Hutt City Council.
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Hutt City Council promotes a low carbon city, energy efficiency, water conservation, walking, cycling, public transport, and waste minimisation. Sustainability and environmental protection are key components of our policies, plans and projects.
Hutt City Council - Leading in the green economy
There is now a sense of urgency to fix the environmental problems of the modern world. Public concerns for action are driving the need for a response by central government, local government and the corporate world. Local government could play a leading role in promoting a low carbon footprint city or district. It could lead by example in energy efficiency, promotion of walking, cycling and public transport and landfill management.
Hutt City Council – Environment
Our community has indicated that environmental sustainability should be a top priority. The Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2009-2014 was adopted with the purpose of identifying major environmental sustainability issues for the city and developing actions for responding to these; and positioning us as a leader in environmental sustainability within the community. The current strategy is currently under review.
The strategy’s main focus areas and the overall goal for each are:
• Waste- Move towards zero waste
• Transport - Choices that reduce fuel use and offer better health and safety
• Energy- Energy that does not compromise tomorrow
• Water- Ensuring water for the future
• Urban Form- A city that sustains us and the environment
• Biodiversity- Flourishing environments, thriving with local native plants and animals
• Council- An environmental sustainability leader within the community
Urban Forest Plan
The Urban Forest Plan sets out objectives and policies for managing vegetation in our bush
reserves, urban reserves and street trees citywide. There are three main focus areas in the plan:
• Bush Reserves: to protect and maintain native vegetation and to improve the ecological connectivity to support biodiversity
• Urban Reserves: to provide large specimen trees in urban areas
• Street Trees: improving the quality of street trees in Hutt City by 2030.
Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2011-2017
The city and district councils of the Wellington region have prepared and adopted a joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. The plan represents a commitment by each of the councils to work together to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation. It outlines the strategy for the region, a regional action plan, individual council action plans, and supporting information.
Our action plan includes:
• our participation in and support for regional waste minimisation initiatives including supporting regional efforts to advocate for product stewardship schemes, increasing the waste levy, strengthening the regulation for clean-fill operators and licensing of waste operators
• continuing existing activities including waste minimisation projects and education/networking with schools and businesses, community waste minimisation events/projects, litter and recycling collections, landfill operation and aftercare, recycling and hazardous waste facilities, wastewater treatment, waste reduction at council facilities, and on-going monitoring and reporting on waste.
Leisure & Culture
There's always something happening in Lower Hutt for everyone!
Heritage and Archives
There’s no place like the Hutt! Hutt City is a unique and exciting place to live, rich in history, culture and things to see and do.
i-SITE Visitor Centre
Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre is your one-stop shop for bookings and information about what to see and do – in Hutt City and throughout New Zealand.
With eight libraries throughout Hutt City there’s a library close to you or you can visit us online. A wealth of books, activities and information awaits you!
Museums and galleries
The Hutt Valley is rich in arts and culture with museums and galleries showcasing local and international talent and preserving the noteworthy history of our area. Come and see for yourself!
Parks, gardens and reserves
Hutt City is known for its great green spaces where there’s lots of room to enjoy a day outdoors.
There’s something for you right here, all year round, whether you’re young or just young at heart.
We have a range of sports fields in Hutt City, available for use all year round by residents and visitors alike.
Swimming pools and gyms
With six action-packed pools and two gyms, plus a wide range of activities and classes to offer, staying fit and active is easy and fun!
Walking and cycling
We have a variety of tracks in Lower Hutt. They are a source of outdoor activity and fun for visitors and residents alike.
Whatever your requirements, we have a venue to suit your needs. Large or small, whatever the event, we can help.
Building and resource consent
We’re here to help you to do things the right way and get all the information you need, whether you’re buying a property, building, or using public land.
We have two cemeteries: the Taita Lawn Cemetery and the Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance - open to the public every day of the year.
We support communities by providing advice, training and resources, and places for community groups to gather. We also work with others to make our communities safe.
Dogs and animals
If you’re after information about owning a dog, help getting rid of pests or dealing with animal issues, or you're interested in adopting a dog, you’ll find everything you need to know right here
We support Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt cities in preparing for an emergency.
Licences and permits
You are required to apply for a licence with us for activities such as selling and supplying food and liquor, discharging your tradewaste or thinking about lighting a fire in rural or urban areas.
Community organisations make a huge contribution to the well-being of our city and our people. To help continue this great work we provide funding through a number of funding schemes.
Rates and property
Find out how rates are calculated and charged, when and how often they are due, and choose your preferred method of payment.
Report a problem
If you have spotted any issues or problems with any of our services or you would like to make a request, log it with us.
Roads and parking
We are responsible for everything to do with roads and parking, including constructing new roads, fixing and maintaining existing roads, and policing parking rules.
Rubbish and recycling
Find out everything you need to know about reducing, reusing and recycling waste in Hutt City. It’s easy, it will save you money, and you’ll be doing your bit to keep the Hutt beautiful and the earth sustainable.
It’s our role to look after water in the Hutt Valley – whether it’s supplying you with clean water, managing stormwater, taking care of wastewater (sewage) or monitoring sea pollution levels.
What or how does your business contribute to a more sustainable NZ?
Hutt City Council is committed to the growth of sustainable communities and a sustainable city. Through our Environmental Sustainability Strategy we drive positive change and seek to show leadership. We are particularly proud of our Enviroschool network, community and kerbside recycling facilities, community gardens, our beautiful rivers, and our wonderful native bush and network of urban parks.
Certifications & sustainability programmes
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