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RiverLink







The RiverLink project will deliver better flood protection, better lifestyle and improved transport links for the people of central Lower Hutt.

You can use this site to read the latest news from the project team and to gain more information about the project and how it affects you.

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are combining their skills and working together on the project, which will bring big benefits to the local and regional Hutt Valley community.


Friday 9 February: 7:45am to 9:30am
Betsy Coffee Cart – on site serving rocking hot coffee for $2.50

Saturday 10 February: 10am to 2pm
Come meet the project team in the RiverLink container

Sunday 11 February: 10am to 2pm
Festival of Rock – rock the beach! Rock art, rock skimming, rock sculpting, rock painting, rock hopping to see bugs, face painting and of course…coffee!

Wednesday 21 February: 6pm to 7:30pm
RiverLink Ramble – Meet some of the project team at the Riverbank carpark next to Margaret Street for a guided walking tour of the RiverLink city section between Ewen and Melling Bridges.
Bookings essential through GreaterWellington Great Outdoors 2018 www.gw.govt.nz/riverlink-ramble

Friday 23 February: 7:45am to 9:30am
Betsy Coffee Cart – on site serving rocking hot coffee for $2.50

Saturday 24 February: 10am to 12pm
Biketech - Practical tips and demonstration on maintaining your bicycle







The RiverLink project will deliver better flood protection, better lifestyle and improved transport links for the people of central Lower Hutt.

You can use this site to read the latest news from the project team and to gain more information about the project and how it affects you.

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are combining their skills and working together on the project, which will bring big benefits to the local and regional Hutt Valley community.


Friday 9 February: 7:45am to 9:30am
Betsy Coffee Cart – on site serving rocking hot coffee for $2.50

Saturday 10 February: 10am to 2pm
Come meet the project team in the RiverLink container

Sunday 11 February: 10am to 2pm
Festival of Rock – rock the beach! Rock art, rock skimming, rock sculpting, rock painting, rock hopping to see bugs, face painting and of course…coffee!

Wednesday 21 February: 6pm to 7:30pm
RiverLink Ramble – Meet some of the project team at the Riverbank carpark next to Margaret Street for a guided walking tour of the RiverLink city section between Ewen and Melling Bridges.
Bookings essential through GreaterWellington Great Outdoors 2018 www.gw.govt.nz/riverlink-ramble

Friday 23 February: 7:45am to 9:30am
Betsy Coffee Cart – on site serving rocking hot coffee for $2.50

Saturday 24 February: 10am to 12pm
Biketech - Practical tips and demonstration on maintaining your bicycle

  • Public backing for Promenade remains solid

    7 months ago
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    Hutt City Council says it is reassured by the continuing public support for its plans to redevelop and reinvigorate the CBD along and around the Hutt River.

    A recent survey of 438 Lower Hutt residents found 300 respondents are in favour of the Promenade – the creation of a river waterfront precinct in Lower Hutt’s CBD.

    In recent submissions to Hutt City Council’s proposed annual plan, more than 61% of submitters supported the project.

    One submission described Hutt River as a “jewel waiting to be polished”.

    Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace describes the Promenade as a once in a generation...

    Hutt City Council says it is reassured by the continuing public support for its plans to redevelop and reinvigorate the CBD along and around the Hutt River.

    A recent survey of 438 Lower Hutt residents found 300 respondents are in favour of the Promenade – the creation of a river waterfront precinct in Lower Hutt’s CBD.

    In recent submissions to Hutt City Council’s proposed annual plan, more than 61% of submitters supported the project.

    One submission described Hutt River as a “jewel waiting to be polished”.

    Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace describes the Promenade as a once in a generation opportunity to refashion the cityscape into a dynamic and attractive environment for new and existing residents. “Our residents understand and appreciate this and it’s reassuring to have this level of interest in an initiative which will have a positive impact across the whole city,” he says.

    The Promenade will be a new urban environment shifting the city’s focus towards Hutt River. Central to the project will be walkways,integrated into the new stop banks, and landscaping along the river bank.

    Quality mixed-use, multi-storey buildings accommodating apartments, restaurants, cafes and other businesses will front the promenade.

    A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will span the river, connecting the CBD to bus and train services.

    Greatly improved cycle and walking networks throughout the city will connect to the highway and Western Hills.

    Council estimates the project could add 2700 people to the CBD’s workforce and 1300 new apartments could accommodate around 2600 new residents. An economic impact assessment estimated the project will directly and indirectly inject $2.5 billion into the local

    economy.

