Voice of the Community

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Hillary Court in Naenae

On Monday 26 August - Friday 25 October, we launched our Voice of the Community engagement project to ensure the voice of the community was heard in decisions about the future of Naenae Pool and the wider town centre.

A report that concluded these findings was presented to Council on 11 December 2019. Council listened to the community’s needs and agreed that replacing Nenae Pool alongside a spatial plan to reinvigorate the town centre is a key priority.


On Monday 26 August - Friday 25 October, we launched our Voice of the Community engagement project to ensure the voice of the community was heard in decisions about the future of Naenae Pool and the wider town centre.

A report that concluded these findings was presented to Council on 11 December 2019. Council listened to the community’s needs and agreed that replacing Nenae Pool alongside a spatial plan to reinvigorate the town centre is a key priority.


  • Council welcomes $27m boost from Government for rebuild of Naenae pool

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    12 August, 2020
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    Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Naenae today, 30 July 2020, where the Government announced a $27 million investment towards the rebuild of Naenae Pool.

    Mayor Campbell Barry says this is a momentous day for the local community, which has been hard-hit following the closure of the current pool facility in April last year.

    “This is massive news for Lower Hutt and the Naenae community in particular. Local people, businesses, and community groups have told me time and again the closure of the pool has had a huge impact on them and their livelihoods,” Campbell Barry said.

    “Naenae Pool is an important community facility. Some have described it as Naenae’s beating heart, and with the Government’s support we are going to be able to restore it. Most importantly, the rebuild will be done in genuine partnership with the community to ensure we can meet the aspirations they have for the future of their place.

    Campbell Barry says the funding from Government follows Hutt City Council’s submissions to the Infrastructure Reference Group, who were tasked with evaluating “shovel ready” infrastructure projects.

    “The rebuild of Naenae Pool will unlock massive local economic benefits, which will be a vital part of our economic recovery following COVID-19. Through the rebuild, we have an opportunity to create and support more than 200 local jobs, and we will ensure as much of the project spend stays within Lower Hutt.”

    “At the end of this, the community and region will have a first-rate aquatic facility, which we can all be proud of,” Campbell Barry said.

    Local Ward Councillor Andy Mitchell says that today’s news will be received well by local retailers, other business owners and the community.

    “This announcement will help to build confidence in the local economy and our recovery. A new pool will play a key role in revitalising the Naenae town centre, which is a priority for our community.”

    Hutt City Council Chief Executive says the rebuild of Naenae Pool is a priority for Council, and the funding from Government will turbocharge the project.

    “Funding from the Government allows us to get on with things knowing there will be a much-reduced cost to our ratepayers. We will bring together other work that’s being done to ensure we can make a lasting and positive difference to the community. This includes developing a spatial plan for the Naenae town centre which will inform any work to revitalise the area,” Jo Miller said.

    Work on progressing the design phase of Naenae Pool has started with Council at the procurement stage for the design team and architects and engineering consultants. Building works are expected to get underway mid-2021, and be completed by December 2024.

    Naenae Pool at a glance
    Naenae Pool received 450,000 visits every year. It was a valued asset for Lower Hutt, and also the wider region as part of a network of facilities for aquatic sports. When it closed in April 2019 due to earthquake safety concerns there was a significant impact for Naenae residents, pool users from around the region (who made up two thirds of users) and local businesses who benefited from the foot traffic the pool generated.

    Community consultation
    A three month community engagement project last year found significant support for the pool to be replaced (see the Voice of the Community Report). There was also backing for work to get underway on a spatial plan to guide future development of a lively and functional town centre, which would enable Naenae to contribute to a stronger Lower Hutt economy.

    Prior to Covid-19 Council was planning to consult on:

    • Replacing the Naenae swimming pool as soon as is feasibly possible given the planning, designing and economics of the project; and
    • Developing a spatial plan for the Naenae town centre to ensure that investment in the new pool and future facilities maximises the benefits to both the Naenae community and the wider city

    Consultation on major capital projects was put on hold as Council focused on getting through COVID-19, setting an emergency one-year budget and decreasing the proposed rates rise for 2020/21 by more than half.

