Celebrate a year of New Crossways

The New Crossways Community Trust is celebrating a year of our new community centre by holding a party on Friday 6 November from 6pm – 8pm.

Mt Victoria residents and users of the community centre are all invited by the New Crossways trustees to help celebrate the first successful year of the centre. Members of the variety of community groups based in Mt Victoria will be there, including the residents association, historical society, creche, civil defence, the churches and the newsletter, together with the groups using New Crossways. For anybody who has been thinking of becoming more involved in the community it will provide an opportunity to meet committee members and talk about how the groups operate and how you could join in.

Food and wine will be laid on at the centre as well as entertainment. Local city councillors and members of parliament have been invited, as well as city council staff.

New Crossways is at 6 Roxburgh St, just off Majoribanks St. It is above the tile shop beside Hazel’s restaurant. The open house function will give residents an opportunity to look in and see the space which has proved popular for dance and yoga classes, corporate seminars and private functions, as well as meetings. Many successful birthdays have been held there during the year, both for children and grown-ups.

Last chance to have your say on Manners Mall

The Wellington City Council is currently considering submissions on the proposal to re-open Manners Mall to buses and substitute a “pedestrian friendly” zone in Lower Cuba Street. The purpose of the changes is to improve the speed and efficiency of buses in the Golden Mile, and there has been lots of discussion – both pro and con – in the media and on local blogs.

If you have an opinion one way or the other, this week is your last chance to make your voice heard as submissions close on Friday. You can make an online submission on the Council’s website here.

Of flyovers and tunnels

Mt Victoria Newsletter editor Patrick McCombs has an editorial in the latest newsletter that laments the consultation approach taken by the NZ Transport Agency, and this has also been published on wellington.scoop. Patrick notes that the Agency seemed to make commitments to a better consultation approach at the recent Basin Reserve Seminar hosted by the Wellington Civic Trust, and so it’s disappointing that they have gone back to their usual bad behaviour.

If you missed the paper copy of the newsletter in your mailbox, you can find the downloadable version here.

Authors and Afternoon Tea


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Booklovers B&B at 123 Pirie Street is running an “Authors and Afternoon Tea” series through October and November, where locals can converse over a cuppa with some of New Zealand’s leading writers. The schedule is:

18 October: Alison Wong
25 October: Mark Derby
1 November: Fiona Kidman
8 November: Harry Ricketts

Each afternoon tea runs from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday afternoons, and a maximum of 20 people can be accommodated. There’s a $20 charge, and tickets can be booked by phoning Jane Tolerton on 384 2714 or by e-mail to booklovers@xtra.co.nz.