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A Healthy City

We are entering into a period of significant urban transformation in Te Awa Kairangi and across Aotearoa.

Imagine if we took this once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our cities into healthy and happy places.

Our healthy city design kaupapa supports prioritising health and wellbeing in the areas of transport, planning and urban design. Working alongside our local Councils we’re encouraging:

  • Streets that support safe and enjoyable walking and cycling
  • Places that enable tamariki to play
  • A system of locally grown and easily accessible kai
  • Communities that are connected where everyone feels safe and a sense of belonging
  • A deep connection to, and taking care of, te taiao
  • An inclusive urban environment and with equitable transport choice

By taking a collective impact approach we walk alongside our local Councils, community champions and organisations to play in the gaps creating innovation that supports people to be healthy and well. We have been supporting transport equity initiatives that improve equitable access to bikes and e-bikes for our communities experiencing transport hardship.

Why is this important?

  • Just over half of adults in the Hutt Valley are physically active but 12% do little or no physical activity
  • 74% of people in the Hutt Valley get to work by car and only 34% of children get to school using active modes of transport
  • Across the Hutt Valley 81% of children watch more than the recommended two hours of screen time per day (excludes screen time for school or homework)

Read our latest stories around a healthy city 

What can you do?


  • Think about the trips you make every day and what opportunities there are for you to bike or walk
  • Take your tamariki to a playground, go for a bike ride, play some touch or kick a football around.
  • Check out Council’s Play in the Hutt webpage and see what opportunities there are to enhance the play opportunities for your tamariki and rangatahi.

Imagine if our local environments supported our whānau to thrive and reach their personal and collective potential.





Take action