Category Archives: Meetings

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.

Meet the Candidates Meeting – Rongotai Electorate


Wednesday 26th August, 7.00 pm at St Anne’s Hall at the end of Emmett St.

The General Election is in September – advance voting starts on Saturday 5th September, and Election Day is Saturday 19th September.  You will be able to vote in 2 referenda (End of Life Choice and Cannabis Legalisation and Control), to cast a vote for the political party you prefer,  and to vote for the candidate you want to represent our local electorate for the next three years.

See here  to see the candidates standing to be the Electorate MPs. In the Rongotai Electorate there are already candidates from 7 political parties, with more to come: nominations don’t close until Friday 21st August. Come to our meeting to hear each of them explain why they want to be the MP for Rongotai!

The meeting will be chaired jointly by Yadana Saw and Patrick Morgan. The formal discussion will be followed by supper and the chance for informal mingling.

Use your vote in the 2020 General Election and referenda!
Go to https://vote.nz to find out more about the referenda and other issues, to check if you are on the the electoral roll or to enrol to vote.

#VoteNewtown;  #MeetTheCandidates

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!

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.

Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting will be on Monday 16th September 2019 7.30 pm, at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St.

All welcome!

See here for the President’s Annual Report and here for the Minutes of the 2018 AGM.

This meeting is when we elect the Association Officers and other Executive members for 2019-2020, discuss the year’s activities and plan for the future.

Nominees and nominators for the Executive need to be financial members of the Association; if you haven’t paid your subscription yet you can join at the start of the meeting.

The President (Rhona Carson) and Treasurer (Jane Patterson) are standing for re-election, and other nominations can be taken at the meeting or conveyed to the President beforehand – please email newtownwellington@gmail.com.

Meet the Candidates Meetings

The Newtown Residents’ Association has organised two local body election meetings – one for the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the other for Wellington City Council Paekawakawa/Southern Ward and Mayoral Candidates. This an opportunity to put faces to the names of candidates and hear their thoughts about why you should vote for them. Voting papers are being posted from September 20th, and need to be submitted by midday on Saturday October 12th.

Thursday September 12th, Meet the Candidates for the Greater Wellington Regional Council – St Anne’s Hall in Emmett St, doors open at 7 pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm sharp. Yadana Saw will be facilitating. The meeting will end with supper and a chance for informal chats.
What does the GWRC do? If you want a better bus service, clean drinking water, flood protection and emergency services, then this is the Council responsible!  See here- and here for the list of candidates.


Wednesday September 18th, Meet the Candidates for the Wellington City Council Paekawakawa/Southern Ward and Mayoral Candidates.  Salvation Army Hall. 4 Normanby St, doors open at 7 pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm sharp. Patrick Morgan will be facilitating. The meeting will end with supper and a chance for informal chats. See here for the lists of candidates.

Thursday September 26th, Meet the Candidates for the Capital and Coast District Health Board – St Anne’s Hall in Emmett St, doors open at 7 pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm sharp. 
The meeting will end with supper and a chance for informal chats.

The elected members of CCDHB are the community’s voice in the health service – who do you want to speak to your concerns? Come to our meeting to help you decide!  This meeting is hosted jointly by the Newtown Residents’ Association, MtVictoria Residents’ Association and Berhampore Community Association.
See the candidates here.

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.

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.

Notes from the June 2019 Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting was held on Monday 17 June 2019

Jared Corston, WCC Liaison – Kia Ora Newtownprovided an update on recent and upcoming activities, including the following:

  • Carrara Park Upgrade, and planned public engagement.
  • Concerns about the state of the Riddiford Street footpath, and also about the street cleaning contract.
  • The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Mural is being painted in the pop-up shop by Izzie Joy, to go on the fence of the construction site on Constable St.  There will be a formal launch.
  • Opportunities for multi-faith fora as have been done elsewhere.
  • City Housing forms will be able to be left at Kia Ora Newtown soon.
  • Toilet block on Constable Street will be upgraded soon, including the surrounding area.

Marg Jenner – GM Wakefield Hospital, with Jeff Arthur, Manager, Property & Projects

  • Major redevelopment of Wakefield Hospital is happening, mainly to replace the earthquake-prone building.
  • Hawkins Construction have got the contract for this work, which will start in a few weeks.
  • Parking has been identified by them as a significant issue.  Staff will park offsite, during construction, patients, doctors, contractors etc, will have space onsite.
  • There is a strong sense of history, which is being carefully recorded, and will be made public in the end
  • Build will be six days a week.  Saturday finishes earlier.
  • Wakefield Hospital’s update page: https://www.wakefield.co.nz/development

Lets Get Wellington Moving

Willy Trolove, Engagement Lead from NZTAhttps://getwellymoving.co.nz/

Luke Troy, Greater Wellington Strategy

“Last month the Transport Minister Phil Twyford, with support from Mayor Justin Lester and Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw, announced the $6.4 billion Indicative Package for Let’s Get Wellington Moving, a 20-year plan for Wellington’s transport future. Luke Troy, General Manager Strategy for GWRC and LGWM team member, will explain the Indicative Package and next steps for LGWM.”

  • This is the start of a very big, long-term, programme.  It needs community and political support.
  • Luke worked through a Powerpoint presentation.
  • Currently the planning is very high-level, not yet at street level.
  • City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and NZTA working together.
  • Funding is about $3.7 billion over 20-years – 60/40 split Central / Local Government + users.
  • There are other projects outside Wellington that add a few more billions.
  • Lots of detailed questions will be resolved over the next 12 – 18 months.
  • SH1 Projects (eg 2nd Terrace Tunnel and trenching Koru Drive) have been delayed

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 Residents’ Association: April Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association monthly meeting will be on 7.30pm Monday 15th April at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street.  
This is a busy time for Wellington City Council consultations and engagements.

Consultation on Wellington’s blueprint for a Zero Carbon Capital will open on April 15th – the day of our meeting.

Consultation on Newtown Connections [Cycleway development in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook] has been postponed – read more here.

As well as the WCC consultations, the Wellington Region Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has prepared a Proposed Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan for the Wellington Region, and public submissions are open till April 29th.

The Residents’ Association meeting agenda on April 15th will include an overview of these topics, and discussion of possible Newtown Residents’ Association submissions.

We would like to hear from anyone with a particular interest in any of these areas – come to the meeting, or send us an email with your views – newtownwellington@gmail.com

All welcome!

Meeting Notice: February 18th 2019

This is the first Newtown Residents’ Association meeting for 2019. It will be at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St, at 7.30pm on Monday 18th February.

Join us to talk about what is going on in our area. Guest speaker Alivia Prattas will update us on the work of the Neighbourhood Support organisation, we will preview the Newtown Festival (on Sunday 3rd March) and do some planning for our Newtown Neighbours’ Night – which we will be hosting at Newtown Park on Friday 28th March from 4.30pm till 7pm. All welcome!