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

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- newtownwellington@gmail.com

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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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Monthly Meeting – November 17th 2014

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.

AGENDA

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.

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Report on the Residents’ Association October Meeting

We met at the Community Hall in Daniell Street at 7.30pm on 20th October.   As well as discussing the items on the Agenda we heard an update on the Newtown Festival, information about the WCC fixit app, and other business that is worth reading about.

You can read the Minutes of the meeting here.

Action points!

3 small groups were established to follow up on some of the main issues.  Please contact us on newtownwellington@gmail.com if you would like your voice heard on these topics.

  1. Cycleways.  Tom Law is convening this group.  One of the issues they will be considering is how to consult effectively with local residents and businesses.
  2. Parking Issues.  There is considerable interest in how to free up more parking for locals.  WCC is already aware of the concerns.  We would really like to hear from you about your experiences and ideas about how parking affects you and what to do about it.
  3. Wellington City Council Long Term Plan.  The Council staff are asking for ideas on what needs to be included in the plan. We are inviting a Council officer to discuss this with us at the November meeting, and if you would like to see any issues addressed or have an idea to improve Newtown, please let us know so that we can pass it on.

Cheryl Robilliard is preparing a submission on the Draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan and would like to hear from anyone with ideas to contribute to this.  You can contact Cheryl at cheryl@paos.co.nz

The Draft Suburban Reserves Plan includes the intention to decommission one of the Berhampore suburban reserves, the playground in Jeypore Street,  and the residents are unhappy about this.
There is to be a protest meeting at the playground at 10am on Saturday 1st November, and Newtown residents are invited to support our Berhampore neighbours.  

Don McKay would like people to join him on Labour Day, Monday 27th, to ‘bomb’ the vacant section on the corner of Newtown Ave and Daniell Street with flower seeds.  See the Facebook page or contact Don at  newtownseedbombers@gmail.com

 

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Monthly Meeting – October 20th 2014

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.

AGENDA

  1. What is happening around the Basin Reserve? 
    • High Court Process
    • Grant Robertson’s initiative
  1. Cycleway update 
  1. Newtown parking issues
  1. Wellington City Council Consultations

5.  Other business.

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Minutes of 2014 Annual General Meeting

The 2014 AGM was held on Monday 15th September .  You can download the draft minutes here – they will stay as a draft until confirmed at the 2015 AGM.   You can also download the NRA Audited Accounts 2014.
There was an important change to the Association Officers – Martin Hanley did not stand for President this year. Instead we welcomed Claire Pettigrew to the role – Claire is our youngest President, and the first woman since Annabel Taylor was President in the 1980s.
Kate Zwartz proposed and James Coyle seconded a vote of thanks to Martin for the work he has done for the Association, which was carried with acclamation.
The following were all elected unopposed:
  • President: Claire Pettigrew
  • Vice–presidents: Jeanie McCafferty, Kate Zwartz and James Coyle
  • Immediate Past President: Martin Hanley
  • Secretary:  Rhona Carson
  • Treasurer: Peter Frater
  • Executive Committee: Ken Allen,  Carol Comber,  Steve Cosgrove , Steve Dunn, Ryan Kerr, Kevin Lethbridge -Membership,  Laura Newcombe,  Daphne Pilaar, Cheryl Robilliard
  • Newtown Festival Director:  Martin Hanley
  • Newtown Festival Committee:  Anna Kemble Welch, Tom Law, James Coyle, Rhona Carson, Keith Powell
  • Newtown Festival Review Team:  Steve Dunn, Peter Frater, with authority to co-opt others.

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Next Meeting: Monday 15th September 2014 at 7.30pm

At the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

The September Meeting will be the Newtown Residents’ Association AGM

The main items of business for the AGM are the presentation of the Annual Reports and Accounts and the Election of Officers and Executive Members for the next year.   If you are interested in becoming involved on the Executive of the Association, or would like to nominate someone else for a position (with their agreement), please let us know (by dropping us a line at newtownwelling@gmail.com).   Nominations will also be accepted at the meeting.  Please note that nominees and voters need to be financial members – if you haven’t yet paid your 2014/15 subscription bring along your gold coin and sign up at the start of the meeting.

Guest Speakers – details to be advised

In September the Wellington City Council will begin consultation on the Urban Growth Plan and the Long Term Plan.  We are inviting WCC representatives to speak to the meeting about these initiatives.

Other items?

You are welcome to email us at newtownwellington@gmail.com if you have suggestions for the agenda.

 

Map:  Location of the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

(opposite the Mediterranean Warehouse)

Meeting location

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Next Meeting: Monday 18th August 2014 at 7.30pm

7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

Cycleway Citizens’ Panel Update what happens next?

Guest speaker – Paul Barker, Safe and Sustainable Urban Transport Manager, Wellington City Council.

Identifying Local issues

Report on current local issues.

Residents’ Association Consultation Process

Continuing discussion of ideas for improving our consultation process.

Wellington Urban Growth

Discussion of  plans for residential growth along Adelaide Road – Riddiford Street.

Newtown Festival 2015 – the longest month ever!

6 weeks of events from 13th February 2015 – Celebrating Newtown!

125 stall bookings already received for Fairday.

