Media releases

Read media releases from the Mayor and Hutt City Council.
Wainuiomata Shared Path milestone

The seal has gone down and the bicycles are out on stage one of the Wainuiomata Shared Path.

Hutt City Council adopts zero carbon target

Hutt City Council voted to set itself a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 at ...

Mall announcement fantastic news for Wainuiomata

Countdown’s announcement that it has applied for resource consent to redevelop the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre and build new supermarket will ...

Hutt programme makes a difference to science education

Hutt Science is making a difference to science education in Lower Hutt.

Hutt City Council closes learners’ pool at Naenae

The learners’ pool at Naenae Swimming Pool has been closed to the public after an engineer’s report found the learners’ ...

Softball clubs catch on to pool passes for player of the day

Softball clubs around the Wellington region are catching on to “Go the H2O Player of the Day” certificates which come ...

Council listens to community to protect Lower Hutt’s biodiversity

Lower Hutt Councillors voted last night in favour of the Mayor’s recommendation to work more closely with landowners to protect ...

Statement of Clarification regarding media coverage on Sea Level Rise

Hutt City Council would like to correct and clarify some of the information which has recently appeared in the media ...

Emotional start to homelessness debate

Homelessness lies below the radar in Lower Hutt with women and their children paying a particularly grim price, Hutt City ...

Hutt Park Receives International Award

Hutt Park in Seaview has received international recognition for its outdoor spaces and is one of only twenty-three Green Flag® ...

Lower Hutt stands up against violence towards women

Hutt City Council is proud to be supporting the 2018 White Ribbon New Zealand campaign, in conjunction with the Hutt ...

Beltway Cycleway consultation opens today

Hutt City Council’s plan to change the way the city moves takes another step forward this month, with the next ...

Key milestone for Ricoh Sports Centre at Fraser Park

At the break of dawn this morning (Monday 12 November) Te Ātiawa led a ceremony to lay a mouri stone ...

Hutt City Council welcomes science, technology and innovation conference

From cutting-edge technology used in genetics to backyard trappers reversing declines in flora and fauna - the 2018 House of ...

Hutt’s Innovative Young Minds inspiring future generations of STEM professionals

A pioneering programme driven by the Hutt City Council and the local Rotary Club is changing the way young women ...

Decision on how residents are represented at Council

Hutt City Councillors have decided to keep the current way of electing councillors and how residents are represented by community ...

Wainuiomata town centre designated smokefree

Hutt City Council endorsed the recommendation from the Wainuiomata Community Board to designate Queen Street as smokefree.

Report shows investment in Taita is paying off

Many aspects of life in Taita are on the improve, especially for young people, according to analysis carried out to ...

Mayor welcomes thermal upgrade for more Hutt homes

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has welcomed Housing New Zealand’s recent announcement to improve the thermal performance of a further ...

Let us help fund your next art project

Hutt City Council’s Creative Communities Funding Scheme has money to give groups and individuals running arts projects in Lower Hutt.

Stokes Valley to trial new dog tag technology

The Lower Hutt suburb of Stokes Valley will be one of the first in the country to trial a new ...

Survey shows Lower Hutt is a great place to live

An increasing number of Lower Hutt residents rate their city as a great place to live.

Lower Hutt safer after quake-risk buildings brought up to spec

All buildings in Lower Hutt with unreinforced masonry parapets and façades, deemed an earthquake risk to public safety, have been ...

In-school yoga programme brings calm to classrooms

Some Lower Hutt schools have found that regular yoga sessions at school help pupils feel calmer and deal better with ...

Parking Changes in Lower Hutt's Civic Precinct

New car parking zones and restrictions around Lower Hutt’s new Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall will come into effect ...

Have your say on your city's future

Lower Hutt resident now have four weeks to have their say on how they elect their councillors and how they ...

Proposal to close Grounsell Crescent on-ramp

The New Zealand Transport Agency and Hutt City Council are proposing to permanently close a State Highway 2 on-ramp for ...

