September update

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Have your say: WCC voting open

Voting for the WCC elections opened on Friday 16th and closes Saturday 8th October. 

It is important to get out and use your vote to help shape the future of our city.

Have you received your voting papers in the post?  Delivery should have occurred between 16-21st September.  There are a huge number of places that you can drop off your completed voting forms:

  • By NZ Post: If you are using a post box, it is recommended you post your vote by 4 October to ensure it’s received before the cut-off date.
  • To a ballot box: There are over 50 Wellington City Council-branded ballot boxes where you can drop off your voting papers across Wellington. Ballot boxes are provided at every Wellington supermarket and Council library, as well as several other locations. Votes can be delivered to ballot boxes up to 12 noon on Saturday 8 October. 
  • To a Wellington City Council voting hub: You can also be issued a special vote at these locations.

If you don’t have your forms or were not enrolled in time you can still cast a special vote.

See the WCC website for more details on how to vote and how to cast a special vote:

And just a reminder of who is running (in alphabetical order):

Wellington Mayor

  • Ellen Blake – Independent
  • Ray Chung – Independent
  • Chris Dudfield – Independent – Vision/Skills/Results (Mayor and Southern Ward)
  • Paul Eagle – Independent
  • Andy Foster – Together for Wellington
  • Kelvin Hastie – Future Wellington
  • Donald Newtown McDonald – Our truth all but whole truth
  • Barbara McKenzie – Independent
  • Tory Whānau – Independent

Mãori Ward

  • Ali Hamlin-Paenga
  • Matthew Reweti – Labour
  • Nīkau Wi Neera – Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

Southern Ward

  • Nureddin Abdurahmam – Labour
  • Inoke Afeaki – Independent
  • Dipak Bhana – Independent #Together for Wellington
  • Urmilla Bhana – Independent
  • Jonathan Coppard – Action on Climate
  • Chris Dudfield – Independent – Vision/Skills/Results
  • Laurie Foon – Green
  • Iain Alasdair MacLeod – Get Wellington back on course
  • Ate Moala – Independent
  • Paula Muollo – Independent

You can watch a recording of the Meet the candidates night hosted by Island Bay Residents’ Association and Owhiro Bay Residents’ Association here.

If you are interested in finding out some more details on these candidates here are some sites that have been collating information on various community issues:


Head to the official WCC page for information on candidates, their candidate statement and contact details:

And this site for candidate information and policy statements:

A couple of Mayoral debates to wet your appetite:

1 News QandA Mayoral debate

RNZ Morning Report 21/9/22

Views on climate change

Vote climate has asked candidates their views on 4 key issues:

See the candidates responses here:

Where do they stand on climate justice?

Views on living streets and safer walking:

AGM 17th October 2022 – Call for nominations and submissions

Our AGM will be held on Monday 17th October.
It is only 6 months since our last AGM due to the fact that the March AGM was delayed from 2021.

Nominations are open for a position on the committee.

We also invite the submission of Notices to be voted on at the AGM.

The deadline for both nominations and Notices is Sunday 25th September

Please see our AGM page, where you can find out more information and download any relevant forms.

AGM 17th October 2022

Our AGM will be held on Monday 17th October.

Nominations are open for a position on the committee.

We also invite the submission of Notices to be voted on at the AGM.

Please see our AGM page, where you can find out more information and download any relevant forms.

Road works in Island Bay

Please find attached the September 2022 Council maintenance and minor works programme.

The recent wet weather is affecting timing of works as crews work to clear slips and repair roads. For the latest information please check out the weekly roadworks report on the WCC website. 

Roads – Road works and road closures – Wellington City Council

Thank you for sharing this information with your respective community groups/organisations.  If we need to update an email address, please let me know.

Note that the information in the document does not include work for other organisations working in the road corridor such as Waka Kotahi, Wellington Water, Wellington Electricity or building works which require access to the road or footpath. 

