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.

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Our back issues of Newtown Newsletters are full of all sorts of interesting stuff.

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 and Keep Newtown Clean. We are happy to hear from people who have other projects to discuss with us.

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, but please email us at newtownwellington@gmail.com if you would like to join and can’t get to meetings.

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!

Our Association welcomes the new Trust and its Trustees, and looks forward to a Festival on March 4th that promises to be as delightful and dynamic as ever!


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.