Community Services Committee



21 September 2018




Order Paper for the meeting to be held in the

Walter Nash Centre, Korimako Room
 20/22 Taine Street, Taita







Thursday 27 September 2018 commencing at 6.00pm








Cr G Barratt (Chair)


Cr L Bridson

Cr J Briggs (Deputy Chair)

Cr S Edwards

Cr M Lulich

Cr G McDonald

Cr C Milne

Cr L Sutton

Mayor W R Wallace (Ex Officio)










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Meeting Cycle:

Meets on a six weekly basis, as required or at the requisition of the Chair


Half of the members

Reports to:



To assist the Council with the development of community services which contribute to the character, culture, and identity of the city and to pursue an active community development role in active partnership with local communities.

Determine and monitor:

     To approve and/or monitor where required the allocation of grants to the following areas:

o    Community Development Fund.

o    Community Houses/Centres Fund.

     Key Community Projects.

     Progress towards achievement of the Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

     Advocacy in conjunction with Healthy Families Lower Hutt to maintain and to improve health services, and to comment on issues to do with health that impinges upon the well-being of communities.

     Progress towards strategies, policies and visions that provide for social and cultural wellbeing of the City including but not limited to, Safe City and Liquor Bans.

     Official naming of parks, reserves and sports grounds within the provisions of Council’s Naming Policy[1] (Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Wards only).

     Parks, reserves and sports ground naming for sites that have a high profile, city-wide importance due to their size and location and/or cross ward or community boundaries.

     The granting of leases and licences in terms of Council policy to voluntary organisations for Council owned properties in their local area, for example, halls, including the granting of leases and licences to community houses and centres (Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Wards only).

     Removal and/or planting of street trees within the provisions of Council’s Operational Guide for Urban Forest Plan)[2] (Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Wards only).

     The granting of rights-of-way and other easements over local purpose reserves and granting of leases or licences on local purpose reserves (Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Wards only).

     The granting of leases and licences for new activities in terms of Council policy to community and commercial organisations over recreation reserves subject to the provisions of the Reserves Act 1977 and land managed as reserve subject to the provisions of the Local Government 2002, in their local area. (Central, Eastern, Western and Northern Wards only). 

     Matters arising from the activities of Community Houses.

     Maintain an overview of work programmes carried out by the Council’s Libraries, Museums, Aquatics and Recreation, Parks and Reserves, Community Safety and Connections and Emergency Management activities. 

Consider and make recommendations to Council:

Matters arising from Council for consideration by the Committee to report back.


     Any other matters delegated to the Committee by Council in accordance with approved policies and bylaws.

     Approval and forwarding of submissions on matters related to the Committee’s area of responsibility.





Community Services Committee


Meeting to be held in the Walter Nash Centre, Korimako Room
 20/22 Taine Street, Taita

 Thursday 27 September 2018 commencing at 6.00pm.




Public Business

1.       APOLOGIES 

No apologies have been received.


Generally up to 30 minutes is set aside for public comment (three minutes per speaker on items appearing on the agenda). Speakers may be asked questions on the matters they raise.  

3.       Presentations

a)      The North East Evaluation (18/1384)

Presentation from The General Manager, City and Community Services and a representative of ‘Dot Loves Data.’

b)      TAKA Trust (18/1206)

Presentation by the Chair of the TAKA Trust


5.       Plastics Recycling Bin Petition by Students from Sacred Heart College (18/1454)

Report No. CSC2018/4/126 by the Committee Advisor                                      7

Chair’s Recommendation:

‘That the recommendation contained in the report be endorsed.”

6.       Plastics Recycling Bins in Lower Hutt Schools - Request from Sacred Heart College (18/1441)

Memorandum dated 30 August 2018 by the Sustainability and Resilience Manager         18

Chair’s Recommendation:

“That the recommendation contained in the memorandum be endorsed.”


7.       General Manager's Report (18/1334)

Report No. CSC2018/4/255 by the Divisional Manager, Community Projects and Relationships                                                                                                                                20

Chair’s Recommendation:

“That the recommendation contained in the report be endorsed.”


8.       QUESTIONS

With reference to section 32 of Standing Orders, before putting a question a member shall endeavour to obtain the information. Questions shall be concise and in writing and handed to the Chair prior to the commencement of the meeting.   




