Turning the Tide is a social change movement

It is a way of acknowledging and celebrating the great work happening in the Hutt to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play while inspiring others to also take action.

And we need to take action, the future demands it. Lower Hutt has some of our country’s worst statistics for obesity and preventable chronic disease. It doesn’t have to be this way. It is up to all of us to take action to create environments that make the healthy choice the easy and normal choice.

If we all do our part we will make a big difference not just for ourselves but for future generations, our tamariki deserve it.

Our story

The idea behind Te kawe kē i te ihu o te waka (Turning the Tide) started within Healthy Families Lower Hutt as a way of inspiring the whole of the Hutt to see that together we can turn the tide on our collective health. By acknowledging and celebrating the small (or big) changes we make to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play we can encourage others to take action.

Turning the Tide has evolved from that first idea through many conversations, workshops and collaborations. It has developed from within the Hutt community and belongs to that community. It is for all of us to use to create the social movement we need to make a real difference.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt will be the main support behind Turning the Tide during the early stages.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt

Healthy Families Lower Hutt is a dedicated prevention workforce that works with local leaders, groups and organisations across many different sectors, supporting them in their ideas and initiatives to create healthier environments where we live, learn, work and play.

Our aim is to make good health easier and more accessible by promoting healthy food options, smokefree areas, physical activity and reducing alcohol-related harm in places like sports clubs, schools, food outlets, workplaces, parks, marae and other places where we spend our time.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt is one of 10 chosen communities around the country that are part of Healthy Families NZ, the Government’s flagship prevention platform – a key part of the Government’s wider approach to helping New Zealanders live healthy, active lives.

Hutt City Council is the lead provider of Healthy Families Lower Hutt.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt is supported by a Leadership Group that represents our different stakeholders and the communities we work with. The leadership group includes leaders from:

  • Hutt Valley District Health Board
  • Te Awakairangi Health Network
  • Sport Wellington
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Local schools (Principal of Rata St School)
  • Maori community
  • Pasifika community
  • Local Businesses (Owner Stokes Valley New World)
  • Hutt City Council

Where can I go for more information?

Find out more about Turning the Tide on our Facebook page (@TurningtheTideHutt) and Instagram (@turningthetidenz).

Get in touch by emailing turningthetide@huttcity.govt.nz.

If you’d like to find out more about Healthy Families Lower Hutt visit www.healthyfamilieslowerhutt.org.nz or Facebook (www.facebook.com/TurningtheTideHuttValley)

If you’d like to find out more about Healthy Families NZ and the other Healthy Families NZ locations visit www.healthyfamilies.govt.nz .