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June 13, 2013 • 22:48 0
June 13, 2013 • 22:19 0
You can access draft minutes from the May 2013 Monthly Meeting here.
June 13, 2013 • 21:51 0
Wellington City is reviewing reserve management plans for several reserves around the city, including Truby King Park. The Association has been asked for feedback on four specific questions. These are:
People wanting to have input can either:
The Council has requested feedback has been requested by 12 July.
June 13, 2013 • 21:37 0
The Association’s paper looking at the lessons to be learned from last year’s major works around the intersection of John and Riddiford Streets and, Adelaide Road has been further refined. Now entitled “The John Street Protocols” we think it is now in pretty much in final form ready for presentation to the City Council. We are hoping to do this at the Council meeting on 27 June. Read The John St Protocols
June 5, 2013 • 22:03 0
The Association extends its sympathy to our near neighbours affected by the Priscilla Crescent lanslip. The slip, near the Berhampore golf course, happened, with what appears no warning, at about 4.30am on Saturday 1 June 2013. As a result the Council and emergency services evacuated a number of houses above the slip in Priscilla Crescent and Breton Close.
A phone call at 6am with a request to open Newtown Hall in Daniell St in Newtown marked the start of a further step in the response of the Wellington City Council to assist affected resident who were unable to return. Cups of tea and toast were provided in the reasonably warm shelter of the hall by volunteers and Wellington Region Emergency Management staff. About a dozen people took advantage of the help provided at Newtown Hall. These folk were allowed to return to their homes around 11am.
Initial reports were that around 90 people were evacuated before daybreak, including about 30 residents of the Kilmarnock Heights Rest Home which was near the foot of the slip. The residents were evacuated to Huntleigh Rest Home in Karori but were allowed to return to Kilmarnock in the late afternoon. Access to the premises is limited due to slip rubble across the road. Anyone visiting Kilmarnock is asked to take care.
However, about 30 residents were unable to return to their houses. Council welfare and housing staff have found accommodation for those residents who could not find their own temporary accommodation. Residents were allowed to quickly go into six of the houses to gather essential items. However two of the houses are deemed too unsafe to enter given the fact the slip has undermined parts of their foundations.
CityCare, Council staff and many other experts are are still investigating the cause which at the time of writing has not been finally determined.
June 2, 2013 • 20:28 0
|Back at the start of 2011 the Newtown Festival tested the water about including a Newtown Garden Tour in the Festival programme. It turned out that most people approached were actually keen to tour gardens, rather than stay home and be visited, some were also a bit nervous about having a public open-day crowd wandering around their gardens. With many keen to meet and share with other local gardeners the fledgling Gardeners Group began, and has been getting together roughly monthly since early 2012.Across our suburb there are many long term residents with planting skills and garden tools, while they often know their immediate neighbours the Garden Club idea was to create a suburb wide interconnection, and make new friends. Getting to know each other, sharing practical knowledge and expertise has made a new informal network that we realise might also be useful in a civil defence emergency, we at least have spades, and know how to dig!Most months involve visiting a member’s house for some show-and-tell, sharing of plants, tea, coffee and biscuits, but some have involved site visits to places of interest. Hosts have ranged from the floral gardeners to the home vegetable enthusiasts (including the serious bee and chicken keeping variety). In May we visited Neville Chun’s amazing orchard garden in Naenae, for tips on fruit tree propagating and pruning. Neville’s family used to own the Zenith Garden Centres in the Hutt, and ran their famous family shop in Manners Street many years ago. (Neville propagates trees and sells these on Trade Me)
Eventually in years to come we do intend to hold public tours as part of the Newtown Festival.
If you would like to join the garden club, or be notified of future meetings and events, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with GARDENERS in the title line, or call in to Next Stop Earth (76 Constable St) and talk to Jeanie.
June 2, 2013 • 20:20 0
The Dompost reports that Netsafe has surveyed Newtown and found 55 wireless internet connections they could access freely.
Unsecured wireless internet means that your wireless router provides others with free downloads, and it allows hackers to access everything on your network !
The Dompost story on stuff has more details of Netsafe’s survey, and sensible advice on security.
Getting it sorted should not be a problem for those who are members of the Wellington Timebank. The Timebank has several IT savy people on its books capable of giving advice and assistance ins securing your wireless. To learn more about the Timebank and how to join see check out their website or drop Hannah a line at email@example.com
June 2, 2013 • 20:20 0
The Council elections are coming up in October. Newtown Residents’ Association is planning to hold a local meeting of candidates for the Council elections on Wednesday 4 September in St Anne’s Parish Hall, at the end of Emmett St. St Anne’s Parish will be putting on supper at the end of the meeting.
Thanks to Peter Frater for picking up the job of organising this Residents’ Association / St Anne’s co-production . Mark your calendar now for a lively evening out!
In addition we thought it would be fun, and useful, to flush out what the candidates think about the issues that Newtown locals care about. We thought we would ask all the local candidates to answer a questionnaire for us and pre circulate their answers. So we want you to tell us what issues you want to hear about. Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with ELECTION QUESTIONS in the title line and we will start building up the collection……..
June 2, 2013 • 20:19 0
Wellington City Council has recently opened consultation on “Our Capital Spaces”, which is the draft plan for managing the city’s open spaces over the next 10 years. The plan has just been released for public feedback and is open for submissions until 9 July. It covers parks, playgrounds, sportsfields tracks and other outdoor facilities.
