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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Ngaio Gorge Update

Wellington City Council (WCC) advise that they completed receiving  registrations of interest from  contractors which are interested in completng the work on the Ngaio Gorge Road. Request For Tender (RFT) documentation has been sent with the deadline for tenders to come back in being January 14th, 2020. The target for starting physical works being March 2020. 
Physical works to build retaining walls, widen and realign the road, drainage, slope stabilisation, protection fences, and associated works are expected to take two years.

Over this time  temporary traffic management measures will be required.  The Ngaio Gorge Road can remain open throughout the project, but at times will be down to one lane, controlled by traffic signals and manual stop-go traffic management as required. 

This is a key resilience route so WCC has designed the project to keep the road open and minimise the impact on peoples’ journeys while maintaining a safe work environment for crews to work.
WCC has applied for and obtained consents for the work from GWRC, WCC, and DoC (wildlife permit). 
WCC have expressed their thanks to users for your understanding as they work to improve the road networks in your city.

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Christmas Live!

On December 15, Ngaio Union Church is giving everyone the chance to enjoy an hour’s breather, a time to enjoy some peace, and to share the Christmas story together.

Join the adventure at 6pm on Sunday December 15, starting at the Ngaio Town Hall car park.

The story continues through Cummings Park finishing at Ngaio Union Church for a Christmas treat.

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AGM 20 November 2019

The 2019 AGM of Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association is being held at the Ngaio Union Church (corner Kenya St /Crofton Rd) on Wednesday 20 November, starting 7:30pm.

After the AGM, we will be hearing from:
1 Chris Moore, WREMO—Ensuring Emergency Preparedness in Ngaio and Crofton Downs
2 Sue Brown—Becoming Carbon Neutral, an Challenge for our Community

All residents of Ngaio and Crofton Downs are invited.

The meeting will be followed by refreshments

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Community Christmas Carols

Community Christmas Carols
All Welcome!!

Bring the family, and join in singing favourite carols.

Onslow Community Church Hall
4 Ngatoto Street, Ngaio

7pm Sunday 1 december 2019

Donation welcome for CWS aid projects
A community event organised by local churches

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5 Ways to Well Being Course

The Water Cooler – a new meetup and networking opportunity for people who work from home – is developing well say Sue Brown and Alyson Howell from Ngaio Union Church. ‘We’ve welcomed people who’re lawyers, artists, planners, designers and more.’ they say. Both Alyson and Sue work from home and know that as well as being flexible and practical, this brings its challenges.

‘Some days you just want to have some colleagues around you to bounce ideas off’ says Sue ‘and then there’s the sausage rolls, the quiz and the Christmas celebrations you don’t get invited to’. ‘But, critically, you also miss out on professional development and growth opportunities that are part of working in a larger organisation’ adds Alyson. ‘Fortunately, we can help with that too!’

Alyson regularly leads wellbeing courses in corporate and government workplaces, including ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ – a 90 minute course designed by the Mental Health Foundation and based on excellent well researched guidelines. ‘Building resilience’ is even more important in a one-person business’ says Sue.

So on Thursday [10] October, Ngaio Union will offer this empowering and practical course for people who work from home. It starts 11am, so why not come and share a coffee and some company at The Water Cooler (starts at 10.30) first, before the learning begins?

To find out more, and to register for the 10 October ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ course, contact Alyson on 027 242 6242.

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Kākā, kererū and tīeke -three times as likely to be seen compared to 2011

Spotting a kākā, kererū or tīeke in Wellington reserves has become about three times more likely in the last decade, with bird poulations spilling into the suburbs, like Ngaio and Crofton Downs.

The Wellington City Council has tallied up the birds in  its annual bird count, finding significant increases in five endemic bird species: tūī, kākā, kererū, tīeke and kākāriki.

Council environment partnership leader Tim Park said the prolific birds were becoming “ambassadors for Wellington” and the predator-free effort.

The full story is available here

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