Keeping well

The latest health initiatives being promoted in Lower Hutt and Upper Hut:

More available programmes are listed below.

Good Food Programme is a free hands on practical cooking programme for people wanting to gain new skills in preparing healthy meals on a tight budget and manage weight. Te Awakairangi Health Network runs courses at - Wainuiomata Marae, Stokes Valley Community House and Hutt Union Community Hall in Petone. Phone Harley on 04 570 3045, or email

Go, The Bros is a free 10-week healthy lifestyle programme targeting primarily "Māori and Pacific Island Tāne who may have traded in their rugby boots for the remote some years ago and are presently fairly sedentary"!
Orongomai Marae
1 Railway Ave
Ph 04 528 9639

SuperGrans offers one-on-one mentoring to support and coach individuals and families in a range of skills in your home or workshops, eg. practical cooking, budgeting, menu planning and shopping on a budget, managing your home and household routines.
Level 2, Crest House
92 Queens Drive
Lower Hutt
Ph 04 566 9778

Heart Foundation - Cooking Skills and Nutrition Sessions. The focus is on making affordable, easy and healthy meals for the family. They run cooking sessions for organised groups at a small cost (to cover the cost of ingredients).
Contact: Tiana Collins Ph 04 472 2780 xtn 1

Te Awakairangi Health offers free Dietitian service to eligible patients who are Māori or Pacific peoples or low income; have a chronic disease or at risk of developing a chronic disease.
Ph 04 566 5320 to talk to a Dietitian

Embracing fruit and vegetables

If fruit and veges haven't been your thing then you might like to be inspired and join your local Community gardens or grow your own in your backyard.

Wainui in Armz provide free bread, fruit and vegetables to local families in Wainuiomata every Tuesday at 10.00am. Bring in a box before 10am.
1A Queens Street
Phone 04 564 5262

Stokes Valley Community Centre offers a free bread, fruit and vegetable service too on Fridays.
212 Stokes Valley Rd
Stokes Valley
Phone 04 972 5758

Or you could check out local community growers markets for fresh and affordable fruit and veges -

Hutt Riverbank Carpark
every Saturday 8am-2pm
Ph James Liu 021 2943615

                      Naenae New World
2-10 Vogel Street, Naenae
Last Saturday of every month
Ph Jan Phelan 04 939 4433

Other options for healthy meals and getting active

If planning menus and shopping just bore you silly, then MyFoodBag can do all that for you, feeding a family of two adults and three children for five nights for just $159 per week

Here's a free download from Ministry of Health for Kiwi adults eating for health.

Getting active is easy in the Hutt Valley - check out our sports clubs, dance classes and clubs, fitness centres, senior activities and arts, music & hobbies pages. They are crammed full of fun things to do.

Stopping smoking?

It's a challenge but think of all the money you will save by quitting.  

If you need help to stop smoking there are free, supportive programmes listed below. You can choose to do it alone or with the support and help of a mentor. 

Local groups and online resources to help stop smoking 

  • Kokiri Marae Hauora offer Aukati Kaipaipa for māori and their whānau wanting to promote smokefree kaupapa. It's a great programme with face-to-face support for a year.
    7-9 Barnes Street,
    Lower Hutt
    Phone 04 939-4631
  • Pacific Health Services’ quitting programme focuses on helping Pacific Peoples in the Hutt Valley stop smoking and runs over the course of one year with the support of a quit coach.
    Co-ordinator: Tovile Fomai
    Fanau Center
    16 Bedford Court
    Cannons Creek
    Ph: 04 237 8422 or 04 388 2157
  • The national Quitline will help get you started (phone 0800 778 778)
  • The Heart Foundation has tips and resources to help you on your journey 
  • Smokestop is an online quit smoking programme

Not ready to quit? Then you could try safer ways to still enjoy Nicotine

If ceasing smoking is just too hard for you right now, then how about checking out the Otago University stall at Westfield Queensgate 1st floor (next to Vodaphone). They are offering FREE advice and products.

They've an impressive range of products that let you try safe ways to enjoy Nicotine and satisfy your cravings without cigarettes. You could try the Nicotine inhalator, mouthspray, Nicotine gum, lozenge or patch. 

Visit for more details.

Healthy housing for a warm, dry home

Having a warm, dry home helps keep you and your family healthy. 

In fact it's so critical to our health that the NZ government has committed millions to warming up our homes by providing discounted underfloor and ceiling insulation, curtain banks and free home assessments.

Warm Up New Zealand is offering free insulation for low-income households, whether renting or owning a property. Check out the eligibility criteria. Even if you don't qualify for free insulation, you may still be approved funding, so it's worth applying to get your home warm.

