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Notes from the Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting held on Monday 21st May

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 newtownwellington@gmail.com.

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 newtownwellington@gmail.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.

 

 

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.

WCC review of the Outer Green Belt Management Plan

The Outer Green Belt is a network of public parks and open spaces extending from Tawa in the north all the way south to the Brooklyn turbine and the coast below. It is an enormous area and the current Management Plan outlines the key values of the reserves and guides how the Council will manage and maintain the various spaces and places. See this attached letter for details of the review, dates of drop-in meetings , and how you can have your say. There is also a short online survey where you can quickly and easily give the Council your thoughts – responses by 24th November please.

Meet the Candidates Meeting – Tuesday 14th November 2017

We are inviting you to meet the Southern Ward By-election Candidates. This Meeting is at St Anne’s Hall, Emmett St, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th November – the doors open at 7.10pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7.30.

These are the confirmed candidates –
Vicki Greco, Mohamud Mohamed, Don Newt McDonald, Laurie Foon, Fleur Fitzsimons, Rob Goulden, Thomas G P Morgan and Merio Marsters. They have all been invited, and we hope all will be there. Hear their reasons why you should vote for them, their responses to ‘hot topics’ and their answers to questions from the floor.

Supper is provided, so after hearing the formal presentations you can talk informally over a cuppa and a snack.

Postal voting is between 30th November and 22nd December.

Notes from our monthly meeting on 16th October 2017

These are brief notes of the topics discussed, but you can see the full minutes here.

Prince of Wales Park Submission

Wellington City Council have issued a public notice that they intend to go ahead with constructing the reservoir at Prince of Wales Park. We have decided to make a submission about this, in order to keep involved in the process. This will make similar points to our submission on the resource consent; this time the emphasis is on the earthworks.  [Update – see the completed submission here.]

Liquor license applications, and similar issues.

Discussed an application to establish an off-licence called The Black Bull at 236 Riddiford Street – the current Silk Route Spices site on the corner of Gordon Place.

We are waiting for the next moves in the Zoo Bar licence application – our Association objected to the extended hours requested.

Newtown has a liquor ban in force  but there aren’t many signs about the ban – we will ask Ray Tuffin (WCC Liaison Officer) to look into this.

The Security Guard at the Library has been keeping an eye on people drinking or causing concern around the Library and on the corner with Riddiford St – the meeting expressed our appreciation for this.

 Workingmen’s Bowling Club

The WCC officers’ opinion is that the Club should not get a new lease because “the current circumstances of the club do not meet the Assessment Criteria” under the Town Belt Management Plan. We think that the Club is a valuable community resource, and want to support them to increase their community connections.

The Club had a very successful open day on Sunday 15th October, which increased membership significantly. They have a lot of community support.

[Update – after a constructive discussion with the Council on 24/11, the lease will now continue through until at least April next year to enable everyone to understand the issues around the future of the Club.]

Meet the Candidates Evening

We will proceed with planning for a Meet the Candidates Meeting for the Southern Ward By-Election

A “Thank You” to Paul Eagle

Discussion of the By-Election prompted expressions of appreciation for the work Paul Eagle did in representing Newtown on Council.  A motion thanking Paul for his contribution and welcoming him as our new MP was passed unanimously and enthusiastically.

Neighbours Day 2018

It is time to apply for a WCC grant if we want to have a Neighbours’ Day function. Last year we provided an evening of activities in Newtown Park.  We agreed to plan to repeat this next year.

Parking

Car parking in Newtown is already very difficult and is going to get worse next year. The new children’s hospital will take away a lot of hospital parking – and hospital staff parking on surrounding streets is already causing major problems.

Ray Tuffin at Kia Ora gets numerous complaints about parking issues, and is initiating a major project exploring parking options.

Next month’s meeting is on Monday 20th November. We expect to designate this a Special General Meeting, and to present the Annual Accounts.

2017 Annual General Meeting

Notes of the Newtown Residents’ Association AGM held at the Newtown Community Hall on Monday September 21st.

