Waiouru’s public toilet has won the ‘Best Loo’ category in the Keep NZ Beautiful Awards for 2016 held in Auckland over the weekend.

Ruapehu Council Spokesperson Margaret Hawthorne said that the new loos have been a huge success since their opening last year.

“From day one the new toilets whose design mimics that of the National Army Museum across the road and its picnic area has been successful in getting travellers to stop and take a break in Waiouru rather than just driving through,” said Mrs. Hawthrone.

Mrs. Hawthorne said that the toilet project is part of Council’s larger development strategy for Ruapehu.

“For Waiouru the development of the public toilets and surrounding amenity area along with street landscaping along SH1 are the first part of a vision for Waiouru as being a gateway to the volcanic plateau and the Ruapehu District,” she said.

“What is critically important is that residents be they from Waiouru or Taumarunui or wherever continue to engage with Council on the revitalization process.”

“Putting our townships on a path to growth and prosperity will take ideas, energy and passion from the people who will benefit the most, our local communities,” she said.