  • Concept design leaps 90 per cent hurdle

    7 months ago
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    The engineers have been hard at work getting flood protection designs right to ensure that Lower Hutt will be safe in a big flood and wanted some more ideas about how to fit this better into every day uses for the river space. Running tracks, swimming spots, picnic places, cycleways native bush, kayak launching facilities, were among the many great ideas submitted by the public for inclusion in the exciting RiverLink project.

    These suggestions were made at recent public sessions at the Dowse Art Museum. Around 250 very engaged members of the public attended, submitted their ideas and got...

    The engineers have been hard at work getting flood protection designs right to ensure that Lower Hutt will be safe in a big flood and wanted some more ideas about how to fit this better into every day uses for the river space. Running tracks, swimming spots, picnic places, cycleways native bush, kayak launching facilities, were among the many great ideas submitted by the public for inclusion in the exciting RiverLink project.

    These suggestions were made at recent public sessions at the Dowse Art Museum. Around 250 very engaged members of the public attended, submitted their ideas and got an update on RiverLink from GWRC, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency.

    Feedback was excellent, with views aired on a wide range of subjects covering transport links, social and recreational opportunities and environmental restoration in the river corridor.

    “We’re getting closer to a final design, “says Hutt Valley Flood Management Subcommittee chair and GW councillor Prue Lamason. “We’ve presented updated designs based on the public’s views to date. We now have a further opportunity to refine the design based on the most recent feedback”.

    Ideas include the promenade (featuring cafes and places for leisure and recreation), the pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting the CBD to Melling Station, cycleways and connection into the wider cycle network, public spaces such as beaches and open fields and native planting. Other matters were bike hire facilities, off dog leash areas, wind breaks, covered pedestrian bridge, busker space and an amphitheatre.

    The final “look” of the project will emerge by the end of this year when the preliminary designs go before the Hutt Valley Flood Management Subcommittee for sign off. This will be followed by the detailed design process required for applications for resource consents in 2018. Members of the public will then have the opportunity to have their say on the final design.

    Thanks to all who participated in the consultation. We look forward to your continued involvement as we progress this important project.

  • Upcoming community engagement on the Wellington to Hutt Valley walking and cycling link

    10 months ago
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    The NZ Transport Agency is investigating options to deliver a safe and efficient route for cyclists between Ngauranga and Petone along State Highway 2. This project aims to close the gap of the existing cycleway along SH2, support existing cyclists and encourage more people to travel by bike.

    As a parter of the RiverLink project, NZTA are seeking your input on the Petone to Melling section. You can read more about the engagement below or on their website: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wellington-to-hutt-valley-walking-and-cycling-link/community-engagement/

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    The Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link (W2HV Link) is a path that, when completed,...

    The NZ Transport Agency is investigating options to deliver a safe and efficient route for cyclists between Ngauranga and Petone along State Highway 2. This project aims to close the gap of the existing cycleway along SH2, support existing cyclists and encourage more people to travel by bike.

    As a parter of the RiverLink project, NZTA are seeking your input on the Petone to Melling section. You can read more about the engagement below or on their website: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wellington-to-hutt-valley-walking-and-cycling-link/community-engagement/

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    The Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link (W2HV Link) is a path that, when completed, will run from the Wellington CBD to the Melling railway station and connect to other walking and cycling tracks in the region. The project is divided into the following three sections that align with funding and planning requirements:

    Wellington CBD to Ngauranga section –a Wellington City Council project. This cycling path will run from Bunny Street along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road to the Ngauranga interchange.

    Ngauranga to Petone section– an NZ Transport Agency project. This is a shared off-road path from the Ngauranga interchange to the Petone interchange.

    Petone to Melling section - an NZ Transport Agency project. This is an off-road cycle path with shared path connections linking the Petone railway station to the Hutt River Trail which links to the Melling railway station.

    The purpose of this public engagement

    We are seeking your input on the Petone to Melling section and providing an update on how the design of the Ngauranga to Petone section is progressing. Public engagement for the W2HV Link is taking place from 26 April until 31 May 2017.

    Petone to Melling section - Learn about our vision for a new two-wayoff-road cycle path along the rail corridor with connections to the Petone railway station and the Hutt River Trail. We invite your feedback on the concept design and key elements for this section before we finalise our plans and get approval to begin building the new path later this year.

    Ngauranga to Petone section –This is your opportunity to find out how our preferred option of a shared seaward path is progressing. We’re also providing an update on the investigations to identify additional resilience and urban design benefits. There will be another round of consultation on the concept design later this year before we lodge Resource Management Act consent applications.

    How to find out more

    Project information and submission forms are now available on our website. Public engagement guides and submission forms are also available at Hutt City and Wellington City libraries and council service centres.

