Newtown neighbours’ night knock-out

Newtown neighbours’ night knock-out

Zach Fitsimmons gets golf pointers from event organiser Ray Tuffin. PHOTO: GIANINA SCHWANECKE

Bicycle rides, cricket games, golf practice, face painting, a BBQ and live music filled Newtown Park at Neighbour’s Night last Friday.

Blustery winds and dark clouds did not deter about 160 residents from venturing out for the second annual event, organised by the Newtown Residents’ Association, Wellington City Council and local welfare groups.

Children raced round the track on pre-loved bikes, played cricket and golf with local police, and became tiny super heroes at the face-painting station.

Residents queued for a barbeque while enjoying live music from Newtown Festival favourites the Sendam Rawkustra, Rock Academy, and The Mighty Ukes.

Newtown Residents’ Association president Rhona Carson was pleased with the turnout.

“[It was] purely to give something back to neighbours and the community … The weather’s [been] a challenge,” she said.

Community liaison advisor Ray Tuffin, who changed the venue from St Thomas’s church to make it easier for people in the nearby Newtown Park apartments, was “rapt”.

“[It’s] a good mixture of community services and a great facility.”

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