Category Archives: Consultation

Minutes of the July meeting

This meeting was on July 20th at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.

We observed a minutes silence in memory of Frances Acey, who was a long time member of our Association but had been unwell for some years. Frances made many contributions to our community, including being instrumental in establishing the Newtown Citizens Advice Bureau and then the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. She was the first NCCC coordinator. She died on July 9th.

The meeting heard an update from Jared Corston, the WCC Community Liaison Officer for Newtown, and discussion of some local issues.

The main topic was a discussion about the proposed Kainga Ora developments in Coromandel St, with a number of local residents expressing concerns about aspects of these proposals.

See here for the full minutes.

Next Meeting – Monday 15th June 2020

Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting: Monday June 15th 2020, 7.30pm at the
Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St


 After two months of Zoom meetings we are able to meet in person again! However if you would still prefer to stay home and attend the meeting remotely, let us know – we can arrange for you to Zoom in to join us, but we need to be able to contact you!

The agenda will include an update on events and developments in Newtown.

We can also talk about Wellington City Council submissions – see  WCC consultations – we recently submitted on the Parking Policy and the Annual Plan. Current consultations include the  Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy Review, closing  26/6, and Fairer Rents for Council Tenants, closing 30/6, and it would be good to hear from people with an interest in these topics. Could you please have a look and either let us know your thoughts by email to newtownwellington@gmail.com or be ready to make a comment at the meeting? 

We will also start to plan for a Meet the Candidates  meeting for the Rongotai Electorate – nominations close 21 August, advance voting starts Saturday 5th September, and election day is the 19th September. 


We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday evening – everyone welcome!

Submissions – Parking Policy and Annual Plan

On June 8th we made two submissions to Wellington City Council.

Draft Parking Policy – we approved the parking priorities as outlined in the policy, and said that we want to discuss the details as they apply to Newtown as part of Area Based Planning.

Draft Annual Plan 2020/21- we accepted the need for a 5.1% rates rise, but added that we approve of the proposal to defer rates payments without penalty where this is necessary to ameliorate financial hardship caused by covid-19. We also recommended publicising the Rates Rebate available to low income households. 

We also approved of some other policies, see the full submission for details.

Next Meeting Monday 25th May 2020

Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting
Monday 25th May 2020, 7-30-9.00pm, via Zoom


 Our meeting was going to be on Monday 18th May, which is our regular 3rd Monday of the month, but there is a Wellington City Council Paekawakawa Southern Ward webinar to discuss the WCC Annual Plan and Parking Policy at 7pm on the 18th – see below for the details. 

 We have decided to postpone the Association meeting and encourage everyone to attend the webinar. Then we will be in a better position to discuss any submissions we might make as an Association. 


On the 25th May we will meet by Zoom, as there are still significant restrictions on numbers for meetings.  We will email a meeting link to our members and other regular meeting attendees. If you want to make sure you are on the list to get the link please email newtownwellington@gmail.com with ‘Zoom Meeting’ as the subject.

Paekawakawa Southern Ward –
A Kōrero about Your City 2020-21
7-8pm May 18th 

You are invited to join the Mayor and Councillors from our Ward for a Q&A webinar session on the big issues facing the city, and what it means for our community. 

For more information and to register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1625242419890892813.  Please note that when you register you will be asked for your questions on the Annual Plan, Parking Policy and any other issues of concern, so it is a good idea to look at the consultation documents first.

In the 2020-21 Annual Plan Wellington City Council are proposing a 5.1% rates rise. Their position is that this balances Council’s loss in revenue against ensuring affordability for rate payers. See more details about the annual plan and other current consultations here: https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say/consultations. Submissions on the Annual Plan and Parking Policy will close on 8th June.

Minutes of the August meeting

Notes from the Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting – 19th August 2019

See here for the full minutes.

Ian McKinnon, current GWRC Councillor, spoke to the meeting as he is not standing again and this might be his last Newtown Residents’ Association meeting.  He spoke about the bus service difficulties and encouraged people to go to the Metlink sessions to have their say. He also reminisced about his long conection with our Association, and said how valuable Residents’ Associations are. 

Fleur Fitzsimons added a tribute to Ian’s long and productive career in the Wellington City and Regional Councils, and thanked him for his service. This was applauded by the meeting.

Smarter ways to manage city parking https://letstalk.wellington.govt.nz/managecityparking

Kate Hodgetts, WCC Senior Policy Advisor spoke to this, supported by Baz Kaufman, WCC Manager Strategy and Research.  See here for the text of the presentation.

People were asked to complete the online survey, under WCC – Have your Say – Smarter Parking. Scroll down to the Have Your Say Here tab. Responses are due by 5pm, Friday August 30th.

Upcoming Film Festival

Mark Wiliams, Director of Circuit (http://circuit.org.nz) (an arts agency which supports New Zealand artists working in the moving image) spoke about a promotion next month which will highlight Newtown’s diversity and needs.  Mark can be contacted through Jared Corston at Kia Ora Newtown or director@circuit.org.nz.  A local artist is going to interview people to create a documentary highlighting local people.

5 October – there will be a seminar at Newtown Community and Cultural Centre regarding video production.

Meet the Candidates Meetings –meetings organised by the Residents’ Association were outlined. (See here for a schedule of meetings in Wellington.)

