Category Archives: Meetings

July meeting notice

The next Residents’ Association Meeting is on Monday July 18th, 7.30pm at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St

Jenny Rains, Wellington City Council Community Services Manager, and Mike Mendonca, Chief Resilience Manager, will be our guests.

Agenda:
A Community Coordinator for Newtown. This is a proposal for an additional staff member within WCC, to work closely with the community and facilitate contact with the Council services – an outcome of our May meeting with Kevin Lavery and others from Council. Jenny Rains will be discussing ideas of what this role might look like.

Funding for Community Facilities. The WCC Long Term Plan has funding allocated for upgrading community facilities in Newtown over the next three years. The task for 2016/17 is to develop a concept through community engagement, before moving on to capital projects.

Resilient Wellington.  Wellington is part of the 100 Resilient Cities project pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation – 100RC for short.  Mike Mendonca will give us an overview of what is involved.

This is an important meeting for future planning!  Do come, hear what’s going on and share your thoughts.  Everyone is welcome.

June Meeting

The next Residents’ Association Meeting is on  Monday June 20th, 7.30pm at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St.

The agenda –

The Salvation Army development on Riddiford St: Captain David Daly, Divisional Commander, and others from the team will talk about their plans and answer questions.

Erin Leigh from workerBe oasis, discussing their kai cycle and some initiatives they’re thinking about for Newtown.

Nic Ballara, bbc architects, talking about the design of a proposed block of apartments at 4 Regent Street, next to Carrara Park.

Chris, the Timebank Co-ordinator, introducing himself and the organisation.

Notes of May Meeting

The full meeting minutes are available here.

This was a well attended meeting – many people had come particularly to join in the discussion with the Council Officers about street maintenance in Newtown.

The Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery attended, accompanied by David Chick – newly arrived Chief City Planner, Geoff Swainson – Manager, Transport and Solid Waste, ultimately responsible for addressing most of the concerns with contractors, and Deven Singh – Manager Transport Assets, one of Geoff Swainson’s team, with direct responsibility for the street cleaning contract.

We circulated the paper “Newtown Isn’t Rubbish and Our Streets Shouldn’t Be Either”, previously posted here, and our NRA Executive Member Steve Cosgrove had prepared a slide show of problem areas, which you can see here:  http://tinyurl.com/NewtownRA-2016-May . You are welcome to leave comments on these slides if you wish.  These pictures were the prompt for attendees airing a lot of concerns that have been troubling people for a long time.

The current situation is that the contractor Ventia has chosen not to renew their contract when it runs out in June and Downers will be taking over on the 1st July.  This is a temporary arrangement while WCC considers options.

Kevin Lavery proposed forming a working party with representatives from Residents, Council Officers and Contractors, and we agreed that this would be an excellent way forward.

There is a lot more detail of the discussion in the full minutes.

Other issues discussed included

  • an outline of recent submissions to WCC Committees on Newtown Festival Funding, the Annual Plan, Dog Policy and the Animal Bylaw.
  • Progress report on reforming the Berhampore Residents’ Association, which is looking promising.
  • Discussion of the possibility of learning from Whanganui’s Mainstreet organisation, which is responsible for the central city’s clean and attractive appearance and for a number of Whanganui events.  This needs more time to explore further.
  • Meet the Candidates Meeting.   The proposed date is Tuesday 13th September , at St Anne’s Hall, as for past elections.  Proposal to concentrate on local ward candidates.  There are so many mayoral candidates that there wouldn’t be time for everyone.

The next NRA meeting will be on Monday June 20th, 7.30pm at the Community Hall, 71 Daniell St.

 

Newtown Isn’t Rubbish And Our Streets Shouldn’t Be Either

This Report was prepared for discussion with WCC CEO Kevin Lavery and other Council Officers at  the Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting on 16th May 2016.

Street Cleaning and Maintenance.

