Seniors' Week 2022 events

A fun week of events and activities for seniors across the city.

This is a text-only version of the Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week 2022 programme brochure (2MB PDF)

Disclaimer: We made this page to encourage you to get involved in local events. 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.

Saturday 24 September

Tawa MenzShed Open Day

Tawa MenzShed – access off Davies Street, via the Tawa Pool car park, then south down the driveway, past the skateboard park.

10am–1pm, Saturday 24 September

Tawa MenzShed is wheelchair accessible. Come along and see what MenzShed are up to.

Have a chat with our current members. All ages are welcome.

MenzShed aim to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for elderly men and women to socialise, do their own woodworking projects, or to get involved in our various community projects. Adults of any age are welcome.

Cost: $2 for tea, coffee and biscuits

Sunday 25 September

Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

2pm–4pm, Sunday 25 September

Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter.

Join the Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society (covering Houghton Bay, Island Bay and Owhiro Bay) as they share links from the past through their extensive collection of photographs, books, documents, charts, plans, maps, newspaper clippings, stories and oral histories. Come meet us and our collection!

No cost and no event registration.

Tawa MenzShed Open Day

Tawa MenzShed – access off Davies Street, via the Tawa Pool

car park, then south down the driveway, past the skateboard park.

1pm–4pm, Sunday 25 September

Tawa MenzShed is wheelchair accessible.

Come along and see what MenzShed are up to. Have a chat with our current members. All ages are welcome.

MenzShed aim to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for elderly men and women to socialise, do their own woodworking projects, or to get involved in our various community projects.

Adults of any age are welcome.

Cost: $2 for tea, coffee and biscuits

Everybody Dance

Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar

4.30pm–5.30pm, Sunday 25 September

A dance class with a focus on confidence, self-expression, experience of movement and fun. Dance in a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental environment. This is a 1 hour class, with time afterwards for food/refreshments

Cost: free/koha

Monday 26 September

Operation Heartbeat

Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre, 26–28 Bay Road, Kilbirnie

11am–12.30pm, Monday 26 September

Learn what to do in an emergency, how to perform CPR, where to find the closest AED and how to use it!

Limited spaces available, save your seat! Please contact the Centre either by phone, 04 387 7867, email: info@klbcc.org.nz or pop in and see us.

Cost: free

Choir at Tawa Union Church

Hosted by: Tawa U3A

6 Elena Place. This event is wheelchair accessible.

1.15pm–2.30pm, Monday 26 September

Join the choir at Tawa Union Church to sing songs and connect.

Any extra info / registration: You can register for this event by contacting Alison on 027 437 9215.

Cost: free

Qigong Cong

Johnsonville Community Centre, Moorefield Road entrance

11.30am–12.30pm, Monday 26 September

A form of Qigong, this practice of cultivating “qi” or “chi” (meaning life energy) is easy to learn and can be practiced standing or sitting.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

1pm–2pm, Monday 26 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends.

The Stroke Foundation will also be available to take participants’ blood pressure before and after this class.

Afternoon tea provided after the session.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercisefor more information.

Gold coin koha entry.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

Southern Cross Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

1pm, Monday 26 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Gold coin koha entry. No registration needed.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

1pm–2pm, Monday 26 September

Steady As You Go or ‘SAYGO’ is an exercise class aimed at falls prevention. It improves balance, leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and wellbeing. Specifically designed for older people, exercises can be completed sitting or standing. Come along and give it a try for free in this open session. Join us for afternoon tea after the session.

No registration is needed. Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter. SAYGO classes are designed for everyone to participate and can be done sitting or standing.

Seniors’ Week afternoon Tea

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

2pm–3pm, Monday 26 September

Join us for an afternoon tea at the Island Bay Community Centre. A chance to find out what is happening at the Centre and get to know some of our staff and regulars.

Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter.

No registration or event fee.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class – Special Demonstration Class

Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori

10.30am–11.30am, Monday 26 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends! Come and watch or participate in this special demonstration class.

The Stroke Foundation will also be available to take participants’ blood pressure before and after this class.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercisefor more information.

Register your interest at info@karoricommunitycentre.org.nz

Gold coin koha entry.

Curious Conversations with Jane Wrightson, Retirement Commissioner

Online – Zoom

2pm–3pm, Monday 26 September

Join Age Concern and connect with other seniors for this online conversation with Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson. After the 30 minute webinar, there will be time for questions.