The President, Rhona Carson, reported on a busy year. Highlights included:

  • The success of the Newtown Festival and establishing the Newtown Festival Trust
  • Publishing the Wellington South Licensing Trust History
  • City Council relationships- particularly Ray Tuffin’s appointment
  • Newtown Neighbours Night on 24th February was very successful
  • Submissions were made on the Wellington City Council Annual Plan, the WCC Playspaces Policy, the Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and the Wellington Water application to WCC for Town Belt Easement for the construction and operation of the Prince of Wales/ Omāroro Reservoir. Also to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, who were consulting on an Urban Development Authorities Discussion Document
  • Our Town Newtown is in the stage of analysing data gathered
  • Keep Newtown Clean is continuing on a quarterly basis
  • Newtown Community Garden group has been revived
  • Repurposing the Caltex site for use by Mechanical Tempest, Rebicycle and the Dance-o-Mat looks very promising – congratulations to the owners, the WCC, the community groups and Newtown Festival for the work in coordinating this.
  • Our Meet the Candidates meeting for the Rongotai Electorate went well, with record attendance. Thanks are due to the MC Patrick Morgan, and all who helped with organising the meeting.

Financial Report
The audited accounts are not yet available, due to needing to change the auditor unexpectedly. We resolved to present them at a later meeting. There is no need for concern; the finances are in good shape with reserves in the bank.

Newtown Festival Trust
For the past 23 years the Newtown Festival has been hosted by the Newtown Residents’ Association through the Festival Committee. For some years the Association has wanted to form a Festival Trust, and now it has happened. James Coyle and Anna Kemble Welch are the two founding Trustees, and shortly they will be joined by three, or probably four, others. At this meeting the members present passed the necessary motions to hand over responsibility for the Festival from the Association to the Trust, and this will come fully into effect when the other Trustees have been appointed.  The Newtown Festival Committee will continue on, but from then on will report to the Trust. We passed a motion of thanks to Martin Hanley, the Festival Director, for the enormous amount of work involved in negotiating the Trust. Thanks are also due to the law firm Chapman Tripp, who provided all the legal work pro-bono.  They have been extremely helpful.

Elections – Newtown Residents’ Association Executive 2017-2018
The nominees were all elected unopposed.

  • President:  Rhona Carson
  • Secretary: No nominations. Rhona Carson will continue in the meantime.
  • Treasurer:  Jane Patterson
  • Vice Presidents  Martin Hanley, Kevin Lethbridge (continuing as membership secretary)
  • Executive Carol Comber, Steve Cosgrove (minutes secretary), James Coyle, Peter Frater,  Keith Powell, Stephen Pritchard, Effie Rankin,Cheryl Robilliard, Sam Somers.

Rhona thanked Steve Dunn, who stood down from the Executive this year. Steve is a past President and has worked extremely hard for the Association. Recently he brought a long standing project to a successful conclusion by coordinating the publication of the History of the Wellington South Licensing Trust.

See the full AGM minutes here.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting will be on Monday 18th Sept 7.30 pm, at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St.

All welcome!

See here for the Presidents’ Report and here for the Draft Minutes of the 2016 AGM.

This meeting is when we elect the Association Officers and other Executive members for 2017-2018, discuss the year’s activities and plan for the future.  We would like to hear from people interested in joining the Executive. The President (Rhona Carson) and Treasurer (Jane Patterson) are standing for re-election, but we haven’t had any nominations yet for Secretary, so if you might be interested and your skills lend themselves to writing items for our Newsletter and this Website and similar tasks do get in touch to have a chat about it!

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 other main business for the 2017 AGM is the handover of responsibility for the Newtown Festival to the Newtown Festival Trust. The Trust has been established and has been accepted by Charities Services as a Charitable Trust. Resolutions approving the handover will be voted on at the meeting.

The History of the Wellington South Licensing Trust

The history of the history!