    We invite you to learn more about this important project at our public open days in late April and early May 2017. You’ll have an opportunity to talk to a member of the project team in person and learn more about our proposals. Here’s the schedule of public open days:

    · Saturday 29 April 2017, 10am-3pm, Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

    · Tuesday 2 May 2017, 8am-10am, Asteron Centre 55 Featherston, Wellington

    · Wednesday 3 May 2017, 8am-10am, Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston, Wellington

    · Thursday 4 May 2017, 8am-10am, Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston, Wellington

    · Thursday 4 May 2017, 4-7pm, Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

    Community engagement is an important part of developing these proposals so we’re keen to get your feedback. You can provide feedback by filling out a submission form at an information day, by completing the submission form on our webpage or by emailing your comments to the project email address at w2hvlink@nzta.govt.nz

    Once we’ve analysed all the feedback, we’ll prepare a summary report and make it available on our webpage later this year.


  • Have you told us what you think about the latest RiverLink designs yet?

    10 months ago
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    Over 240 people braved the elements to attend our Community Open Days. Some even managed to stop by when there was good weather!

    Here’s some interesting feedback we’ve received from you so far:

    · You want paths along the stop banks to be wide enough for multiple users

    · A pedestrian / cycling bridge opposite Margaret Street [would be] good, linking to the railway station

    · It's worth moving the bridge [to Queens Drive] and making a better link to the CBD

    · Where could natural or manmade wind breaks go?

    · Comments about parking needs in order to cope with volumes and accessibility

    What do you think? We want to know. Go to www.riverlink.co.nz and click on Your Feedbackto tell us your thoughts.

    Please share this message with your friends and family, we really want to know what you think.


    Over 240 people braved the elements to attend our Community Open Days. Some even managed to stop by when there was good weather!

    Here’s some interesting feedback we’ve received from you so far:

    · You want paths along the stop banks to be wide enough for multiple users

    · A pedestrian / cycling bridge opposite Margaret Street [would be] good, linking to the railway station

    · It's worth moving the bridge [to Queens Drive] and making a better link to the CBD

    · Where could natural or manmade wind breaks go?

    · Comments about parking needs in order to cope with volumes and accessibility

    What do you think? We want to know. Go to www.riverlink.co.nz and click on Your Feedbackto tell us your thoughts.

    Please share this message with your friends and family, we really want to know what you think.


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  • Earthquake strengthening for stopbanks

    12 months ago
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    The stopbanks did not suffer any damage in the earthquake on 15 November 2016 but we are mindful of the primary fault rupture zone and the new stopbanks will be applying techniques to further enhance their resilience. It’s a prudent approach given that much of the land along Pharazyn St and at Melling are astride the Wellington fault and within its “primary fault rupture zone” where there is potential for ground deformation during a rupture of the wellington fault.

    We’re taking the opportunity during the preliminary design phase to build in extra strengthening. In the design of stopbanks and associated...

    The stopbanks did not suffer any damage in the earthquake on 15 November 2016 but we are mindful of the primary fault rupture zone and the new stopbanks will be applying techniques to further enhance their resilience. It’s a prudent approach given that much of the land along Pharazyn St and at Melling are astride the Wellington fault and within its “primary fault rupture zone” where there is potential for ground deformation during a rupture of the wellington fault.

    We’re taking the opportunity during the preliminary design phase to build in extra strengthening. In the design of stopbanks and associated structures, the project team is looking at how we can keep the stopbanks standing in lower end shakes and reduce the damage during major shakes.

    Standard earthen stopbanks, common throughout the Hutt Valley, are favoured because they can be easily, quickly and cost-effectively repaired. In parts of Pharazyn Street, where the stopbank is located in the fault zone, we will look at options such as geogrid reinforced earth structures, which use synthetic mesh layers to minimise land movement, to improve their seismic performance.

    For areas which will require retaining walls in the stopbank we will look at more flexible structures such as mechanically stabilised earth walls, which use large “jigsaw” blocks along their faces that allow for some movement without cracking or collapsing.

    There is strong evidence from past earthquakes in New Zealand and elsewhere that these modified structures generally perform better than other designs because of their ability to stretch and bend but not collapse under force.

  • Getting your take on travel

    12 months ago
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    Late last year we got people into the summer barbecue mood with a sausage sizzle at one of Lower Hutt’s regular Saturday markets.

    This was an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding from locals regarding places you visit, how you travel, the routes you use and why you use them. The aim was to find out what people’s recent travel experiences have been, what the problems are for travel in and around the Hutt CBD and what some of the potential opportunities might be to improve access to the City, riverbank area and local suburbs.

