Our vision

Enriching community together.

Our aim

To bring people together to make a great community.

Our values

  • Welcoming, participating and celebrating the diverse vibrant people of our community
  • Supporting each other to grow and achieve
  • Have a community where everyone feels safe, involved and belonging

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

We aim to include and support Māori and te ao Māori in the ways that we can. We have a living Tiriti o Waitangi policy which includes the following:

  • Acknowledgement that we stand on land stolen from mana whenua
  • Practical support for Māori practitioners wishing to bring toi Māori, matauranga Māori or te reo Māori to our community
  • New staff all attend a Tiriti o Waitangi course
  • Efforts to use Te Reo Māori in the community centre
  • An ongoing commitment to learning and growing in this area

Our people

Eryn Gribble
Eryn Gribble
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she/her
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Kaiwhakahaere / Community Centre Manager

Eryn is a people person and passionate advocate. She’s got a lot of love for inclusion, community, conversation, the arts, laughter... and… goats! As an artist she loves to make stuff, as NCC Kaiwhakahaere / Manager she loves to make stuff happen!

eryn@newtowncommunity.org.nz

04 389 4786

Ellie Clayton
Ellie Clayton
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she/her
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Kaiwhakahaere / Community Centre Manager

Ellie is originally from Australia, via the UK, and has been in Aotearoa for some years, mostly boodling around Newtown (the best ‘burb). She is in love with the ocean (come and talk to her about snorkeling ANY TIME) and is passionate about social justice.

ellie@newtowncommunity.org.nz

04 389 4786

Linda Halle
Linda Halle
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she/her
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Kaiwhakahaere Kiripaepae / Reception & admin assistant

Originating from northern Europe, growing up in Canada, and now, a permanent resident of Aotearoa, Linda considers herself a “child of the universe”. Her greatest joys in life are the arts, being in nature, and her two astonishing grown up sons! Linda brings her 20+ years experience of project coordination and arts administration to the community centre.

linda@newtowncommunity.org.nz

04 389 4786

Phillip Bolton
Phillip Bolton
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he/him
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Financial Officer

Phil works his financial magic and keeps us entertained behind the scenes at the Community Centre. It is generally agreed that the place would fall to pieces without him.

phil@newtowncommunity.org.nz

Megan Haag-Fisk
Megan Haag-Fisk
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she/her
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Kaihautū Pāpāho & Kaitautoko / Administration Support & Marketing

Born in Pōneke to South African parents, raised in the US, and super chuffed to be back home! Megan is a social worker by training, recovering chef, parent and partner to a fun and adventurous whānau, and keen roller skater. She is loving getting to know Newtown and the community whilst enhancing her knowledge of local resources and treasures to help get folks connected and flourishing.

megan@newtowncommunity.org.nz

Andrew Grieve
Andrew Grieve
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he/him
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Kaiāwhina / Assistant

Andy does odd jobs and cover for the Community Centre and Smart Newtown. He’s a great chef and puts those skills to good use volunteering at our Quick Kai and Soup Friday programmes! As well as all his community activities, he’s a big sports fan and is an avid reader.

Marseel & Shamooni
Marseel & Shamooni
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Marseel he/him, Shamooni she/her
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Kaihoroi / Cleaners

Marseel (right) is our cleaner – he keeps the community centre sparkly and shiny! You'll often see him around our spaces in the evenings, and Shamooni (left) is sometimes around to help him out with English and spend time in the centre! They are both from Iraq, Shamooni having arrived to Aotearoa in 2012 as a former refugee, and Marseel in 2016. They married in 2017 and like listening to music and dancing. Marseel is a keen gardener and Shamooni loves to cook. Marseel speaks English, Arabic and Assyrian while Shamooni speaks all of those languages and Kurdish as well!

