Welcome to the Newtown Residents’ Association!

THIS IS THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF  NEWTOWN AND SURROUNDING SUBURBS OF WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND .

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.

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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, including the Newtown Community Gardens and the newly established Bloom Collective. For the past two years we have held a Newtown Neighbours’ Day event with fun and food for all ages, and we plan to make this an annual celebration of our suburb. We are happy to hear from people who have other projects to discuss with us.

Membership subscription is a gold coin. If you support what the Association does then please join us! Our financial year is from July to June so subscriptions are due now for membership until June 30th 2019.

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!  However you don’t have to be a member to come to our meetings – everyone is welcome!

Association meetings are on the 3rd Monday of every month except December and January, 7.30pm at the Community Hall 71 Daniell Street.  They are open to the public and everyone is welcome. Should voting be 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.

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 next Festival will be on Sunday, March 3rd 2019.

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

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 a the major funder of the Newtown Festival.

However the operating grant to Residents’ Associations has recently been reduced, so if you are in a position to give us a donation to help us meet the shortfall this will be gratefully received! Donations of more than $5 will qualify for a tax exemption.  If you would like to make a donation online our bank account is Newtown Residents’ Association – 03-0578-0008076-000. Particulars: your name; Reference: Donation (or subscription if you would like to join us). Please contact us  with your email address to get a donation receipt.