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 represents the Newtown, Berhampore & Mt Cook area, and has a very inclusive attitude towards membership. To join you simply have to be interested in these southern 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 community gardens – see our gardening page – and Keep Newtown Clean. We are happy to hear from people who have other projects to discuss with us.
The Newtown Residents’ Association is also responsible for the very successful annual Newtown Festival. In February and March each year there are many Festival events celebrating Newtown, with the signature event being the Newtown Festival Street Fair Day, normally on the first Sunday in March. All the streets of central Newtown are closed to traffic to make room for the biggest free street party in the country, with 12 stages, 400+ market stalls including a vast range of international foods, fairground attractions, street sports and much more, attended by an estimated 80,000 people. In 2015 we were very proud when the Festival recycling team won an award for their efforts – see more!
Panorama of the 2015 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.
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.
Membership subscription is a gold coin. If you support what the Association does then it would be great if you could endorse that by becoming a financial member – the subscription is very low because we don’t want cost to be a barrier – we don’t benefit financially, but it can add to our credibility to be able to say we represent ‘x number’ of members. You can bring your gold coin to a meeting and sign up there – or you could drop it in to Jeanie at Next Stop Earth, 76 Constable St – Jeanie’s shop is open from Wednesday – Saturday.