Judy Randall



                                                                                       7                                                27 September 2018

Community Services Committee

05 September 2018




File: (18/1454)





Report no: CSC2018/4/126


Plastics Recycling Bin Petition by Students from Sacred Heart College





Purpose of report

The purpose of the report is to receive a petition from students of Sacred Heart College.



That, in terms of Standing Order 17, the Committee agrees to receive the petition, attached as Appendix 1 to the report, seeking the implementation of plastics recycling bins in every classroom and common area at all schools in Lower Hutt.










Plastics Recycling Bin Petition from Sacred Heart College








Author: Judy Randall

Committee Advisor



Approved By: Kathryn Stannard

Divisional Manager, Democratic Services


Attachment 1

Plastics Recycling Bin Petition from Sacred Heart College











MEMORANDUM                                                  19                                               27 September 2018

Our Reference          18/1441

TO:                      Chair and Members

Community Services Committee

FROM:                Jörn Scherzer

DATE:                30 August 2018

SUBJECT:           Plastics Recycling Bins in Lower Hutt Schools - Request from Sacred Heart College




It is recommended that the Committee notes and receives the memorandum.


Purpose of Memorandum

1.         The purpose of this memorandum is to provide members with information on the cost of providing a plastics recycling service to local schools.


2.         Lower Hutt has approximately 17,500 students, which equates to approximately 580 classrooms. Assuming a cost of $24 per recycling bin, the costs to provide each classroom with a relevant bin would be in the order of $14,000.

3.         The provision of bins would need to be coupled with a relevant collection service. The cost of such a service per school would be in the order of $1,000 per year. At 54 schools in Lower Hutt, and 100 early childhood centres (to ensure consistency and equal treatment), the total collection cost would be in the order of $154,000 per year.

4.         A relevant bin provision and collection service would also require an education programme, in order to ensure that the service is rolled out effectively and appropriately used (eg avoid incorrect use of the bins to minimise cross-contamination, etc). High level costs in relation to staff time, educational material and roll-out may be in the order of $50,000 for the first year, and on-going costs of $25,000 pear after that (due to student turn-over at the schools, it will likely require some on-going education).

5.         Based on Year One of such a service, total costs would be about $220,000, with about $195,000 per year after that.

6.         The cost is significant in terms of the existing waste minimisation budget and could not be done unless other work is stopped, and it is not clear that the benefits of doing so would outweigh the costs. Therefore, such a proposal should probably be considered as part of future long term planning processes.

7.         Note that Council has received similar enquiries in the past, and officers would like to draw your attention to the EnviroSchools Programme, which is a valuable programme supported financially by Hutt City Council with $44,000 per year. The programme is about fostering a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.

8.         Waste minimisation is part of the EnviroSchools Programme. Note that Sacred Heart College is not currently an EnviroSchool, but it may be worthwhile for the school to consider joining this initiative. This is likely to be a more effective pathway for that school to achieve its waste minimisation objectives, by not only focusing on diverting waste, but by focusing on reducing the amount of waste at the source. It would also help ensure that any recycling service that is provided by the school is used effectively.

9.         The EnviroSchool Programme may also provide a pathway for students to consider opportunities in other areas, such as improving the school’s energy efficiency, which in turn may result in financial savings to the school that could be re-invested in relevant environmental initiatives, including the school re-investing savings into offering recycling bins.




There are no appendices for this report.   







Author: Jörn Scherzer

Sustainability and Resilience Manager







Approved By: Kim Kelly

General Manager, City Transformation





                                                                                      27                                               27 September 2018

-     Community Services Committee

06 August 2018




File: (18/1334)





Report no: CSC2018/4/255


General Manager's Report


Purpose of Report

1.    The purpose of this report is to provide the Committee with a general update from the City and Community Services Group.


It is recommended that the Committee notes the updates contained in the report.



2.    The Chair of the Community Services Committee and General Manager City and Community Services agreed that a report from Community Services should be provided at each meeting.      


3.    An update on Community Services activity, opportunities and challenges is provided below.   Also attached as Appendix 1 to the report is relevant information relating to various submissions made to the 2018 Long Term Plan.  Note that officers are still working on a number of these with relevant submitters.     


