Ngaio Community Picnic 7 April 2019 – Cancelled

Unfortunately the weather today has meant that we have had to cancel the Ngaio Community Picnic.

Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors  – your  input is certainly appreciated.

Ian Turk

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Community Picnic 7 April 2019

Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association will be holding its community picnic in Cummings Park on Sunday 7 April this year.

More information will be published in the next few weeks, but this date can be put in to your diaries. Come along and enjoy your community, the entertainment and games.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Ngaio Union Church Mural

Im sure most people in Ngaio will have seen the fantastic new mural at the Ngaio Union Church – there will be a launching of this mural as the Church celebrates neighbours week – on 30 March from 12 pm. 

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Ngaio Gorge Slope Stabilisation Improvements

From Wellington City Council:

WHAT’S PLANNED Geotechnical investigation works have now been rescheduled to start in April 2019, not January as informed previously. Initial investigations revealed that borehole drilling could dislodge more material which would fall onto the road. Therefore as a preparation for drilling work, the container wall will be extended by an additional 40m uphill, which will happen in approximately two weeks’ time.

There will be cones and barriers, and surfaces may be uneven. WCC asks that during work hours you keep clear of the investigation area and site container/machines, and observe all
work signs.

If you have any questions about the project, WCC asks that you contact Sarath Amarasekera, Structures Engineer, Wellington City Council. Mobile: 021 195 3980

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Twitter Feed

For an at the minute feed on what is happening in Ngaio and Crofton Downs, we have a twitter account @NCDRA6035.

Information you can expect here includes public transport notices, traffic reports, WCC feeds, and a range of events of relevance to our suburbs. Plenty of fascinating historic photos retweeted also.

Boarding a bus for Ngaio/ Khandallah





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AGM 20 November 2018

Our AGM is being held 7.30pm on Tuesday 20 November, at the Ngaio Union Church, cnr Kenya Street and Crofton Road, Ngaio.

We will have a guest speaker, Claire Pascoe from the NZ Transport Agency, who will talk about investing in transport to make our towns and cities more liveable.

The full agenda is:

Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 7.30pm
Ngaio Union Church, Ngaio

  1. Apologies
  2. Items for General Business
  3. Minutes of the meeting on 21 November 2017
  4. Matters arising from the 2017 minutes
  5. Annual Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of officers and committee
  8. Adoption of new Rules for the Association
  9. Launch of the Association’s new logo
  10. General Business
  11. Closure of the formal part of the Meeting
  12. Guest Speaker: Claire Pascoe, Lead Advisor Urban Mobility at the NZ Transport Agency, will be talking about investing in transport to make our towns and cities more liveable.

Refreshments will follow at about 8.45pm.

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Dog exercise areas – survey results

A Dog Exercise Area (DEA) is an area designated by WCC where dogs can be run off-leash. One of these areas is in Cummings Park, below the Ngaio village shops. It is popular with those exercising dogs, although some other residents have wanted the DEA closed because they believe the area could be better used for other purposes.

Our Association and WCC have recently completed consultation with our community about the future of the DEA. There were 504 valid responses to the WCC survey, and the table below summarises the results of the survey. It shows that 81% of all users wanted to keep the Dog Exercise Area, with 12% wanting it closed.

Of those who used Cummings Park to exercise dogs, 97% of Ngaio residents and 99% of visitors from other areas wanted the DEA to be kept.Of those who used Cummings Park but did not exercise dogs there, 50% of the Ngaio residents and 79% of visitors from other areas wanted the Dog Exercise Area to remain.

Given the very strong support for keeping the DEA, our Association has decided it will not be consulting further with the community about whether or not it should be kept or closed. Instead we look forward to working with residents to develop a plan or vision for Cummings Park, including the DEA, to improve the Park for all users. We will be doing this early in 2019, and will be inviting all interested residents to participate.

Full results from the survey are available in these attachments:

This post has been abbreviated from an article in our latest newsletter. To receive the newsletters as they are distributed, please join the association – this can be done on line under the Membership menu tab of this site.

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New access way to Trelissick Park from Oban Street

Have your say on a new access way to Trelissick Park from Oban Street.

The Council wants to make a decision on the use of an access way from 112a Oban Street, using a right-of-way between two houses. This would lead to a track down to a new footbridge across Kaiwharawhara Stream.

They are seeking feedback from those who would be impacted by and/or use an access way into Trelissick Park at this location.

If you would like to have your say, please fill out the Wellington City Council’s short online survay at The deadline for this survey is 29 October 2018.

The Residents Association’s role is to ensure that all residents are informed of issues such as this. We urge you to complete the survey so that WCC can make an informed decision which reflects community wishes, either for or against. The Trelissick Park group supports this new acces way, and they have further information on their website at

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Public Meeting at Khandallah – Wellington Bus System

A meeting for public transport users in Ngaio, Crofton Downs, Khandallah, Broadmeadows and surrounding areas will be held this Tuesday, 4 September, from 7:30pm at the Khandallah Town Hall and Cornerstone Community Centre, 11 Ganges Road.

This meeting is part of a series around the suburbs of Wellington, for residents  to find out from Greater Wellington Regional Council (Metlink) about the new bus services in the area, what changes are in store, and provide direct feedback.

The Khandallah meeting is the opportunity for the Greater Wellington Regional Council to hear from the Northern Suburbs community about any issues we are facing with the new bus system which came into effect in July

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Consultation on Proposed New Rules for NCDRA

We  are looking to replace the Association’s Rules at our AGM in November this year, and this is the first round of consulting with our members on the proposed new Rules. We would love to have your comments, even if it is only to say you are happy with the proposed changes or think we should stick with the old Rules.

A copy of the proposed new Rules is available at this link, and a copy of the current Rules (dated 2013) is available at this link.

The major changes are in clauses 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 21 and 25 of the new Rules.

The significant changes are:

Officers: We are proposing that the old officers (President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer) be replaced by Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and optionally Deputy Chair (11.1).

Election of Officers: We are proposing that only the Chair and committee members are elected at AGMs, with the Secretary, Treasurer and (optionally) Deputy Chair being appointed by the committee from among its members at its first meeting following the AGM (12.1).

Life Vice-Presidents: are no longer provided for in the draft new Rules.

Purposes of the Association: (replacing “Aims”) have been rewritten, with the most significant change being to the first purpose (previously “to foster a healthy public spirit …” ) which becomes “to foster an inclusive and resilient community in Ngaio and Crofton Downs, with a strong community spirit” (3.1)

Auditing: The new Rules no longer require that the annual accounts be audited. Under the new proposal the Committee approves the annual financial statements and a review or audit of the accounts is conducted if requested by 20% of members (21.0).

Conflict of interest: directs how this is to be managed at committee meetings (15.4).

Membership: Clarifies membership eligibility by defining “residents” (25.1(d)), and clarifies voting entitlement (one vote per annual subscription paid) (8.2).

We regarded some of the language in the old Rules as outdated and have rewritten much of the document.

Comments on this first draft need to be emailed to us by Friday 31 August so they can be considered at our Committee meeting on 5 September.

John White
Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association

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