Waitohi - Johnsonville Community Hub

Welcome to Wellington City Council's community engagement space for the new Waitohi Community Hub in Johnsonville. On this website, you can keep up to date with how the construction is going, access important documents and participate in online discussions.

Register now to become a valued member of our digital Waitohi community.

Welcome to Wellington City Council's community engagement space for the new Waitohi Community Hub in Johnsonville. On this website, you can keep up to date with how the construction is going, access important documents and participate in online discussions.

Register now to become a valued member of our digital Waitohi community.

  • Waitohi Café Update

    7 days ago
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    We are excited to announce that Jim Huy, who managed Clark’s Café in the Central Library building for 10 years before it closed in March, will operate the new Waitohi café when it opens to the public this summer.

    After receiving the good news, Jim said “I’m committed to it being the best café in the northern suburbs. It will be a place for people to connect, relax and spend time with friends and whānau and a place for everyone from all walks of life in our community. It will be the new local; the vibrant heart of the northern...

    We are excited to announce that Jim Huy, who managed Clark’s Café in the Central Library building for 10 years before it closed in March, will operate the new Waitohi café when it opens to the public this summer.

    After receiving the good news, Jim said “I’m committed to it being the best café in the northern suburbs. It will be a place for people to connect, relax and spend time with friends and whānau and a place for everyone from all walks of life in our community. It will be the new local; the vibrant heart of the northern suburbs.” The Waitohi café will be Jim’s sole operation and will offer breakfast, lunch and fabulous coffee.



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  • Design Inspiration

    about 1 month ago
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    Waitohi

    The name Waitohi was gifted to the current Johnsonville Library in 2010 by mana whenua on behalf of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira and refers to the original name of the Waitohi stream. The mouth of the stream was referred to as Ngā Ūranga or landing-place of waka/canoes and so the name Ngāūranga was later adopted in reference to the entire stream. The word Waitohi has also been connected to rites of baptism and was the name of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Rauparaha’s sister.

    Johnson’s clearing

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    Waitohi

    The name Waitohi was gifted to the current Johnsonville Library in 2010 by mana whenua on behalf of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira and refers to the original name of the Waitohi stream. The mouth of the stream was referred to as Ngā Ūranga or landing-place of waka/canoes and so the name Ngāūranga was later adopted in reference to the entire stream. The word Waitohi has also been connected to rites of baptism and was the name of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Rauparaha’s sister.

    Johnson’s clearing

    Before the 1800s, Johnsonville was dense native forest, dominated by totara, rimu, rata and hinau. There were no signs of inhabitants apart from a walking track used often by Māori for travel between Porirua and Wellington.This track is now known as the Old Porirua Road. In 1841, an early settler named Frank Johnson purchased a 100 acre block of land and built a timber mill to clear the entire area of forest – known as ‘Johnson’s clearing’.

    Design Inspiration for Waitohi

    The architectural design for Waitohi features areas that evoke the clearing and escarpment with forest colours and textures to create the sense of a journey throughout the hub. The high ceilings let in light from the east and add to the atmosphere along with skylights above to give a dappled light. In the picture, you can see the upper ground terrace of the Waitohi library, designed as a ‘clearing in the forest’ featuring a timber ‘trunk’ column forming the edge of the clearing. The design on the carpet represents the fallen leaves on a forest floor.


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  • What is Waitohi?

    3 months ago
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    Waitohi is a new, multi-level community hub for Johnsonville that will join together a new library, Keith Spry pool, Whānau Manaaki kindergarten and a new café. These facilities will be linked to the existing Johnsonville Community Centre and the Memorial Park. Waitohi will be the vibrant heart of Wellington's northern suburbs and a place for people to come together- Te Manawa o te Raki

    Waitohi is a new, multi-level community hub for Johnsonville that will join together a new library, Keith Spry pool, Whānau Manaaki kindergarten and a new café. These facilities will be linked to the existing Johnsonville Community Centre and the Memorial Park. Waitohi will be the vibrant heart of Wellington's northern suburbs and a place for people to come together- Te Manawa o te Raki

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  • Whānau Manaaki kindergarten

    5 months ago
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    Whānau Manaaki kindergarten is a full day kindergarten currently located at 6 Wanaka Street in Johnsonville. The kindergarten will be relocated to a new space on the upper level of the new Waitohi hub.

    Whānau Manaaki kindergarten is a full day kindergarten currently located at 6 Wanaka Street in Johnsonville. The kindergarten will be relocated to a new space on the upper level of the new Waitohi hub.