4.    Courtney Johnston resigned from her position as Director to accept a new opportunity at Te Papa.  Courtney’s leadership and contribution to the Dowse, Petone Settlers Museum and wider sector has been significant.  A recruitment process for a new Director is well advanced.

5.    Two new exhibitions have opened at The Dowse since the last report to this committee: Embodied Knowledge and Can Tame Anything. These interlinked exhibitions fill the ground floor of the museum, and feature New Zealand women artists from two generations (those whose careers began in the 1970s/1980s and those whose careers began in the 2000/2010s). Two further exhibitions open on 8 September (Pocket Histories, a touring exhibition from Te Uru, Auckland, featuring three women artists) and 29 September (Imogen Taylor: Social Studies, an exhibition focused on our schools audience). At that time, the entire museum will be devoted to the work of women artists.

6.    Two new small-scale community displays have been mounted at Petone Settlers Museum since the last report: a community display in the “Collected Memories of Us” featuring items chosen by Hutt Valley South Community Constable Rua Druce, and a feature on local fashion designer Derryn Schmidt.

7.    Whakatū Wāhine: Women Here and Now, Petone Settlers Museum’s contributions to the Suffrage 125 celebrations, launched on 17 August with a large public event (in terms of the capacity of the museum!). The project grew from a public call for nominations for women aged between 15 and 40 who are showing community leadership in the Hutt Valley. From a large group of nominations, our selection panel chose five women’s stories to share: Sharee Adam, Te Hau Winitana, Sithmi Sathruwani, Skye Chadwick and Sisi Tuala-Le’afa.  These wāhine exemplify contemporary community leadership.

8.    In 2017 The Dowse presented a group of three new works by senior Māori artist Maureen Lander, in an exhibition titled Flat-Pack Whakapapa. The exhibition has gone on to become one of our most in-demand touring exhibitions in recent years: it has shown at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, is currently on at Te Uru in Auckland, and will travel to the Govett-Brewster in New Plymouth, Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne and Waikato Museum in Hamilton. A major South Island gallery is also in contract negotiations. The success of this project underlines both The Dowse’s support of the creation of new, important contemporary art experiences, and the national reputation of our work.

9.    A successful crowdfunding project has been run on the Boosted website to raise funds to rehouse The Dowse’s contemporary jewellery collection. The Dowse Foundation matched donations dollar-for-dollar, raising a total of $10,560 from 76 individual donations. The funds will be used to create new storage for The Dowse’s outstanding, and delicate, contemporary jewellery collection.

10.  The Dowse’s Pattern Project range of in-house merchandise won a Museums Aotearoa national award in May. In August the range was a finalist in the Museum Shops Australia and New Zealand Retail Recognition Awards alongside ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and Wellington Zoo.

11.  Milly Mitchell-Anyon, our 2018 curatorial intern, has joined the team. This half-time, nine month position is designed to introduce an emerging professional to all aspects of public gallery work, with the delivery of their own exhibition at the end of their internship. This is the 12th time The Dowse has hosted this very successful partnership project, working with the Blumhardt Foundation and Creative New Zealand.

12.  Some highlights from our two educators, Catherine Bennett and Jolie de Gaia, for the period 20 June to 24 August:

·    1173 students attended our LEOTC programmes and 264 young people engaged with our community programmes

·    Our educators and collections team collaborated to create a mini museum for students from Taita Central to explore old toys and electricity and have a go at making their own

·    Connecting with Community revitalisation and Sustainability into the future 2030, a conference held at Waiwhetu Marae. Students from Japan, China, Indonesia, Hawaii, New York and our local kura, Wainuiomata High and Naenae College. You can watch a wonderful video about this experience here

·    Supporting students from Konini School on their arts passion project

·    Creating art work with 40 local deaf students


Community Art


13.  The main activity in the Community Arts space in the period since the last meeting has been the successful delivery of the second Hutt Winter Festival (HWF), led by Community Arts Advisor Pippa Sanderson.

