Mt Victoria Festival is this Saturday!

Mark your diaries – this Saturday will be filled with fun and frivolity at the Mt Victoria Festival in Roxburgh Street! The theme of the Festival is sustainability and organic living, and more than 65 stalls are confirmed – including food, sustainable lifestyle and high-quality entertainment.

Here’s the map of the Festival, and there’s a downloadable version and schedules for entertainment and workshops over the fold.

Paul Redbird from Radio Active and The Comediettes will entertain and MC the day….

Schedule for the day – the cool things that are happening

Entertainment Schedule

10.00am: Mayor Kerry Prendergast opens the festival
10.10am: Linda Joy
11.00am: Ben Parsons
12.00pm: Tessa Rain
1:00pm: Jonny on the Spot
1:45pm: Tribal Style Bellydance
2.00pm: Funky Junk

Activity / Workshop Schedule:

10.00am: Raising hens in the city; worm farming
10.45am: Guided walk – Friendly dogs on leads welcome!
11.00am: Gardening for lizards
11:00am: Rain water catchment
11:00am: Art Deco walk around Mount Victoria
12.00pm: Sustainable waste management for the home
12:00pm: Reducing waste at work
12.30pm: Bread making
1:00pm: Flax Weaving; Beekeeping
1:00pm: Northern Mount Victoria History walk
2.00pm: Gardening with kids
2:00pm: Funky Junk drumming
2:00pm: Backyard ecological restoration

Eco – Documentaries (Upstairs in Crossways)

10.00am: Innovative inner city community housing & green roof gardens
11.00am: Rainbow Valley Farm NZ- Composting/Bokashi System/Worm farms
12.00pm: Permaculture – A quiet revolution
1:00pm: The Organic Opportunity – local organic food as economic development
2.00pm: Permaculture in Practice

A new feature this year is Speakers Corner – local people and local politicians waxing eloquent about the issues of the day!

10.30 Cr Celia Wade-Brown – A Vision for the Inner City
10.45 Cr Iona Pannett – There are Answers
11.00 Grant Robertson MP – A Labour View
11.15 Green MP
11.30 Cr Ray Apihene-Mercer – Climate Change
12.00 Phil Saxby – Marijuana Reform
12.15 Kent Duston – Save the Basin Reserve
12.30 Cr Stephanie Cook – Water
12.45 Linda Sharp – Transition Towns
1.00 Nicola Rankin – Trash Palace
1.15 Mark Eden – Animal Rights
1.30 Valerie Morse – Terrorism Here and There
1.45 Lisa Barnes – Anti Whaling – Sea Shepherd
2.00 growing fruit trees in the wind & remaining sane – Grow From Here
2.15 Joel Cosgrove – Workers’ Rights

Art Exhibitions, displays, food and eco-documentaries will screen inside Crossways so pop up for some delicious homebakes and a cuppa and see what’s on offer!


Public Meeting: Proposed Road Closure for the 2010 Mt Vic Festival

A meeting will be held at Crossways THIS week on Thursday 3 December, 7.30pm for residents and businesses in Caroline and Roxburgh Streets who will be affected by the closure for the festival.

The closure date is planned for Saturday 27 February 2010 from 8am – 5pm (the festival will run from 10am – 3pm). The committee has planned for a rain day option for Sunday 28 February.

Come down and discuss the closure and festival with the 2010 Festival Committee, so we can ensure the event meets the needs of the community. We’d love to have your input!

The festival (and Tania) are back!

The inaugural Mt Victoria Festival earlier in the year was a huge success, and despite the rainy weather was a really enjoyable way of bringing the community together for a day of fun, food and entertainment. And in 2010 it’s going to be even bigger and better – so mark your diaries for Saturday 27 February.

The festival is being organised by the Crossways Community Trust, and Tania Austin has graciously agreed to apply her organising super-powers to the task once more – you can contact her by e-mail at tania(at) Applications are now open for anyone who would like a stall at the festival, and volunteers are being recruited. You can find details in the Festival menu on the right hand side.

Tania Austin is the coordinator for the Mt Victoria Festival 2010

Crossways fundraising raffle winners

The New Crossways Trust held a fundraising showing of the film The Age of Stupid on Thursday 20 August. Including raffles sales and donations, over $550 was raised towards the on-going costs of providing the New Crossways Community Centre.

