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Work to get underway on Lower Hutt’s libraries

A programme of work will soon be underway to repair and refurbish five of Hutt City Council’s libraries. Work on Petone, ...

Community working together to build long term resilience

Community organisations have been working together since the lockdown making sure Lower Hutt whānau have been able to get quick ...

Demolition of Naenae Pool to ramp up with preparatory work underway

Preparatory demolition work has started on Naenae Pool, the first major physical milestone of the rebuild of the facility. Lower Hutt ...

Hutt City Council at Alert Level 2

With Lower Hutt moving to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm tonight, there will be some changes to how Council services ...

Hutt City Council services at Alert Level 3

Council continues to have good systems in place to ensure our residents and staff are safe as we prepare for ...

Hutt City Council retains strong AA long-term credit rating

The international credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Hutt City Council’s AA long-term rating with a stable outlook.

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Central Ward By-election extended

Wellington is currently in Alert Level 4 and today the Prime Minister announced this will continue until 11.59pm on Tuesday ...

Community invited to salvage a piece of Naenae Pool history

The demolition of the old Naenae Olympic Pool is soon to get underway – pending lockdown restrictions – and Hutt ...

Hutt City Council confirms glass recycling services to resume

Hutt City Council has confirmed that from Monday 23 August, residents will be able to put out their glass recycling ...

Hutt City Council has closed all Council-operated facilities at Alert Level 4. Level 4 businesses and services to continue

Following New Zealand moving to Alert Level 4 from 11.59pm last night Hutt City Council has closed all Council-owned facilities. Council ...

Major milestone for Lower Hutt’s largest ever infrastructure project

Hutt City Council is celebrating a major milestone in the largest infrastructure project in the history of Lower Hutt. Lower Hutt ...

Mayor honours past and present residents for their outstanding contributions

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has tonight conferred two Mayoral Citations and three Mayoral Certificates of Appreciation awards on to ...

Hutt City Council reaches agreement on Events Centre and Sebel Hotel

Hutt City Council has today released a revised agreement which confirms the continued operation of the Lower Hutt Events Centre, ...

Temporary facilities closures due to toxic mould

Hutt City Council Chief Executive Jo Miller has temporarily closed the Hardwick Smith Lounge in Belmont and the first floor ...

Taita rangatahi lead the way in recycling education

Students from Taita College partnered with Hutt City Council and advertising agency VMLY&R to create street posters promoting good recycling ...

Mayor cuts ribbon on initial stage of the Beltway Cycleway

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has today officially opened the first stage of the much-anticipated Beltway Cycleway, saying that it ...

Local businesses encouraged to be part of Naenae Pool build

Hutt City Council is encouraging local businesses to express interest in being part of the Naenae Pool rebuild, to benefit ...

Twelve Nominations for Central Ward By-election

Nominations for the Hutt City Council by-election closed at noon today (15 July 2021) with twelve candidates putting forward their ...

The Community Arts and Culture Grant has opened

Community arts organisations that deliver cultural events and activities in the city can apply to a $40,000 fund to cover ...

Central Ward Lower Hutt Councillor resignation received

Hutt City Council Chief Executive Jo Miller has today received a letter of resignation from Councillor David Bassett effective immediately.

Wainuiomata first off the blocks in city-wide flood mapping project

People in Wainuiomata will soon be able to view completed stormwater flood hazard maps of their suburb, as part of ...

Hutt City Council agrees on bold and ambitious 10 Year Plan

Hutt City Council has unanimously agreed to more than double its capital investment as part of its 10 year plan ...

Local Partnership Tackles Housing Crisis

Takai Here Tāngata has been announced as the name of the first housing development driven by an innovative housing partnership ...

Author launches seven stories to celebrate Sāmoan Language Week

A Lower Hutt children’s author will kick off Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa (Sāmoan Language Week) by launching seven stories ...

Media Advisory - Local partnership tackles housing crisis

Media are invited to join Hutt City Council, Kahungunu Whānau Services, Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa, and Council-owned organisation ...

