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Meet the Candidates – Great turnout

A great turnout, variously estimated between 120 and 140 locals to hear the Mayoral and Southern ward candidates speak at St Anne’s Hall, despite vile weather.

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Thanks in particualr to Peter Frater for organising the event and various association members who assisted on the night.  Thanks also to Vanessa Rushton for the pic.

Before I Die ….

Next time you are in Riddiford St check out the long (formerly tag prone wall) on the corner of Wilson Street.   This has now been transformed into the Newtown “Before I Die…” wall.   Before I Die is a global public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space.  You are invited to roll up and use the chalk provided to add your personal statement of what it is you want to do before you die.

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Before I Die was originally created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in her neighbourhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. Since then more than 200 walls have been created in over 15 languages and in over 40 countries, including Kazakhstan, Argentina, China, Italy, Israel, Thailand, and South Africa.

This project is here in Newtown thanks to the Newtown Community Center, the Wellington Timebank, and our sponsor Resene.
For more information on the global project, or for pictures and updates of the local version

Earthquake Safe Newtown – The meeting that could save your life


Residents, business and commercial property owners and local workers are invited to to attend a public forum on Thursday 26 September 7pm to 8.30pm St Anne’s Church Hall Newtown
The aim is to better inform the community about the specific earthquake risks and what you can do to mitigate them in our own suburb,
Representatives from Wellington City Council, GNS, REMO (Regional Emergency Management Office), Wellington Zoo and local hospitals will outline the risks and procedures in place in case of an earthquake or other disaster in Newtown.  The Aim of the forum is to understand and address issues to prevent potential risks in case of an earthquake or disaster.
This is being organised by Newtown Residents Association and Newtown Business Group in association with and with help from Wellington City Council.
If you want further information or would like to become involved in helping make it all happen drop us a line

Keep Newtown Clean – Chapter 3

Join us this Saturday for the 3rd peoples’ revolutionary mobilisation to “Keep Newtown Clean”.  Report for duty outside Newtown New World in your painting gears from 8:30am onwards.

The first couple of outings have made a visible difference to the look and feel of central Newtown but there is plenty more tagging out there to get rid of.

Wellington Timebank open t-shirt design competition

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The Wellington Timebank is currently sponsoring an open t-shirt design competition.

This competition is now open for submissions from designers of any level from around the entire Wellington community.  This is an opportunity for artists to creatively express their ideas about what they want their communities to look like, and have a chance to have their work printed on t-shirts.

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The theme of our competition is –Our Place: My Dream– Where do you see our community going? How will it get there? Envision a place where you would belong. Winning designs will be chosen by public vote and printed on t-shirts, with winning designers getting a free shirt.
The t-shirts will be sold as a fundraiser for the Wellington Timebank.

Submissions are due September 10th and must include the timebank logo (attached). To submit send a high quality digital copy to Hannah at or drop off a hard copy at the Wellington Timebank office in the Newtown Community Centre.

Please feel free to contact Marit at or 027 484 6844, or Hannah at the Timebank at 04 920 6708 or with questions or for more information.

Burglaries!!!! – A Message from Community Constable

Recently there has been an increase in burlgaries in Mt Cook, Newtown, Karori and Johnsonville.

Police are putting an operation together for the end of September to target offenders and their activity and also provide education for residents of the Newtown and Mt Cook areas.

Police are asking Newtown residents to remember to take basic security precautions such as locking all doors and windows when out, using alarms if they are installed and calling Police if they see any suspicious behaviour with people hanging around places where they shouldn’t be.

Items that are being targeted specifically are jewellery, I phones and cameras.

A simple precaution to take is to make sure items such are these are stored out of view.

Newtown Meets the Local Election Candidates

St Anne’s Parish Hall
Emmett Street, Newtown
7:00 pm Wednesday 4 September
Newtown Residents’ Association and St Anne’s Parish invite you to meet the Candidates for Mayor and for the Southern Ward in the forthcoming Local Body Elections.

Candidates for Mayor are:

  • Rob Goulden
  • John Morrison
  • Karunanidhi Muthu
  • Celia Wade-Brown
  • Jack Yan
  • Nicola Young

Southern Ward Candidates are:

  • Paul Eagle
  • David Lee
  • Don McDonald
  • Ginette McDonald
  • Will Moore
  • Brent Pierson
  • Bryan Robert Pepperell

All candidates have profiles published on the Wellington City Council website

We also get to vote for 5 seats on the
Wellington Regional Council.
The candidates are:

  • Daran Ponter
  • Sue Kedgley
  • Mike Fleming
  • Chris Laidlaw
  • Paul Bruce
  • Fran Wilde
  • Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati
  • Judith Aitken

You can check out their candidate profiles on the Wellington Regional Council website

Also worth checking out is the site vote where candidates can also post profiles but where members of the public can post questions for candidates to answer.

