Wainuiomata Ward (Wainui-o-mata)

5 months ago
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Key long-term projects in the Wainuiomata Ward in 2018-2028 are growing economic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

Decisions on spending for the 2019/20 financial year were made in the long term plan. 

Each of Hutt City's six wards has funding set aside for key projects, as well as ongoing maintenance and replacement of existing infrastructure such as playgrounds, public toilets, footpaths, and roads. 

Join the discussion below and let us know how you think the projects will make a difference for the Wainuiomata Ward.

Wainuiomata Ward key projects in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028

Project Description  Planned expenditure  Year of spend
Cycleway/Shared path
Wainuiomata
Providing a walking/cycling
connection between Wainuiomata
and Lower Hutt CBD
 $7.44 million  2018-2019
Wainuiomata Sportsville Supporting local sports organisations  $4.8 million  2018-2020
Love Wainuiomata Supporting development in
Wainuiomata
 $300,000  2018-2021


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  • Aj 8 months ago
    Would love a splash pad like at Harcourt Park and Aotea Lagoon for the kids. Perfect for summer and days when there's a private water ban
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    • HCC Parks and Recreation 8 months ago
      You’re right, Upper Hutt’s Harcourt Park is an excellent example of a splash pad facility. Over in Porirua a new splash pad opened in 2017 – which came about through an idea from a local resident. Ideas are great! This sort of large facility can easily become really expensive. But there could be approaches we can take to ‘keep it simple’. Do you have a particular location in Wainuiomata that you think would be the most popular? We place a huge priority on increasing leisure and wellbeing opportunities across Lower Hutt. The artificial stream at Avalon Park offers a variety of wet play. It is very very popular, and we’re so glad that it was part of the first phases of re-development at that location. Currently, our only splash pad is contained within the complex at McKenzie Baths. Another very popular area in the summertime. A new water-focused play area is also in the pipeline for Riddiford Gardens.
    • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
      A splash pad is provided within the McKenzie Pool complex for users, a water play area is provided at Avalon Park and we have just installed a water fountain area at Riddiford Gardens. We will monitor the use and popularity of these sites over the next few years to determine if further water feature developments are warranted.
  • Nico Nator 8 months ago
    Wainuiomata Trail Project needs more trails! One uphill and three downhill on the waini side are not enough for all the mountain bikers. The park is growing popularity is not offering enough trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.The carpark is overflowing not only at the weekend nowadays. With the help of volunteers, the WTP does not require much money to expand the trail network and keep natural tracks intact. We need to support our local community! We already attract riders from the wider Wellington Region, but more needs to be done.
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    • Angela 8 months ago
      I agree, more trails, both sides of the park. Te Whiti is so popular with walkers and cyclists which is great to see
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      • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
        We’ve had a number of people raise the success of Te Whiti Riser as the shining example of increasing the recreational value of the hills. Work has just started on a new track in into the adjacent Mohaka Valley, which will open up the valley to further tracks and a link up to the ridge. This will allow a connection to the Te Whiti Riser track. This will be an easy grade for all abilities. Making tracks available for all abilities is a very important part of prioritising what could happen as part of development on the hills. The trails have great potential for attracting visitors from outside of Lower Hutt into our city.
    • HCC Parks and Recreation 8 months ago
      We’ve been working in and around Waiu Park for a number of years now. It is fantastic to see use of the mountain bike trails in Wainuiomata growing steadily, and people out there all year round. We agree – mountain biking is definitely a great way of getting people (of all ages) outdoors. Hutt City Council currently budgets $50,000 each year for trail development and to support the Wainuiomata Trail Project. Work has just started on a new track that will lead into the adjacent Mohaka Valley, which will open up the valley to further tracks and a link up to the ridge. This will allow a connection to the Te Whiti Riser track. This will be an easy grade for all abilities. Current funding means it will take some time to complete the project and WTP have a 10-year plan for track development.Making tracks available for all abilities is a very important part of prioritising what could happen as part of development on the hills. We’ve had a number of people raise the success of Te Whiti Riser as the shining example of increasing the recreational value of the hills. The trails have great potential for attracting visitors from outside of Lower Hutt into our city. Linking ways to attract mountain bikers to use facilities and support retail/hospitality in Wainuiomata’s township are the sort of dots that we need to link up to take a bigger picture view of the importance of investing in new and improved trails.
    • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
      Thank you for being part of All going to Plan. We look forward to seeing your input on our future plans.We’ve been working in and around Waiu Park for a number of years now. It is fantastic to see use of the mountain bike trails in Wainuiomata growing steadily, and people out there using the asset all year round.Hutt City Council currently budgets $50,000 each year for trail development and to support the Wainuiomata Trail Project. Work has started on a new track that will lead into the adjacent Mohaka Valley, which will open up the valley to further tracks and a link up to the ridge. This will allow a better connection to the Te Whiti Riser track. This will be an easy grade for all abilities. Current funding means it will take some time to complete the project and WTP have a 10-year plan for track development.
  • Peter Thompson 8 months ago
    i reckon we need more development of the wainuiomata Trail Project for mountain biking. It is a great way to get kids out of the house and into the outdoors.
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    • Angela 8 months ago
      I agree
    • HCC Parks and Recreation 8 months ago
      Thanks Peter. We agree! We've responded to Nico's similar comment in this discussion.
    • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
      Thank you for being part of All going to Plan. We look forward to seeing your input on our future plans.We’ve been working in and around Waiu Park for a number of years now. It is fantastic to see use of the mountain bike trails in Wainuiomata growing steadily, and people out there all year round. We agree – mountain biking is definitely a great way of getting people (of all ages) outdoors.Hutt City Council currently budgets $50,000 each year for trail development and to support the Wainuiomata Trail Project. Work has just started on a new track that will lead into the adjacent Mohaka Valley, which will open up the valley to further tracks and a link up to the ridge. This will allow a connection to the Te Whiti Riser track. Current funding means it will take some time to complete the project and WTP have a 10-year plan for track development.Making tracks available for all abilities is a very important part of prioritising what could happen as part of development on the hills.
  • bpr 8 months ago
    Wainui is a cut off suburb, and as a new road isn't an option how about adding walking biking trails from the ecnz ridge/te whiti top down into wainui. They could come down the wainui side to streets such as upper fitzherbert, Stockdale or Enfield. This would help people be active in transport and perhaps reduce car useage and road traffic getting to and from work and general Lower hutt areas. It would also open up Arakura to the Wainui Trail Park (WTP) which would help with active in the hutt/healthy families aims and goals of lower hutt city council.Ideally they'd be to te whiti standard, but even if only to jungle gym/snails (WTP) standard would be much better than what is presently available in this area (the very steep firebreak at the end of upper fitzherbert - which is pretty unuseable in the wet due to slipperyness)
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    • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
      Thank you for being part of All going to Plan. We look forward to seeing your input on our future plans. This is a great idea and one that is already being investigated.
  • Kaybee 8 months ago
    The "shared path" is not a second access road. We need a second access road.Sportsville is just a sneaky way of freeing up land for more housing development. More houses = more people more people trying to go to work out of the valley. Soon the traffic will be all the way back in Wainui waiting for the lights in Waiwhetu.
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    • Gabriel Tupou 8 months ago
      Kia ora Kaybee. You are correct a "shared pathway" is not a "second access road." The pathway creates a safe way for the many walkers and bikers to venture up and down the Wainuiomata Hill, which is an asset to our community. The option of a second access road was last assessed in 2013, with a price tag of $36 million dollars - and that estimate is probably a lot more today. That particular option looked at a road that would cut through rural property at the end of Upper Fitzherbert Road to Naenae. This faced a lot of opposition from landowners. So the second access road is a complex and expensive issue that requires a lot of informed consideration.
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      • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
        Thank you for being part of All going to Plan. We look forward to seeing your input on our future plans. A second access route through to Naenae was considered during Council’s consultation on its Urban Growth Strategy and was rejected by the majority of submitters from Wainuiomata.The shared path provides a second access route for times of emergency.Many people are unable to afford housing in Lower Hutt and are struggling to find rental or other accommodation for them and their families. Wainuiomata has large amounts of green field land which can be used for housing.Sportsville is an approach that means clubs can continue to exist and thrive – many clubs now can’t afford to run as they once did and without another approach run the risk of decline through a lack of funding and supporters.
