Newtown Residents Association


Latest community news and updates from Newtown Residents Association, Wellington NZ.

Association meetings are on the 3rd Monday of every month except December and January, 7.30pm at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street.

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Newtown Newsletter April 15th 2015 – Meeting notice, Local events.

Newtown Newsletter March 12th 2015 – Meeting notice, Celebrate Newtown events.

Our back issues of Newtown Newsletters are full of all sorts of interesting stuff.

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April Meeting

The next Residents’ Association Meeting is on Monday, 20th April, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St. All welcome!

We will be discussing the Residents’ Association submission on the WCC Long Term Plan – a group is currently working on this.  Submissions are officially due on Friday 17th April, but we have been allowed an extension until after this meeting.  Click here to read the NRA Draft Submission. If you won’t be at the meeting on Monday please email us with any comments.

If you have other items you would like on the agenda please let us know –

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Minutes of the March 2015 Residents’ Association Meeting

On March 16th we discussed the Wellington City Council Long Term Plan and the WCC Social Housing Policy.

Other topics included a review of the Keep Newtown Clean project, the recent Civic Hakathon, proposals for improvements to the Wellington Bus service, and concerns about the safety of verandahs.

We also passed a vote of thanks to Festival Director Martin Hanley and the rest of the NRA Festival Committee for a most successful 2015 Newtown Festival.

Read the full minutes here – there is a lot of interesting detail.


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March Meeting

The next Residents’ Association Meeting is this Monday, 16th March, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St. All welcome!

We will be gathering information and thoughts about the WCC Social Housing Service Policy Review – submissions are due 27/3/15 – see the WCC discussion paper and consultation document here.
If you have items you would like on the agenda please let us know before Monday evening-

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Report on the NRA Meeting 16th February 2015

Notes …

The Newtown Residents’ Association Subscription

The NRA rules are that this is to be reviewed in February of each year, with the decision to take effect from July, when our financial year starts.  The current subscription is ‘a gold coin’ – the rationale for it being so low is to minimise any barriers to people being financial members.  There were views for and against continuing on this basis – a significant sum for a subscription could increase the NRA funds – but the resolution was to keep it at ‘a gold coin’ for now.

Cycleway Update

All WCC consultation has been postponed.  Kate Swartz will take over convening the NRA Cycleway Subgroup.

Community Response Plan.

We had a successful meeting in December, and an earlier post reported on this.   The organisers have written a draft plan and are now working on an Executive summary.

Carrara Park Mural

Local Artists Sara and Andrew Tamati-Wright were involved over many years with the painting, renewal and upkeep of a ‘street art’ mural on a wall in Carrara Park.  A series of misunderstandings led to it being painted out not once but twice.  There have been continuing negotiations with Wellington City Council about allowing Sara and Andrew and their team to reinstate it.  The discussions are making progress, but the progress is slow because the current policy about public murals has to be adapted somewhat.   The meeting agreed that the Residents’ Association supports the proposal for repainting the mural.

Submissions to Wellington City Council

The Wellington Reorganisation Proposal (aka the ‘Super City’ proposal) – due on 2/3/15.  Agreed that it was impossible for us to have a consensus view about this at short notice – but we did want the NRA to be kept in the loop for future consultation, so Claire Pettigrew would write a ‘placeholder’ submission, circulate it to the executive and submit it if approved.  This has now been submitted.

Land Transport Plan – due 20/2/15. Kate Swartz to write, circulate and submit on behalf of the NRA.

Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan – due 6/3/15.  Similarly, Cheryl Robilliard will write this submission.

Social Housing Service Policy Review – due 27/2/15.  Decided to make this a focus of the next NRA meeting – see the WCC discussion paper and consultation document here.

Number 18 bus – circulated a notice about protests against stopping this well-patronised bus service that links University campuses.

Plans for the Salvation Army Redevelopment.

Martin Hanley reported on the Salvation Army’s willingness to consult on the plans they are developing for a new building on the block bordering Riddiford St, Normanby St and Donald McLean St – not including the TAB building on the corner of Riddiford and Donald McLean Sts. The intention is to create a ‘one stop shop’ with the Church and all the other services in the one place.

