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

On 14 December 2015 partners signed A Safe Community Agreement between Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand and Safe Hutt Valley to implement an ongoing programme of community safety that enhances the safety of it’s residents, contractors, visitors and community participants.  The parties agree to develop, support and guide safe community networks, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. A safe community is a liveable community, where people can go about their daily activities without fear, risk of harm or injury. It’s also about building strong networks, and communities that are cohesive, inclusive and vibrant.

This was the second time Safe Hutt  Valley has been accredited as a Safe Community We first received official, international  accreditation as a Safe Community in 2010.

What wonderful partners to have working together with our communities for a Safe Hutt Valley, from left to right; Peter Gush, Service Manager Regional Public Health; Stephen Sanson, Team Manager Community Injury Prevention, ACC; Inspector Sean Hansen, Area Commander NZ Police, Hutt Valley; Wayne Guppy, Mayor of Upper Hutt City , Chair of Safe Hutt Valley;  Ray Wallace, Mayor of Lower Hutt City; Gavin Dunphy, Area Manager, Area Commander NZ Fire Service, Hutt Valley – Wairarapa; Graham Smeaton, Chair and Trustee Hutt Safe City Charitable Trust; Geoff Wilson, Trustee, Reviewer Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand, PPSCN Accrediting Centre, International Support Centre.



Upper Hutt City Council held Timberlea Neighbours Night on Friday 27 February which was a huge success. The family friendly sports night gave the community the chance to come  together and enjoy a range of food and participate  in  fun activities, including a speedball game run by Activation , a fitness session run by Upper Hutt Boot Camp, bouncy castles, face painting,  as well as the opportunity  to connect with various service providers. The event  brought 150-200 people out to the Timberlea Community House during the evening.