Author Archives: graemesawyer

Do you love the smell of diesel in the morning?

Most of our ‘Northern Suburbs” homes are zoned “outer residential”. Sounds innocuous, right? Wrong. Continue reading

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Kindergarten over Community Garden?

Wellington City Council proposes to move a kindergarten onto a hard-won and scarce public community garden in Johnsonville. Continue reading

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They’re taking away our Public Transport Hub

Last month, Wellington City Council approved the consent for redevelopment of Johnsonville Mall. JCA applauds the potential improvement in retail facilities, as local people have been crying out for this for decades. However, with the honey, the Council is also … Continue reading

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Whither Johnsonville Youth? 3 issues

A recent story in the Dominion Post asks whether Johnsonville’s young people are being adequately served by WCC? JCA says no: “For the City Council, ignoring the needs of Johnsonville youth is easy as 1-2-3.” Johnsonville has the highest population … Continue reading

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Totara Park walkway & replanting picks up pace

  On 4 March, Penny Salmond & Graeme Sawyer from JCA accompanied Anita Benbrook, WCCs Restoration Technical Advisor and native Forrest expert, on a wander through the Totara Park, roughly on the same route as the proposed new walking track through the … Continue reading

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Application for new Johnsonville-Newlands Community Board

Press Release – Date: 5/11/2015 Community groups call on residents of Paparangi, Woodridge Newlands, and Johnsonville to “Sign Your Support” to establish a new Community Board. Two Northern Wellington Residents groups (JCA and NPPA) today announced the launch of a campaign … Continue reading

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Trees native to Johnsonville

A List! If you have ever wondered what species were here before our version of Jebidiah Springfield obliterated them all in the late 1840s, here it is! Not an exhaustive list, but for 99.99% of us, as close as you … Continue reading

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