Upper Hutt’s Expressions Whirinaki set to grow

Upper Hutt’s Expressions Whirinaki set to grow

The Expressions Whirinaki Trust has been granted up to $1.3 million, from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund by the Minister for Art, Culture and Heritage, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern. The grant will contribute toward the extension of Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre. This substantial grant nearly completes the three-year fundraising period for the Centre, joining two previous grants from Lotteries which total $1 million, a $200,000 grant from Hutt Mana Trust, naming rights sponsorship from Malcolm Gillies, and a number of other substantial grants.

Upper Hutt’s great paper bag giveaway

Upper Hutt’s great paper bag giveaway

An offer too good to refuse! Upper Hutt City Council recently received a call asking if they would like some free paper bags. Coming on the eve of recent legislation banning some single use plastic bags, the affirmative response was a no-brainer. The only catch was that the all-or-nothing offer entailed taking more than 3.6 million bags from a warehouse where they had been stored for over four years, following the closure of a local business.

Council appoints independent member to Risk and Assurance Committee

Sara Brownlie has been appointed to Upper Hutt City Council’s Risk and Assurance Committee as an independent member.

Sara Brownlie

Sara Brownlie

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 17 MAY 2019—The extraordinary  Council meeting on Thursday 18 April saw the appointment of the Risk and Assurance Committee’s first independent member; Sara Brownlie. The appointment of an independent director puts the committee in line with best practice guidelines.

Sara is a Fellow Member of CPA Australia and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in New Zealand and of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Sara has an extensive career working for the NZ public sector in senior financial management.

Sara Brownlie is also currently serving as a director at REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network of New Zealand: reannz.co.nz) and Catalyst.net Ltd (NZ owned and operated open source technology company: www.catalyst.net.nz). She has also been school trustee for Rongotai College (www.rongotai.school.nz) for a number of years.

Upper Hutt Mayor, Wayne Guppy is very pleased to have been able to appoint Ms Brownlie, “Ms Brownlie comes with the background and experience we need to ensure this committee is operating with a best practice model, optimising its service and transparency to our Upper Hutt community.”

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

Maidstone Park sports fields upgrade underway

Ground will be broken on Monday 4 March as work gets underway to upgrade Upper Hutt’s Maidstone Park sports fields. 

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 01 MAR 2019— As part of Upper Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028, the Maidstone Park sports fields are being upgraded to a ‘sand carpet’ facility.

The works encompass an area of 3.9 hectares. The current grass layer will be removed and the area re-leveled. Drainage and irrigation will then be installed. Once this is complete a sand substrate sourced from the Wairarapa will be installed and new grass sown.  

“We’re excited to have Stage 1 of the Maidstone Sports Hub project underway and within expected time frames,” says Council’s Director of Asset Management and Operations, Geoff Swainson. “Once completed, the facility will have two premier sports surfaces, on par with others in the region.”

A tender process saw the contract being awarded to Mexted Performance Sports Surfaces. Work commences Monday 4 March and is expected to be complete in early June. 

There will be a ‘grow-in’ period of 9 to 12 months to allow the new grass to become established before the upgraded fields are ready for use.

The upgraded fields will be of a similar standard to Porirua Stadium and Hutt Recreation Ground.

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

Upper Hutt photographer captures NZDF highlights reel from bottom of the world

New Zealand Defence Force photographer Leading Aircraftman Jenn Harley joined the NZDF’s annual deployment to Antarctica this summer season, where NZDF personnel support scientific research programs at both Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

New Zealand Defence Force photographer Leading Aircraftman Jenn Harley joined the NZDF’s annual deployment to Antarctica this summer season, where NZDF personnel support scientific research programs at both Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) photographer Leading Aircraftman Jenn Harley never imagined her career would be behind the lens of a camera.

But two years after enlisting with the Royal New Zealand Air Force she found herself taking photos at the bottom of the world, at Scott Base in Antarctica.

Leading Aircraftman Harley, 24, from Upper Hutt, joined the NZDF’s annual deployment to Antarctica this summer season, where NZDF personnel support scientific research programs at Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

The extreme nature of Antarctica led to some interesting challenges.

“You’ve got to be really flexible because things change all the time down there — the weather has a big impact on what is happening at any given moment,” she said. “I needed to adapt as I went and reassess my plans all the time.”

During her week-long stay, Leading Aircraftman Harley was able to explore Scott Base and the American base McMurdo Station.

“It was so interesting being there — seeing the amount of people it takes to sustain a base and the supplies needed to keep a base running blew my mind.

“The NZDF team is a big part of that. It was cool to see them working and knowing they help keep everything running.”

Leading Aircraftman Harley completed a Bachelor of Visual Imaging degree that included graphic design, web design, film and photography.

