Our Wellington magazine - Winter edition 2022

This is a text-only version of the magazine we deliver to your letterbox.

Disclaimer: We make this magazine to encourage you to get involved in local events, to demonstrate the great work happening in Wellington, and to show you some of the many reasons there are to be proud of our city. Wellington City Council has, to the best of its knowledge, sourced accurate information. We will not be held responsible for any errors, changes in pricing, or misinformation.

The information in this text version is current as of the date of the original publication of 16 June 2022.

We’re proud to use Aotearoa’s indigenous language in our publications. If you come across a word you don’t know, there’s an easy way to learn what it means – visit maoridictionary.co.nz

This magazine is produced by our Communications and Engagement Team. If you have any feedback, email ourwellington@wcc.govt.nz

Kia ora koutou

Ko te uho o Matariki, te tau hou Māori, ko te tūmanako me te whakahoutanga, i takea mai ēnei ariā i tana āhua taketake ki te whakaneinei i te kaupeka huanga kai e kainamu mai ana.

Inā te huhua o ngā āhuatanga kua ngaro i te aranga o Kowheori puta noa i ngā tau e rua kua taha ake nei.

Heoi kua pai rawa te whakaritenga o te wā mō te taiopenga o Matariki hei utu ki ngā pānga o te mate urutā kua hōrapa haere nei i tō tātou tāone. Ko te ahumahi manaaki me te rāngai pāpono ērā i tino pāngia.

Nō reira, kia kaha e te iwi ki te hono tahi ki ō hoa me tō whānau, e puta ki ngā tino wāhi kai o Pōneke! Inā te nui o ngā momo kōwhiringa kai, mai i ngā kai honokarihi tae atu ki ngā wharekai hāneanea.

I tō putanga, ka whakanuia e koutou ngā wheako kai e noho ahurei ana ki Aotearoa nei, ka taunaki hoki i ngā pakihi, ngā tūranga mahi a te tangata, me te ngangahautanga o tō tātou tāone, e mōhiotia whānuitia ana.

Ka whakanuia anō hoki e tātou ngā whakaaturanga i roto i te St James Theatre kua tuwhera mai anō, tae atu ki tētahi hōtaka pāpono pai rawa ka whakaaturia i te putanga takurua nei o Tō Tātou Pōneke.

E puta e te iwi, kia rongo i te reka o ngā wheako autaia. Hari Matariki.

Andy Foster
Te Koromatua

Sarah Free
Te Koromatua Tuarua


Matariki, the Māori New Year, is about hope and renewal as it traditionally anticipates the coming crop season.

We’ve missed so much over these last two COVID-restricted years.

Our hospitality and events sectors have been especially hard hit. The Matariki festival is perfectly timed this year as we bounce back from the impacts the pandemic has had on our city.

Why not take the opportunity to join friends and whānau and head to some of Wellington’s host of fantastic eateries! There is so much to choose between, from fusion food offerings to fine dining restaurants.

You’ll be celebrating food experiences unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, supporting businesses, jobs, and the vibrancy our city is renowned for.

We’ll also be celebrating performances showcased in our reopened historic St James Theatre, as well as a great programme of events showcased in this winter edition of Our Wellington.

Get involved and enjoy some fantastic experiences. Happy Matariki.

Andy Foster

Sarah Free
Deputy Mayor

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Pitopito kōrero News

Creating a safe, welcoming, and vibrant inner-city

Dixon Street improvements

Work is underway on some transitionary urban design changes to Dixon Street to improve pedestrian safety and increase the vibrancy of the area. We’re widening the footpath along the northern side of Te Aro Park by adding wooden decking. Planters alongside two additional speed cushions will help slow down traffic and create clear boundaries between the street and pedestrian space. These changes will enable us to create two ‘parklets’ along the southern side, providing opportunities for public seating and outdoor dining. To find out more about the project visit our Dixon Street improvements project page.

Concerned about someone sleeping rough?

The best thing you can do is call our Contact Centre. They are operating 24/7 so they’ll log it with DCM who can then reach out to that person and provide the support they need to get housed.

Opening of Te Pokapū Hapori

Te Pokapū Hapori, the new inner-city community centre offcially opened its doors in May following a dawn blessing. The space is managed by The Y, who will also be running the new Central City Youth Hub when it opens later in the year. A couple of months in, the centre is buzzing and getting lots of use, which is fantastic to see. To find out what’s going on and when, visit the Te Pokapū Hapori website.

