Strategy area projects and programmes

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This page highlights some of the projects we have in our work programme for 2020/21.

We have not made any changes to our work programme in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. This situation may change and we will keep Wellingtonians posted as the situation evolves.

Our plans for the year and the funding for those projects are divided into seven areas.

Our strategic areas

  • Governance – We inform residents, and engage with them about the city and the issues it faces, manage local elections, and work with mana whenua to make decisions in the best interests of the city and its people.
  • Environment & InfrastructureWe provide water, stormwater and wastewater services and look after waste reduction and disposal. We fund conservation attractions, and look after parks, reserves, tracks and walkways.
  • Economic development – We attract and support business activity, market Wellington to tourists from New Zealand and overseas, and own and operate performance venues and conference facilities. We also help promote links with sister cities such as Sakai in Japan.
  • Cultural wellbeing – We fund city events and festivals such as the New Zealand Festival and CubaDupa. We support attractions, galleries and museums, and community art and cultural activities.
  • Social and recreation – We provide community and social facilities throughout the city. This includes social housing, libraries, community centres, swimming pools, sportsfields and playgrounds. We also work to reduce homelessness and begging, and improve city safety.
  • Urban development – We manage urban planning and design, control building activity and land use, and assess risks from earthquake-prone buildings. We also develop and enhance public spaces.
  • Transport – We provide and maintain roads, bridges, tunnels, walls, cycleways, and pedestrian paths. We also provide bus shelters, bus stops and bus lanes, and signs and traffic signals.

You can download the details of our work programme for information on what we are planning in each of these areas. Otherwise we have some highlights below in the More Information tab.

See the feedback from those who have been taking part in the Annual Plan consultation by viewing our interactive dashboard of participation here


Ngā hinonga me ngā hōtaka pae rautaki

This page highlights some of the projects we have in our work programme for 2020/21.

We have not made any changes to our work programme in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. This situation may change and we will keep Wellingtonians posted as the situation evolves.

Our plans for the year and the funding for those projects are divided into seven areas.

Our strategic areas

  • Governance – We inform residents, and engage with them about the city and the issues it faces, manage local elections, and work with mana whenua to make decisions in the best interests of the city and its people.
  • Environment & InfrastructureWe provide water, stormwater and wastewater services and look after waste reduction and disposal. We fund conservation attractions, and look after parks, reserves, tracks and walkways.
  • Economic development – We attract and support business activity, market Wellington to tourists from New Zealand and overseas, and own and operate performance venues and conference facilities. We also help promote links with sister cities such as Sakai in Japan.
  • Cultural wellbeing – We fund city events and festivals such as the New Zealand Festival and CubaDupa. We support attractions, galleries and museums, and community art and cultural activities.
  • Social and recreation – We provide community and social facilities throughout the city. This includes social housing, libraries, community centres, swimming pools, sportsfields and playgrounds. We also work to reduce homelessness and begging, and improve city safety.
  • Urban development – We manage urban planning and design, control building activity and land use, and assess risks from earthquake-prone buildings. We also develop and enhance public spaces.
  • Transport – We provide and maintain roads, bridges, tunnels, walls, cycleways, and pedestrian paths. We also provide bus shelters, bus stops and bus lanes, and signs and traffic signals.

You can download the details of our work programme for information on what we are planning in each of these areas. Otherwise we have some highlights below in the More Information tab.

See the feedback from those who have been taking part in the Annual Plan consultation by viewing our interactive dashboard of participation here


  • Key Projects

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    2 months ago

    At this stage, we have not made any changes to our work programme for 2020/21. Many of the initiatives are important for providing jobs and economic stability for the city.

    From a new convention centre and resilience projects to significant park and community facility upgrades, some of our key projects are outlined below:

    Three waters work programme

    There are significant capital projects scheduled to occur in 2020/21. They include remediation work for the wastewater network, investigating our pipes and fixing leaks, and building the Omāroro Reservoir. We have included additional funding for our water network for this year.

    Convention and...

    At this stage, we have not made any changes to our work programme for 2020/21. Many of the initiatives are important for providing jobs and economic stability for the city.

