Upper Hutt City Council

The Upper Hutt City Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of 10 councillors and the mayor. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Upper Hutt City Council election.

Utilities and services

Councils are responsible for a wide range of utilities and services that we all rely on, from rubbish and recycling to street cleaning. Councils are currently also responsible for managing waste water, storm water and drinking water infrastructure – the ‘Three Waters’. But that may be about to change, with central government seeking to shift the delivery of Three Waters services to four new larger entities, which could borrow enough to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure.

Utilities and services

Councils are responsible for a wide range of utilities and services that we all rely on, from rubbish and recycling to street cleaning. Councils are currently also responsible for managing waste water, storm water and drinking water infrastructure – the ‘Three Waters’. But that may be about to change, with central government seeking to shift the delivery of Three Waters services to four new larger entities, which could borrow enough to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure.

  • Pledge to fight the undemocratic and unaccountable Three Waters legislation.

    Investigate and review Upper Hutt waterworks to ensure they are fit for the future needs of the region.

    Investigate an alternative model for funding and improving waterworks as an alternative to the proposed Three Waters legislation.

  • Promote sustainable Three waters reforms in Upper Hutt.

    Better management of rubbish and recycling.

  • Work to introduce kerbside recycling funded from rates.

    Ensure Upper Hutt City Council has prepared its 30 year Three Waters asset management plan to ensure our voice is heard at the table if reform happens.

    Introduce a second recycling centre in Upper Hutt if kerbside recycling paid from rates is defeated.

  • More recycling stations, possibly 3 or 4 more throughout the city. Educate and inform on how much we are recycling and where it is going.

    Essential services like clean safe water distribution and disposal are the very core of council services. Loss of local control is disastrous.

    Firm but kind animal control is important. We have a problem with poor owners but the animals get punished and sometimes destroyed.

  • Reduce our rubbish and recycling by supporting the local businesses and community groups who reuse or repair items.

    Keep our three waters management local so that our rates are spent locally.

    Local decisions for local people – especially in urban development and intensification.

  • Ensure clean and fluoridated drinking water for residents.

    Allow residents to make their own decisions about waste management to benefit those who already reduce and minimise their waste.

  • Create new ways to access recycling hubs.

    Create regular neighbourhood clearouts to allow people to get their waste to the landfill.

  • Improve access to recycling services.

    Install public water fountains throughout the city.

    Review the city's streetlights and see where improvements can be made.

  • Work with the government regulator to ensure our drinking is resilient and safe in being delivered to our community.

    Ensure investment in Three Waters is in line with the economic and population growth of our city.

    Establish recycling capabilities to enable resource recovery that develops an end-of-life product stewardship scheme.

  • Revisit the option of curb-side recycling and work with the community to understand barriers to current uptake of recycling.

    Explore LED streetlights to support Sustainability goals and community safety.

  • Negotiate a better deal on Three Waters, and keep local assets in local hands. We do not want to pay for Wellington's water issues.

    Consider the introduction of a rates-funded rubbish collection service. Only if council can negotiate a better deal for its citizens.

    Clean up the rubbish along the roadsides, and the disposable masks finding their way into the environment. Engage regular street cleaners.

  • Implement economically accessible recycling operations.

    Enlighten citizens on the benefits and facts of Three Waters.

  • Please let's have kerbside recycling. Its a no brainer!

    Against Three Waters. It is asset-stripping and removes our local democracy.

  • Promote responsible, sustainable and economic rubbish and recycling policies.

    Support effective animal control and dog licensing policies and practices.

  • Improve council handling of environmental matters, eg rubbish, recycling. Fight Three Waters as needed.

  • Recycling depot is working well, may need to explore another site and open number two.

    Animal control is well in hand in Upper Hutt and the registration fees and charges have been set for this year.

    Three Waters reform may change the landscape, but we need to keep advocating for the best changes for Upper Hutt.

  • Pledge to fight the undemocratic and unaccountable Three Waters legislation.

    Investigate and review Upper Hutt waterworks to ensure they are fit for the future needs of the region.

    Investigate an alternative model for funding and improving waterworks as an alternative to the proposed Three Waters legislation.

  • Promote sustainable Three waters reforms in Upper Hutt.

    Better management of rubbish and recycling.

  • Work to introduce kerbside recycling funded from rates.

    Ensure Upper Hutt City Council has prepared its 30 year Three Waters asset management plan to ensure our voice is heard at the table if reform happens.

    Introduce a second recycling centre in Upper Hutt if kerbside recycling paid from rates is defeated.

  • More recycling stations, possibly 3 or 4 more throughout the city. Educate and inform on how much we are recycling and where it is going.

    Essential services like clean safe water distribution and disposal are the very core of council services. Loss of local control is disastrous.

    Firm but kind animal control is important. We have a problem with poor owners but the animals get punished and sometimes destroyed.

  • Reduce our rubbish and recycling by supporting the local businesses and community groups who reuse or repair items.

    Keep our three waters management local so that our rates are spent locally.

    Local decisions for local people – especially in urban development and intensification.

  • Ensure clean and fluoridated drinking water for residents.

    Allow residents to make their own decisions about waste management to benefit those who already reduce and minimise their waste.

  • Create new ways to access recycling hubs.

    Create regular neighbourhood clearouts to allow people to get their waste to the landfill.

  • Improve access to recycling services.

    Install public water fountains throughout the city.

    Review the city's streetlights and see where improvements can be made.

  • Work with the government regulator to ensure our drinking is resilient and safe in being delivered to our community.

    Ensure investment in Three Waters is in line with the economic and population growth of our city.

    Establish recycling capabilities to enable resource recovery that develops an end-of-life product stewardship scheme.

  • Revisit the option of curb-side recycling and work with the community to understand barriers to current uptake of recycling.

    Explore LED streetlights to support Sustainability goals and community safety.

  • Negotiate a better deal on Three Waters, and keep local assets in local hands. We do not want to pay for Wellington's water issues.

    Consider the introduction of a rates-funded rubbish collection service. Only if council can negotiate a better deal for its citizens.

    Clean up the rubbish along the roadsides, and the disposable masks finding their way into the environment. Engage regular street cleaners.

  • Implement economically accessible recycling operations.

    Enlighten citizens on the benefits and facts of Three Waters.

  • Please let's have kerbside recycling. Its a no brainer!

    Against Three Waters. It is asset-stripping and removes our local democracy.

  • Promote responsible, sustainable and economic rubbish and recycling policies.

    Support effective animal control and dog licensing policies and practices.

  • Improve council handling of environmental matters, eg rubbish, recycling. Fight Three Waters as needed.

  • Recycling depot is working well, may need to explore another site and open number two.

    Animal control is well in hand in Upper Hutt and the registration fees and charges have been set for this year.

    Three Waters reform may change the landscape, but we need to keep advocating for the best changes for Upper Hutt.