Our Wellington magazine - Spring edition 2023

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 25 August 2023.

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 koanga te wā e oho ai a Te Whanganui-a-Tara mai i tana moe i te takurua, i a tātou e whai haereana i ngā mahi o waho.

Koinei hoki te wā e whai ana tātou i ngā mahi hou e pai ana mō te tangata, te pakihi me te ao.

He nui ngā wāhi pārekareka o te tāone matua mai i Te Whare Toi, Zealandia me te Wellington Zoo ki te Cable Car, Te Papa me Jurassic World by Brickman® i Tākina, tō tātou whare hui me te pokapū whakaaturanga tino hou rawa, e haruru ana.

He maha ngā huarahi e hāereere haere ai me te pārekareka ki tō tātou tāonenui tae atu ki te haere mā te pahikara.

I tēnei putanga o Tō Tātou Pōneke ka kite koe i tētahi mahere kua whakahoutia e whakaatu ana i te whatunga pahikara onāianei me ngā mea kua whakaritea mō te anamata.

Ka kite a Te Whanganui-a-Tara i ngā takahuritanga nui rawa i ngā tau e heke nei. He mōhiohio atu anō i roto i ngā whārangi e whai ake mō te āhua o tērā.

Me te aha, me puta tātou kia pārekareka ai ki ngā rā mahana ake, mārama ake.

Tory Whanau 

Laurie Foon
Koromatua Tuarua


Spring is the season when Wellington wakes from its winter slumber and we look to engage in more outdoor activities.

It’s also a time for us to adopt new ways of doing things that are good for people, business and the planet.

The capital is packed with attractions from the City Gallery, Zealandia and Wellington Zoo to the Cable Car, Te Papa and Jurassic World by Brickman® at Tākina, our brand new conference and exhibition centre, which is firing on all cylinders.

There’s plenty of ways to get around and enjoy our city including by pedal power.

In this edition of Our Wellington you’ll find an updated map showing our existing bike network as well as what’s planned for the future.

Wellington will experience major transformational change over the coming years. There’s also more information on what that’ll look like in the pages that follow.

And let’s all get out and enjoy the warmer, lighter days.

Tory Whanau

Laurie Foon
Deputy Mayor

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Register your bike for free
You can register your bike in a secure nationwide bike database for free. 529 Garage allows other local app users to keep an eye out for missing bikes and can help the Police return bikes to their rightful owners. Visit cyclewellington.org.nz/529_garage_bike_security

Learn about local reo Māori dialects
Developed alongside mana whenua, the Mahau app helps beginners to learn and pronounce everyday te reo phrases and sentences, as well as Wellington destinations and place names. Use it to build your pepeha and mihimihi!

Get a free Home Energy Saver assessment
If you want practical advice on how to make simple changes to reduce energy costs and emissions, then book your free assessment now! Visit wellington.govt.nz/home-energy-saver

Reduce food waste with ShareWaste
If you’re interested in composting, but unable to yourself, Sharewaste is an app that connects you with local households or organisations in your area that have compost, worm farms, or chickens that would benefit from your food scraps. Visit sharewaste.org.nz

Tell us when something needs fixing
If you see Council property that needs fixing – such as a streetlight, leaking pipe, or public toilet – you can report it online or call us on 04 499 4444. 

Wā tākaro Playtime

Have fun at our new and refreshed play areas

We carry out a scheduled programme to refresh playgrounds across the city. This makes sure our facilities meet current safety standards and offer a fun play experience for our younger residents. Check out these newly refreshed play areas, which were developed with feedback from the community!

Grenada Village Community Centre Neighbourhood Play Area

This site has had its popular spatial net refurbished and is ready for a new generation of tamariki to enjoy. We have also added a new play module and swings. Don’t worry, the bowl spinner is still here! New safety surfacing has been added throughout the site, and the existing furniture has been refurbished.

Korimako Reserve Neighbourhood Play Area

This is a brand new play area, associated with the new subdivision in this area of Churton Park. Equipment includes a tower with two slides to accommodate younger and older users, a swing set, carousel, and an area for the four-square game. There’s a picnic area under a shade sail and the play area is fully fenced. The play area will be open to the public once the land has been officially vested over to the Council from the developer.

Centennial Park Miramar North Neighbourhood Play Area

There is a new sensory hut, swing set, carousel, bowl spinner, and larger play module. We have also added new safety surfacing, a rubbish bin and picnic table, amenity planting, and have fully fenced off the site.

