Newtown community facilities upgrade

We're upgrading Newtown community facilities in the next three years to meet growing community needs.

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Project sites and activities

The three sites under consideration are: 

  • Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, corner of Colombo and Rintoul streets
  • Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell Street
  • Network Newtown, 9 Constable Street (next to Newtown Library)

Newtown Community and Cultural Centre

The centre hosts a diverse range of activities and programmes including regular school holiday programmes and activities for youth, concerts, gigs, theatrical performances, exercise and language classes and cultural activities.

It's home to a number of community services such as the Wellington Timebank, Newtown Citizens' Advice Bureau and the Newtown Tool Library. The building has a community theatre, a dance studio and two meeting rooms. These are available for community groups to hire for projects and programmes run from the centre.

Newtown Hall

This community hall is used for a variety of activities such as church groups, exercise classes, choirs, theatre groups, dance and martial arts classes, community meetings and holiday programmes.

Network Newtown

Network Newtown is home to Smart Newtown. It also features a large classroom used by community groups and organisations to deliver education programmes. Smart Newtown provides free internet access and computer training for those who may not have access otherwise.

Project funding and timeline

This is a three year design and construction project, approved in the Long Term Plan. The project budget is approximately $3.4 million to fund scoping, design and construction.

May 2017 – December 2018 Community engagement concept design workshops and concept design
From January 2019 Preliminary, developed and detailed designs and consents
From January 2020 Construction (Schedule to be determined) 

We're working with the community to get the best results

We are supporting a co-design process by encouraging the community to participate in the design of the facilities. The plans will take into account the community's vision and future needs from the centres. This includes looking at what physical resources could help build and support a strong and connected social environment.

The Our Town Newtown project group was formed to help support this process. The group includes Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, Newtown Residents Association and Welington City Council. Our Town Newtown has gathered extensive feedback from the wider community through a series of "Shine a Light on Newtown" workshops, surveys, and interviews with residents. The progress report on this feedback is now available to read on the link below.

Progress update

Keep track of the project progress and history on the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre website.

More information

For more information, please contact:

Pax Austin, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: 04 803 8238
Email: pax.austin@wcc.govt.nz