Mittens is a large Turkish angora cat who gained celebrity status here in Wellington for being incredibly adventurous - walking into offices, jumping into cars, and even gate-crashing gigs.
Having a Mittens encounter has became a popular Wellington pastime and brought endless joy to locals and visitors alike. He has inspired works of art, music, literature and grand political gestures. Let's revisit some of Mittens' greatest moments here in Pōneke.
1. Being awarded the Key to the City
In May 2020, Mittens was awarded the highest honour of the capital when Mayor Andy Foster bestowed upon him the Key to the City. He received a certificate outlining the honours and was given a miniature key for his collar.
The award recognised of all the happiness, laughter and coolness he had added to the city, and was the perfect way to cheer people up after the recent lockdown.
You can read more about the award on our website.