    These conversations, along...

    Late last year we got people into the summer barbecue mood with a sausage sizzle at one of Lower Hutt’s regular Saturday markets.

    This was an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding from locals regarding places you visit, how you travel, the routes you use and why you use them. The aim was to find out what people’s recent travel experiences have been, what the problems are for travel in and around the Hutt CBD and what some of the potential opportunities might be to improve access to the City, riverbank area and local suburbs.

    These conversations, along with in-depth face-to-face interviews with local residents and business owners, have given us valuable insights into different customers’ points of view and provided us
    with an important piece of the puzzle to understand what the issues are and how we might address them.

    Some key themes that came out of our conversations included that:

    1. Lower Hutt is a great place to live and bring up families with excellent schools, services, retailers and recreational activities.

    2. People avoid using the Melling area and come up with a variety of workarounds to get where they need to go.

    3. Some of the reasons people avoid using the Melling intersection include safety concerns, congestion issues and traffic delays.

    4. Talking about Melling train station was polarising – some favoured it for being easily accessible and a pleasant open space while others were concerned about the limited frequency of the train service and limited parking.

    5. The Melling intersections with State Highway 2 create a complex set of interactions between people travelling along State Highway 2 past Melling, and others who use Melling to get into and out Lower Hutt.

    These insights have helped shape our thinking so thank you for taking the time to talk with our team.
  • Making progress on Melling Intersection Improvements

    12 months ago
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    Since last year, we have made good progress on investigating how to improve the Melling intersections with State Highway 2.

    Officers from the NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council have been working closely together to understand and agree on what we collectively want to achieve through the Melling Intersection Improvements project. We have also established some basic guidelines on how the intersection improvements could fit together with the other elements of the RiverLInk project – Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Flood Capacity Improvements and Hutt City Council’s Making Places project.

    As a result, four investment objectives...

    Since last year, we have made good progress on investigating how to improve the Melling intersections with State Highway 2.

    Officers from the NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council have been working closely together to understand and agree on what we collectively want to achieve through the Melling Intersection Improvements project. We have also established some basic guidelines on how the intersection improvements could fit together with the other elements of the RiverLInk project – Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Flood Capacity Improvements and Hutt City Council’s Making Places project.

    As a result, four investment objectives have been developed.
    These are:
    • Reliability – people and goods being able to reliably move on State Highway 2 and into Hutt City CBD
    • Accessibility – improve the connection across the highway and provide better access to Melling Station and Hutt City CBD
    • Safety – make it safer for people travelling on State Highway 2 and into Hutt CBD
    • Availability – reduce the number of road/lane closures that occur as a result of crashes or flooding.

    The objectives help evaluate the options developed so far to either weed out ones that will not work, or make adjustments to others that are worth further consideration.

    In the next few months, we should be in a position to share with you where we’ve got to, and seeking your feedback what you think would be good to prioritise at Melling.

    Remember that you can sign up for updates on the NZ Transport Agency’s website https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh2-melling-intersection-improvements/ and find more information about this community engagement work here>

  • Pop up progress on Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River project

    12 months ago
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    Come and check out the progress on plans to connect the Lower Hutt CBD with the Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River at the RiverLink Pop-up Hub at the Riverside Carpark in March and April.

    “We have opened up space between the trees next to the river and tidied the river bank which will give people better access to the water”, says Prue Lamason GWRC Lower Hutt Ward Councillor.
    Together with Hutt City Council we have set up a container and had it painted by a local Lower Hutt artist to portray the giant kokopu fish, another Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt...

    Come and check out the progress on plans to connect the Lower Hutt CBD with the Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River at the RiverLink Pop-up Hub at the Riverside Carpark in March and April.

    “We have opened up space between the trees next to the river and tidied the river bank which will give people better access to the water”, says Prue Lamason GWRC Lower Hutt Ward Councillor.
    Together with Hutt City Council we have set up a container and had it painted by a local Lower Hutt artist to portray the giant kokopu fish, another Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River local.

    There are a series of posters inside the container showcasing RiverLink designs to provide better flood protection, transport and lifestyle for Lower Hutt, and we will change these as the designs progress.
    We’ve talked to thousands of people over the past few years to get ideas to develop plans for stopbanks, promenades, a cycleway, riverside features and connecting paths to the CBD.

    We’re about two thirds through the design and we’d love people to keep coming back to the pop-up hub and check out the progress.

    The pop-up hub will play host to a series of community events by the river, from live music to coffee and food, in early March and early April.

