Yule have a great Lower Hutt Christmas

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Published: 15 December 2022

‘Tis the season for many people throughout Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt to have a Christmas break – including us here at Hutt City Council. To make sure everything runs as smooth as the ice in the North Pole, here’s what you need to know-ho-ho about our sites and services over the break.

Getting in touch with us

While we won’t be monitoring our social media from Saturday 24 December to Tuesday 3 January, you can still call us for anything urgent 24/7 on 0800 488 824. We’ve got some very dedicated elves on the other end of the line waiting to help.

You can also report any problems throughout the city online at hutt.city/rap. Through this page you can report non-collection of bins, let us know about water leaks, make a compliment or complaint, and much more.

Your wonderful hubs and libraries 

The Christmas break is the perfect time for a spot of reading. All hubs and libraries will be open for their usual hours until Friday 23 December, when they’ll be closing at 3pm. From Saturday 24 to Tuesday 27 December, all hubs and libraries will be closed. Naenae Hub & Library and War Memorial Library will be open from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 December (11am-4pm each day), while the rest of the sites will remain as still and quiet as the night before Christmas.

Normal opening hours will resume at all hubs and libraries from Wednesday 4 January – and don’t forget that you can visit hutt.city/libraries anytime over the Christmas and New Year’s period to access your library account, reserve items, borrow eBooks or eMagazines, and more.

Art you excited about Christmas

Our one and only Dowse museum will be will be open as normal until 3pm, Friday 23 December. It will be closed from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 December, but will open for its normal hours Tuesday 27 December to Saturday 31 December. Take the kids along and check out some of the exhibitions like Wharenui Harikoa: Lissy Robinson-Cole and Rudi Robinson or Whetūrangitia/Made As Stars.

It will be closed Sunday 1 and Monday 2 January. Normal opening hours will resume on Tuesday 3 January.

For more information visit dowse.org.nz.

Taking out the trash

Thankfully, your bin collection days won’t be affected this year, so it’s business-as-usual with your kerbside services! Just be sure to have your bins and crate out the evening before collection day, and please try to bring them back in by the end of that day once collected.

To check your collection days, visit www.toogoodtowaste.co.nz and pop in your address. And remember, with wrapping paper, if it’s tear-able paper, it can go into your recycling along with all that Christmas cardboard! Cans, meanwhile, go into your yellow-lid recycling bin, and not with the glass bottles in your crate.

The Silverstream Landfill will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Getting about

Metlink are getting into the Christmas spirit by giving everyone free bus and train travel on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve (up until 4am on New Year’s Day)!

Simply tag on and tag off as normal, and you won’t be charged. If you usually pay on board, the bus driver or train staff will give you a free ticket.

You can read more information, and check out the full timetable, here.

What’s on

From Christmas Crafternoons to chilling out in Santa’s Grotto, there’s heaps to do in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt this month. Click here to check out all of our events.

For media enquiries, please get in touch on communications@huttcity.govt.nz or 027 248 9230.