What we do . About Wesley Rātā Village

About Wesley Rātā Village

Re-weaving community: across the generations, everyone contributing to a good life.

Wesley Rātā Village is a community resource that provides good homes for residents and is a place for Naenae’s community to come and build wellbeing and resilience.

You can find Wesley Rātā Village at 249 Rātā Street in Naenae, on the site of the former Wesleyhaven Rest home and Hospital, which operated from 1955 to 2017.

Wesley Community Action has retained the site as community asset, working closely with residents and Naenae locals to develop an innovative and intergenerational community for all.

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All the affordable rental homes at the Village are now tenanted and we are not taking new names for the homes at present.

Regular activities at the Village

The village is host to a number of regular activities. These include:

  • a regular 10-week Ageing Well programme for lonely and isolated seniors living in the Hutt Valley
  • 10-week parenting programme Baby’s Place (Contact bronwen.olds@gmail.com / 027 677 8052)
  • the Rātā Playgroup
  • community lunches, afternoon teas and activity groups throughout the month
  • a partnership with Naenae Nature Trust to make our beautiful native bush accessible to the Naenae community
  • a new shared community space – official opening soon! (Follow our Facebook page for announcements)

Venues for hire

We have a range of venues suitable for workshops, team meetings, planning days or community functions. Find out more.

Annual Village Report for 2021/2022

Find out what happened at the Village in 2021 to 2022 in our latest Village results report. 




Annual Village Report 2020/2021

We completed 21 new homes, welcomed 52 new residents to the village, and developed some exciting new initiatives with our partners and friends, such as a new creative arts space and barista training cafe:

Wesley Rātā Village Results Report August 2020-2021


Art House Report May 2021

In early 2021 we trialled a new art studio space in one of our disused buildings

This is evolving into a vibrant creative community space, and will soon include a barista training kitchen/koha cafe in partnership with Trade School Industries:

Report on Art Studio Trial

Annual Village Report 2019/2020

We welcomed people to four new homes,  continued work on another 21 homes, grew our Ageing Well Network and started working on a new project looking at how technology can connect, rather than isolate seniors/kaumātua in our community. These are just some of the highlights from the last year at Wesley Rata Village which are recorded in our latest report: Building on Strong Foundations: Wesley Rātā Village 2019/2020.


Wesley Rātā Village Vision Document

During 2018 we worked with the Naenae community to develop a vision for how to develop the Village.

It’s a work in progress – we’ll  continue to update it as things change.

Download a copy to read the latest version of the vision document.


New community housing project at the Village

In February 2019 we started working on an $8.4m  project to build 25 affordable rental homes at Wesley Rātā Village.

The homes will be made available to applicants on the Government’s Housing Register for people who have been assessed as eligible for social housing and are waiting to be matched to a house. Read more


Annual Village Report 2018/2019

Our Community Innovation Lead, Kena Duignan, has written a report looking at what’s been happening at Wesley Rātā Village.  Tō Tātau Haerenga Whakahou: Wesey Rātā Village Our Journey of Renewal, outlines our progress to date, our theories of change, our collaborations, the lessons we’ve learned and the mahi ahead. It also shares some key facts and figures and some of the stories that bring them to life. Download a copy of the report or download the 2-page summary.

Re-weaving community at Wesley Rātā Village

Wesley Rātā Village

Emily Innes
M: 021 739 621

249  Rata Street
Lower Hutt, 5011