We want to have pride in our neighbourhood and to make a positive first impression for visitors. At present we are embarrassed by accumulated rubbish, weeds, dirty pavements and a generally neglected appearance. We value our character street furniture. fittings and paving and believe our streetscape is potentially unparalleled in Wellington, making it all the more disappointing to see it fall into disrepair. Some bollards are broken, and paving is uneven and broken in places.
We want to ensure that our streets are clean and weed free

  • to reduce environmental harm and pollution- rubbish as well as harmful substances make their way into storm drains and into the sea. Many of the drains in our streets currently have plastic rubbish in them, an alarming preview of what is going to end up in the sea.
  • to reduce the possibility of localised flooding from blocked stormwater drains
  • weeds in cracks in the footpaths and gutters and around drains are not only unsightly but also cause damage to the surface around them as they grow.
  • rubbish is a health and safety issue. Dirt/dust blowing in eyes is unsafe and is not good for respiratory health, clean surfaces help prevent slips and falls, clean streets reduces vermin numbers, broken glass / sharp can edges etc are dangerous.

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a Outside Newtown Mall – one of several like this

b Drain in Normanby St – choked with plastic & other rubbish

Continue reading Newtown Isn’t Rubbish And Our Streets Shouldn’t Be Either

May Meeting

The next Residents’ Association Meeting is on
Monday 16th May, 7.30pm at the
Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St

Agenda:
Discussion with the Wellington City Council CEO and Council Officers.
We are very pleased that Kevin Lavery has accepted our invitation to come to this meeting.  Geoff Swainson, Manager Transport and Waste Operations and Deven Singh, Manager Transport Assets will be accompanying him, so we will be able to have an informed discussion about our experiences and concerns.
If you can’t be at the meeting and want to contact us with your thoughts and ideas, email newtownwellington@gmail.com

Notes about the April meeting 

See the meeting minutes here.

These were the topics discussed –

The Wellington City Council Annual Plan consultation.  

We went through the consultation document and decided to focus discussion at this meeting on items directly affecting residents in this area. You can see the completed submission here.

We need to be more prepared for this consultation in future years.  It is preferable to make submissions on the items to include in the Annual Plan in the pre-planning phase, but the call for such submissions came out in January and we don’t have business meetings in December or January.  We plan to discuss our ideas in November this year for the 2017 Plan.

WCC Dog Policy and Animal Bylaw.
There was support for the majority of these proposals, but there was concern about the costs of microchipping and registering cats, and mixed feelings about a ban on feeding animals (including birds) in public places.  In general the preference was for policies and guidelines without draconian enforcement. See the NRA submissions – Dog Policy, and  Animal Bylaw.

The outcome of the WCC Community, Sport and Recreation Committee meeting on 13th April about the recent report and recommendations on Begging.
The committee decided to accept the recommendation to manage issues through “street management” rather than attempt bans.  David Wilcock made a submission to the committee on behalf of Newtown Business Association, outlining problems with people begging in the vicinity of Newtown Mall, often with intimidatory behaviour.  In the days following this there was increased Police presence on the street, and it was noticeable that there were fewer problems. There is also a ‘Street Outreach’ multi-agency team who try to make contact and work with the people who are begging. Local Hosts (green uniform) who are employed by Council and are part of the Outreach team make regular visits to Newtown.

A report on the Mt Victoria Transport Forum on 12th April
The Mt Victoria Newsletter convened this meeting to discuss the ‘Let’s get Wellington Moving’ public engagement process with Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency.   Our representatives who attended were impressed by the willingness to listen and not impose proposals. Consultation began 6th April, and is open for 6 weeks until mid-May.  See http://getwellymoving.co.nz to take the online survey – the more people who make their wishes known the better.

Berhampore Community Centre
Recently opened, based at the Centennial Flats on Adelaide Rd. Merio Masters is the Co-ordinator. There was a public meeting on 6th April that Peter Frater and Rhona Carson attended. It was primarily about running the Community Centre, but there was also some discussion about reviving the Berhampore Residents’ Association. Peter was a member of this Association before it went into recess and believes it is still needed so that Berhampore has a focus for consultation with WCC about local issues. We would be happy to support its revival if this is wanted.

FixIt.
We discussed collecting FixIt response data, so we have hard stats on how it is working in our area. Graffiti and Health and Safety issues seem to be addressed quickly but cleaning, landscaping, etc, seem to be more problematic. Reports are acknowledged and sometimes there are phone calls asking for more information, but we wish there was also feedback about the outcome.

The wider issue is that we want on-going maintenance checked and followed up without it being necessary for residents to draw attention to it.  We are looking for ideas regarding what to do if we don’t get a response to the rubbish issues.

Newtown Community Police Station
A volunteer in an Auckland community office was attacked and Police have closed these offices at present because of Health and Safety concerns, so our local Police Sation will be closed until further notice.