Reducing harm with Safer Venues

We’re partnering with RespectEd Aotearoa and Hospitality NZ on a project aimed at preventing sexual violence in bars, clubs and sporting venues. The focus will be on engaging the hospitality sector as well as sporting groups, and upskilling staff through the delivery of bystander workshops to enable them to identify and respond to sexual violence when they see it. Safer Venues is an initiative of the Pōneke Promise and a key piece of the Sexual Violence Prevention Action Plan. Read more on our Pōneke Promise page.

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Our play areas get some TLC

We’re working through our busy programme of play area renewals, to ensure our facilities meet current safety standards and offer a fun play experience for our younger residents. This winter we’ll be carrying out upgrades to Wadestown community play area, Chelsea Street play area in Miramar, Harrison Street community play area in Brooklyn, and Waipapa play area in Hataitai, as well as at the neighbourhood play areas in Breaker Bay, Helston Park, Newtown Park, and Owhiro Bay.

Play areas

Our Wellington for screen readers

Back in April we began publishing a text-only version of Our Wellington magazine on our website. A text-only version does away with images and a multiple column layout to make it easy for screen reader software to read the magazine aloud to people who are blind or have low vision. We welcome your feedback about this new service, which you can email to us at ourwellington@wcc.govt.nz

Transitional bike and bus improvements

Work is now underway on the bike and bus improvements from Newtown to the city. New dedicated lanes are being installed to make safer and low-carbon transport choices attractive along this route. We’re installing these changes with a new innovative process using adaptable materials so we can deliver something sooner and get feedback from you in real life. Experience the changes, then give us your feedback. The route installation will take several months and the feedback process will start once the full route is installed. For more information, visit the Transport Projects Newtown to city website.

Aho Tini 2030: Arts, Culture and Creativity Strategy

The creative sector has contributed generously to shaping our shared Aho Tini 2030: Arts, Culture and Creativity Strategy. Our key focus areas are: Aho Tangata, Our people – connected, engaged, inclusive communities; Aho Hononga, Partnership with mana whenua and Māori; Aho Whenua, Our places, spaces and venues – our city is alive; and Aho Mahi, Pathways – successful arts and creative sector, and careers. Read the strategy and the action plan.

Tō tātou hāpori Our community

Meet some of our team

Our Mataaho Aronui – Māori Strategic Outcomes team provides Wellington City Council with a strong Māori voice.

They have a strong focus on elevating Māori voices and increasing Māori representation in our leadership and across our city.

The team are driven to maximise their impact for Māori through building strong and enduring partnerships so that Māori are proactively engaged in Pōneke's future.

Here’s what our Mataaho Aronui team had to say about their roles, their aspirations for Pōneke, and what they love best about our city.

Karepa Wall, Tātai Heke Māori (Chief Māori Officer)

Manukorihi, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki Tūturu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

It’s important that we have a huge focus on raising the status of our indigenous language and our culture and identity here in Wellington, while also focusing on the wellbeing of our people, our environment, and our wider communities.

Mana whenua and Māori aspirations for Wellington are firmly fixed on elevating and celebrating te ao Māori in all spaces, normalising te reo Māori, and creating a sense of community pride for all things Māori within our city. Wellington is the innovative capital, the creative city and the head of the fish – and with all of these components, we can really shape an exciting future for Pōneke. Kia mouri ora te tāone mīharo a Pōneke.

Manda Grubner, Manager Māori Partnerships

Te Ātiawa

In my role I support the organisation to have strong and authentic partnerships with mana whenua and Māori. I have a vision for a Pōneke where Te Tiriti is embodied at all levels, through our governance, operations and at the community level.

My favourite thing about Pōneke is our wild windy coastline and I love to hīkoi around the South Coast to settle my wairua.

Johnnie Freeland, Manager Māori Strategy

Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāi Tūhoe

As the Māori Strategy team, our role is to weave te ao Māori knowledge, strategic thinking and rangahau Māori research together so that Māori prosper as Māori. My aspiration for Pōneke/Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui (the head of Māui's fish) is to be a place where Māori thrive, and that Wellington is seen internationally as the benchmark of excellence in the way indigenous peoples are valued and accorded mana.

