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Speaking at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Community Awards on Tuesday, Mayor Aaron Hawkins said the group had grown tremendously since the ’60s and was one of the city’s most valuable beautification and sustainability programmes.
"We really appreciate the commitment of volunteers who make this programme so successful because without them it wouldn’t exist."
Schools, community groups and individuals were celebrated on Tuesday at the awards ceremony at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Spirals Consultancy Sustainable Business Award
- Dunedin Bowling Club for providing fresh and cheap meals through its food truck.
- Holy Cow
- Taste Nature
- Dunedin Craft Distillery
- Nik Hurring for her involvement in rehabilitation and release of kereru , New Zealand’s native pigeon.
- Rachel Burnett
- Violet Campbell-Collins
- Antonia Wood
- Bruce Mahalski
- Joy and Charlie Pringle
- Kate Moss-Mason
- Kristen Bracey and Kamua Taurua Community
- Amelia Jory
Taylor Community Pride Shield Award
- Otokia Creek and Marsh Habitat Trust for its work regenerating the saltwater marsh in Brighton.
- Hawksbury Lagoon Inc.
- Our Sea Our Future Dunedin
- The Valley Project
- Dunedin Homeschoolers United
- SEA Otepoti
- Halo Project
Dunedin Amenities Society Best School Project Award
- Bayfield High School for its regular clean-up around the Andersons Bay area and Portsmouth Drive, as well as sustainable initiatives including making seed balls, beeswax wraps and clothing swaps.
- Amana Christian School
- Taieri College
- Purakaunui School
- Waikouaiti School
- Green Island School Envirogroup
- Andrew Maton and Nic Daintith for their work in the town around graffiti removal.
- Leisa de Klerk for arranging the collection and recycling of liquid paperboard cartons, such as Tetra Pak.
- Nick Chisholm