Project summary

What we're doing

Funding for a new, single-story community centre has been approved for Pukete Neighbourhood House. Last year we engaged with the nearby community on our proposal to build the new community centre in Ashurst Park. We heard a range of feedback about the location we initially proposed.  

With this feedback in mind, we now have a new preferred location for the community centre, next to Te Rapa Sportsdrome.  

We now need to reclassify this section of park from Recreation Reserve to Local Purpose (Community Facility) Reserve under Section 24 of the Reserves Act 1977. 

If approved, this reclassification will enable a new community facility to be built, and for Council to grant a lease to local community outreach group, Pukete Neighbourhood House - Te Whare Takiwa o Pukete. 

We’d like to hear your feedback on the proposed reclassification from 24 January to 24 February 2024. Please share your views at or pick up a hard copy form from the main Council building or any Hamilton Library. 

To have your say on the Te Rapa Sportsdrome proposed reclassification click here

This project will

  • Provide a purpose-built facility

  • Free up space at Te Rapa Sportsdrome

  • Create a warm, welcoming space for community use

Project features

  • Carparking

    New carparking will service park users, as well as visitors and staff of the facility.
  • Bookable meeting spaces

    Available for community use, in the modern facility.

Where we're at with progress

  • Stage 1 - Planning


    Consultation with the community is underway – we're proposing to reclassify a section of Ashurst Park to accommodate the build of the new facility.
  • Stage 2 - Underway


    Construction is expected to begin mid-2024.
  • Stage 3 - Completed


    The Pukete Neighbourhood House is expected to open mid-2025.

Te Rapa Sportsdrome upgrades

On 4 December 2023, planned works will begin to upgrade the flooring in the sports hall, and the changing rooms and toilets at the Sportsdrome. Please note this work is unrelated to Pukete Neighbourhood House and has no impact on the decision Elected Members will make about its location on 14 December. Contact us if you have any questions.


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Last updated 26 February 2024