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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Keep Dunedin Beautiful

The committee began in 1967 as the Anti Litter Committee and in 1987 began using a programme from the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society Inc. We run many events in partnership with the Dunedin City Council and other community organisations.

To contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful phone (03) 477 4000 or email

Dunedin named Most Beautiful City

Dunedin has been named the Most Beautiful City in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2018.

The Beautiful Awards celebrate sustainability, environmental excellence and community beautification.

The award highlights the work of many community organisations, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC to make the city an even greater place. Among the work and projects highlighted in the application were; graffiti eradication work by Taskforce Green, the West Harbour Recreation Trail led by the Rotary Club of Dunedin, with support from the Rotary Club of Dunedin North, the DCC’s Recycling Inspection programme, the introduction of community recycling hubs for CBD residents, sustainability efforts of Dunedin tourism operators and work by the Otago Peninsula Trust, and work to restore heritage assets around the city.

Some of our events

We have a variety of projects aimed at various sectors of the community. We encourage residents to take pride in and care for their community environment. If you would like to be involved in any of these projects, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Community Clean-ups

We encourage organisations, businesses and the community to organise your own community clean-up event. It’s a great chance to take pride in your area, as well as get outside and meet your neighbours! We can provide rubbish bags and gloves. Email us for more information and to register your event

Awards Programme

The Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards celebrate and honour Dunedin people who are committed to beautifying their city and caring for their environment through volunteer action. We invite schools, community groups and individuals to tell us about environmental projects they have worked on during the past year. The next awards ceremony will be held in June 2019.

Trees for Babies (Celebrating families)

Every Mother’s Day, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dunedin, Keep Dunedin Beautiful hosts Trees for Families. Trees for Families provides the opportunity to celebrate family milestones, while contributing to a native revegetation project in Dunedin. Our next Trees for Babies event is on Mother’s Day, Sunday 12 May 2019.

Please note: Trees must be prepaid and registrations received prior to planting. Trees cost $20 each. Please register via email


We need your help to keep Dunedin beautiful. Roll up your sleeves and Adopt a Spot in your neighbourhood, either as an individual or a group, and make a positive contribution to your community.

You could adopt a stretch of beach, a park or reserve, a car park or a track,  where you can pick up rubbish and recycling and help with weed control. We can provide rubbish bags and gloves if needed.

Contact us for more information and to find out what spots are available near you.


We work with community groups/individuals and schools on various mural projects in public spaces. Contact us to discuss your ideas.


We can help with concerns about graffiti if it is on public property. Unfortunately, we cannot remove graffiti from private property. We will approach the owners and pass on concerns, but the removal of graffiti on private property is up to the owner of that property.

Please do let us know about any areas that are often targeted.

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