Naenae Pool rebuild design team appointed

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has announced the appointment of an experienced design team to work with Council and the ...

Hutt City Council to apply to become Living Wage Accredited Employer

This afternoon Hutt City Council has voted to apply to become a Living Wage accredited employer, as part of its ...

Reducing the region’s plastic waste – One Tag at a time

Plastic dog tags are set to become a thing of the past in Wellington City and Lower Hutt, following the ...

Council confirms prices for new kerbside rubbish and recycling service

Hutt City Council has released the prices for its new rubbish and recycling collection service commencing 1 July 2021 which ...

Let's Talk Transport: Hutt City Council invites community feedback on transport experience across Lower Hutt

Hutt City Council invites the community to take part in a survey that will inform the future of transport in ...

Lower Hutt’s first dog park opens to public

This morning Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry officially opened the Les Dalton Dog Park to the public, and was joined ...

New rubbish and recycling bins delivered to residents from this week

New rubbish and recycling bins delivered to residents from this week The first of Lower Hutt’s new rubbish and recycling bins ...

Come along to Lower Hutt’s Dog Day Out!

This Saturday the much-anticipated Les Dalton Dog Park will be officially open to the public, and Hutt City Council is ...

Days Bay Wharf is back and better than ever

A two-year refurbishment of Days Bay Wharf that will extend its life for at least another 50 years is now ...

Council kicks off engagement to take action on climate change

Hutt City Council has kicked off its first targeted engagement event to support a collaborative and ambitious approach to tackling ...

Help at hand for those wanting to protect indigenous biodiversity on their land

Financial support is now available to property owners wanting to protect and improve indigenous plant and animal habitats on their ...

Hutt City Council welcomes review of local government sector

Hutt City Council and the Dowse Art Museum today hosted the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta for her ...

Hutt City Council welcomes review of local government sector

Hutt City Council and the Dowse Art Museum today hosted the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta for her ...

Feedback sought on new design for Wainuiomata Streetscape

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has announced that Hutt City Council is seeking community feedback on different elements of a ...

Have your say on Lower Hutt’s 10 year plan

Consultation on Hutt City Council’s proposed 10 year plan has opened today. This means the community can now give feedback ...

Infrastructure front and centre of Lower Hutt’s 10 year plan

Hutt City Council met today and agreed on the proposed 10 year plan which will be released for consultation next ...

Hutt City Council invests in Knowing Your Pipes project to address water quality

Hutt City Council, in collaboration with Wellington Water, is taking steps to proactively reduce the amount of wastewater (sewage) that ...

Hutt City Council welcomes news resource consent granted for the Eastern Bays Shared Path

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has welcomed today’s news that resource consent has been granted for the Eastern Bays Shared ...

New trial layout for Knights Road creates safer connections

Creating safer and more enjoyable journeys along Knights Road for all modes of transport is the goal of a five ...

Council leads campaign to Fight for the Flyer

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry, City Councillor Deborah Hislop and MPs Ginny Andersen and Chris Bishop have joined together to ...

Council's carbon footprint set to drop a size

Hutt City Council is set to reduce its carbon footprint with the installation of a flare that will cut methane ...

Council kicks off development of critical transport strategy

Hutt City Council has formally kicked off the development of a new transport strategy to help tackle Lower Hutt’s growing ...

Council adopts transparent and robust financial approach for rebuild of Naenae Pool

Hutt City Council has today released updated information about the rebuild of Naenae Pool, which reflects the cost of rebuilding ...

Petone Wharf closure for urgent repairs

Petone Wharf has today been closed to the public so that repair work can be carried out after damage from ...

Milestone for Naenae Pool project with AECOM confirmed as key partner

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has welcomed a key milestone in the project to rebuild Naenae Pool, with the appointment ...

Hutt City Council establishes Climate Change and Sustainability Committee

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has announced that Hutt City Council has established a new Climate Change and Sustainability Committee. “Caring ...

Hutt City Council approves community plan to reinvigorate Naenae’s town centre

Today Hutt City Council has given the green light to the Naenae Town Centre Spatial Plan. This is a significant ...