14.  The objectives of the HWF include involving people in their communities in the development and delivery of the event; making better use of existing community facilities; improving the visibility of arts and culture in the Hutt; providing local and community-focused arts activities that are accessible to people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

15.  The festival included 16 cultural and community groups and artists, 380 workshop participants and reached over 3500 attendees, more than doubling our numbers from last year. Seven community sites were activated. Highlights included:

·    Pimp My Jacket – organised by Mix Creative Space

·    Hutt’s Got Talent – organised by GoodTime Music Academy

·    Tape Art NZ Labyrinth – organised by Tape Art NZ

·    Lucid DreamBike ‘Lighting our Ancestral Pathways’ and ‘Illuminated Bike Parade’ – organised by Lucid Dreambike

16.  Significant media coverage was obtained across major mainstream metropolitan, regional and community newspapers as well as major digital outlets such as and a feature on both TV3’s ‘The Project’ and Mai FM on the finale of ‘Hutt’s Got Talent’.


Leisure Active

Swimming Pools

17. The old part of Huia Pool was closed for maintenance during June with the new facilities remaining open.  The main work completed was refurbishment of the reception/sales counter and entrance area to better service the new facility.

18. Swim City has worked with Sport Wellington’s Active Families team to deliver a Water Skills for Life programme for parents and pre-schoolers.

Fitness Suites

19. Small Group Fitness offerings continue to grow in popularity and use, with new classes offered at Walter Nash and Stokes Valley.

Recreation Programmes

20. The Walter Nash Fitness programme commenced in July as an alternative option for physical activity after the recent closure of the Fitness Suite. The first month of the programme has had a good response from the community. Zumba and Yoga are the most popular classes with Zumba having 45 participants on one occasion. A survey is currently live to collect community feedback from the programme.

21. Capital Stars, our school mentoring programme, continues to go from strength to strength with the addition of Asafo Aumua to the line-up of mentors connecting with our tamariki. Asafo will be working with Rata Street School. As a former pupil of the school, the staff, students and community are ecstatic and proud to welcome him back.

Healthy Families

22. With the confirmation of a new contract the focus has been on confirming continuing employees into new roles and recruitment to address new outcomes.

23. Highlights over the last month have been the securing of joint funding with the Active in the Hutt team for continuation of the Play project, continued development of the Healthy Streets initiative, assisting with setting up of a fruit and vegetable market in Naenae and hosting of the Gangsta Gardener. 



24.   The Divisional Manager Libraries, Sandra Mann, resigned and finished on 31 August 2018.  Sandra was the Divisional Manager for 13 years and in that time developed an excellent library service that has seen Council libraries extremely well supported by the public and highly regarded across New Zealand. 


25.   Libraries’ celebration of the 21st anniversary of the first Harry Potter book published was highlighted on TV “The Project”. A range of programmes were offered, attracting 700+ people.

26.   Hutt City Libraries project-managed a very successful regional Beyond the Page Festival. Over 4,700 tamariki and their whānau attended 137 events over the 2 weeks.  Fifty six events were run, attended by 1,916 people.  This equated to approximately 41% of the total festival events and about 41% of the total attendees.

27.   Five rangatahi and two staff mentors (Lily Chalmers and Ryan Poole) attended The Clubhouse Network’s 2018 Teen Summit in Boston, from 31 July - 5 August.


Community Hubs, Projects and Relationships

28.     Koraunui Stokes Valley (KSV):  We continue to get positive messages about KSV such as a senior teacher at Avalon Intermediate School who recently said, “what a beautiful space this is for the community in Stokes Valley.” Overall Customer Satisfaction score for KSV is at 86% satisfied or very satisfied. 75 new library members in the last two months have been signed up.

 29.      Walter Nash Centre: continues to host significant events such as Polyfest/Poly Odyssey and international volleyball, upcoming club finals, Devilskin concert and the American Ambassador Basketball invitational events in September.  Cigna Saints sponsored an event for local Twilight Basketball players to attend one of their home games at the TSB arena.


30.     A  new use for the old Fitness Suite space at Walter Nash has been confirmed. A joint venture between Clubhouse and nine community organisations will commence from 15 October. The services offered align well with our wider Centre offerings in the arts, recreation and literacy areas. 