Nairnville Park Community Play Area

This play area is having a range of equipment added to support all ages of tamariki, including a bespoke-built helicopter, a flying fox, swing set, inclusive carousel, in-ground trampoline, seesaw, WeHopper spinner, junior module, and upgraded tunnel slides. New safety surfacing has been added throughout the site, along with two shade sails, a shelter covering a picnic table and refurbished furniture. The site is due to reopen to the public by spring, weather dependant.

Find out more about our playgrounds at wellington.govt.nz/play-areas 

Positively Pōneke

Supporting our central city businesses

Prak Sritharan joined the Council earlier this year as Wellington’s new Central City Manager following eight years running an independent retail design store in the inner city. Part of what attracted him to the role is being able to contribute to a creative and vibrant capital, something he says has been a big part of his life, both as a business owner and resident.

Wellington is undergoing significant transformation with a programme of works that will improve public spaces, upgrade transport networks, and fix critical infrastructure for now and for future residents. With transformation comes disruption, and a key part of Prak’s role is to work alongside central city businesses to help them manage through this time.

In particular, Let’s Get Wellington Moving works along the Golden Mile that are due to commence will see these commercial and entertainment precincts affected by construction, so a dedicated business support service is being established to provide resources and assistance for those businesses that need it.

Alongside this Prak is excited to get started on a precinct plan for Courtenay Place. He'll be working alongside businesses to create a vision and plan to rejuvenate this area as part of the Pōneke Promise so that it is a welcoming and safe place for all. Watch this space!

Central city revitalisation begins in September

September is a huge month for Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM). With construction planned for the Golden Mile, we are super excited to start the city’s transformation. Construction of the Aotea Quay roundabout continues, and Thorndon Quay improvements are expected to begin soon also. These projects will shape how Wellington moves people for generations to come.

The revitalisation of the Golden Mile will create a safe and beautiful heart of the city with generous spaces, attractive native trees, and mana whenua designs, while improving bus reliability and travel times across most of the bus network.

Improvements to Thorndon Quay (and later Hutt Road) will make the busiest bus route outside of the Golden

Mile more reliable, and the busiest cycle route in Wellington safer and connected to the Hutt Valley via Te Ara Tupua.

We are committed to working proactively with businesses to minimise disruption during construction while we eagerly move towards a safer, more accessible, and more welcoming city centre.

LGWM is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Find more about our work and how it will help Wellington thrive at lgwm.nz

Tool to help understand economic impacts

The Council is investing in infrastructure to create a more accessible, vibrant and sustainable city. With change can come uncertainty about what this will mean for businesses.

So that we can understand the economic impacts of our work programme, both short-term effects and the longer-term change in the mix of business and social activity, we’ve developed a new monitoring report, Changing Lanes.

This report looks at business performance before, during and after changes take place by measuring retail spend trends in areas of works.

The first report from June this year showed no pattern of retail activity being negatively affected by changes to street layout to date. This is good news for business and communities. We’ll be producing this report every six months, the first will be available in September.

We’re investing in our place to create thriving spaces and attractive streets for everyone. Follow the journey here.

Transforming Wellington

Wellingtonians recently told us their 10-year priorities for our city, which included fixing the pipes, roading and better public transport infrastructure (see page 10 for more). This is where we are on the job now, with more expected to be done before 2030.

1. Aotea Quay roundabout
Improved safety and ferry access

2. Thorndon Quay
Priority bus and bike lanes

3. Thorndon bike route
Molesworth Street and Murphy Street

4. Hawkestone Street / Molesworth Street
Stormwater and wastewater

5. Golden Mile
In stages

6. Te Matapihi Central Library
Seismic strengthening

7. The Town Hall
Seismic strengthening

8. Taranaki Street pump station
Wastewater system

9. Taranaki Street rising main
Wastewater system

Pitopito kōrero News

What should Wellington look like in 10 years?

To kick-start our planning process for the 2024–34 Long-term Plan, we asked Wellingtonians for their 10-year priorities. 2,722 people responded to our online survey, and 350 people attended community hui.

The top 10 priorities identified were:

  1. Improve resilience of pipes, roads, retaining walls and other infrastructure.
  2. Better public transport infrastructure.
  3. Prepare to withstand and adapt to climate change.
  4. Support affordable housing.
  5. Make it safer and easier to walk around the city, including for older people and disabled people.
  6. Improve safety in the city at night.
  7. Improve the health of our waterways.
  8. Reduce our carbon emissions.
  9. More support for lower-income and vulnerable residents.
  10. More funding for the arts and cultural sectors.

