Army staff may decamp to Hutt
By HANK SCHOUTEN – The Dominion Post
The proposals are outlined in papers issued under the Official Information Act to Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, and would have wide-ranging consequences for the Hutt Valley, Waiouru, Porirua and Wellington.
As many as 1000 more defence staff could be moved to Upper Hutt, as the Defence Force considers spending up to $110 million to redevelop the old Central Institute of Technology campus at Trentham.
The establishment of Trentham army camp last century certainly has heralded development opportunities for Upper Hutt for many years. This latest news will no doubt bring broad smiles to the UHCC, firstly that the old CIT buildings are been reused for a practical purpose and secondly the influx of people and families to Upper Hutt city as a direct result of this relocation.
The economic benefit to Upper Hutt is vast with the number involved around 1000, and the relocation of high paid defence personal from Wellington to Upper Hutt alone being significant.
No doubt a fair piece of logic was applied in this move, given Trentham Army base across the road. Unfortunately no time line is placed on this development and a lot of work will have to be undertaken on the old CIT campus to bring it up to speed, having been vacant for many years.
Upper Hutts gain unfortunately comes at other regions loss, but the benefits ongoing in the years ahead is vast, something that could only be akin to the old manufacturing factories that populated the city in the seventies which in recent years have closed down, downsized or moved away, General Motors and Pacific Tyres (Dunlops) coming to mind.
All we need now is confirmation, but Upper Hutt will be a buzz over this news.