  • bpr 8 months ago
    How about walking and cycle trails/paths along the drainage ditches/black creek. Cycling along Wellington road is a death wish, so this would open up safe paths for cyclists and walkers to get about Wainuiomata. It would create safe options for people to get active in their local community, and to get about on errands and visits without using a car. And it would create a safe path to the new shared pathway over the hill, which will need safe access to it if it is to be used to its fullest potential.
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    • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
      Thank you for being part of All going to Plan. We look forward to seeing your input on our future plans. As well as the major cycleway/shared path projects, we are undertaking work on connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians. Connecting the cycleways/shared paths to each other is important and we are also analysing where we can get best value for connecting to schools, public transport, recreation spaces, the CBD, places of employment etc. This connectivity work will be critical in activating our multi modal network.
  • Fib74 8 months ago
    Hmmm. I was looking for a survey to ensure confidentiality. So I will keep comments somewhat limited. I do find it frustrating that Wainuiomata is seen as a sports hub. We have PhDs as well but nothing is invested in interests outside of sports. I agree with the pathway over hill but are now scared I will encounter a lime scooter with bikes as I walk it. I would love more investment in Love Wainui rather than sports. Sports labels this community. I am tired of asking Council to reflect on Esplanade commuting issues every feedback round as if we want residents committed to the Hutt we would ensure they are in cars for shorter periods of time if they work in Wellington. I see consultation is occurring on the CVL with Petone ward. Surely HCC should include the CVL in all ward consultation? I am uncertain as to whether what is proposed will assist commuting traffic to Wellington. Our current public transport system does little to support the concept that people from suburbs like Wainui might work in Wellington or Porirua. Yes public transport is a GWRC issue but we need more direct access to the hub of Petone. We need connection to Porirua through public transport. We need an integrated system. Our children should have direct access to our Polytechnic and not have to commute North to travel South. HCC should therefore consult widely on the CVL. It is not a Petone investment alone. HCC also needs to actively work with GWRC to ensure our public transport system works. I agree with others that Wainui is a vulnerable community when it has only one access way
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    • Ray Wallace ( Mayor) 8 months ago
      Firstly, please be assured that security and confidentiality on this engagement forum is well managed. The demographic information you shared on sign-up is for our evaluation purposes only. Once All going to Plan concludes our Council will review whether this online approach was a valuable way to engage with our communities. As Councillor Lewis has shared in the Harbour ward discussion the next steps for the Cross Valley Connection will call for community input. This won’t be restricted to any particular area of the city. The integrated transport system you mention is exactly the sort of vision that our Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZTA are all working to. We need transport options that flow smoothly, and are accessible. A well connected transport system is essential for a strong, diverse economy and for resilience. We’re working with the NZTA and GWRC on vital transport improvements to support the city’s growth. Both the Cross Valley Connection and RiverLink will benefit everyone in Lower Hutt, and everyone has the chance to participate in the development of these projects. A number of residents are raising the vulnerability of Wainuiomata because of the dependence on the Hill Road. I’m certainly not minimising these concerns – but we live in a valley, in the hilly, seismically vulnerable region of Wellington. An additional access road for our ward is simply not on the table at the moment. NZTA follows a rigorous cost/benefit ratio, and the many millions a project like this could cost is not likely to add up. There are dozens of areas across NZ that are far more isolated than we would be after a major disaster. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster we will need to look after our families and our communities. I hope you’re aware of the Emergency Management plans that the Wainuiomata Community Board have helped to strengthen over recent years. If you’re not, I encourage you to make contact with the Board, as well as your nearest Community Emergency Hub team. Preparing to look after your whanau with enough food and water to last at least seven days on your own is a fact of life for everyone in our region.
    • Admin Commented HCC Corporate Planning 5 months ago
