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    • Minutes of the May meeting
      • 3 Jun 2020
      • Newtown Residents' Association
      • We met again by Zoom on Monday 25th May. After a discussion of local issues and projects we moved to a discussion of the Wellington City Council Draft Parking Policy and Draft Annual Plan. Submissions are due on June 8th for both of these consultations. See the minutes of the meeting here. Newtown Residents’ Association Minutes May 2020Download
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    • Tuatara Colombo St Stage
      • 31 Jan 2020
      • Newtown Festival
      • Roll up, roll up to the Tuatara Colombo Street stage where music fans of all ages will get their fix! Catch Wellington Paranormal’s Officer O’Leary’s band Fun and Funner that’s sure to please the under ager ragers and adults alike.
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    • How FIT’s proposed light rail route has evolved
      • 5 May 2019
      • Fair Intelligent Transport (FIT) Wellington
      • <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > © Olena Ilienko / Adobe Stock “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” ― attributed to John Maynard Keynes In developing its proposed route for light rail, FIT sought to meet several objectives: maximize ridership travel times compete with private car form part of a rapid transit network promote transit-oriented development mitigate construction phase risk (eg business disruption) Meeting these objectives requires a route with dedicated lanes for light rail and priority over other traffic, including grade separation at busy intersections. Those who wish to will find fault with whatever route is chosen. The challenge is to understand the trade-offs and choose the least compromised option. Here are the principal options FIT considered, with reasons for our preferred option. <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > Residential density on the rapid transit route Q: Customhouse and Jervois Quays or the Golden Mile? A: The Quays, for the following reasons. There is room on the Golden Mile for light rail or buses, but not both. Where would the buses go? A Golden Mile route would be close to more people, but the maximum speed would be 20 kph between Panama St and Taranaki St and 30 kph elsewhere. The Quays would allow 50 kph. The construction phase along the Golden Mile would be expensive and disruptive. Many underground services would need to be relocated, especially in the Old Bank area. Shopping would be unpleasant. Many shops would be unable to sustain the lost business and close. Light rail on the Quays and buses on the Golden Mile, cutting back to a maximum of about 50 bus/hr, and better priority, will provide a faster more balanced service. Q: Taranaki Street or Kent and Cambridge Terraces? A: Taranaki St, for the following reasons. The intersection of Courtenay Place and Taranaki St offers a better layout for transfers between bus and light rail than the intersection of Courtenay Place and the Terraces. Stops at the station, Frank Kitts Park and Te Aro Park put the whole Golden Mile within a short walk. People arriving at an Embassy Theatre stop from the south would have a longer walk. Taranaki St offers more opportunities for medium density transit-oriented development than the Terraces. FIT has been unable to find a good way to separate north-south light rail from east-west traffic at the Basin Reserve. The best option if a Terraces light rail route is preferred may be to elevate light rail from north of Courtenay Place (with an elevated stop) to south of the Basin, via Sussex St. Would this be consentable? Whichever route light rail takes, FIT recommends relocating SH1 eastbound traffic from Vivian St to Karo Drive, with grade separation between light rail and SH1. Q: Adelaide Road or Wallace and John Streets? A: Adelaide Rd, for the following reasons. Wallace St is narrow and running light rail there would mean closing it to through traffic. The John St section would be slow and getting across the intersection to the hospital would create all sorts of traffic hold-ups. Adelaide Rd offers more opportunities for medium density transit-oriented development than Wallace St. A tunnel through Mt Cook from Taranaki St to Adelaide Rd is a better route alighment than via either the Basin or John St. Q: A Mt Albert tunnel or Constable St? A: A Mt Albert tunnel, for the following reasons. A Constable St route is only practical if you remove a row of houses; it's too narrow to accommodate light rail and other traffic. Running light rail on Crawford Rd to Kilbirnie would be a major engineering challenge. The section between Newtown and the Zoo offers more opportunities for medium density transit-oriented development than Constable St. Q: Cobham Drive or an airport tunnel? A: Cobham Drive, for the following reasons. Miramar town centre is a high growth, high demand destination, ideal for a light rail stop. The airport needs to be the last stop, because people with luggage take longer to get on and off. The schedule recovery time built into the timetable will readily accommodate this. A route under the airport runway would need to split to serve both Miramar town centre and the airport. If the service runs every 10 minutes, this means Miramar and the airport would each get a service every 20 minutes. A direct route to Miramar and the airport delivers a better service to both destinations. FIT understand that tunnelling under a working runway presents engineering challenges but is not a show-stopper.
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    • Black Cat Friday!
      • 10 Apr 2012
      • Wellington SPCA
      •   This Friday 13th April, Wellington SPCA is spreading the word that black cats & kittens are good luck! Our aim is to adopt as many cats and kittens from the overflowing Newtown and Kapiti centres as we can, so we’ll be offering some great incentives to help felines (of all ages and colours) find a loving home with a new family.
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    • A Life not so Sweet
      • 8 Mar 2012
      • Wellington SPCA
      • When Sweet Pea was rescued last month, she arrived into the Wellington SPCA Newtown Centre with a broken left-hind leg, a broken tail and covered in large multiple scars.
