By installing murals in public places within the City, Upper Hutt City Council’s Youth Development and Painted Environment mural projects aim to decrease graffiti, increase the perception of safety within Upper Hutt, build cultural and heritage character in Upper Hutt and beautify Upper Hutt.

From June 2015 to date, over 70 young people aged 9-24 years have engaged in mural projects across the city.  Youth have volunteered their time during the projects and in most instances they were responsible for identifying the sites, obtaining legal permission, surveying residents, designing and then installing the murals.  Many have also produced a report to stakeholders at completion of the projects.

The young people involved have volunteered a combined total of over 440 hours to these projects.  The meaningful involvement of young people in these projects allows Council to engage with and support the City’s young people to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

See photo of all Upper Hutt’s murals then map out your own route and take a tour of Upper Hutt’s emerging Painted environment by clicking the link below

The Mayor officially launched the Naenae anti-graffiti programme at the Hilary Court in Naenae on 26 February.

The Naenae Board, Naenae Community Policing Team and the Hutt City Council anti-graffiti programme, have come together to reduce the amount of graffiti in the area, and engage the community in preventing it.

Early stages of the intiative involves the placement of 12 new signs in Hillary Court and Seddon Street, areas that are subjected to large amount of graffiti vandalism.

The signs outline the various ways people can report graffiti for removal, as well as providing advice about not approaching graffiti vandals;  instead reporing them to Police.



Students walking to and from Fernlea School in Wainuiomata now have a much more attractive route, thanks to an  “Adopt a Spot” project with local artist Dan Mills. Dan and the students worked together to transform an alleyway near Fernlea School with their own colourful art.

Funding for the project was provided by the Ministry of Justice, through its “Adopt a Spot” programme which aims to reduce graffiti vandalism and encourage young people and their families to appreciate and care for their local environment

The ministry of Justice is pleased that the Fernlea School Pupils have helped their community get rid of some of the tagging and created a place that they can be proud of, and feel safe in.

The project aligns well with two other community initiatives in the school – its Junior Neighbourhood Support Scheme and its school travel plan. Fernlea  School`s travel plan encourages pupils to walk, scooter and bike to school, and make fewer trips by car.