Andrews Avenue, a significant street in the Central Business District (CBD) of Lower Hutt, is named after John William Andrews, a highly esteemed figure in the community. Born in 1892, Andrews made significant contributions to the development of the Hutt Valley throughout the early 20th century. He was a respected businessman, operating a joinery manufacturing business, and held positions as a company director and president of the Lower Hutt Chamber of Commerce.
During World War II, Andrews served as a Battalion Commander in the Home Guard, demonstrating his dedication to the country. In 1933, he began his remarkable tenure as Mayor of Lower Hutt, serving five consecutive terms until 1947. Throughout his mayoralty, Andrews focused on advancing the region’s infrastructure and establishing vital community services. His visionary leadership and dedication left an indelible mark on the area, contributing to its growth and progress.
In addition to his mayoral role, Andrews was actively involved in politics. He joined the United Party and played a significant role in organizing James Kerr’s campaign during the 1929 Hutt by-election. Andrews also stood as a candidate for the National Party in the Hutt electorate in the 1938 and 1951 elections, although he was unable to unseat the incumbent, Walter Nash.
Andrews received well-deserved recognition for his years of service. In the 1950 King’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 1953, he was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, commemorating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
John William Andrews passed away on 27 June 1983, leaving behind a lasting legacy of leadership, community service, and progress. Andrews Avenue stands as a tribute to his significant contributions to the Lower Hutt community, and it remains a vibrant hub of commercial activity and a cherished landmark in the city.