31.     The division has signed off a new business plan for the 2019/20 financial year. In addition to maintaining world class recreation, literacy and arts services we are also focusing on several multi-year outcome projects in the following areas:

·    Increasing household income in our communities to reduce material hardship

·    Supporting the wider housing project being undertaken across Council

·    Reducing the digital divide within the community

32.     An end of year report has been completed for the Hubs and Projects Division with some key results:


§ 1,377,642 attendees across Walter Nash, KSV and Wainuiomata (including November-June at KSV 192k, all five previous facilities across full year circa 125k visits)

§ 16,000 hours of booked time across the facilities (including at KSV over three times the number of different user groups than the previous five facilities combined over a full year)

§ Positive economic impact has been seen in Scott Court with increased spend occurring (particularly in food and beverage) since the hub has opened

§ Early indicators are being seen in the Dot Loves Data macro data analysis (as per presentation at this CSC meeting)

§ Partnerships with others (Police, Plunket, Toy Library etc) are working well with appetite to continue in Naenae with identified partners


33.     A Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation on the Walter Nash Centre will be undertaken over the next 12 months.

34.     Naenae hub Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued. We anticipate having a contractor and design team on board at the end of October. Staff have continued to engage with the local community, attending events and meetings with local organisations.   


35.   Community Funding

Kakano Fund and Mahia Atu Partnership Funds closed with a total of 10 applications received.


·    Kakano Fund decisions will be made this month

·    Mahia Atu Partnership recommendations will be made to Councillors at the next meeting cycle. 

Our Community Funding Advisor has met with all applicants to this fund, and as a result the majority have been withdrawn and transferred directly to the Mahia Atu Community Fund for consideration later this year.

36.   Te Awakairangi Access (TAKA)Trust

Bridging digital divide

·    A partnership led by TAKA Trust and involving: Hutt City Council, the Ministry of Education, Rata Street School, N4L Network for Learning) and Chorus

·    118/124 year 5 and year 6 students signed up to the project

·    Whanau are engaged and excited about the opportunities for their tamariki

·    A significant amount of media and central government interest

·    Very keen interest from other low decile schools about how they can be involved

·    Project begins formally on 10 September 2018.

37.   City Safety

X-Roads ‘Good mates, Good choices’ event


·    Roadshow was taken to five schools that did not participate in the event held at Walter Nash Stadium.

·    These were very well received by the schools.

Safe City Ambassadors

·    A continued improvement to Safe City Ambassador’s service delivery has seen a more targeted approach to issues.

Family Harm

·    Community led ‘It’s not OK’ campaign launched in Wainuiomata, with 10 local community leaders taking on this huge commitment to be ‘Community Champions’ in this family harm space. The community came out in force to support this kaupapa, Our Champions are: Keana Wild, Josh Saú, Shalom Brown, Simon Itula, Nathan Waitai, Diana Vaá, Dawn McKinley, Pat Tanoa’i, Keri Brown, Josh Briggs.


City & Community Services Group and Community Facilities Trust (CFT) Significant Projects

38.  The status of these projects is as follows:

Fraser Park Sports and Community Hub

39.  The Fraser Park Sports and Community Hub is well under construction with approximately 70% of the building now completed. The majority of the building structure including the first floor, windows and interior room partitions, are now in place. Wiring and cabling for lighting, heating, IT and building management is now well advanced. The six squash courts which are being built in Europe are now on the ship and are due in Wellington at the end of the month.

40.  The project has been delayed by the recent bad weather and resource constraints in the building industry and will now be completed by early December 2018.

41.  The project capital budget is under pressure with a long list of budget variations being worked through.

42.  Fundraising for the project is going well with ‘only’ $613,000 now to be raised to meet the agreed budget of $13.1 million. Funds raised from small Hutt City businesses who have agreed to sponsor parts of the project have now reached over $400,000. Funds raised from the sale of bricks and pavers has reached approximately $20,000. Total fundraising over and above the Council grants for the project has now reached $3,235,858.

43.  The Community Facilities Trust is now advancing the commercial lease of the roof for a solar farm with two electricity generators and retailers are looking closely at the opportunity.

