Collaborating to ensure positive systems change

Published on 21 April 2023

Peter and Eddie

Healthy Families Hutt Valley and Upper Hutt City Council are excited to work alongside each other to ensure positive systems change is driven across the whole of the Hutt Valley.

Both organisations share a vision of more equitable and sustainable communities and by combining their expertise, resources and networks, they will be able to create a long-term impact on the communities they serve. 

At the heart of this partnership is a shared vision where every community has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. With Upper Hutt City Council’s expertise in community development and Healthy Families Hutt Valley’s extensive knowledge in systems change, the partnership is well-positioned to support people to create thriving neighbourhoods where everyone leads a healthy and happy life.

Eddie Edmonds, Healthy Families Hutt Valley Manager says that the partnership with Upper Hutt City Council will be transformative.

“We haven’t been as present or engaged in the Upper Hutt area as much as we would’ve liked to in the past. When we refer to the ‘Hutt Valley’, it includes both of the Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt communities – working alongside Upper City Council will allow us to boost the collective effort across the whole of the Hutt Valley to support people to create healthier communities where we live, learn, work and play.”

Upper Hutt City Council Chief Executive, Peter Kelly is also looking forward to collaborating with Healthy Families Hutt Valley.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Healthy Families initiative! We’re pulling away from working in silos and uniting as one to enhance the wellbeing of our communities on a broader scale. Working together, we are confident that we will make a significant and positive impact in Upper Hutt too.”


We’re looking for a talented and innovative Community Development Advisor to be a part of the nationwide Healthy Families network.

This is an exciting opportunity within Upper City Council’s Community Development Team to help create positive systems change through strong practice and creative solutions in Te Awa Kairangi and Aotearoa.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • be passionate about the health and wellbeing of people in the Hutt Valley area

  • be connected with Hutt Valley Māori and Pasifika communities

  • be committed to increasing equity

  • be an effective communicator who can think outside the box

  • be an effective team member

  • have proven experience in working alongside community, sector stakeholders and organisations to create solutions.

This role will make you proud to know that your mahi makes a real difference by supporting our communities to thrive.

Check out the job description and apply online

For further information or if you wish to discuss this position please contact Jane Braun, Team Leader Community Development on 021 471936.

Applications close on Friday 12 May 2023.