A city small and beautiful – that’s Hastings

A couple of imaginary friends and their popularity with the children of Hastings have helped carry the day and night for their home as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful cities.

Luke the Litter Legend and Colin the Cheeky Chucker were prominent in a decision to name Hastings as the Most Beautiful Small City, for a second year in a row.

Also the Supreme Winner at the last awards in October 2020, its continued place near the top of the order was confirmed on Thursday in an announcement at the “Beautiful Ball” in Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

With a little irony, Wellington was named the most beautiful large city, despite the current mess from an ongoing protest on the front lawn outside Parliament.

The Supreme Towns and Cities Award winner was Whakatane.

The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards have been around for 50 years as the country’s longest-running sustainability awards and a “benchmark for environmental excellence in Aotearoa,” according to a media release.


First published by Hawke’s Bay Today. Click here to read the full article.