Registrations required. Email info@acwellington.org.nz or call 04 499 6646.

Visit acwellington.org.nz/curious-conversations/ for more information.

Cost: free

Social Drama Class by Voice Arts

Mungavin Hall, 27 Mungavin Avenue, Ranui Heights, Porirua

10am–11.30am, Monday 26 September

This venue is wheelchair and walker accessible with parking available onsite.

Come along and meet new people and have a good laugh. Join in with our improv games and activities or sit and watch the fun. A wonderful way to gently stretch the grey matter and keep the mind active and creative. No experience necessary. Morning tea provided.

This is an ongoing weekly class.

No registration or event fee.

Have A Go Week: Table Tennis

9 Batchelor Street, Newlands

9.30am–11am, Monday 26 September

Ever played Table Tennis? Why not give it a go this Senior week and if you like it, come back again. Newlands Community Centre runs regular weekly sessions open to players of all levels, so why not “Have a Go.”

Fully accessible including toilets and lift. Car parking available including one disability carpark.

No registration or event fee.

Social Drama Class by Voice Arts

Linden Community Centre, 10 Linden Ave, Linden

10am–11.30am, Monday 26 September

This venue is wheelchair and walker accessible.

Join us for our regular Social Drama class where we use improvisation and storytelling to gently stretch the grey matter and encourage play and imagination to improve well-being.

No registration or event fee.

Guided Tour of Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

1pm–2pm, Monday 26 September

Join us for a specially priced guided tour of Wellington Museum followed by tea and coffee.

Wellington Museum is wheelchair accessible and has a lift.

More accessibility info can be found on Wellington Museum website.

Book your tickets from the Wellington Museum website or call 04 471 0919.

Cost: $10

Tuesday 27 September

Tawa MenzShed Open Day

Tawa MenzShed – access off Davies Street, via the Tawa Pool car park, then south down the driveway, past the skateboard park.

10am–1pm, Tuesday 27 September

Tawa MenzShed is wheelchair accessible.

Come along and see what MenzShed are up to. Have a chat with our current members. All ages are welcome.

MenzShed aim to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for elderly men and women to socialise, do their own woodworking projects, or to get involved in our various community projects. Adults of any age are welcome.

Cost: $2 for tea, coffee and biscuits. No registration needed.

Crafters Catch-up

Tawa Community Centre Hall, 5 Cambridge Street, Tawa

10am–12pm, Tuesday 27 September

A casual and warm group of like-minded crafters who work through their own projects. We come together for the company and morning tea. Bring along your own craft project and join us.

Cost: free

Appy Seniors: Accessing eBooks and Audiobooks on your smartphone

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

11am–12pm, Tuesday 27 September

Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter.

Appy Seniors is an age-friendly free community project to help seniors engage in the digital world using apps on their smartphones.

Bring your smartphone and get practical skills and solutions to help you feel confident in the digital world. In this session we will look at using your smartphone to access ebooks and listen to audiobooks free from the library.

Appy Seniors is a programme produced by Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA).

No registration or event fee.

Have a Go Week: Games Day

9 Batchelor Street, Newlands

10am–12pm, Tuesday 27 September

It’s Board Games morning at Newlands Community Centre and we have some games all ready for you to play. Love words? How about playing Scrabble or Banana Grams! Do you have an inner Poirot or Miss Marple waiting to come out? Decipher the clues with Cluedo! Or our personal favourite Cribbage! Bring a group of friends with you or come on your own and make new friends.

Fully accessible including toilets and lift.

Car parking available including one disability carpark.

No registration or event fee.

Have a Go Week: Mahjong

9 Batchelor Street, Newlands

12pm–3pm, Tuesday 27 September

Mahjong is a popular and fun Chinese game played with tiles. We have a weekly group that meets at the Centre who are

happy to show you how to play this intricate game. So why not Have a Go! You never know you may come back for more.

Fully accessible including toilets and lift. Car parking available including one disability carpark.

No registration or event fee.

Social Drama Class by Voice Arts

Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori

10am–11.30am, Tuesday 27 September

Our drama classes use improvisation, drama and storytelling to gently stretch the grey matter and keep the mind active and creative. No lines to learn, no audiences, just fun!

The class is on the ground floor which is wheelchair and walker accessible. Register for this class my emailing jacqueline.coats@gmail.com

Cost: free

Kia Kaha Digital

Kilbirnie / Lyall Bay Community Centre, 26–28 Bay Road, Kilbirnie

10am–2pm, Tuesday 27 September

Kia Kaha Digital Workshop with help you be more confident using websites and tools, increase your digital skills and knowledge and show you how to be safe online and avoid scams. Everything needed is provided.