      Thank you for being part of All going to Plan. We look forward to seeing your input on our future plans. Wainuiomata is seen by Council as far more than a sports hub and Council is committed to supporting its growth and development as a key area of the city.You’re right the Cross Valley Transport Connection is important to everyone in Lower Hutt and your comments on this are equally important as those from Petone.As this project develops, there will be consultation with residents throughout Hutt City.Council continues to work with GWRC to improve public transport in the city. Council is committed to improving the transport choices available to people whether that is active, public or private transport. GWRC have a Regional Public Transport Plan which identifies its priorities and Council has made several submissions to GWRC asking for improved public transport connections for its communities such as Wainuiomata and Stokes Valley. We have a number of suburbs with only one means of access but at least with Wainuiomata that accessway is very resilient. The Wainuiomata Hill Road is very wide and it is likely that even with slips and drop outs the road could be made passable soon after a major event. The Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path has further improved this resilience.
  • Love Wainuiomata 7 months ago
    Love Wainuiomata would like to thank Hutt City Council for showing strong support for our 2018 submission to the Long Term Plan which covers 2018-2021. We would also like to extend our aroha to our Wainuiomata community for sharing their vision and supporting this journey. Love Wainuiomata greatly appreciates Hutt City Council allocating funding of $300,000 for the 2018-2021 to support our community-led development and kaupapa. Love Wainuiomata's LTP Submission requested support to deliver on two key areas of growth and rejuvenation our community identified, through the Wainuiomata Development Plan, as being essential: 1. Transforming Queen St into a vibrant town centre where everyone feels at home and connected. 2. Growing our stunning valley with a whole lot of heart (and heaps to do!) as a top destination for our locals and visitors. Love Wainuiomata requested $450,000 to reflect the capital expenditure needed to deliver the Queen St plan, with each zone in the plan being similar in scale and costs to the BBQ/Kai Zone which we've installed on Queen St Reserve. Due to a lower budget of $300,000 and the exciting developments planned for our Mall and Hub in our town centre, Love Wainuiomata will not be progressing larger capital expenditure assets at the moment on Queen St. Instead we're working in partnership with HCC and our community to bring the Queen St plan to life in a way that trials the concepts of the Queen St plan so we can better inform permanent projects in the future. This allows our community to develop an increasingly vibrant Queen St, whilst still being flexible so we can respond to the opportunities that will arise in the coming months and years with the redevelopment of the Mall, and future redevelopment/reimagining of the Wainuiomata Community Hub. Love Wainuiomata will focus on moving the Queen St plan forward by engaging with our community through a wide range of experiences including regular pop-ups, events, projects and semi-permanent trials. Love Wainuiomata's grass-roots mahi is informed by Placeamaking, which is an internationally recognised people-centric approach to public spaces. We're committed to working with our community to discover the wellbeing, social and economic benefits of transforming our town centre into a "Third Place" for all of Wainuiomata. We're excited to be trialing experiences and projects that empower our community to have ownership and share through active consultation and real-world engagement. Our trial-it-out kaupapa, with the temporary informing the permanent, is a great fit with HCC's 'mahia atu' philosophy. We're confident our approach is a great complement to HCC's work and will assist HCC, including the Wainuiomata Community Board, to bring those learnings and connections into the bigger planning and conversation for Wainuiomata. We're already bringing Queen St to life every Friday night (rain or shine) 6.00pm-7.00pm with a weekly experience. This is on the shop side over the darker months, and started in the Reserve when it was lighter and warmer. Experiences so far include "Kicks & Kai" where we teamed up with the Wainuiomata Football Club who brought Queen St to life with tamariki playing football. More recently we did "Table Tennis & Kai" where kids and adults were playing table tennis on Queen St beside the Tuatahi Centre on a community table tennis table created in partnership with rangatahi and YOUth Inspire. We're collaborating with the Hub, Hub Partners and our community to develop experiences that will engage our community to feel at home in our town centre, and empowered to use the incredible activities and natural taonga of our valley. Just this weekend we worked with Wainuiomata Community Hub to see our town centre come to life as more than 200 children and their whanau connected with each other on an Easter Scavenger Hunt. For our Destination work a priority is exploring signage and wayfinding opportunities to better connect our well loved assets to get win-wins for our visitors and locals. We're working in consultation with HCC to ensure our passion for trialling out ideas will assist with their plans and vision. Love Wainuiomata is excited to be able to continue our partnership with our community and HCC so that together we can achieve the best for Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt. Ngā mihi nui Love Wainuiomata Team