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 – email@example.com
Our Association joined with the rest of New Zealand in shock and grief when 50 people were shot at two mosques in Christchurch, and many more were injured.
Here in Newtown representatives of several community organisations met to talk about what to do, and decided to put on a community dinner to show love and support for the Muslim members of our community. All of Newtown was invited to come together to share food, support and conversation. Halal food was provided, and interpreters (Arabic, Somali and Farsi) were on hand to translate where necessary.
This event was held at Newtown School on the evening of Thursday 21st March. It was a wonderful and heartwarming occasion and we are so very grateful to all the people who helped to put it on, and all the people who came and made it such a success. We were privileged to hear some moving addresses from members of the Muslim community, responded to by our MP Paul Eagle. We enjoyed good food and good company, and the many children had lots of fun. Eryn at Newtown Community and Cultural Centre put it well – “people came together to celebrate the love we have for our diverse community and to send a strong message – Newtown is not a place for islamophobia, racism and fascism.” Let’s continue what was started here and go on to strengthen the connections and understanding between all our communities.
For the past month Wellington City Council has been asking for community input on proposals for cycleway routes through Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook as part of the urban cycleways project. Submissions were due on December 11th.
Our Association members have a wide range of opinions on cycleways, and so rather than making a submission advocating for any particular way forward we focused on the importance of recognising and acknowledging the needs and wishes of all members of our community.
See the Association submission here.
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.
The monthly meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday 20th August at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell Street.
On the agenda –
THE BUS SERVICE! GWRC Councillors Daran Ponter, Sue Kedgley and Ian McKinnon will be at the meeting to discuss what is going on.
“PEOPLE, FOOD, SPACE” Clara, a Landscape Architecture Student, is working on a thesis about creating inclusive spaces for multicultural society through community gardens in Newtown. She will tell us about this, and would welcome responses.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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).
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.