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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What would you like for Cummings Park?

Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association is seeking input from the community to develop a vision for Cummings Park in the centre of Ngaio.

The first step is a workshop to be held in the Ngaio Town Hall between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 31 October. The aim is to generate ideas and gauge community preferences about future possibilities for Cummings Park prior to preparing a draft vision.

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Currently the park contains a playground, a dog exercise area, a picnic lawn and areas of regenerating native bush. The Korimako stream runs through the park, as does the national Te Araroa walkway.

We believe Cummings Park has the potential to meet the needs of our community by better providing for a range of informal recreation activities for all age groups.

A community vision would strengthen the ability of local residents to effectively engage in partnership with the Wellington City Council on issues relating to the park’s future.

Local residents Ralph Johns and Andrew Burns who work professionally in landscape architecture and urban design are facilitating the workshop. It will start with a short presentation at 2 pm which sets the context for the project. A series of facilitated general discussions will follow.

You are encouraged to stay from the beginning if you can, but otherwise we hope you will drop in and let us know your views about Cummings Park. If you are unable to come on the Saturday then please email us your views to: ngaiopa@gmail.com

We welcome all those with an interest in developing community aspirations for the present and future of Cummings Park to attend.

 

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Silversky Track opening

After almost 18 months of dedicated volunteer labour and the support of Wellington City Council and Transpower, the Silversky track was officially opened on 9th May 2015.

A celebratory lunch was laid on down at the Huntleigh Park Girl Guides Centre, with a welcoming speech from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.CeliaWadeBrown Opening Silversky Speeches at Guides Centre 9MAY2015

The assembled gathering then made its way to the new bridge on the lower section of the Silversky Track. Funding for the construction of the bridge was provided through the Transpower Community Fund. The official track opening was marked by the traditional cutting of the ribbon, with the honours going to Kevin Small on behalf of Transpower, here seen with local Councillor Andy Foster. Graham Weir, a key member of the team of local volunteers looks on.

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131 Silverstream Road – 129 new houses proposed

Resource consent applications for 131 Silverstream Road

Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council have received resource consent applications for earthworks, diversion and discharge for a 129 allotment development at 131 Silverstream Rd in Crofton Downs. 

Proposed Silverstream Rd development

Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association is providing information to the councils about issues of concern to local residents. One  concern is that all applications concerned with the subdivision should be dealt with together. Currently only earthworks, diversion and discharge activities are applied for.

We will also advocate for public notification of the applications and raise concerns about effects of the proposal such as dust, noise, traffic and stream discharges.

To view the current applications try this Dropbox link (warning big files 60 and 80 MB).

If you have particular concerns or experience in RMA application processes we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact our co-ordinator for this project here.

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Crofton Downs residents convince Council not to include 131 Silverstream Rd in their special housing areas

Wellington City Councillors voted against a proposal to nominate 131 Silverstream Rd as a Special Housing Area at their 8 April meeting. Only Councillors Ahipene-Mercer, Coughlan, and Marsh voted for it.

Local resident Andrew McLellan spoke at the meeting, explaining why 131 Silverstream Road should not be a SHA. Issues include land instability and slumping, stream flooding, vegetation that is part of a continuous belt of regenerating and mature trees, pest control, transport impacts on Silverstream Road, and lack of community consultation. Local MP Peter Dunne also expressed his opposition.

There have been ‘pre-application’ discussions between the owner and council officers for some time. It is likely the developer, Mayall Properties Ltd, will lodge a resource consent application under the normal RMA process sometime soon.

Read more about this story in the Independent Herald (15 April 2015)

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