July Update

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is Monday 1st August at Island Bay Community Centre, 7-9pm

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  1. Welcome and apologies

  2. Minutes and action points from previous meeting

  3. Standing items

    1. Membership

    2. Treasurer update - Accounts and funds

    3. AGM planning

  4. Community Updates 7.30pm

    1. Parade Upgrade Public space design component: Brennan Baxley

    2. Parade Upgrade Road safety improvements implementation: Brad Singh

  5. Community Survey Update – Sonya

  6. Any other business (floor open)

  7. Date and time of next meeting

    1. Monday 5th September, 7pm, Island Bay Community Centre

Community Survey

The Island Bay Residents Association is undertaking a survey open to everyone who lives in or has a business in Island Bay or Southgate. We want to hear about your local issues and priorities to better support and represent you. The survey should take you about 5-10 minutes to complete.

You can find the survey on our website here.

If you have any difficulties with completing the survey, please contact us, or go to the Island Bay library and ask one of the librarians. Please avoid their busy periods if possible: Saturdays, and after 3pm on weekdays.

The survey will be open until the end of August.

A survey summary report will be published on our website and at the AGM.

Sea Level Rise and the South Coast Meeting held Wednesday 29th June

There was a great turnout for this meeting organised by the 4Cs - Coastal Communities and Climate Change Group.

  • The group was created by members of Wellington South Coast communities, including the Owhiro Bay Residents Association, Island Bay Residents Association, Houghton Valley Progressive Association, Breaker Bay Moa Point Progressive Association, Guardians of the Bay, and members of the Lyall Bay Community.

The content was interesting and alarming. Work is continuing to bring about action planning to prepare for the predicted sea level rise.

Missed it? Watch it here:

Also, there was a lot of media coverage following the meeting, a few snippets below:

Wellington City Council’s new Climate and Sustainability Fund recognises that partnership between Council and the community is crucial to addressing climate change, and that our communities possess the expertise and ingenuity to lead the way. This fund is one of the ways in which we aim to support and uplift this leadership.

We warmly invite anyone with a Wellington-based climate action initiative, project, or even just a seedling of an idea to attend the in-person Climate and Sustainability Fund Information Evening, which will be going ahead on Wednesday 27 July, 5:30pm-7pm, at two/fiftyseven (Level 2/57 Willis Street)

This session is an opportunity to:

  • learn more about the new Climate and Sustainability Fund and its first recipients

  • find out how to apply and what support is available throughout the process ahead of the next funding round (closing 27 October 2022).

  • ask questions and share your feedback or ideas.

To learn more about these events and register, please visit: Community support - Climate and Sustainability Fund information sessions - Wellington City Council

Accessibility: NZSL interpreters will be present at both the online and in person events. Access to the venue for the in-person event is flat from street level but requires use of a lift. We want all members of our community to feel welcome and able to participate fully in these events so please let us know if you have any accessibility needs we can support with.

Let's connect!

If you are not ready to apply for the fund but want to learn more or understand what other support is available – we welcome you to come along or get in touch!

Please forward this email on to anyone you think might be interested and connect us with climate leaders in your community.

Ngā mihi nui,

Raven Maeder (Pronouns: she/her/ia)

Community and Funding Activator – Climate Action | Ratonga Whanaungatanga Hapori/ Community Services | Te Kaunihera o Pōneke/ Wellington City Council

M 021 229 4151 | E

Local Elections

Do you want to put yourself forward?

Nominations for candidates to stand as a Councillor or Mayor for Wellington City Council are open – and Wellington wants you! Wellingtonians will be able to vote for 16 elected members to represent the city’s residents and ratepayers, and for the first time, voters on the Māori roll will vote for a Councillor for the new Māori ward - Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Read more on Our Wellington. Or head to Local Body Elections

Do you want to have your say in who represents you?

You must ensure you are able to vote. Have you received your letter from the electoral commission? If so, you don’t need to do anything if your details are correct. If your details are incorrect then amend and return to the Electoral Office (or save time and do it online, details are in your letter). If you have not received a letter then head to vote NZ to enrol. Island Bay and Southgate are in the Rongotai Electorate.

It’s in the Ballot

It's in the Ballot is a "meet the candidates" webshow based on the TV show 'It's in the Bag'. Members of the public can submit questions that may be asked during the show.

I am writing to inform you of what shows are coming to your residents' association area. So that we can get a good variety of questions that affect your community the most, will you please circulate the link to our question submission form?

The link to the question form is -

Here are Wellington City Shows

Wellington - Mayoralty

  • Date - Wednesday 7th September

  • Venue - Khandallah Town hall

GWRC - Pōneke Wellington Constituency Ward for Councilor

  • Date - Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th September 2022

  • Venue - St Marks School Chapel

WCC - Paekawakawa/Southern Ward

  • Date - Sunday 18th September

  • Venue - Te Whaea Dance & Drama Centre

WCC - Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māori Ward

  • Date - Sunday 2nd October

  • Venue - Te Whaea Dance & Drama Centre Basement Studio

Any Questions feel free to ring or email me

Sam Somers, Producer and Host - It's in the Ballot

Proposed District Plan

The WCC proposed district plan is open for review. You can find more information here.
Drop-in sessions are being held, the nearest one to us is in Newton on Sat 6th August:

Bells on bikes

A member of our community writes “I have heard that cyclists in Melbourne are required to have a warning device on their bicycles. The following excerpt is from ‘A cyclist is required to have a bell or similar warning device on his or her bicycle. When overtaking other path users a cyclist should use this warning device, or his or her voice to warn others.28/07/2021’

As a number of pedestrians are hearing impaired or blind and hearing impaired, like my husband, I wonder if this would be a sensible approach to take here in Island Bay. I have forwarded this suggestion to WCC”.

A bell may not be for everyone, but a good reminder to be courteous to all when travelling around the bay (and city) whatever your mode :)

In other news….

Govt extends half-price fares

Metlink has welcomed funding to extend half price public transport fares until 31 January 2023.

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Your committee,

Sheila Hart (Chair), Jeff McDonald (Treasurer), Sonya Cameron (Secretariat), Fran de Gregorio (Secretariat), Catherine Inder (Secretariat), Sally Page (Secretariat), Ben Everist, Bruce Gadd, Ruby Ghanem, Mark Henderwood, Jelle Keizer, Pat Vinaccia and Chris Wratt.