Report on the November meeting.

The Monthly Meeting on Monday 16th November focussed on two topics.

1. The Fair, Intelligent Transport (FIT) proposal for light rail

The link to their paper is here.

The speakers were John Rankin and Kerry Wood,

Introduction and Macro view by John: Overview of suggestions for Wellington (as in paper), and notes about existing trams overseas. Outlining positive benefits for communities when trams are introduced.

Micro view by Kerry: Suggestions of how Newtown could be serviced by a tram network between Wellington City and the Airport, either along Constable St or through a new tunnel past the zoo. Emphasising that no one option is preferred at this stage.

Their presentation was followed by vigorous discussion.

2. Keep Newtown Clean

Hine Moana-Sullivan and Lola Liava’a Tonga from the Wellington City Council Graffiti Removal Team were the speakers.

Hine – gave an overview of what has been happening, and reported an audit showing success in responding to requests for graffiti removal.

The next Keep Newtown Clean event is on Saturday 5th December. This is the second since moving to a 4x year system. The September event had a successful new activity with KNC volunteers working on the garden area outside St Thomas’s.

Lola – Volunteer Coordinator for the graffiti team, spoke about a new programme for volunteers to work in their own time, which has its own webpage.  They are planning an official launch at Keep Newtown Clean on 5th December at 9:00am and were asking for Association approval to announce this – agreed. They are planning for a BBQ, balloons, and general celebration in St Thomas’s courtyard.

 

The full meeting minutes, with notes of further discussion, are here.

November meeting

Next meeting: Monday, 16th November
7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 70 Daniell St everyone welcome! 

The Agenda will include:

  • A presentation from FIT – Fair Intelligent Transport – with a proposal for light rail, as introduced at the last meeting – see the item below.
  • A discussion with Hine Moana-Sullivan and Lola Liava’a Tonga from the Wellington City Council Grafitti Removal Team, about their work, their future plans, and the Keep Newtown Clean morning on Saturday 5th December.
This will be the last regular meeting for 2015: do let us know if there are issues you would like addressed before the end of the year, and your thoughts about what the Association could be doing in 2016.

October meeting report

Report on Newtown Residents’ Association October Monthly Meeting and resumed Annual General Meeting, 19th October 2015.

The AGM was re-convened at this meeting –  it couldn’t be completed at the September meeting because the Annual Accounts hadn’t been received from the auditor.  Nominations for Association President were re-opened – there were no nominations in September, but this time Rhona Carson was nominated and accepted the role. The Annual Accounts were presented and accepted, and there was also a report on the successful 2015 Newtown Festival. The full AGM Minutes can be seen here – in draft form until passed at the 2016 AGM.
Other business included:
Trams through Newtown? Ian Shearer from FIT – Fair Intelligent Transport – gave a brief introduction to his organisation’s advocacy for light rail – i.e. trams – to be routed through Newtown and on to the Airport.  We are going to have a full presentation about this at the next meeting, on Monday 16th November.  You can see an introductory article here.
A new lease for Truby King House: Wellington City Council have consulted us about their proposal to lease the property to  Conservation Volunteers New Zealand.  We support this and look forward to welcoming the organisation to our neighbourhood.
Sprucing up our streets?  We are hoping to work with the relevant Council officers to get a better process for keeping our streets clean and in good repair, but it seems difficult to find the right people to talk to.  This is still a work in progress!

October Monthly Meeting and resumed Annual General Meeting: 

Monday, 19th October 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.

All welcome!

The AGM  couldn’t be completed at the September meeting because the Annual Accounts hadn’t been received from the auditor, so it is to be re-convened at this meeting.

Agenda: 
Re-opening of Nominations for NRA President – Claire Pettigrew stepped down from the role and there were no other nominations.
Presentation of NRA Financial Report for 2014/15. See the Annual Accounts here.
Newtown Festival Director’s Report and Festival authorisation.

Other Business – please contact us about other items you would like discussed at the October monthly meeting.

Report on the September Meeting

See the draft minutes of the meeting here.

The NRA meeting in September was the Association’s AGM, but in the event only part of the AGM business was concluded, and the AGM was adjourned, to recommence at the October meeting.  Unfortunately the Association accounts had not been received from the auditor and so could not be presented.