Registration is required. Contact us at the Community Centre to register your interest, call 04 387 7867, email info@klbcc.org.nz or pop in and see us.

Staying Safe course for older drivers

Linden Community Centre, 10 Linden Avenue, Tawa

10am–2pm, Tuesday 27 September

This free classroom-based course will help older drivers re-familiarise themselves with traffic rules and safe driving practices. Includes free lunch. Offered by Age Concern in collaboration with Waka Kotahi.

Registrations required. Email adminassistant@acwellington.org.nz or call 04 499 6648.

Visit acwellington.org.nz/events/staying-safe/ for more information.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

St Barnabas Church, 35 Box Hill, Khandallah

11am–12pm, Tuesday 27 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends! Come and watch or participate in this special demonstration class.

The Stroke Foundation will also be available to take participants’ blood pressure before and after this class.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Gold coin koha entry.

Social Drama for Seniors

St. Augustine’s Church, 12 Britannia Street, Petone.

10am–11:30am, Tuesday 27 September

Social Drama for Seniors. Improvisation, fun and storytelling to keep the mind active and creative. No lines to learn, no audiences.

Fully accessible. Please email sally@voice-arts.org.nz for further accessibility information.

No registration or event fee.

Tawa Crafts

Tawa Community Centre Boardroom

10am–12pm, Tuesday 27 September

Casual and warm group of likeminded crafters who work through their own projects. They come together for the company, and have morning tea together. One maybe making cards, the other knit.

Cost: free

Drama Group for Seniors

Hosted by: Voice Arts

George Ancient Church of the East, 6 Glamis Avenue Strathmore

10.30am–midday, Tuesday 27 September

Get connected to your theatrical side at this social drama group for seniors. No lines to learn, just lots of laughs to be had!

Please email lyndeejane@xtra.co.nz to register.

Cost: free

Social Drama for Seniors

Rec Hall, Wesley Rata Village, 249 Rata Street, Naenae

1pm–2.30pm, Tuesday 27 September

Social Drama for Seniors. Improvisation, fun and storytelling to keep the mind active and creative. No lines to learn, no audiences.

Fully accessible. Please email sally@voice-arts.org.nz for further accessibility information.

No registration or event fee.

Voglemorn Age Concern Pop-up Hub for Seniors

Voglemorn Hall, 13 Vennell Street, Brooklyn

2pm–2.30pm, Tuesday 27 September

Join us for a cup of tea and make new friends at our free monthly pop-up hubs for seniors. Free event. Afternoon tea provided.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz for more information.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

Voglemorn Hall, 13 Vennell Street, Brooklyn

Johnsonville Uniting Church, 18 Doctor Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville

1pm–2pm, Tuesday 27 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends! Come and watch or participate in this special demonstration class.

The Stroke Foundation will also be available to take participants’ blood pressure before and after this class.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Gold coin koha entry.

Wednesday 28 September

Seniors’ Week movie!

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

1pm–3pm, Wednesday 28 September

Come along to the Island Bay Community Centre for a free movie screening. We’ll provide tea and biscuits. If you would like to bring your lunch along you would be most welcome to. To find out the title of the movie, give us a call on 04 383 7464.

No registration or event fee. Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai

12pm–1pm, Wednesday 28 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends! Come and watch or participate in this special demonstration class.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Gold coin koha entry.

Morning Tea

9 Batchelor Street, Newlands

10.30am–12pm, Wednesday 28 September

Come join us for morning tea in our Drop in Lounge. Meet your neighbours, have a chat, and enjoy our delicious sandwiches and cakes. This will be followed by Senior Week Movie Magic at 12.15pm.

Fully accessible including toilets and lift. Car parking available including one disability carpark.

No registration or event fee.

Movie Magic

9 Batchelor Street, Newlands

12.15pm–2.15pm, Wednesday 28 September

It’s movie time, come in put your feet up, have a cuppa, relax and enjoy the magic of the movies. Call Newlands Community Centre 04 477 3724 the week prior to find out the name of our mystery movie.

Fully accessible including toilets and lift.

Car parking available including one disability carpark.

No registration or event fee.

