Keep in touch with what’s happening in Naenae

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Hillary Court in Naenae

Hutt City Council has a number of projects and activities underway in Naenae. This site will give you up to date information on all these projects, and details of activity happening in and around Hillary Court, and in the wider Naenae community.

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.

We’ll keep you up to date through Council’s regular communication channels:


Hutt City Council has a number of projects and activities underway in Naenae. This site will give you up to date information on all these projects, and details of activity happening in and around Hillary Court, and in the wider Naenae community.

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.

We’ll keep you up to date through Council’s regular communication channels:


  • Hutt City Council backs a new Naenae pool

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    4 months ago

    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...

    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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    7 months ago

    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.
    • ...

    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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    8 months ago

    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.

    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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    10 months ago

    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.

    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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    10 months ago

    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.

    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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    10 months ago

    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...

    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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    11 months ago

    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...

    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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    11 months ago

    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.


    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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    11 months ago

    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...

    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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  • Naenae Pool and Fitness Suite - Additional Ordinary Council Meeting 9 July

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    about 1 year ago


    On Tuesday 9 July Hutt City Council will meet to progress options for Naenae Pool at an Additional Ordinary Council Meeting. This meeting will be held in the Lower Hutt Council Chambers at 3pm and will be open to the public.

    This meeting is to agree which options Council will seek feedback from the community on during engagement between July - October. After Local Body Elections in October, the new Council will meet to consider community feedback and decide on which option to progress. It is likely that the Council’s Long Term Plan will need to be amended, in which...


    On Tuesday 9 July Hutt City Council will meet to progress options for Naenae Pool at an Additional Ordinary Council Meeting. This meeting will be held in the Lower Hutt Council Chambers at 3pm and will be open to the public.

    This meeting is to agree which options Council will seek feedback from the community on during engagement between July - October. After Local Body Elections in October, the new Council will meet to consider community feedback and decide on which option to progress. It is likely that the Council’s Long Term Plan will need to be amended, in which case a final decision is expected around March 2020.

    At the July 9 meeting Councillors will be asked to make decisions on:

    1. Which facility option(s) should progress to Community Engagement.

    2. Which funding option(s) should progress to Community Engagement.

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