    From a new convention centre and resilience projects to significant park and community facility upgrades, some of our key projects are outlined below:

    Three waters work programme

    There are significant capital projects scheduled to occur in 2020/21. They include remediation work for the wastewater network, investigating our pipes and fixing leaks, and building the Omāroro Reservoir. We have included additional funding for our water network for this year.

    Convention and Exhibition Centre

    The Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC) will enable Wellington to recover some of the visitor industry after the pandemic by creating a new economic, cultural and social opportunity for Wellington and New Zealand. The main building structure will begin to take shape in 2020/21.

    St James Theatre

    The strengthening of the St James is progressing to bring it up to a minimum of 67 percent NBS. It is scheduled to be complete on 31 December 2021 – ahead of the 2022 New Zealand Festival. The completion date may be impacted by the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.

    Te Ngākau Civic Precinct, including Central Library

    The future development of Te Ngākau — Civic Precinct will be investigated and we will develop options including identifying the best approach and scenarios to allow informed decision making over key assets such as the Central Library and the Precinct as a whole. A paper on the Central Library will be presented to Councillors in May and form part of the final Annual Plan decisions in June.

    Town Hall/National Centre for Music

    The Town Hall seismic strengthening and redevelopment will continue. Major structural works will continue for a further three years. Once finished, Wellingtonians will be able to once again use a valuable community asset and venue, and benefit from the creation of a national music hub.

    Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM)

    LGWM is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Wellington City Council agreed to $14.1m of funding for the project in 2020/21. This will be used to complete investigations into next stage of the program across the five main areas: early delivery, city streets, mass rapid transit, strategic highway improvements and travel demand management. There is also funding allocated to the early delivery and city streets areas to enable LGWM to begin programmes this year, subject to the outcomes of the business case investigations. Find out more about the programme at lgwm.nz

  • Some community projects

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    2 months ago

    Alongside our big multi-year projects we have several projects designed to create more vibrant, safe, resilient and modern communities across the city.

    A selection of these are below and more can be viewed in the Work Programme document.

    Ngaio Gorge Slope Stabilisation

    Major landslides occurred at two locations on Kaiwharawhara and Ngaio Gorge roads in July and September 2017. The stabilisation construction works were expected to commence in late March 2020, this will be rescheduled once the Covid-19 situation eases. Construction is expected to take 24 months.

    Upgrade of Community Facilities

    We are upgrading the Aro Valley, Newtown and Strathmore...

    Alongside our big multi-year projects we have several projects designed to create more vibrant, safe, resilient and modern communities across the city.

    A selection of these are below and more can be viewed in the Work Programme document.

    Ngaio Gorge Slope Stabilisation

    Major landslides occurred at two locations on Kaiwharawhara and Ngaio Gorge roads in July and September 2017. The stabilisation construction works were expected to commence in late March 2020, this will be rescheduled once the Covid-19 situation eases. Construction is expected to take 24 months.

    Upgrade of Community Facilities

    We are upgrading the Aro Valley, Newtown and Strathmore community centres. There is $4.60m was budgeted over three years for these upgrades. For all three centre upgrades we have focused on ensuring the spaces are fit for purpose, flexible and accessible.

    Alex Moore Park Sport and Community Hub

    Construction will continue on the new hub. This $4.2m project is a partnership between Alex Moore Parks Sport & Community Inc (AMPSCI) and the Council. The community will be contributing $2m of the $4.2m budget. The new facility is planned to be open and operational in December 2020. This may be impacted by Covid-19.

    Newlands Community Park development

    Construction for a new community park began in 2019/20 and will be completed this year. The park will have a new community playground, public toilets, a picnic area and an asphalt perimeter track. There will be new plantings including a wetland.

    Wadestown Route Resilience Enhancement

    The Wadestown route has been identified as a key alternative route for emergency response to the Wellington Urban Motorway between Thorndon and Johnsonville. There are two retaining walls below Grant Road and two other walls below Grosvenor Terrace which were identified for strengthening. Construction began in January and is scheduled to be completed later this year.