A mass choir of over 700 local school students helped to celebrate the opening of the new Walter Nash Centre in Taita on Friday 16 October, with a heartfelt rendition of the the New Zealand folk song 'He Honore'.
The students, from Taita College, Taita Central, St Michaels, Pomare School and Avalon Intermediate, joined well-known locals, including Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu, at the Centre's official opening.
The $12 million Walter Nash Centre features five multi-purpose courts, a new library, fitness centre, meeting spaces and a café. Outside there are a further 11 courts and space for up to 205 additional carparks for large events. The new Centre combines the former stadium, community library, hall and netball courts.
Community Facilities Trust Chair Alister Skene says the opening of the new Centre is a landmark day.
"This is a centre that gives the Taita Community a true heart, and provides a sports facility the whole Hutt community will be proud of."
"This is the first of a series of world class community facilities CFT will complete over the next few year. Our buildings will make our residents proud. Buildings that look fantastic and perform even better."
The community have embraced the new Centre already with thousands flocking there over the opening weekend, and enjoying all the activities and opening festivities.