WHO’S THE PRETTIEST?
Waikato towns vie for the title of most beautiful small town
It’s a battle for the title of New Zealand’s most beautiful town between two of the North Island’s coastal destinations.
Waihi and Raglan were selected as the two national finalists for Most Beautiful Small Town for this year’s Beautiful Awards on August 18.
The Beautiful Awards celebrate environmental excellence and recognise positive actions taken by communities, businesses, schools, individuals and councils in local and urban areas to protect and enhance their local environments.
The town or city that scores highest in the community beautification category will win a commissioned mural, designed and painted by Auckland artist Flox, for their local community.
Raglan Ward Councillor Lisa Thomson said anyone who spends time in Raglan understands how beautiful the town is.
“It’s the people who make it a truly beautiful place. Our community is proudly protective of the whenua [land] and Raglan’s community initiatives, and its sustainability-focused individuals and businesses show it’s a real town effort to keep Raglan beautiful,” Ms Thomson said.
Waihi, which is vying for the title, has been selected for being proactive with a number of local environmentally and sustainably focused initiatives.
The local group, Keep Waihi Beautiful, has run a number of town-wide clean-up events where residents help to remove litter from public spaces.
The organisation has also partnered with Waihi Beach artist Shane Walker and Waihi College students to remove graffiti on the A&P Shed along State Highway 2 and replace it with urban art.
Waihi is not only a finalist in the Most Beautiful Small Town category. The region also features as a finalist in the Community and Individual categories.
Karangahake restaurant The Falls Retreat is also a contender for the Most Sustainable Small Business Award.
The award recognises New Zealand businesses with fewer than 20 staff which have achieved extraordinary results through an environmental or sustainability project in the past year.
Will Raglan win the title of New Zealand’s most beautiful small town?
Or can Waihi beat its west coast rival to the title?