On this page you’ll find a summary of both projects. For up-to-date information, news and to provide feedback, visit 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. It included a survey, interviews with 150 people in the community, workshops and open days.
Results were published in the Voice of the Community Report (PDF 2.8 MB)
Naenae Pool and Fitness
The Voice of the Community Report reflects 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 Naenae Pool and Fitness replacement project is an exciting new development to replace the much-loved facility. In the 2020-21 Annual Plan Council allocated $1.5m to move forward forward on the co-design process for the project.
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.
Visit the Pool and Fitness project on Council’s Have Your Say website.
Naenae Spatial Plan
A spatial plan to reinvigorate Naenae town centre was the other key priority to emerge from the Voice of the Community Report, and work is underway on the co-design of a plan.
The report told us the community’s vision is for a town centre that is lively and functional with multiple spaces, places and facilities that are separate but feel connected. People told us Naenae needs an energetic, compact precinct that reflects Naenae’s identity and supports the things that are important to the community.
Visit the Spatial Plan project on Council’s Have Your Say website.
Naenae Community Hub
We know there is a need for a community hub in Naenae, but the community’s definition of a hub is different to those we’ve developed in other communities.
The spatial plan will guide development of further facilities in the town centre. This also includes how Council can deliver the same benefits of a hub, in a way that fits the community.
Naenae Community Hall
Hawkins Construction has completed a thorough assessment of the current Naenae Community Hall building to investigate the possibility of a full or partial reuse of the hall in the new spatial plan.
The Project Control Group has considered the implications of a full or partial reuse of the building and have decided this is not possible. The result of this assessment is that the existing Naenae Community Hall building will be demolished.
View the full Naenae Integrated Community Hall - Building Condition Report (PDF 5MB)
View a summary of the report (PDF 179.4 KB)