Tree Planting on Silversky Track, Crofton Downs, 9am to 12am, Saturday 19 June and 3 July, 2021

Around 300 trees in total have been ordered. About 150 trees will be delivered on the Friday before each planting day. Richard Grasse with help will lay out the trees in positions on the Friday, and we will plant them out on the Saturday. We will begin planting around 9am, and finish around midday, or so. Please bring a spade or grubber for digging the hole, and gloves for your hand protection. The planting areas are:

Saturday 19 June: at the top of Silversky, near the Transpower service road – access is via end of Downing St;

Saturday 3 July: at the entrance from Downing St – access is via end of Downing St;

There will be no planting at the bottom of Silversky, up from the ROW, which is now fully planted.

We will need to follow the WCC Covid19 plan for each planting. For this, I will record each attendant on a piece of paper, and each attendant should wear gloves. If you need a grubber, for example, please email me especially, and I will sanitise your handle. If you dont have gloves, please email, and I can supply some disposable gloves. Otherwise there is plenty of space for everyone, so please dont hold off because of concerns re the 1 or 2 metre rule. You should have gloves so that we dont get cross contamination when you handle the plants, etc.

If you are driving or walking, entry to Silversky track is at the end of Downing Street, up the Right of Way. Please do not park on the ROW which is private. Everyone is welcome. If you have not planted before, no problem, as lessons are available.

Hope you can make it, and that the weather is good for planting.


Graham Weir 027 472 4260

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Mid Winter Ceilidh

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Naylor Love Update – 122 Churchill Dr

Naylor Love have provided the following update for work on the Bupa Care Home:

“June Update: Bupa Care Facility at 122 Churchill Drive

We are continuing to work through the construction of the exit ramp at the Bowen Hospital side of the building. Throughout the month we will be using the entrance to the site as our exit also, our team will always remain on stand-by to ensure vehicles can leave the site safely, for larger vehicles this will mean using stop-go signs. We will endeavour to keep these disruptions to a minimum.

The crane will be coming down at the end of this month, we will be dismantling it over a few days and will send out the exact dates and further information around this closer to the time.

All our services trades have completed the first fix stage of the entire building, we are working through the final stages of internal lining and second fixing is following on from that.

We will send out another update at the start of July, if you have any questions, you’re welcome to e-mail us on: ”

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The Water Cooler

A community activity that we are keen to support:

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Going Carbon Neutral

We are delighted to report that the Ngaio Crofton Downs Going Carbon Neutral project is back on its feet, and good progress is being made, after a slow-down during the year of Covid.

From June 2021, NCD Going Carbon Neutral is setting up a drop-in collection station for recycling smaller items.

When: 10am to noon, on the first Saturday of every month, beginning 5th June
Where: The Ngaio Union Church (cnr Kenya Street and Crofton Rd)
What to bring:

About Ngaio Crofton Downs Going Neutral

A group drawn from Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association (NCDRA) and Ngaio Union Church (NUC), with Wellington City Council (WCC) support, is leading a mission to have our suburbs heading towards becoming carbon neutral. Council funding for sustainability is proposed in the long term plan under Te Atakura – First to Zero action plan. The widest range of community projects to reduce our carbon footprint will be accepted into the programme.

We are getting started with a recycling project with the Wellington Sustainability Trust – they do some amazing work, and we can be part of it. Amongst their initiatives, the Trust accepts many items which they make sure are recycled in the right way. The smaller items such as plastic and metal lids, or pens, make sense to drop off if you are passing by, or visiting their Eco Shop which sells socially and environmentally responsible products. But otherwise, the drive to drop off these items wouldn’t be environmentally sensible.

This is how we are going to work with the project.

So, we are calling out to all residents to get involved in our “Going Carbon Neutral”. Small steps can make a big change to our environment.

Also, any suggestions for other projects under the NCD Going Carbon Neutral umbrella are welcomed, and of course so are offers of volunteer help.




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May Update: Bupa Care Facility at 122 Churchill Drive

Naylor Love advise that they are currently working through the construction of the exit ramp at the Bowen Hospital side of the building. “Throughout the month we will continue to use the entrance to the site as our exit also, with a team on stand-by at all times to ensure reversing vehicles can leave the site safely. We will endeavour to keep these disruptions to a minimum”.

The scaffolding is continuing to come down around the building, the roof is now fully installed, and the building is very close to being 100% watertight. This is allowing Naylor Love to push through the remainder of the building, working through services and the internal fit out stages.

The swimming pool structure will be complete this month, and the roof over the pool will be going up shortly. Landscaping has started in the courtyard and this work will continue through May.

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Roadworks in our area

We receive regular updates from Wellington City Council about upcoming roadworks. The table below covers main Council scheduled roadworks for this month, in our local area, or main roads in and out.   Note: dates may change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Ngaio Gorge Slip Stabilisation project October 2020 to 2022 Traffic reduced to one lane controlled traffic control Further information on WCC website project page.

Latest updates on roadworks, road closures and events information can be found on the WCC website at:

A map of upcoming work for 2019/20 is at

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Naylor Love April Update – Bupa Care Facility 122 Churchill Dr

Naylor Love advise that the scaffolding is continuing to come down around the building and is now heading into the first courtyard. All the roofing sheets are now on all buildings meaning the building is nearly 100% watertight. Some window joinery is still to fit over the month of April.

The swimming pool is well underway, and  landscaping around the building will be starting this month. This includes construction of the exit ramp, which will be worked on throughout April, and whichmay cause some disruptions to Chartwell Drive as larger vehicles will reverse out of the entrance. Naylor Love will endeavour to keep this to a minimum.


The interior fit-out of the building is pushing ahead – the first few apartments on the Ground Floor are completed. A sample Care room is also being completed this month.

The newsletter is available here, in pdf form.

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Easter fest – Ngaio Union Church

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NCDRA Family Walk Day – Sunday 14 March

Please come and join us on our fun walk on some of our local tracks – about a 90 minute walk, plus however many stops for the view, snacks, picnic or other fun. Sunday 14 March from 11.00am.

The picture above shows the route, which will be signposted.

We will start from 11.00am at the gate to the horse paddock towards the top of Chartwell Drive – we will be easy to find. Last walkers start 11.30am. The route will take you down through the horse paddock, then up to the northern walkway.

A short walk along the tops then down the red trail to Wilton Bush. A good spot to eat your picnic then out to the Wilton Bush car park at Churchill Drive.

We will have someone there to ferry drivers back to Chartwell Drive if you have a car to pick up.

Things to bring – walking shoes, warm clothes and raincoat (just in case) drink, snacks, and your own picnic.

Remember – this is NOT a dogs off leash area.

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