HomePlay Streets
Project Goal

Celebrating our
community for
playing again

The bold goal of Play Streets is to listen and respond to our community's request for play! Play is vital for our health and happiness and Play Streets get our tamariki out exploring their neighbourhood and being active. Play is where tamariki practice life.

Play Streets is an international movement where communities close quiet residential streets to allow for neighbours to interact and play freely outside their doors.

Ngā mahi kua tutuki?
What has happened so far?
Hutt City Council, Sport NZ and Healthy Families Hutt Valley have kick-started a movement to increase quality play across our city.

It started with talking with communities to better understand their experiences of play in our neighbourhoods. From this engagement we’ve documented our insights and findings in a report, Takaro to play. The report includes local data, insights from whanau and recommendations about how to make Lower Hutt a city which invites tamariki and rangatahi to play.

Ngā mahi kei te whakatutuki?
What is happening now?
More neighbourhoods and communities are holding Play Streets events on their low-risk streets.

Residents discuss holding a Play Street with their neighbours first, testing the idea and when might be a good time to give it a go. Once the details are agreed with the residents on the street, they apply for a Community Road Closure. Some apply to hold a one-off session while others choose to do a regular weekly or monthly event. On the day, neighbours close the road to traffic using official signs and barriers and the children take over the space for play.

Upcoming Play Streets are listed on the Active in the Hutt website.

Ngā mahi kei te tahatū o te rangi?
What will happen next?
Get involved

If you want to hold a Play Street event in your neighbourhood, talk to your neighbours, check out the information sheet and then get in touch with the team at Hutt City Council. They can help with advice, equipment and the support you with the process to safely close streets for play.

Contact play@huttcity.govt.nz to get started.