Where we're at
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown in April/May 2020, council prepared a one-off 2020-21 Annual Plan. In this plan, $1.5m was allocated to complete further work on moving forward on the co-design process for the project. The project budget amount to build the pool will go through the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan process starting in early 2021.
On 30 July, Council welcomed a $27 million investment towards the rebuild of Naenae Pool from the Government as part of their shovel-ready funding.
For regular updates on this project go to our Have your Say website.
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.
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.
The Voice of the Community Report (PDF 2.8 MB) captures the voice of the community of the future of Naenae Pool and town centre.
A report that concluded the community engagement findings 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.
For more information about the Naenae Pool project, contact Stephen Keatley at: firstname.lastname@example.org