What you love most about living in Ngaio or Crofton Downs

Even in these uncertain times, there’s one thing we know for sure – staying home for 4 weeks has given us chance to spend more time than we ever thought possible in Wellington’s best little suburb – Ngaio Crofton Downs!

So it’s just the time – we thought – to ask you what things you most LOVE about living here? Is it the people? the bush? the wildlife? the hills? the clean air? or something else…?

And while we’ve been staying home, what have you enjoyed most? Walking down the middle of your street without fear of being bowled over by the traffic? the peace and quiet? The call of the Tui and the Kereru? talking with your neighbours over the fence? or something else…?

Upload a video, a photo, a message or an audio and tell us what you love most about living in Ngaio or Crofton Downs. And what’s been best about staying-home here – things you want to keep hold of, even when Covid-19 is beaten! Keeping down our carbon footprint and keeping up our healthier lifestyles and communities maybe…?

How to get your entry to us? – send them from online at this link– or email info@ngaio.org.nz, or post to a cloud sharing facility and send us a link.

DEADLINE – 5.00pm 22 May

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Bupa Site – Work Restarting

Naylor Love have provided the attached update for residents about restarting work on the Bupa carer Home at 122 Churchill Drive. The full notice is available by clicking on this link – Newsletter – Level 3.

“There is no doubt that Level 3 will also be a challenging and uncertain time, but we have followed the guidelines set out by the Government to ensure that any person that enters our Construction Site will be as safe as possible.

Starting from Tuesday 28th April, the Bupa Crofton Downs Site will open, however it will not be business as usual. We have implemented strict protocols, to name a few;
• designated working zones,
• staggered breaks,
• physical distancing,
• detailed sign in sheets comprising of how employees got to work that day,
• multiple hand washing and sanitising facilities, and
• staff continuing to work from home if they are able to.

We understand that it is a privilege to be able to return to work, albeit under severe protocols. We will continue to work hard to maintain the highest level of safety during this period.

Kind regards,
The Naylor Love Team”

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Covid-19


On this website we will focussing on directing our residents to a credible source for up to date and accurate information. Below are the links that we recommend you refer to, for information, support and other resources. Please let us know if you are aware of other valuable sites.

Within the community we strongly recommend small street groups as a means of staying in contact with neighbours. These groups should make sure that those anyone who will benefit from support has a contact within our community and are receiving the help they need. Keep community help operating at a very local level. Examples that are working in our suburbs include gathering the email addresses of your neighbours, setting up telephone trees, the “Street Captain” initiative from the Hutt, and Neighbourhood Support groups.

The feed back I am getting suggests that Ngaio and Crofton Downs are coping well, staying home or keeping social distancing when out for exercise, and very importantly kindness and patience is very evident. The lockdown requires everyone to play their part, to stop the spread of Covid-19 and allow health services to get on top of it. We recommend that you:

  1. Act as if you have Covid-19
  2. Stay home, or stay local if you are out for exercise or essential business (eg to supermarket)
  3. Use common sense
  4. But do not forget kindness and neighbourly support

Sources of Information and Support

If you are unsure, or are having trouble getting through to anyone above, call Wellington City Council, on 499 4444, they have people trained to direct you to the right place. And if you are still having trouble getting through on these lines, then we have committee members of Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association who can help you to get assistance. Ring Murray Pascoe, 976 1291, or Ian Turk 939 8441.

For any Council repairs or maintenance, the WCC on line form, click here, or the FIXiT app are both operational.

On the Government site there are a number of resources – this is the key messages poster to the right, click on the image for a larger version.

Kia Kaha
Stay safe

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What would you do in an earthquake?

EARTHQUAKE DRILLS NOW CANCELLED

Earthquake drills for Ngaio and Crofton Downs are being held so you can:

  1. learn how the community can respond to the challenges of an emergency, and
  2. practice how the Community Emergency Hub will run during a major event.

For more information contact Chris Moore, Emergency Management Advisor who many met at our picnic. Email chris.moore@wremo.nz.

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Planned Works – Ngaio and Crofton Downs

WCC provide updates on woks planned across Wellington. Here is a summary of work planned in Ngaio and Crofton Downs, plus some that may affect residents on a dail basis - eg commuting to CBD
LOCATIONTYPE OF WORKINDICATIVE DATES
Box Hill Bridge
Handrail upgrade to comply with Building Code
Mid-February for one month.
Ngaio Gorge
Slip Stabilisation project
Late March 2020 – March 2022
Grant Road, Thorndon
Retaining walls strengthening project
Mid February to early 2021
Box Hill
Kerb and channel and footpath renewal
End of January to 6 March
Rangiora Avenue, Kaiwharawhaura
Construction of new footpath and staircase down to Hutt Road.
9 March to mid-July
Nicholson Road
Installation of pedestrian central median
16 March to 20 March
Ngatoto Street – Swansea St to Khandallah Rd
Surfacing - Asphalt Paving
5 March to 6 March
13-Mar
BARNARD ST – Sar St to Anne St
Surfacing- Chip Sealing
13-Mar
Wilton Rd- Churchill Dr to Norwich St
Surfacing- Chip Sealing
18-Mar
Tarikaka St- Khandallah Rd to Carroll St
Surfacing- Chip Sealing
20-Mar
Claire St- Chelmsford St to cul de sac
Surfacing- Chip Sealing
30-Mar
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Maintenance Awarua St Footpath

The footpath in Awarua Street between Ottawa Road and Rothsay Road is showing signs of ageing so maintenance work is planned.

