Keep New Zealand Beautiful welcomes Hutt Valley Community Branch

Not-for-profit organisation Keep New Zealand Beautiful will now have another Community Branch in the Hutt Valley to help look after the area between Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

Keep Hutt Valley Beautiful will be run by a group of local volunteers including Wayne Gazely, a graffiti removalist, and Michelle Stronach-Marsh who runs Plogging in Petone.

The branch’s objectives include creating a beautiful, safe and functional environment within the Hutt Valley, and to work on behaviour change within the local community so that littering and graffiti become socially unacceptable.

“We want to get on and clean this mess up,” says Mr Gazely.

“There is a major graffiti problem in Lower Hutt and illegal dumping down the Hutt Valley. As a branch we want to set an example as well as support other local groups out there who are working hard to make a difference, and at the same time gain more volunteers and funding for our branch.”

Keep Hutt Valley Beautiful has already been busy organising local clean up events and they have been working with KiwiRail to clean up the rail corridor over the summer. The branch hopes to get more local businesses and schools involved to help clean up their local area.

The branch has created a Facebook page for people to follow and find out more about Keep Hutt Valley Beautiful and upcoming clean up events.

By starting a branch in your community, you can help Keep New Zealand Beautiful to create a better New Zealand. For more information on Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s existing Community Branches, or how to start one in your local area, please click here.



Keep Hutt Valley Beautiful members and volunteers organised a clean up of the Hutt Valley rail corridor in January 2021.

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