Upper Hutt City
This is Upper Hutt
Upper Hutt at a Glance
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Upper Hutt CityLocated 30 km north-east of Wellington City, Upper Hutt boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities. 41,600 people call Upper Hutt City home. From Silverstream to the Rimutaka Hill summit, the city encompasses an area of 540 square kilometres.
Big opportunitiesThere are many opportunities for businesses within Upper Hutt, including available stable flat land, ICT infrastructure, and well-connected close road and rail links. We also have a well-educated local workforce, a gorgeous green setting, a strong connected community, a relaxed lifestyle, a range of urban and rural housing options, and multiple business support networks available to help.
Over the past 12 months we have had 27 new businesses (commercial and retail) open in Upper Hutt. This includes The Pet Centre, The Art of Pizza, Thai House Express, Jetts Gym, Porterhouse Blues Bar, Envirocomp (a nappy composting plant), Revera (an IT infrastructure company), and Transfield Services.
Upper Hutt is gaining unprecedented attention from multiple directions. We are also seeing conversion of previous manufacturing facilities into vibrant centres for smaller industrial businesses, high-tech manufacturing, film props, and data centres.
Lower business ratesA recent comparison of business rates revealed that businesses outside of Upper Hutt on average pay 2.8 times more in rates.
We are ‘open for business’Council is committed to operating in a business friendly manner and being open to support any opportunity that will increase employment growth. As a Council, we are committed to break down perceived barriers, being solution-focused for all those who choose to build here.
Residential growthFrom July 2010 to June 2012, over 230 new residential dwelling consents were received by Council.
StatisticsWith one of New Zealand’s largest workforces available within the Wellington region, you can call on highly skilled, mobile and well-educated people, whatever your business focus.
Significant businesses in Upper HuttUpper Hutt is attractive to many big businesses and lots of small ones too. Major industry sectors and employers with a presence here include:
A lifestyle focusThe city offers a very attractive lifestyle for families and residents. For residents, it means reasonably priced housing options that are likely to have more space than most inner-city housing. For families, Upper Hutt has many excellent
preschools, primary, and secondary schools. Wellington’s Victoria University and the region’s many other tertiary institutions are all within easy commuting distance for Upper Hutt students.
Nestled between bush-clad hills along the Hutt River, Upper Hutt’s unique location provides easy access to native forest and riverside walks, swimming, fishing, and river kayaking, hunting, gliding, and tramping. For mountain, trail,
and quad biking enthusiasts, Upper Hutt is the perfect playground. If golf is your passion, we have four courses to choose from, including the prestigious Royal Wellington Golf Club based in Heretaunga.
The history of our city
Upper Hutt derives its name from an English Member of Parliament, Sir
William Hutt, who was a director of the New Zealand Company (formed in
the late 1830s) that organised the settlement of the Wellington and
Hutt Valley areas beginning with the arrival of the first immigrant
ships from 1840.
Orongomai is the old Maori name of the area where Upper Hutt now stands. It means "the place of Rongomai". He was an ancestor and patron of the tribes whose ancestors came in the Kurahaupo canoe. According to their traditions the captain was Whatonga, ancestor of the Ngai Tara and Rangitane tribes. By his first wife Whatonga had a son, Tara-ika and his descendants, the Ngai Tara, were the first people known to live in the Wellington/Hutt Valley area and the harbour was named for Tara.
The Ngati Rangi came and were defeated by the Ngati Ira, who in turn were defeated by Tamiti Waka Nene of Ngapuhi and Te Rauparaha of Ngati Toa at Pa-Whakataka across the bank from what is now Te Marua. Eventually the Taranaki people, Te Atiawa, occupied all of the Hutt Valley shortly before the Europeans came, with villages at Te Hau-Karetu (Maoribank) and Whirinaki (Silverstream).
Early Maori names for the river were Te-Awa-Kairangi and Heretaunga. Upper Hutt was settled right at the beginning of the European colonisation of Wellington. Richard Barton, its first resident, arrived in 1840 on the "Oriental", the second of what is known as the first four ships. He made his home at Trentham in 1841 in the area now known as Bartons Bush. The first town settler was James Brown in 1848.
Upper Hutt was originally part of the Hutt County, constituted in 1877.
On 24 April 1908, it was proclaimed a Town Board and the first seven
Commissioners were farmer GI Benge (first chairman), milkman RH
Williams, farmers A Martin and JT Craig, butcher WR Keys, builder J
Harrison and painter FH Wilkie. The first secretary was AJ McCurdy, an
outstanding character in this areas local politics. He became first
Mayor when Upper Hutt became a Borough on 26 February 1926.