This work will start 27 February through to 24 March, work hours are between 9am and 4pm.

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Ngaio Community Picnic

Pencil 1 March into your diaries, the Ngaio Community Picnic is coming again!

This year we have some new competitions – see the next post down for details.

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NCDRA Community Picnic – Competitions.

Once again this year, we have some wonderful prizes which have been provided by local businesses.

But this year we are doing things a bit different, with four competitions that you will need to enter, if you want to be in the running for these prizes. Come back soon, we will have full details of each prize:

Going Carbon Neutral – A prize will be given for the idea which is considered to be the best of the bunch for enabling Ngaio and Crofton Downs homes to reduce their carbon footprint. Ideas will be judged on their effectiveness, and practicality across the homes in our area.

To enter – to enter on line click here , or email carbonneutral@ngaio.org.nz including your idea (100 words max) name and contact details.

Deadline – Entries can be submitted on line or email up to 5.00pm on 29 February, or at the NCDRA stall at the Ngaio Picnic until 1.00pm on 1 March.

Judge– This competition will be Judged by Rebecca Matthews, Councillor for the Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward.

Prize – The prize for the entry judged to be the best is a gift Voucher which is being donated by Village Pharmacy.

Going Carbon Neutral Junior – A prize will be given for the idea from someone who is, a group of, or an individual primary intermediate or secondary student under 15, and which is considered to be the best of the bunch for enabling Ngaio and Crofton Downs homes to reduce their carbon footprint. Ideas will be judged on effectiveness, and practicality across the homes in our area.

To enter – to enter on line click here, or email carbonneutral@ngaio.org.nz including your idea (100 words max) name and contact details.

Deadline – Entries can be submitted on line or email up to 5.00pm on 29 February, or at the NCDRA stall at the Ngaio Picnic until 1.00pm on 1 March.

Judge– This competition will be Judged by Rebecca Matthews, Councillor for the Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward.

Prize – The prize for the entry judged to be the best is a Book Voucher which is being donated by Speakwell, Speech and Drama.

Best neighbour – nominate one of your neighbours for a prize. We are looking for an unheralded local hero, or someone who has helped to fashion our community into what it is today, and is a resident of Ngaio or Crofton Downs.

To enter – on line click here, or email bestneighbour@ngaio.org.nz including the brief reason for your nomination name and contact details.

Deadline – Entries can be submitted on line or email up to 5.00pm 29 February, or at the NCDRA stall at the Ngaio Picnic until 2.00pm on 1 March.

Prize – The prize to the nominated neighbour, for the entry judged to be the most deserving is a posy which is being donated by Melissa Jane Florist, and a meat voucher donated by Cameron Harrison.

Ngaio Photograph – submit a photograph that captures the essence of our local community, present or past, to be in to win our photography prize. Submission of photographs includes permission for use by NCDRA.

To enter – on line click here or email to photos@ngaio.org.nz with your photo attached, including a brief description of the photo, and contact details.

Deadline – Entries can be submitted by email up to 5.00pm 29 February.

Judge– This competition will be Judged by Colin McDiarmid, local photographer.

Prize – The prize for the entry judged to be the best is a prize donated by Ngaio supermarket, and choice of either a meat voucher donated by Cameron Harrison or a voucher from Motor Doctors.

Conditions

  1. For all competitions, the Judge’s decision is final.
  2. Anyone submitting photos must have authority to do so, and in submitting them give NCDRA authority to use.
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Kiwi Rail Updates

Wellington’s rail network is being progressively upgraded by KiwiRail and Metlink. This means that there is a programme of work that is planned for the Johnsonville Line, which will mean some interruptions while it is happening. We are working with Kiwirail to get wider circulation of the notices that they kindly deliver to residences near to the tracks, so check here for regular updates on the rail line works.

The January 2020 flier is available from this link as a pdf document.

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Wellington e-scooter survey starts today

An online survey is available from today to help gauge how Wellingtonians feel about the public share e-scooter schemes that have been operating in the city since June 2019.

The results following the first six months of the 18-month trial will form part of the evaluation of the e-scooter hire schemes (operated by Jump and Flamingo) agreed by Wellington City Councillors.

Deputy Mayor Sarah Free said “We’re beginning the survey now as we are coming to the end of the first six months of the trial, but will keep it open through until 5pm on Sunday 2 February as we know it is a busy time of year.”

If doing a survey online isn’t an option, people can phone 04 499 4444 or email transport@wcc.govt.nz and arrangements will be made for them to do it in another way.

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