Hutt City Sustainable Living Info
Hutt City is a member council of Sustainable Living Education Trust. See their activities at http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/Our-City/Sustainable-Lower-Hutt/
Gardens and backyards
A new Hutt City gardening group is Awakairangi Garden Blitz , where people come together to build vege gardens in their own and fellow community member’s back yards. The group is open to anyone and everyone, from novices who have never picked up a shovel to experienced gardeners as well as people of all ages and levels of physical ability and is based on the principle of reciprocity: if you help out in at least two blitzes then you will be eligible to have a garden built from scratch at your place! Awakairangi Garden Blitz is a group where people get dirty, do physical activity, socialise, share food and knowledge about growing food and improve their communities one garden at a time! email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Lower Hutt has community gardens in the following areas:
- Moera (behind the community house)
- Roberts Street Reserve, Avalon 022 0682114.
- Waterloo (behind Waterloo School)
- Eastbourne 04 562 8753.
- Stokes valley Kai gardens, Kingsley Street Reserve
- Poole Crescent, Wainuiomata
- Common Unity Project, Epuni Primary School
- Petone (outside the police station)
Hutt City Council is also supporting two fruit trees in public places programmes.
Booklets available from City Council on Composting and keeping urban backyard animals (goats, poultry, bees,etc). Additional info at http://www.huttcity.govt.nz/Our-City/Sustainable-Lower-Hutt/
More gardening relevant info links:
https://www.kingsseeds.co.nz/ - lots of great gardening tips, and has a section on organics
Conscious consumers - members search for cafes & businesses using fair trade and sustainability practices.
Rubbish and recycling in Hutt City.
E-waste (electronic equipment) can be taken by Earthlink at 22 Eastern Hutt Rd, Wingate.
The Earthlink 'Waste Smart' Recycling Shop is now located at: 22 Eastern Hutt Rd, Wingate, Lower Hutt.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Phone: 567 7111
Composting guide for beginners (download PDF)
Worm farm guide for beginners( PDF available soon)
Litter and grafitti reduction; Keep Hutt City Beautiful.
Resilience - emergency management
Emergency preparedness. (includes Tsunami risk maps, info on warning sirens, a 'get prepared' checklist, sign up for text alerts and location of civil defenece centres.)
Energy efficiency - reducing power use
Energy efficiency products from Sustainability Trust, Wellington.
See also EcoDesign Advisor (below) and Energywise from EECA on tips to lower energy bills.
Building work, for warm, dry homes
The Council's Eco-Design Service: Free advisor by phone or visit, Richard helps on heating, cooling, insulation for energy efficiency, rainwater saving and more. 04 570 6927. Booklets available to download here.
Hutt City Building and Resource Consent info.
Consent fee waiver for solar water and photovoltaic systems, for low emission wood burners, water heat pumps, retrofit double glazing and rainwater storage tanks.
Water use and impacts
Saving water at home and in the garden (and protecting streams & sea) is a topic in the Future Living Skills series - check our downloads page for the learning guide on this and seven other topics: you have to be registered first, as a password is required. It's free to do this in Hutt City.
Getting around Hutt City
Accessibility guide (regional Council, Metlink)
Children's road safety info, walking school buses.
Leisure walking and cycling in Hutt Valley.
Extra Information sources for Hutt City residents
Transition Town Lower Hutt Facebook page
There are many Enviro-schools and early childhood centres in this area. (And more across the region).
Habitat care groups.
Hutt City library catalogue search.
EnviroHutt - Facebook page - links interested groups (requires Facebook log in)