The Trust wishes to thank everyone who supported us, and especially the businesses that generously donated the raffle prizes – Ambeli Restaurant, 18 Majoribanks Street, Mt Victoria, and CommonSense Organics, Wakefield Street.

The winners of the raffles were:

  • Dinner for Two at The Ambeli to a value of $100 – Ticket No 011 “Shelly”
  • A Box of Organic Vegetables and a $50 voucher from CommonSense Organics – ticekt No 19A “Finnie”
  • Produce, Scarf and Books – Ticket No 21 “Ruby”
  • 1. $100 meal voucher donated by The Ambeli restaurant, Majoribanks Street
    Ticket No: 011. Shelley

    2. Box of organic vegetables and $50 voucher donated by Commonsense Organics, Wakefield Street
    Ticket No: 19 Finnie

    3. Produce, scarf and books
    Ticket No: 21 Ruby

    Winners will be contacted in the next few days, or they can e-mail to claim their prize.

    Crossways Movie: The Age Of Stupid, Thursday 20 August

    Crossways is holding another of its film fundraisers at the Paramount Theatre at 8:30pm on Thursday 20 August. The movie is The Age Of Stupid, in which Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055, looking back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

    The movie has only just been released in Australia and New Zealand, and so everyone will have a chance to see a band-new movie while supporting Crossways! Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by e-mailing

    Volunteers needed for Festival

    Image credit: vern, via Flickr

    We need a few people to help with the smooth running of the Mt Victoria Inner City Festival on Saturday 28 February. There are some simple, straightforward tasks that we need a hand with, such as …

    Friday 27 February, during the day
    • Preparing stall sites
    • Chalking the streets as promotion
    • Set up inside of stalls, exhibitions, workshop area – generally getting things ready

    Saturday 28 February – Festival day!
    • Picking up a bouncy castle from 40 Lincoln Ave, Avalon – car with tow bar needed (and returning at the end of the day)
    • Manning the road closure – 2 hour stints from 8am
    • Setting up/cleaning up
    • Manning the trust stall/HQ selling raffles, jam and providing information (schedules etc will be provided)
    • Manning the sausage sizzle or steak sandwiches
    • Rubbish/Recycling management
    • Managing workshops and art/photo exhibitions (Inside Crossways)
    • Collecting a koha for the historical walks at 11.30am and 1pm
    • Baking for volunteers
    • Providing a car park/s for affected residents in Caroline and Roxburgh for the day

    The times we need help from are anytime between 8am – 5pm.

    If you are able to help to make this event a huge success – we’d be so grateful! There may be another way you’d like to help out, so we’re all ears.

    If you can help, please e-mail event organiser Tania Austin – tania[at]

    Crossways movie afternoon on Sunday 30 November

    The New Crossways Community Trust is running another of its hugely popular movie afternoons on Sunday 30 November at 4pm, at the Paramount Theatre in Courtenay Place. This time it’s the Gaylene Preston documentary of one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed poets, Hone Tuwhare, who died at the beginning of this year.

    The movie will be introduced by some readings of Hone’s poetry, and Gaylene will talk about the documentary and the man at the conclusion of the movie.

    Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, and can be purchased by e-mailing hone[at] – and as usual, all proceeds will go towards running our new community centre in Roxburgh Street. The Paramount’s bar will be open for coffee, ice cream and drinks from 3:30pm, so see you there!

    New Crossways Officially Opened

    As part of the Meet the Candidates event last evening, the New Crossways Trust chair, Bill Southworth, officially opened the building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Two of the stalwart members of the old Crossways management committee, Ralph and Margaret Pannett, did the honours of pronouncing the building opened, and were thanked by Bill for their enormous efforts over the years.

    In addition to their many years of work on the management committee, Ralph and Margaret made a huge contribution to the campaign to save Crossways. While this was ultimately unsuccessful, the time and effort Ralph and Margaret put into the campaign helped make it possible for Crossways to relocate to its new premises in Roxburgh Street. The community owes them a debt of gratitude for all their work over the last three decades.

    Ralph and Margaret Pannett