If you would like more information or have any questions feel free to contact us on (04) 499 4444.
Ngā mihi

Denise Beazley
Network Activity Manager | | Wellington City Council
M 021 597 166

The main ones to note in the Bay are:

Derwent Street, Island BayRoad Dig OutsSeptember 6-7Stop/Go7am-5pm. Section between Moselle and Humber
Severn Street, Island BayKerb, channel and footpath renewalAugust 15 – NovemberStop/Go7am-5pm Section between Frobisher Street intersection and Owhiro Bay Road
Derwent Street/Esplanade intersection, Island BayPavement repairs, Kerb, channel and footpath renewalsSeptember 12 – October 21Stop/Go7am-5pm, 9am-4pm in intersection
Severn Street, Island BayKerb, channel and footpath renewalslate September – DecemberStop/Go7am-5pm Section between Southern Cross Cres and Moselle St

Mayoral Candidates Debate 5th Sept

Through the Wellington Residents’ Associations Network we have access to some additional meet and greets/debate nights. If you missed the one we hosted, or want an opportunity to hear more in depth discussion around key issues, head along to this event:

Hosted by Inner City Wellington Residents’ Association

PAT – these mayoral candidates: Paul Eagle, Andy Foster & Tory Whanau

Local elections 2022
Local government election fever is building – the candidates are polishing their pitches, and Wellington residents are sharpening their questions. Come along to this free public event with your questions ready for these three Wellington City mayoral candidates! They’ll provide their pitch and then it’s question time.

Here are the event details:

  • Monday 5 September 2022
  • 6pm-7.30pm (doors open at 5.30)
  • at St Peter’s Church, Willis Street, Wellington

Just come along on the night, or let us know via Eventbrite.

Neighbourhood Support

What is Neighbourhood support?

Come along to our meeting on 5th September to find out more from our Wellington Coordinator, Emma.

Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient, and connected communities. They (and we) believe that a well-connected community helps to improve safety, resilience, and wellbeing for all.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is a registered charity, and since 1999 has been working alongside New Zealand Police and other partners to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety and connectedness, get prepared for emergencies, and support one another so that our communities are great places to live.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is made up of a network of community organisations (member organisations) that currently support over 200,000 households (and counting) across the country.

Neighbourhood Support is free to join and offers a wide range of benefits. You will:

  • Have opportunities to connect with those around you.
  • Receive emails with what’s happening in your community.
  • Get tips to improve the safety of your home and your community.
  • Learn how to get prepared for emergencies.
  • Be invited to attend community events organised by Neighbourhood Support.
  • And more!

Being involved in Neighbourhood Support comes in many forms. You might:

  • Stay connected online or by email.
  • Attend street meetups.
  • Host or join street barbeques.
  • Participate in kai swaps or seed swaps.
  • Join street beautification projects.
  • Or more!

By staying connected and supporting each other, we can make our neighbourhoods safe and welcoming for all.

So what can we do in Island Bay and Southgate?

Emma McGill is our Wellington Neighbourhood Support Coordinator, she is employed by NS NZ national office.

Usually, a group of 10-12 households on a street will connect, they may have a street coordinator, or may coordinate via Emma, the Wellington Coordinator

In addition, these groups may look out for vulnerable people on the street and have a plan on how to ensure all are safe in the event of an emergency.

Currently, there are 2 groups listed in Island Bay, there may be more set up and just not on the Wellington database.

There are no requirements for setting up a group. You can communicate via Emma or set up your own FB/WhatsApp/Email group. Ideally, with meetings a few times a year to build those connections.

You can contact Emma via email:

Check out their Website for more information.

August Update in your inbox

Or read it here:

REMINDER Community Survey- LAST WEEK

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 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 close this week.

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

Meet the Candidates Night Video

Did you miss the meet the Candidates night on Thursday 25th but are keen to hear what the candidates had to say? Watch the video here:

IBRA/OBRA Meet the Candidates Night 25th August 2022

The video has been edited to remove silence/questions being repeated/time when the mic is being passed around etc. No audible content from candidates has been removed. For the full unedited version of the meeting head here.

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