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Keep Newtown Clean

Keep Newtown Clean
3rd December, 9am-12noon
This is our quarterly Newtown clean up morning!
Volunteers are needed for painting out graffiti, cleaning and gardening. This is a great way to get involved with the community – just come along between 9 and 12, and meet at the SB Maintenance van outside Newtown New World.  Wear old clothes, all equipment will be provided.  Free BBQ sausages for all volunteers!

Rotary Club of Wellington South “Pride of Workmanship Awards” 2016

 

Congratulations to Dave and Liz O’Sullivan of SB Maintenance.  We nominated them for this award in recognition of all they do for Keep Newtown Clean, and we were very happy to see them receive their awards on Wednesday 23rd November.

Pride of Workmanship awards

Pakize Sari (co-awards presenter) Rhona Carson (Newtown Residents Association – nominator) Liz and Dave O’Sullivan (SB Maintenance Limited – recipients) and Geoff Atkinson (guest speaker and awards presenter)

Since July 2013, SB Maintenance, owned by Dave and Liz O’Sullivan have supported the Keep Newtown Clean project, a voluntary project initiated by Newtown businesses/residents. For 18 months, KNC volunteers met on the first Saturday of the month from 9 – 1pm. SB Maintenance scoped out areas requiring attention prior to the event, prepared the necessary resources (graffiti paint out, graffiti removal, rubbish collection, gardening) and coordinated the volunteers on the day.

Dave and Liz declined to receive any payment from council for the work they were doing, stating, “If the Newtown community are volunteering their time, we will do the same.”

The commitment by the Newtown community/volunteers and SB Maintenance has restored pride in the community and beautified Newtown. As a result, volunteers and SB Maintenance now only need to meet quarterly.

Dave and Liz live and operate their business in Petone. They are committed to the communities they work in and have an ‘attention to detail’ ethic, which provides Wellingtonians and WCC with a professional/quality and timely service.

 

 

November meeting minutes

Notes from the Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting
Monday 21st November

See the full minutes of the meeting here.

Annual Accounts
These were presented to the meeting and accepted – at the time of the AGM in September they were still with the auditor.
Submissions
WCC Draft Playspaces Policy – NRA submission made
Airport runway extension S274 Notice – ready.
Introducing Ray Tuffin
Ray is the Newtown Community Liaison Officer employed by Wellington City Council, and has been in the job 3 weeks. Ray is the link between Community and Council – you can contact him on ray.tuffin@wcc.govt.nz if you have anything to report or discuss concerning WCC services.
He outlined his role and some current WCC projects coming to Newtown –

  • Blindsquare – an app helping blind people navigate around business area and shops based on verbal directions.
  • Eyeson – Retail security program to link businesses with other support to prevent shoplifting.

An office at 8 Constable Street will be Ray’s base, and also available for other community use.
See the full minutes for more about what Ray has been doing.
Emergency Response
Ray and Bessie were among the WCC staff on duty at the WREMO centre 24/7 since the earthquake on 14/11.  They described how this unfolded and the many tasks WCC were involved with in helping people .
Issues for the 2017 WCC Annual Plan
We have started thinking about what we might include in a submission to WCC next year. Please contact us if you have any comments or anything to add!
Suggestions

  • Carrara Park facilities – drinking water and toilet
  • General beautification – particularly trees
  • Support laneways project – currently in CBD, extend to Newtown?
  • Perhaps include signage too
  • Query about whether WCC ‘Placemaking’ project is still current
  • Love the Bay has found people want spaces to rest and watch
  • Reclaiming poster bollards
  • Sculptures about the place – would Wellington Sculpture Trust operate in suburbs?
  • Working with Newtown School on plans for the swimming pool

This was the final formal meeting for 2016 – next meeting Monday 20th February 2017.

November meeting notice

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

This will be a great opportunity to meet Ray Tuffin, the newly appointed WCC Newtown Liaison Officer, and hear about what he can do to help all Newtown residents and business people in their dealings with the Council. In his two weeks in the job he has already been following up complaints about weed growth, flooding, and other issues that have been plaguing us. He has been out and about, meeting people and getting to know the community, and is very enthusiastic about his new role.  NB – working with WREMO on facilitating a Newtown Community Response Plan is among Ray’s priorities.