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  • Johnsonville Library

    5 months ago
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    The Johnsonville library is one of the largest branches, serving the northern suburbs extending from Newlands to Churton Park.

    The library collection offers a range of different material including fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult collections, large print books, bestsellers, magazines, Maori collection, adult learning (ESOL), comics, and online databases. We also have a Chinese collection and some foreign magazines.

    A range of fun and inspiring programs and events, catering for customers of all ages, have been developed for the library. These range from Baby Rock & Rhyme to senior Tea & Tales; from coding clubs to Let’s go Lego...

    The Johnsonville library is one of the largest branches, serving the northern suburbs extending from Newlands to Churton Park.

    The library collection offers a range of different material including fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult collections, large print books, bestsellers, magazines, Maori collection, adult learning (ESOL), comics, and online databases. We also have a Chinese collection and some foreign magazines.

    A range of fun and inspiring programs and events, catering for customers of all ages, have been developed for the library. These range from Baby Rock & Rhyme to senior Tea & Tales; from coding clubs to Let’s go Lego sessions.

    Current Library services include the sale of WCC rubbish bags, recycling bags, daily or monthly parking coupons and recycling bins. Customers can also use the internet service with free WIFI access.

    We’re building a new two-storey library which will be three times larger than the current library. The new library will offer flexible, modern spaces complemented by the latest technology; as well as a makerspace – a creative, collaborative space dedicated to hands-on activity and learning.

    There will be a café on the second floor, and we are currently seeking expressions of interest from café operators to partner with us.

    Find out more about submitting an expression of interest

    The library is currently located at 5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

    Find out more about the Johnsonville Library

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  • Keith Spry Pool

    5 months ago
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    The Keith Spry Pool facility includes a 25-metre heated indoor pool, diving pool, and toddlers' and children's play pools.

    Swimming lessons for adults and children are available, and there are regular aqua fitness and aqua therapy classes.

    The facility runs school holiday activities and hosts children’s birthday parties.

    We are currently building a new reception for Keith Spry Pool, and creating a new entrance at the southern end of the pool which will connect to Waitohi via the internal walkway. Hoardings have been put up in the pool area to separate the works from the pool operations, and to keep...

    The Keith Spry Pool facility includes a 25-metre heated indoor pool, diving pool, and toddlers' and children's play pools.

    Swimming lessons for adults and children are available, and there are regular aqua fitness and aqua therapy classes.

    The facility runs school holiday activities and hosts children’s birthday parties.

    We are currently building a new reception for Keith Spry Pool, and creating a new entrance at the southern end of the pool which will connect to Waitohi via the internal walkway. Hoardings have been put up in the pool area to separate the works from the pool operations, and to keep it safe for pool users.

    The spa and sauna are currently unavailable due to the construction work. A new spa and sauna will be installed when Waitohi opens next summer.

    Keith Spry Pool is located at 15 Frankmoore Avenue.

    Find out more about Keith Spry Pool

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  • Johnsonville Community Centre

    5 months ago
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    Johnsonville Community Centre provides a range of classes, events, groups and services for Johnsonville residents and the wider northern suburbs community. Activities include dance, music, yoga, Pilates, crafts, English classes, Toastmasters, SeniorNet, and fellowship and social groups.

    Services include a Citizens’ Advice Bureau, crèche and a Justice of the Peace.

    The Community Centre is on the corner of Frankmoore Avenue and Moorefield Road.

    Find out more about the Johnsonville Community Centre

    Johnsonville Community Centre provides a range of classes, events, groups and services for Johnsonville residents and the wider northern suburbs community. Activities include dance, music, yoga, Pilates, crafts, English classes, Toastmasters, SeniorNet, and fellowship and social groups.

    Services include a Citizens’ Advice Bureau, crèche and a Justice of the Peace.

    The Community Centre is on the corner of Frankmoore Avenue and Moorefield Road.

    Find out more about the Johnsonville Community Centre

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  • Johnsonville Memorial Park

    5 months ago
    Heart in the park

    Right next door to the Johnsonville Community Centre, this park features a pram-friendly playground, including swings, slides, a seesaw and a climbing web. Public toilets are available.

    An internal walkway will connect Waitohi to Memorial Park.

    Memorial Park is on the corner of Frankmoore Avenue and Dr Taylor Terrace.

    Right next door to the Johnsonville Community Centre, this park features a pram-friendly playground, including swings, slides, a seesaw and a climbing web. Public toilets are available.

    An internal walkway will connect Waitohi to Memorial Park.

    Memorial Park is on the corner of Frankmoore Avenue and Dr Taylor Terrace.

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