Hutt at Heart

Naenae Community Hub – we’ve listened!

Hutt City Council is working with the Naenae community to build a community hub, which should be up and running by 2020. It’ll be built on the site of the current Community Hall and will reflect the local community, resonate with Naenae’s history and connect with local Māori history.

We want to provide the Naenae community with a mix of spaces and experiences which will be attractive and welcoming for the whole community.

In early 2018 our consultation on what you would like to see in the Naenae Community Hub was completed with the following results:

You told us you wanted

Flexible Spaces

You asked for flexible, multi-use spaces to cater for a variety of needs and uses including sport and recreation, events, meetings, classes and more.

The design brief includes a range of interconnected spaces for social, learning and recreational activities to cater for an array of community uses and needs.


You asked for access to computers and laptops, or WiFi for your own devices.

The design brief seeks to maximise data and power provisions to provide flexible spaces and future proof the facility. As budget allows we have requested inclusion of spaces including a digital lab, recording studio, public computer suite and WiFi throughout the Hub.


You asked for library collections to be mixed with a range of seating and study areas, with the overall feel of a spacious community living room containing spaces for different moods and activities.

The library will be defined by three zones for children, teenagers and adults. Each zone will flow easily into the other and be balanced to meet a range of needs.

 Activity, health and fitness

You asked for spaces which provide opportunities to participate in recreation activities and accommodate incidental play opportunities, like jumping and running.

The design brief specifies a range of flexible spaces for recreation, sport and physical activity opportunities. There will be a community kitchen for food preparation and cooking classes.

Adult Learning

You asked for adult learning services such as: education and classes, driver licensing, work experience and immigrant/migrant services.

We are looking into this to see if these services can be provided by community organisations, or through Council programmes.

Tamariki, Rangatahi and Whānau

You asked for a busy, playful environment full of opportunities for people to meet and spend time with friends and whānau.

The design team aims to provide an environment where people can interact in a variety of ways.


We expect Plunket will deliver some services, as well as retaining their outreach home service in Naenae.

YOUth Inspire will have a base for their work-ready skills programme for local rangatahi.

The design brief includes the following:

  • A large space which can be used as a sports/activities, concerts and cultural activities area with the ability to hold large conferences and presentations
  • Medium spaces with hard and soft floor surfaces to cater for recreation, literacy programmes and other classes, small events and community activities
  • Small spaces for community meetings, Plunket services etc.

Keep an eye on the following to keep up to date with the Naenae Community Hub progress:

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