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.

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.

Queens Park Working Bees – Tentative dates for 2020:

Next Working Bee is on Sunday 8 November. As well as weeding we will be planting some plants that will enhance the deciduous woodland that the Park is intended to be. If you would like to contribute to the cost you can donate via the Thorndon Residents’ Association. Details are on this page.

Sunday 13 September, Saturday 10 October, Sunday 8 November, Saturday 5 December.

The start time is 10 am!! Meet as usual at the top of the Park Street steps. Morning tea will be provided (contributions welcome). Hope to see you there.

Contact Peter Steel on 021 244 1850 for more information.

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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).