To find out more and view the next steps, visit wcc.nz/ltp-2024-34

Te Matapihi Central Library update

The team at LT McGuiness has been busy with construction over winter and a tower crane has now been installed on site to help. Base isolators have also arrived and will be installed in December to make the structure earthquake resilient.

When it reopens in 2026, Te Matapihi will be an integrated central library, city archive, cafe and the front door to Council’s services. Capital E will also be here continuing to spark creativity in Wellington’s tamariki.

Follow the progress of the project.

New bike shelters for pool-goers

Pool, beach, park and gym-goers can now lock and keep their bikes under cover near Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre in Oriental Bay and Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie using new relocatable bike parking shelters manufactured locally by Tilley Group in Rongotai. Built for Wellington City Council, the shelters each have double-tier racks inside with parking for 24 bikes and they have been constructed in a way that means they could be shifted to another location in future, if for instance there was a more urgent need for them elsewhere or decisions were made to upgrade to a more permanent shelter.

A look back at historical Wellington

Wellington City Archives has recently partnered with DigitalNZ to share our collection of images from the Wellington region. Over 38,000 images dating back to the 1800s are now viewable on the DigitalNZ website along with an enormous treasure trove of content from other institutions across Aotearoa. Check out the DigitalNZ website to see our collection of historical images and plenty more from other historical New Zealand groups. Visit digitalnz.org and search for ‘Wellington City Council Archives’ under the ‘Partners’ tab.

Moa Point Sludge Minimisation Facility

Work has started at the site of an incredibly important piece of infrastructure for Wellington, the Moa Point Sludge Minimisation Facility. Sludge, a by-product that comes from wastewater treatment, is currently piped to the Southern Landfill where it is semi-dried then mixed with household waste and disposed of in the landfill. The new facility will use thermal hydrolysis and digestion then a thermal dryer to process sludge into a safe, non-odorous and stable product that is suitable for various re-use opportunities. It will reduce the amount of treated sludge produced by up to 80 percent, or the equivalent of 11 full Olympic-sized swimming pools, per year. It’s a critical part of our goal of reducing waste to landfill and becoming a zero-carbon capital by 2050. Learn more.

Kaupapa pūtea Funding

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

Each fund has a web page, including a contact for you to talk through your ideas before applying. Visit wellington.govt.nz/funding

Active Transport Workplace Fund

Funding is available for workplace programmes, infrastructure, and services that will encourage employees to actively commute to work. Reach out to James Smith, our Behaviour Change Specialist, for more information, to discuss ideas and alignment with fund criteria, or for support with the application process.

Arts and Culture Fund

Supports arts and cultural projects in the city that help deliver our Aho Tini outcomes: Aho Tangata (Our People), Aho Hononga (Partnership with Māori), Aho Whenua (Our Places) and Aho Mahi (Pathways). Closes 26 October 2023.

Climate and Sustainability Fund

Supports community groups, businesses, schools, and Māori entities to undertake climate action initiatives in Wellington. Our priorities are projects that are Māori-led and/or can demonstrate measurable emissions reductions. Reach out to Raven Maeder, our Community and Funding Advisor – Climate Action, for more information or to explore whether this fund could be a good fit for your project. Visit our website for information about upcoming closing dates.

Living Wage for Events Fund

Helps non-Council event organisers to pay participating artists, staff members, and contractors at least the living wage ($26 per hour as of 1 September 2023). Closes 26 October 2023.

Social and Recreation Fund

Supports community projects and organisations that help make the city safer and more resilient and connected. Closes 26 October 2023.

Waste Minimisation Seed Fund

For organisations seeking between $2,000 and $25,000 to help provide innovative solutions for reducing waste through community projects. Closes 26 October 2023.

A zero waste future for Wellington

Wellington has started its journey towards being a zero waste city, by signing off on a brand new, first-of-its-kind strategy that will guide us towards a zero waste future.

'He anamata para kore mō Pōneke – A zero waste future for Wellington' sets out what we hope to achieve when it comes to reducing waste, and how.

One of the strategy’s key targets is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by 50 percent by 2030.

Another is to reduce emissions that are created by the breakdown of waste, both organic and inorganic, by at least 30 percent by 2030.