Naina O Te Waipounamu West, Programme Manager Māori Success

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Pikiao

I dream of a day where my sons can walk down Lambton Quay and see, hear and speak te reo Māori and te ao Māori is well represented, where they can sit in a boardroom and see themselves reflected in those around that table. More Māori in leadership, more mana whenua presence in spaces, more co-governance, more equitable funding and support for kaupapa Māori.

Te Po Hohua Johnstone, Senior Advisor Māori Partnerships

Ngāi Tūhoe

My favourite thing about Wellington is all the hidden alleyways throughout town, which have amazing shops, cafes and restaurants. I also love our city’s coastline. I hope that one day we see more Māori motifs, narratives, and te reo displayed around the capital as we go about our everyday lives.

Ana Nicholls, Senior Advisor Māori Strategy

Ngāti Tūwharetoa

My aspirations are to see a city where inequities are no longer visible and where the wellbeing of our people and the environment is at the heart of everything we do. Working in local government excites me because I believe the foundations have been laid for significant, long-term change that will benefit our people, communities, and environment. It may be slow, and we still have a long way to go, but we are making progress, and that matters.

Silas Phillips, Advisor Māori Strategy

Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki Ōtaki

I'm the most junior member of the team and the newest to policy writing, advice and local government processes. I work to support our different kaupapa and thought leadership in any way I can. I love the Wellington harbour and ocean. My hope for Wellington is for it to be a place where kids don't have to grow up in poverty, young people are nurtured, where they can see themselves in roles and positions of leadership.

Tāwhiao McMaster, Senior Advisor Māori Strategy

Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Waikato-Tainui

I aim to collaborate with mana whenua and Māori to improve the wellbeing of our communities by weaving appropriate strands of mātauranga Māori with western knowledge. Through this work, we aspire to fill the void of inherent inequalities, through taking equitable steps that improve the wellbeing of our people. What is my favourite thing about Wellington? The people. More than any other place in the world, our people express themselves with confidence and finesse.

Kohe Webster, Coordinator Mataaho Aronui

Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Raukawa ki Ōtaki

The Wellington region has a rich history and some amazing stories from some of the first people who lived here. We’re a city that is embracing te reo Māori and Māori stories, history and art. There has been a real change in this space over the past decade. I believe a bilingual city is within our grasp if we make the right moves. We need to uplift and tautoko our mana whenua partners to meet their aspirations and sail that waka alongside them.

Paratene WiRepa-Kingi, Senior Advisor Māori Partnerships

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Tūwhakairiora, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa

My mahi symbolises a willingness to develop practical and critical approaches for engagement with mana whenua. Internally, this looks like guiding staff to be confident in proactively seeking mana whenua guidance and input when needed and externally, ensuring that we uphold our collective approaches by striving for better outcomes for Māori and for all here in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. I hope my actions foster a sense of pride when we all succeed rather than celebrating individual successes.

Ō tātou wāhi Our Places

A space for the whole community to enjoy

People love our 14 libraries located across our suburbs and inner-city, with Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui – Central Library holding a special place in their hearts.

When it reopens in 2026, you will be able to engage with learning, creativity, art, local history, and culture, through the careful curation of the Libraries’ and City Archives' physical and digital collections. Young people will be able to get creative in the Capital E and library programmes, and the makerspaces will be open to people of all ages. There will be a range of quiet and active spaces for people to read, study or connect, including a large ground floor café that will open out into Te Ngākau Civic Square.

The high-level designs of Te Matapihi are the result of the ongoing collaboration with mana whenua, Athfield Architects, Aurecon, RCP, RLB, Tihei, Art of Fact (visitor experience experts), Māpuna, and our librarians and staff from City Archives, Service Centre, and Capital E. They will continue working on the detailed designs for the spaces, services, and layouts to house the various library and archive collections, and areas for reading, studying, meeting, or collaborating. These will be shared with everyone later this year.

The team at Ceres New Zealand is on track to finish removing all the building’s services and interior walls by late July/August. When they've finished, the main contractor LT McGuinness will move on site later this year. They will set up their site office and bring in the equipment needed to start earthworks in 2023, including a crane to move materials onto and around the site. We will share photos of the crane and the updated hoardings that will feature more artworks from our Creative Hoardings programme.

