Ngaio Repair Cafe

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Photo Competition

It is time again for our annual photo competition, which we tie in with the AGM.

We are very lucky to have photographer Colin McDiarmid ( as our judge again this year.

The categories for 2022 have been agreed – they will be: water, letterboxes, and relationships – a very wide interpretation of each category will be accepted, and Colin will put them into one of the categories when they are submitted.

Eligible entries will need to be still photos taken in Ngaio or Crofton Downs, with no restrictions on date or type of camera. They can be taken at any time – if you have a favourite sitting in an album, then that can be entered as long as it was taken locally.

There is also no age limits on the photographer – all budding photographers are welcome to enter.

To submit your entry, email it to (preferably as an attachment) and Colin will sort them into a category.  The deadline for entries will be Wednesday 6 November, with the winners announced at our AGM on the evening of 16 November.

There are prizes of $50 for the winner of each section, and all entrants will receive a one year membership of NCDRA.

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Meet the candidates for Wharangi/ Onslow Western

We are holding a public meeting to meet the candidates who are standing as a Wellington City Councillor for our ward – Wharangi/ Onslow Western.

The meeting will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall 1 Ottawa Road, from 7.30pm on Friday 30 September. This is a week and a bit before voting closes, hopefully you have some good questions that you want answered before finally casting your vote.

With the STV voting system it is important that you know not only who you want to be elected as a councillor, but how you rank the other candidates also. (Want to know more about STV – follow this link Single Transferable Vote (

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Ngaio is about to get a Repair Café!

A Repair Café, staffed by volunteers, is a place to take a broken household item with the hope than it can be fixed and have a coffee and a chat while you are there.

A Repair Café can cope with: a garment that needs an elbow patch; a kettle that needs a handle refastened; a soft toy that needs stitching, a pottery teapot needing a spout glued; a stool with a wobbly leg; a toaster with a loose cord.

Save it from the tip! Reduce emissions.

Ngaio Repair Café will be run by Ngaio Union Church in the church building on the corner of Kenya Street and Crofton Road. The church is looking for volunteer repairers. We have a few of our own members but we need more people who can sew, who can sharpen knives and scissors, who can do general household fixing and who can handle minor electrical repairs. A retired electrician maybe?

If you can help please phone or email John McInnes, the Repair Café Coordinator. 479-5710, 027 348 2515,

Ngaio Repair Café plans to open Saturday 15 October and on third Saturdays in subsequent months with a break for summer. Full details will be shown on all social media and this website closer to the opening date. □

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August recycling – This month, coffee capsules

Saturday 6 August is when the recycling day next comes around again. This month we will be accepting selected coffee capsules (see below) which we will send off to the manufacturers recycling programme. Please ensure they are seperated into the individual types.

The capsules that we will be collecting include:

  • Nespresso,
  • Nescafé® Dolce Gusto®, and
  • L’OR, Moccona, illy or Jed’s coffee

The list of regular items that we collect each month includes – each seperated into their own buckets:

  • Plastic lids type 2 – must have the type 2 recycling symbol marked.
  • Plastic lids type 5 – must have the type 5 recycling symbol marked.
  • Metal Lids
  • Razors and shaving equipment
  • Oral care products and packaging (Please note, Colgate product only).
  • Household and hearing aid batteries.
  • Curtains – mould free.
  • Unused balls of wool
  • Bread bag tags.
  • Rubber bands from delivered Dominion Posts

A new addition to our list each month is tetrapacks – these are taken and processed into wall boards, so an exciting addition to our collection. Please make sure they are empty clean and dry.

More information on what we collect – is here: What do we collect for recycling? | Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association

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The Council is now asking for feedback on their detailed designs for the Golden Mile

The improvements will change the way the Golden Mile will look, feel, and work for Wellingtonians, so it’s important everyone is familiar with the design. The Golden Mile is the name by which the planners refer to Lambton Quay, Willis St, Manners St and Courtenay Place.

Follow this image for more information – Golden Mile revitalisation » Let’s Get Wellington Moving ( Council is still working through details on how construction will be phased, construction timing and what to expect throughout construction, and information will continue to be published as it becomes available.

