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

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.

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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

Filed under: Meetings, News

February 2014 meeting

Welcome to 2014

Our first monthly meeting for the year was  from 7.00pm  on 17th February at  Bar Edward 167 Riddiford Street

Newtown Festival – Launch

Programme Preview

We will be using the large screen to present an overview of this year’s amazing programme, complete with short video clips showing some of the bands.

Guided tour behind the scenes, as summarised by your Festival Committee…….

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Re-shaping Urban Movement – Newtown and Southern Suburbs Safe Cycleways

Introduction

With WCC support we have begun to research and design cycleway options for the Berhampore / Newtown / Mt Cook section of the city’s planned Island Bay to Te Papa cycleway.

Come along and hear how in March you can help our community to develop a fine grain crafted fit of the Cycleway options through our streets.

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Bar Edward 167 Riddiford Street, (opposite the Post Office)

Bar Ed

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Keep Newtown Clean 2014

Happy New Year.

The first Keep Newtown Clean for the new year is on Saturday 11 Jan at 9am to 12.30pm.

Newtown is looking good and its staying clean and tidy ….we just need to maintain the standard now.  We have noticed that the tagging is not returning like it used to and that if it does return its removed responsively.  Feedback from Residents and Businesses are positive with a positive feeling about the difference it is making for our community.

You are invited to join our first clean up for 2014  Please invite your family, friends and neighbours.  We will have the BBQ there supplying free food.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

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November Meeting

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A good turnout tonight to hear Generation Zero on transport options, and get a preview of the restoration of Laura Rosier’s History of Newtown.

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OUR TOWN NEWTOWN – Community Visioning Wall

In Collaboration with the Community Centre we have transformed the Before I Die…… Chalk Mural into a Community Blackboard where the public can share ideas and suggestions…….

We live and work in a great suburb but how can we make it better?

What works, what doesn’t and what would you love to see happen here?

What are Newtown’s STRENGTHS?

What would you like to CHANGE?

What are the OPPORTUNITIES for Newtown?

What are Newtown’s CHALLENGES?

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The ideas wall will be in action in Wilson Street till Christmas. Get your friends and family along to and add ideas and suggestions. Newtown Community Centre and the Timebank are helping us record the wall

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Paint Up NEWTOWN 2013

The mural designed and painted by a group of year 6 students from Newtown School in collaboration with lead artist Kiri Hiha is now well under way in Carrara Park.

Every Wednesday afternoon the Newtown Paint Up crew and Kiri are onsite transforming the Carrara Park Substation at 107 Daniell Street. Come along and check it out.

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Their colourful design was inspired by Newtown – its history, people, colours, food, smells, landscape and bird life. The students acknowledge their place, Newtown, for being the best place to live!

This mural plan has been a collaborative design process between Kiri and 10 young artists based at Newtown school, and is a reflection of how they see, smell, taste and feel about the community and landscape of Newtown.

All of the images included in the mural are individual drawings from the young artists involved, in response to workshops that have centred around voices from the Newtown community’s past, present and future.

The young people working with Kiri have listened to oral histories of the whenua from the local iwi, found out about how the neighbourhood has been shaped by the people who have built, settled and created “New Town” and have been actively encouraged to draw how they, as the future of Newtown, see and value this vibrant and rich little epicentre of culture.

During each design session, the young artists were exposed to a different expert that held knowledge about the Newtown community. These little seeds of knowledge were shaped into visual representations of what the children had heard, talked about or seen or understood themselves about what makes up Newtown as a whole.

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Paint Up Newtown is an Eastern Southern Youth Trust  project supported by WCC City Arts, the Newtown Residents’ Association and the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre.

Paint Up Berhampore has been running at the same

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Transport Spine Part 4: – Team work with Generation Zero

Our Association is working towards developing a fine grain crafted fit of the Public Transport Spine options through Newtown.

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Newtown Tram Stop by Jonie Molloy 2012

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 our Association is already underway establishing.

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.

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Young people are moving beyond the car. They want good choice about how to get around.

There are smarter, cheaper and better ways to solve our traffic problems.

Safe Cycleways, Car Share and congestion free Public Transport.