    Finances
    $1.5M has been allocated in the 2020/21 Annual Plan for preparatory work on Naenae. This work is underway and covers specialist swimming pool design and engineering work, consenting and procurement.

    $9M is currently budgeted in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP) to refurbish the pool. Consultation on rebuilding Naenae Pool will be included in the next LTP.

    Based on 2019 pricing rebuilding a pool in Naenae is estimated to cost $54M.

  • Hutt City Council backs a new Naenae pool

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    25 February, 2020
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    Replacing Naenae Pool alongside a plan to reinvigorate the town centre have been agreed as a key priority by Hutt City Council at a meeting on Tuesday 10 December.

    The priority projects will now go forward for community consultation as an amendment to the Long Term Plan.

    At the meeting, council voted to progress the option of committing $52M to a new stand-alone pool and the development of a spatial plan to guide the development of further facilities and services elsewhere in the town centre.

    Council also agreed to the establishment of a community-led, officer facilitated Naenae group to be involved in the spatial plan and facility design projects.

    “We have some pressing matters that need resolution and cannot wait until the next Long Term Plan,” says Hutt City Council Mayor Campbell Barry.

    “Council is delivering on Naenae to rebuild a pool and take steps to better plan the urban environment in the town centre. We have heard the community and they have told us that this is the best way we can support them and future generations of Naenae residents. Council will now move urgently to incorporate Naenae Pool in the Long Term Plan,” says Mayor Barry.

    The pool will require amendments to the Long Term Plan 2018- 2028, and will be consulted on from early April 2020 as part of the Annual Plan process.

  • November community engagement on Naenae Pool

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    09 December, 2019
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    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback in the latest phase of our community engagement on Naenae Pool and town centre.

    In November, the three options were socialised for feedback. This included a discussion forum at a community meeting hosted by Team Naenae Trust, a drop-in session at War Memorial Library and a Community Open Day in Hillary Court, as well as individual responses through hard copy or online forms (103 received). Following is a summary of this engagement:

    • People generally agreed with the options being put forward. There was limited support for any further options.
    • The majority of people preferred multiple activity points (f) or at least a spread of activity (d) over one main point of activity (a). The main rationale for this was that it best reflects the voice of the community.
    • While most people agreed it should not be a fully-integrated building (including the library), there was support for exploring combined spaces.
    • Many people commented on the value the library provides to the community.
    • Many people urged Council to get on with replacing the pool.
    • There was a strong desire for continued community engagement and involvement in Naenae decisions on-going. There were also concerns that the Voice of the Community would not be reflected in Council’s decision-making on the pool.

    This feedback, and the next steps on Naenae Pool, will be discussed at a meeting of Hutt City Council on December 10. To read the full report, go to: infocouncil.huttcity.govt.nz


  • Voice of the Community Report and Feedback

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    11 November, 2019
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    Hutt City Council has today released the Voice of the Community Report on Naenae Pool and town centre.

    The Voice of the Community will now be used to test options for replacing Naenae Pool which will go to Council in December.

    The survey is now closed, but you can still read our Voice of the Community Report and the engagement document.

  • Barton Grove Reserve - Update as of September 2019

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    20 September, 2019
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    We are currently in the process of appointing a contractor for this project and expect work to start in November once the site has dried out.

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  • Naenae Park Playground - Update as of September 2019

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    20 September, 2019
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    The playground is nearing completion.

    Currently work is happening to install footpaths, a BBQ and a large picnic table but we are awaiting two pieces of play equipment. We expect all elements to be completed by the end of September.

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  • Be the voice of your community!

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    26 August, 2019
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    Today we’ve launched a community engagement project to make sure the voice of the community is heard in decisions about the future of Naenae Pool and the wider town centre.

