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Wellington Visitor Information Centre
Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Phone: 04 802 4860


Colonial Cottage Museum
Love of handcrafts
- Displays and demonstrations of quilting, lace-making, embroidery and spinning.

Saturday 4 June, Sunday 5 June, and Monday 6 June, 12noon-4pm

Love of food and entertaining – includes a display of a formal afternoon tea, Mrs Beaton’s recipes, butter-making demonstrations, pikelet-cooking and food-preservation displays.

Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June, 12noon-4pm

Love of family – displays of children’s toys, christening gowns, storybooks and keepsakes. There will also be readings of love letters.

Saturday 18 June and Sunday 19 June, 12noon-4pm

Love of country and homeland – a display of memorabilia covering the period 1850 to the end of World War II.

Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, 12noon-4pm

68 Nairn Street, Wellington
Contact: Kim Townley, 04 384 9122 or

Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Love Wellington

‘Telling Tales Live’ is a public programme running through June and July in association with the Museum’s new permanent exhibition Telling Tales – Wellington’s 20th Century. Pick up a brochure or check the Dominion Post or Capital Times for details.

Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
Contact: Brett Mason, 04 496 1947

National Library Gallery
Fancy an event or three? We think you’ll love these . . .

First Dance lesson: rock ‘n’ roll’Let’s twist again, like we did last summer. . . Come along and shake, rattle and roll as members of the Gold Coast Rock and Roll Club show us how it’s done. All welcome. Oh, baby . . . Held in association with the exhibition First Dance: dancehall stories from the Turnbull Library collections.

Sunday 19 June, 1-2.30pm
Main Foyer, National Library, Molesworth Street, Wellington

New light on the land’ an illustrated talk by Joan McCracken, Turnbull Library research services librarian, about 19th-century landscape photographers in New Zealand. In association with the exhibition George D Valentine: a 19th-century photographer in New Zealand.

National Library Auditorium, entrance on Aitken Street, Wellington
Thursday 23 June, 12.10pm

Poynton makes a pointNew Zealand composer Edwin Carr (featured in the exhibition Mardi Gras: a celebration of New Zealand composition) railed against New Zealand music that was intellectually pretentious or inaccessible. So we've asked well-known pianist Dan Poynton to give a lunchtime concert of ‘accessible’ New Zealand music, which he has personally selected. You'll love this one!

National Library Auditorium, entrance on Aitken Street, Wellington
Thursday 30 June, 12.10pm

Contact for all events: Susan Bartel, 04 474 3119,

National Library Society
Passionate lectures

Wellingtonians talk about their passions in this annual series of lectures. Come and hear Krystine Tomaszyk talk on Polish migration to New Zealand; tour the National Library Gallery’s First Dance exhibition with curator Georgina White; learn about the digital reissue of the official war histories from Elizabeth Styron, director of the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre; and take a peek at early Wellington with John Sullivan, curator of the Turnbull Library’ photographic archive.

National Library Auditorium, Aitken Street, Wellington
Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 29, 12-1pm
Contact: Peter Thorpe, 04 389 7103

New Zealand Founders Society, Wellington Branch
We’d love to see you . . .

The New Zealand Founders Society Rooms will be open for visitors to use the Founders Library, which has rare and individual family histories, documents, etc. A cup of tea or coffee will also be available. There will also be a display of items related to the theme of ‘Heritage and Love’ on the mezzanine floor Wellington Central Library from 4-25 June.

Mibar Building, 85 Victoria Street
Tuesdays, June 17, 14, 21, 28, 10am-12noon
Contact: Neni Beres, 04 389 6421

The New Zealand Film Archive
Short films about love

A stimulating, amusing and eclectic mix of films, selected from the Archive’s collections, exploring the myriad aspects of love in the modern age. 50 minutes, PG cert. Entry by koha.

NZ Community Trust Mediatheatre
Film Archive Mediaplex, corner Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets, Wellington

Wednesday 8 June at 12.15pm, Thursday 9 June at 6pm, Friday 10 June at 12.15pm, Saturday 11 June at 6pm, Wednesday 15 June at 12.15pm, Thursday 16 June at 6pm, Friday 17 June at 12.15pm, Saturday 18 June at 6pm

Contact: Steve Russell, 04 384 7647

Time Cinema
Rangi’s Catch

Time Cinema celebrates Heritage Month with a special screening of Rangi’s Catch, Michael Forlong Productions for the Children’s Film Foundation, 1973, Dir: Michael Forlong, 35mm, colour, 72 minutes. Rated G. Rangi’s Catch will be preceded by two short historical films from the 1960s: Hokitika’s 100th anniversary celebrations and a film about Norsewood. These screenings will be part of Time Cinema’s regular programme, but with a special focus on Heritage Month. All heritage-minded people welcome.

191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington
Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 7.45pm
Contact: John and Margaret Bell, 04 934 8463

Wellington Historical and Early Settlers’ Association
Love of music

A lunchtime lecture by Robert Oliver, freelance performer and specialist in old music, director of music at St Mary's of the Angels Church.

Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
Thursday 23 June, 1pm
Contact: Vonnie Nunns, 04 938 9811

Wellington City Libraries (Central Branch)
Love with a stamp on it

A display of Edwardian postcards from the Library’s heritage collection – many of which have been inscribed with simple but touching messages to husbands and wives, sons and daughters, parents and grandparents.

65 Victoria Street, Wellington
Throughout June, during Library opening hours
Contact: Gábor Tóth, 04 801 4081, or 025 285 0995