Index Wellington

Hutt Valley

Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2010


Date Event
Open by arrangement Garden of Art
Daily Cherish our natural history
Cottage Hill Herb Farm and Shop
Today and yesterdays on Petone Beach
Hutt Radio 106.1FM
Staglands Wildlife reserve and café
1 May to 13 Jun Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage impressionists
Weekends Gliding Hutt Valley: The sound of silence
5 Jun Sun Main Street to the river
6 Jun Sun Main Street to the river
Steam-train heritage
7 Jun Mon Main Street to the river
9 Jun Wed The Petone Beach lectures
11 Jun Fri The Hutt River: a modern history
Tour of Percys Scenic Reserve with Jill Broome, Reserve Manager
11 Jun Fri - 20 Jun Sun Walk a medieval labyrinth
12 Jun Sat Main Street to the river
13 Jun Sun Walk a medieval labyrinth
Petone millworkers’ walk
Planted evidence: A Treasure Hunt
16 Jun Wed The Petone Beach lectures
Ratanui environmental song and dance
17 Jun Thur Coping with global peak oil from a New Zealand perspective
19 Jun Sat Main Street to the river
20 Jun Sun Vintage machinery and the environment
23 Jun Wed The Petone Beach lectures
24 Jun Thur Heritage buildings and their impact on health and the environment
26 Jun Sat Main Street to the river
27 Jun Sun Bridges and their heritage in the Akatarawa Valley
30 Jun Wed The Petone Beach lectures


Efil Doog (Good Life)
Garden of Art
Extensive gardens, sculpture park, bush walks, aft gallery. All this plus an allotment area being developed for city dwellers to grow vegetables and plants in a serene and beautiful environment by the river picnic area.
Open  10am-4.30pm by arrangement in winter and Wednesday to Sunday during summer.  Adults $14, Children $6,  Under 5's free.  Parts not suitable for wheelchairs.
1995 Akatarawa Road, 13 km from Upper Hutt
Ernest and Shirley Cosgrove   04 526 7924,                more info


East Harbour Environmental Association
Cherish our natural history
A display of material showing Adopt-a-Track volunteers removing noxious weeds from tracks in the East Harbour Regional Park, thereby helping to preserve our natural environment.
Throughout June, during library opening hours
Eastbourne Public Library, Rimu Street, Eastbourne
Contact: Felicity Rashbrooke, 04 568 4988,

Cottage Hill Herb Farm and Shop
Cottage Hill Herb Farm and Shop
A herb farm and shop in a semi-rural environment, supplying herbs to assist natural good health.
Open throughout June on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10.30am-5pm
2 Bridge Street, off Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt
Contact: 04 526 4753,


Petone Historical Society
Today and yesterdays on Petone Beach
A display about past and present days on the beach, including a mural of today’s activities by children from Petone Central School and a number of stories by people who have had long connections with Petone Beach.
Throughout June during Library opening hours, 10am-5.30pm
Petone Library, Britannia Street, Petone
Contact: Roy Hewson, 04 568 6449,


Our 1890's mill weaving rare breed fibre
Hear the story of Stansborough: the farm, the flock, the family. Go back in time to see weaving in an 1890s mill. Understand why Stansborough’s unique fabrics are in demand by fashion houses and films worldwide.
Book a one-hour guided tour of the mill. Admission: adult $22, child $15, senior citizen/student $20, family $60
100 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt
Contact: 04 566 5591


Hutt Radio 106.1FM
On air              Poster
We at Hutt Radio, which is an access radio station with a commitment to heritage programmes, plan to make a big effort during Heritage Month and will be recording material relating to the Christ Church Taita. We made a big effort around Anzac Day and hope to do something to mark the Battle of Crete in two weeks. Our signal can be reached in Wellington City using an FM aerial.
Check    and    for more information. The Upper Hutt i-SITE   04 527 2141.


