Should the Dog Exercise Area in Cummings Park be kept or closed?

We, the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association, will this year be consulting with our community about the future of the Dog Exercise Area (DEA) in Ngaio’s Cummings Park. To prepare for this Wellington City Council (WCC) is helping by conducting an online survey closing on 30 June. The results will provide input into later community consultation.

The survey now has a new question. You may wish to repeat the survey if you previously completed and submitted it before 19 May


If you completed the online survey before 19 May …

The online survey has recently been updated with a further question about Cummings Park, and its closing date extended until 30 June. For this reason, if you completed the survey before Saturday 19 May you may wish to repeat it. We apologise to those of you who end up doing it twice. We are a voluntary organisation and it has taken time to prepare the information about issues to consider.

If the WCC research team detects that one person appears to have answered the survey more than once they may randomly select just one set of answers. If you are repeating the survey it is therefore important you do one of the following to ensure they select the answers you want them to.

  • If you previously completed the survey and you want to replace your previous answers, please complete the survey again in full and put “REPLACEMENT” in the box that asks about Café Villa answers just before “Finish”. This will ensure your most recent answers are included in the analysis.
  • If you previously completed the survey and you just want to add your responses to the new Cummings Park question select “None of the above” for questions 1A and 2A, then complete the remainder of the survey and put “UPDATE” in the box that asks about Café Villa just before “Finish”.
  • If you previously completed the survey and you want to add one or more comments in addition to previous answers, do the survey again without adding any comments except those that are new, then put “NEW COMMENT” in the box that asks about Café Villa just before “Finish”.

For background about the community consultation, to see reasons given by those either wanting to keep or close the DEA, and to go to the survey please continue here.

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Ngaio Community Picnic 2018

Enhancing a sense of community

Ngaio Community Picnic 2018 will be held at Cummings Park on Sunday 11 March, 12pm – 3pm. Come along and meet fellow locals, enjoy stalls, entertainment and games, and grab a bite to eat or bring your own picnic. We look forward to seeing you there!

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A Community Vision for Cummings Park

In October 2015 the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association held a workshop to begin the process of developing a community vision for Cummings Park in the heart of Ngaio.

The full report of this workshop is available here Cummings Park Vision.

Little progress was made during 2016 because of the limited availability of some key people. This has now changed and the Association plans to complete the process during 2017.

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Ngaio Neighbours Day Picnic

Cummings Park

Sunday 5 March 2017

Meet the locals, enjoy the stalls, the entertainment and have fun with the games and spot prizes. There will also be a sausage sizzle, you will hear about Ngaio kaka and see creepy crawlies through the microscope… and much more!!

All welcome to join the fun
Organised by the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association and supported by Ngaio businesses.

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Meet the candidates for the Onslow-Western Ward and the Regional Council

Come along to the Ngaio town hall on Tuesday, 13 September at 7:30 pm to meet our candidates for the Onslow-Western ward and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

There are more strong candidates than available seats for both councils. This is your chance to hear them, question them and talk with them over refreshments. A sign language interpreter will be present.

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Meet the candidates for Mayor

Tuesday 6 September at 7.30 pm in the Band Room beside the Ngaio Station carpark.

The race for Mayor of Wellington is tightly contested. Hear what candidates say, question them, and talk with them over refreshments.  Former political journalist Linda Clark is chairing this meeting for us,

We will be holding a second meeting for Ward and Regional Council candidates at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13 September in the Ngaio Town Hall.

 

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Should there be a dog exercise area in Cummings Park?

Should the Cummings Park DEA remain?

As part of its dog policy review, the Wellington City Council will be considering whether or not the Dog Exercise Area (DEA) in Cummings Park should be retained. Submissions close on 2 May.

The DEA is the area between the carpark below the Ngaio shops and the stream.

The retention or delisting of the DEA greatly affects the future use of Cummings Park both for dog owners and other park users. That’s why we urge Ngaio residents to carefully consider the information below and submit their views to the Council.

The community workshop on developing a vision for Cummings Park

The future of the Dog Exercise Area (DEA) was the most contentious issue raised in a community workshop held last year on developing a vision for Cummings Park. Work on following up on the workshop with further community consultation is planned.