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    • Learning new skills as a volunteer
      • 23 Jun 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • Cameron works in the puppy run both on weekdays and weekends – sometimes he can be found helping out up to four days a week at our Newtown animal centre!! Cameron has recently gone through a training session with other volunteers, upskilling him and enabling him to take on the role of volunteer canine assistant.
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    • Marley and the microchip
      • 8 Jun 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • [Show as slideshow] A couple from Porirua are celebrating after being reunited with their dog Marley, one year after she went missing from their property, thanks to a microchip the size of a grain of rice, that we implanted!! The reunion, which took place at our Newtown animal centre, came after Marley was picked up, by chance, by two members of our Animal Rescue Unit (ARU) who spotted the 19 month-old bitch running in amongst traffic on State Highway Two near Petone Bowl. Marley was brought into our care and a quick scan showed that she had a microchip. A call to her registered owners by our Senior Inspector Ben Lakomy confirmed that Marley had been missing since June 2010. At this time, nothing is known of Marley’s whereabouts during the last year, but her physical appearance suggests she may have had a pretty rough time of it. Not only is she is extremely underweight and in very poor body condition, but it would also appear that she has recently had a litter of puppies – attempts by Inspector Lakomy to locate any puppies near to where she was discovered proved unsuccessful. Marley is currently in our care  and will remain so until she has gained enough weight and her condition has sufficiently improved for her to go home. Senior Inspector Lakomy said that the successful reunion was perfect testament to the benefits of microchipping your pet. “Getting Marley microchipped was one of the best decisions her owners could have made. She now has the chance to be back with her rightful owners and to be properly cared for once again” he said. We would like to hear from anyone who has information regarding Marley’s disappearance or where she has been since and with whom. Please contact us on 04 389 8044 ext. 812. We strongly recommend that all pets are microchipped. A microchip is an implant that is inserted under the skin of an animal without the need for anesthetic. It is about the size of a grain of rice, is an inert device with no independent power source and does not transmit a signal. All microchips have a unique identification number that is read using a hand held scanner. Microchips are a safe and effective way to identify your pet – you just need to make sure that the chip is registered and your contact details are kept up to date. We offer a microchipping service and anyone interested in getting their pet microchipped should contact them on 04 389 8044 ext. 0 You can read Marley’s story on Stuff.co.nz.
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    • Our new opening times
      • 2 Jun 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • [Show as slideshow] From Tuesday 7 June our Newtown animal centre opening times will change: Reception and retail shop We stock a huge range of beds, toys, treats and Hill’s pet food for your best friend. Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm Saturday to Sunday: 10.00am to 4.00pm Adoptions Come down to our Newtown centre and give a very special animal the second chance at life and love Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 4.00pm Veterinary consultations* Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am to 3.00pm *Consultations are by appointment only – please call 04 389 8044 ext 0 during reception hours to make an appointment
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    • Easter opening times
      • 20 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • Over Easter, our opening times will be changing: Newtown animal centre – Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April: We are closed.
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    • Our Newtown centre is full
      • 20 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • We are caring for an exceptionally large number of animals at the moment and as a result we need to limit the number of animals coming to our Newtown centre.
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    • News about our cat run
      • 18 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      •   [Show as slideshow] Unfortunately, due to an outbreak of illness, we have had to close the main cat run at our Newtown animal centre as a precautionary temporary measure.
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    • Awesome Animal Crew events
      • 3 Apr 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • With Easter and the school holidays just around the corner, our Animal Crew have put together some cool activities to keep any animal-loving kid busy! Spaces are limited and are filling up fast, so make sure you don’t miss out – book your place today! Easter Extravaganza Animal Night When: Friday 15th April Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: Newtown animal centre Kids aged 6 to 16 years are invited to come along and learn all about bunnies and how to care for them. There will be lots of fun activities including bunny massage, chocolate making, egg decorating and more! Kids get to take home their own picture of them with their favourite bunny. This group is limited to 15 children so bookings are essential. Click HERE to register your child online. School Holiday Programme When: Monday 18th April Time: 9am to 12pm Where: Newtown animal centre Kids can come along to learn about dog safety, work on their dog handling skills, practice training dogs and make some cool dog toys and crafts. This group is limited to 15 children so bookings are essential. Click HERE to register your child online. School Holiday Programme When: Tuesday 19th April Time: 2pm to 5pm Where: Newtown animal centre Kids can come along to learn about the work of the SPCA, about the animals we help and about different animal careers. We will have some hands on fun behind the scenes, while learning about the role of the SPCA in our community. This group is limited to 15 children so bookings are essential. Click HERE to register your child online. If you have any questions or queries about our Animal Crew activities or want to know more about our education programme, please call Jennifer on 04 389 8044 ext: 827 or email her at AnimalCrew@wellingtonspca.org.nz
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    • Garage sale this weekend
      • 19 Jan 2011
      • Wellington SPCA
      • We don’t just need to find homes for heaps of amimals – we’ve also collected a whole heap of bits and bobs, bric-a-brac and pet paraphernalia that we need to find homes for too! So this Saturday 22nd January from 8am to 12pm, show us your support and come down to our Newtown animal centre for our first-ever garage sale.
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