The stage is set for the St James Theatre

The iconic St James Theatre is poised to reopen this month in an exciting step to revitalise the capital’s entertainment district.

The stunning Edwardian purpose-built theatre in Courtenay Place has been the home of Wellington entertainment for more than 100 years since its opening in 1912. Purchased by Wellington City Council in 1993, it is the city’s leading venue for large-scale theatre, opera, and ballet. The 1500+ capacity theatre is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Closed for the past three years for earthquake strengthening and renovation, St James returns to its rightful place at the heart of Wellington’s entertainment scene with a number of celebratory events in early July, and many exciting shows due to be announced.

Tautaiao Eco City

Inspiring tamariki to become waste minimisers

We’ve been offering the Zero Waste Education Programme for primary and intermediate schools and kindergartens since late last year.

Through this free programme, children gain practical skills and knowledge for waste minimisation at school and at home. They also learn about sustainable resource use by examining the link between natural resources, the products we use and the resulting waste.

Students consider the te ao Māori concept of kaitiakitanga. This helps us see ourselves as guardians of resources, not to be wasted but to be cherished and safeguarded so we leave our world in a better place than we found it.

Te ao Māori tikanga helps our Waste Educator Lorraine Boennic talk to the students about taking a long-term view of things – considering future generations when making choices about how we live today – and making the connection between our health, the health of the land, the water and the taiao.

“I highlight to the students how privileged we are to be able to draw on these indigenous concepts to help us to better understand and explain our connection with the world around us. This is a wonderful platform from which to start our waste minimisation journey together,” says Lorraine.

Children take their knowledge and curiosity home, fostering more reducing, reusing, recycling and composting in the wider community.

The programme is full of interactive activities and engaging resources and games, with guest appearances from real worms and a worm puppet for the younger audiences, through to a deep dive into fast fashion, e-waste and ecological footprints for the older students.

Since the programme started, we have delivered multiple sessions to hundreds of children and teachers in around 30 education centres. There is a genuine appetite for education around resource sustainability and waste minimisation with young Wellingtonians and their caregivers and teachers.

This mahi supports our citywide goal to more than halve emissions by 2030 and be a net zero carbon capital by 2050.

Find out more about our zero waste education for schools.

Find out more about our Te Atakura – First to Zero plan (470KB PDF)

Some feedback from Pōneke teachers:

“The children were interested and engaged and participated throughout. I appreciated Lorraine’s natural use of te reo, and the sock puppet was a hit! The children could be overheard repeating ‘Can we stop that rubbish?’ throughout the day!”
Rewa Rewa School – Y1 teacher

“Awesome programme which had children engaged from start to finish with great integration of te reo Māori and myths.”
Redwood School – Y5 teacher

“Very engaging presenter with wonderful use of te reo Māori and links to te ao Māori and Papatūānuku.”
Brooklyn Kindy

“Very engaging, informative and inspirational. The sessions really gave us another area from which we can springboard further learning during the term. The kids really looked forward to the learning and it generated great discussion.”
Roseneath School – Y3/4 teacher

Wā tākaro Playtime

Stargazing spots for Matariki

Matariki is found low on the horizon in the northeast of the sky. Try looking there between 5.30am–6.30am. To find the cluster, first find the row of three stars of Tautoru, or Orion’s Belt (or The Pot). To find Pūanga (Rigel) look above Tautoru until you see the bright star. To the left of Tautoru, scan until you find the bright orange star, Taumata-kuku (Alderbaran) and keep going until you hit a cluster of stars. That cluster is Matariki.

Waihinahina Park

Located on Ladbrooke Drive in Newlands, this open grassed area surrounded with regenerating bush is an ideal spot for stargazing Matariki on a clear night!

James Stellin Memorial Park

In Northland on Tinakori Hill, James Stellin Memorial Park has stunning 180-degree views over the city and harbour as well as neat night sky viewing opportunities.

Tawatawa Reserve

Dog exercise-friendly Tawatawa Reserve is a large flat grassed area located on Quebec Street, in between Owhiro Bay, Kingston, and Island Bay.

Ataturk Memorial Park

Check out the Ataturk Memorial Park lookout, which can be accessed from the Tarakena Bay car park on Breaker Bay Road.