Smart low-carbon cities designed for people, rather than just cars, are what we need to tackle climate change and to attract young talent and keep our economy humming.

But Wellington’s current transport plan is outdated and expensive – a massive motorway expansion costing more than $2.5 billion and putting at risk the very things that make Wellington special and cool.

Part 3: Transport Spine Study – a continuing story

Part 2: Casting the devil out of the detail – public Transport Spine Study 

Part 1: Early heads-up  Wellington Transport Spine Study – implications for Newtown

Filed under: Consultation, News

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.

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Laura Rosier Archive Presentation – Trams

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

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

(opposite the Mediterranean Warehouse)

Meeting location

Filed under: Meetings, News

Paul Forrest Exhibition

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.”September flowers 2013 sml

Filed under: Local Events

Minutes of October 2013

Minutes of the October meeting here.

Matters discussed included:

  • efforts to gain funding for a fence to make the russell tce basketball court more usable;
  • update on the ‘Basin Bridge’ Board of Inquiry;
  • the planned “ling Tree” dance and music performance scheduled for 24th November at Carrara Park;
  • the future of Keep Newtown Clean;
  • the proposal for a Community garden in carrara Park; and
  • after “Before I Die”

Filed under: News

Local Events

We now have set up a separate page on the site to help promote events happening around Newtown.  We are happy to list performance, cultural community events and fundraisers – whatever is coming up.  If you are involved in something you think we should know about, just drop us a line.  Current listinsg as at 31 October

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Keep Newtown Clean – this saturday

The monthly Keep Newtown Clean working parties have so far been a huge success.  Not only are we gradually getting rid of the ugly random tagging from the suburb but the working parties are starting to take on a life of their own as a chance to meet other people from the suburb and discuss other ideas for improving our part of the city.
Just turn up outside Newtown New World from about 9:00am in your painting gears.  You will then be given photos of your targets along with the right paint and equipment for the job and off you go.  There is free food and drinks for the workers afterwards.
This particular event this Saturday is a special one. The television media will be attending as well as our Mayor Celia Wade Brown, Councillor Paul Eagle and new Councillor David Lee.  Taje the chance to meet the Mayor and councillors and talk to them about your ideas and concerns.  The latest news is that our event model has been so successful that other communities are wanting to adopt it.   Haylee from the western suburbs and Zandra from Eastern Suburbs will be attending to gain support for their own events to keep their communities clean.
In addition this week WEMO – Wellington Emergency Management will be attending with information to assist with support and information to make Newtown a resilient community to disasters. Look out for Jason Paul for information.  This is the first part of the follow through from the community meeting about Earthquake preparedness that was held at the end of September.
Feedback about Keep Newtown Clean from Businesses and Public has been fantastic.  Some recent comments have been:

  • “Newtown looks so different”
  • “I really like the improvement”
  • “I love living in Newtown”
  • “Newtown has such a positive community buzz”
  • “Peoples attitudes have changed, people are proud of the improvements, people are more positive”
  • “Its great to be able to do something that makes a difference”

At this stage Council support has been promised two more events – that is this Saturday, and one on Saturday 7 December.  We want to ensure Keep Newtown Clean is sustainable and want to have continued support and resources from Council to do this.  Please show your support by turning up and doing your bit on saturday. Ensure we Keep Newtown Clean.
Thanks to our sponsors and supporters – Amadeus Hair, Newtown New World, Placemakers,
SB Maintenance

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Board of Enquiry on the basin bridge aka “the flyover”.

The Board of Inquiry is currently hearing evidence from submitters.  For those interested in following thos one there is a page on the Environmental Protection Agency website where regular updates are posted.   Check it out here.

Filed under: Consultation, News

Transport Spine Study – a continuing story

During September the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities hald a seminar on the Spine study.  This included some interesting challenges to the options evaluation that had previously been published.  You can check out the powerpoints presetned at the seminar here.  While the official study came down clearly in favour of bus rapid transit over rapid rail, it is clear that the debate is still very much a live one.

Filed under: Consultation, News

WCC Engagement Policy

Over the course of the year several NRA contributed to Wellington City Council’s review of its enegagement policy,, The resulting new policy was adopted during September.  You can check it our here.

Filed under: Consultation, News

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