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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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
The Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting on Monday 15th April 2019 discussed a number of current consultations, including
See the full minutes here.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
The AGM was held on Monday 15th October. The meeting received the President’s Report and the Annual Accounts. It also agreed to make some changes to the Association Constitution, removing references to the Newtown Festival (now that it has its own Newtown Festival Trust and isn’t organised by the Association), and also removing the requirement that future accounts be audited. Our accounts are very simple now, and auditing has become more complex!
See here for a copy of the current rules – necessary reading to make sense of the minutes about the changes!
See the 2018 AGM Minutes here.
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.
This meeting was held on the 20th August at the Newtown Hall. The main topic was a lengthy discussion with Greater Wellington Regional Councillors Daran Ponter, Ian McKinnon and Sue Kedgley about the changes to Wellington’s bus service.
We also had a presentation from Clara Choi, a 5th year landscape architecture student from Victoria University of Wellington, about her Masters thesis about creating inclusive spaces for multicultural society through community gardens in Newtown.
See here for the full minutes.
A well attended meeting heard the following news:
- Parking Presentation. Ray Tuffin will give his Council Presentation at Kia Ora, Thursday 21st July 6pm.
- The Architects for Our Town Newtown are WPS Opus. The first workshop to meet the architects and contribute to developing the brief is on Saturday 28th July – early afternoon at NCCC.
- Newtown Community Garden at Carrara Park. Tim Tovey is going to be the on-going coordinator. Public Liability Insurance has been organised, shared between three organisations, with a Council grant expected to cover it.
- The Postshop has closed and the first look at the agencies is not positive, signage is poor and there is no writing desk.
The meeting also discussed the following topics. For details of the discussion see the full minutes.
Liquor Control Bylaw (Liquor Ban) review
- Jim Lewis from Council presented a preview of this issue. Formal consultation will be in September.
- The Liquor Ban needs to be reviewed this year or it will lapse.
Moved Bernard O’shaughnessy/Sam Somers: That NRA supports the liquor ban, and supports further publicity and enforcement. Carried.
Newtown Connections – WCC Engagement.
- Jess Ducey and Sam Wilkie from Council Networks Improvements Team talked about the information gathering process (the survey). The purpose is to develop a connected citywide cycle network so people of all ages and abilities can safely choose to make more trips by bike, but the survey questions cover all forms of transport.
- The six week consultation closes on 17th July
- When the engagement is completed the team will develop some options for cycleway routes, for further consultation.
- Contact: email@example.com or http://cycleways.wellington.govt.nz/newtown-connections/
A Review of the 1930’s Character Control on Buildings has been announced by WCC as part of the general District Plan review.
- This has alarmed Balmoral Tce residents as Housing New Zealand has told residents that they are exploring options for developing their properties at 124,130 & 131 Coromandel Street and 9 Balmoral Tce. In the past HNZ were planning to demolish 9 Balmoral Tce, a restored pre-1930s home, and use the section to access a new development in Coromandel St. After protest this was averted but the concern is that this might be revisited. Coromandel St residents are concerned about an intensive development and resulting traffic.
- Paul Eagle and Kylie Cox (from Paul’s office) invited the residents to pass the information on to them and they will liaise with HNZ about their plans. Accepted.
See here for the full minutes.
These were some of the topics discussed. See here for the full minutes.
Recognising achievements in our community. The meeting passed motions of congratulation to recognise the achievements of three members of our community:
- Newtown Architects and Association Members Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Hanley were awarded the Ath Cup at the New Zealand Institute of Architects Annual Awards on 3 May. This was in recognition of their special contribution to the urban fabric of Wellington: Newtown Festival, the Red Design southern suburbs cycleway project and their DEBRA NZ medical work were mentioned in the citation.
- Bernard O’Shaughnessy was recognised for his success in convincing WCC to trial extending the Newtown Library open hours to 4pm Saturdays. Congratulations Bernard!
Newtown parking: Ray Tuffin (WCC Community Liaison Advisor) has made a presentation on the parking issues in Newtown for Council officers. Ray can present this for interested residents at Kia Ora Newtown, 6 Constable St . Update – this presentation will be on Thursday 21st June at 6pm. All welcome!
Potential Sale of Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB)property: A Public Notice was issued May 17thand 24th in the Dominion Post regarding the potential sale of 2 and 2A Coromandel St. CCDHB are interested in the views of residents. The land is currently occupied by the Ewart building, the vacant but historic Parkview building, and the Menzshed and Southside Kids Childcare Centre. If CCDHB do proceed to declare these properties surplus they are required to follow their treaty obligations before offering them for sale. Do let us know your views about this proposal! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Response Plan: Workshops are planned for July on emergency planning and the operation of the Newtown Emergency Hub at Newtown School. Rhona shared the “Local ideas and solutions for challenges you may face” segment of the Newtown Emergency Hub Guide. This needs some work still.
Shannon Friday from Wellington Timebank spoke about the Timebank role in emergencies. The Timebank is a Community organisation that arranges the exchange of skills and talent for time, rather than money. This helps build community resilience. They have an online database of skilled people and their tools, however this isn’t likely to be very accessible in an emergency, so a challenge is to link people personally as well asdigitally. Lessons learnt from Lyttelton following their earthquake were that unofficial networks like that fostered through Timebank are important for helping clean-ups and restoring services. The Cell Phone network comes back relatively quickly for phone calls and texting which facilitates coordination; provided you know who can do what.
Heritage week: the week ending 28 October. Ray Tuffin is coordinating plans for Newtown, and our Association will be involved in events. An exhibition is suggested for the pop-up shop, and there are plans for a heritage walk. Volunteers and those with other suggestions please email us at email@example.com.
Street Cleaning: WCC is funding a worker, Paul, to clean road gutters and clear drains daily on week days. Attendees reported that he is doing an excellent job, really makes a difference.
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.