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Published October 22nd 2015
The community and sports centre for Taita
The Walter Nash Centre, a new community and sports centre in Taita, Lower Hutt, just outside the New Zealand capital of Wellington City was opened last Friday. It was described by Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace as the "new heart of Taita".
Planned thirty years ago to replace the old Taita Community Centre and the Walter Nash Stadium, during the past couple of years the Hutt City Council here in Lower Hutt city has been developing and constructing the new multimillion dollar complex which is connected to the existing Walter Nash basketball stadium. The old 1950s community centre and library were both demolished to make way for the new building opened last Friday and visited and viewed by thousands during last weekends open days.
Lower Hutt mayor, Ray Wallace described the new centre as the "new heart for Taita". It boosts the number of covered netball courts to five, a new larger library, a swept-up fitness suite, community meeting rooms and a cafe. It is a centre that the people of Taita can be very proud of, and as a local I can say they are, and future generations will undoubtably be as well. The interior of the centre is complete, but carparks and footpaths are being speedily completed by the contracting companies.
A stylised New Zealand Falcon/ Karearea motif on the walls was described as not only a symbol of "strength, great mana and pride" but had wings pointing forwards and back, as a nod to the centre's history and future. Very fitting indeed.
Mayor Wallace stated that this was a project that had been talked about for thirty years or more and was now a 'state of the art facility" that will serve the local community, the rest of Lower Hutt and the wider community for decades to come, in a way the old Taita community Centre served the Taita community for decades until it was decided that a modern replacement was necessary. Times and the needs of the local community had changed. Mayor Ray Wallace, his council,the planners, designers and the construction team can be very proud of their efforts.
The Community Facilities Trust, or CFT, who spearheaded the $5 million dollars from the Pelorus Trust, the Lotteries Grants Board, Hutt Valley Netball and various local businesses, as part of the $16 million dollars total budget, all agreed it was a world class.facility.
The CFT was currently driving for a similar standard with another Taita project, the Fraser Park Sportsville hub, and the Walter Mildenhall Park hub in Naenae that are part of the Hutt City Council's rejuvenation of the city. Sportsville has nearly completed its first stage and was contemplating its second stage. Taita has indeed become an important part of Lower Hutt's sports facilities, including the Taita Netball Courts, adjacent to the new Walter Nash Centre.
If he was alive today, former New Zealand prime minister Sir Walter Nash would be proud to be associated with these modern sports facilities. I know that the wider Nash family are very proud to be associated themselves. As a local resident since the early 1970's I'm very proud to be a local here in Taita where my children and some of my grandchildren were educated in local schools and played sports on Taita facilities.