News | 18 February 2019
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Shouting to the rooftops at Waitohi

Mayor Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Jill Day celebrated a major milestone in the construction of Waitohi, the new Johnsonville community hub, with the completion of the building’s roof.

Construction work for Waitohi showing the completed roof.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor marked the occasion last week by hosting an afternoon tea with community representatives and partners Southbase Construction and Athfield Architects.

“Seeing the roof completed on this marvellous project is really pleasing for Council and everyone involved,” the Mayor says.

“Waitohi is the first of its kind in Wellington and it will make a real difference for the rapidly growing northern suburbs.

“I know the community will be itching to make use of the building and I’d like to thank them for their patience during construction. It will be worth it!”

Deputy Mayor Jill Day, who holds Wellington City Council’s Children and Young People’s Portfolio, says Waitohi will be a great asset for the younger generations, with specially-designed spaces for them.

“It will include the latest technology and I can’t wait to see them using the makerspace, where people of all ages can learn new skills from 3D printing, robotics and coding; to knitting, sewing and paper crafts.”

An internal walkway will connect the new, larger, library and café to the Keith Spry Pool, Johnsonville Community Centre, Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten, and will provide access to Memorial Park via a new landscaped outdoor area.

The building façade will be completed within the next two months and Waitohi construction is due to be completed by next summer.