Zero Waste Strategy Manager Diljinder Uppal says we need a plan to provide direction for the Council as it tackles waste.

“We can do so much as a Council to support Wellingtonians reducing waste to landfill, by putting infrastructure and services in place to make it as easy as possible.”

Diljinder says the overarching aim of the strategy is to help create a circular economy in Wellington – where the inherent value of resources is maximised for reuse and diversion.

He says it will also be important to work with local organisations already doing work on waste minimisation.

Manager Waste, Water and Resilience Chris Mathews says a huge programme of work is planned, and some already underway, to make that happen.

“This will include a review of how we collect kerbside waste, and what we collect, and the creation of community hubs where people can get things fixed or recycled instead of throwing them out. We also need to make sure we tell Wellingtonians what we’re doing, and how they can get involved in creating a zero waste city.

“Getting there is everyone’s responsibility, and we want all Wellingtonians to get on board by thinking about their own personal consumption and waste.”

Read the strategy and see the work we’ve done here.

Ō tātou wāhi Our Places

Connecting our city

Wellingtonians love our compact city, with vibrant inner-city life as well as sea, hills, bush and birds. To make living here even better, we want to give people more options to get around – so that all of us, even our kids, can get around in ways that are good for our health, our environment, and our economy – without our transport network grinding to a halt.

We’re creating a citywide network of connected bike routes, alongside walking improvements and big public transport changes that will make this goal possible.

Our plan is bold. Transport is our city’s greatest source of carbon emissions. We have to act fast to change how we get around so we can reduce our emissions and get a comprehensive network in place. To help us get there faster, we’ll be making interim improvements where we can, using lower-cost materials and involving local communities.

The bike network will connect suburbs to the city centre and destinations like the hospital and waterfront, helping to get people of all ages and abilities from where they live to where they work, study, shop and spend time.

Once the network is completed, there will be…

  • 166km of connections for people riding bikes, scooters and skateboards
  • 155,000 of us living within a five-minute ride of the network
  • Citywide improvements for pedestrians like raised crossings and clearer footpaths
  • Higher priorities for public transport with strategic bus stop locations and bus lanes
  • 26km of the bike network has been installed so far
  • 15km is underway over the next 10 months
  • Benefits

  • Keeps our growing population moving
  • Give people more transport options
  • Better for the planet and your wallet
  • Improve safety for all road users

  • The number of people biking in Wellington has been steadily increasing between 2000-2021, with 41% growth from 2012-2021


  • Newtown to city
  • Cobham Drive
  • Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to city
  • Hutt Road
  • Oriental Bay
  • Wakely Road shared path
  • In progress

  • Evans Bay connections
  • Aro Valley connections
  • Ngaio connections
  • Brooklyn to city
  • Kilbirnie connections
  • Thorndon connections
  • Island Bay town centre
  • Planned

  • Berhampore to Newtown
  • Wadestown connections
  • Karori connections
  • Te Motu Kairangi connections
  • Central city
  • and more...
  • Wellington Bike Network

    The full network extends all the way from Linden to Ōwhiro Bay. It will connect Wellington’s suburbs to each other, the city centre, and key destinations like the hospital, schools, retail, recreation areas, and the waterfront.

    To learn more about what’s planned and keep up-to-date with projects as they roll out, visit transportprojects.org.nz

    Te Wā o te Kōanga Spring Festival 2023
    1-30 September

    Join us for a series of springtime events where we enjoy a new season with friends, whānau, and visitors.

    For more information, visit wellingtongardens.nz/events

    Te Whare Ako o Akoranga – Rangi Tūwhera | Akoranga Learning Pavilion – Open Day

    10am–2pm, Sat 2 Sep
    Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Drop into the Akoranga Learning Pavilion to see honeybees close-up in our Apiscope (viewing hive), meet beekeepers, taste honey, and more.

    Kaiwhakaata Āmiomio – Roaming Performers

    10am–2pm, Sat 9 Sep
    Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush
    & Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Keep an eye out for pop-up performers around Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush and Botanic Garden ki Paekākā.

    The Art of Ikebana Exhibition

    9am–4pm, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Sep
    Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Discover the art of Japanese flower arranging with an exhibition of spring arrangements by Ikebana Wellington.

