Is it time for a new in­door arena?

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May­ors around the Welling­ton re­gion have ex­pressed a strong in­ter­est in build­ing a 10,000-seat in­door arena. Mayor Wayne Guppy be­lieved the re­gion has suf­fered for not hav­ing a de­cent sized in­door venue. This week on Neigh­bourly we asked you for your thoughts. Do we need a venue of that size? Or is it a waste of money?


I would be keen to see a re­gional fa­cil­ity built out­side of the Welling­ton CBD. Build­ing it in Up­per Hutt would be a fan­tas­tic idea. How about in the cen­tre of the Tren­tham race­course or in May­morn with the train line elec­tri­fied out to the new venue?

I know that means there will not be lots of pubs for pa­trons to walk to after the event, but I ama tee­to­taller so do not care about that as­pect.


Even if you think of how sta­di­ums in the US have been used re­cently in the event of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, does Welling­ton have enough big sta­di­ums for shel­ter­ing flood vic­tims, etc? We are told to go to our near­est shel­ter, a school nearby with a small sign that does say ‘‘Civil De­fence shel­ter or meet­ing point’’, etc. Would that be enough?


If there was a real need then pri­vate money would fund it. I am re­ally ner­vous that the Mayor of Welling­ton wants to spend $120 mil­lion on a new/old Town Hall and even more on an in­door sta­dium. He will ex­pect the Hutt and Porirua to fund it, even though we will get no ben­e­fit.

The rea­son that peo­ple sen­si­bly avoided merg­ing the coun­cils like Auck­land did is that we don’t want to be $4 bil­lion in the red like them. Let’s not let them even start with one project or our chil­dren will still be pay­ing in 30 years.


I thought one of the main rea­sons for the West­pac Sta­dium was for con­certs, but ap­par­ently we’re only al­lowed three a year due to the noise. [A] roof would be a good idea, might cut down some of the noise. We miss out on so many good per­form­ers.


We do need cov­ered sta­di­ums – and why not re-utilise the empty com­mer­cial build­ings at the back in Up­per Hutt! Make it use­ful for fam­i­lies in the rainy sea­son by build­ing courts. If you like to ex­er­cise and don’t like rain - that’s where you go...


Thank you to the Up­per Hutt com­mu­nity for once again sup­port­ing the Cancer So­ci­ety’s Daffodil Day on August 25.

A range of ac­tiv­i­ties which in­cluded a yel­low dress-up day, coin trails, the pop-up shop, hair shav­ing, a hot soup day, cake mak­ing, the sale of hun­dreds of fresh daf­fodils and the bucket collections all con­trib­uted to the Up­per Hutt com­mu­nity rais­ing over $30,000 – an amaz­ing re­turn per capita for our city. Well done Up­per Hutt. Yet again many peo­ple were in­volved in many dif­fer­ent ways – thank you all for mak­ing the day such a suc­cess.


Jan Osborn and Kathryn Hicks

Co­or­di­na­tors, Up­per Hutt Daffodil Day


Welling­ton’s in­door arena pro­posal has drawn sup­port from some re­gional may­ors.

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