LIVE WELLington is a new group which promotes Wellington as a liveable city, which has great housing for all while protecting the things we love. LIVE WELLington has emerged from concerns felt across the city about how proposed planning and design changes could adversely affect our city’s future. LIVE WELLington will provide a collective resource for evidence based solutions that TRA and others can use.


Making a submission on the draft District Plan

LIVE WELLington has prepared some guidance to help you with submissions:


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Kaiwharawhara Ferry Terminal Redevelopment

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Wellington’s Draft District Plan

Kia ora,

Wellington’s Draft District Plan – the first fully revised planning rulebook in more than 20 years will be considered by the City Council’s Pūroro Āmua Planning and Environment Committee on 20 October for consultation starting on 2 November.

The plan deals with the major planning issues facing the city and region in the next two to three decades – including population growth, housing affordability, protecting the City’s biodiversity,  transport, climate change and natural hazards.

Next week’s committee agenda, including the Draft District Plan, can be viewed on the WCC website.

Combined Residents and Community Associations Draft District Plan Briefing – Nov 2021

Residents and Community Associations Briefing – Questions and Answers

Consultation roadshow and launch event

If approved, the Draft District Plan consultation will happen alongside the consultation for the Bike Network and Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s mass rapid transit options.

We will be visiting communities and seeking feedback during the consultation. You can see the draft road show schedule here The consultation will close on 14 December.

Ngā mihi
Planning for Growth Team

How to navigate the Wellington City Draft District Plan

How to make a submission on the Wellington City Draft District Plan

Wellington’s Draft Spatial Plan

The Draft Spatial Plan proposes some blunt and contentious proposals for Thorndonites. Particularly for parts of the suburb located nearest the central city. It rezones these areas; adds them to ‘Central city’ and proposes a new intensification policy.

Click here to view the online map. This is the version that went to the council committee for their consideration at the 24th June 2021 committee meeting.

Supporting documentation – Approval of 30-year Spatial Plan.

The Association made a submission on the Wellington City Council’s draft spatial plan.

Click these links to read the COVER LETTER and SUBMISSION from TRA.

One issue is that this area of residential Thorndon contains charming houses with celebrated examples, forming cohesive streetscapes, character, and heritage.

In summary, here is what is proposed:


The full Fact Sheet is online here:

Take Action

The WCC website invites feedback using an online submission form.
Note that the online form doesn’t allow a preview and has to be completed in one session.

However, they provide the option of a PDF submission form. This can be printed, completed, and mailed Freepost.

Otherwise, complete it, scan it, and email to: 

These formats are not mandatory; submissions in any form are valid.

Whatever works for you; do something that adds your voice to the future of your suburb, your city.

Keep Wellington’s Character is a heritage based campaign that opposes sweeping building deregulation and the removal of protections in Wellington’s historic ‘character’ suburbs.

The Wellington City Council is paving the way for demolition in heritage suburbs with the largest building deregulation in decades.


Keep Wellington’s Character campaign video in which urban historian Ben Schrader and concerned Wellingtonian Sue Elliot share their view about the proposal on the future of Wellington city and for its residents.

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Working for our community

The Thorndon Residents Association (TRA) is an incorporated society established to communicate residents’ collective views to local authorities and other community bodies.

We’re motivated and proud to support the Thorndon community. Our aim is to help improve amenities and facilities for the residents in the Thorndon area. TRA is a registered charity (CC40743) and all donations are gratefully received – ANZ Account 01 0505 0380782 00 (please use your surname and address as the reference).