The Newtown Hot Issues
We asked Newtowners what their local issues were that they wanted candidates to answer.  This is what people suggested.

  1. What’s your view on the Council’s plans to build safe cycling lanes from Island Bay to the CBD?
  2. What is your position on the fluoridation of Wellington’s water supply? (suggested by individuals on both sides of the debate)
  3. What are candidates’ views on modifying current council policy in regards to encroachments onto road reserves, particularly in regard to cases where the encroachment is historical, is completely inadvertent by the current property owners and where the encroachment does not impact in any way on the public’s use of the road? If they do support modifying the policy, specifically what do they propose?
  4. Are you prepared to commit to implementing the “John Street Protocols” developed by The Newtown Residents’ Assn?
  5. Do you support continued council funding of local events like the Newtown Festival?
  6. When was the last time you dined out in Newtown?

Turn up and make sure they get asked and answered!!  And ask any other questions about stuff that matters to you.

Casting the Devil out of the Detail – Public Transport Spine Study

We had a great session on the study and its implications for Newtown at the July monthly meeting.  Big thanks to Councillor Daran Ponter and Luke Troy from the Greater Wellington Regional Council for coming along to talk to us.

As highlighted in our earlier story, the big concern was the suggestion that the favoured Bus Rapid Transit option would involve demolition of the pedestrian friendly streetworks as far along Riddiford St as the Constable St intersection.  This was signalled as necessary  to accommodate the dedicated bus lane up the centre of the street.

What emerged from discussion at the meeting was that this last couple of hundred metres of the propsoed priority bus lane past the intersection of Rintoul St was arguably not actually a necessary part of the design at all.  This is acknowledged in a short note in an appendix to the study report.  Based on passenger data, there is little likelihood of the priority ever being extended from Riddiford up Constable to the East.  The more likely future development would be a southern extension along Rintoul St to Island Bay.  This being the case it would seem that the proposed priority lane could actually end at Riddiford and Rintoul with any significant loss of functionality, and avoid destruction of the current mainstreet.

Consultations on the study have now commenced, and run until 30 September.   We need a strong response from Newtown and its friends to make the point that the preferred Bus Rapid Transit is accepted ONLY if the southern leg of it ends at the intersection of Rintoul and Riddiford Streets.  However the focus of this round of consultation is at a very high level and what is to us the headline issue for our suburb is not identified.   We suggest people use any other comments panel at the foot of the online submission form to make our point

You can download:

on the Greater Wellington regional Council website.

Local Alcohol Policy Submission

The NRAs response to Wellington City’s draft Local alcohol policy was discussed at the July monthly meeting.  It was noted that the proposed policy included three key points relevant to Newtown.  These were:

  • the earlier closing for off licence liquor sales;
  • the lower trigger for hearings on licence applications, and
  • the midnight closing for local bars.

The first two were consistent with the NRAs earlier submission, and there was support for these.  There was some debate on the third.  Two concerns were raised.  The first was that earlier closing of the local bars might lead to a “midnight migration” downtown of people who had already been drinking when they might have been better left where they were.  The second was a concern at the possible impact on the merging performance and entertainment scene in Newtown.  The NRA Submission reflects this.

Keep Newtown Clean – Take 2

Newtown Cleanup - Helping familyThe second monthly Keep Newtown Clean day took place this Saturday  3 August.   It was another great effort with a diverse range of people from around town turning up to held clean up tagging around Newtown.  After the blitz on Riddiford St last month, this time the “citizen army” cleaned up most of the side streets off Riddiford and Constable St all the way to the top.  Big thanks to David Wilcock for organising this, and to the council satff and contractors who helped out on the day.  Remember this is now a regular event on the first saturday of every month.   Just turn up outside Newtown New World in your painting gears from 9:00am onwards.

Your Community Patrol Needs You!!


247222_117210158366691_2187079_nWellington South Community Patrol is based in Newtown and relies on motivated volunteers to help keep the suburbs safe. After receiving safety training from the NZ Police, we patrol our patch – acting as eyes and ears for the Police. We have recently purchased our own vehicle which is painted to be highly visible. Two patrollers are the minimum for any patrol, and we are in regular phone and radio contact. We normally patrol once a month, for up to four hours. Residents, motorists and the business community have strongly supported this initiative, which has recorded dozens of instances of helping people who may be at risk and calming potentially troublesome situations with our mere presence, or the ability to call on higher help. If you want to help keep your suburb safe – from Mt Cook and Brooklyn south through Newtown, Kingston and Berhampore to Island Bay and Owhiro Bay, come for a trial ride. You may just find it as satisfying as we do.
Get in touch, or check out our website, or Facebook Page.

Get Thru


We’ve had a storm, we’ve had an earthquake or two, by now we should be getting the message about being prepared for emergencies.  Anyone still not sure what to do about being prepared should have a quick check of the Get Ready Get Thru website.