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.






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.

  • 30% Design Phase Complete!

    almost 2 years ago
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    Harnessing and co-ordinating all the complex elements of a project of RiverLink’s scope is no mean feat. So reaching its first development milestone – the completion of 30 per cent of the initial design phase - was a real achievement.

    “With dozens of consultants and council staff involved in the design phase, working over a multitude of different workstreams, many of which are dependent on each other to make progress, we rely on the
    application of experience and expertise, strong project management and good communication between the teams to make progress,” says GWRC Manager, Flood Protection, Graeme Campbell. “And that’s...

    Harnessing and co-ordinating all the complex elements of a project of RiverLink’s scope is no mean feat. So reaching its first development milestone – the completion of 30 per cent of the initial design phase - was a real achievement.

    “With dozens of consultants and council staff involved in the design phase, working over a multitude of different workstreams, many of which are dependent on each other to make progress, we rely on the
    application of experience and expertise, strong project management and good communication between the teams to make progress,” says GWRC Manager, Flood Protection, Graeme Campbell. “And that’s what we’ve achieved in this first phase of the design project, which has begun to reveal how all the parts will fit together to create the blueprint we will submit to the community.”

    Key decisions such as the alignment of the river channel are being determined to enable detailed consideration of the exact location of the stopbanks, and the form they will take. It has also enabled us
    to look closely at how and where we accommodate service such a stormwater outfalls and utility pipelines etc.

    While the exact scale of the river channel (stopbank to stopbank) is yet to be determined, the urban landscaping team has begun to apply the finding from the Community Design Workshop into its brief
    to design the corridor’s environment and amenities that will drive lifestyle.

    Planning is also progressing on regional and local transport, with the NZ Transport Agency investigating transport issues along SH2 and at the Melling intersection, and Hutt City Council planning for the
    implications both of better connections into the CBD and traffic flows within and through it. Concepts for a cycleway/pedestrian bridge were also presented.

    “We’re making great progress. I can’t wait for the next milestone, which will be at 60 per cent completion then 90 per cent early next year, when we will get a detailed view of how RiverLink will
    come together to provides its promised benefits for the Lower Huttcommunity”, says Graeme Campell.

  • Better connections and better lifestyle for Hutt City

    almost 2 years ago
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    As flood protection designs continue to develop, it’s time to focus further on the opportunity to develop the connection between the city and the river.

    The vision for better connections is set out in Hutt City Council’s Making Places project, which sets out how the Lower Hutt community would like the central business district to develop by 2030. One part of this vision is a riverside promenade, and we’ve heard very clearly from our community that while our river is one of our greatest assets we are not making the most of it.

    The RiverLink project offers the opportunity to...

    As flood protection designs continue to develop, it’s time to focus further on the opportunity to develop the connection between the city and the river.

    The vision for better connections is set out in Hutt City Council’s Making Places project, which sets out how the Lower Hutt community would like the central business district to develop by 2030. One part of this vision is a riverside promenade, and we’ve heard very clearly from our community that while our river is one of our greatest assets we are not making the most of it.

    The RiverLink project offers the opportunity to progress this work. A riverside promenade is proposed on the eastern side of the river that would sit on the top of the stop banks currently being designed, and have terraced access to the river. Some of the suggestions for the design are buildings that are level with the promenade to provide an entertainment area, and mixed use development such as apartments.
    A pedestrian footbridge over the river to connect with Melling Train Station, and access points to the river for recreational activities are also suggested. The potential impact of the project on the local road network is also being considered. Private investment alongside public investment is really important for this promenade to be developed to its full potential.

    This RiverLink project is also considering how people use the river corridor: the space alongside the river inside the flood protection stopbanks, and ways this could be enhanced in this stretch of the river.
    There’s a lot of discussion to be had,
    and decisions to make together.

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  • Questions posed during ecology design walkover

    almost 2 years ago
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    While RiverLink is designed to protect the lives and livelihoods of people in Lower Hutt, the river’s world of fish, bugs and plants matters too.

    The project has to resolve these potentially competing interests, and that’s why the design team and ecology experts recently spent a morning inspecting the RiverLink project. The question they posed was: how can flood protection and the environment work hand in hand to enhance the ecology of the river and floodplain?