    Rā Tūwhera ki Ōtari | Ōtari Open Day

    10am–2pm, Sat 16 Sep
    Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush | Free

    Discover and celebrate New Zealand’s only native botanic garden at Ōtari Open Day. Get to know our unique collections of native plants, learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of our nursery and get a peek into the Lions Ōtari Conservation Laboratory. There will be guided tours and informational talks in addition to hands-on activities.

    Tulip Sunday

    10am–2pm, Sun 25 Sep
    Botanic Garden ki Paekāka | Free

    Join the Wellington Dutch Club and Netherlands Embassy to welcome in spring through a day of culture, food and fun. Bring the whole whānau and enjoy a day out with Dutch food among the tulips in the Display Garden.

    Ngā mahi whakangahau Put it on the calendar

    Check out some of the exciting events the Council is supporting over the winter months. For more information, visit our events and festivals page.

    Note: This information is current as of the date of the original publication of 25 August 2023. Please check 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.

    The Barbie Collector: Toy Theatre

    Sat 2 Sep | Wellington Museum
    Light, camera, action! Tamariki tour The Barbie Collector exhibition then learn how to produce a short film featuring their own dolls. Suitable for ages 9–12. Tickets $60. wellingtonmuseum.nz

    Wellington Museum Low Sensory Hour

    4pm–5pm, first Thu of every month | Wellington Museum
    Featuring low light and sound throughout the museum. wellingtonmuseum.nz

    Classical on Cuba: Delightfully Offbeat

    Sat 2–Sun 3 Sep | Various locations
    Discover classical music in contemporary Cuba Street culture. Pair your experience of fine music with some of the coolest bars and eateries in Pōneke. classicaloncuba.co.nz

    Garden Walks

    3, 8, 10, 17, 25 & 27 Sep
    Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Embrace the beauty of spring in our garden. Explore blooming bulbs, sculptures, trees, and the secret life of bees. Join us for enchanting walks filled with delightful discoveries. wellingtongardens.nz

    Sci-Fi Sundays: Cult Classics

    6pm, Sun 3, 10 & 17 Sep | Space Place

    Be immersed in the iconic worlds of Dune, Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey with Space Place’s full-dome planetarium. Tickets include popcorn. spaceplace.nz

    TAHI – NZ Festival of Solo Performance

    Wed 6–Sat 16 Sep | Various venues

    TAHI supports the showcasing of Aotearoa's most innovative solo performance. tahifestivalnz.com


    Thu 7–Sat 16 Sep | Circa Theatre

    A collection of six new monologues by Māori and Pasifika writers. tahifestivalnz.com/ono

    Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Māori Language Week

    Mon 11–Sun 17 Sep

    Celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand's indigenous language. Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori/Māori Language Moment will take place at 12noon, Thu 14 Sep, to acknowledge the time and date Te Petihana Reo Māori was submitted to Parliament in 1972. Kōrero (speak), waiata (sing), pānui (read) – whatever you do, do it in te reo Māori. Visit reomaori.co.nz and wellington.govt.nz/maorilanguageweek for more details.

    Suitcase Show – Development Showing

    Wed 13–Sat 16 Sep | BATS Theatre

    A traveller unpacks a stack of suitcases – from within them whole worlds will emerge. tahifestivalnz.com/suitcase-show

    Te Hui Ahurei Reo Māori o Te Whanganui-a-Tara

    Mon 11–Sun 17 Sep

    The Māori Language Festival of Wellington – Te Hui Ahurei Reo Māori o Te Whanganui-a-Tara, is returning this Hepetema/September, to celebrate and showcase te reo Māori through the arts. tereofest.nz

    Scots College Wearable Design Showcase

    Thu 21 Sep–Wed 11 Oct | Treehouse

    Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Scots College students exhibit their wearable design concepts and garments, exploring natural dying and sustainable textile practices. wellingtongardens.nz

    Scarcity & Abundance

    On now until Sun 3 Sep

    Thistle Hall, Cuba Street

    Group exhibition partnering with Kaibosh Food Rescue and The Free Store. kaibosh.org/thistle-hall-2023

    Tuatara Open Late

    5pm–10pm, Thu 7 Sep, 5 Oct, 2 Nov

    City Gallery Wellington

    Every first Thursday of the month, enjoy our current exhibitions afterhours while exploring our ever-changing programme of late-night events. Tickets $10. citygallery.org.nz

    Masons Screen

    On now until Mon 25 Sep

    Masons Lane steps

    Bledisloe Bebop (2020), by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, brings the Bledisloe House (Auckland) rooftop mural, an abstract mosaic frieze (Guy Ngan), to ground level in this video. Learn more about Masons Screen.