The Wellington South Licensing Trust was established in 1972, ceased to operate in 1998, and was wound up in 2001. Its final act was to give a grant to the Newtown Residents’ Association to fund a history of the Trust. This was started, but time passed, people moved on, and the early efforts were lost. In 2012 Steve Dunn, who was then the Association President, undertook the task of reviving the History.  He commissioned historian and Association member Peter Cooke to make a fresh start. Peter accessed some documents from the National Archives, most importantly a list of the Trustees. He then taped intervews with the 12 of them he was able to contact and who agreed, and typed up transcripts. One of the trustees, John Gilberthorpe, was able to provide some publicity material and photographs from the 1970s.  Next, the material was passed on to Tony Pritchard to prepare a document that could be posted on our website. Tony wrote a short beginning-to-end history, with a little bit of the opinion and conjecture from the interviews. He also listened to the interviews, edited the transcripts, and produced a very lively story, which we have now published and recommend for your reading pleasure! Many thanks to Steve, Peter and Tony for keeping the project alive and bringing it to a conclusion, and also to  the Trustees for the original grant and for their cooperation in recalling and recording the stories of the Trust.

We have created a new page for Local History, where you will find this account.

Our Town Newtown Questionnaire Closing 31st August

Please make sure your thoughts about Newtown are included – you can do the questionnaire on line, or get a paper copy from Kia Ora Newtown at 6 Constable St, the Newtown Community and Cultural centre or the Newtown Library.

When all the responses are in Cally O’Neill, the project designer and facilitator, can get to work on analysing the results. See more about the Our Town Newtown project here. 

Notes from the August Meeting

 

The Residents’ Association meeting on 21st August included the following:

Predator Free Mt Cook Newtown

Recently granted funding means they can build and circulate more traps.  Contact them (mailto:predatorfreemcn@gmail.com) to either pick up a free trap, or buy a ‘fancy’ trap at a discounted price. There are currently 80 traps in Newtown, and more than 300 rats have been caught, but more are needed for good coverage. Sponsors are Kiwibank (funding – National Predator-Free trust), Forest and Bird have loaned traps, Placemakers Kilbirnie have donated wood. Volunteers are needed for building traps – working bee at 40A Wright Street, Mt Cook 1:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday 3 September.

It would be good to hear from anyone able and willing to coordinate extending the Predator Free project to Berhampore.

An update about the Our Town Newtown Project
The Saturday 19th August ‘Shine a light on Newtown’ event had smallish attendance but achieved a good deal in sorting through ideas which have been put forward.

An interactive website is now available at http://www.ourtownnewtown.co.nz

This includes an online map of Newtown where people can make comments about facilities, and has a link to the project questionnaire. Responses to the questionnaire need to be in by the end of August.

 Wellington City Council projects in Newtown
Rhona Carson presented a report on behalf of Ray Tuffin (WCC Community Advisor for Newtown). Continue reading Notes from the August Meeting

“Keep Newtown Clean”

Saturday September 2nd, 9am – 12 noon

Our next big Newtown clean-up is the first Saturday in September. Can you help? We will meet outside the Newtown Mall between 9am and 12noon – wear your old clothes, all equipment is provided. There will be painting, cleaning and gardening to do, BBQ cooking to help with – and Timebank credits to earn, if you are a Timebank member.

Volunteers get free BBQ sausages, thanks to Newtown New World – and sausages are for sale too, so you are welcome to come just to say “hello” and buy one!  Halal sausages are available.

KNC is coordinated by Newtown Residents’ Association and supported by SB Maintenance (the amazing graffiti removal experts), Newtown New World, Wellington City Council, and Amadeus Hair Salon.

Monthly Meeting: 21st August

Our next meeting will be on Monday,
7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.
The agenda will include:
  • An update about the Our Town Newtown Project
  • A report about Wellington City Council projects in Newtown
  • Progress with Predator Free Mt Cook Newtown
  • Planning for the Meet the Candidates meeting on September 5th
All welcome!

Meet the Candidates – September 5th

We are holding a Meet the Candidates Meeting for the Rongotai Electorate on Tuesday September 5th at St Anne’s Hall, Emmett St, Newtown. The doors open at 7.10pm, and the meeting will start promptly at 7.30pm. Patrick Morgan will be in the chair. The formal presentations, questions and answers will be followed by supper and time for informal chats – we do a good supper!

Election Day is Saturday September 23rd, but advance voting opens on Monday September 11th and you can vote from then on.  Come along the week before and hear what the candidates for our electorate have to say.

Are you enrolled to vote? If not, you can do this any time up until September 22nd – find out how here. There are more then 5500 people of voting age in our electorate who aren’t enrolled – if you are one of them, now’s your chance to change that and to make this the election when you have your say!