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Newtown: it’s sometimes more than a bit shit

by Joanna on September 27, 2009 in Uncategorised

On Wednesday night, our next door neighbours were burgled. On Friday night, my house was burgled. A couple of weeks ago someone tried to climb in my window while I was sleeping. My flatmate’s car has been restolen from outside our house, but ha ha, sucks to be them because the previous thieves had used up all the petrol in it. It’s times like this that I need to be reassured of the good things in Newtown. Things like:

  • The otters at the zoo!
  • The haloumi at Cafe Kialis
  • The macademia & chicken salad at Baobob

What are your favourite things about Newtown right now?

Joanna McLeod

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Paul October 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

It’s closing at the end of the month

Jo October 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I’m an ex resident 🙂 – but here is my list (hi Matty J) of favourite N town things and places:

Red Pandas; Spider Monkeys; Kajal Creations for cheap georgous (Indian) jewellery; Masala tea bags at Moshims; late afternoon sun; Coin Save and the shop across from it; The Afro mix cafe (if internet is down at home); Baobab; The town belt walkways; pizza’s from the Med Food Warehouse; all the different biscotti flavours from Kiallas; t-shirts from Duncan and Prudence; Hello Kitty stuff from Mr Thank you and the mural outside the City Council Flats in Daniel Street, Newtown Unity

stephen clover October 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm

The Adelaide !! – tho not for much longer

Do tell!


Paul October 8, 2009 at 11:39 am

The Adelaide !! – tho not for much longer

Interesting Buskers of varying quality

The childrens support place thingy above national bank

Peoples Coffee

whats bad; 2 Maccas and no BK! Maccas are shit!!!!

Hadyn October 6, 2009 at 9:33 am

Paris? Why travel the world when you can go to Newtown?!

Robyn September 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

One more vote for the Kiallis menu, specifically the rhubarb and cinnamon pancakes. They change depending on whoever’s working in the kitchen, but never disappoint.

matty man October 1, 2009 at 1:36 am

I am in paris at the moment and reading all this made me homiesick. the buildings here, even forgetting the towers, are way too high for people to crawl through your window. Plus people here never walk the streets in their pjs, not like newtown on dole day. big ups to planet spice, but lets not froget fish fins… is Leos good too?

Robyn October 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I want a chocolate naan bread.

stephen clover October 1, 2009 at 8:54 am

Are Leo’s good too?

Unless you have a death-wish I wouldn’t touch their fish.  Otherwise, passable.

Last night I saw Planet Spice advertising chocolate naan breads.  Woah!

stephenjudd October 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm

OK, i have to differ there. We too love the pancakes, but the last time we went, they came out cold and sad. Which was all the more disappointing because they’re usually so good.

Coffeenow October 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Hey Leo’s crumbed fish is fantastic and the chips are always good… Fish Fins should be good but the family domestics going on behind the counter have always been more interesting than their fish.

Serial Monogamist October 2, 2009 at 9:28 am

Chocolate Naan…?

That’s, like, fucking awesome!

workshy October 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Velox cafe
Amigos Taco de carne al plato
Expensive beer at Bar Edward
Cheap beer at the Adelaide
Falafel at Cafe Laz
Buying single nuts from union hardware
kelly glass for recutting my window glass for free when i messed up the measurements
i could go on…it might be a bit shit but it’s mainly awesome

Scott January 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

The sweet new outdoor furniture by Candywhistle at Monterey!/photo.php?fbid=473715711770&set=a.324762171770.162119.324752951770

The See Here 12 Constable St

simon March 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Lets face it guys. Nouville , Riddicilous street ect is lame.’Ive lived here for 6 years and am so over it………..the mentalists have taken over,bar e is full of plumbers,, leos is fishy and monterys aka orange county is a desperate house wife , barby doll hangout,,oh yea it has so much culture,bollocks!

Joanna March 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

Monterys aka orange county? Dude, Monterey is in Northern California, Orange County is in Southern California, for starters. Apart from that, while I don’t know about their marital statuses, I have never seen anyone who looks remotely like a Barbie doll in Monterey Newtown. Except for me, of course.

sheena August 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

Dont forget newtown bakery across the road from the library makes the best fresh uncut bread and donut!! mmmmmhungry much!

Newtown holds the best festival even if its once a year woop woop!!

what’s happening with adelaide road??

Lincoln September 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

Newtown Garage – Michael Goh, an honest car mechanic
The Curry Pot restaurant
Moshim’s Discount House Ltd for best ingredients from the Indian subcontinent & from Muslim / Hindu cultures
Rainbow Bridge inexpensive imports

nat March 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

I love the chicken kebabs from Mr bun, the thrift shops where you can buy great stuff, the children’s park on the corner, michael from Newtown garage 2008 Ltd really is agreat honest mechanic, highly recommended!, the library always nice and comfy especially on a cold wintry wellington day

L. Sammondson March 24, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Newtown has occasional outbursts of racism and pathetic abusive activity from a guy pretending to be homeless or disabled outside the New World supermarket, he’s just a horrible man – if you call the cops, the don’t respond for ages because it’s just Newtown and everybody knows the buildings are flaky and run down, the shops are cheap, there are a LOT of mental health people wandering about and the power lines look crooked and awful.

It’s better than Aro Valley though; pretentious hippies with homes so stuffed full of hoarded hippie rubbish you can’t move, junkies that look and act like human sh*t, “cool” mums and of course winter rats the size of gumboots.

SO, yeah – for all of the down-market glamour and poverty of Newtown, it’s a way better place in that sense, also – great swim and sauna options and lots of fruit and veges in weekend market.

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