24-25 May 2019 10am-3pm, Lower Hutt Events Centre

Te Wā Heke Festival

See the innovation happening in our community and what our future holds at the first Te Wā Heke Festival. Explore how new technology is changing the way we live, how we move around the city, the types of work available, and even the foods we eat.

Festival zones

Browse the festival zones for some of the things you’ll see Te Wā Heke Festival this year:


Have you ever wondered how traffic lights work? Or how future generations might travel to work and school? In this zone, you’ll get the chance to test-drive electric vehicles, and find out how technology can improve your commute.

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The way we live has changed considerably in the past 30 years. What will daily life be like in 2050? Taste-test some surprising foods and find out how to be more sustainable at home.

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How much time do you spend ‘connected’? In this zone, you’ll get to play with some of the latest high-tech toys. Experience drone racing, try to outrun a professional rugby player, and get creative!

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Work and learn

The jobs of the future might not have been invented yet! Come along and explore some of the technologies that may shape the way we will work and learn – everything from virtual reality to high-precision measurement.

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Free shuttle bus from Naenae

We’re organising a free shuttle bus service to take local Naenae residents to the Te Wā Heke festival on Saturday 25 May. The buses will depart at the following times:

From Naenae Pool to Te Wā Heke (Knights Road):

  • 10.00 am
  • 11.00 am
  • 12.00 pm
  • 1.00 pm
  • 2.00 pm

Knights Road to Naenae Pool:

  • 11.30 am
  • 12.30 pm
  • 1.30 pm
  • 2.30 pm
  • 3.30 pm