Detailed planning for construction is expected to start this year, with construction due to start in the first half of 2023.

For more information, including more images, follow thhe link above which also has information on how to have your say on our emerging detailed design for the Golden Mile, through until 14 August 2022. 

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District Plan Changes that affect us

At its 23 June meeting when it approved the District Plan that will be notified, the Planning and Environment Committee voted in two changes which are both significant for Ngaio and Crofton Downs.

SNA’s The good news is that SNAs on urban residential land are not included in the Proposed District Plan that is notified. Instead, these are delayed for a year or so until after the Ministry for the Environment finalizes and gazettes the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. SNAs on rural and public land remain in the district plan.

In the meantime, a plan to compensate landowners – potentially with rates relief – will be developed.

Johnsonville Railway Line: At the same meeting councillors voted to remove the Johnsonville Line from the list of Rapid Transit lines. this means that the walking catchments will be removed from around the Johnsonville Line stations, within which the District plan would have been required to enable buildings up to 6 stories high. Whether you are for or against the catchments and their impacts, this is a significant change.

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Cycleways to Ngaio

Cycleway imageYou may be aware25 of Paneke Pōneke – the bike network plan for Wellington. The plan guides the development of our cycle network and explains the approach, strategic rationale and how Wellington City Council will work with the community to put new lanes in place. More information is available from the Council website at

This post is to inform our residents that as part of the network, an interim bike lane is planned from Hutt Road along Ngaio Gorge road to Ottawa Road/Crofton Road roundabout, with the aim to have it installed late this year or early 2023. You’ll get a chance to have your say on the designs before a decision goes to council to approve the designs.

Council is hoping to have some of the installation works undertaken toward the end of the year as part of the gorge stabilization (so people don’t have to be held up twice by roadworks), but the remainder of the installation works are likely to be early next year, and after a formal consultation process.

The aim is for all road users to be able to then experience the changes, and have the opportunity to provide feedback which the Council can take into account for permanent changes in the future.

If any safety measures come to light during the trial, they will be dealt with straight away.

There is a programme of information and consultation planned and NCDRA will be working with the Council to advertise all engagement events, progress with the trial, and how to provide feedback. The website for the Ngaio Connections project will be up in the coming week for you to visit as well!

Later in the schedule there is another cycleway planned in our area along Churchill Dr – Waikowhai Street –Ottawa Road – Cockayne Road/Box Hill roundabout.

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WCC Glass Collections

This information has been recieved from Wellington City Council – glass collections are again on hold.

“Unfortunately, our waste collection contractors are once again operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19. As a result, glass collections will be put on hold from Monday 27 June for an estimated two weeks.

Rubbish and co-mingled recycling collections will be prioritised, but delays are likely.

For health and safety reasons, residents should bring their glass crates back inside off the street until normal service resumes. In the meantime, they can stockpile their glass or drop it off for free at the Recycling Station at the Southern Landfill. Otherwise, glass can be wrapped and put in general rubbish.

We apologise for this disruption and will be in touch again soon with another update.

For the latest updates on collections and rubbish and recycling processing, please visit our website.

Ngā mihi,

Waste Operations”

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Next Recycling Day 2 June

Our next recycling day will be on 2 July, 10am to noon at the Ngaio Union Church.

This month, in addition to our regular collections, we will also be collecting ewaste.

Ewaste does not include TV’s and monitors, but what we can accept includes:

  • mobile phones and cell phones
  • small household electrical appliances
  • computers, laptops, tablets
  • drills, regulators
  • garden and power tools
  • home entertainment equipment
  • printers and scanners

A reminder that what we collect each month is:

  • Plastic lids type 2 – must have the type 2 recycling symbol marked.
  • Plastic lids type 5 – must have the type 5 recycling symbol marked.
  • Metal Lids
  • Razors and shaving equipment
  • Colgate only oral care products and packaging
  • Household and hearing aid batteries.
  • Curtains – mould free.
  • Unused balls of wool
  • Bread bag tags.
  • Rubber bands from delivered Dominion Posts
  • Tetrapaks – dry and clean

More information on what we collect – and the monthly schedule are on our post which is here: What do we collect for recycling? | Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association

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