Rowena Tun
Rowena Tun
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she/her
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Timebank Kaiwhakahaere / Coordinator

Rowena is our timebank kaiwhakahaere. She’s into growing kai and community. She loves seeing food growing and people being fed. With an artist mother and a Buddhist father she was raised with the understanding we are all creative and that receiving help is as much an act of generosity as giving it. She loves making a mess in the kitchen, time with friends and family and standing under really big trees.

info@wellingtontimebank.org.nzhttps://www.wellingtontimebank.org.nz

Madelyn Brenycz
Madelyn Brenycz
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she/her
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Kaiwhakaako & Kaimahi Tari / Trainer & Administrator

Resident tech sorceress from the United States, Maddy runs Smart Newtown. She’s passionate about digital equity and helping folks gain confidence with technology. Outside of work, she’s in love with tabletop RPGs, coffee, 1920s fashion, and finding new ways to become the cyborg of her dreams.

maddy@smartnewtown.org.nzhttps://www.smartnewtown.org.nz/

Trust Board

As a charitable organisation, we have a volunteer Board of Trustees. They steer our mahi and keep us accountable. If you’d like to contact the Board, or are interested in joining our Board, please contact us. A huge mihi to our current and former Board members.

Our board members

Tom Law
Board chair
Tom has been involved in the governance of the community centre since 1998, so he knows pretty much everything about the centre – his more than 50 years living in Newtown also make him an expert on our suburb! You’ll also see him around driving the Wellington South Community Patrol car around Newtown as well, keeping us safe and being a good citizen. He won Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian of the year in 2022.
Peter Frater
Treasurer
Back in 1981, Berhamporean Peter Frater was the technical manager of the “Summer City” concert – part of the pre-cursor to the Newtown Festival – and set up a big stage outside the Community Centre on Colombo Street. He popped in to say hi and never really left, joining the committee shortly afterwards! Peter has a background in performance and theatre tech, and has been essential to guiding upgrades to our theatre both in the early 80s and in 2023. He received an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award for his mahi with the Newtown Festival in 2012 and an industry award in 2019 recognising his 60 years in the entertainment arena.
Jane Patterson
Board member
Jane is a pākehā who grew up in Ōtepoti but is very happy to call Newtown and Wellington home.  She has worked in a number of organisations including local government, a health charity and as a self-employed gardener. She has a huge respect for the work of the community centre and is very happy to contribute her experience to the work of the board.
Paul Forrest
Board member
Local environmental activist and visual artist Paul Forrest joined the board of trustees at the beginning of 2023. He's lived in this, the best suburb in Wellington, for 20 years in a rather distinctive house in Harper Street, which is covered in butterflies. As well as being a full time artist he is very involved in local tree planting projects on the green belt overlooking Newtown and also teaches drawing skills at Newtown and Berhampore Primary Schools.
Demeysa Ahmed
Board member
Demeysa was born in the small village of Culcul, in an area of Ethiopia known for its hospitality. He and his family arrived in Aotearoa as refugees in 1998, when he was 8 years old. They were resettled in our windy city and many of Demeysa’s fondest childhood memories are rooted in Newtown. Newtown holds great significance for him, having given him so much - he’s glad to serve now as one of our board members to give back. His professional life has been in the youth and mental health sectors, and he is a registered social worker, working with Changemakers Resettlement Forum.
Kim Young
Board member
Kim moved to Newtown in 1991 and for the last 30 years she has been doing random acts of community kindness. She has worked in communications and project management for private companies, central and local Government, and arts organisations. She co-created and runs the annual Newtown Open Studios as well as Rice Pudding Gallery in Constable Street.  

Funders

He mihi nui ki ō mātou kaitautoko – a huge acknowledgement to our funders, without them our mahi would not be possible! We also gratefully receive regular or one-off donations from our community: you can contribute here.

A huge thanks to our generous funders!

Venue hire

Te Whare Hapori o Ngā Puna Waiora / Newtown Community Centre is based in the centre of Newtown, on the corner of Colombo and Rintoul Streets, as well as operating other venues around the suburb. With seven affordable venues, with different capacity, style and function, we can provide the perfect space for your community event, party, class, hui or much more!

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