  • Making Places in the city

    12 months ago
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    A vibrant city centre is an important part of achieving growth and rejuvenation. The Lower Hutt community’s vision for what they want in their city centre and how this will be achieved was set out in 2009 in a project sponsored by Hutt City Council called Making Places.

    A clear message from public consultation on Making Places was that one of Lower Hutt’s greatest assets is the Te Awakairangi/ Hutt River and the city centre should be better connected with it.
    We have a fantastic opportunity to make this better connection between city and river through the RiverLink project with...

    A vibrant city centre is an important part of achieving growth and rejuvenation. The Lower Hutt community’s vision for what they want in their city centre and how this will be achieved was set out in 2009 in a project sponsored by Hutt City Council called Making Places.

    A clear message from public consultation on Making Places was that one of Lower Hutt’s greatest assets is the Te Awakairangi/ Hutt River and the city centre should be better connected with it.
    We have a fantastic opportunity to make this better connection between city and river through the RiverLink project with a promenade along the new flood protection stopbanks on the city side of the river. A recent survey had 91 percent of the 600 respondents in support of the promenade and there will be more consultation this year.

    Hutt City Council’s investment in the Making Places project is already apparent in the city. The Civic Precinct has gone through a transformation. The Dowse Square is a popular public space. The city’s administration building has been refurbished and the iconic clock tower is being strengthened. A new events centre will soon adjoin these historic buildings, providing key community and commercial events in a quality, purpose built venue in the heart of our city.

    The events centre operator is constructing a four-star hotel, a first for the city and a great example of how public investment attracts private development. The hotel site is on High Street beside the river, a short walk through the newly refurbished Riddiford Garden from the events centre. This hotel is expected to spark other commercial activity in the vicinity.

    Retail and commercial activity alone cannot bring significant change in the city centre. The proposed promenade will encourage mixed use apartment based development.

    The RiverLink project offers an incredible opportunity to achieve a major part of the Making Places project, further realising the community’s vision for our city centre.

  • International students to test public awareness of RiverLink Project

    about 1 year ago
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    What do you know about the RiverLink project? Four visiting students from the United States will be hitting the streets of Lower Hutt in the next few weeks to find out.

    The students are about to begin a seven-week research project into the Lower Hutt community’s views and understanding of the “RiverLink” flood protection, city revitalisation and transport project. If you want to contribute you can complete the online survey here.

    “RiverLink” (previously known as the Hutt River City Centre Upgrade Project) is a joint project between Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency...

    What do you know about the RiverLink project? Four visiting students from the United States will be hitting the streets of Lower Hutt in the next few weeks to find out.

    The students are about to begin a seven-week research project into the Lower Hutt community’s views and understanding of the “RiverLink” flood protection, city revitalisation and transport project. If you want to contribute you can complete the online survey here.

    “RiverLink” (previously known as the Hutt River City Centre Upgrade Project) is a joint project between Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency designed to provide better flood protection, improved lifestyle and better transport links throughout Lower Hutt’s CBD.

    The students will be assessing people’s awareness and understanding of the project and will explore opinions on how effective the engagement and communication with the community has been.

    “We’ve done a lot of work to let people know about the project and get their ideas. The students’ research will tell us how successful we’ve been and what we might be missing,” says Prue Lamason GWRC Lower Hutt Ward Councillor.

    GWRC project adviser Ross Jackson says it’s important to understand how much people know.

    “We’ve engaged the public in the original decision on Option A and more recently about the preliminary design development.

    We need to know whether they feel they have been listened to and where we could do better to increase public awareness and understanding.

    “This year we will continue to engage and listen to the community as we move to complete preliminary designs for the project which will go before the Hutt Valley Floodplain Management Subcommittee at the end of the year. We want to ensure members of the public have lots of opportunity to make their views known and the students’ research will guide us in achieving that.”

    The students are from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a science and engineering University near Boston, Massachusetts. The university has been sending students to Wellington for several years to allow them to undertake high quality research projects at the intersection of technology, society and the environment.

    This year’s project brief to the students is: “to explore the views of the Hutt Valley community on the level of understanding of RiverLink, evaluate the community engagement process to date and identify ways it can be improved”.

    This involves:

    · Gauging the level of understanding of the community to flood risk in Central Lower Hutt

    · Exploring the views of the public on how well they understood the proposals and information put forward

    · Gauging the feeling within the community about how well the design team has/is capturing their ideas and feedback

    · Recommending engagement and community design tools for future use.

    It is anticipated this project will complement and build on a study carried out in 2015 which investigated the views and perception of the Hutt Valley community on flooding and climate change.

    For enquiries, contact Ross Jackson at GWRC, 04 830 4387 or ross.jackson@gw.govt.nz