Wellington Scoop

Shovel-ready – up to $30m for new sports campus in Upper Hutt

News from NZ Government
The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt – an investment that will create 244 jobs.

“The sports hub is designed to be a world-leading shared service for a range of sports, offering the level of facilities no individual sporting code could manage by itself,” said the Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson.

“Anchor tenants already signed up to use the hub include Wellington Rugby, The Phoenix and Baseball NZ.

“In addition, discussions are ongoing with NZ Rugby, The Hurricanes, NZ Football (men, women and age group), Basketball NZ and Netball NZ.”

The funding comes from the $3 billion set aside for shovel-ready projects in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund announced in Budget 2020.

“The hub is part of a wider project which is re-purposing the old Central Institute of Technology into a combination of an incubator for high tech industries, the high performance sports hub, and a training facility for central government (including a full corrections training facility and NZDF capability).

“The project will provide services not only to elite sports, but it is also intended that it will provide services for academies and grass roots,” Grant Robertson said.

“It’s great to see the old Central Institute of Technology buildings being repurposed into a new facility,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

All approvals are in principle and subject to contract negotiations. Investment values are also subject to change.


  1. greenwelly, 6. August 2020, 13:50

    Tick, Tick , Tick. So far the Wellington regional total of announced projects is up to ~$130 million, (of $185 million set aside for the region) and we have seen no projects put forward by the Wellington City Council.

  2. Hel, 6. August 2020, 19:48

    Greenwelly, not looking promising is it. Even if Wellington picked up all of the remaining $55m that would a pretty sorry outcome for the city and it is not like there aren’t a heap of expensive projects steering the city in the face. Is this a vote of no confidence in the city councillors and executive or simply complacency by the government in an electoral stronghold?

  3. Ms Green, 6. August 2020, 22:02

    They could have had the library done and dusted..with that money and even opened some time soon. Yeah right?