Hutt City Council seeks early feedback on priorities for ten year plan (2021-2031)

Hutt City Council is currently working on its ten year plan and budgets for Lower Hutt.

New era for Council rubbish and recycling service

Today Hutt City Council announced that contracts are now in place for a modern, lower carbon kerbside rubbish and recycling ...

New Lower Hutt development has first-home buyers excited

Hutt City Council-owned property company Urban Plus Limited’s (UPL) new development – ‘Central Park on Copeland’ is nearing completion and ...

Community and Council collaborate on design for Naenae town centre

The process to rebuild Naenae Pool and re-design the town centre has reached its next milestone, as Hutt City Council ...

Free bike share scheme ‘Free Ride’ launches in Naenae

Free Ride, a new bike sharing scheme, is launching in Naenae on 30 October 2020. The launch will include a ...

Scale of investment revealed for city’s Three Waters infrastructure over the next decade

This week Hutt City Council will consider the level of investment needed for water infrastructure, as part of work to ...

Lower Hutt’s rubbish and recycling services to get big upgrade

This evening Hutt City Council met and agreed to upgrade the city’s kerbside rubbish and recycling services – the biggest ...

Wainuiomata North Statement of Clarification

Over the weekend there has been media coverage by Stuff and the Dominion Post about Wainuiomata North. This media coverage ...

Population growth, earthquakes and noise

Lower Hutt is about to start planning how the city will look, feel and operate in the decades ahead.

Changes to Huia Pool+Fitness and Stokes Valley Pool+Fitness at Alert Level 2

In order to continue to keep our young people learning to swim in a safe environment during Alert Level 2, ...

Hutt City Council credit rating reflects strong financial outlook

International credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has today issued its financial assessment of Hutt City Council.

Hutt City Council Facilities and Services at Alert Level 2

Hutt City Council facilities and services are mostly continuing as business as usual under Alert Level 2 with an increased ...

New partnership to help those in dire need into housing

A new Council, Māori NGO and Iwi-led housing partnership was launched today to coincide with the Government’s announcement of Te ...

Lower Hutt welcomes Government’s $15 million investment towards Eastern Bays Shared Path

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has welcomed the Government’s announcement this morning that it will invest $15 million towards the ...

Hutt City Council welcomes major boost from Government for rebuild of Naenae pool

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Naenae today, where the Government announced a $27 million ...

Major upgrade proposed for rubbish and recycling

Hutt City Council is seeking feedback from the community on a major upgrade proposed for the city’s rubbish and recycling ...

First off the blocks for healthier, more energy-efficient housing

Hutt City Council is the first New Zealand council to include building performance information on properties’ Land Information Memoranda (LIMs).

Statement of clarification on RiverLink

Recent media reports have focused on the RiverLink project being potentially fast-tracked under the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-Track Consenting) Bill. ...

Innovating Streets funding coming to Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis is delighted that the city will benefit from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency funding ...

Mayor Campbell Barry appoints independent chairperson to Hutt City Council’s Audit and Risk subcommittee

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has announced the appointment of Suzanne Tindal as the independent chairperson of Hutt City Council’s ...

Hutt City Council opts for lower rates increase and cuts costs for year ahead

Hutt City Council met today to agree on final decisions for its 2020/2021 Annual Plan, which sets out priorities ...

Grant scheme to support indigenous habitats on private land kicks off

Hutt City Council today launched a scheme to support private landowners wanting to protect and improve indigenous plant and animal ...

Greenhouse gases down but more work to do

A new report shows that gross greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are down by 11% across Lower Hutt and there has ...

Lower Hutt Community Resilience Fund grants over $20,000 to local community groups

The Hutt City Council’s Community Resilience Fund has granted over $20,000 towards community initiatives since being established in April.

Public spaces support more people to be smokefree in Lower Hutt

In the lead up to World Smokefree Day the number of people who do not smoke is at an ...

