The latest on what's happening in Newtown Wellington. Get active for your community! Newsletter 17:6 10th April 2017.
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No Residents' Association meeting in April

Our regular Association meeting is on the 3rd Monday of the month, but this month that is Easter Monday. The Association Executive considered meeting on the following Monday, but that is the day before Anzac Day and again a number of people are taking a long weekend. We reluctantly decided to cancel the meeting for this month. If you have a topic you wanted to discuss at the meeting please contact us - we can put it on the May agenda or perhaps write an item about it for the next Newsletter - whichever seems approporiate.

The next Residents’ Association Meeting will now be 7.30pm on Monday May 15th.  As usual we will meet at the Newtown Hall. 71 Daniell St.

Predator-Free Mt Cook and Newtown
We announced this group in the last newsletter, and it has gathered strength since then. See the 'Pest Free' facebook page for more information.
A working bee on March 19th at the Vogelmorn Community Centre built 70 trap tunnels from recycled fence palings - they are then equipped with a rat trap and mouse trap inside. The group are starting to distribute traps in Newtown. There are still plenty of gaps so please get in touch with the organisers  if you can host one in your backyard. They give you the trap and you keep it set and report any catches. 
Vinnies Book Fair
St Anne's Hall: 22 Emmett St, Newtown
Saturday 22 April 8am - 4pm
and Sunday 23 April 9am - 3pm
The bi-annual Vinnies Book Fair is back again!  This is an event for all the bookworms out there. All books are $2 or less. With a wide range of genres from romance to sci-fi, drama, autobiographies, cooking books, children’s books and much more, you are sure to find a hidden gem. There are thousands of second hand novels at extremely low prices. 
The proceeds from the book fair go towards Vinnies Welfare Programs which help your local communities, from providing food parcels and budgeting support to supporting people move into their new homes and combating loneliness. 
 
If you are interested in volunteering at the Vinnies Book Fair or have books to donate, please call: 04 389 7122 or email marketing@vinnieswgtn.org.nz.
Notes from the March meeting

The Residents’ Association meeting on March 20th focussed on reports and updates about local events and concerns. These are some of the topics discussed.

Neighbour’s Night

Daphne Pilaar, one of the main organisers, gave a summary of the very successful evening – thanking the variety of individuals and organisations involved. See here for a full description of the evening.

Newtown Festival Street Fair Day, Sunday March 5th

Rhona Carson reported on another successful event.

Plans to create a Trust to run the Festival are moving ahead, and a motion was passed requesting that this process be completed by the end of the financial year – a practical time for ease of accounting.

Garage Sale, Saturday March 11th – a very wet day, but some people participated.

Bike KREW Rodeo – was to have been on Sunday March 12th, but extreme weather conditions meant it was postponed till Saturday March 18th. About 30 children, with caregivers took part – a good number and a successful first Bike KREW Rodeo. Many thanks to ReBicycle and to the Communities on Bikes fund.

Our Town Newtown – the project planning for community facilities in Newtown.

Currently it seems that the community input phase will take longer than the planned June timeframe. The next step is a working group meeting in early April, and news of other community events should follow soon after.

There is a questionnaire almost ready to send out, and we are hoping that there will be a good rate of response when the time comes.

WCC Annual Plan

Our local Councillors, Paul Eagle and David Lee, gave an update on the Annual Plan process and outlined some of the proposals in the draft.

There was less public participation in the development of the draft Annual Plan for 2017/18, but there will be public consultation before it is finalised.

Predator-Free Mt Cook / Newtown

This project has been expanded to include Newtown.

David Lee reported that a workshop on March 19th produced about 70 traps. The target is about 250. (One house in five is sufficient to gain control over rats.)

Contact the organisers (Gary and Andrew) if you would like to be involved – mailto:predatorfreemcn@gmail.com

Local Housing

WCC is half-way through a 30-year plan to refurbish its housing.

Housing New Zealand are reconditioning some of their buildings.

No new special housing areas have been created. The meeting expressed concern about the process and consequences of granting Special Housing Area status.

History Projects

An attendee with a special interest in history asked for an update. There are two projects on the go – one describing the history of Newtown and the other the history of the Wellington South Licensing Trust. Both of these are in the process of transferring data into an online format, and are still works in progress.

Suggestions were made for local Improvements, including:

“Welcome to Newtown” signs to promote and show pride in our suburb, extended Library hours on Saturdays and improved speed management on local streets.

See here for the full minutes of the meeting.

Newtown Festival Street Fair:
Stall bookings are open for 2018
The next Newtown Festival Street Fair is on Sunday 4th March 2018.  Would you like to book a stall to sell your art, crafts or other goods, promote your community group, or cook your favourite recipes for our Festival crowds?  See here for more.
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