Newtown community facilities upgrade

We're upgrading Newtown community facilities to meet growing community needs.

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. 

Project funding and timeline

This is a four 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
2019 – 2020: Preliminary, developed and detailed designs and consents
From July 2021: Construction (schedule to be determined) 

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

We used a co-design process that encouraged the community to participate in the design of the facilities. This process ensured that the community's vision and future needs for the centres was incorporated into the plans. This included 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 Wellington City Council. The extensive feedback from the wider community gathered through a series of "Shine a Light on Newtown" workshops, surveys, and interviews with residents can be read on the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre website

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:

Lisa Matthews, Community Centre Upgrade Project Manager - Engagement
Phone: 04 803 8238 / 021 670605