The Annual White Ribbon, Family Fun Day planned for November 26 2016 was to be a big open air concert and kid’s program at Lane Park in Wallaceville. Although the organisation for the event had started a little later than previously everything was in place for a wonderful outdoors event, however, early on the morning of the 26th it was decided that the weather was too unsettled to risk setting up the electrical and sound gear necessary outside, and were we lucky we made that decision because at 11.00, just half an hour before the gates opened the clouds just opened up and absolutely poured with rain. Fortunately because we were at Lane Park we had always planned for this and simply moved the event indoors.
Upper Hutt has collaborated with White Ribbon and Safe Hutt Valley to produce 3,000 White Ribbon bumper stickers. the bumper stickers have been permanently fixed to all Council fleet cars, portraying a simple yet effective message: ‘Respect can stop violence towards women.’ Additionally, they prompt the viewer to visit the White Ribbon website and consider taking the White Ribbon pledge.
“While the White Ribbon campaign is very visible throughout November, the reality is that violence towards women is a year- round issue, “says Council’s Director of Community Services, Mike Ryan. “The bumper stickers are a great way for Council to continually advocate that violence is not OK, ever.”
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.
On 14 December 2015 partners signed A Safe Community Agreement between Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand and Hutt Valley (Upper and Lower Hutt ) to implement and 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.
Hutt City Council have joined forces with Hutt Valley Police to remind people that thieves are currently targeting parked vehicles in Lower Hutt.
Streets in Timberlea were a hive of activity on Saturday June 20 as residents cleaned up, creating safer, healthier home environments while connecting with their community in the process.
Earlier this month Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and the Lower Hutt Police marked the beginning of the first phase in the three year CCTV upgrade project in Hutt City.
The Wainuiomata Good Neighbour Award was launched on 1st February 2015. This is the second time Hutt Safe City Group and Wainuiomata Neighbourhood Support have hosted the event.
Upper Hutt City Council held Timberlea Neighbours Night on Friday 27 February which was a huge success.
The Mayor officially launched the Naenae anti-graffiti programme at the Hilary Court in Naenae on 26 February.