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From the Chair

I’m writing this as we’re about to go into lockdown, and I expect I’m the same as you –trying to anticipate what’s coming up, wondering if we will still be in lockdown when the next newsletter comes out.

In my house, we’re set up to work and learn from home, and have online connection to everyone we need to. We’re well and can get to essential services if it’s required. But I’m aware not everyone has that – so please, if you’re able to do so, and it’s safe, lend a hand where you can.

News from our last month at MVRA: the public meeting about the second tunnel was well attended and spirited. It’ll be interesting to see what the city feels like with everyone on orders to stay home. The Planning for Growth program is progressing: changes coming for Mt Victoria, with regards to the Spatial Plan. There’ll be information about that on our website. Have a look and let us know your thoughts.

We’re always interested in what you think. Email us at

More than ever, check us out online at:

We’re posting updates from council, as well as other information to keep us going. Also, check out the Mt Vic Hub and the Wellington Community Notice Board on Facebook.

Angela Rothwell
Mt Victoria Residents’ Association


Election Confusion?

It’s hard to know who to vote for in the upcoming Local Body elections. So many candidates, some many different views, so little time … Fortunately, The Spinoff is here to help with their Policy Local website. Click on the link to find out who’s running and what they stand for. They’ve surveyed over 3,000 local election candidates from around the country to learn their policy positions on a range of topics, from climate change to rates. The site is strictly neutral, focused only on providing voters with the information they need to exercise their democratic right.

Just enter your address and you’ll get all your local candidates for the mayoralty, city council, regional council and DHB. Learn about the candidate and their views. The site is interactive so you can mark the policies you approve of and they’ll be added to a personal selection list to help you decide who you should vote for. It’s a fantastic resource. Check it out!


Mt Victoria maps

We’ve added a selection of maps from a variety of Council documents showing some interesting details (such as heritage areas) and projected effects (such as sea level rise, liquefaction and tsunami evacuation areas) specifically related to Mt Victoria. Check them out here.


Our 10-Year Plan — update

Our submission on the Council’s Our 10-Year Plan has been acknowledged and oral hearings and forums are happening Tuesday 22 May-Thursday 24 May. These meetings are public and anyone can go along. You’ll find times and venue details on the WCC’s Meetings Calendar here.


Have your say!

Two online surveys are currently available. Make sure your voice gets heard! Simply click the graphics below to get started …



Each survey takes around 10 minutes.

And don’t forget …

Who are we?

The Mt Victoria Residents Association is an active advocate on behalf of our community, aiming to further the interests of our neighbourhood with local and central government. We’ve been doing this work for decades, promoting the needs of residents and opposing inappropriate development in our neighbourhood.

The things we care about

The MVRA is actively involved in promoting the interests of our community in a number of areas:

    • We make submissions on issues affecting Mt Victoria, such as proposals to have a Wellington super-city Council, Wellington City and Regional Councils’ draft long-term and annual plans,  the Town Belt and transport plans. You’ll find copies on this website.
    • We actively monitor and make submissions to the Council on resource consent issues, particularly demolitions, that affect local residents, We have worked with the Council to put in place in the District Plan rules and guidelines  to protect the heritage of our unique inner-city neighbourhood.  This was in response to the wholesale destruction of Mt Victoria’s heritage through inappropriate development in the 1970s and 1980s.
    • We work with other groups – such as the Mt Victoria Historical Society and the Save the Basin Campaign  – on issues of common concern.

      Join the MVRA

      Anyone living in Mt Victoria can join the Association, and we greatly appreciate your financial support! Annual membership costs;

      • $10 for individuals
      • $20 for families
      • $5 for the unwaged


To join by bank transfer, please credit the following account:

Bank: BNZ
Branch: Manners Street, Wellington
Account Number: 02-0560-0030689-00

Please add you name and address in the Particulars / Code / Reference fields.

To join by post, send your details and a cheque to:

Mt Victoria Residents Association
PO Box 19-056
Courtenay Place
Wellington 6149


Join the Committee

Each September, the Association holds an AGM where officers are elected from amongst our local residents. If you’d like to contribute your time and energies to helping make our community a better place, enter your details in the contact form below. We’d love to hear from you!