The Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council (Inc)

Home Wellington Hutt Valley Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa


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


Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
Contact: Susan Bartel, 04 474 3119 or 027 223 5159

Treasures in Sound He Puiaki Pūoru
Main Foyer, National Library Building, Molesworth Street, Wellington
A display to celebrate the release of the Library’s latest historical music CD – Ake, Ake, Kia Kaha E! Songs of the New Zealand 28 (Māori) Battalion. The display will feature previously released CDs and photographs from the private collection of music historian Peter Downes. A listening post will feature songs from the CD.
Display can be viewed during June, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 1-4.30pm

March to Victory – the 28th (Maori) Battalion
National Library Auditorium, entrance on Aitken Street, Wellington
The 28 (Maori) Battalion volunteered two days after the start of the Second World War and remained voluntary throughout. The Battalion fought with distinction in Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy, but suffered a terrible casualty rate of five in seven. Sixty years on, this programme of films, including rare footage of the Pioneer Battalion from World War One and Weekly Review 232: Maori Battalion Returns (1946), honours the Battalion’s great service and sacrifice. Songs from Ake, Ake, Kia Kaha E! can be heard as background to the silent film segments. (40 minutes, exempt)
Thursday 22 June, 12.10-1pm

Blue smoke gets in your eyes
National Library Auditorium, entrance on Aitken Street, Wellington
An illustrated talk by Chris Bourke, 2006 National Library Fellow, about the early history of New Zealand popular music.
Thursday 29 June, 12.10-1pm

Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Queens Wharf, Wellington
Contact: 04 496 1947

Wellingtonia Live
An exciting programme of more than 72 events. Two months of music,
dance, theatre and talks during the week and concerts every Sunday. Hear Toni Huata, Rhombus, Ali Harper and many more live acts. For a full programme see our website
Saturday 3 June to Sunday 30 July
Open daily 10am-5pm

New Zealand Founders Society, Wellington Branch
Contact: Neni Beres, 04 389 6421 or Beverley Seymour, 04 972 6940

‘If music be the food of love, play on’
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 Music’ on the mezzanine floor Wellington Central Library from 25-30 June.
Tuesdays, 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 10am-12noon
Mibar Building, 85 Victoria Street, Wellington

Old St Paul’s
34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Contact: 04 473 6722

‘Hot Club Sandwich’ jazz concert
Acoustic swing trio ‘Hot Club Sandwich’ are here again. Some café-style seating available and plenty of the traditional style. You will be able to purchase wine, beer and food.
Friday 2 June, 5.30-8.30pm. Admission $10

Wellington Male Voice Choir
Mid-year charity concert in support of the Wellington Free Ambulance.
Sunday 25 June, 2pm. Admission $20

Friends of Old St Paul’s
34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Contact: 04 473 6722

Church service and choral evensong
A celebration of the 140th anniversary of the consecration of Old St Paul’s. The Very Reverend Frank Nelson, Dean of Wellington, and the choir of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul will lead this special service.
Tuesday 6 June, 5.30pm

Free lunchtime concerts
All concerts 12.15-1pm
Tuesday 6 June – Anniversary organ recital. Selections from the music archives of Old St Paul’s will be performed by David Trott, in-house organist and organist and choir director for St Mary’s Church, Karori.

Tuesday 13 June – The O’Connors perform – flute, guitar, cellos and voice.

Tuesday 20 June – Jazz concert featuring Ann Pacey, Wellington’s Grande Dame of vocal jazz, with Terry Crayford, renowned Wellington musician on keyboard.

Tuesday 27 June – Two clarinets and a piano.

Onslow Historical Society Inc
86 Khandallah Road, Khandallah, Wellington
Contact: Murray Pillar, 04 473 3622

A history of hymns
Maureen Garing, host of National Radio’s ‘Hymns for Sunday Morning’, will talk about the development of hymns, hymn writing and singing from their 18th-century roots to the present day.
Wednesday 14 June, 7.45pm

The New Zealand Film Archive
NZ Community Trust Mediatheatre
Film Archive Mediaplex, corner Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets, Wellington
Contact: Steve Russell, 04 384 7647

A fine comedy romance
The Adventures of Algy (NZ, 1925, 60 minutes, G cert). A rare opportunity to see one of New Zealand’s early feature films with live accompaniment. (Part of Soundtracks 2006.) Piano accompaniment by Nicholas Giles-Palmer, performing a score composed by Dorothy Buchanan.
Friday 26 May, 7pm. Admission: $8/$6

Catching the beat: music on film and TV 1930-2002
From Epi Shalfoon and his Melody Boys in 1930 to Rhombus’ music video homage to Goodbye Pork Pie from 2002. Presented in association with the Friends of the Film Archive.
Thursday 22 June, 7pm. Entry by koha

Time Cinema
191 Sutherland Road, Melrose, Wellington
Contact: John and Margaret Bell, 04 934 8463

Time for jazz
Time Cinema celebrates Heritage Month with a special screening of the 1947 film ‘Fabulous Dorseys’, the lives of jazz musicians Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. The film will be preceded by ‘Always for Pleasure’ – a look at the New Orleans jazz scene in the 1970s.
Saturday 10 June, and 7.45pm. Admission: $5 (includes refreshments)

Wellington City Libraries (Central Branch)
Second floor, Central Branch of Wellington City Libraries
65 Victoria Street, Wellington
Contact: Gábor Tóth, 04 801 4081 or

Quietly musical
A display of vintage music programmes going back to the Victorian era from various Wellington venues (Town Hall, Opera House, etc). From visits by world-famous opera singers to long-forgotten musicals, this display offers a fascinating insight into the history of music entertainment in Wellington.
Throughout June, during Library opening hours