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