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October Monthly Meeting and resumed Annual General Meeting: 

Monday, 19th October 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.

All welcome!

The AGM  couldn’t be completed at the September meeting because the Annual Accounts hadn’t been received from the auditor, so it is to be re-convened at this meeting.

Re-opening of Nominations for NRA President – Claire Pettigrew stepped down from the role and there were no other nominations.
Presentation of NRA Financial Report for 2014/15. See the Annual Accounts here.
Newtown Festival Director’s Report and Festival authorisation.

Other Business – please contact us about other items you would like discussed at the October monthly meeting.

Report on the September Meeting

See the draft minutes of the meeting here.

The NRA meeting in September was the Association’s AGM, but in the event only part of the AGM business was concluded, and the AGM was adjourned, to recommence at the October meeting.  Unfortunately the Association accounts had not been received from the auditor and so could not be presented.

Claire Pettigrew presented her Presidents’ Report, and was thanked for all her efforts and achievements during the year.

Election of Officers:

President – there were no nominations. Claire has decided not to stand again as she has more demands on her time now with a full-time job.

Secretary – Rhona Carson

Treasurer – Peter Frater, in absentia, subject to his agreement

Vice-President – James Coyle (no nominees for the other 2 possible VP roles)

Past President – Claire Pettigrew

Executive – Carol Comber, Kevin Lethbridge, Steve Dunn, Cheryl Robilliard, Jeanie McCafferty, Steve Cosgrove, Effie Rankin, Martin Hanley.

Steve Cosgrove moved, Rhona Carson seconded, that the people nominated be declared elected unopposed. Carried.

Newtown Festival Appointments

Festival Director: Martin Hanley

Festival Committee: Anna Kemble Welch, James Coyle, Tom Law, Rhona Carson

Festival Review Team: Steve Dunn, Peter Frater (if he continues as Treasurer), Claire Pettigrew – with power to co-opt. Ken Allen said he could be willing to be co-opted.

The AGM was adjourned before the Festival business was concluded; to be continued in October.

Other Business – included a discussion about “Safety on our Streets” prompted by concerns about about men begging for money and hanging around the ATMs intimidating people. Jono Sharp from the Police responded to this, saying that the Police are doing what they can, and advising people to speak to the Police if they are having trouble.

See the meeting minutes for more details of the above topics.

2015 Annual General Meeting

Monday, 21st September, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.
All welcome!

Confirming Minutes of 2014 AGM See here for the Minutes 
Matters arising
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report – Presentation of Annual Accounts
Election of Officers (President,Treasurer, Secretary, up to 3 Vice-Presidents and up to 9 Executive Members – see last year’s minutes for the current office holders.)
Newtown Festival Director’s Report
Appointment of Festival Director, Festival Committee and Festival Review Team.
Other Business.

Newtown Acoustic Sound

Newtown Acoustic Sound

A group of local musicians write:  We are passionate about music, especially the singer songwriter acoustic type of sound. So to hear more of the talented acoustic performers in our area, we have started “Newtown Acoustic Sound”, and hope that many of you will come and share with us in the Upstairs room at the Office Bar in Newtown. We will start it off on Sunday 20th September at 5.30pm with some invited guests, and we hope to develop an open mic. We want to hear your ideas to help us develop a uniquely Newtown music destination.


Berhampore Golf Course Centenary

The Mornington Golf Club & Multi Sports Centre has two centenaries coming up. 

The first is the Centenary of the Berhampore Golf Course, which will be celebrated on Saturday the 31st of October with a Golf Tournament starting at 8am (raising money for Junior Golf), and with an Open Day and Community Festival from 1-4pm.

In 1915 Berhampore was the birthplace of community golf in New Zealand. It was the first public golf course in New Zealand, created to provide the working class an opportunity to play golf. At the time golf was deemed to be a rich man’s sport, and all the existing golf courses were run by private golf clubs. It was also the first in NZ to recognise golf as a sport for women, with a women’s club established soon after the men’s.