Mayor encourages Lower Hutt community to continue supporting each other

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has thanked the many groups and individuals who’ve supported our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

Lower Hutt sport and recreation groups receive boost to help through Covid-19

Sport and recreation groups across Lower Hutt are set to receive a funding boost today, after Hutt City Council agreed ...

Hutt City Council waives outdoor seating fees for cafes and restaurants

Lower Hutt cafes and restaurants will be eligible for a free 12 month licence to install more outdoor seating and ...

Thousands return to Hutt City Libraries

Hutt City Libraries recorded high numbers of visitors in the first week of Alert Level 2 as they welcomed back ...

Mayor Campbell Barry to host virtual public meetings

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry will host two virtual public meetings this week to engage the community about Hutt City’s ...

Hutt City Council Facilities and Services at Level 2

Hutt City Council is working to make our facilities safe so they can open following the government’s announcements earlier in ...

Kerbside recycling to resume under Alert Level 2 across Lower Hutt

Hutt City Council today confirmed that kerbside recycling will resume on Thursday 14 May when New Zealand moves into Alert ...

Community asked to have their say as Lower Hutt rates rise cut by half

Hutt City Council is proposing to reduce its operating budget by $3 million and reduce a proposed rates rise by ...

Funding sought to improve Lower Hutt streetscape for COVID-19 recovery

Hutt City Council is applying for a share of the Government’s recently announced funding to support temporary footpath expansions, which ...

Hutt City Council services at Alert Level 3

As New Zealand prepares to move into Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April Hutt City Council will be continuing ...

Building consents continue under lockdown, numbers continue to rise

Hutt City Council’s consents teams have been running at full steam during lockdown as the number of consents and their ...

Lower Hutt Community Resilience Fund open for applications

Hutt City Council’s newly established Community Resilience Fund is now accepting applications from community groups and charities, Lower Hutt Mayor ...

Mayor Campbell Barry announces voluntary pay cut

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has today announced he will take a voluntary pay cut of 10 per cent for ...

Hutt City Council acts to cut proposed 7.9% rates increase

Hutt City Council met today under urgency to approve a plan and to progress an emergency budget in response to ...

Hutt City Libraries online and in your home

Communities in Lower Hutt are staying connected during the lockdown through a new online service that is providing a large ...

Lower Hutt's public artesian well taps closed

Hutt City Council and Wellington Water, on the advice of Regional Public Health, have closed the public artesian water supply ...

Hutt City Council takes action to support local people and business

Hutt City Councillors met today to agree on a range of immediate actions to support local people and businesses in ...

Hutt City Council suspends parking charges

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has announced Hutt City Council will stop enforcing parking charges until the COVID-19 alert level ...

Hutt City Council to close public facilities

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has today announced all Hutt City Council’s community facilities will be closed to the public, ...

Research highlights housing pressures in Lower Hutt

Recent Hutt City Council research has highlighted serious challenges around housing affordability and starkly shown how many households are struggling ...

New Corporate Leadership Team Appointed to Hutt City Council

Chief Executive Jo Miller has announced the appointment of a new corporate leadership team for Hutt City Council.

Wainuiomata Heartland Ride gets green light

A new on-road cycle touring route through Wainuiomata has been given provisional approval after a successful application to Waka Kotahi ...

Big decisions ahead for residents

Hutt City Council has met and agreed on the issues that will be put to Lower Hutt residents ahead of ...

Hutt City Councillors briefed on significant financial challenges

Hutt City Councillors were briefed about pressing financial challenges and were presented options to increase rates as well as borrowing.

Water high on the agenda for Hutt City Council

Hutt City Councillors have held initial discussions today about what's been recognised as a national challenge facing local government – ...

New Melling Interchange a boost for Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has welcomed today’s news the Government will fund a new Melling Interchange near central Lower ...

Hutt City Council looks to make rating system fairer

Today Hutt City Council met to discuss its approach to how rates are allocated between residents and commercial property owners.

Voting opens Monday for Petone Community Board by-election

A by-election to fill a vacancy on the Petone Community Board will get underway next week.

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