Love Wainuiomata would love to share an update with our Wainuiomata community

We’d love to share where things are with the Queen St plan including

> how we’re responding to the lower level of funding we’ve received. Also being flexible to respond to the opportunities of the redevelopment of the Mall, and the future redevelopment of the Hub

> what’s up next and how you can be involved 🙂 Together we can bring our town centre to life (and have a lot of fun doing it!)

What we’re sharing here includes what was recently submitted via Hutt City Council’s “Have Your Say” annual feedback . There are a few changes and additions to incorporate new opportunities and developments that have arisen since then.

Nga mihi, Love Wainuiomata Team, 020 4116 9759

LOVE WAINUIOMATA UPDATE

Thank you Wainuiomata. We couldn’t do any of this without you. We’re by locals for locals, and it’s great having more and more individuals, whanau, businesses, clubs and groups getting involved. Thank you for sharing your vision for Wainuiomata and helping make it happen!

Thank you Hutt City Council for showing strong support for Love Wainuiomata from the start, and recently supporting our 2018 submission to the Long Term Plan (LTP) which covers 2018-2021.

Love Wainuiomata greatly appreciates Hutt City Council allocating funding of $300,000 for the 2018-2021 period to support our community-led development and kaupapa. Love Wainuiomata’s LTP Submission requested support to deliver on two key areas of growth and rejuvenation our community identified as being essential via the Wainuiomata Development Plan:

1. Transforming Queen St into a vibrant town centre where everyone feels at home and connected.

2. Growing our stunning valley with a whole lot of heart (and heaps to do!) as a top destination for our locals and visitors.

Love Wainuiomata requested funding of $450,000 to reflect the capital expenditure costs needed to deliver the full Queen St rejuvenation plan where each zone is similar in scale and costs to the BBQ/Kai Zone which we’ve already installed on Queen St Reserve.

Love Wainuiomata was approved for funding of $300,000 which is split 50/50 between operational and project allocations. We’re very appreciative of this support from HCC. How we deliver the Queen St plan is now being reassessed not only in the practical monetary concerns of lower funding but also to ensure we’re maximising the community potential from the impending mall redevelopment and future redevelopment of the Wainuiomata Community Hub.  

This means that the Queen St plan will not have the larger scale capital expenditure projects delivered like the BBQ/Kai Zone via HCC contractors. Instead we’ll be progressing the zones and stages through a more grassroots placemaking approach with trials, pop-ups, activations and mini-makeovers where we’d love to see our community and local businesses taking ownership alongside us to make things happen.

By working in partnership with our community and HCC we’ll keep moving forward with the Wainuiomata Development Plan to bring Queen St to life. We’ll be trialing the Queen St plan stages in a variety of ways from the very temporary to projects that could last several years. These trials will better inform permanent projects that sit in the longer HCC plan, and assist that community engagement and participation.

With this more “temporary” approach for Love Wainuiomata (hours to a few years) it allows our community to develop together an increasingly vibrant Queen St, whilst still being flexible. This means we can respond to opportunities that will arise in the coming months and years with the redevelopment of the Mall, and the future redevelopment / reimagining of the Wainuiomata Community Hub.

We’re very appreciative of the positive, supportive relationships that Wainuiomata Shopping Centre, Wainuiomata Countdown and Progressive Enterprises Ltd have developed with us and our kaupapa. This includes great support for community events, and allowing us the use of a workshop area for community projects including carving the Wainuiomata Welcome Sign pou. We’re very excited about the journey ahead for our community as the Mall redevelopment progresses, and exploring how Love Wainuiomata can support this process for all.

Fostering community ownership of Queen St is key to creating a town centre that is truly community owned. It’s a key focus for us as we develop and partner with others to grow Queen St vibrancy through a wide range of community experiences including regular pop-ups, events, projects and semi-permanent trials – which can be in place from months to a few years.

Love Wainuiomata’s grass-roots mahi is informed by Placemaking, which is an internationally recognised people-focused approach to creating great public spaces that feel truly inviting and vibrant for locals and visitors. We’re committed to working with our community to discover the wellbeing, social and economic benefits of transforming our town centre into a “Third Place” for all of Wainuiomata.

We’re excited to be trialing experiences and projects that empower our community to have ownership and share through active consultation and real-world engagement. Our trial-it-out kaupapa, with the temporary informing the permanent, is a great fit with HCC’s ‘mahia atu’ philosophy.

We’re confident our approach is a great complement to HCC’s work and will assist HCC, including the Wainuiomata Community Board, to bring those learnings and connections into the bigger planning and conversation for Wainuiomata as they move closer to redeveloping the Wainuiomata Community Hub, as well as HCC’s wider thinking around the spatial plan and social connectivity of Wainuiomata.  

For now Love Wainuiomata is growing our activations and planning for a range of temporary projects from pop-up experiences to useable assets that will energise our town centre with increased participation.

We’re already bringing Queen St to life every Friday night (rain or shine) with a weekly pop-up experience at dinner time when there’s lots of locals popping by for takeaways. We currently do these pop-ups 5.30pm-6.30pm on the shop side over the darker months. These started in Queen St Reserve area when it was lighter and warmer and we’ll pop-up them up over the library and Reserve side more often over Spring and Summer.

Experiences so far include “Kicks & Kai” where we teamed up with the Wainuiomata Football Club who brought Queen St to life with tamariki playing football. More recently we did “Table Tennis & Kai” where kids and adults were playing table tennis on Queen St beside the Tuatahi Centre on a community table tennis table created in partnership with rangatahi and YOUth Inspire, and “Waiata & Kai” which was a fantastic singing session with great support from local Kaumatua.

We’re collaborating with the Hub, Hub Partners and our community to develop experiences that will engage our community to feel at home in our town centre, and empowered to use the incredible activities and natural taonga of our valley. These past school holidays in April we worked with Wainuiomata Community Hub to see our town centre come to life as more than 200 children and their whanau connected with each other on an Easter Scavenger Hunt.

We’re still guided by the Queen St plan and are working to activate and trial Stage Two (Activity Zone in Queen St Reserve) and Stage Three (Whanau Zone by the Library entrance). This has involved to date activities in these areas, as well as an initial improvement of the decking area in the whanau zone. These activations will continue and we’re looking to trial out some key play/exercise equipment in both zones, as well as a targeted community mini-Makeover in the Whanau Zone to make it a year round offering with a wide range of use.

For our Destination work a priority is exploring signage and wayfinding opportunities to better connect our well loved assets to get win-wins for our visitors and locals. We want to ensure that those already popular zones like the Shared Path and Waiu Park/Wainuiomata Trail Park connect with the rest of our valley’s great offerings. We’re working in consultation with HCC to ensure our passion for trialling out ideas will feed into their longer term plans and vision for Wainuiomata.

Love Wainuiomata is excited to be able to continue our partnership with our community and HCC so that together we can achieve the best for Wainuiomata, and the great flow through effects for wider Lower Hutt.

Now is the time for our locals including individuals, whanau, clubs, groups and businesses to get onboard and help us bring the Queen St rejuvenation plan to life. There’s lots of fun and meaningful ways you can work with us and other groups etc to transform our town centre whilst also benefiting your whanau, group, club or business. 

Chat with us now 020 4116 9759, lovewainuiomata@gmail.com to get involved. With input from everyone we can strengthen our whanaungatanga and make our Town Centre truly community owned, vibrant, fun and welcoming – for all.

Ngā mihi nui, Love Wainuiomata Team

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