The Hutt Valley is the large area of fairly flat land in the Hutt River valley in the Wellington region. Its name is derived from the the same place as the Hutt River, that of Sir William Hutt, a director of the New Zealand Company in early colonial New Zealand.
The path that the Hutt River takes is roughly that of the major fault line that runs through the region. (In its continuation, it can easily be seen as the reason for the Southern Alps existance in the South Island.) The land rises abruptly to the west of the river, whilst a series of floodplains have developed to the east. The floodplain is roughly triangular, with the base of the triangle seated on the waterfront at Seaview and Petone, facing the Wellington Harbour. As a Unit, our primary turnout area is roughly defined by the confines of that Triangle, although it also covers the western hills (eg Korokoro, Maungarakei, Kelson) and extends to the Rimutaka Hill in the north, and includes the coastal suburbs around Eastbourne in the SouthEast.
The Hutt Valley is made up of two different City Council areas, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. Lower Hutt has a greater population (just over 100,000) reflective of its greater urban development, whilst Upper Hutt also includes larger areas of rougher terrain and has a smaller population (just over 40,000). Upper Hutt is, by area, the largest city-council administered area in New Zealand.
The valley forms a major dormitory suburban area for Wellington, and as such many of our unit volunteers are employed outside of our turnout area. For this reason, we are always keen to hear from members who both live and work in the valley, to assist us with daytime turnouts.
Hutt Valley is the base for a large residential area, as well as for manufacturing and heavy industry, educational and recreational facilities, and the region's motor camps. There are vast areas of vegetation and areas of high density commercial and industrial importance, and a wide variety of socio-economic populations represented across the Valley.
The Hutt Valley is bounded in the southwest by Wellington City (home of Wellington Operational Support at Kilbirnie), Wainuiomata in the southeast (home of Wainuiomata Operational Support), and to the north by the Remutaka Hills, with our peers at Featherston Operational Support just beyond. We will also respond west along SH58 as needed, supported by Wellington Fire Support and potentially our peers from Paraparaumu Operational Support. Maintaining good relationships with our neighbouring Operational Support Units is critical, as at large events we can find ourselves working together at no notice; Members from the Hutt have responded into all parts of the region over the last few years.