    Te Wiki Kaumātua/Seniors’ Week

    Sun 1–8 Oct | Various venues

    A series of community events and activities for our older people. Learn more about Seniors' Week.

    2023 Korea Week

    Fri 6–Sun 8 Oct | Embassy Theatre

    A variety of cultural events, including K-Pop performances, K-Movies, K-Food, and more. Learn more about Korea Week.

    Kaibosh Food Rescue turns 15!

    Sat 14 Oct | Kaibosh, 11 Hopper Street

    Since 2008, Kaibosh has distributed over 10 million meals to the community, stopping tonnes of food being needlessly wasted. Join Kaibosh for a party and to celebrate World Food Day. kaibosh.org.nz

    NZIA City Talks

    6pm–8pm, Mon 18 Sep, 16 Oct, 20 Nov

    City Gallery Wellington | Free

    Lectures exploring the space and places Kiwis live, work, and play. Initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch. citygallery.org.nz

    Jurassic World by Brickman®

    On now until Mon 16 Oct | Tākina

    Get ready for an adventure like no other as Ryan (Brickman) McNaught re-imagines Jurassic World in NZ’s largest-ever LEGO® brick exhibition. wellingtonnz.com/takina

    Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition

    Fri 22 Sep–Sun 8 Oct | Wellington Museum

    Celebrate our city’s youngest artists at the seventh Children’s Art Exhibition developed by Capital E and the Wellington Sakai Association. wellingtonnz.com

    Astronomy on Tap

    8pm–10pm, Tue 26 Sep & 31 Oct | Space Place

    Sit back and relax in our digital full-dome planetarium as we explore the night sky. spaceplace.nz

    Ōtari Raranga Weavers

    Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush

    Learn about traditional Māori weaving and healing practices using native plants. otariraranga.wordpress.com

    Family Day

    11am–4pm, Sun 1 Oct

    City Gallery Wellington

    Enjoy fun, free, family-friendly activities at City Gallery Wellington’s Family Day. Donation appreciated. citygallery.org.nz

    Ceramicus exhibition

    9am–4pm, Wed 4–Sun 15 Oct

    Begonia House, Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Visit the Wellington Potters' Association's annual Ceramicus exhibition in the Begonia House Foyer. wellingtongardens.nz

    Sugar Rose Workshop

    Thu 5 & Fri 6 Oct

    Botanic Garden ki Paekākā

    Learn how to make a sugar rose stem out of gum paste during this two-day rose workshop at the Discovery Pavilion. wellingtongardens.nz

    Pop-up Pottery Market

    Sat 7 & Sun 8 Oct

    Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free

    Visit the Wellington Potters' Association's pop-up pottery market in the Dell, with 20 stallholders. Weather dependant. wellingtongardens.nz

    WXV 1 Tournament

    Fri 20 & Sat 21 Oct | Sky Stadium

    The world's top six international women's rugby teams will play in Wellington in an inaugural international women's rugby tournament this Labour weekend. wellingtonnz.com

    Wellington Heritage Week

    Mon 23 Oct–Sun 5 Nov | Various venues

    Experience Wellington’s people, places and stories. wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz

    Heritage Week with Wellington Gardens

    Mon 23 Oct–Sun 5 Nov | Various venues

    Guided tours, behind-the-scenes looks, and captivating stories await. Explore, discover, and immerse yourself in the history of our spaces. wellingtongardens.nz

    Shadow Windows Art Walk

    6pm–7pm, Wed 1 Nov

    Glover Park on Garrett St | Free

    Join artist Andrew Beck for a walk and talk through his artwork 'Shadow Windows' exploring the social heritage landscape of Te Aro’s historic Swan Lane and Garrett Street. wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz

    Wellington Jazz Festival

    Wed 25–Sun 29 Oct | Various locations

    Te Whanganui-a-Tara will be abuzz again this October, as the city's beloved Jazz Festival returns with a line-up of exciting international names in jazz and celebrated homegrown musicians. jazzfestival.nz

    Diwali Festival of Lights & Fireworks

    2pm–8.30pm, Sun 29 Oct

    TSB Arena and Shed 6

    Sample the colours, tastes, and sounds of India and South-East Asia, with non-stop cultural entertainment, food, and Indian cultural activities. The evening ends with a fireworks display. Learn more about Diwali.

