Welcome to the Newtown Residents’ Association!


We have worked actively for many years to make our community a thriving, diverse, great place to live.  We are one of the threads that tie the Newtown area together as a community, not just a suburb.

Visit our News and Notices page for information about current events and concerns.

Do you get our e-Newsletters?  You can use this link to subscribe. If you have a gmail address, please note that the Newsletter is likely to go into the Promotions mailbox.

Browse the back issues of Newtown Newsletters – they are full of interesting items!

Who we are and what we do:

We are a group of residents, business owners and people who work & play locally, who care about the community and local issues.  The Association has a very inclusive attitude towards membership. To join you simply have to be interested in what is happening in Newtown and the surrounding suburbs. Newtown Residents’ Association has been an Incorporated Society since July 1963.  The Rules and Annual Accounts are available on the Companies Office website, http://www.societies.govt.nz/cms – our association is number 216729.

We respond to local issues, making submissions to Wellington City Council and other bodies when these are called for and being a hub for community consultation.  We provide support for many local initiatives, and we are happy to hear from people who have  projects to discuss with us.

Membership annual subscription is a gold coin. If you support what the Association does then please join us! Our financial year is from July to June.

If you would like to join please fill in this form – Newtown Residents’ Association Membership Form – and when we have received your subscription we will welcome you to our Association!  You don’t have to be a member to come to our meetings – everyone is welcome – although if voting is necessary on any issue, only the vote of members will be counted. Membership is available to all (16+) residents of Newtown, Mt Cook, Berhampore and anyone who has an interest in Newtown and the southern suburbs.

Association meetings are on the 3rd Monday of every month except December and January, 7.30 -9.00 pm. Currently the meetings are being held at the Community Lounge at St Thomas’s Church, 200 Riddiford St, although when the risk of Covid infection was high we held meetings on Zoom. The eNewsletter publishes monthly meeting notices and will advise any changes to meeting venues. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.

We acknowledge with gratitude the ongoing financial support of the Wellington City Council which provides for the operating expenses of the Newtown Residents’ Association and is also the major funder of the Newtown Festival. We are also very grateful to St Thomas’s Church for allowing us to use their space for meetings, free of charge.

For 21 years a committee of the Newtown Residents’ Association organised the very successful annual Newtown Festival, but after the 21st had been celebrated it was time for the Festival to “leave home” and between the 2017 and 2018 Festivals we set up a stand-alone charitable Trust, the Newtown Festival Trust, to look after it – although the same experienced team are still involved in the day-to-day management. The 2021 Festival had to be postponed from March 7th till April 11th because of Covid restrictions. Luckily it was a fine day and a very successful Festival. Unfortunately the Festival due to be held on Sunday March 6th 2022 had to be cancelled, again because of Covid. The Festival returned this year, on Sunday March 5th, and was a great success. The next Festival is planned for Sunday March 3rd 2024.


Panorama  of the 2015 Newtown Festival Street Fair, taken from the Community Stage at the corner of Riddiford and Constable Streets.