Wainuiomata Town Centre Framework and Streetscape Plan

The Wainuiomata Town Centre Upgrade aims to update the heart of this fast-growing suburb to better reflect the mana of the community.

Purpose of the Project

  • upgrade Queen Street
  • integrate ex-Wainuiomata Mall site with the Town Centre
  • bring the community’s vision to life
  • create a space that is vibrant, safe and attractive

Community involvement

  • Consultation with the community between April and May 2020 has informed key parts of the project
  • Work on the Wainuiomata Town Centre Framework and Streetscape Plan started in late 2020 and builds on the development plan that Love Wainuiomata started in 2015 as well as previous community engagement
  • Further engagement throughout 2021 has guided the project and initial design
  • We've contracted McIndoe Urban and Local to develop the Queen Street Streetscape Plan based on the community's vision

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles were developed following consultation and engagement with the community throughout 2020-2021.

  • Making a civic heart
  • Attracting diversity
  • Providing reasons to linger

  • Greening the town centre
  • Connecting with waterways and off-road trails
  • Showcasing conservation and recreation opportunities

  • Improving access
  • Raising visibility
  • Integrating different components

  • Investing in high-quality materials
  • Favouring simplicity, flexibility and resilience
  • Looking for synergy among projects

  • Improving existing frontages
  • Introducing new street-facing accommodation
  • Hosting a programme of events

  • Future-proofing for different transport options
  • Planning for smaller blocks
  • Encouraging intensification

  • Telling local stories
  • Providing venues for performances and installations
  • Acknowledging the town centre’s origins


  • Development Plan Completed (2016)
  • Wainuiomata Mall Development Started (September 2020)
  • Wainuiomata Town Centre Framework and Streetscape Design (Initiated late 2020)
  • Design Team Engaged (November 2020)
  • Workshops held with the community (November 2020)
  • Engagement on initial design (April-May 2021)
  • Concept design approved by Hutt City Council (14 July 2021)
  • Surveying completed (July 2021)
  • Developed Design completed (October 2021)
  • Cultural Narrative and Overlay developed (October 2021)
  • Stage One of Tender - Registration of Interest closed (Early October 2021)
  • Stage Two of Tender - Request for Proposals (RFP) released to shortlisted suppliers (November 2021)
  • Appoint Lead Contractor (January 2021)
  • Detailed Design Complete (January 2021)
  • Stage 1 work begins (mid-February 2022)

Stage 1 Street Overviews

Stage 1 Town Centre Plan

Town Centre Colour Plan