    Semi Permanent

    Wed 8–Fri 10 Nov | St James Theatre

    Semi Permanent is back, connecting world-class talent and global brands with Aotearoa's creative audiences. semipermanent.com

    Verb Readers & Writers Festival

    Thu 9–Sun 12 Nov | Various venues

    Join one of Aotearoa’s best readers and writers festivals with conversations and performances with writers from all over the country. verbwellington.nz

    Christmas Celebrations

    Each Sat (Sun rain day) from 25 Nov–16 Dec

    Various locations

    Visit the Council website in October to find out where Christmas celebrations and activities will be popping up around the CBD – including arts and crafts, live performances, and kids’ activities!

    Mahi huringa āhuarangi pae matua Climate action capital

    Botanic Garden glasshouses better off without gas

    Wellington’s Botanic Garden ki Paekākā is the first plant nursery in Aotearoa to ditch gas heaters and use heated pipes to keep their glasshouses warm.

    Previously, the gas heaters in the glasshouses used to blow hot air around at floor level and were often temperamental and unreliable.

    They used up to 33,000 kWh of gas per month in the winter – that’s the same amount as 30 average Kiwi homes use in a year, in just one month! As well as being costly, the unpredictable temperatures caused health issues in the plants.

    When it came time to repair the heaters, the gardens team began consulting with different organisations about how they could be more energy efficient and climate-positive. A solution soon came forward to use CO2 heat pumps.

    As this type of system was a first to be used for a plant nursery, the team received funding by Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) to install a hot water heat pump, which uses two units to pump water heated to 90 degrees through pipes running underneath work benches and evenly distributing heat.

    A year on from the installation, the results show how beneficial this work has been, says Wellington Gardens Manager David Sole.

    “It’s amazing to see that we’ve halved our glasshouse operating costs and had a 64 percent reduction in energy use and a 100 percent reduction in gas consumption.

    “We are also seeing an improvement in our plants, with our staff noticing that the leaves aren’t drying out as much now with consistent temperatures.”

    Wellington City Council Climate Action Strategy Lead Mike Sammons says this project shows innovation in the move to being net-zero by 2050, as part of Te Atakura – First to Zero, our climate action plan.

    “This project shows how we are moving in the right direction, especially when we have low carbon energy solutions at a place that is loved by Wellingtonians for its beautiful plants, trees and flowers.”

    Tō tātou hāpori Our community

    Courtenay Place spruced up with community effort

    The heart of our entertainment district got some TLC during the Courtenay Place clean up in June. With a concentrated effort, Wellington City Council, DCM, Wellington City Mission, Police, Metlink, local business and volunteers came together for a morning to make a visible improvement in the short term – scrubbing, sweeping, water blasting and picking up over 90kg of rubbish.

    Murals have been installed on two empty shop fronts in Courtenay Place, including Reading Cinemas. The Reading Mural was created in collaboration with Everyone™, Baked Design and Wellington City Council.

    The patterns flowing through the mural reflect mana whenua connections to the whenua (land), awa (water tributaries) and the moana (sea) in this area.

    Art and clean streets are important parts of the Pōneke Promise as it helps create an environment that feels safe, vibrant and cared for, improving people’s perception of safety.

    Find out more about the Pōneke Promise.

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    Te Tai Ohinga - Central City Youth Hub

    Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of Te Tai Ohinga, a brand-new space for rangatahi, set to open very soon. The hub is one of the key outcomes of our community-driven safety initiative, the Pōneke Promise, and will be located on Willis Street next to Saint Peter’s Church.

    The name Te Tai Ohinga was gifted by Kura Moeahu, Chairman Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa.

    “Te Tai refers to the tides of the sea, and Ohinga is a word referencing the opportunity for youth in Pōneke to make a resurgence now there is a safe space coming for them to hang out,” says Kura.

    Te Tai Ohinga will be run by local youth development organisation, The Y.

    Visit ycentral.nz/wgtncityyouthhub for more details.

    Community centre upgrades

    Wellington has three fresh community centres. Newtown Cultural and Community Centre, Te Tuhunga Rau/Strathmore Park Community Centre, and Aro Valley Community Centre have all just received beautiful upgrades to better serve their local communities.

    Whether you're looking for new friends, new hobbies, or new ways to make a difference, there's something for everyone at yourlocal community centre, with a variety of programmes to suit different interests, ages, and abilities.