    Naenae Pool was closed in April this year because of earthquake safety concerns, and Hutt City Council has made it a priority to return a pool to the community. As well as engaging with the community on options to replace the pool, we're also taking the opportunity to ask people about their vision for the wider Naenae town centre.

    People will be able to have their say in lots of different ways over the next six weeks including community workshops, face to face interviews and engagement at displays and events in Hillary Court and other parts of the community.

    This website is one of the ways you can make sure your voice is heard. Check out our project discussion forum and subscribe for regular project updates.

    Read more about this project on our Hutt at Heart newscentre.

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  • Artists start work on new installation in Naenae

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    09 August, 2019
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    A large-scale community art project featuring well-known New Zealand artists is underway in Naenae.

    The Naenae Pool Community Art Project will see a series of murals created along the front of the Naenae Pool building, which faces onto the Hillary Court retail area.

    This project is part of a wider community engagement project which gets underway later this month which will include many ways the community can collaborate to consider a future vision for Naenae town centre.

    Four artists have been commissioned to work with the local community to produce an art work each on the theme of ‘Past, present and future Naenae’. The artists are Chevron Hassett (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu) Ruth Robertson-Taylor, Sheyne Tuffery and Tina Rae Carter. The artists were selected for their experience working with communities, their established mural art practice and their history of painting murals in Lower Hutt. A vacant shop in Hillary Court will provide the artists and community with the ideal space to create the artworks.

    Read more of this story on Hutt at Heart

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  • Naenae Pool and Town Centre - Update as of 31 July 2019

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    31 July, 2019
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    Engagement with the community will soon be underway to find a solution to Naenae Pool and to hear the community’s vision for the wider Naenae Town Centre.

    The pool’s been closed since April this year because of earthquake safety concerns and since then Council has made it a priority to progress a solution.

    Council met on July 9 and agreed for community engagement to go ahead, and a plan’s now being developed which will see engagement start in August.

    For updates and information on other things happening in Naenae, or to join the conversation, keep an eye on this site.


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  • Naenae Primary School Pool open from 7 October

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    26 July, 2019
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    Hutt City Council and Naenae Primary School are teaming up to make sure local tamariki have the chance to swim this summer.

    Since the closure of Naenae Pool in April 2019 Council Officers have been working hard to look at alternative pool options for the Naenae Community. We are happy to announce that from Monday 7 October 2019 until March 2020 the Naenae Primary School Pool will be open on weekends and in the school holidays, for children under 11 years old.

    “The Naenae Pool project is a top priority for Council, and shortly we’ll be consulting and engaging with the community on both the wider vision for Naenae and options to return a pool to the community. In the meantime, we’re pleased to offer an alternative for Naenae tamariki over the summer months,” says Matt Reid

    When the pool is open to the public it will be supervised by qualified Council employed Lifeguards and be operated under the same procedures as Council’s five other owned and operated facilities.

    • The outdoor pool is 15m x 5m, approximately 0.8 – 0.9m deep and located in the Naenae Primary School grounds.
    • Hutt City Council is installing an energy efficient heat pump which will use the ambient air and electricity to heat the pool water to 26 degrees.
    • Due to the size of the pool it is suitable for children under 11 years and parents with babies only, and has a limit of 34 people at any one time.
    • Changing rooms and toilets will be available onsite.
    • At this stage the opening hours will be from 11am – 4pm during the school holidays (Mon 7 Oct 2019 – Sun 13 Oct 2019 and Sat 21 Dec 2019 – Sun 26 Jan 2020) and on weekends.

    McKenzie Baths will also be opening earlier this year on 30 September instead of mid-November. This will provide another swimming location for Lower Hutt residents while the weather warms up and will also provide another swimming location while Stokes Valley Pool is closed for their annual maintenance which takes two weeks, 30 September - 13 October (inclusive).


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