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 Resthome and Hospital.

We are working closely with the community to determine how best to use the site and the buildings on it..

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We recently completed building another 21 affordable rental homes at the Village. Please note that all these homes 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
  • three-week training courses to prepare young unemployed people for jobs in the construction industry run by Kiwi Can Do
  • 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.

Find out what’s happening at the Village on our events calendar.


Venues for hire

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


Report on our second year at the Village

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


Report on the first year at the Village

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