Wildlife reserve and café
A wildlife reserve created with an old-world charm in a stunning natural environment by the river. Visitors can enjoy being up close and personal to nature and animals.
Open seven days, 10am-5pm
Akatarawa Valley, 17km from Upper Hutt
Contact: Sarah Purdy, 04 526 7529,


Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre
Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage impressionists
This exhibition brings alive the story of New Zealand's early impressionist movement at the legendary Pumpkin Cottage, Silverstream. Featuring paintings by James Nairn, Mabel Hill, Girolamo Nerli, Francis Hodgkins and Nugent Welch. Developed by Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre and based on the Pumpkin Cottage Paintings Collection gifted by Ernest and Shirley Cosgrove. Curated by Jane Vial. Toured by Exhibition Services.
Saturday 1 May to Sunday 13 June
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Contact: 04 527 2168,


Gliding Hutt Valley
The sound of silence
Gliding flights from the Kaitoke Airfield. Enjoy the peace and quiet of gliding in a rural environment.
Weekends and public holidays by appointment. Fee: POA, limited disabled access
Kaitoke Regional Park, Rimutaka Incline Road, off SH2, Upper Hutt
Contact: Wayne Fisk, 04 526 7336,


Golder Homestead Museum Society
Main Street to the river
Showcasing the Golder Homestead property from Main Street to the river and its urban encroachment.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday 5, 6, 7 June (Queen’s Birthday weekend) and Saturdays 12, 19, 26 June, 1.30-4pm. Admission fee applies. Limited disabled access.
Golder’s Cottage, 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Golder Cottage, 04 528 9855,


Silver Stream Railway Museum
Steam-train heritage
Make a special visit to the Silver Stream Railway Museum, have a ride on a steam train and hear all about steam trains throughout New Zealand.
Sunday 6 June, 11am-4pm
Reynolds Bach Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Brian Poulsen,   06 379-6112


Petone Historical Society
The Petone Beach lectures
Four Wednesday evening talks about Petone Beach by people who are leaders in their fields.
9 June: Warwick Johnston (historian) ‘The history of the beach’
16 June: Graeme Stevens (geologist) ‘The making of Petone Beach’
23 June: Reg Cotter (NZ Forest and Bird Society) ‘Birdlife on the beach’
30 June: Caroline Cowie (Hutt City Council)‘Coast Care’
All lectures are on Wednesdays from 7-8pm  Petone Town Centre, Britannia Street, Petone       click for more information


Lower Hutt Historical Society
The Hutt River: a modern history
An illustrated talk by Graeme Campbell, Manager, Flood Protection, Greater Wellington Regional Council. A major flood in 1898 covered the entire valley floor. This led to the construction of the first stop-banks to protect Hutt residents. Graeme’s presentation is about the progressive buildup of the Hutt River flood defence system in the last 100 years.
Friday 11 June, 7.30pm ($2 donation)
Horticultural Society Rooms, Laings Road, Lower Hutt (entry near fountain carpark)
Contact: Neil Coup, 04 570 6633,


Percy's Scenic Reserve
A one hour tour of Percy's Scenic Reserve with Jill Broome, Reserve Manager.
This is an opportunity to hear a brief history and have a guided tour around the Scenic Reserve and links in with Heritage Month and its Heritage and Environment theme.
Friday, 11 June 2010  12 noon - 1 p.m. - meet at the Pergola which is just past the green fern fence.  Access to parking is by Dowse Drive interchange.     Map


The Labyrinth Committee
Walk a Medieval Labyrinth
Events celebrating the relocation of the Frederic & Margaret Wallis labyrinth at Hutt Hospital include a static photo display, a continuous Power Point presentation [20 minutes] showing how a Lower Hutt demolition team devised a way to move the labyrinth, a continuous DVD (27 minutes) discussing how Lower Hutt acquired the labyrinth and how labyrinths benefit hospitals overseas, and a plaque unveiling, recognising the major sponsors who contributed to the relocation, followed by a guided labyrinth walk. 
Friday 11 June to Sunday 20 June, 9am-5pm, main event
Sunday 13 June, 2pm, plaque unveiling
The Labyrinth Committee, HVDHB, Main foyer, Heretaunga Block, Hutt Hospital, High Street, Lower Hutt
Contact: John McCaul, 566 6999 ext 8517,


Korokoro Environmental Group
Petone millworkers’ walk
A walk beginning at the site of the 1886 Petone Woollen Mill beside Korokoro Stream; a steep 10-minute walk up the historic millworkers’ track past millworkers’ houses in Korokoro Road and walking up to Tony and Nancy Athfield’s home, an original cottage now restored and enlarged. Refreshments will be provided and a brief talk will be offered by a local historian.
Sunday 13 June, 2-4pm
Not suitable for disabled access
Cornish Street entrance to Belmont Regional Park. In case of bad weather, meet at the road entrance to 70 Korokoro Road
Contact: Ruth Mansell, 04 589 1707.


