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We have decided to push out the start date of this project – there is still a chance of rain for Monday and we want to give Michael Gray and opportunity to get back into the swing of business once returning from Australia for a family matter.

The extended weather is looking great for next Sunday so we are pushing forward to start the project on Sunday 2 May starting at 10AM to get the bollard and footpath painted.

Andrews Ave is a focus of Anzac Day commemoration in the Southend this year with a number of soldiers standing beside poles and the lawns sprouting remembrance poppies.

The annual Lower Hutt Dawn Service and parade will occur on the morning of Anzac Day at the nearby garden and war memorial in front of the Library.

Southend Street Community Working Bee and Street Party

April 26th corner of High Street and Laings Road 10am-4pm

The Southend Business Group is hosting a community working bee / street party on Monday April 26th to create a fun and colourful project on High Street. We invite you to join us to ‘Paint the Town’ and help to make the Southend of High Street the creative entrance to Lower Hutt.

The first of the Soundbites 2021 services of lunchtime concerts kicked of today in Andrews Ave after the one scheduled for last Friday was cancelled because of bad weather.  The concert today, featuring Aaron Andis was held in bright sunshine and attracted a festive crowd who came to listen and dance to the music.  Aaron played a number of popular songs that pleased the assembled crowd.

These free music events will happen each Friday from 12 noon - 2pm in Andrews Ave until the 26th March.  Refer here for the schedule of events.

The popular lunchtime music is coming back to Andrews Ave for 2021.  Every Friday from 12th February until 26th March, a local musician will be performing in Andrews Ave between 12 noon and 2pm.

Grab your lunch from a local cafe and come along to enjoy the outdoor environment and listen to the music. Performers are:

Win prizes by piecing together a secret Christmas code in a hunt across the streets of central Lower Hutt.  The map and list will help find these festive windows located around Central Hutt.

For more info check out facebook.com/discoverhuttcentral

Download a copy of the map here
 

The custom decorated art trees have been installed on High Street.  Each tree has been decorated by a different local artist, so take a stroll along the street in the Southend precinct and admire the designs.  These trees have been sponsored by the Hutt City Council a in support of the Southend Business Group objective of promotng the street and its businesses. 

COME ALONG TO OUR OPEN DAY

RiverLink is hosting a public open day on Saturday 28 November at the Dowse Art Museum.

It’s an opportunity for you to see how the indicative plans are looking for improvements to river health, flood protection, amenities and transport connections in Lower Hutt.

We want to hear what you think of our plans, and answer any questions you might have. Our project team will be there, ready to explain what we’ve been working on. 

Central City Christmas Window Decorating Competition

This year the Southend Business Group is merrily challenging its fellow Central City businesses to a Christmas Window Challenge. Like in previous years we encourage you to decorate your street facing business windows in celebration of the silly season. This year we want the focus to be on Christmas Trees. The Southend is organizing Christmas on High and it is all about Christmas trees, on the street and in the windows. Christmas on High is a multi-year plan to bring a sense of festivity into the CBD.

Signs in the High Street featuring the Southend branding.  Help make the Southend an identifiable precint by using the branding for your store or other communications. Contact the SEBG if you would like details of the branding including artwork.

The Southend Business Group welcomes back Massey University’s “The Living Lab” Pop-up Campus for social interventions through the design course – Urban Camouflage.

For three weeks this November, 20 students will work from a pop-up campus to look at what types of interventions and placemaking methodology could be used to design spaces in Lower Hutt to make them more fun and attractive for people to use.

Christmas is coming to the Hutt -let's co-design and co-create ideas that will create a festive atmosphere in the CBD in December.