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March 3, 2015 • 17:34 0
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.
All WCC consultation has been postponed. Kate Swartz will take over convening the NRA Cycleway Subgroup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 14, 2015 • 11:51 0
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.
February 14, 2015 • 09:00 0
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
January 29, 2015 • 22:10 0
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’.
For more information go to www.paulforrest.co.nz
This is a Newtown Festival Celebrate Newtown event. For other events from 13/2/15 until 23/3/15 go to the Festival website.
January 14, 2015 • 14:56 0
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 www.newtownfestival.org.nz – 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!
December 20, 2014 • 12:46 0
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.
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 – email@example.com and 04 389 4786
Claire – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason – email@example.com and 04 830 2132
December 15, 2014 • 10:53 0
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.
December 9, 2014 • 12:08 0
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.
November 29, 2014 • 10:00 0
November 20, 2014 • 21:15 0
If you can’t come to the meeting please email us with your ideas and suggestions – firstname.lastname@example.org
November 20, 2014 • 21:13 0
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 email@example.com or join our Facebook group ‘Newtown Community Gardens’. Or better yet, come join us at one of our fortnightly Sunday garden bees…
7th December Carrara Park, will include free music and food – details to follow in the near future.
November 20, 2014 • 10:34 0
A group from Newtown and Berhampore have been working with Jason from WREMO, Anna and Renee from the Newtown Community Centre and Claire, our NRA President, to develop a plan for how our community would look after itself for the first 72 hours following a disaster.
We’re having a session on Tuesday 9th December, 6pm in the Newtown Park Function Room to share the plan so far with everyone in the community, get input into how to improve it, and then discuss what we can do as a community to become more resilient, interconnected and prepared. We’re hoping to get some ideas for community events or projects for us to work on out of it. Come along to learn and contribute!
November 18, 2014 • 11:29 0
We talked about the Berhampore Jeypore Street Playground at the October NRA meeting, and again last night at the November meeting. The Draft WCC Suburban Reserves Management Plan proposes decommissioning this playground and instead constructing a new playground in Wakefield Park. Berhampore residents are submitting in favour of keeping the current playground, and the NRA meeting last night voted to support this cause.
Here is a message from Berhampore resident Wilhemina van der Aa “The Wellington City Council is planning to decommission the Jeypore Street playground. It is a highly utilised and treasured community asset providing a safe, fully fenced and sheltered area for children to play. It is located in a quiet area, where many people do not have backyards. The Jeypore Street playground is used regularly by local neighbourhood children, children in the wider community, and children from Berhampore School. We are strongly opposed to the Council’s plan to decommission this playground because it is a living and breathing example of a community hub in action.
Please sign this petition to show your support to keep the Jeypore Street playground. You can sign my petition by clicking here. Thanks!
Also..we have decided to have a street party!!! 29 NOV so keep this date free, there will be music, games for children, prizes, etc – time and more details to follow!”
November 12, 2014 • 14:41 0
We will be meeting at 7.30 pm at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St – at the Constable Street playground.
Everyone is very welcome.
This will include –
LOOMIO – an introduction to using the Loomio free software for collaborative decision making.
Parking in Newtown
The Wellington City Council Long Term Plan.
We are expecting speakers from the WCC to join us in discussing these two topics.