Newtown Festival Update 

There has been a previous post about the Festival.  Plans are well underway for the Fair Day on Sunday March 8th, and in particular we would like people to be aware of and support the new, free, Street Sports zone in South Riddford St, made possible by a grant from Infinity and the practical support of the Wellington City Council and of Chevron, who are allowing us to use the old Caltex site.

Next NRA Meeting – 16th March 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, Daniell St.


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The First Residents’ Association Meeting for 2015

Monday 16th February at 7.30pm  All Welcome – 

Come and join us as we begin to plan for the year ahead.
The agenda will include –
– news about the Newtown Festival and Celebrate Newtown events
– an update on the Community Response Plan
– where we’re at with parking and cycling
-submissions to the Wellington City Council
What else would you like to talk about?  Contact us and let us know! If there isn’t time this month we’ll make a note for the future.

Newtown Community Hall
71 Daniell St – near Constable St corner.

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The Newtown Festival is underway!

Festival bannerGet updates at any time from  Browse the events, peformers and programme, click on the links, listen to the music – its all there!   

The many events Celebrating Newtown between now and March 23rd include the Newtown Community Centre celebrating their building’s Centenary on Feb 21st, and a series of things happening on March 14th – the Great Newtown Garage Sale Day, the Big Bike Fix-up, and the Carrara Park Jazz Picnic. There are lots more events on other days – get the full programme here.

The big day is the Festival Street Fair Day on Sunday March 8th.  The streets of Newtown are closed to traffic from Mein St to Russell Tce, so we can have the biggest free party in New Zealand!  There are lots of actives in South Riddiford St that are new to the Festival this year – including the Te Atiawa Toa Te Raukura Stage, and free Street Sports  – check it out!  We are also delighted that the International Women’s Day organisers have chosen to celebrate their day with us this year – join them on the Wellington Women Walk for Peace leaving from the Normanby/Riddiford St corner at 10.30, and for a day of events at the International Women’s Stage

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Celebrate Art in Newtown

What: The Newtown Pop up Art Gallery

When: Saturday Feb 14th 10am-9pm (Rain day Sunday 15th)

Where: Carrara Park

This is a free event. Enter off Regent St or up walkway from 107 Daniel St.

In its inaugural exhibition The Newtown Pop up Art Gallery presents ‘Flight’. This magical world of birds in flight is a collaboration between Newtown painter Paul Forrest, Auckland photographer Derek Tearne, soundscape artist from Wellington’s Zealandia Matu Booth and live birdsong from the resident birds of Carrara Park. Come and have a cup of tea in the outdoor lounge and experience the delightful sight and sound world of ‘Flight’.

Paul Forrest exhibition 14.2.15

For more information go to

This is a Newtown Festival Celebrate Newtown event. For other events from 13/2/15 until 23/3/15 go to the Festival website.

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The Newtown Festival is Coming!

Celebrate Newtown!   There will be six weeks of events, starting with Carnival Del Barrio hosted by Bebemos, February 13th – 15th.  Get the latest details on the Festival website – the programme is still evolving, so check back regularly.

The centrepiece is the Newtown Festival Fair Day on Sunday 8th March, when the streets of Newtown from Mein St to Rhodes St will be full of music, performance, stalls and the most wonderful array of food from all corners of the world!

Festival banner

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Community Emergency Response Plan Community Meeting

A message from the organisers:

The community session on 9th December went well, it was fantastic to see so many people from Newtown and Berhampore get together to learn, share and generate ideas. Everyone’s contributions to the key questions are amazing, you can see the final results in the photos here.

We are currently working on integrating all of the input from the four sessions into the draft plan document. This plan outlines how we as a community intend to respond to an emergency; how we intend to communicate and coordinate, who will take leadership, and what role organisations and businesses will play. It is still a work in progress, but can be read here. This is a living document, that we hope will be constantly revised, updated and added to. If you have further suggestions or amendments, please don’t hesitate to flick us an email.

We’re all going to take a bit of a break over the holiday period, so we’ll be back in touch next year to discuss further work on our plan. Please let us know if you have any ideas on the next steps we should take.

So, what comes next? 