You can follow this link for a very interesting illustrated account of the history.

The second is the Centenary of the Mornington Golf Club. The Club, which now has a growing number of sports and community groups and activities, was formed in January 1916 and celebrates its centenary at Wellington Anniversary weekend, 23rd-25th January 2016
See more on the Club’s website.

Newtown Festival wins an award!

The Festival was nominated for a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award in recognition of the excellent work the recycling steering group and the volunteers put into recycling at the Street Fair this year.  James Coyle, Vanessa Rushton, Renee Rushton (Newtown Community and Cultural Centre), Hannah Macintosh (South Wellington Timebank), and Ben Phillips took on the challenge of making a significant impact on the amount of waste going to the landfill.  50% of waste from the Fair was diverted to either recycling or compost – and they intend to do even better next year!11892236_884490101673747_4616064985139105993_n

At the Wellington City awards last night the Newtown Residents’ Association Festival Committee was announced as the winner of the Heritage and Environment category!

The next step is the Regional Awards, bringing together the winners from Wellington, Kapiti, Hutt City, Upper Hutt and Porirua – the Regional Awards wil be announced on November 10th.

Congratulations to all involved! Continue reading Newtown Festival wins an award!

Report on the August Residents’ Association Meeting

Brief Notes from the NRA Meeting on August 17th
You can see the full minutes by following this link.

The state of Newtown Streets
Residents are unhappy about the state of our streets and think that the contractors could do a better job.  A recent audit of the amount of rubbish and disrepair listed many problems.  The Association Secretary agreed to write a letter to the WCC about the concerns.

The Newtown Festival has been nominated for a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award (Heritage and Environment Category) in recognition of the work James Coyle and the rest of the recycling steering group and the volunteers put into recycling at the Street Fair this year.  The hope is to inspire other events to increase recycling efforts.  This could include permanent recycling stations on our streets.

Celebrate Newtown: this aspect of the Newtown Festival will run through February to late March 2016. The Festival Committee are inviting people to think of events to run during this time, that can be added to the programme.  If you have proposals, please contact us.

August Meeting

Newtown Residents’ Association Monthly Meeting: 

Monday, 17th August 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.  All welcome! 

Subscriptions are due now – so if you want to be a financial member, with a vote at the AGM on Monday 21st September, please bring a gold coin to the meeting.

We would like to hear about any issues you think should be discussed at the meeting – please contact us.

Wellington Community Choir Concert 29th August

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Celebrating with a programme of music from the world’s cultures, Wellington Community Choir will be joined by guest choirs and local musicians at this special 10th anniversary concert. See more here.

We can almost claim the choir for Newtown – members from all over Wellington come to Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre in Hutchison Rd to practice., and at this year’s Newtown Festival the Choir were the first performance on the Main Street stage.  Follow this link to see their profile.

Report on the NRA July Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association met on July 20th 2015.

You can see the meeting minutes here. These were two of the main of the issues discussed:

Efforts to consult with contractors doing potentially disruptive street works.

In mid July Jeanie McCafferty, NRA Vice President and local retailer, became aware that work was about to start on upgrading the trolley wires in Constable St.  There had been no prior consultation, and the work was going to be very disruptive to traffic flows and parking.  Jeanie managed to arrange an emergency meeting with the contractors, other retailers, and WCC representatives, and agreement was reached on doing the work in the least disruptive way, including no Saturday work.  There is more to be done on establishing policies to make sure that in future there will always be consultation with affected parties before work starts.

Submission on Private Plan Change 79

A developer has applied to change the zoning of a property at 42a Riddiford Street from Inner Residential to Suburban Centre.  42a is a back section, and a zoning change would allow it to be amalgamated with properties at 40 and 42 Riddiford St for a combined commercial development.  The neighbours in the Residential zone, particularly in Nikau St, are very concerned about how this will affect them.  The meeting agreed to oppose this change. You can see the NRA Submission here.

