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Our Approach

Our Why

It is important to understand who our people are and the disparities between them before considering their wellbeing. The Health and Independence Report  has identified that 80% of our health and wellbeing is determined through our:

  • social and economic environment such as housing, education and income (40%) 
  • physical environment such as the buildings, green spaces and waterways around us (10%)
  • behaviours such as if we smoke, what we drink, what we eat and if we exercise (30%)

Only 20% is access to and quality of health care.

We can positively influence the factors that make up this 80%, enabling health and wellbeing for all of our people.

How we work

  • Improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play by taking a systems approach to the reduction of risk factors for major health loss and inequity
  • Provide local solutions, and local leadership to drive sustainable change that is owned by community – not delivered to community 
  • Accelerate and mobilise action alongside key influencers and change agents from a variety of sectors (including local government, iwi, Pasifika, sports and recreation, business and health)

We have a strong focus on health equity by working with Māori, Pasifika and low socioeconomic communities as they are at greater risk of preventable chronic disease.

As the lead provider for Lower Hutt, it is Hutt City Council’s role to show leadership, to work alongside our partners and community and to make our environments healthier.

Our Environments

We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all our people. To do this we need to understand what choices are accessible and affordable in our neighbourhoods. This interactive map shows a snapshot of the availability and access to:

Unhealthy Food
Healthy Food
Vaping Products & Devices
Water Fountains
Public Transport
Cycling Routes

Our Experiences

Our lives and experiences as people and communities are largely influenced by the social and physical environments around us. These infographics provide a snapshot of our experiences in the Hutt Valley. They are the result of a collaboration between Hutt Valley District Health Board, Regional Public Health, Te Awakairangi Health Network, and Healthy Families Hutt Valley.

Our Health and Wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing is influenced by our social and physical environments and our behaviours, these infographics provide a snapshot of the health and wellbeing of our people in the Hutt Valley.