Also, the November meeting is the last formal Residents’ Association meeting for the year and a good time to discuss any issues we would like to see included in the 2017 WCC Annual Plan – the call for submissions will come out before our next meeting in February, so lets be prepared!

Prince of Wales Reservoir – Public Information Afternoon

Thursday 24 November, 3:30 – 7:30, venue: Massey Executive Suite

Improving emergency water supplies for central Wellington should be very much in everyone’s thoughts at present! Wellington Water is holding a public information afternoon on 24 November, as part of the resource consent process. See their Q&A Sheet and a Timeline/Roadmap for more about the project.

Executive Seminar Suite, Gate A, Massey University, Wallace Street, Mount Cook. Parking Available through Gate E, Tasman Street

 

October meeting notes

This meeting was held on Monday 17th October, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall in Daniell Street, and these were some of the main topics.

WCC Newtown Liaison Officer and Newtown office

It was announced that Ray Tuffin has been appointed to this position. He has a business and community background, and will be starting on 31st October. We are looking forward to welcoming him to his new role.  WCC is planning to lease a Newtown Office, and this was mentioned in a WCC Resiliency Newsletter.

Neighbours’ Day is approaching – 25th – 26th March.  We discussed possible events we might initiate, a small group is to consider further.  Application for funding needs to go to Council by the end of the month – 28/10.

Airport Runway submission

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and Wellington City Council (WCC) have prepared reports on the resource consent application for the Wellington International Airport runway extension, which are available here.  We decided to apply to be a party to the Environment Court proceedings, when the time comes.

WCC Play Spaces consultation.

Discussion of playgrounds in Newtown, and the use of the Town Belt. Noted Carrara Park playground is on the cover of the consultation document.  Submissions close 5pm 18th November. To consider further.

Community Patrol

Tom Law reported that when cars were being interfered with and broken into over a few weeks a month or two ago there were complaints that the Police were not around. However in fact the Police were involved with undercover patrols, and the Community Patrol were also keeping an eye on things. The Police worked well in catching a suspected offender.  Tom is happy to hear from people interested in joining the Community Patrol.

Community Engagement Planning

This is the process for gathering community views on the redevelopment of  community facilities in Newtown, and coming up with a plan for how the funds set aside in the Long Term Plan should be spent. NRA has committed to taking a lead role in coordinating the community engagement process, and we agreed a planning group of NRA members and Newtown Community Centre people would workshop ideas for how to take this forward.

Congratulations to Wellingtonian of the Year nominees.

Martin Hanley and Anna Kemble Welch have been nominated in recognition of their 22 years involvement with the Newtown Festival. The meeting expressed hearty congratulations and good wishes to them both.

 See the full meeting minutes here.

Next meeting: Monday November 21st 2016, 7.30 pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.

 

 

 

Nomination: Wellingtonians of the Year

Congratulations!

Two of our members are finalists for Wellingtonians of the Year, in the Community Service category.  Anna Kemble Welch and Martin Haney joined the Association soon after they moved to Daniell Street in the early 1980s, and have been closely involved with the Association and with countless community projects ever since. It was their role with Newtown Festival that inspired this nomination.

As Dr Seuss put it in The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

2016 AGM notes

Notes on the Newtown Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting

The meeting was held on Monday September 19th, 7.30pm at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street.