The meeting closed at 9pm. The next meeting will be the Residents’ Association AGM on Monday September 16th.

Upgrading the Carrara Park Playground

UPDATE! 5th August 2019 – the submissions to WCC closed today. The Newtown Residents’ Association made a submission recommending that the Playground be moved as little as possible, and the open play space should be retained. See below!

A message from Wellington City Council:
“We’re upgrading the play area at Carrara Park and we’d like your feedback!
 
The upgrade will focus on relocating the playground area and upgrading the play equipment. We need to move the playground away from the existing location because the play equipment is being damaged by the roots of the Norfolk Island pine tree.
 
Construction is due to start in February/March 2020.
 
Before we get started, we’re gathering feedback and suggestions from existing and potential users of the park. This will help to ensure the new facilities meet the needs of the local community.
 
For more information on the proposed upgrade go to www.wellington.govt.nz/carrara-park 
(Please note that the map is indicative. It is intended as a starting point for discussion, and does not necessarily represent the final design).
 
How you can get involved
•             Have your say by completing our feedback survey by 5pm Monday 5 August 2019
•             Come to our drop-in session at Newtown Market (St Anne’s Hall ) on Saturday 27 July, 9am-12pm”

Some Newtown Residents’ Association members, and other local residents. have had preliminary meetings with Sam Malaulau, the WCC Playground Designer, and Jared Corston, the WCC Newtown Liaison Officer. We have clarified that no decisions have been made at this stage, and the map that you will see if you do the survey is just a conversation starter.  What we do know is that some of the existing playground equipment doesn’t meet current safety standards, and the playground does need to be moved enough to get away from the Norfolk pine roots. Apart from this, all possibilities can be considered.

There is a long history to the Park and its design. See here for an outline of the history, and a discussion of the present and future. The Newtown Residents’ Association was closely involved with the establishment of the Park, and we are very interested in its future. We are looking forward to many more planning meetings as the future design is decided.

Minutes of the July Meeting

The July meeting talked about a number of local issues, including the future of Carrara Park and plans for Mental health Awareness Week in September.

We also talked at some length about planning for Meet the Candidates Meetings for the local body election. Voting starts from September 20th, so we would like to have meetings before then.

Minutes of the April Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting on Monday 15th April 2019 discussed a number of  current consultations, including

See the full minutes here.

Newtown Connections

For the past month Wellington City Council has been asking for community input on proposals for cycleway routes through Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook as part of the urban cycleways project. Submissions were due on December 11th.

Our Association members have a wide range of opinions on cycleways, and so rather than making a submission advocating for any particular way forward we focused on the importance of recognising and acknowledging the needs and wishes of all members of our community.

See the Association submission here.

Minutes of the Newtown Residents Association meeting 17th September 2018

This meeting was an update on local issues. Top of the agenda was a discussion of the Newtown Community Facilities Upgrade – there are options available for comment on the three spaces owned by WCC and operated by the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre Trust – Newtown Community and Cultural Centre in Rintoul St, Newtown Hall in Daniell St and Network Newtown in Constable St. Sketch plans are available at Kia Ora Newtown, NCCC and other local public spaces, & on the Community Centre Website. http://www.newtowncommunity.org.nz/our-town-newtown.html

We also talked about the new apartments being developed on the former Salvation Army site in Constable St, the Association submission on the WCC review of the Alcohol Control Bylaw, and other issues.

See the full minutes here.

 

Prince of Wales/Omāroro Reservoir – next steps.

Following the closing of submissions on the resource consent application, and following discussions with Mt Cook Mobilised, Wellington Water has put together a discussion paper on some of the specific issues raised. In particular the hours of operation for the trucks on Rolleston Street (with / without Saturdays).  And, regarding permanently raising the Prince of Wales fields, the discussion paper looks at the three possibilities (i.e. raise both fields, raise neither field, or raise only the Upper Prince of Wales Park), and the impact on the number of truck movements. Follow this link for a copy of the paper.
Wellington Water have also put copies of the geotechnical investigations, interpretive report and costings for the lower playing field up on our website – they can be downloaded from https://wellingtonwater.co.nz/work-in-your-area/pow-reservoir/ 
Wellington Water have scheduled a meeting on
Wednesday 17 January, 6-8pm at Massey Executive Suite  Gate A, Wallace Street. (the same venue as used for the Open Days).
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like questions raised, feel free to send them to Dan.Ormond@wellingtonwater.co.nz or Carol Comber from Mt Cook Mobilised

Special General Meeting: 20th November 2017

Our Newtown Residents’ Association meeting on Monday 20th November will be a special general meeting, as foreshadowed at our regular meeting in October.
As usual the meeting will be at 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall.
The business will be –
– to present the Residents’ Association Finacial report, including the accounts.

– to progress the transfer of the Newtown Festival from the Association to the Newtown Festival Trust, and to officially approve the date of transfer.

We will also have some regular Association business.
– Ana Faatoia from WREMO will begin a conversation about updating the Emergency Response Plan for Newtown
-Ray Tuffin, the WCC Newtown Liaison Officer, will report on his activities, including a focus on parking in Newtown
– an update about cycleway consultation.