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Our vision: Lower Hutt – NZ’s healthiest people

Take action

Creating environments that support and enable our health and wellbeing requires us to take action. We all have a role to play to make Lower Hutt a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.

Here are some ways you and your organisation can join the movement and take action.

Gangsta Gardener

Ron Finley, LA’s Gangsta Gardener came to Lower Hutt in August 2018 for two events. Ron came to share his story of using gardening as a tool and metaphor for community transformation. He challenged our city and community leaders to take action to address the limited access to healthy food in many of our communities which contributes to a lack of health equity across our city.

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Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide is a movement to make the Hutt a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.
We all have a role to play and can take action now for a healthier future. Positive change is contagious. When one person or group stands up and takes action, it inspires others to follow, creating an expanding ripple of positive change in our communities. 

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Go the H2O

Go the H2O is a movement to make water the drink of choice where we live, learn, work and play. It aims to inspire a wide range of community groups and organisations to make being pro-water part of their everyday kaupapa. 

The Go the H2O movement impacts many levels, from providing policy templates and resources, to increasing access to water through more permanent and portable Hydration Stations. By engaging multiple sectors, settings and communities in the development, Go the H2O support can be tailored to any group or scenario.

Read more  or book our portable hydration station.

Player of the Day

Healthy Families Lower Hutt are proud to support the 'Go the H2O' Player of the Day certificates, which offer a FREE child's entry to Council pools. This gives our tamariki a healthier alternative to the typical unhealthy fast food vouchers.

We have teamed up with Hutt City, Upper Hutt City, Porirua City, Wellington City, and Kapiti Coast District Councils to offer this incentive to sportsclubs who are promoting water-only and junk-free sidelines. 

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Working with Local Government

Local government has an important role to play in making healthier choices easier for its citizens and those that live, learn, work and play in their regions.

In April 2019, the Healthy Families Lower Hutt Strategic Leadership Group provided a written and oral submission to Hutt City Council on the proposed Central City Transformation Plan. The submission captured the opportunities that Hutt City Council have in creating a central city environment that enables the health and wellbeing of all our people.

Find out more about what Healthy Families NZ locations are doing in partnership with local government to create healthy change.