Waitohi community hub opens this Saturday

12 December 2019

Waitohi, Johnsonville’s new community hub, opens bright and early this Saturday.

Launch of Waitohi
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Waitohi is a new multi-level community hub for Johnsonville that will join together a new library, Keith Spry Pool, Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten and a new café. These facilities will be linked to the existing Johnsonville Community Centre and Memorial Park.

Join the celebration from 7am for the official ribbon cutting by Wellington Mayor Andy Foster and Minister for Internal Affairs Hon Tracey Martin.

Be wowed by cultural performances before the Waitohi library and café Common Ground open at 8am. Take a guided tour of the precinct, where you’ll be able to chat to the staff in The Hive – the hub’s makerspace, the library children’s area and Keith Spry Pool.

Mayor Foster says the northern suburbs have been eagerly anticipating Waitohi since the project was started more than a decade ago.

“Waitohi will be the vibrant heart of Wellington’s northern suburbs and a place for people to come together to read books, drink coffee, have a swim, learn how to code, use robotics, sew, just hang out and much more.

“It is a beautiful building, designed and fitted out with great thought. It is a magnificent achievement for the construction and project team,” says Mayor Foster. 

The opening of Waitohi will see some changes made to short stay parking arrangements around the Hub. They are in response to an expected increase in parking demand, and include some changes to time limits and the addition of 26 new parks beside the library.

Broader issues of commuter parking are being addressed separately, as part of a city-wide parking review.