July Meeting

The next Residents’ Association Meeting is on Monday 20th July 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.  Please contact us about any issues you would like on the agenda.

Do come and join in the discussion – all welcome!

News from Mt Cook 

Carol Comber, a member of the NRA Executive and also of Mt Cook Mobilised has given us this update of Mt Cook area concerns:
Basin Reserve – the Basin Reserve Trust, a council-run entity, was allocated $21m in the Long Term Plan to fund the Basin Reserve Master Plan.  The Master Plan provides funding for deferred maintenance, and some upgrades like the floodlighting. There are plans to make the Basin Reserve more attractive by creating a ‘village green’ feel, replacing the fences with wrought iron fences, and adding some plantings to link it to Memorial Park.  The Master Plan seems to imply that the heritage-listed  Museum Stand would be demolished. This is not a foregone conclusion, and an application for demolition would require a resource consent. Mt Cook Mobilised has written to the Basin Reserve Trust to suggest they create a Community Forum (like the Memorial Park Community Forum) to keep neighbouring suburbs (e.g. Mt Vic, Mt Cook and Newtown), neighbouring schools, and other interested parties, informed about work on the Basin.

Wellington High School Tennis Courts – Mt Cook Mobilised has been talking with Wellington High School about their tennis courts on Tasman Street.  The courts are not being used because they need repairs. Mt Cook Mobilised would like to see the courts being used, not necessarily for tennis.  Wellington High is keen on the idea of working with the community on this. Mt Cook Mobilised will be canvassing schools in the area and the local community to get some ideas on how people would like to see the courts used.

Flooding at Prince of Wales Park – Papawai Stream by Prince of Wales Park has been flooding, and parts of the stream bank are being gorged out with each flood.  Mt Cook Mobilised has met with Wellington Water and WCC to raise concerns, particularly about the roadway beside the changing sheds on lower Prince of Wales Park, where the stream bank consists of fill on one side, which is easily eaten away by floodwaters.  Wellington Water are working on a plan.

Report on the June meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association met on June 15th 2015.

See the June Minutes for a full report on the meeting. These were two of the main topics:

Housing Development

Work has begun on clearing the way for a new Special Housing Development on the site of the empty warehouses between Princess, Horner and Mansfield Streets.  Two residents from Princess Terrace told of being woken at 2am on Wednesday 10 June by a large truck manoeuvring to deliver a raised show home to an empty site.  This link to a Trademe advertisement gives an impression of the houses planned – 34 units, 3 storey with 2-3 bedrooms.

Concerns brought to the meeting were: Princess Tce is the single access road and is inadequate for the expected volumes of traffic; two businesses in the area, a glass storage business and Triptych a conservation business that restores small delicate items, are likely to be impacted by the vibrations and dust during demolition and construction; two of the roofs contain asbestos; earthworks on the bank may impact on the safety and stability of surrounding houses; and there is a risk of channelled water adding to the city’s flooding.

Residents would like to open up a communication channel with the developers.

The meeting agreed that NRA would write to the WCC to support these points.

Ryman’s Tip-top Site

This Hanson St site has been sold to Ryman Healthcare for a boutique retirement village. In the meantime it is still being vandalised with graffiti, which WCC has been cleaning off. Cr Eagle said there has been no real engagement between WCC and Ryman to date.

NRA will write to Ryman asking for more information about their plans.

Cycling Submission

The NRA Cycling project group – set up at the NRA meeting last October – has made a comprehensive submission on the Wellington City Council Draft Cycling Network, as it applies to our area.

The Newtown Residents’ Association is very pleased that the Draft Cycling Framework recognises Newtown Berhampore and Mount Cook as a key cycling corridor from the outer suburbs.  A safe cycling corridor has the ability to transform our part of the city.

Read the submission here.