Homebush Park

Located on Homebush Road in Khandallah, this hidden playground down a gravel track has breathtaking views over the harbour and the wide-open skies above.

Tune into nature and recharge

Ko te mauri, he mea huna, ki te moana.
The life force is hidden in the sea.

Powerful aspects of life are hidden in plain sight. As Dr Hinemoa Elder explains, this whakataukī reminds us to spend time in nature and use all our senses to take in our environment and become more mindful. Being in nature is a wonderful way to recharge and tune in to the forces around us. A few of our favourite places to tune into te taiao (the natural world) are underneath the trees at Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā, watching and feeling the waves on the South Coast, and looking up at the stars at Waihinahina Park.

Matariki ki Pōneke

Thursday 23–Sunday 26 June

Nau mai, haere mai. Wellington City Council invites you to Matariki ki Pōneke, to celebrate the Māori New Year.

Enjoy a stunning free whānau friendly experience with our Ahi Kā and Matariki Fireworks events.

Matariki is a time for remembering the past, celebrating the present and looking to the future. Remember and honour our culture, heritage and community, with an immersive walk-through journey on the Wellington waterfront, including projections, displays, performances, fire and light.

Ahi Kā

6pm–9pm, Thursday 23–Sunday 26 June

Te Papa, Wellington Waterfront, Te Ngākau Civic Square

A journey through fire, imagery and stories. Learn about the Māori New Year and enjoy a narrative that speaks to reclaimed land, climate change and the history of Wellington’s waterfront space.

Matariki Fireworks

7.15pm, Friday 24 June

Wellington Harbour

We mark the renewal of the year with a spectacular fireworks display. Postponement dates Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 June.

Mana Moana

5.30pm–9pm,Thursday 30 June–Monday 4 July

Water screen at Whairepo Lagoon

Enjoy a visual display brought to you by Massey University and Storybox.

For more information on Matariki ki Pōneke, visit our Matariki page.

Creative in the capital

Meet Suzanne Tamaki – mother, artist, leading wāhine Māori voice, Māori Warden, and Creative Event Producer at Wellington City Council.

Suzanne has just completed a Master of Fine Arts, and relishes producing large events like Matariki ki Pōneke.

In fact, 16 years ago, it was her first gig at Te Papa, where she was asked, “Do you know about Matariki? Can you do something for it?” She did know about it, and responded with 56 events in three weeks, the second year she ran it.

A born and bred Wellingtonian, Suzanne moved to Auckland in the 1980s, progressing into advertising, writing, and producing roles, but always alongside her creative passions.

A friend bought sewing machines and cutting tables. They set up in a warehouse; people could make stuff, hang out and they did fashion shows.

“There was nothing like it in Auckland,” says Suzanne, “no Māori or Pasifika representation. Other young women gravitated towards us, so we set up the Pacific Sisters Collective, promoting Māori and Pasifika multi-media art, fashion, music and performance.”

Back in Wellington Suzanne joined the team at Te Papa, describing her eight-year tenure there as “freaking amazing”. Now in her eighth year at the Council producing our city’s events, she describes this as her perfect job. Suzanne can pivot quickly, which she had to do plenty of with COVID-19.

In 2016 Suzanne expressed her wish that Matariki become a public holiday. On 24 June she will see that wish come true.

“It’s a time to support Māori artists and performers, to celebrate Māori culture, enjoy good company, and share knowledge.”

Her dream, still, is to see Māori murals and artworks around the city, and all the way along Courtenay Place, so that it's like walking into a marae.

“Imagine every business and building owner getting involved. Council’s job is to inspire others to make Matariki grow, as much as hosting our beautiful Matariki ki Pōneke event.”

CIRCUIT Matariki Commission 2022
Suzanne Tamaki (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tūhoe)

5 July–8 August

Check out Suzanne's latest work on the Masons Screen in Masons Lane – a walkway between The Terrace and Lambton Quay.

Te pōtitanga The election

2022 is an election year, so it’s time to start thinking about enrolling, standing and voting for Wellington City Council.

Voting papers need to be returned by 12 noon on 8 October 2022. Here’s what you need to know:


Think you’re registered? Time to double check. Visit Vote.NZ to enrol or update your address details. If you’re enrolled for the general election, you’re enrolled for the Wellington City one.