Other Considerations

44.  In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of local government.






Community Plan Committee action items






Author: Melanie Laban

Divisional Manager, Community Projects and Relationships



Author: Mike Mercer

Divisional Manager Community Hubs



Author: Marcus Sherwood

Divisional Manager, Leisure Active





Approved By: Matt Reid

General Manager City and Community Services


Attachment 1

Community Plan Committee action items




Following the Community Plan Committee meeting on 6 June 2018, officers were requested to report back through the General Manager’s report on a number of issues.  Set out below are the items relevant to the City & Community Services area:



CPC DAP18/116 Upgrade of Dowse Drive Recreation Reserve – Drainage Upgrade

This reserve is a local reserve, designed for informal activities for short visits.  The reserve, like many local reserves, suffers from damp conditions and waterlogging during the winter months, making it largely unusable for part of the year.


Given its location adjacent to Maungaraki School, this reserve receives higher than usual usage. The school would benefit most from being able to use the reserve over the winter months, therefore it would be appropriate for the school to fund the majority of the costs.

Proposed drainage works would cost in the region of $150,000 to complete.  Summer drying may be a problem if this were done.

CPC DAP18/1 – Fund and build 14m extension to the sports rooms at Te Whiti Park

Officers consider the extension to be a facility that should be funded by the Runanga although a small contribution by Council could be made on the basis that it supports the removal of two buildings in favour of a single facility.  The concept is in a holding pattern at the moment as the Runanga considers its options to fund the build before coming back to Council with a proposal.

CPC DAP18/76 – Increase of budget to $50K for maintenance and improvements to Waiwhetu Stream

Currently HCC supports the Friends of Waiwhetu Stream (FWS) through funding of $30,000 per annum which directly funds the purchase of plants, tools, contractor time, picnic tables and other resources. In addition the friends are supported by the Reserves Community Ranger who provides time to support the group’s activities.


Since 2011, FWS have planted over 20,000 plants along the stream edge and have significantly altered the landscape and ecology of the stream.  It has become a struggle to maintain these plants, particularly those under 5 years old and this is outside current HCC resources to the project.


FWS wish to increase their annual allowance to allow better management of these plants.  HCC and FWS are currently working on formalising their relationship and better defining roles and responsibilities.  We propose that during this financial year, budget is allocated to fund the production of a comprehensive stream management plan with associated costings, which can then be used to determine necessary resourcing.  This information should be able to advise a request for increased funding next year.

CPC DAP18/86 – To provide a fully accessible public toilet/shower in Lower Hutt for those requesting additional help


A submission was made to the Long term Plan for the development of a fully accessible public toilet in central Lower Hutt for people with profound and multiple disabilities that are unable to use existing facilities. 


Officers have met with representatives of Changing Places to discuss the concept and to look at possible sites for such a facility.  Currently there is only one Changing Places toilet in NZ.  This was opened at Hamilton Gardens earlier this year. 


Changing Places originated in the United Kingdom in 2006 where there are now over 1,100 such facilities.  There are currently 50 in Australia.  Research in the United Kingdom indicates that 4 out of every 1,000 people require the use of such a facility.  That would work out to be around 2,000 people in the Wellington Region.


The Hamilton Gardens toilet is a stand-alone facility that cost $200k to develop.  The ongoing maintenance is higher than a normal toilet by around $2,000.  This is to regularly check and service the specialised equipment.


A site at the rear of the Dowse Art Museum next to Stevens Grove has been canvassed with Changing Places and would appear to be suitable to their needs.  The Central Community Committee is considering this project as one that it might support with its funding allocation.


What Are Changing Places?

Every Changing Places bathroom provides the right equipment, enough space to move around, and a safe and clean environment for its users.


The right equipment

·    a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench/shower plinth

·    a height adjustable hand basin with built in hand grips

·    a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible

·    a screen or curtain to allow privacy


Enough space

·    adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and at least two carers

·    a centrally placed toilet with room either side


A safe and clean environment

·    a large waste bin for disposable pads

·    showering facilities over the changing bench/shower plinth

·    a non-slip floor

CPC DAP18/105 and DAP 18/107 Funding of $500K for the Wainuiomata Trail Project (WTP)

HCC currently allocates an annual budget of $50,000 to trail building with the WTP volunteers in the Waiu Valley.  Resource consent for an additional 14.5km of track extending out into the Mohaka Valley has recently been approved.   Currently funding will allow for between 1 -1.4km of track to be built, depending on structures, water crossings benching required etc.  At the current rate of build, the proposed tracks will take 10 years to complete.