“I never thought I’d be a photographer,” she said. “I took photography in high school for a year, but didn’t love it. Then I picked it back up at university with my degree.”

After finishing her studies, Leading Aircraftman Harley took a year off to travel and returned to New Zealand looking for a job. She spotted an advertisement for an NZDF photographer, thought it looked interesting and felt it would give her the opportunity for more travel.

NZDF photographers get to see the “highlight reel” of the NZDF, she said.

“We get included on national and international operations, as well as exercises. Our photos showcase what we do, the capabilities we have and the talent of our people.

“We get to meet so many people and we move around a lot. I’ve seen so much of New Zealand, just through work.”

Some of her best work moments have come while she has been flown in helicopters.

“In Exercise Blackbird in winter last year, flying around the Southern Alps in NH90 and A109 helicopters, it was just the most beautiful, best experience in my life.

“There was also a flight in Antarctica to an Adélie penguin colony. Taking off from Scott Base, I was overwhelmed by the amazing scenery.”

“I can’t stop thinking how I get paid to do all these amazing things, see the most spectacular places and take photos of the coolest people.”

- New Zealand Defence Force

Quality freshwater for Wellington and the Hutt Valley

The Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee, tasked with improving fresh water and marine environments in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, met for the first time last week to chart a way forward as it looks to implement the government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM).

The Committee, established by Greater Wellington Regional Council, brings together mana whenua partners, local and regional councillors, and community members from the Hutt and Wainuiomata Valleys, the suburbs of Wellington Harbour, the south coast and the Makara and Ohariu stream catchments. They are tasked with meeting the obligations of the NPSFM which includes setting limits and objectives for improving water quality in the Whaitua.

Tim Sharp, manager of the regional council’s Whaitua programme, said the meeting was a positive first step towards developing a common understanding.

"This was an important opportunity for the group to begin to share their views and expectations for improving water quality, in a manner which acknowledges the mana of the land, water, harbour, and the people of Whanganui-a-Tara," says Mr Sharp.

Over the next two years the Committee will draw on the views of the community, and analyse environmental, mana whenua, economic, and technical information to develop policies and an implementation plan to improve the way water is managed.

"We have passionate, well-informed people and they understand the challenge ahead. We have to make the most of the deep knowledge within this community and to explore all of the levers at our disposal to ensure our waterways and harbour are thriving environments" adds Mr Sharp.

-The Whaitua te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee

Park Street recycling station upgrade starts next week

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Upper Hutt’s Park Street recycling station is getting a makeover to expand and improve its operation.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 13 FEB 2019—Upper Hutt City Council will begin the upgrade of the recycling station in Park Street, next week. This project was included in the Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 and completion will allow the station to be open to the community seven days a week, make it more user-friendly, and increase its collection capacity.

The current recycling station setup will be reconfigured to make its current location available for the upgraded station, without the loss of service during construction. The new temporary setup will be operational from Thursday 21 February 2019.

The temporary setup will remain in place for the duration of construction of the expanded and redesigned station. This is expected to take around six to eight weeks, with the planned opening of the new permanent station scheduled for early April 2019.

The temporary recycling station will be setup in the carpark further along Park Street, as shown in the accompanying image, to allow the construction to start on the new station.

Service days and hours remain unchanged for now.

During construction there will be reduced parking available and access to the temporary bins will be different to the current set up. With reduced parking and driving space in the area, Council asks that users please be careful and considerate to ensure everyone’s safety in the vicinity of the temporary setup.

In preparation of the new station opening, Council will be removing the shrubbery and the old fence line which runs behind the existing cardboard cages at the station. The wall will be cleaned and a mural with a waste minimisation theme will be painted on the exposed wall to reinforce a waste-minimisation/recycling message. This will tidy the area up and reduce the amount of rubbish that gets caught amongst the vegetation and fence line.

For more information, go to www.upperhuttcity.com/recycling or contact Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer on (04) 527 2169.

-UHCC

Tenth annual Bike The Trail set to ride on 3 March

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Get family and friends on their bikes and enjoy a scenic ride along the Hutt River, for the tenth year running of Bike the Trail.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 01 FEB 2019— Bike the Trail is a fun, family day out, and this year will be better than ever. There will be breakfasts at both start locations, with rides starting 9.30 am at Harcourt Park and 10.00 am at Stokes Valley. The finish at Hikoikoi reserve will host a big screen, and more free return transport for participants and their bikes.

Bike the Trail is held on Sunday, 3 March. Those interested in attending can register online, and pick up registration packs at our event partner, Mitre 10 MEGA Upper Hutt, or Mitre 10 MEGA Petone. The first 50 registered participants receive a free gift with their pack. There will be registrations on the day, but only pre-registered participants will be eligible for the major spot prizes which are given out at the event.