Tawa College Community Education Pilates

Tawa Community Centre Hall, 5 Cambridge St, Tawa

9.30am–10.30am, Wednesday 28 September

Pilates is a blend of physical and mental workouts helping you to increase your flexibility, core strength and improve posture.

For anyone who would like to join for a term (8 weeks), use the promotion code: SENIORS for 50% off the term’s fee. See tawacomed.co.nz for more information.

No registration or event fee.

Tai Chi

Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar

10am–11am, Wednesday 28 September

Tai Chi has gentle, slow, continuous and graceful movements which aid health and fitness for all ages and abilities. Come and try it in a welcoming environment. This is a 1 hour class, with time afterwards for food/refreshments.

Cost: free/koha

Be Active exercise class

Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar

11am–12.30pm, Wednesday 28 September

This is a low impact exercise class using a variety of equipment including bands and small balls to build strength, balance, co-ordination and mobility. The class is 45mins – 1hour, with time afterwards for food/ refreshments.

Cost: free/koha

Food Growing in Community Gardens

Hosted by: Tawa U3A

Tawa Community Garden, Oxford Street. This event is wheelchair accessible.

10am–11.30am, Wednesday 28 September

Head on over to Tawa Community Garden to learn how to grow your own food from passionate local people.

You can register for this event by contacting Alison on 027 437 9215.

Cost: free

Movie Time

Tawa Community Centre Hall, 5 Cambridge St, Tawa

12.30pm–3pm (with a 1pm movie start), Wednesday 28 September

Come along for a movie, tea, coffee and snacks.

Everyone welcome. The movie will be held in the boardroom near the entrance of the Tawa Community Centre.

Tawa Community Centre is wheelchair accessible.

No registration or event fee.

Wellington CBD Walking Tour

Hidden Gems Wellington CBD Walking Tour – starting from where Grey Street meets Lambton Quay

10.45am–12.00pm, Wednesday 28 September

Hosted by Walk Wellington Inc, this is an easy 75 minute stroll with an experienced Walk Wellington guide encompassing parts of Lambton Quay and the waterfront.

Please book by emailing bookings@walkwellington.org.nz. Check out walkwellington.org.nz for more details on our other walking tours. Please note this route can be tailored to make it wheelchair accessible. A koha for this event would be much appreciated.

Tai Chi for Beginners

Johnsonville Community Centre, Moorefield Road entrance

2pm–3pm, Wednesday 28 September

An introduction to Tai Chi designed to teach ‘Self defence against falls’ in your day to day living and is a form of Tai Chi suitable for arthritis sufferers.

$4 entry fee.

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class – Special Demonstration Class

Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori

12pm–1pm, Wednesday 28 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends! Come and watch or participate in this special demonstration class.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Gold coin entry koha. Register your interest at info@karoricommunitycentre.org.nz

Special Event – Seminar Day

Johnsonville Uniting Church, 18 Doctor Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville

10am–2pm, Wednesday 28 September

Join Age Concern at a special day of informative seminars and good food. You’ll learn all about important topics including how to avoid online banking scams and why everyone needs an enduring power of attorney.

Seminars available:

Better Banking – How to avoid frauds and scams, especially when doing your online banking. Delivered by ASB Bank.

Brain Health and Dementia 101 – Identify what we can do physically, socially, nutritionally, cognitively, and in our community to improve our brain health. Delivered by Dementia Wellington.

Enduring Powers of Attorney – What is an enduring power of attorney and why do you need one? Delivered by Porirua Kapiti Community Law.

Advance Care Planning – How can we plan for our end of life care? Learn more about the Advance Care Planning process. Delivered by Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ and Age Concern Wellington Region.

Transport may be available.

Registrations required. Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/events/ to register.

Cost: free

Creative Crafters

Kilbirnie / Lyall Bay Community Centre, 26–28 Bay Road, Kilbirnie

1pm–3pm, Wednesday 28 September

Creative Drop-In session, bring your own craft projects or join in with a Centre craft and hang out with other creatives working on their projects. Share your ideas, gain inspiration and make friends.

Cost: free

Livestream Steady as You Go Falls Prevention Class

Online – Zoom

9.30am–10.15am, Wednesday 28 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, and help prevent a fall! Watch or participate in this special demonstration class.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise to register.

Seniors Roast Lunch

All Saints Hataitai–Kilbirnie Anglican-Methodist Cooperating Parish, 90 Hamilton Road

11.30am–1pm, Wednesday 28 September

A hot roast midday meal to celebrate the amazing seniors living in our parish, and the things they have brought to so many, for so long.