WTP have requested that funding be fast-tracked to allow quicker construction and will allow larger contracts to be let.  This will have the result of  simplifying the process and having the tracks in use sooner.  However extra funding will need to be agreed, outside of the current commitment.  To build the tracks over 3 years will cost $150,000p.a.  Over 5 years will cost $100,000p.a.   The alternative option is to keep funding at the current level and complete the build over 10 years. 

CPC DAP18/161 Information on CAB options for the organisation to be based in the Hutt Libraries

Conversations are underway with LH CAB regarding War Memorial Library.  Conversations will begin with Petone CAB once a new Chair is appointed.

CPC DAP18/172 Information on funding for the Te Whare Tane Project

The Group is aware of Council’s new funding strategy and is in contact with Council’s Community Funding Advisor.

CPC DAP18/52 Information on a national baseball facility

Officers have informed Baseball NZ (Wellington office) that locating a diamond at Fraser Park has significant implications for current sports codes, as cricket, junior football, touch football and softball will be displaced in part.  While touch could potentially be relocated on Fraser Park, the other codes would need to be relocated to a completely new park.


The Te Aroha Sports Association has been working with the CEO of Baseball NZ to locate a diamond at Te Whiti Park.  Officers are supportive of this and have asked to be involved in the discussions.

CPC DAP18/142 Hutt Recreation Ground funding for operational funding ($25K) and project development ($30K)

Budget was not approved for this through the LTP as there were competing projects put forward by user groups. Council officers have encouraged user groups to work together to produce a development plan that all parties agree to however at this stage no meetings between parties have taken place.

CPC DAP18/101-102 Eastern Community Panel. Officers were requested to undertake a detailed report back on Naenae Park and Hillary Court Playground. Also to report back on the condition and maintenance audit of Council playgrounds, to include the forecast deficit, maintenance budget and list of the 10 newest playgrounds.

Naenae Park ( Seddon Street) is in poor condition and has recently suffered further damage.  It is proposed to bring forward the playground replacement to this financial year (2018/19) as part of the asset renewal programme.  Hillary Court playground scored a condition assessment rating of 3 ( out of 5).  It is not scheduled for renewal until after 2030, although this may be reviewed in light of the proposed Naenae hub building. The most recently renovated playgrounds are Karaka Park, Cleary Street, Parkway junior, Avalon Park, Antrim Crescent, Maungaraki School and Moera Junior. These will be expected to have a lifespan of 25+ years, based on current funding rates.

CPC DAP18/74 Information on funding for a regional facility for Hutt Valley Gymnastics

Council approved provisional budget in the LTP for this project. Council officers are working with Hutt Valley Gymnastics to facilitate a preliminary design, funding model and operational plan. These will be presented to Council before capital funding is released.

CPC DAP18/148 Information on a proposal for chronic disease classes in Council’s leisure facilities.

Leisure Active staff have been working closely with submitter to facilitate training for Council staff to deliver classes and a funding application to enable low cost delivery of the programme

From CPC DAP18/157 Information on extending the Moera Library and flooding issues; and

From CPC DAP18/126 Information in response to the Moera Community House submission regarding flooding issues and the potential for expanding the Moera Library building.

Moera Community House were disappointed that their repeated calls for increased funding have not yet been addressed.  The library cannot provide the range of programmes the community is looking for.

The committee should note that Moera was not included in Council’s Long Term Integrated Facilities Plan on the basis of its relative low population base.  Council may wish to reconsider this.  The current building is in a poor state of repair, not worth maintenance investment.  Council could investigate alternative housing of library, eg retail, school, marae collaboration.

Flooding –  we are aware of the flooding issue.  There is a design fault with the door and correcting it has proved difficult for multiple reasons.  It should be resolved in this financial year.


[1] This excludes sites that are considered high profile, significant on a city-wide basis due to their size and location, or where the site crosses ward or community boundaries.

[2] The Operational Guide for Urban Forest Plan is available from Council’s Parks and Gardens Division.