This year also sees the introduction of a colouring competition, as another way to be part of the fun. Throughout February, people can download the colouring competition image, print, colour, and drop off entries at any Hutt Valley library, Mitre 10 MEGA Upper Hutt, or Mitre 10 MEGA Petone, to be in to win weekly spot prizes.

For full information about the event, and to download the colouring competition image, go to www.bikethetrail.co.nz 

With options of riding the full 25 kilometres starting from Harcourt Park, or just half of that starting from Stokes Valley, anyone can enjoy an easy, scenic bike ride down the Hutt River Trail to Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone.

This has proven to be a popular, well-loved event. Upper Hutt City proudly invites you to enjoy our tenth year of Bike the Trail.

-UHCC

HUTT INTERNATIONAL BOYS’ SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT - VIETNAM 2019

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Naming Rights Sponsorship Opportunity

 

We are running a Naming Rights Fundraiser. Tickets are $100 each and the winning sponsor’s business logo will appear on the tour travel gear and on all documentation going out to the community in newsletters and correspondence. It will also give the winner the opportunity to advertise their company within the Hutt International Boys’ School community and gain any publicity the team is given by the media.

All businesses purchasing tickets will be acknowledged in the school newsletter. They will also receive an invitation to the drawing of the raffle. Information regarding this will be emailed out early in 2019.

The HIBS International Service team, are travelling to Vietnam in July of 2019. The team will be working with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, who rescue Vietnamese children in crisis.

The following is an excerpt from their website: www.bluedragon.org/

"Since our small beginnings in 2003, Blue Dragon has become a powerful force for change on the streets of Vietnam, both in the bustling cities and in rural areas where poverty is widespread."

“All children have the right to be children: to be safe, to attend school, to play, to be treated with respect, to be heard, to be understood and to be loved.”

Michael Brosowski
Founder of Blue Dragon.


Blue Dragon offers children and families in crisis the chance to turn their lives around, providing practical solutions to the daily problems that are keeping poverty alive.

The International Service team and their families have committed time throughout the past 12 months to fundraise to make this community project happen. The students have also committed to paying their own return airfares to Vietnam to ensure that the majority of the money raised will be used to assist and work with Blue Dragon Children’s foundation.

The students are dependent on the generosity from sponsors and supporters of the project. They, together with their parents, are working hard to raise the money and would be grateful if you would consider purchasing a ticket. All tickets purchased are donations, therefore a receipt will be issued for tax purposes.

Thank you
Craig Stevenson
Lead teacher, International Service team 2019.

Email genuine interest to James.Grant@hibs.school.nz

Upper Hutt Central Library to reopen 11 March

After significant ‘under the hood’ upgrades, the strengthened Upper Hutt Central Library will reopen to the public on Monday, 11 March 2019. 

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 31 JAN 2019—Upper Hutt’s much-loved Central Library is reopening its doors from  9.30 am on Monday 11 March. The opening will be preceded by a blessing.

The Library building was closed in February 2018 after a report received by Council found parts of it were structurally unsound. Council moved quickly to close the building for the safety of staff and customers, establishing an alternative ‘Pop Up Library’ in CBD Towers. Remedial works have been ongoing and an increase in scope extended the building work to increase its resilience rating.

Much of the work that has been done will not be visible to customers at the library, so staff are working on a display that will tell the story of the changes to the building and give details of the work that has been undertaken.

Library management has also taken the opportunity to adjust the floor layout. The new layout will incorporate customer feedback to make navigation around the library easier whilst retaining the serendipitous discovery philosophy—and with lots of display spaces to encourage people to find different and new material to read.

“We are delighted to be reopening the Central Library building once again,” says Upper Hutt Mayor, Wayne Guppy. “The upgraded facility will be one of the most resilient in Upper Hutt. It’s great to have the assurance that it is now safe to occupy and use—and I look forward to our established service being back up and running to its full capacity.”

Temporary reduction in service

Transferral of books and items from the Pop Up Library will take time so the Pop Up Library will close from 6.00 pm on Tuesday 5 March to allow staff to move stock back in to the Central Library. This means that there will be no library service in the city centre for five days from Wednesday 6 March through Sunday 10 March. Customers can continue returning items to the returns bin at the back of the Central Library. Pinehaven hours will also be extended during this time. Pinehaven Library will be open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm from Wednesday 6 through Friday 8 March, then 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March. Pinehaven Library will return to normal hours from Monday 11 March.

The Mobile Library bus will also be running to its normal schedule that week. Customers are welcome to use this service at its public stops which are detailed on the Upper Hutt City Libraries website.

We are still finalising plans for Library programmes and events that will be affected by the closure. Details on this will be communicated through the Libraries’ usual channels. We will continue to offer JP services from the HAPAI building on Thursday 7 March.

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

-Upper Hutt City Council