A message from Claire:
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September 26, 2014 • 13:17 0
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
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September 16, 2014 • 11:00 0
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!
September 16, 2014 • 10:15 0
The building for the Newtown Community Centre, located on Colombo/Rintoul Streets, was completed and officially opened in February 1915 as a church for the Church of Christ, making next year its 100 birthday! The building was designed by William Gray Young, the same architect for other important Wellington buildings such as The Wellington Railway Station, The Turnbull Library and the Wesley Club in the CBD.
In the early decades, the Church played a significant community role in Newtown, holding social events and offering various workshops/trainings, as well as their regular faith-based services and meetings. In 1970, a fire damaged the building, and it was eventually sold to Wellington City Council who, at the pressure of the local community, converted the building into the community centre which has operated at the site since.
To celebrate the centenary of the building, the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre Trust will be hosting a number of events at the centre in the first half of 2015. A visual timeline of events taking place between 1915 and 2015 will be created, with the main focus being on the Community Centre itself. Other important events which have taken place over this time both globally and in the wider Newtown community will be included, providing a backdrop for the events based at the centre. The timeline will be unveiled at an afternoon celebration at the beautiful Centre’s theatre, to be accompanied by cake (of course!), music and speeches, open to all those involved with the Centre, past and present. Celebrations will continue in the evening, with a musical journey over the past 100 years since WWI.
The Community Centre would love to hear from anyone who would be keen to share any in-depth historical knowledge they may have of the Centre and of Newtown, or from anyone interested in carrying out some research through local archives. You can reach Anna at the Community Centre on 389 4786 or at email@example.com
September 13, 2014 • 16:58 0
September 13, 2014 • 16:50 0
Local Hosts are Wellington City Council ‘street ambassadors’, and they are starting their third year of operation in November. Their Team Leader, Gary Haddon, tells us that in the first instance Newtown, Kilbirnie and Miramar will see the team in green walking around the streets during day light hours on a Monday to Friday. A dedicated number of hours will be given to each suburb and the main focus will be on community. This will mean visiting community centres, Community Policing teams, drop-in centres, retailers, cafés and restaurants, libraries and so on. The team will continue observing and reporting on issues such as graffiti, city infrastructure, city safety and continue their relationship with the vulnerable community and service providers.
While they are starting with Newtown, Kilbirnie and Miramar, they will respond to need and visits to suburbs will change accordingly.
September 7, 2014 • 17:26 0
At the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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.
You are welcome to email us at email@example.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)
September 3, 2014 • 12:34 0
Newtown has been looking really good, but there has been renewed tagging in the last few weeks, so there is work to be done!
Community feedback has been positive, and volunteers say that each time they walk past a wall they cleaned up they feel proud to be making a difference. This is your chance to join in a positive project! All equipment and materials supplied. Put on some old clothes and come along. There is a free sausage sizzle for volunteers, donated by Newtown New World.
Newtown New World – Sponsors – for the community BBQ, free food and drink
Amadeus Hair – Sponsors – Coordinators
Wellington City Council – Paint and Equipment
SB Maintanence – Contractors – Dave and Liz providing their free time
Special thanks goes out to all the volunteers, especially the regulars…well done! And extra special thanks to David Wilcock, who has been coordinating the monthly clean up ever since it started in July 2013.
See you this Saturday rain or shine. And if you can’t make it this month, remember that Keep Newtown Clean happens on the first Saturday of every month.
August 23, 2014 • 12:31 1
At St Anne’s Hall, 22 Emmett Street, Newtown
Among the candidates who have agreed to attend this gathering are:
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.
More information here about voting in Rongotai – including where and when for advanced voting.
August 15, 2014 • 16:41 0
7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground
Guest speaker – Paul Barker, Safe and Sustainable Urban Transport Manager, Wellington City Council.
Report on current local issues.
Continuing discussion of ideas for improving our consultation process.
Discussion of plans for residential growth along Adelaide Road – Riddiford Street.
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.
Carparks in Mansfield St now p180, to allow more turnover of carparks for people visiting the zoo.
