Christmas Ceilidh

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Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association Annual General Meeting

7:30pm Wednesday 16 November 2022,
Ngaio Union Church (corner Kenya St /Crofton Rd)

The Council’s Ngaio Cycleway Team will be joining our AGM discuss the proposed Ngaio Connection cycleway which will run from Kaiwharawhara to Ngaio.

Consultation on the cycleway is now open, this is an opportunity to learn about the proposed trial, and how to make an informed submission. Go to the WCC website at for more information on the cycleway, including maps, and the submission form (on line or printed).

We will also announce the winners of our 2022 photography competition.

All residents of Ngaio and Crofton Downs are invited to the AGM.

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Ngaio Connection Cycleway

Consultation is now open for 3 weeks, closing on 21 November – this link to the Council’s website provides plenty of information on the proposal, and how to make a submission:

All businesses and residents on the route should by now have a flyer delivered to your letterbox.

There are also two drop in sessions remaining, which are opportunities to talk to the team that are managing this project about the plans, next steps, and how to let Council know your views.

  • 7.30am to 9.30am at the Immigrants Son Cafe, Ngaio Gorge Road, Kaiwharawhara,
  • Thursday 17 November, 12pm – 2pm at the Hub, Kelburn campus, Victoria University of Wellington, 
  • Plus, the cycleway team will presenting at our AGM on the evening of 16 November. Details of the AGM are in a separate post on this page.
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‘Greening your garden – welcoming nature at your place’

Join Ngaio Union Church and the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association as we welcome Tim Park and members of the Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush team for a practical, all-age, workshop:

Greening your garden –welcoming nature at your place’

Saturday 5th November, 10.30-11.30am
at Ngaio Union Church, cnr Kenya St and Crofton Rd

Bring along samples of native plants or weeds that you may have from your garden for identification, and photos of your garden for advice.

This is a Recycling Collection day, so we will be collecting your recycling at the same time (More information on the recycling programme is here – What do we collect for recycling? | Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association).

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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 Sunday 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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Ngaio Repair Cafe

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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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