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This edition of Chatter celebrates one year in its online format and  we in the Community Development Team hope you are finding the content useful for yourself and/or your community group. We are keen to hear  feedback and any suggestions about how we can improve our service to you. We are keen to hear your thoughts too on whether or not you would be interested in having more networking events, workshops or following local community group information on Facebook. My contact details are below.

Young people and their wellbeing is a priority for the team and we are in the process of finalising this year’s Young Achievers Awards and are also involved in the youth leadership development programme, Spearhead Leaders. There are some incredible young people in Upper Hutt who are making a real difference in their community and are inspiring role models for other young people.

Look out too for a community Hackathon coming to Upper Hutt soon! It’s the community’s opportunity to come together over a weekend and share ideas about issues and solutions around youth wellbeing.

It’s also an important time of the year for acknowledging the contribution which local groups (usually run by dedicated volunteers) make to our community. One tangible way of acknowledging groups is to submit a nomination for a Community Award telling them about the great work the group does and how it is making a difference in the community. Last year Upper Hutt’s Community Rescue took out the Regional Award in the Health and Wellbeing category. Don’t be shy in putting your own group forward for the awards!

Council is also seeking nominations for the Civic Awards, to acknowledge  those individuals who are, or who have made a significant voluntary contribution to Upper Hutt City. Last years recipients  were Phil Grocott, a Victim Support Volunteer who works tirelessly with families affected by homicide, Doctor Barry Wards for his years of support for Forest and Bird and Wayne Myers for his work with the RSA and the Upper Hutt ANZAC Day services.

Sue Colville
Community Development Team Leader
Upper Hutt City Council
DDI: 04 527 2798

Open Funding Rounds

Click on the below links to be directed to the Funder’s Website:

Community Awards

Nominations for Community Awards are open!

These awards are designed to recognise volunteer groups making valuable contributions to their communities.

There is a total of $8500 in prize money available for Upper Hutt organisations that are placed in the local and/or regional awards.

Award Categories are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education and Child/Youth Development
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Heritage and Environment
  • Sport and Leisure

Rising Star Award:

This award recognises emerging and smaller groups doing great things in the community.

Key Judging Factors:

  • Volunteer input
  • Utilisation of resources
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Effectiveness of activities
  • Impact within the community

It’s quick and easy to nominate a group online (Including your own):

Nominations close Wednesday 31 May 2017

Civic Awards

The Upper Hutt City Council is again seeking members of the Upper Hutt Community who have given outstanding service to the community.

Nominations for the 2017 Civic Awards are currently being called for and close on Friday, 30 June 2017.

Any person who has carried out outstanding voluntary service in Upper Hutt in the field of recreation, youth activities, social welfare, educational services, cultural or community affairs, or other is eligible for nomination.

This is a great opportunity for local residents to nominate individuals for formal recognition. There are many people out there in our City who work tirelessly for the benefit of others and we want to know about them and have the opportunity to thank them.

The Awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held later in the year.

For further information please contact Kerrie Falconer on 527 2189 or or visit: to review the criteria and to download a nomination form.

Charity Services Free Webinars

Charity Services have launched their brand new Facebook page and it’s chock full of useful information. Follow them for regular updates and see below their schedule of exciting lunchtime webinars on a variety of topics:

Minimum Categories 25 May 2017, 12pm – 1pm

Under the new reporting standards for Tier 3 and Tier 4 charities, revenue/receipts and expenditure/payments must be reported according to certain minimum categories. In this webinar we will cover, the minimum categories and the rationale for each category and there will be a chance to ask questions at the completion of the session.

Performance Reports 22 June 2017, 12pm – 1pm

Things have changed! Under the new reporting standards if your charity is Tier 3 or Tier 4 you need to complete a Performance Report every year. In this webinar we’re going to explain what a performance report is, when you need to complete one and how it can help your registered charity.

Before you participate in this webinar make sure you know what tier your charity is. If you’re unsure find out on our website.

Annual Reporting 20 July 2017, 12pm – 1pm

This webinar will cover the basics of what information Charities Services requires registered charities to provide every year. We will cover annual reporting obligations, key dates and how Charities Services can help you to prepare your report.

Registration – the benefits and obligations 21 September 2017, 12pm – 1pm

Is your organisation thinking of becoming a registered charity? In this webinar, we will explain the benefits of registration, the process and ongoing obligations of registration.

