Te Mako Naenae Community Centre opens for business

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Published: 2 July 2024

The people of Naenae celebrated the opening of Te Mako, their new community centre, on Saturday 29 June.

Stalls, food, street activities, the Naenae village market and Hutt City FM will all be there to share the fun. There were performances by:

  • Ngā Tai Ahurea o Te Ngaengae (Naenae Primary Kapa Haka Group)
  • Tim Barrie and Liz Merton
  • The South Sudanese Community Performance
  • Arohanui Strings
  • The Luo Community
  • Musicians from Playground Music
  • And others.

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis did a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 9.15 am.

Vibe ran a reflective space for rangatahi and the Be Healthy Dental van provided a free dental health check for tamariki under 12. There were also Vietnamese and Colombian cooking demonstrations.

TEAM Naenae Trust (TNT) has moved into the former Post Office building and is running the facility, as per an agreement with Hutt City Council.

The building, with its distinctive clock tower, opened in 1959 and has been earthquake strengthened and remodelled for its new use as a community centre.

It features the recreation of a mural designed by artist Guy Ngan for the original Hillary Court Post Office, as well as carved timber pieces by local artist Tiaki Dahm (Te Ati Awa) and tukutuku inspired metal panels by Kereama Taepa (Te Ati Awa and Te Arawa).

TNT Chair Lillian Pak said “It’s been wonderful to see the excitement and support for the Centre. The community is looking forward to using Te Mako as a place to work, play, learn and belong.”

Te Mako is the first of three major facilities being developed by the Hutt City Council to revitalise Naenae.

Construction of the Naenae Pool and Fitness Centre is well advanced and will open later this year. Work will then start on remodelling Walter Mildenhall Park.

Concept plans, designed with significant input from the community, will be on display at Te Mako and the Naenae Library and can be viewed here.