It’s official! Whanganui is New Zealand’s ‘Most Beautiful Small City’ after scoring the title in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards.

The awards, facilitated by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful charity, celebrate environmental excellence and recognise positive actions taken by communities, businesses, schools, individuals and councils to beautify their environment.

Judge and Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO Heather Saunderson said the cities displayed a strong focus on making their environment more vibrant and rubbish-free.

“They have a huge focus on the arts and beautification, and have well established top-of-the-line recycling facilities.” Saunderson said.

Last year, Whanganui took out the award for the first time, beating Hutt City.

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