No change to traffic light settings for public facilities

Published on 17 December 2021

Traffic Lights

On 16 December, we reviewed our traffic light settings, agreeing there would be no change to the current settings. 

This means that Upper Hutt City Council does not need vaccine passes to be shown at Upper Hutt Libraries, Council’s Civic Centre and H2O Xtream Aquatic Centre. 

Whirinaki Whare Taonga is still the exception. You can read more about that at

We will, however, continue with our approach to assessing risk to council staff and public access to all council facilities during the holiday period, and will be ready to change our settings if we need to.  

We will: 

  • Monitor the daily COVID-19 reporting of active community cases within the Wellington region, as usual (there are no active community cases currently). 

  • Implement the more restrictive policy of requiring a vaccine pass to access all council facilities if there is confirmation of active community cases (not including the people in MIQ or self-isolation) indicative of likely community transmission within the Wellington region. 

  • Ensure our public facilities have contingency plans in place to activate a move to the more restrictive access policy. 

  • Activate an Upper Hutt Covid-19 Community Testing Centre if there is a need. 

“While we have received messages of support over the past two weeks, we have also heard messages of concern from staff, elected officials and members of the community” says Chief Executive, Peter Kelly. 

“We have factored that into our risk-based approach so that if the risk changes, our settings will also change.” 

For specific information about how Upper Hutt Libraries and H2O Xtream operate at Orange, please visit or