    It’s a great question, because the scale of the construction work being talked about could have significant impact on the river and if it...

    While RiverLink is designed to protect the lives and livelihoods of people in Lower Hutt, the river’s world of fish, bugs and plants matters too.

    The project has to resolve these potentially competing interests, and that’s why the design team and ecology experts recently spent a morning inspecting the RiverLink project. The question they posed was: how can flood protection and the environment work hand in hand to enhance the ecology of the river and floodplain?

    It’s a great question, because the scale of the construction work being talked about could have significant impact on the river and if it isn’t managed right could damage the rivers environment. While there is legislation to protect against or minimise this damage, we want to do better than just rely on this process. For that reason we are making ecological values of the river an important part of our design discussions, sitting alongside recreation, culture, and heritage, transport, and flood security.

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  • Big turnout for riverside design forum

    about 2 years ago
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    Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum was abuzz with ideas and enthusiasm recently as nearly 300 people gave us their views on what they want to see along the Te Awakairangi/Hutt Riverside and within its river corridor.

    The focus of all the activity over two days was how we should plan for activities, amenities and environments through the stretch of the river between the Ewen and Kennedy-Good bridges. People
    were invited to view a video on the project, review great ideas for riverside amenities and landscapes from here and overseas, and use symbols and stickers to give us their
    ideas on...

    Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum was abuzz with ideas and enthusiasm recently as nearly 300 people gave us their views on what they want to see along the Te Awakairangi/Hutt Riverside and within its river corridor.

    The focus of all the activity over two days was how we should plan for activities, amenities and environments through the stretch of the river between the Ewen and Kennedy-Good bridges. People
    were invited to view a video on the project, review great ideas for riverside amenities and landscapes from here and overseas, and use symbols and stickers to give us their
    ideas on how we can make the area look great and work for the community.

    “We got really useful and clear feedback on access to the river, what kinds of paths people want along the riverside and on the stopbanks and on the proposed pedestrian and cycleway bridge,” says urban planner Marc Baily of consultants Boffa Miskell. “The community also showed a lively interest in garden-like landforms which look lovely and promote diverse ecology, active swimming, picnicking and play areas where you can sit and enjoy the river.”

    Three questions were also asked about the value of the river to the Lower Hutt community: 82 percent of people responding said revitalisation of the city is very important; 61 percent that its
    connection to the river is very important; 61 Percent believed having people live in the city centre was also very important.

    “These findings are right in line with the community’s decision to go ahead with the RiverLink project,” says Marc, “which was favoured both as a flood protection scheme and as a city rejuvenation plan
    through Hutt City Council’s Making Places project. They show the community really values the relationship between the river and the CBD and that linking them will be key to re-enlivening the area. ”

    The community’s input through the community design workshop is now being applied to potential urban landscape design options.


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  • Hutt River Environmental Strategy progressing well

    almost 2 years ago
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    Alongside the RiverLink project we are very aware of the Hutt River environment. There was an extensive review of the Hutt River Environmental Strategy earlier this year, which included a lot of community discussion.

    Read more about the Hutt River Environmental Strategy

    Our review of the Hutt River Environmental Strategy – which sets guidelines for the development of the entire river corridor from Upper Hutt to the harbour – is making real progress, with a presentation to community groups stimulating useful feedback on the kind of environment they want to develop alongside the Hutt River and the things...

    Alongside the RiverLink project we are very aware of the Hutt River environment. There was an extensive review of the Hutt River Environmental Strategy earlier this year, which included a lot of community discussion.

    Read more about the Hutt River Environmental Strategy

    Our review of the Hutt River Environmental Strategy – which sets guidelines for the development of the entire river corridor from Upper Hutt to the harbour – is making real progress, with a presentation to community groups stimulating useful feedback on the kind of environment they want to develop alongside the Hutt River and the things they want to do there.

    So far we’ve undertaken a survey of activity, spoken to a range of interest groups and began a round of presentations on the survey, as well as asked for feedback on the subject through the Greater Wellington Regional Council website.

    The development of the strategy is of fundamental importance to the RiverLink project because it will guide our approach to developing the riverbank environment through Lower Hutt’s CBD. A draft strategy for public consultation is due early next year.