The Walter Nash Centre is the heart of the Taita community. It provides a world-class facility the whole community can be proud of. The Centre’s focus is building local connections and providing our tamariki with more opportunities – giving them access to stuff that most kids take for granted. The Walter Nash Centre is at the forefront of Council’s intention to provide further ‘hands up’ for the North-East area in the Hutt.
Naming the Centre
Walter Nash Center, Nash Street in Taita and Walter Nash Park are named after Sir Walter Nash (1882 – 1968). He was born in England – the fifth of six children from a working class family. Sir Walter Nash was elected Labour Party leader in 1951 and in 1957 (at the age of 75), was appointed Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was described as a Christian socialist who believed that moral values were important in politics. He was knighted in 1965 and died in Lower Hutt in 1968.
“We have obligations towards the young, because if we fail to provide for them, we will fail to provide for the future, because it will be the duty and the privilege of those who are young today to make a still better world for tomorrow.” – Sir Walter Nash
The native bird featured in the logo is the Karearea – or the NZ Falcon. This bird was chosen for its aspirational mana and to symbolise spreading your wings and striving for great things. The wings of the Karearea are facing in different directions to symbolise connection to both past and future. The community will grow and thrive through recreation, education and connection opportunities that the Walter Nash Centre provides.
The artwork decorating the exterior panels of the Walter Nash Centre were designed by local artists from the Taita Community. The chosen designs are inspired by the strength of the local community, the people living there and the Hutt River. Watch the video below or read the artwork descriptions to find out more about the panel artists and their designs.