The latest on what's happening in Newtown Wellington. Get active for your community!  2nd November 2015, Edition 15-14
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Report on Newtown Residents' Association October
  Monthly Meeting and resumed Annual General Meeting: 

The AGM was re-convened at this meeting - it was adjourned in September 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.  
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!

You can visit our website for links to the full minutes.
Advance notice for the November meeting
The next meeting is on Monday 16th November, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 70 Daniell St - put it in your diary now!  

The agenda will include a presentation from FIT - Fair Intelligent Transport - as introduced at the last meeting - see above, and see their proposal.  Light Rail through Newtown would affect us all if it came to pass - come to the meeting to hear and discuss their ideas!

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.
Spring time is gardening time!  But perhaps you don't have your own garden? Or perhaps you do but you would like to learn some new skills, meet some other gardeners, or get involved in a good cause?  Here are some local projects where you would be welcome!

This Wednesday! The WorkerBe Oasis invite you to a Volunteer Introduction on Wednesday 4th November 5.30pm at the new Urban Farm at 5 Hospital Road, off Adelaide Rd (see map).
Erin Todd, from WorkerBe, a social enterprise, and Linnea Lindstrom have recently founded WorkerBe Oasis. This is an incorporated society dedicated to the creation of a series of urban farms all over Wellington – places to grow vegetables (and fruit, nuts etc) in the most efficient manner they can come up with, to distribute to people in need.  Want to learn by doing? Sign up as a volunteer! Linnea will be on site four days a week to guide volunteers, but there are also time-flexible tasks. If you sign up for 2 hours of volunteering per week for 10 weeks, you're effectively a contributing member and can go to workshops half price on top of all the learning you'll do while volunteering!
The Newtown Community Garden Group

These keen gardeners grow vegetables and fruit in Carrara Park.  You are welcome to join the gardeners at their working bees 1st and 3rd  Saturday each month, 10am-12noon - the next is on Saturday 7th November.  Keep up-to-date with their activities through their Facebook Page

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Carrara Park is between Owen and Daniell Sts, access by pathway at 107 Daniell St or from Regent St.

The St Thomas’s Courtyard Project  
Members of the Newtown Residents’ Association and the St Thomas's congregation are working together to weed, plant and then maintain the courtyard garden in front of the church on Riddiford St, for the enjoyment of all.  There is a lot more planting to do, but we hope to have a flourishing garden in a few months time.  Email us if you would like to get involved.
The Wellington Town Belt Bill

This Bill, initiated by Wellington City Council, is now at the select committee stage. The Association supports the Bill in principle, and we have made a submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee saying so, with a few provisos. Our submission can be seen here.  A couple of other links you might find useful - the text of the bill and the WCC page - including a map.  The last sentence of our submission reads "We look forward to an Act that provides a comprehensive, locally determined framework for the protection of this vital green space for generations to come."

Theatre in Newtown
Nightmare - A new play by Lana Burns, directed by Julia Campbell, will be at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre (cnr Rintoul and Colombo Sts) on November 5th 6.30pm, November 6th and 7th 8pm.  Book at eventfinda.
Jimmy and his baby brother, Joel, have been removed from their abusive home to live with their unfamiliar Aunt Dala and the landlady Angie. Jimmy's days are gloomy, but Ole Lukoje, the Sandman, visits him at night and Jimmy can escape into dreams. But when the fantasy starts to seep into reality Ole grows too strong.  Performed by Deborah Eve Rea, James Locke, Susannah Donovan, Max Steel, Roderick O'Connor and featuring a chorus of Aotearoa's freshest faced performers (aged 8 - 12). 
New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 
A highlight of the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) calendar, the School’s anticipated Graduation Season 18-28 November 2015 is set once again to hit the stage. A long held tradition that marks the year end; these performances offer an intoxicating mix of classical ballet and contemporary choreography.  See here for all the details.

SAVE THE DATE: People’s Climate March
1pm Saturday 28 November

At the end of this month, the week before the Paris UN Climate talks, people around the globe will march in the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen. 
In Wellington, that's going to be a big fun family-friendly march about climate solutions - gathering at our Civic Square 1pm Saturday 28 November and marching with music and climate solutions signs to Parliament.

The organisers would love to see Wellingtonians and groups who have never been part of any march before joining in, because climate change is the greatest challenge of our time for all of us - and there are so many opportunities for New Zealand to be a fairer, healthier and emissions-free country faster.

Are you a Financial Member of the Residents' Association?

Welcome to all the new members who have joined us recently! If you support what the Association does then it would be great if you could endorse that by becoming a financial member - the subscription is set as low as it can go ('a gold coin') so there is minimal cost to joining - we don't benefit financially, but it can add to our credibility to be able to say we represent 'x number' of members.  And anyone (16yrs+) who lives, works, or has an interest in Newtown, Berhampore, Mt Cook or the surrounding suburbs is welcome to join! If you haven't yet paid your 2015/16 subscription please bring your gold coin to a meeting - or you could drop it in to Jeanie at Next Stop Earth, 76 Constable St - Jeanie's shop is open from Wednesday - Saturday.  She will take your details, and you can ask her all about the Association if you are new to us.

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