In December 2018, the Learners Pool area of the Naenae Olympic Pool complex was closed due to concerns over public safety in a significant earthquake.
After further engineering inspections on 10 April 2019, we received similar advice on the area housing the main pool, fitness suite and offices. As a result, the entire facility was closed to the public immediately.
You can see the reports on our Have your Say website.
In 2019 we started a community engagement project. This was to ensure we had a strong direction from the community on its future vision for the pool, town centre and the delivery of other council services.
The engagement focused on the Naenae community, residents of wider Lower Hutt and pool users from around the region. This included:
- the Naenae Pool Survey
- interviews with 150 people in the Naenae community
- community workshops and open days.
The Naenae Pool Survey ran from September 24 to 18 October 2019 and received 2,876 responses. A third of respondents told us what suburb they live in, and of those a quarter live in the Eastern Ward suburbs.
There was strong support from all groups for replacing the pool and a sense of urgency for the pool to be reopened as quickly as possible.
A report that concluded these findings and was presented to Council on 11 December 2019. Council listened to the community’s needs and agreed that replacing Naenae Pool alongside a spatial plan to reinvigorate the town centre is a key priority.
Before the pool project is confirmed, it will require amendments to the Long Term Plan 2018-2028. We'll be consulting on this from early April 2020 as part of the Annual Plan process.
What are the objectives of the pool project?
If the project is confirmed, the objectives are to provide a new facility that:
- Meets the swimming, fitness and aquatic needs for the Naenae community.
- Where possible, is suitable for competitive swimming, water polo, canoe polo and underwater hockey.
- Creates a space for the community to socialise inside and out.
- Engages the council, community and wider city in the design process.
- Fits within the existing Hutt and Wellington Region aquatic network.
- Aligns with council’s sustainable and environment strategies.
- Aligns with council’s wellbeing and leisure strategy.
- Reduces long term operating costs and environmental impacts through the use of emerging technology - particularly in energy and water use, lower carbon emission during construction and when the facility is operational.
- Supports and connects with the town centre and spatial plan.
- Meets the requirement outlined in the Voice of the Community Report (PDF 2.8 MB)
These objectives and outcomes are a result of the extensive engagement process.
For regular updates on this project go to our Have your Say website.
For more information about the Naenae Pool project, please contact Stephen Keatley.