We’ve come up with many great ideas for projects that we can work on together to improve our preparedness and resilience; tree planting, street parties, bumper stickers, Civil Defense Centre open days, letter box competitions, bike fixit days…the list goes on! While we will include these ideas in the plan, they will only become a reality if anyone is interested in putting them into action. If you’re keen to be involved, please reply to let us know, and if there’s something you’re particularly interested in being a part of or leading, mention that too.

Want to learn more?

Civil Defense has a free Emergency Preparedness Training Programme that teaches you how to prepare for an emergency, and how to help your community and assist at a Civil Defense Centre after one. To see the course dates and register, click here.

Did you hear about the Timebank?

The Wellington Timebank came up a lot in discussions as being a fantastic way to get involved in your community, and as a great way to coordinate help following a disaster. Members of the Timebank use time as currency; helping others with your skills and knowledge are swapped for credits, which you can then swap for the services of others. For more information and to sign up, have a look here. The Timebank office will be closed until January 20th, so you will hear back from them then.

Thanks again

We hope that you enjoyed this process, and learnt something new, talked to someone you didn’t know, and thought about something in a different way. We’re looking forward to working together to keep making Newtown and Berhampore resilient, connected and fun-filled places to live, work and play!

Anna, Renee, Claire and Jason.


Want to get in touch? You can reach us on:

Anna & Renee – and 04 389 4786

Claire –

Jason – and 04 830 2132



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Carrara Park Carols, Wednesday 17 December 2014, 6.30pm

Carrara Carols Poster-2014_V3

This is a low key, casual, grass roots event bringing people together with the sound of acoustic music and vocal singing and promoting participation in the Christmas spirit, goodwill and neighbourliness.  The audience are part of the performance and singing is part of the fun!

 Carrara Park has entrances at 107 Daniell Street and at 6 Regent Street.

This close to Christmas we don’t have a rain-day date, but if its raining and we have to cancel The Mighty Ukes will be  performing a sing-along set at the Office Bar, 124 Riddiford Street, at 7pm on Friday 19 December.

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Christmas Party 14th December 2014

Christmas Afternoon Tea, Sunday December 14th, 3-5pm, at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd.

To all residents of Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook, or others with involvement in our suburb – we hope you, your family and friends will join us to relax and unwind with good company, Christmas treats and mellow music. 

Can you come?  Please take a moment to contact us and let us know how many people to expect.   This will help with catering, but if you make a late decision you will be welcome anyway on the day.

xmas party

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Newtown Community Gardens BBQ Sunday 7th December

Carrara Park, Sunday 7th December, 1-3pm. Access from alley way by 107 Daniell St or from Regent Street.  Celebrating the Community Garden’s first birthday, and enjoying Carrara Park and the people who use it.  Food and entertainment provided, all welcome.  Hear about the garden, plant a seedling, or just enjoy the occasion.

NCG BBQ 7.12.14

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Community Meeting Sunday 30th November 2014

Please join us to discuss what the  Wellington City Council Long Term Plan means for Newtown

LTP poster
The Newtown Residents’ Association wants to bring residents of Newtown together to workshop a submission on what we would like to see prioritized by Council in the next ten years, to feed back into the Long Term Plan. Longer Library opening hours? More public toilets? Drinking fountains? Come along and have your say!  We will meet in the Newtown Community Centre, cnr Rintoul and Colombo Sts, 3-5pm.  Afternoon tea an added attraction! 

If you can’t come to the meeting please email us with your ideas and suggestions –

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A message from the Newtown Community Gardens

Kia Ora Newtowners,

It is now nearly one year since Newtown Community Gardens turned its first sods of soil in Carrara Park. Here is a brief update on the news from us. We are really proud to see the great things that are coming out of the gardens – far more than just healthy vegetables!  See more…

We hope that Newtown will have an increasing amount of fresh fruit and vegetables growing around our neighbourhood. Come help make it happen – join our email list by emailing or join our Facebook group ‘Newtown Community Gardens’. Or better yet, come join us at one of our fortnightly Sunday garden bees…

Newtown Community Gardens BBQ

7th December Carrara Park, will include free music and food – details to follow in the near future.


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