    Check out your closest community centre and what programmes and services they offer.

    Start your garden with Seeds to Feeds

    Seeds to Feeds kicks off its spring/summer programme in September with events all around our beautiful city. Seed and seedling swaps will be popping up in local libraries, community gardens, community

    centres and other interesting spots. These events are a great way to start your summer garden, learn more about growing kai, and connect with your neighbours.

    Visit seedstofeeds.nz/events for more details.

    Mahi toi Capital arts

    Note: This information is current as of the date of the original publication of 25 August 2023. Please check 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 Arts Centre

    Matt Tini, Maija Stephens, Renati Waaka, Elena Rei: He Rito

    Sat 2–Fri 29 Sep

    He Rito follows the hands of four rangatahi Māori artists who reconnect to and work with harakeke. As their practice enters into te whare pora, they enhance their connection to place, te taiao, and their ancestry – promoting this journey through community-based wānanga. Photography, sound, and textile design.

    Yon Yi Sohn, Moonhee Han, Eun Jung Jang: Listening to Lines

    Sat 7 Oct–Fri 3 Nov Exhibition, talks, workshops

    Three Wellington-based artists collaborate in this exhibition of drawing, painting, embroidery, and installation of ‘lines’ – the basic element of visual storytelling – which materialise the cultural hybridity of their Korean heritage and adapted lives in New Zealand.

    Elisabeth Vullings Gehaakte Gordijntjes – Crocheted Curtains

    Sat 11 Nov–Fri 8 Dec

    This exhibition examines how the 21 houses Elisabeth grew up in shaped her understanding of 'home' and her identity as a Dutch New Zealander. Architectural constructs based on fragments of memory, experience, and migration transform the gallery into an abstract house, inviting contemplation.

    Coming up at City Gallery Wellington

    Ayesha Green: Folk Nationalism

    On now until Sun 15 Oct

    A significant body of paintings, drawing, and sculptures by acclaimed artist, Ayesha Green (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu). Folk Nationalism encapsulates Green's career-long interrogation of culturally loaded images from Aotearoa history.

    Nova Paul: Ngā Pūrākau Nō Ngā Rākau

    On now until Sun 8 Oct

    A new film installation by artist Nova Paul (Ngāpuhi). Paul’s films consider the poetics and politics of place to create an image of tino rangatiratanga – Māori sovereignty.

    George Watson: Beauty Incarnate

    On now until Sun 15 Oct

    An installation of sound, text, and sculpture by George Watson (Ngāti Porou, Moriori, Ngāti Mutunga), encompassing his recurring interest in modernist Pākehā author Katherine Mansfield.

    Archive: alter / image

    Sat 23 Sep–Sun 21 Jan 2024

    Thirty years after City Gallery opened in the former Wellington Public Library Building, this exhibition brings together paintings, photography, and film work, displaying them alongside archival documentation and ephemera.

    Ngahuia Harrison: Coastal Cannibals

    Sat 23 Sep–Sun 21 Jan 2024

    In Coastal Cannibals, Ngahuia Harrison (Ngātiwai, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Kahu Torongare) uses photography and film-making to explore the impact of colonisation and government legislation on the land, water and people of Whangārei Te Rerenga Parāoa – The Whangārei Harbour.

    Eerie Pageantry

    Sat 28 Oct–Sun 18 Feb 2024

    Eerie Pageantry calls forth the folk-horror infused art of New Zealand modernist artist Don Driver and contemporary Australian artist Julia Robinson – a cornucopia of folk horror and art through made and modified materials, textures, colours, tools, bodies, and nightmares.

    Light Boxes

    Courtenay Place Light Boxes Kura Huna

    On now until Mon 9 Oct 77–97 Courtenay Place

    Kura Huna is a Matariki light box exhibition by the tauira of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna, mentored by Te Whanganui-a-Tara based artists Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Wairangi, Pāpaka-a-Māui) and Hendrix Hennessy-Ropiha (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa).

    Cobblestone Light Boxes Te Whānau Mārama | Family of Light

    On now until Oct | 139 Vivian Street

    This exhibition created by Victoria University Faculty of Architecture & Design Innovation’s Dr Leon Gurevitch features astrophotography from iconic landmarks in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara and Te Waipounamu.

    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 listed.

    Meeting dates and locations sometimes need to change, so please check final details on the meetings page or phone 04 499 4444.

    For more information, 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.