Applying for free underfloor and ceiling insulation

  1. Print out this application form, and/or 
  2. Contact one of the four insulation providers in the Hutt Valley -
    - EnergySmart Ph David Patchett 0800 777 111
    - Right House Ph Linda Downes 0508 78 78 24
    - Sustainability Trust Ph Linda Downes 0508 78 78 24
    - Autex Ph Nic Rowan 0800 78 26 53

Curtain banks in the Hutt Valley

  • Earthlink, contact Shirley Cressy Ph 04 567 7111
    22 Eastern Hutt Road, Wingate, Lower Hutt
  • Sustainability Trust, contact Curtain Bank Coordinator Ph 0508 78 78 24 ext. 705 2 Forrester Lane, Central Wellington
  • Warm Fuzzies, contact  Miranda, Warm Fuzzies Coordinator, Ph 0508 78 78 24 ext. 711

Do the heart and diabetes check!

Getting a systems overhaul midlife could be a really, really sensible thing to do.

The new Heart and Diabetes check can tell you your risk profile of having a heart attack in the next five years just from a wee blood test.

If you have a family history of heart and diabetes, are Māori, Pacific Islander or on a low income, it's recommended you get a check at 35+ years for men and 45+ years for women (ask your GP if you are entitled to a free check). For those outside the high risk group it's advised to have a check for men at 45+ years and for women, at 55+ years. 

Just visit your family doctor to organise it.

If you don't have a GP see the list of GPs taking on new patients.

Men's health in the Hutt Valley'

Women's health in the Hutt Valley

Where to go and what to know...

  • Women's Health Action Trust NZ has a fantastic and informative website with an extensive range of topics relevant to Kiwi women. It's well worth a visit.
  • Cervical smear screening is certainly not a fun exercise for anyone, however Ministry of Health advises all women who are 20-70 and have been sexually active to have regular three-yearly smear tests to prevent cervical cancer from developing. The good news is MOH advises regular cervical smear tests can reduce a woman's chance of developing cervical cancer by 90%! 
  • Low income, high risk women can have free checks. You can ask:
    • your local family doctor or Maori and Pacifika health provider
    • phone the National Cervical Screening Programme, freephone 0800 729 729 to make an appointment.
  • BreastScreen Aotearoa is a free national breast screening programme for Kiwi woman aged 45-69 which aims to reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer in New Zealand. They offer free mammograms every two years - you'll get an invitation when you turn 45. To enrol phone 0800 270 200 or enrol online.
    Screening in the Hutt Valley -
    • BreastScreen Central, Pilmur St, Hutt Hospital Lower Hutt
  • Fertility - a woman's fertility naturally decreases with age, especially from the late 30s. Here's a handy link to see how your biological clock is ticking. Your doctor is a good go-to person if you have any concerns about your fertility, or visit 
  • Upper Hutt Women's Centre offers women's education, health and wellbeing services. 6 Sinclair St, Upper Hutt phone 04 527 0017, or email

Online health resources

  • Healthline is a New Zealand service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone calls are free from within New Zealand, phone 0800 611 116
  • Did you know they have an "Symptom Checker" phone app? Read about it/download it here. You can also get it from the Apple App Store
  • Here's a New Zealand online health resource with a huge index of information on health conditions. You can look up a condition under the menu, or if you have trouble finding what you're looking for, just use the search bar on the right.

Subsidies for health care

  • Community services card - you may be entitled to a Community Services Card to help cover costs for health care. Phone WINZ for an application form on 0800 999 999 email War veterans are entitled to a community services card.
  • High use health card - if you don’t qualify for a Community Services Card, you may be able to get the High Use Health Card if you visit the doctor often for an ongoing medical condition (12 times or more in the last 12 months). Talk to your doctor.
  • Pharmaceutical subsidy card -if you and your family collect 20 subsidised prescription items in a year all further prescriptions of fully subsidised pharmaceuticals are free for the rest of the year (1 February-31 January). Check your receipts and ask your pharmacist about this. 
  • Disability allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, medical alarms, extra clothing or travel. Ph WINZ 0800 552 002
  • Residential care subsidy - if you need long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home, you may be able to get a Residential Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Health to help with the cost of this care. The subsidy is paid directly to the hospital or rest home by the Ministry of Health. Ph WINZ 0800 999 727
  • Residential support subsidy - Ph WINZ 0800 999 779
  • Special disability allowance - a weekly payment for people who have a spouse or partner who is in a hospital or rest home (for at least 13 weeks) or who is getting a Residential Care Subsidy. It is paid to the spouse or partner who is not in care to help with the extra costs of having their spouse or partner in care. Ph WINZ 0800 552 002
  • Supported living payment is assistance for people who have, or are caring for someone with a health condition, injury or disability. Ph WINZ 0800 552 002
  • Funeral grant can help with some of the funeral costs of someone close to you who has died. Ph WINZ 0800 552 002

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Concerned about a health issue?

