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RIP RAP! recyclable art on the Hutt River

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News release

3 February 2005

RIP RAP! recyclable art on the Hutt River

On Sunday 13 February, Greater Wellington’s summer Regional Outdoors Programme heads to the banks of the Hutt River for a funky, trash recycling extravaganza.

RIP RAP! is the brainchild of Hutt River Ranger, Thane Walls.

“It’s a chance to make a creative work of art from recycled trash from the river and help save the environment at the same time. It’s guaranteed to be lots of fun.

There will be a variety of recyclable rubbish to choose from - car parts, fridges, wire, branches, rubber, plastic, beer cans, clothing – material which shouldn’t be in the river but has found its way there through heavy rain or by being dumped by those who choose to use our wonderful river as a refuse tip,” said Mr Walls.

Several local artists will be on hand to provide creative ideas and practical advice. People can choose to work individually, as a family, or as part of a team. The finished artworks will be judged by Tim Walker, director of The Dowse and there are some great prizes to be won.

“All materials will be supplied but we ask people to bring along their own scissors and pliers,” said Mr Walls.

The name for the event derives from a colloquial term used by Hutt River rangers and staff when rebuilding or diverting the river bed. Rip rap are the large, round stones that are moved around to form the sides and banks of the Hutt River.

To register for this free event phone 04 526 5330 or email

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Date: Sunday 13 February
Venue: Belmont Flats, behind Belmont School, Western Hutt Road, Hutt City

A full listing of Regional Outdoors events for February and March is online at or call 04 526 5330 for further information. Copies of the programme can also be obtained from any Greater Wellington office, local council office or visitor information centre.


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