On completion of the webinar you will be able to decide whether registering as a charity is the best decision for your organisation.

New to a registered charity? This is what you need to know! 18 October 2017, 12pm – 1pm

Let’s get simple, if you’re new to a charity, this webinar will tell you the key things you need to know to ensure your registered charity meets Charities Services requirements.

If you aren’t signed up for the Charity Services newsletter, you can do so via their home page:
– make sure you scroll to the bottom right corner to find it.

Book a Librarian

Book one to one assistance with the free Book a Librarian service offered at the Upper Hutt Central Library. If you want dedicated help with what to read next or navigating technology then this new service is for you! Some of the things we can help you with include:

  • Using the library catalogue and website
  • Reader’s advisory – what to read next
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Researching your family heritage – Recollect, Ancestry, MyHeritage
  • Funding search for community groups – GivUS
  • Scholarship search for individuals – GivME
  • Basic computing skills, such as emailing, downloading photos, word processing and searching the internet
  • Tablets and mobile devices
  • Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Jobsearch, CVs and cover letters

To make a 30 minute one on one booking click on the link below, fill in the form and a staff member will be in touch.

The New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) presents the book Treaty Times Thirty containing 30 translations of the Treaty of Waitangi to His Worship Mayor Wayne Guppy

NZSTI, on behalf of the organisers of the Treaty Times Thirty project will present a copy of the book to His Worship Mayor Wayne Guppy at a public event at the Upper Hutt Central Library on 11 May 2017 at 6pm.

One hundred and sixteen translators worked together on the translations of the English and Māori versions of the Treaty into 30 languages and New Zealand Sign Language. This is the result of a project conceived to celebrate the Society’s 30th anniversary.

‘The translations of the Treaty of Waitangi in the many languages of our country will add significantly to people’s understanding of New Zealand’s founding agreement’ said Treaty expert Dame Claudia Orange, a key supporter of the initiative. Project spokesperson Stefan Grand Meyer adds ‘the publication of the translations aims to make the Treaty more accessible to immigrants, and to encourage a better understanding of the Treaty internationally.’ As former Settlement Support Officer for the Upper Hutt City Council, Cecilia Titulaer said ‘The Upper Hutt City Council, led by Mayor Guppy has always been very supportive of the ethnic communities living in our city. I hope this book make them feel even more at home’.

The Treaty Times Thirty project also stresses the importance of translation in New Zealand, and highlights the translator’s difficult task of re-expressing identical meaning from one language to another. It also shows the importance of professional and accurate translations.

For all enquiries, please write to or contact project spokesperson Stefan Grand-Meyer at 021 062 2946.

Be Prepared!

We are running our first Upper Hutt Community Emergency Hub (Civil Defence Centre) activation next Saturday 13th May 10 – 12pm at Silverstream School!

This is a chance for the community to come together to learn more about how they can be better prepared, to have a go at setting up a Community Emergency Hub and figure out how they could support one another in a disaster.

Please share with your networks, this event is also listed on Facebook for easy sharing:


Local Upcoming Events

Youth Week events 2017 poster

Emergency preparedness poster

Timberlea Community Centre AGM posterPlunket's 110th birthday Devonshire Tea Invitation - Monday 15 May 2017 poster

Pink Ribbon Breakfast at Orongomai Marae - Wednesday 24 May 2017 poster   The Big Dig Community Garden Relaunch Sunday 7 May poster

Heartbeat: Learn CPR, Save a life - posterOrongomai Marae would like to invite members from the community to participate in the “HEART BEAT” facilitated by Wellington Free Ambulance.

The workshop is FREE and designed to teach how to identify when someone is in cardiac arrest, how to perform chest compressions effectively and finally how to use an AED (defibrillator). This can apply to anyone, any where and any time.

These workshops run once a month and are hosted at Orongomai Marae, 5-7 Railway Avenue, Training Classroom.

Dates and times as follows:

* 2pm – 3pm, Friday 12 May 2017
* 2pm – 3pm, Friday 9 June 2017
* 2pm – 3pm, Friday 14 July 2017
* 2pm – 3pm, Friday 11th August 2017
* 2pm – 3pm, Friday 8th September 2017
* 2pm – 3pm, Friday 13th October 2017
* 2pm-3pm: Friday 10th November 2017

Please book to confirm as space is limited  – contact Nga Powhiri Webster (email:

Last updated on 13 Jun 2018