Keep in touch with what’s happening in Naenae

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 we launched our Voice of the Community engagement project to ensure the voice of the community is heard in decisions about the future of Naenae Pool and the wider town centre.

As well as providing details on all the ways you can have your say, this site provides a forum where people can discuss engagement topics and ask questions. We’ll post project updates and background information, and you can subscribe to this page to be sent regular updates. You can also check the noticeboard outside the Naenae Library for key dates.

Be the voice of the Naenae community!

We’ll also 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 we launched our Voice of the Community engagement project to ensure the voice of the community is heard in decisions about the future of Naenae Pool and the wider town centre.

As well as providing details on all the ways you can have your say, this site provides a forum where people can discuss engagement topics and ask questions. We’ll post project updates and background information, and you can subscribe to this page to be sent regular updates. You can also check the noticeboard outside the Naenae Library for key dates.

Be the voice of the Naenae community!

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


  • Have your say in our Naenae Pool survey

    29 days ago
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    Hutt City Council is currently considering how to replace or repair Naenae Olympic Pool, which was closed in April this year due to seismic concerns.

    This survey is intended to find out about how Lower Hutt residents and others from around the region use the pool, to inform options and decisions on its future. How the pool repair or upgrade will be paid for is not part of this survey. This will be part of the wider discussion around the funding of Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan next year.

    Make sure you have your say in our short survey...

    Hutt City Council is currently considering how to replace or repair Naenae Olympic Pool, which was closed in April this year due to seismic concerns.

    This survey is intended to find out about how Lower Hutt residents and others from around the region use the pool, to inform options and decisions on its future. How the pool repair or upgrade will be paid for is not part of this survey. This will be part of the wider discussion around the funding of Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan next year.

    Make sure you have your say in our short survey here.


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  • Barton Grove Reserve - Update as of September 2019

    about 1 month ago
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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.

    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

    about 1 month ago
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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.

    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!

    about 2 months ago
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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...

    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

    3 months ago
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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...

    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

    3 months ago
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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.


    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

    3 months ago
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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...

    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

    4 months ago
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    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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  • Naenae Pool and Fitness Suite - Update as of May 2019

    4 months ago
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    The Naenae Learners’ Pool was closed on 1 December 2018 as a precaution because that part of the building is now rated below the required new building standard. The entire Naenae Pool facility including the Fitness Suite was then closed on 10 April 2019 after we received engineering advice that raised concerns about the building in the event of a significant earthquake.

    Repairing or replacing the pool is a top priority. We are working with urgency to develop three options for Councillors and the community to consider:

    1. Strengthen and fix current Naenae Pool facility
    2. Build a new pool...

    The Naenae Learners’ Pool was closed on 1 December 2018 as a precaution because that part of the building is now rated below the required new building standard. The entire Naenae Pool facility including the Fitness Suite was then closed on 10 April 2019 after we received engineering advice that raised concerns about the building in the event of a significant earthquake.

    Repairing or replacing the pool is a top priority. We are working with urgency to develop three options for Councillors and the community to consider:

    1. Strengthen and fix current Naenae Pool facility
    2. Build a new pool facility
    3. Build a new pool and hub Integrated Facility

    In July 2019 we will ask for public engagement on the possible options.


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  • Naenae Community Hub, Naenae Community Hall and Naenae Library - Update as of May 2019

    4 months ago
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    Our Long Term Plan includes the development of a new Community Hub in Naenae. After consultation with the community, the following requirements were confirmed:

    A 1900m2 facility with many features that are important to the Naenae community including:

    A large space for sports/activities, concerts and cultural activities and large conferences

    • Medium sized spaces with hard and soft floor surfaces for recreation, classes, events, arts programmes and other community activities
    • Smaller spaces for community meetings (e.g. Plunket groups)
    • Naenae Library which will have a new layout reflecting the latest in designs for modern libraries and offering a range...

    Our Long Term Plan includes the development of a new Community Hub in Naenae. After consultation with the community, the following requirements were confirmed:

    A 1900m2 facility with many features that are important to the Naenae community including:

    A large space for sports/activities, concerts and cultural activities and large conferences

    • Medium sized spaces with hard and soft floor surfaces for recreation, classes, events, arts programmes and other community activities
    • Smaller spaces for community meetings (e.g. Plunket groups)
    • Naenae Library which will have a new layout reflecting the latest in designs for modern libraries and offering a range of interconnected spaces providing areas for people to learn, create, explore, reflect and socialise
    • Naenae Clubhouse with a cutting-edge technology suite providing greater community access to digital mediums

    In February 2018 we completed the procurement process for the lead architect and principal construction company, and Hawkins (construction company) and Designgroup Stapleton Elliott (DGSE) (architectural company) were appointed to lead the project. A Community Panel was also appointed to lead community engagement in the design phase.

    With the closing of the pool we are taking a short pause to talk over the options for both of these projects and the concept design in terms of linking any new building to a new pool building.

    Hall

    There was a plan to demolish the Community Hall as part of the Hub development, which has been put on hold. The Hall has structural issues and a fence has been erected around it in the meantime.

    Library

    In March/April 2018 we ran community engagement on ideas for the current library site, once the library has been integrated into the Hub. This work has also been put on hold.


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