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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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!”
Free Public Seminar
On Saturday morning, 18 October, 9.00 am – 12.30 pm the seminar, entitled “Avenues and Oases”, will explore ways to improve the appearance and enjoyment of prominent – and currently under appreciated – spaces within the inner city. The focus will be on Taranaki Street and Kent and Cambridge Terraces, Wellington’s main north-south corridors.
The Civic Trust is concerned with improving the accessibility and enjoyment of our public spaces, and reinforcing Wellington’s role as New Zealand’s capital city.
Representatives from a variety of interest groups will participate in the seminar, which will commence with an address by Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.
The keynote speaker will be the well known film director Gaylene Preston, long time resident of Mount Victoria. Already full of ideas to transform inner city spaces we expect Gaylene to bring great energy and inspiration.
The seminar will be held in Lecture Room 1 at Rutherford House, the home of Victoria University’s Business School. The University has kindly provided the venue as a way of fostering the airing of creative ideas.
Further details on speakers can be found on the Wellington Civic Trust website.
Aunty & the Star People
An amazing film about an inspirational Wellingtonian who sold her house to set up a school for orphans in Tamil Nadu, India.
Special one off screening at Lighthouse Cinema Cuba
Wednesday 8th October, 6pm . Tickets $25
You are invited to the Wellington Timebank annual film fundraiser. The Wellington Timebank is a great organisation where people exchange skills and knowledge for time credits. Everyone’s time is valued equally, regardless of what skills are exchanged. Read more about it and about the film here: wellingtontimebank.org.nz
Community Art Workshops are back!
The Newtown Community Centre will be hosting their 5th annual Community Art Workshops from Monday September 29th till Thursday October 9th
For the past four years, the Centre has organised a series of art workshops with the aim to make art more accessible to the wider community, offering a chance for participants to get creative and learn a new skill in a visual arts practice, at a very affordable rate and in a community friendly environment. The classes are headed by local art and crafters keen to share their time and skills with others in an informal and relaxed setting. The classes are designed to reduce the normal financial barriers, with most if not all materials being provided and entry fee being a koha of the participants’ choosing.
The workshops cover a wide range of arts and crafts, from making your own Native American dreamcatchers and traditional Pervian necklaces to purse making and how to make your own paint from natural clays and oil. See the Newtown Community Centre facebook page and website for the schedule and details for the workshops.
The Centre has always received great feedback from participants who have really enjoyed the opportunity to get creative without having to invest in a costly course or feel out of place at a formal art institution – they hope you can join them this year!
At St Anne’s Hall, 22 Emmett Street, Newtown
Newtown Residents’ Association and St Anne’s Newtown are hosting an evening to meet some of the candidates for the Rongotai electorate.
Among the candidates who have agreed to attend this gathering are:
Sultan Eusoff, Chris Finlayson, Annette King, Russel Norman, Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati, Brent Pierson & Bruce Welsh
The meeting will be moderated by Patrick Morgan.
All are welcome to attend this meeting to listen to what they have to say and to ask questions.
The formal part of the meeting will be followed by supper.
The General Election 2014 is on September 20th.
Advanced voting is available from September 3rd.
More information here about voting in Rongotai – including where and when for advanced voting.
Event: The Art Resuscitation Project.
Venue: The Studio, upstairs @ 146 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
When: 8th – 17th November
Come along if you can. They’re looking grand.
Newtown artist Paul Forrest is having an exhibition of his new works at The Studio at 146 Riddiford Street for 10 days from 8th-17th of November.
On show will be his new oil paintings on top of old classic art prints that have been gleaned from secondhand stores around Wellington. He’s become the artist as ‘life guard’ breathing the 21st Century into these works, making his mark on them – the art of recycling art.
The artists include; Canaletto, John Gully, Renoir, Gainsborough, Constable, Corot, Vermeer and many more. He’ll be at The Studio 10am -5pm everyday over those 10 days creating new work.
There’s 40 paintings on show. Hung to delight your eye.
You can also go to his website www.paulforrest.co.nz to see what’s on show.
“Remember it’s not all about selling art. Come and see what I do. That’s free.”
St Anne’s Parish Hall
Emmett Street, Newtown
7:00 pm Wednesday 4 September
Newtown Residents’ Association and St Anne’s Parish invite you to meet the Candidates for Mayor and for the Southern Ward in the forthcoming Local Body Elections.
Candidates for Mayor are:
- Rob Goulden
- John Morrison
- Karunanidhi Muthu
- Celia Wade-Brown
- Jack Yan
- Nicola Young
Southern Ward Candidates are:
- Paul Eagle
- David Lee
- Don McDonald
- Ginette McDonald
- Will Moore
- Brent Pierson
- Bryan Robert Pepperell
All candidates have profiles published on the Wellington City Council website
We also get to vote for 5 seats on the
Wellington Regional Council.
The candidates are:
- Daran Ponter
- Sue Kedgley
- Mike Fleming
- Chris Laidlaw
- Paul Bruce
- Fran Wilde
- Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati
- Judith Aitken
You can check out their candidate profiles on the Wellington Regional Council website
Also worth checking out is the site vote .co.nz where candidates can also post profiles but where members of the public can post questions for candidates to answer.
The Newtown Hot Issues
We asked Newtowners what their local issues were that they wanted candidates to answer. This is what people suggested.
- What’s your view on the Council’s plans to build safe cycling lanes from Island Bay to the CBD?
- What is your position on the fluoridation of Wellington’s water supply? (suggested by individuals on both sides of the debate)
- What are candidates’ views on modifying current council policy in regards to encroachments onto road reserves, particularly in regard to cases where the encroachment is historical, is completely inadvertent by the current property owners and where the encroachment does not impact in any way on the public’s use of the road? If they do support modifying the policy, specifically what do they propose?
- Are you prepared to commit to implementing the “John Street Protocols” developed by The Newtown Residents’ Assn?
- Do you support continued council funding of local events like the Newtown Festival?
- When was the last time you dined out in Newtown?
Turn up and make sure they get asked and answered!! And ask any other questions about stuff that matters to you.