About our Activation team


The Activation Team at Upper Hutt City Council has one major plan and that is to assist our community to become more active, more often.

The framework for this plan is the Upper Hutt Active Recreation Plan (UHARP) adopted by council in November 2006 and was supported and funded by four project partners, Upper Hutt City Council, Youthtown, Sport Wellington and Lion Foundation. Since 2006 Activation has changed to sit solely under the Upper Hutt City Council umbrella, but often run and facilitate projects and programmes funded by other stakeholders in the sport and recreation sector.

Activation works with clubs, active recreation providers, community groups and individuals to develop and support physical activity in the city by implementing the active recreation plan.

The plan has many interventions from people starting to explore options for active recreation to those that excel in their area of choice.

Ellie Davidson

Team Leader 04 527 2148 | 027 213 7583

Ellie joined the Activation team in May 2013. She comes from a primary teaching background, majoring in physical education, and has teaching experience in England and New Zealand. Ellie has worked in a Regional Sports Trust for 6 years, before departing to start a family. She has been involved in sport and recreation throughout her whole life, playing football as her main sport. Ellie has spent ten years involved in child development – and has worked with mothers groups, community groups, childcare centres, teachers, tertiary institutions and presented overseas in this area. Ellie brings to the Activation team experience in working in the education and sport sector.

Dave King

Recreation Advisor – Clubs and Schools 04 529 0091 | 027 479 3156

Dave is our Recreation Advisor – Clubs and Schools. Dave grew up in the Hutt Valley and now lives in Silverstream. Prior to joining the Activation team,  Dave taught at Wellington College for 13 years and then went into Rugby Coaching and Development full time, completing a Post Grad in Sports Management at Massey University and an international IRB Coach Educator qualification. During this time Dave spent some time in Wales (where his family originates from) coaching rugby and then returned to Wellington to work with Wellington Rugby for the past 13 years coordinating and running their player and coach development programs and managing their development staff.

Steph Reichardt

Recreation Advisor – Community 04 527 2857 | 027 213 7572

Steph started in the Activation team in July 2017 as the Community Recreation Advisor. She has a diploma in Exercise Prescription and Event Management and has been in the fitness industry for the past 15 years as a Personal Trainer and bootcamp instructor. Steph joined the Activation team following 3 years working with Sport Wellington’s Healthy Lifestyle Team. She has a passion for trail running, mud events and being outdoors with her family.