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STAFF REPORTER

Timaru missed out on taking the “Most Beautiful Large Town” award at a gala dinner held in Auckland on Monday evening.

Timaru was one of two finalists at the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.

Taupo won the prize with judges saying the Taupo District Council had worked hard to walk-the-talk and set an example in waste minimisation.

“Most of their rubbish bins have been removed from their offices, to encourage more conscientious decisions when disposing of waste, they’ve implemented compost bins at each office and they no longer offer disposable plastic cups at the water coolers.

“They are leading by example and their award submission is full of outstanding examples of how this behaviour is being extended out and encouraged in the community.”

Finalists were decided after a visit from celebrity judges, stencil artist Flox (Hayley King), NZ House & Garden editor Sally Duggan, along with a representative from Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

In other awards, Dunedin was named the Most Beautiful City, against strong competitor Hutt City. Raglan won the Most Beautiful Small Town award and also the Supreme Award, in what the judges described as an unprecedented dedication and effort regarding their community beautification programme.

Raglan will receive a customised community mural, designed and painted by Flox. Twelve other awards were also presented, celebrating environmental excellence among businesses, schools, individuals and places throughout New Zealand.