

"The brand 'love the village' is very much alive and well with huge commitment and community spirit from the wider Havelock village."

Napier will be up against up against Masterton and Tauranga for Most Beautiful City.

Mayor Bill Dalton said being a finalist highlighted "what a great place Napier is to live, it is a beautiful city".

"To be quite honest it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, there's no question about it. It is a beautiful city and we're very, very proud of it."

The nomination was a credit to the Napier City Council staff who worked to keep the city clean, and looking good.

"They've got the city at heart and they do a fantastic job presenting Napier as a beautiful city."

Hastings had received this accolade in 2015.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful chief executive officer Heather Saunderson said the awards acknowledged Kiwis who were leading the way with their outstanding environmental and beautification work.

"We also celebrate beautiful councils and businesses for the magnificent work they have done and announce the most beautiful street, suburb, town and cities in New Zealand."

The group behind Keep New Zealand Beautiful thanked all award entrants for the time and effort which had been put into their submissions.

A panel of judges will be made up of representatives from the Keep New Zealand Beautiful board, education, council/government, community and business sectors.

-Tickets for the awards evening can be purchased at


Most Sustainable Business Project
Hawke's Bay Farmer's Market
Plastics NZ

Most Beautiful Suburb
Havelock North

Most Beautiful City

Community Environmental Initiative Award
East Taranaki Environment Trust
Kids Greening Taupo
Tuakau Clean Up & Planting Group

Community Group Award
Wakatipu Reforestation Trust
Progress Castlecliff
The Sharing Shed

Sustainable School Award
Kristin School
Morgan Educare
Wainuiomata Primary School

Kiwi's Choice
Akaroa Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Lake Marian
Mt Maunganui

Best Loo
Mt Hutt Ski Area
Riddiford Pavillion
Piopio Public Toilets

Most Sustainable Small Business
The Green Collective

Young Legend Award
Joanna Tao
Mia Simcock

Tidy Kiwi Award
Beverley Thomson
Tom Carr
Karen Ngatai

Ruud Kleinpaste Award
Linda Keall
Marty Hoffart
Reena Wallis

Most Sustainable Business
Ricoh New Zealand
Ceres Organics
Blue Clean LTD

Most Beautiful Small Town

Most Beautiful Large Town