You can get free advice anytime, day or night, by ringing the Healthline to talk confidentially to a registered nurse
Ph 0800 611 166 

Health providers in the Hutt Valley

Go to: local and after hours GPs | Maori & Pacifica health | Family planning | Hospitals | Hospice | Laboratories (blood tests, etc.) | Pharmacies | Optometrists

If you'd like to see more of Regional Public Health's services in the Hutt Valley visit their website.


General practitioners

List of GPs in the Hutt Valley - just type in your region, e.g. Upper Hutt, Naenae. Or go straight to the list of
GPs taking on new patients.

After hours medical centres

Lower Hutt After Hours Medical Centre
729 High St,
Lower Hutt
Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11.00pm
Sat-Sun & public hols 8.00am-11.00pm
Ph 04 567 5345

Upper Hutt Health Centre
Queen Street Carpark,
Upper Hutt
Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.00pm
Sat-Sun  9.00am-6.00pm (closed 1.00-2.00pm)
Public holidays: 10.00am-5.00pm (call to check).
Telephone: 04 920 1800 

Māori and Pacifika health providers

Te Awakairangj Health Network
4th Floor, Levin House
330 High Street
Lower Hutt
Ph 04 566 5320

Kokiri Marae Keriana Olsen Trust
7–9 Barnes Street
Ph 04 939 4630

Nga Tekau Health Services
24/D Marine Parade
Ph 04 473 2502

Tu Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust
7–9 Barnes Street
Ph 04 939 4629

Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley Inc
1 Hewer Crescent
Ph 04 577 0394

Family planning

Family Planning Clinic Lower Hutt
(free for people under 22 years)
2nd Floor 29 Waterloo Road
Lower Hutt
Ph 04 569 5025


Hutt Valley Hospital
622 High Street
Lower Hutt
Ph 04 566 6999

Boulcott Hospital
High Street, Lower Hutt
Ph 04 569 7555 or 0800 BOULCOTT (0800 268 526)


Te Omanga Hospice 136 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Inpatient Unit Ph 04 569 7921
Administration Ph 04 566 4535


Aotea Pathology Centres
Petone -
Doreen Doolan Mall
Ph 04 566 2144

Lower Hutt -
17 Raroa Road
Ph 04 381 5900

Wainuiomata -
Whai Oranga O Te Iwi Health Centre
7 The Strand
Ph 04 564 2723

Upper Hutt -
Level 6, CBD Towers
84-90 Main Street
Ph 04 528 9723

Valley Diagnostic Laboratories
Petone -
Jackson St
Ph 04 566 2144

Wainuiomata -
7 The Strand
Ph 04 564 2723 


Your local after hours pharmacy in Upper Hutt City is the Centre Pharmacy, at 35 Queens Street, Upper Hutt. Your local after hours pharmacy in Lower Hutt City is Lower Hutt After Hours at 729 High Street, Lower Hutt (open from 6pm-11pm week days)

See a full list of pharmacies in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt


List of optometrists in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt

Hearing impairment solutions for seniors

Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy offers a free service for anyone aged 16 or older. It is funded by the Ministry of Health for NZ citizens & permanent residents. Contact Susan Lennie to discuss solutions for both in & outside your home. Ph 04 499 5851 or 021 820 669

Health Passport

A Health Passport can be particularly helpful to those that visit hospitals often, have a hearing or vision impairment, a medical condition such as epilepsy or Alzheimer's disease, or have particular communication or support needs.

You can take your Health Passport with you when attending hospitals or other providers of health and disability services. It contains all the information about how people can support and communicate with you, and enables health professionals to make appropriate and safe decisions about your care.

Download your Health Passport here. There is also a Health Passport with pictures available, in addition to help guides to get the most out of your Health passport.

For more information for individuals and carers regarding the Health Passport, email or phone directly on 04 806 2436.

Have a complaint about a health and disability service provider ?

Health & Disability Advocacy Service provides a free, independent and confidential consumer advocacy service for all users of health and disability services -

  • to help people resolve issues with services providers
  • provide rights information through education and promotion
  • to act on the instructions of the consumer if requested.

Contact the office at Cnr Laings Rd and Queens Dr, Lower Hutt Mon-Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm or phone 04 570 0850 freephone: 0800 55 50 50

From out of town?

If you've family living outside the area and they are coming to support you while having treatment in Hutt Hospital here are some accommodation options

  • Kowhai House Family Accommodation is provided by HVDHB for families living outside the area who are supporting relatives having treatment in Hutt Hospital and who need somewhere to stay. Cost on enquiry.
    65 Pilmuir Street, Lower Hutt
    Ph 04 570 9488
  • YMCA Pilmuir Accomodation, cost $65 p/d or $185 weekly
    67 Pilmuir Street, Lower Hutt
    Ph 04 568 3853

Housing options in the Hutt Valley

There are some good resources on this page from Wellington Housing Trust: links to Housing NZ, Abbat Trust (provides emergency housing, drug / alcohol counselling), Alberno Retreat Trust for mental health consumers etc.