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.

The Residents of Wainuiomata had the opportunity to nominate their neighbour for all their kind deeds and consideration.  This goes hand in hand with Neighbourhood Support and making our communities safer and more caring places to live.

There were 43 worthy nominations and the panel of judges had a hard time selecting the winner.  Neighbours were nominated for a number of reasons, mowing lawns, checking on neighbours if the curtains have not been opened, babysitting, baking, litter collection, fixing fences and many more amazing good deeds.

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.

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.

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Most injuries happen in the home and are easy to prevent, so Safe Hutt Valley partners have teamed up to offer free home safety checks to residents in the communities of Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, Naenae, Taita and Stokes Valley.

A trained expert will visit you in your own home, and offer practical suggestions and resources to make your home safer, and minimise those nasty slips, trips and falls. The home safety checks also include useful information on crime prevention, emergency preparedness and health. To find out more, and book in for one of our free home safety checks, please contact nsgroup@xtra.co.nz if you live in Lower Hutt, or community@uhcc.govt.nz if you live in Upper Hutt.

You can also check out the ACC website for information on how to make your home a safer place for you and your family.

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Safe Hutt Valley and partners held an event in June 2014 to educate young drivers, and promote good choices around alcohol and drugs.

The event included a moving presentation from the mother of one of the young people injured in a drink driving crash which killed two and injured seven. A stage play, hands-on activities and a real-life story about how friends helped Rio Hemopo overcome drug-related issues helped to reinforce the key messages of looking out for your mates and making good decisions.

More than 2,000 college students from six schools were involved in the week long event held in Upper Hutt.

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Venue manual cover snipIn February 2014, Safe Hutt Valley’s Alcohol Harm group launched a manual to help licensed premises in the Hutt Valley understand and meet the new liquor licensing requirements set out in the Sale and Supply of Liquor Act.

The manual stores all the information that Police and licensing inspectors need to see when they visit, and is a ready reference for bar owners – with information on how to keep their patrons safe and run safe, successful businesses.

The manual has been circulated to the majority of licensed premises in the Hutt Valley, and has now been updated for use by sports clubs. To request a copy of the manual, contact Jess Punton at Regional Public Health on 570 9598 or at jess.punton@huttvalleydhb.org.nz

Ever wondered how you can help a friend, neighbour or family member who you think might be experiencing family violence?

In April 2014 Safe Hutt Valley partner Upper Hutt City Council launched a digital resource that sets out a few simple skills that we can all use to help anyone affected by violence. Based on the It’s Not OK campaign and resources, the digital resource is easy for community leaders and others to share amongst communities, workplaces and sports clubs to raise awareness of family violence. You can access the How Can You Help resource on the Upper Hutt City Council website or on disk.

For further details, email the Community Development team at Upper Hutt City Council at community@uhcc.govt.nz

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Safe Hutt Valley is supporting NZTA’s See the Person Share the Road campaign, which encourages drivers to look out for cyclists, and reminds all road users to be courteous to one another and share the road safely. Safe Hutt Valley partners Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council are supporting the campaign by putting up billboards and giving away high visibility cycle vests labelled with Mum, Dad, Auntie, Brother etc. to remind drivers that cyclists are people too, not just bikes ‘in the way’. See NZTA’s website for more information about the See the Person, Share the Road campaign.