The President, Rhona Carson, reported on a busy and successful year. Hightlights included:

  • Meeting with the Wellington City Council CEO and other Council officers in May and the resulting decision for WCC to appoint a Newtown Liaison Officer. [An appointment has been made and will be announced in the near future.]
  • We have made submissions to Wellington City Council on the 2016 Annual Plan, the Town Belt Bill, the Dog Policy and the Animal Bylaw, and to Greater Wellington Regional Council on the Airport Runway Extension.
  • The Newtown Festival was again a great success, and WCC recognised its importance by increasing its grant for 2017 – although not as much as we had asked for.
  • Keep Newtown Clean has continued on a quarterly basis – the next event is on Saturday 3rd December.  Its is well supported by Wellington City Council and by David Wilcock of the Newtown Business Group, who started it off in 2013. Extra special thanks go to Dave and Liz of SB Maintenance, the graffiti removal contractors, who have helped voluntarily ever since KNC started, and to Newtown New World who donate all the supplies for the BBQ.
  • The St Thomas’s Courtyard Garden project is continuing to redevelop the garden on Riddiford St. There was a very enjoyable afternoon tea in the garden on Neighbours’ Day in March
  • The Meet the Candidates Meeting on September 13th. Rhona thanked all involved, in particular Patrick Morgan for his contribution to organising and chairing the meeting.

Financial Report
The audited accounts are not yet available; as with last year the AGM will need to be reconvened at a later date so they can be presented. There is no need for concern; the finances are in good shape with reserves in the bank.

Elections – Newtown Residents’ Association Executive 2016-2017

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

Proposals discussed:
Community engagement process for deciding on how to spend the money set aside in the Long Term Plan for redeveloping Newtown community facilities. WCC have asked our Association to be the lead agency in this process, and AGM discussed this and passed a motion agreeing that we will take on this role.

Change of name for Newtown Residents’ Association? It has been proposed that there should be one Association including Residents, Business people and others with an interest in Newtown. See the relevant report here. Our rules allow us to be this Association, should we change our name to reflect this? There were mixed views, and it was agreed that we would continue to think about these issues.

Newtown Festival
Planning is underway for the 2017 Festival. The Festival Committee are making progress towards establishing a Charitable Trust to run future Festivals – this has been an idea in development since 2014. We expect it will come to pass before the next Festival takes place. In the interim the Association passed the Festival’s annual operational funding and management resolution, which empowers the Director to run the Festival, and appointed the Festival officers –

  • Newtown Festival Director – Martin Hanley
  • Newtown Festival Committee – Anna Kemble Welch, Tom Law, Rhona Carson, Keith Powell, James Coyle, Andrew Leggott and Simon Wood
  • Newtown Festival Review Team – Peter Frater, Steve Dunn, Ken Allen.

See the full AGM Minutes here (in draft form until confirmed at the 2107 AGM) and Presidents’ Report here.

Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting

 

Monday 19th September, 7.30pm, Newtown Hall 71 Daniell St

Agenda: 
Confirming Minutes of 2015 AGM See here for the Minutes 
Matters arising
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report

Discussion of proposals for the Residents’ Association:

  • Proposal that NRA take on the WCC contract for community engagement re use of funds for community facilities.
  • It has been proposed that there should be one Association including Residents, Business people and others with an interest in Newtown. See the relevant report here. Our rules allow us to be this Association, should we change our name to reflect this?

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

Discussion of development of Newtown Festival Trust
Appointment of Festival Director, Festival Committee and Festival Review Team

Other Business.

Meet the CCDHB Candidates 

Every one of us  depends on access to quality health care to keep us healthy and help us when we are unwell, injured or disabled, but how much do we know about the people who want to lead Capital and Coast District Health Board? In October, as well as the local body elections, we will have a chance to vote for seven elected DHB members to  represent our communities on the eleven-member board.  The Wellington Public Health Association invites you to come and meet the candidates, and get a feel for what they stand for:

When: Tuesday 20th September, 6:00 -7:30pm (doors open 5:45)

Where: St Johns Hall, corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, Wellington

Light refreshments provided, entry by koha. Please RSVP to wellingtonpha@gmail.com or Find out more https://www.facebook.com/events/1829843237244984/

 

 

Public meeting re housing development

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Public Meeting – 10am on Saturday 27th August, Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell Street, to discuss Mary Potter Hospice’s building proposal.

See here to have a look at the plans. They will also be on display at the meeting.

