The latest on what's happening in Newtown Wellington. Get active for your community! 1st September 2016, Edition 16-11
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Welcome to Spring!  There is a lot on in September, from Meet the Candidates meetings to the South Wellington Intermediate School Jubilee. Our own Newtown Residents' Association AGM is on this month too, on Monday 19th September.  See below for all the details!
"Keep Newtown Clean" - this Saturday
3rd September, 9am - 12 noon
Help wanted for painting out graffiti, cleaning and gardening, to spruce up our neighbourhood. We meet outside Newtown New World on Riddiford St - just come along betweeen 9 and 12 wearing old clothes, all equipment provided.

There will be free BBQ sausages for volunteers, and we will be selling sausages too so you are welcome to come along to say 'hello' and buy a sausage. You can find out more about the Residents' Association at the same time - if you are wanting to join we will be ready to accept your gold coin subscription!

Some volunteers will be helping to renew the garden outside St Thomas's. See our website for more information. We'll probably keep gardening through the afternoon, weather permitting, so if you can't come during the morning perhaps we'll see you in the afternoon.

Please note, Newtown Residents' Association has joined Timebank, so if you are a member too you can get Timebank credits for the time you spend volunteering at KNC.

KNC is cordinated by Newtown Residents' Association, with support from Amadeus Hair Salon, Wellington City Council, SB Maintenance, and Newtown New World.
The postal voting papers for Wellington City Mayor and Councillors, Greater Wellington Regional Councillors and members of the Capital and Coast District Health Board will be delivered to us all from 16th September, and need to be returned by 12noon on Saturday 8th October.  There are lots of Meet the Candidates Meetings you can go to, to help you decide .  See here for a comprehensive list on the WCC website.  
The Newtown Residents’ Association invites you to meet the WCC Southern Ward Candidates 

7pm Tuesday 13th September, St Anne’s Hall, Emmett St. 

Hear the Candidates' reasons why you should vote for them, their responses to ‘hot topics’, and their answers to questions from the floor.  
We are concentrating on Southern Ward candidates - you will have heard a lot from the mayoral candidates, but this is one of the few opportunities to focus on the people who are going to represent our local interests for the next three years.
Supper provided, with an opportunity to meet and talk informally as well as hearing the formal presentations.

If you have a 'hot topic' that you would like the candidates to talk about, please email usTwitter: #MeetTheCandidates
Mount Cook Mobilised: Meet the Lambton Ward Candidates
Sunday, 4th September 4pm, Mt Cook School Hall, 160 Tory St
In 2016 there are 8 candidates standing for Lambton Ward.  The format of the Mt Cook Meeting will be - each candidate has 3 minutes to introduce himself or herself, then the floor will be open for questions.  We expect most of the candidates will want to give a view on each question. 
Bring your questions!  There will be a microphone to make it easier to hear.

Wellington Public Health Association: Meet the CCDHB Candidates

Tuesday 20th September, 6:00 -7:30pm (doors open 5:45)
St Johns Hall, corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, Wellington

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 we will have a chance to vote for seven elected DHB members to  represent our communities on the eleven-member board.  You are invited to come and meet the candidates, and get a feel for what they stand for.

Light refreshments provided, entry by koha. Please RSVP to  
Find out more

September 9-17th

The 70th Jubilee of South Wellington as an intermediate school is coming up in September, and there are some great opportunities to have fun and socialise with others in the community, starting with an Art Show gala opening on Friday the 9th, and finishing with a great Jubilee Dinner and Dance on Saturday 17th. See more..
New Saturday Market
on Saturday September 10th, 9am-1pm, Kate Peters is starting a new weekly market at the Newtown Community Centre.  Come to the grand opening!
Origami earrings, beautiful art, music, flowers, scones and jam and more! Stalls by Unearthed, Sassy Monkey Lamps, Raukawa Prints, Ferret Books, Opportunity for Animals Vintage Stall, Metro retro.
Kate lives in Newtown now but she was involved in providing such spaces in Christchurch after the earthquakes. She loves community events which bring people together to meet and chat and says "I also like to provide spaces where people can buy and sell stuff you don't find in malls."  If you would like to have  a stall  contact her at

Annual General Meeting

Monday 19th September, 7.30pm at the Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St. All welcome!
This is when we discuss the year's activities and elect the Association Officers and other Executive members for 2016-2017.  We would love to hear from people interested in joining the Executive - in particular we haven't had any nominations yet for Secretary, so if your skills lend themselves to writing items for this Newsletter and the Website and similar tasks do get in touch to have a chat about it!  Nominees and nominators need to be financial members of the Association - see below.
Newtown Residents' Association Membership subscriptions  
If you support what we do, please sign up as a financial member. All it costs is a gold coin! Our financial year runs from July to June, so unless you paid in the past two months subscriptions are due now.  You can bring yours along on Saturday (3rd Sept) 9am-12 noon when we will be outside Newtown New World, co-ordinating Keep Newtown Clean, or you can call into Next Stop Earth, 76 Constable St, Wednesday to Saturday and talk with Jeanie about joining, or you can join up at one of our monthly meetings.
Brief notes - other local news
Basin Reserve
Wellington City Council have started to gather views from the community on the future of the Basin Reserve. The Deed of Trust, dated 17 October 1884 states that the Basin Reserve is “to be used for the purposes of a Cricket and Recreation Ground by the inhabitants for the time being of the City of Wellington."  It will  always be a venue for International Test Cricket and a public reserve open to the community.
 There are three interconnected issues:
1. The vision for enhancing the Basin Reserve as a cricket venue and public recreation space
2. The heritage value of the site and the surrounds
3. The city context and connectedness to the surrounding environment.

Local architects, Tennent Brown, have been commissioned to deliver preliminary concept designs. The brief is for two options, one retaining the Museum Stand and one removing it and using the space for other purposes - the Council will consider these and decide on the outcome.
Recently community representatives from Mt Cook, Mt Victoria and Newtown met with the design team to share ideas - we will post the outcome of this discussion on our website, and also keep you posted about future opportunities to meet and discuss the issues.
See the website for more, and to make your views known.

Mary Potter Hospice building plans 
You have probably seen publicity about these plans, and the distress they have caused the neighbours in Owen Street. There is a summary on our website, with a link to the plans.  There was a public meeting on Saturday 27th August when the protestors made their views clear.  At this stage we don't know what happens next, we will update the website when we have more news.

Kai Cycle have reached their PledgeMe target
They will be able to take the next step and build their shelter - thank you to all who helped!  See their Facebook page and enjoy the video they have made to celebrate.
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