The latest on what's happening in Newtown Wellington. Get active for your community!  August 2015Edition 15-10
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Newtown Residents' Association Monthly Meeting: 
Monday, 17th August 2015, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.  All welcome! See below for notes from the July meeting.
Subscriptions are due now - so if you want to be a financial member, with a vote at the AGM on Monday 21st September, please bring a gold coin to the meeting.

We would like to hear about any issues you think should be discussed at the meeting - please contact us.
Newtown Residents have been active for at least 130 years!
We were intrigued to discover that as long ago as 1885 Newtown residents lobbied the Council about drainage problems! This plan accompanied a petition from residents to have an open drain covered to remove the risk it posed to the district due to "sewage oozing up into the playground of the schools in the ward...". See more on the WCC website.  (Right click and open to see the plan in detail - note the frog pond near the Constable and Riddiford St cnr!)
Have you got any records or other information to add to our understanding of the history of the Residents' Association?  Do let us know!
Wellington Community Choir Concert, Saturday 29th August

The Wellington Community Choir is celebrating with a programme of music from the world’s cultures at this special 10th anniversary concert. They will be joined by guest choirs and local musicians at the Michael Fowler Centre, 7.30 pm on Saturday August 29th. See more here.

We can almost claim the choir for Newtown – members from all over Wellington, including Newtown and Berhampore, come to Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre in Hutchison Rd to practice, and at this year’s Newtown Festival the Choir were the first performance on the Main Street stage. 
This promises to be an excellent concert - do go!  Get tickets from ticketek.

The Wellington Timebank is hosting a public talk with Dr Edgar Cahn, founder of Timebanking and the Co-production principle, and you are all invited. Eloquent, passionate and with a spontaneous sense of humour, Edgar Cahn is renowned for inspiring audiences with a powerful vision of a compassionate and fair society.

The talk is on Tuesday 1st September, 5.30 - 6.30pm, Mac’s Function Centre (Taranaki St Wharf)

RSVP by Friday 28 August

Architecture students redesign Newtown!
We were pleased to welcome a group of second year students to the July Residents' Association Meeting. They were taking the opportunity to get to know more about our community, as background research for their class design projects. 

They are working on two designs, an infill house in Newtown "for occupants who like to cycle",  and also an extension to the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre Campus.  They will be exploring ideas for an imagined new performance and meeting complex with a commercial community kitchen. Facilities for cycle hire, with a community cycle workshop and enclosed parking facility for bikes, are to be included.

Later in the year we hope to be able to present their research study and their design work, perhaps in the form of an exhibition. Who knows, some of their ideas might end up being used in the real world!

Brief Notes from the NRA Meeting on July 20th
You can see the full meeting minutes by following this link.

These were two of the main issues discussed:

Efforts to consult with contractors doing potentially disruptive street works.

In mid July Jeanie McCafferty, NRA Vice President and local retailer, became aware that work was about to start on upgrading the trolley wires in Constable St.  There had been no prior consultation, and the work was going to be very disruptive to traffic flows and parking. Jeanie managed to arrange an emergency meeting with the contractors, other retailers, and WCC representatives, and agreement was reached on doing the work in the least disruptive way, including no Saturday work. There is more to be done on establishing policies to make sure that in future there will always be consultation with affected parties before work starts.

Submission on Private Plan Change 79

A developer has applied to change the zoning of a property at 42a Riddiford Street from Inner Residential to Suburban Centre.  42a is a back section, and a zoning change would allow it to be amalgamated with properties at 40 and 42 Riddiford St for a combined commercial development.  The neighbours in the Residential zone, particularly in Nikau St, are very concerned about how this will affect them.  The meeting agreed to oppose this change. You can see the NRA Submission here.

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