This event is free. Registration is preferred for catering numbers, or you can just show up. Email admin@allsaints.org.nz

Hidden Gems Wellington CBD Walking Tour

Starting from where Grey Street meets Lambton Quay

10.45am–12pm, Wednesday 28 September

An easy 75 minute stroll with an experienced Walk Wellington guide encompassing parts of Lambton Quay and the waterfront.

This is a tailored walk for Seniors’ Week. Check out walkwellington.org.nz for details of other walking tours.

Email bookings@walkwellington.org.nz to book.

Koha would be appreciated.

Sing-a-Long

Kilbirnie / Lyall Bay Community Centre, 26–28 Bay Road, Kilbirnie

1pm–3pm, Wednesday 28 September

Join us every for a fun casual sing-a-long to your requested songs. Tea and coffee available, free to join.

Thursday 29 September

Wellington Free Ambulance CPR and defibrillator presentation

Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street – behind the Mobil Station

10.30am–12.30pm, Thursday 29 September

Wellington Free Ambulance is delivering a practical presentation on how to do CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator).

This will not be a strenuous event. It will offer you skills you might need in the future. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your questions.

Visit wfa.org.nz for more information.

Free event. Morning tea is provided.

Staying Safe course for older drivers

Hataitai Centre, 157 Hataitai Road, Hataitai

10am–2pm, Thursday 29 September

This free classroom-based course will help older drivers re-familiarise themselves with traffic rules and safe driving practices. Includes free lunch. Offered by Age Concern in collaboration with Waka Kotahi.

Register by ringing 04 499 6648 or email info@acwellington.org.nz

Johnsonville Community Centre Seniors Morning Tea

Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville.

10am–11.30am, Thursday 29 September

Join us for morning tea and a chat as we celebrate Seniors’ week.

Register at: info@johnsonvillecommunitycentre.org.nz by Friday 23 September.

Social Drama Group

Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville, Wellington

1pm–2.30pm, every Thursday

A free, weekly fun group for local seniors. We provide an opportunity for seniors to use drama and storytelling to keep their minds active and creative. The sessions are full of fun, play and connections.

No reading scripts on a stage but creating social drama using their own words in their own way.

Register at info@johnsonvillecommunitycentre.org.nz

Seniors’ Week Historical Bus Tour

Hosted by: Wellington City Council

10am–12pm, Thursday 29 September

Meet at 41 Victoria St at 9.50am to board the bus.

Join local historian Gábor Tóth on a bus tour of Wellington as you’ve never seen it before. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the city’s history and the amazing people who shaped Pōneke into the place it is today. We’ll also have a morning tea at Te Pokapū Hapori afterwards.

Any extra information / registration: Spaces limited. To book a space, email vondy.thornton@wcc.govt.nz

Cost: free

Movie at Lighthouse Cinema

Lighthouse Cinema, 29 Wigan Street, Te Aro

10:30am, Thursday 29 September

Enjoy a movie, drink and high tea lunch box at one of Wellington favourite boutique cinemas – Lighthouse Cuba.

The cinema is accessible. If you require a wheelchair seat, please contact us in advance so we can make sure we are put in the right cinema.

No need to pre-register. $10 on arrival – this includes a movie, hot drink, high tea lunch box.

Please contact Sarah on sarahm@mtvichub.org.nz or 021 074 4434 for more information.

Tawa MenzShed Open Day

Tawa MenzShed – access off Davies Street, via the Tawa Pool car park, then south down the driveway, past the skateboard park.

10am–1pm, Thursday 29 September

Tawa MenzShed is wheelchair accessible.

MenzShed aim to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for elderly men and women to socialise, do their own woodworking projects, or to get involved in our various community projects. Adults of any age are welcome.

Come along and see what MenzShed are up to.

Have a chat with our current members. All ages are welcome.

Cost: $2 for tea, coffee and biscuits.

Tea and Tech

Te Pokapū Hapori – Y Central, 107 Manners Street, Te Aro

10am–12.30pm, Thursday 29 September

Baffled by technology? Want to learn how to do Internet banking? Need to connect with the Grandkids on WhatsApp?

Bring your digital device and get help from some friendly people. Come to Tea & Tech if you need help with:

  • Getting connected with friends and family online (WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.)
  • Doing online banking
  • How to watch TV on the Internet
  • Doing your grocery shopping online
  • Using email and visiting websites

Registration required. Visit acwellington.org.nz, email info@acwellington.org.nz, or 04 499 6648.

