It was first time lucky for Sustainable Whanganui Trust, who took home an award at the 2016 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.

Robin Williamson was at the award ceremony in Auckland on Saturday night and accepted the Community Environmental Initiative Award on behalf of the trust.

Two members of Sustainable Whanganui - Graham and Lyn Pearson - were also finalists in the Tidy Kiwi category.

Ms Williamson said everyone at Sustainable Whanganui was "pretty happy" with the win - especially as it was the first time the trust had entered the awards.


She said the awards were a good opportunity to meet like-minded people; and Sustainable Whanganui's win had attracted a lot of interest from other organisations that wanted to know more about the trust's work.

"People like the sound of what we've been doing. We're happy to mentor other organisations from around the country - we certainly had mentors in our early days," Ms Williamson said.

The Community Environmental Initiative award honours innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results through partnerships and collaboration. This can be anything from large national efforts to small-scale local projects.

Ms Williamson said everyone was welcome to Sustainable Whanganui's AGM on October 30 at 2pm, in the education room of the resource recovery centre.

"It's not a standard AGM, but more of a celebration of all of our victories this year," Ms Williamson said.