Want to make a change? We have the job for you. Candidate nominations for Mayor and Councillor open on 15 July and close 12 August. You’ll need to be a NZ citizen over 18 years old, have two nominees, and a $200 deposit is required. More info available in our Elections section.


Local elections take place by postal vote. Voting papers will be delivered in the week following 16 September, and must be returned by 12 noon on 8 October. You can vote by putting your ballot in any normal post box or specially marked voting boxes around the city. Voting works by the Single Transferable Vote system (STV), where you rank candidates by preference, ie put '1' next to your favourite, '2' next to your next favourite etc.

Know your ward?

Wellington City is divided into five geographic areas, called wards, which are each represented by Councillors, who then represent the city as a whole. In addition, last year the Council approved the creation of a Māori Ward. Instead of grouping people by where they live like other wards, everybody on the Māori electoral roll will vote in the Māori Ward.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Māori Ward

Electing one Councillor

Takapū/Northern General Ward

Electing three Councillors

Wharangi/Onslow-Western General Ward

Electing three Councillors

Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward

Electing three Councillors

Motukairangi/Eastern General Ward

Electing three Councillors

Paekawakawa/Southern General Ward

Electing two Councillors

Ngā mahi whakangahau Put it on the calendar

Check out some of the exciting events the Council is supporting over the winter months.

Note: This information is current as of the date of the original publication of 16 June 2022. Please check the latest COVID-19 information, as well as the individual event websites and social media pages to see whether an event is on, has moved online, and for up-to-date venue and entry information.

Until Tue 21 Jun | Various venues
A mystical winter offering with a vibrant array of shows, food, installations and workshops, culminating with a fiery solstice event on Wellington's waterfront.

Matariki events with Wellington Gardens
Until Wed 22 Jun | Various venues
Events at Ōtari and Paekākā include a modern hāngī with rāranga wānanga, as well as titiwai/pēpeke hīkoi and rongoā wānanga. 

Modern Matariki Hāngī with Joe McLeod
12 noon–2pm, Fri 17 Jun | Begonia House, Botanic Garden ki Paekākā
Renowned chef, Joe McLeod, will tantalise your tastebuds with amazing natural foods prepared in a traditional way with a modern twist. Tickets $50.

Conversations about Contemporary Art
12 noon, Fri 17 Jun, 22 Jul & 19 Aug | City Gallery
Debate contemporary art through analysis of artworks in our current exhibition. 

Japan Festival Wellington
11am–6.30pm, Sat 18 Jun | TSB Arena and Shed 6
Enjoy a taste of Japan with food, craft, workshops, entertainment, and a VIP tea ceremony marking 70 years of diplomatic ties.

Pests, Plants, and Poisons
6.30pm–9.30pm, Sun 19 Jun | Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne
Four of Wellington’s top chefs explore a range of tasty, wild pest foods and plants to celebrate the Lōemis Festival. 

Hākari Under the Stars
6pm–10pm, Fri 24 Jun | Space Place
Celebrate Matariki with kapa haka, poetry, kai, tamariki activities and more!

Matariki ki Te Māra a Tāne
Fri 24 Jun–Sun 24 Jul | Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne
Celebrate Matariki and explore our connection with Ururangi, a star that determines the nature of the winds for the year, with kite making, taonga pūoro, and star searches.

Glow in the Dark Titiwai Tours
7.30pm & 8.30pm, Fri 24 Jun, 29 Jul & 26 Aug | Botanic Garden ki Paekākā
Join the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden for a fascinating tour into the world of titiwai, New Zealand's glow worms! Bookings required. Tickets $10. 

Matariki Making
12 noon–2pm, Sat 25 Jun | City Gallery
Join us for a drop in making session as part of our Matariki celebrations.

Wellington Doc Edge Festival
Wed 29 Jun–Sun 10 Jul | Embassy Theatre & Roxy Cinema
This Oscar-qualifying international documentary festival celebrates its 17th edition with 113 films, including 74 features and 39 shorts. 