It attempts to balance four stated goals. These are:
You can download the plan and a shorter summary document from here
The Residents’ Assocition will also consider making a community submission. If you have views come along to the June monthly meeting and give them an airing.
June 1, 2013 • 12:01 0
Council staff and Cityhop have consulted the Newtown Residents Association and the Newtown Business Group over trialling a designated car-share carpark in Newtown’s Wilson Street shoppers’ car park.
What is Car Share?
It is a convenient and reliable way for people living in the city and for businesses to have access to a car when they need one, without the cost and hassle of car ownership. Cars are parked at a central location and can be booked online for an hour or a few days at a time.
Car Share works well for all road users
Car share is the fastest growing congestion-buster in the world which takes many private cars off the road – and out of parking sites. Research shows up to as many as fifteen cars are removed from roads by each car share vehicle.
Cityhop is the only car share company operating in New Zealand so far, and their presence in Wellington is at a very early stage. It’s a fantastic opportunity that innovative Newtown will be the start up of a fledgling transport hub – a key part of establishing this new initiative in Wellington.
Across the Tasman, Sydney provides nearly four hundred on-street car share parks.
With 22 Cityhop cars operating successfully Auckland has championed car share as an important traffic management strategy
How does Car Share work?
People join up to the car share club and receive an electronic smart card which acts as the access to the car. Once booked the device unlocks and locks the car door so that the user can then turn the key in the ignition and drive off – very easy. Cars are parked on street and in convenient locations. Users return the car to the location they got the car from.
Members are charged on a per hour basis that includes petrol, servicing and all the other associated costs related to car ownership. Instead of thousands of dollars just to keep one privately owned car on the road each year, Cityhop has a modest membership fee, then $15 per hour of car use during daytime (that’s petrol included). The best deal is a yearly membership at $10 per month, no application fee and free membership for other family members. (six monthly membership is also available).
What are the gains from Car Share?
Car share cars are within one to three years old, so have all the benefits of modern technology, energy efficiency safety features and cleaner fuel . (The median age of vehicles shed by car sharing households is eleven years)
Not investing in a car also frees people to choose the best way to travel each time – whether that’s a walk in the fresh air, jumping on a bus without parking hassles, enjoying a cycle ride, travelling with others, hiring a taxi or driving a local Cityhop car with a maximum 100km daytime limit
The transport money saved by individuals who car share can be then saved or spent in the local economy.
This Newtown start up will be convenient for local residents and good for local businesses and as support grows there will be more cars available in our Newtown hub.
With Newtown pro-actively leading the way Cityhop car share will in time expand like a snowball through Wellington!
May 17, 2013 • 20:18 1
To keep Gap Filler’s famous Christchurch Pallet Pavilion for next summer the Gap Filler Trust need money to cover things their Pavilion’s building consent requires:
They are trying to fundraise $30 a pallet [there are 3,000 pallets]. This is a people power event venue – organised by the community like Newtown’s Festival – Please help spread the word.
Gap Filler’s Pallet Pavilion was built in late 2012 by 250+ volunteers using 3000 wooden pallets. It was conceived to respond to the loss of venues for live music and community events in post-quake Christchurch. An extremely ambitious project, it has been an incredible success. It has had amazing media coverage, too with features n Australian Geographic, Cuisine, the Daily Mail, the Weekend Australian and more.
More than 25 000 people have visited in just 5 months and it has hosted more than 100 events from live music to markets to children’s parties to lectures. 45 volunteers have contributed to it running across the Summer.
The Pavilion is a temporary project and its deconstruction was due to take place in May this year. So NOW in other words. But across March and April many people have asked if we can keep the Pavilion in the space for another year.
But Gap Filler can’t afford to keep it. So they’re putting it to you, their friends, fans, supporters and community to help raise the money needed and also spread the word.
If you would like to support the Pavilion please go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1064and watch a beautiful little video about it.
This is Gapfillers public campaign where they are trying to raise $80 000. As well as the film, they’ve organised some special rewards for all those lovely people who can give to the campaign.
If you or your company might like to donate directly outside of the Pledge Me campaign sponsorship that helps save the Pallet Pavilion can be acknowledged on the pallets. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Claire@gapfiller.org.nz
Gap Filler thank you for your support. Even if you can’t donate yourself, please share this with as many people as you can. The only way we can raise the money we need is through the community pulling together in a combined effort, much like the way in which it was built.
May 15, 2013 • 17:32 0
Somehow our email address has been compromised. Please delete any email sent to you from email@example.com
Newtown Residents’ Association now has a new email address firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 2013 • 20:45 0
Some of us think that we live in a bubble, and firmly believe it’s a couple of degrees warmer in Newtown than in the rest of Wellington, this week Local Illustrator Kelly Spencer was been able to represent that exact feeling in a clever image entitled, Welcome to Newtown.
Kelly has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast in Australia, is fast making a name for herself worldwide as an award winning literary Illustrator, painter, and graphic designer. The Newtown Festival was lucky enough to have Kelly work on the design and print newspaper layouts for the 2013 Fair, where she illustrated 7 festival “characters” representing each performance stage.
In 2012 Kelly was one of 6 artists sent to Auckland for the Redbull POPLIFE artist in residence programme, and in 2011 completed illustrations for award winning children’s book Taketakerau – The Millenium Tree.
Welcome to Newtown has been entered into a poster competition by hip design exhibition and lifestyle media gurus Semi-Permanent, who are bringing an exhibition to Auckland in May 2013.