Lower Hutt company fined $37,500 for quake-prone building

A Lower Hutt company has been fined $37,500 for failing to complete earthquake strengthening of a residential building it owns ...

RiverLink geotechnical work gets underway

Next month, the RiverLink team will start investigations to better understand the geotechnical complexities of the Hutt Valley.This work will ...

Lower Hutt Events Centre opening a success

Several thousand people turned out on Saturday to see and experience the new Lower Hutt Events Centre and refurbished Town ...

Volunteers celebrated at awards ceremony

Volunteers from across Lower Hutt were last night celebrated for their generosity and service to the community. Hutt City Council’s Volunteer ...

Local Teens attend international youth summit in Boston

Five rangatahi from Lower Hutt will join 150 other teens in Boston, Massachusetts for The Clubhouse Network’s 2018 Teen Summit ...

Lower Hutt Events Centre and Town Hall opening 14 July 2018

The wraps are off, the scaffolding is down and soon people will be able to see inside Lower Hutt’s new ...

Golf fundraiser helps address inequality for Lower Hutt kids

An annual charity golf tournament has helped fund more than 25,000 life-changing opportunities and experiences for hundreds of Lower Hutt ...

Consented discharge at Hinemoa Street

Due to the extreme rainfall between Sunday 8 July and Monday 9 July 2018, untreated sewage from the Hinemoa Street ...

Te Omanga Hospice announced as HighLight charity partner

HighLight: Carnival of Lights has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its charity partner for 2018, raising money to help with ...

Hutt Winter Festival programme line-up revealed for 2018

Hutt City Council’s Hutt Winter Festival is back for a second year, warming up the winter months with an explosion ...

Young women inspired to pursue STEMM careers

Forty young women from high schools throughout the Wellington region will be spending the first week of their school holidays ...

Local transport projects to benefit from increased funding

Government Policy Statement welcomed by Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace.

Naenae Community Hub gets green light

Hutt City Council’s third community hub is due to open its doors in 2020.

Hutt City Adopts Long Term Plan

Prioritises rejuvenation and low rates.

Civic Precinct embodies past, present and future

Lower Hutt’s new Events Centre, which opens on July 14, will provide an elegant, contemporary partner for the refurbished Town ...

Call to be more vigilant when checking tyres

The number of cars with worn-out tyres has increased noticeably, according to Hutt City Council’s parking wardens.

2017

Press releases and news from 2017.

Take your tamariki Beyond the Page these school holidays

Beyond the Page, a literary festival for tamariki and their whānau, is back in 2018 and bigger than ever as ...

Empowering Tamariki: Connecting Rata Street School kids to learning

A new scheme starting in September will see 124 Year 5 and 6 children from Rata Street School in Naenae ...

Consented discharge at Hinemoa Street

Due to the extreme rainfall on Tuesday 12 June 2018, untreated sewage from the Hinemoa Street pumping station overflowed into ...

Lower Hutt Events Centre provides training and employment opportunities

The Lower Hutt Events Centre, which will officially be opened on Saturday 14 July, has employed more than 120 tradespeople ...

Have your say on how you are represented at Council

Hutt City Council is reviewing the way Lower Hutt residents are represented at Council, in preparation for the 2019 local ...

Earthquake Prone Buildings at Queensgate

Hutt City Council has been advised by Stride Property that draft engineering reports they have received on their buildings at ...

Hutt City Council agrees priorities for Long Term Plan

Hutt City Council has agreed the priorities for its 2018-2028 Long Term Plan at a Community Plan Committee meeting, including ...

Lower Hutt youth programme shows big return on investment

An evaluation of a Lower Hutt youth training and employment programme has shown it to be a valuable investment for ...

Mayor welcomes thermal upgrade for Hutt homes

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has welcomed Housing New Zealand’s announcement of a pilot programme to improve the thermal performance ...