Aiga Nuanua: Evergreen
2pm–4pm, Sat 2 Jul | Wellington Museum Koha
Join us for kai and a kōrero about the history of the iconic Evergreen Coffeehouse, established by Chrissy Wītoko in the 1970s as a safe space for Wellington’s sex workers and queer community. wellingtonmuseum.nz

Music at the Begonias
11am–12 noon, Sun 3 Jul & 7 Aug | Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free
Join the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden for music in the Begonia House Foyer.

Wellington Museum Low-Sensory Hour
4pm–5pm, Thu 7 Jul & 4 Aug | Wellington Museum
Featuring low light and sound throughout the museum on the first Thursday of the month.

Tuatara Open Late
5pm–10pm, Thu 7 Jul & 4 Aug | City Gallery
Enjoy this ever-changing programme of late-night events on the first Thursday of the month.

La Traviata
Sat 9–16 Jul | St James Theatre
Immerse yourself in the glamour of Dior’s Paris with Wellington Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata.

Family Day
11am–4pm, Sat 16 Jul | City Gallery
Fun, free, family-friendly activities.

Gallery Babes
11am & 1pm, Tue 19 Jul & 16 Aug | City Gallery
Bring the baby and enjoy a tour. Best suited to those with babies up to 12 months. Booking is essential.

Gallery Seniors
11am, Wed 20 Jul & 17 Aug | City Gallery
A free guided tour for visitors aged 65+, followed by complimentary morning tea.

Visa Wellington On a Plate
Mon 1–Wed 31 Aug | Wellington region
New Zealand’s biggest culinary festival, dishing up the best talent and produce the Wellington region has to offer. visawoap.com

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival
Thu 4–Sun 14 Aug | Embassy Theatre & Roxy Cinema
Winter’s annual cultural highlight, NZIFF will premiere films direct from Cannes and other major global festivals and showcase home-grown feature and short films. nziff.co.nz

Sci-Fi Sundays
6pm, Sun 7, 14 & 21 Aug | Space Place
Catch films Mad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day in Space Place’s full-dome planetarium. Tickets include free popcorn and candy. Book now. spaceplace.nz

Fri 19 & Sat 20 Aug | Sky Stadium
Enter the immersive wonderland that is Beervana – New Zealand’s pinnacle celebration of good beer. beervana.co.nz

Mahi toi Capital arts

Note: This information is current as of the date of the original publication of 16 June 2022. Please check the latest COVID-19 information, as well as the venue’s individual websites and social media pages to see whether an event is on, has moved online, and for up-to-date venue and entry information.

Coming up at Toi Pōneke Gallery

Jamie Berry, Lanae Cable, Tegan Hautapu, Kelly Jarvis, Emma Kitson, Gina Matchitt, Renee Paku, Te Kahureremoa Taumata, Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti, Vanessa Wairata Edwards, Kezia Whakamoe, Tessa Williams

Until 1 July

Rest as a form of resistance. An exhibition of new works upon single fitted bed sheets by 12 wāhine Māori artists, acknowledging how our tīpuna would have spent this time of Matariki.

Making Monomono: Ane’s Pani Style
Ane Nanasi Pahulu (Faleloa Ha’apai)

13 August–9 September

An exhibition that celebrates Tongan koloa (treasures and wealth) through monomono (bedspreads) made by heritage artist Ane Pahulu of Strathmore, Wellington.

Coming up at City Gallery Wellington

Robyn Kahukiwa, Emily Karaka, Hemi Macgregor, Ming Ranginui, Kei te pai press, and James Tapsell-Kururangi

Until 14 August

Awareness of time, place and experience all drive the work of the artists featured in Matarau. For these artists, lived experience and their artwork are completely connected. Matarau is a group exhibition of contemporary Māori art, guest curated by Walters Prize-winning Pōneke artist, writer and curator, Shannon Te Ao and features all new work.

Wish You Were Here
Glen Hayward

Until 11 September

Glen Hayward’s work blends carving, painting and conceptualism to snare the viewer in a standoff around what is real or illusionary, art or not art, profound or absurd. Wish You Were Here focuses on his projects of the last decade which mark a shift away from the making of discrete objects and collections to the construction of whole spaces or environments. His work constantly forces us to look and think again. It offers a kind of everyday mysticism, challenging us to trust in or doubt the validity of the objects or experiences that we encounter in the here and now – especially inside the art gallery but also in the world beyond it.