A report on the workshop provides an excellent source of views about the DEA which may help shape your thinking. Go here to see the report.

Wellington City Council dog policy review

The Wellington City Council is currently consulting on changes to its dog policy. The relevant documents for the dog policy are available on the WCC website. Dog exercise areas are part of the review.

A broad range of issues relating to dogs are covered in the Review, and you may wish to address any or all of these in a submission. In the case of the Cummings Park DEA, you may wish, for example, to express support for or opposition to its retention, or suggest improvements. It’s better if you can give reasons for your views.

Council documents show there are three DEAs in Ngaio: Cummings Park, Chelmsford Reserve and Trelissick Park. Two more, in the Silverstream Road and Odell reserves, are close by. Chelmsford Reserve is a 5 minute walk from Cummings Park.

Criteria for off-leash dog exercise areas

The Council’s Statement of Proposal lists the criteria proposed for determining DEAs. This states:

“The criteria used to determine exercise areas for dogs include:

  • the area is not used extensively for sporting or other purposes the area is of significant size and has appropriate access
  • there are sufficient sight lines
  • the area is well bounded from adjacent areas
  • new areas must be fenced if they are adjacent to a road.”

What the Council must consider

The Statement of Proposal also notes that, under Section 10(4) of the Dog Control Act 1996, “when adopting a policy on dogs the Council must consider:

  • the need to minimise danger, distress and nuisance to the community generally
  • the need to avoid the inherent danger of uncontrolled dogs in public places frequented by children, whether or not the children are accompanied by adults
  • the importance of enabling the public (including families) to use streets and public amenities without fear of attack or intimidation by dogs
  • the exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners.”

 How to make a submission

You can make a submission in one of three ways:

What to include in your submission

The pdf and online forms request identical information. You may chose to answer between one and all of the 12 questions about dog policy. If you wish to address an issue relating to the Dog Exercise Area in Cummings Park you can do so in response to question 11.

Please note the Privacy Statement on the form advises that all submissions (including name and contact details) are published. However, only the first and last name fields are mandatory. The Council has advised us that if you wish to remain anonymous you need to make this clear on the submission form or in your emailed submission.

We recommend that, even if not giving other contact details, you complete the “Suburb” field.

Updated at 1.45pm on 26 April 2016 by John

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Ngaio Scouts quiz night

Ngaio Scout quiz evening Sunday 6 March 2016.
Where: 1841 Restaurant, 1 Disraeli St, Johnsonville
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $15 pp (tables of 6) Payment by internet or cash at door
Teams: Scouts can help make up a team for you.

Register: :ngaioscouts.fundraising@gmail.com

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2015 AGM

Robyn Radomski was elected president at our AGM, Murray Pascoe treasurer and John White secretary. The business section was over very quickly so we could get on to the highlight of the meeting – our guest speakers Matt Robertson and Nick Tansley.

Nick talked about predator control in our suburbs and Matt highlighted some of the threats faced by kaka in an urban environment – such as off leash dogs, roaming cats, and <a href=”http://ngaio.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/step0003.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1139″ alt=”step0003″ src=”http://ngaio.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/step0003-300×225.jpg” width=”300″ height=”225″ /></a>adult birds eating nuts or nibbling on lead nails. He focused on a family of kaka nesting in one of our local reserves. These kaka became famous internationally after a webcam was set up showing what was happening inside the nest.

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AGM – 10 November

We are holding our AGM on Tuesday, 10 November in the Ngaio Union Church. All residents of Ngaio and Crofton Downs are warmly invited to come.

Guest speakers include Nick Tansley talking about the Morgan Foundation’s contribution to predator control in our suburbs, and Matt Robertson (our local park ranger) who will focus on threats to kaka outside Zealandia.

KakaWe try to conduct the business part of the meeting quickly and efficiently so that there is plenty of time to listen to and ask questions of our guest speakers. Light refreshments afterwards.

 

Place: Ngaio Union Church, corner of Kenya Street and Crofton Road

Time: 7:30 to 9:00

 

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