Cost: free

Tai Chi

Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar

1pm–2pm, Thursday 29 September

Tai Chi has gentle, slow, continuous and graceful movements which aid health and fitness for all ages and abilities. Come and try it in a welcoming environment. This is a 1 hour class, with time afterwards for food/refreshments.

Cost: free/koha

Community Art Class

Tawa Community Centre drop in lounge

10am–12pm, Thursday 29 September

Warm and inviting group of budding artists who meet every Thursday morning. All abilities welcome and they use a wide variety of art mediums.

Cost: free

Art & Table Tennis

Hosted by: Tawa U3A

Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge St. This event is wheelchair accessible.

10am, Thursday 29 September

Get creative and hone in on your art skills at Tawa Community Centre. And if art isn’t your thing, why not come and connect with like minded others over a game of table tennis?

You can register for this event by contacting Alison on 027 437 9215.

Cost: free

U3A Discussion Group

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

1.30pm–3.30pm, Thursday 29 September

University of the 3rd Age (U3A) Southern Suburbs: Join the U3A discussion group for their Seniors Week Special. Every week the group meets at the Island Bay Community Centre to learn from experts about a range of different topics. Join them at this open session to find out about the group and participate in a quiz and other activities.

Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter.

For more information contact George 04 380 6816 or Cathy 04 383 8846.

Cost: free

Friday 30 September

Seniors’ Week Zealandia Trip

Hosted by: Wellington City Council

9.45am–11.15am, Friday 30 September

Experience Zealandia like never before – and with your very own tour guide. Discover the magic that makes Zealandia so special while learning about native wildlife and the amazing history of Wellington’s 225 hectare ecosanctuary.

Spaces are limited.

To register, please email vondy.thornton@wcc.govt.nz

Cost: free

Steady As You Go

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

11.30pm–12.30pm, Friday 30 September

Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter. SAYGO classes are designed for everyone to participate and can be done sitting or standing.

Steady As You Go or ‘SAYGO’ is an exercise class aimed at falls prevention. It improves balance, leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and wellbeing. Specifically designed for older people, exercises can be completed sitting or standing. Come along and give it a try for free in this open session. Join us for afternoon tea after the session.

Book Launch: “O me voy o te vas, One of us must go”

Poetry by Rogelio Guedea, translated by Roger Hickin. Published by Otago University Press.

Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub, 34 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville

3.30pm–4.30pm, Friday 30 September

Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub is platinum-rated accessible building.

Mexican-born poet and novelist Rogelio Guedea is the award-winning author of more than 40 books. His poetry collection Kora was awarded the prestigious Spanish Premio Adonáis de Poesía in 2008, and in 2013 his novel, El crimen de Los Tepames (Mondadori), was one of the top five best-selling novels in Mexico.

Come and listen to Johnsonville Librarian, Rogelio Guedea, read and explore the poetry from his newly published collection. Rogelio is also an award-winning poet and novelist who emigrated from Mexico to New Zealand in 2005 and now calls Wellington home.

Seniors Week Afternoon Tea

Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay

12.30pm–1.30pm, Friday 30 September

Join us for an afternoon tea at the Island Bay Community Centre. A chance to find out what is happening at the Centre and get to know some of our staff and community regulars.

Island Bay Community Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. There are no stairs to enter.

Cost: free

Have a Go Week: Tū Mātau Ora – Māori games/activities with Seniors

9 Batchelor Street, Newlands

10:30am–12pm, Friday 30 September

Rediscover the joy and benefits of play through taonga tākaro (traditional Māori games, including cat’s cradle and stone stacking). Tū Mātau Ora are excited to share a taonga tākaro session specifically designed for kaumātua, our seniors for Te wiki o ngā kaumātua.

Fully accessible including toilets and lift.

Car parking available including one disability carpark.

Come down and join the fun, connect with others and open a world of possibilities through play.

No registration or event fee.

Morning Tea and Quiz

Tawa Community Centre Hall, 5 Cambridge St, Tawa

10am–11.30am, Friday 30 September

Come along and see how much you know about general knowledge. We will do a quiz together and share in a morning tea. This is a great way to meet new people.

Tawa Community Centre is wheelchair accessible.

No registration or event fee.