Tai Timu! Tai Pari! The Tide Ebbs, the Tide Flows

Until 14 August

Accompanying Matarau, Tai Timu! Tai Pari! brings together a collection of recent artists’ film and video from Aotearoa New Zealand, curated by Shannon Te Ao in collaboration with CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image Aotearoa New Zealand. The works respond to indigenous histories and current discourse to the front through an array of filmic language.

Hendrix Hennessy-Ropiha/Dayle Palfreyman 

Until 14 August

Hendrix Hennessy-Ropiha (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa) and Dayle Palfreyman are early-career artists from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Both establish psychologically-charged encounters that connect us with things felt, lost, or imagined, rather than simply seen. Hennessy-Ropiha is a photographer, while Palfreyman predominately makes sculpture and installation. Their shared space is one of journeying, exchange, boundaries, borders, and explorations into notions of risk and protection.

Around the city

Waituhi Mural and Flags

The Waituhi commission for Matariki 2022 sees local designer Tane Morris (Ngāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa) create a new series of flags for Frank Kitts Park above Whairepo Lagoon, and a large window decal artwork along the Wellington waterfront, just below the park. Tane’s designs respond to Matariki as digital cascades from the heavens, a glimpse into infinite wisdom.

Visit toiponeke.nz | 61/69 Abel Smith Street 

Visit citygallery.org.nz | Te Ngākau Civic Square

Courtenay Place Light Boxes

Whakapapa Te Pō Te Ao whare
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka 

Until 18 September

Ko au te whenua,te whenua ko au. How do we protect and enhance the mauri within an urban environment? asks Te Whanganui-a-Tara based artist Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka in the Courtenay Place light box exhibition for Matariki 2022. Whakapapa Te Pō Te Ao turns the light boxes into a series of digitally woven pou whenua which are derived from the natural phenomena of Te Aro and the local environment. 

Kaupapa pūtea Funding

We have a range of funding available for community groups and projects to help make our city a better place.

Contact our funding team to talk through your idea for a project and check our calendar for closing dates.


Arts pūtea

Our Arts and Culture Fund supports initiatives which help us deliver on our new Aho Tini strategy and Creative Communities Funding supports arts activities in the city. Creative Communities applications close on 31 August 2022.


Our Natural Environment Fund supports environmental projects that protect our indigenous biodiversity and connect people to nature. Closes 30 July 2022.

Waste Minimisation

This fund supports small (under $2,000) projects which feature minimisation, avoidance, and reduction of waste creation, and the reuse of waste materials. Schools and community groups with ideas for new initiatives or projects are welcome to apply. Applications are open.

Social wellbeing

We support community projects which make the city safer, more resilient and connected, and a great place for children and young people to thrive through our Social and Recreation Fund. Closes 27 October 2022.

Climate and Sustainability Fund

The new Climate and Sustainability Fund provides $250,000 per annum to support communities and businesses in Wellington to undertake climate action initiatives that reduce and support the reduction of carbon emissions.

To find out about this fund’s first recipients, who were awarded a total of $174,250, see the story in Our Wellington News

Raven Maeder is our new Community and Funding Activator – Climate Action, with a focus on supporting applicants through the funding process and connecting with diverse communities and stakeholders across the city to ensure a pipeline of high-quality applications and transformative projects.

She is looking forward to connecting with networks across the Council and wider community. If you see opportunities for collaboration, get in touch with Raven at raven.maeder@wcc.govt.nz

The next Climate and Sustainability fund round will close on 27 October. For more information about the Climate and Sustainability Fund, visit our Climate and Sustainability Fund page.

Ngā huihuinga o te Kaunihera, ngā komiti me ngā poari ā-hapori Council, committee and community board meetings

Meetings calendar

All meetings take place at Council headquarters, 113 The Terrace, or in the suburbs for community board meetings.

Council and Committee meetings are livestreamed via our YouTube page, so please tune in at youtube.com/WgtnCC. You are also welcome to attend any meeting, depending on the COVID restrictions.

For more infromation, see: Council and committees

Te Koromatua me ngā Kaikaunihera The Mayor and Councillors

The people who represent you Wellington City Councillors are elected by Wellington residents every three years. Their role is to represent the views of residents and help the Council make the best decisions for the city.

For more information, see:

Not sure which ward you’re in? See our ward maps and boundaries page.