Mary Potter Hospice are planning to build two large apartment blocks within the hospice complex on the corner of Mein and Owen Streets.  This has come as a shock to the Owen Street residents whose properties are on the hospice boundary, particularly as this small site has been designated a special housing area and therefore doesn’t need to comply with the usual rules, including height restrictions.

The residents have enlisted the help of local MP Annette King and Southern Ward Councillor Paul Eagle, who have called a public meeting to discuss the proposal. See the meeting notice here.

This issue has also been reported in the Dominion Post – follow the link for more.

Meet the Candidates

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We have invited the Southern Ward Candidates to a ‘Meet the Candidates’ Meeting hosted by the Newtown Residents’ Association, to tell us why they should represent us on Wellington City Council for the next three years. 

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 the formal presentations you can mix and mingle and talk informally.
When: 7pm on Tuesday 13th September
Where: St Anne’s Hall, Emmett St, Newtown
Twitter: #MeetTheCandidates@NewtownResAssc

Postal voting is between 16th September and 8th October.

August Meeting

Monday, 15th August 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.

We haven’t any visiting speakers arranged for this meeting.  It will be an opportunity to raise issues and discuss your thoughts, concerns and ideas about our suburb and the surrounding area.

Everyone is welcome!

Notes from the July Meeting

See the full meeting minutes here.

We had a positive, well attended meeting on Monday 18th July.

As well as a good turn-out of local Residents we also welcomed four Victoria University Landscape Architecture students, who are doing a class project on Newtown, its community and its issues, and four Wellington City Council Officers: Mike Mendonca (WCC Chief Resilience Manager), Jenny Rains (WCC Community Service Manager), Bessie Fepulea’i (Community and Neighbourhood Advisor), and Deane Virtue (WCC Team Leader Cleansing & Growth).

Newtown Coordinator position and upgrade to Newtown facilities:

Jenny Rains, WCC Community Service Manager, introduced this topic.  The proposal for a new position of Newtown Coordinator within WCC came as a response to the frustrations expressed by residents at the May meeting with WCC CEO Kevin Lavery and other WCC officers. The appointee will be able to make sure the relevant WCC services are joined up to respond to Residents’ concerns. The job description is still being developed and there will be further consultation about the details.

Jenny also reported on money set aside in the WCC Long Term Plan to upgrade Newtown facilities. In this financial year (July 2016 – June 2017) there is $48,000 available to develop a concept through community engagement, and there is funding for capital projects of $610,137 in 2017/18 and $2,728,177 in 2019/20.  Vogelmorn and Aro Valley are also involved in similar projects.

Resilient Wellington

Mike Mendonca, WCC Chief Resilience Manager, introduced this topic.

Challenge: defining what is “Resilience”?

Mike gave a brief historical overview and moved on to outlining the main areas of concern.

  • Sea level rise – what does that mean for us?
  • Earthquake: probable within 50 years.
  • Population growth – expecting 50,000 more people – planning needs to build in resilience.
  • Housing – how can we ensure we can afford to house the expected population?
  • How can Wellington look after the most vulnerable communities?

All these things are included in a report to Council -see here

The report was accepted at the WCC meeting on 29th June, and a draft Resilience Strategy is to be presented on 28 September 2016.

A number of issues were discussed, with a particular concern about securing a water supply post-earthquake. See the meeting minutes for more.

Jenny Rains, Mike Mendonca and the other Council visitors were thanked and applauded for their contributions.

Submission on the proposed Airport Runway Extension

People interested in this stayed on to discuss a draft submission prepared by Patrick Morgan.

There was no strong consensus either for or against the project – there was discussion and some approval of the economic benefits if direct long haul flights did come to Wellington, but a lot of concerns as well.  These centred on the cost, the perception of a weak business case, and the effects of the anticipated increases in road traffic.

The next step agreed was for Patrick to re-draft the submission and for it to be circulated for discussion via email. The submission is due on 12th August.

2016 Newtown Festival

 Martin Hanley (Festival Director) went through a written report that had been circulated at the beginning of the meeting, and thanked all who had been involved in making the Festival such a great success.