Claire Pettigrew presented her Presidents’ Report, and was thanked for all her efforts and achievements during the year.

Election of Officers:

President – there were no nominations. Claire has decided not to stand again as she has more demands on her time now with a full-time job. [27/10//15 – Update -at the second part of the AGM at the October meeting Rhona Carson was nominated for President and accepted the role.]

Secretary – Rhona Carson

Treasurer – Peter Frater, in absentia, subject to his agreement

Vice-President – James Coyle (no nominees for the other 2 possible VP roles)

Past President – Claire Pettigrew

Executive – Carol Comber, Kevin Lethbridge, Steve Dunn, Cheryl Robilliard, Jeanie McCafferty, Steve Cosgrove, Effie Rankin, Martin Hanley.

Steve Cosgrove moved, Rhona Carson seconded, that the people nominated be declared elected unopposed. Carried.

Newtown Festival Appointments

Festival Director: Martin Hanley

Festival Committee: Anna Kemble Welch, James Coyle, Tom Law, Rhona Carson

Festival Review Team: Steve Dunn, Peter Frater (if he continues as Treasurer), Claire Pettigrew – with power to co-opt. Ken Allen said he could be willing to be co-opted.

The AGM was adjourned before the Festival business was concluded; to be continued in October.

Other Business – included a discussion about “Safety on our Streets” prompted by concerns about about men begging for money and hanging around the ATMs intimidating people. Jono Sharp from the Police responded to this, saying that the Police are doing what they can, and advising people to speak to the Police if they are having trouble.

See the meeting minutes for more details of the above topics.

2015 Annual General Meeting

Monday, 21st September, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.
All welcome!

Agenda: 
Confirming Minutes of 2014 AGM See here for the Minutes 
Matters arising
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report – Presentation of Annual Accounts
Election of Officers (President,Treasurer, Secretary, up to 3 Vice-Presidents and up to 9 Executive Members – see last year’s minutes for the current office holders.)
Newtown Festival Director’s Report
Appointment of Festival Director, Festival Committee and Festival Review Team.
Other Business.

Report on the August Residents’ Association Meeting

Brief Notes from the NRA Meeting on August 17th
You can see the full minutes by following this link.

The state of Newtown Streets
Residents are unhappy about the state of our streets and think that the contractors could do a better job.  A recent audit of the amount of rubbish and disrepair listed many problems.  The Association Secretary agreed to write a letter to the WCC about the concerns.

The Newtown Festival has been nominated for a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award (Heritage and Environment Category) in recognition of the work James Coyle and the rest of the recycling steering group and the volunteers put into recycling at the Street Fair this year.  The hope is to inspire other events to increase recycling efforts.  This could include permanent recycling stations on our streets.

Celebrate Newtown: this aspect of the Newtown Festival will run through February to late March 2016. The Festival Committee are inviting people to think of events to run during this time, that can be added to the programme.  If you have proposals, please contact us.

August Meeting

Newtown Residents’ Association Monthly Meeting: 

Monday, 17th August 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.  All welcome! 

Subscriptions are due now – so if you want to be a financial member, with a vote at the AGM on Monday 21st September, please bring a gold coin to the meeting.

We would like to hear about any issues you think should be discussed at the meeting – please contact us.

Report on the NRA July Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association met on July 20th 2015.

You can see the meeting minutes here. These were two of the main of the issues discussed:

Efforts to consult with contractors doing potentially disruptive street works.

In mid July Jeanie McCafferty, NRA Vice President and local retailer, became aware that work was about to start on upgrading the trolley wires in Constable St.  There had been no prior consultation, and the work was going to be very disruptive to traffic flows and parking.  Jeanie managed to arrange an emergency meeting with the contractors, other retailers, and WCC representatives, and agreement was reached on doing the work in the least disruptive way, including no Saturday work.  There is more to be done on establishing policies to make sure that in future there will always be consultation with affected parties before work starts.

Submission on Private Plan Change 79

A developer has applied to change the zoning of a property at 42a Riddiford Street from Inner Residential to Suburban Centre.  42a is a back section, and a zoning change would allow it to be amalgamated with properties at 40 and 42 Riddiford St for a combined commercial development.  The neighbours in the Residential zone, particularly in Nikau St, are very concerned about how this will affect them.  The meeting agreed to oppose this change. You can see the NRA Submission here.