Queensgate proud to be smokefree

World Smokefree Day is 31 May and this year’s theme celebrates New Zealand’s smokefree achievements.

HighLight: Carnival of Lights a finalist at the Wellington Gold Awards

The inaugural HighLight: Carnival of Lights has been recognised as one of the region’s best events last year, being nominated ...

Lower Hutt ratepayers could pay more for flood protection

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to abandon plans to change the funding ...

Homelessness Strategy for Lower Hutt

Hutt City Council is taking action to address homelessness in the city, following a unanimous decision on Tuesday night to ...

Wainuiomata Community Board member resigns

Long-serving Wainuiomata Community Board member Margaret Willard has today resigned and a by-election will be required to find her replacement ...

Passionate submissions heard by Council

Hutt City Council’s Community Plan Committee heard from a number of very passionate submitters at its Long Term Plan hearings ...

Encouraging kids to play for health

Hutt City Council, with the support of naming rights partner Cummings Kilgariff and Co, is launching a new programme for ...

It’s the Ricoh Sports Centre for Fraser Park

Ricoh New Zealand has been announced as the naming rights sponsor for Lower Hutt’s new Sports Centre at Fraser Park.

Wharves’ refurbishment work to be reviewed

Hutt City Council is reviewing work to refurbish or demolish the wharves at Rona Bay, Days Bay, Point Howard and ...

Space Challenge lands in Lower Hutt

Some of the best brains working in the space-related sector in New Zealand (companies, start-ups, universities etc.) are competing in ...

Quake-prone building owner pleads guilty

Hutt City Council has successfully prosecuted a Lower Hutt company for failing to complete strengthening work on an earthquake-prone residential ...

Plenty for science enthusiasts at Hutt STEMM festival

The entire month of May is dedicated to science and technology in Lower Hutt, with events and workshops for all ...

Local leaders pleased with reprieve for Hutt bus services

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace has welcomed news of a temporary reprieve for the Airport Flyer, Wainuiomata, Stokes Valley and ...

Our city, our community, our future – community views wanted on Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan

Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 consultation document, Our city, our community, our future, is now available for community ...

City's Economy Solid

Lower Hutt’s retail sector has shrugged off the after-effects of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the city’s wider economy is ...

Mayor and local MP welcome positive step in Hutt City housing plan

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace and local list MP Ginny Andersen say a meeting with Housing Minister Phil Twyford and ...

Lower Hutt to ‘buzz’ with electric vehicles

A convoy of electric vehicles (EVs) are buzzing into Lower Hutt this month as part of the #LeadingTheCharge country wide ...

Council’s proposal for Waddington Drive

Hutt City Council has developed a proposal to address the speed issue in Waddington Drive, Naenae.

Waddington Drive Local Area Traffic Management Scheme

Several recent accidents, where drivers lost control of their vehicles, have highlighted worrying and hazardous driving behaviours along Waddington Drive.

Dawn service and public exhibition to mark 50th Anniversary of the Wahine disaster – 10 April

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace will host a public memorial service on the coast at Eastbourne on 10 April to ...

Point Howard Wharf to remain off limits to the public

Point Howard Wharf will remain closed to the public indefinitely after an inspection of its damaged piles found the work ...

Stay safe at Rona Bay

Rona Bay is a great place to hang out and escape the summer heat but one or two visitors may ...

Council takes a closer look at homelessness in the city

Hutt City Council is about to launch a survey as part of its work to better understand homelessness in the ...

Leading edge residential development nears completion

Hutt City Council-owned property company Urban Plus Limited is about to celebrate the completion of its most ambitious residential development ...

Changes to community service funding

Hutt City Council has made significant changes to its Community Funding Strategy. These changes will be implemented on 1 July 2018. A ...

Protecting the city’s natural heritage

Hutt City Council is in the initial stages of strengthening protections for the city’s valuable native plant and animal habitats ...

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