Many inquiries from bands interested in taking part in next year’s Festival.

Zoo  Carparks    

Carparks in Mansfield St now p180, to allow more turnover of carparks for people visiting the zoo.

 

 

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Next Meeting: Monday 21 July 2014 at 7.30pm

7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

Newtown Community-Driven Emergency Response

Claire Pettigrew will report on the initial meetings that have been held to spark off a Newtown Community-Driven Emergency Response Plan.
The idea is this plan will cover how the community plans to self-activate and respond in the initial stages of a large-scale emergency – primarily the first 72 hours.
Supported by the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), a community working group will develop a plan that details goals, identifies resources and vulnerabilities within the community, and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of those involved in responding.
While the Community Emergency Response Plan does have WREMO and WCC backing, ownership will remain with the community.

Consultation Process

Jeanie McCafferty will run a discussion on ideas for improving our consultation process

WCC  Energy Challenge

Councillor David Lee will provide an update on the Shyft carshare scheme and the other council energy challenge projects

Cycleway Citizens’ Panel Update 

Progress Report

Newtown Festival

2015 event  update

 

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Next Meeting: Monday 16 June 2014 at 7.30pm

7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

Southern Suburbs Cycleway

Segment 2: Berhampore – Newtown – to Mt Cook cycling improvements

Introduction and brief overview of Red Design’s detailed Network Route Mappings

Q&A with some of their design team.

Note the “Citizens’ Advisory Panel” is now exploring options for this segment.

Segment 1: Island Bay – Berhampore

Island Bay update  from Paul Eagle

Wellington Bus Review

Collaboration with Houghton Valley Progressive Association

Waka Moemoea

Update on timing

Heritage Buildings and Earthquake Strengthening

Update  from David Wilcock

Newtown Festival

Stall Bookings 2015 update

Shyft Carshare

Progress update

Map:

Location of the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

(opposite the Mediterranean Warehouse)

Meeting location

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Next Meeting: Monday 19 May 2014 at 7.30pm

7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

Southern Suburbs Cycleway

Segment 2: Berhampore – Newtown cycling improvements, and the “Citizens’ Advisory Panel”

Isabella Cawthorn from the City Council will talk about the new process the Council is using.

Nomination suggestions

Segment 1: Island Bay – Berhampore cycling improvements

Comments and progress update  since consultation closed 6 May

Town Belt Bill

Submission Comments

Waka Moemoea

Update on progress assisting this initiative

Heritage Buildings and Earthquake Strengthening

Report  from David Wilcock on the meeting with WCC

Newtown Festival

Wellington Gold Award Finalist

Stall Bookings open online

Stall Holder Newsletter

Online Stall Directory

Shyft Carshare

Introduction

Map:

Location of the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

(opposite the Mediterranean Warehouse)

Meeting location

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Next Meeting: Monday 17 March 2014 at 7.30pm

7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

Southern Suburbs Cycleway(s)

Linking Island Bay to Lambton Harbour

Progress update and presentations:

  • WCC Officers will give an outline of the upcoming public consultation process – planned to run over the next few months
  • Cycle Advocates Network summarising their preferred option
  • Red Design presenting updates of the community derived ideas for potential SAFE cycleway routes from Island Bay through  Berhampore –  Newtown – Mt Cook and Te Aro

Newtown Festival

Presentation of some great images from the very successful Fairday on Sunday 2 March and a brief report about the month’s activities.

      

Laura Rosier Archive Display

To celebrate Newtown Festival month we have had a billboard made, based on Laura’s public transport chapter, that will be displayed at the meeting. It includes a panorama photo of the suburb  – come and find your house and see what your neighbourhood looked like in 1922.

Intro - tram photo - rotated

Heritage Buildings and Earthquake Strengthening

An update from David Wilcock on this important topic for our suburb.

Map showing the location of the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

(opposite the Mediterranean Warehouse)

Meeting location

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Next Meeting: 18 November

7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

Guest Presentation – Generation Zero

For our November meeting Generation Zero are our feature guest speakers – presenting their ideas for the city and sharing expertise on ways the Public Transport Spine might successfully include Newtown and link to the airport.

Come along and help our Association to develop a fine grain crafted fit of the Public Transport Spine options through Newtown.

Generation Zero have been promoting a coordinated approach to Wellington’s transport involving Safe Cycleways, Car Share and congestion free Public Transport. The same things we have been establishing.

Runs on Fat

Laura Rosier Archive Presentation – Trams

Given the guest speaker topic it seemed appropriate to show images from the chapter on Public Transport……..

Intro - tram photo - rotated

Newtown Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground

(opposite the Mediterranean Warehouse)

Meeting location

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Newtown Meets the Local Election Candidates

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.

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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.

  1. What’s your view on the Council’s plans to build safe cycling lanes from Island Bay to the CBD?
  2. What is your position on the fluoridation of Wellington’s water supply? (suggested by individuals on both sides of the debate)
  3. 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?
  4. Are you prepared to commit to implementing the “John Street Protocols” developed by The Newtown Residents’ Assn?
  5. Do you support continued council funding of local events like the Newtown Festival?
  6. 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.

Filed under: Local Events, Meetings, News

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