July 18, 2014 • 15:17 0
7.30 at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street, at the Constable Street playground
Jeanie McCafferty will run a discussion on ideas for improving our consultation process
Councillor David Lee will provide an update on the Shyft carshare scheme and the other council energy challenge projects
2015 event update
June 13, 2014 • 18:16 1
This summer Red Design Architects were commissioned by Wellington City Council to convene a team of architecture and landscape post graduates and students to investigate options for the Cycleway project from Dee Street to John Street, through Berhampore and Newtown to Mount Cook.
The drawings and Newtown Safe Cycleway Design Report hosted here are a summary of the cycleway research and community design work undertaken by Red Design Architects’ Urban Activation Lab team* during the summer of 2013 – 2014.
The Newtown Safe Cycleway 2014 PDF records a masterplanned network. The i page accompanying each route map summarises key details, explaining the content. The current latest copy of the book of the Cycleway Network Route Maps, which includes an outline of the safety configurations proposed, and the precedents researched can be downloaded here.
Right click on Newtown Safe Cycleway 2014 Route Network Drawings-3.9 and select “Open in a New Tab” This download file from Red Design’s Urban Activation Lab is 46MB because of the zoom in mapping it contains. After opening in a New Tab it displays best if you select download and open in Adobe Reader / Acrobat. For clarity when viewing the route maps the background and contours become more readable if you turn off “Enhance thin lines” which is a tick box found in the Adobe Preferences – Page Display options. Click here for step by step instructions.
Based on community ideas these Cycleway Network drawings were prepared over the several months using a living document protocol. Well resolved accurate drawings were prepared and used with the designers explaining the content and facilitating meaningful consultation of options with groups of cyclists, residents and retailers.
The drawings used for discussions with locals, cyclists, and schools were then modified, re-drawn accurately embodying local refinements and suggestions. Some detailed options were retired.
The resolved scheme content arrived at is the result of an evolving community blueprint, a framework still flexible and potentially open to the inclusion of future ideas based on fine grain community knowledge and experience. The Urban Activation Lab have paused work on this for the time being but after you have had a look at the detailed mappings do feel free to email them suggestions if you have something you’d like to comment on.
The team has worked hard to fit the Newtown Cycleway into the streets and parklands it connects and would welcome additional local input before it presents this work to the WCC convened Citizens’ Cycleway Advisory Panel.
Feel free to email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban Activation Lab Cycleway team summer 2013- 2014 Red Design* would like to acknowledge the efforts of the team of undergraduate and post-graduate architecture and landscape students from Victoria University of Wellington, coordinated by project manager Sean O’Brien, who contributed to our Newtown Safe Cycleway project. Their dedicated work ethic and professionalism have greatly benefitted the Newtown Safe Cycleway.
The Urban Activation Lab is the community project, urban design and public and social policy group of award winning Newtown-based firm Red Design Architects. Headed by Martin Hanley and Anna Kemble Welch, the team works nationally and internationally.
The group has been actively involved in projects relating to public consultation, public events, mainstreet revitalisation, transportation, parks, public art and sculpture, school amenities, ecology, community gardens, urban pathways, community resilience, disability support and healthcare, heritage and conservation since 1979.
Martin Hanley is the Newtown Residents’ Association President and the Newtown Festival Director
Anna Kemble Welch was for many years an Executive member of the Newtown. Residents’ Association and is the Newtown Festival Site Architect
James Coyle is a Vice President of the Newtown Residents’ Association and the Newtown Festival Programme Coordinator.
For further information on this project please contact:
Anna Kemble Welch FNZIA
Red Design: Architects
PO Box 7316
+64 4 389 7316
June 13, 2014 • 13:47 0
When viewing the Cycleway Route Map drawings on your screen using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat you might find you need to re-set the Page display.
Depending on your Adobe settings the contours, streets and building outlines can sometimes display overly dark, as an overpowering background.
The Cycleway drawings become more readable if you turn off “Enhance thin lines”
[Click here for a PDF download of these Viewing Tip Instructions ]