Low-impact Aerobics Class

Tawa Community Centre Hall, 5 Cambridge Street, Tawa

9.30am–10.20am, Friday 30 September

Build cardiovascular fitness and strength in this fun, low- impact aerobics class. This class runs every Friday morning at Tawa Community Centre.

Cost: free

SeniorNet Wellington Free Visitors’ Session

Level 1, Anvil House, 138–140 Wakefield Street

12pm–2.30pm, Friday 30 September

Come along and learn how SeniorNet can help you to understand and make the most of technology, including your computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. You may also like to help others and share your skills. Tea and coffee provided.

Booking is preferred. Contact 04 380 8097 or email graham.hill@orcon.net.nz

Steady As You Go Falls Prevention Class

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul (Loaves & Fishes room), 2 Hill Street, Thorndon.

1pm, Friday 30 September

Join Age Concern for an exercise class designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall, and make new friends.

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Cost: gold coin koha entry.

Steady as You Go Falls Prevention Class

Johnsonville Community Centre, Moorefield Road entrance

10am–11am, Friday 30 September

Come along and join in our popular Steady As You Go programme. This is designed to improve strength and balance, help prevent a fall and make new friends!

Call 04 499 6648 or visit acwellington.org.nz/saygoexercise for more information.

Gold coin koha entry.

Scrapbooking

Hosted by: Tawa U3A

Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street. This event is wheelchair accessible.

10am–12pm, Friday 30 September

Get stuck in to the wonderful world of scrapbooking in this one-off Seniors’ Week event.

You can register for this event by contacting Alison on 027 437 9215.

Cost: free

Petanque

Hosted by: Tawa U3A

Petanque Court, Aotea Lagoon. This event is wheelchair accessible.

10am–12pm, Friday 30 September

Play petanque with some of Porirua’s finest! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, get on down to Aotea Lagoon and join Tawa U3A for a bit of fun.

You can register for this event by contacting Alison on 027 437 9215.

Cost: free

Be Active exercise class

Location: Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar

2pm–3.30pm, Friday 30 September

This is a low impact exercise class using a variety of equipment including bands and small balls to build strength, balance, co-ordination and mobility. The class is 45mins – 1hour, with time afterwards for food/refreshments

Cost: free/koha

Saturday 1 October

Tawa MenzShed

10am–1pm | Saturday 1 October

Our aim is to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for elderly men and women to socialise, do their own woodworking projects, or to get involved in our various community projects. Adults of any age are welcome.

Tawa MenzShed – access off Davies Street, via the Tawa Pool car park, then south down the driveway, past the skate board park. Wheelchair accessible. Separate entry for toilet facilities.

Five open days throughout Seniors Week. Come along and see what we are up to. All ages are welcome. Have a chat with members. $2 for a cuppa and biscuits.

No cost, the $2 for tea and coffee is optional.

No need to register, just bring you!

Sunday 2 October

Connecting the Dots – A Waterfront Walking Experience for Older Folk

Hosted by: Living Streets Aotearoa

2pm–4pm, Sunday 2 October

Meet at the Railway Station. Will involve walking.

Join Living Streets Aotearoa for a walk across to the waterfront to highlight mobility options and placemaking for all. Do we design for all? Soak up the hustle and bustle of the city’s harbour during this thought-provoking, fully accessible walk.

Please make sure to register for this event by emailing Ellen at wellington@livingstreets.org.nz

Cost: free

Everybody Dance

Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar

4.30pm–5.30pm, Sunday 2 October

A dance class with a focus on confidence, self-expression, experience of movement and fun. Dance in a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental environment. This is a 1 hour class, with time afterwards for food/refreshments

Cost: Free/koha

Monday 3 October

Free event, serving homemade soups and slices, tea and coffee

157 Hataitai Road, Hataitai

11am–1pm, Monday 3 October

Register by emailing hataitaievents@gmail.com or phone Frances on 027 835 4374.

Koha welcome.

Tuesday 11 October

Friendship Newlands

Christadelphian Hall, 229 Helston Road, Paparangi

10am–12pm, Tuesday 11 October

Friendship Newlands is affiliated to Friendship New Zealand, club that provide avenues for friendship and social activities for those in their senior years.

Friendship Newlands meets at 10am on the second Tuesday of the month at the Christadelphian Hall on Helston Road, Paparangi.

Meetings involve visiting speakers and fellowship, with the opportunity to participate in activities such as dining out, movies, and other outings.

Prospective members are welcome to contact Friendship Newlands on friendshipnewlands@gmail.com