Memory of Sir Walter Nash to live on in new centre

Walter Nash Centre is the name of the new $12 million sports and community facility set to open in Taita mid October.

The name was decided at a full Council meeting on 24 August 2015, preceded by rigorous public debate at a City Development Committee meeting.

Deputy Mayor David Bassett says the name is an acknowledgement and celebration of the history and significance of Sir Walter Nash and his considerable contributions to Lower Hutt and New Zealand.

"It's fitting that something set to inspire our leaders of tomorrow be named after one of New Zealand's great leaders of yesterday.

"As well as his respected presence on the national and international stage, Sir Walter Nash was a well-regarded member of his local Lower Hutt community.

"He participated in local affairs; including as Vice-President of the Hutt Valley Basketball Association, leading to the stadium in Taita being named after him in 1975.

"He was a man who put people first and the new centre is about doing just that.

"The Walter Nash Centre is going to be an asset for the local Taita community and something all residents of Lower Hutt city can be proud of."

The Walter Nash Centre has combined the existing Walter Nash Stadium, Taita Community Hall, Taita Community Library and Hutt Valley netball courts.  It will be a hub for community programmes, services and activities. 

The community library and meeting spaces will provide digital access for the community, host community learning, events and fitness programmes.

The centre will be the home for Hutt Valley netball and basketball, and will also host a range of different sporting codes.  It will be an indoor and outdoor venue for events in the Hutt Valley, particularly age group events for court sports; but also community festivals and trade shows.