The Sustainability Strategy 2012-2022 lets you know what the Upper Hutt City Council proposes to do about some of the key sustainability issues we are facing over the next ten years. You can view or download the strategy from the Resources & Links section.

Our naturally beautiful environment reinforces the ‘gateway to the great outdoors’ perception of the city, and we need to ensure future growth enhances our amenity value while meeting the population’s needs.

The sustainability strategy action plan projects and initiatives range from river restoration and community education, through to reducing the city’s energy costs and providing home eco-design advice. These projects and initiatives are intended to integrate with other key Council policy and plans and support the creation of a more resilient community for the people of Upper Hutt, both now and in the future.

Browse the Resources & Links section for more information related to sustainability in Upper Hutt.

Reporting on the strategy

Reporting on the sustainability strategy action plan occurs through Councils Policy Committee. Policy committee agendas (which contain the reports) and minutes can be viewed on our ‘Policy Committee‘ page.

The Sustainability Strategy will be reviewed in early 2018 and Council will be inviting the community to provide input.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Sustainability Strategy or the associated projects and initiatives, please contact us.

Community Gardens

Community Gardens are run by volunteers and are great places to meet others in your neighbourhood, learn or share skills, and to grow and harvest food. There are 5 community gardens in Upper Hutt. Some of them are happy to receive household fruit and vegetable scraps if you can’t compost at home. All of the community gardens in Upper Hutt are happy to hear from new volunteers.

Orongomai Marae Māra Kai
Contact: Tim at the Marae office on 527 8944 or email

Tawai Community Garden
Contact: Marina James on 021 502 599

Timberlea Community Garden
Contact: Rau Sparrow

Lane Park Church Community Garden
Contact: 526 4219

Clyma Park Community Garden

For further information on Upper Hutt’s community gardens or to find out about Council’s Zero Waste and Community Environment fund, email us at

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Last updated on 10 Jan 2019