Valley Venturers and Valley Rovers
Planted evidence: A Treasure Hunt
Enjoy an afternoon treasure hunt with the kids while learning some history about Percy’s Reserve – a good way to explore all the changes in the reserve and meet up with new and interesting people from around the region.  Please RSVP for copying purposes.
Sunday 13 June, 2-5pm (Rain day Sunday 20 June)
Percy’s Reserve, Western Hutt Road, Lower Hutt
Contact: Kieran Quayle, (h) 04 589 1596, (w) 04 915 5487


Hutt City Council
Ratanui environmental song and dance
An invitation to enjoy the history of Sir James Hector, one of New Zealand's eminent scientists. Hear about his life and times as described by his great grandson Peter Hector. The talk will be followed by a gentle stroll through Percy Scenic Reserve to Ratanui led by Judy Robb, Horticultural Manager for Hutt City. Light refreshments, including tea and coffee, will be available. Sturdy footwear and warm clothing recommended. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Judy Robb on 04 570 6710 and please do leave a message or email her:       click for a pic      Map
Wednesday, 16 June  11.30am-1.30pm (Rain day 23 June - contact for confirmation)
Envirohouse, 3 Dowse Drive, Lower Hutt, parking in Percy Scenic Reserve carpark
Contact: Judy Robb, 04 570 6710,


Hutt City Council
Coping with global peak oil from a New Zealand perspective
The first oil discoveries in NZ were made in 1866, and since then we’ve built a dependency on foreign oil, which is now running out … So what happens next?
A talk by Ian Coard, career specialist in oil and gas, spanning 32 years. Ian retired in 2007 as Chevrons Manager, Global Downstream Projects (Houston).
Thursday 17 June. 7-8:30pm   
G Block, Wellington Institute of Technology (WELTEC), 27 Wakefield Street, Alicetown    
Contact: Leigh Ramsey, 04 587 0744, 027 444 3015,      
Apologies - talk cancelled - however please contact me for information.   Addendum:  see below


Wellington Vintage Machinery
Vintage machinery and the environment
Visitors are welcome at Wellington Vintage Machinery to view heritage machinery related to the environment.
Sunday 20 June, 9am-4pm
155 Mangaroa Valley Road, Upper Hutt
Contact: Bill Pollard, 04 526 9360,


Hutt City Council
Heritage buildings and their impact on health and the environment
Heritage buildings have a profound impact on the levels of contaminants in the gardens surrounding them, and on the dust inside those buildings. Dr Ben Keet, Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), has worked on more than 4,000 projects in 10 different countries. He has been working as a consultant on soil and groundwater assessment and remediation in most of Seaview’s oil terminals and recently audited some of the Waiwhetu Stream soil disposal routes.
Thursday 24 June, 7-8:30pm
Petone Community House, Room 6, upstairs, 6 Britannia Street, Petone
Contact: Sandy Beath-Croft, 04 570 6758,

Addendum and as a result of last week's last minute cancellation - this talk is to be followed by
Coping with global peak oil from a New Zealand perspective by Ian Coard, specialist in oil and gas spanning 32 years and ex-Chevron.  Following the unfortunate recent events in the Gulf of Mexico, this is a topic that needs to be addressed with urgency, given New Zealand's distance from the main areas of supply and the recent increases in security risks.


Upper Hutt Heritage Trust
Bridges and their heritage in the Akatarawa Valley
Peter O’Flaherty will give an illustrated insight into the bridges built in the Akatarawa Valley and nearby, crossing rivers and gullies and providing necessary connections.
Sunday 27 June, 4pm
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Paul Lambert, 04 527 2141,