Index Wellington

Hutt Valley

Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2010


Date Event
Daily Geocaching on Matiu/Somes Island
Self-guided walks
Mon - Fri The Gateway to our environmental heritage
1 Jun  Tue The Karori Sanctuary: past, present and future
6 Jun Sun Playing in the past
12 Jun Sat A walk through history
13 Jun Sun Playing in the past
16 Jun Wed Pictorial Parade plus
17 Jun Thur Island Bay and Surrounds, 1933-1984
18 Jun Fri Island Bay and Surrounds, 1933-1984
20 Jun Sun Playing in the past
21 Jun Mon Founders of our environment
22 Jun Tue The history of the Kaiwharawhara/Korimako Stream catchment
26 Jun Sat A walk through history
A Continent on the Move: New Zealand geosciences into the 21st century
27 Jun Sun Playing in the past
The Town Belt: Wellington's taonga
Ray Mole and Otari: a walk in the bush
28 Jun Mon Founders of our environment
Online Protecting the environment
Conserving our environment
The Meridian Five Star Green Star Commercial Office Building

Department of Conservation
Geocaching on Matiu/Somes Island
Visit Matiu/Somes Island for a day of fun, solving clues and trekking around the island. There are six hidden caches, with historic clues, listed along with GPS coordinates. All you need is a GPS, a pen and paper, and comfy walking shoes.
You can start from the first clue located in the Whare Kiore at the main wharf on Matiu/Somes Island. Alternatively, this multi-geocache is published online, and anyone can register on and download the co-ordinates before visiting Matiu/Somes Island. For more information on geocaching, check out or
Also visit the Matiu/Somes multi-cache listing:
Please let the rangers know that you are geocaching so they can ensure that groups do not start at the same cache. This multi-cache is a circuit and can be started at any of the cache locations.
Daily throughout Heritage Month and beyond
Matiu/Somes Island, Wellington harbour
Visitors will need to take the East by West ferry, see for timetable details & fees: Ferry to Matiu/Somes Island
Disabled access cannot be guaranteed for all sites - there are some steep walking tracks
Contact: Paulette Wallace,


Karori Cemetery
Self-guided walks
1. ‘Warriors Walk’ (in the military section of the cemetery) and 
2. ‘Penguin Walk’ – the graves of victims from the wreck of the SS Penguin, February 1909 (in the general section of the cemetery).
Anytime, any day
Karori Cemetery, 76 Old Karori Road, Karori
Contact: Jeff Paris, 04 476 6109, (then type in Warriors Walk and/or Penguin Walk


Archives New Zealand
The Gateway to our environmental heritage
Come into the Gateway information space and begin your research into the environmental heritage of New Zealand. Archives New Zealand Te Rua Maraha o te Kāwanatanga holds records of significance to our nation’s environment including: the original deed of gift of Tongariro National Park, the petition and signatures against the Manapouri Dam, a collection of postcards of the Pink and White Terraces prior to their destruction in the 1886 Tarawera eruption, and many more documents that record efforts to conserve and research the flora and fauna of New Zealand.The National Film Unit collection contains relevant material, such as a visit to the Kapiti Island sanctuary.
Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, Free entry
Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Contact: 04 499 5595,  


Karori Historical Society
The Karori Sanctuary: past, present and future
A talk by Dr Raewyn Empson, Conservation Manager, Karori Sanctuary Trust.
Tuesday 1 June, 7.45pm
St Ninian’s Church Hall, corner of Karori Road and Newcombe Crescent, Karori
Contact: Judith Burch, 04 476 4400,   E:


Katherine Mansfield Birthplace
Playing in the past

Experience a Victorian childhood at Katherine Mansfield Birthplace. The KMB collection includes rarely seen toys, dolls, clothes and games. Playing in the Past is both an exhibition of these gems and also a programme of events that will enchant all ages.
Sunday 6 June, 2pm: Trevor WA Morley, TWAM, presents a musical medley played on early mechanical music machines
Sunday 13 June, 2pm: Prue Langbein, producer of Storytime, Radio NZ National, reads from the original 1900 children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Sunday 20 June, 2pm: Bill Main presents a magic lantern show
Sunday 27 June, 2pm: Have your photograph taken in the Victorian Drawing Room by professional photographer, Chris Ward. A5 prints $15.00, A4 prints $20.00
(Free entry if you wear Victorian costumes for your photograph)
Katherine Mansfield Birthplace is open 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Admission: adults $8, seniors and students, $5, children $2. Space is limited for Sunday special events so reservations are essential.
25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington
Contact: 04 473 7268,


Friends of the Bolton Street Memorial Park
A walk through history
Discover the history of Wellington through the graves of the early settlers in the Bolton Street Memorial Park. Our experienced guides will tell you fascinating stories about the lives of those who are buried in the park, both famous and infamous. Bolton Street Memorial Park is one of New Zealand’s best preserved Victorian cemeteries and has an architectural wealth of headstones and memorials.
Saturdays 12 June and 26 June, 2pm
Meet at the Seddon Memorial at the end of Kinross Street


Time Cinema
Pictorial Parade plus
A film programme that includes Pictorial Parade from 1970 regarding concerns about rubbish and another about water, plus a nostalgic feature film to follow the interval.
Wednesday 16 June, 7.45pm
191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay
Contact: John or Margaret Bell, 04 934 8463,


New Zealand Film Archive
Island Bay and Surrounds, 1933-1984
A snapshot of the seaside suburb and the way we were: fishermen tend their nets in the 1930s, houses make way for the airport runway extension, and sheep are mustered at Happy Valley for a drive through the city to the wharves. 70 mins, Exempt.                                  and more in the same series
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June, 7pm. Tickets: adults $8, students and seniors $6
NZ Community Trust Mediatheatre, NZ Film Archive, corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets, Wellington
Contact: NZ Film Archive, 04 384 7647             


New Zealand Founders Society
Founders of our environment
View a display of early New Zealand history books and records. Our library holds extensive collections of membership records, shipping and passenger lists, and scrap books. We do not hold any records produced later than December 1865.
Mondays 21 and 28 June, 10am-12noon
First floor, Wellington Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Road, Thorndon
Contact: Janet Robinson, 04 472 4282,


Onslow Historical Society
The history of the Kaiwharawhara/Korimako Stream catchment
An illustrated talk by Maria Archer about how colonial and suburban development has modified these important Wellington northern suburb watercourses.
Tuesday 22 June, 7.45pm
86 Khandallah Road, Khandallah
Contact: Murray Pillar, 04 473 3622


Museum of Wellington City & Sea
A Continent on the Move: New Zealand geosciences into the 21st century, a talk by editor Dr Ian Graham
Geoscientific research is increasingly focused on understanding the dynamic earth environment and provides information that allows for informed decisions and appropriate land use, beneficial utilization of resources, and protection against geological hazards. This book tells the story of a land that is hazardous to live in and at the same time physically attractive and resource-rich. Ian will also highlight aspects of Wellington’s geology.
Saturday 26 June, 2pm, free admission
Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
Contact: 04 472 8904,


Mount Victoria Historical Society
The Town Belt: Wellington's taonga
A look at the rich history of the Town Belt and the threat to its future.
Sunday 27 June, 2-3 pm
New Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh St, Mt Victoria, Wellington
Contact: David Lee,


Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust
Ray Mole and Otari: a walk in the bush
A guided tour by John Dawson and Rob Lucas explaining the work that Ray Mole did while he was curator of the gardens for 32 years. Ray came to New Zealand from South Africa, having trained first at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley garden in Surrey, England. His period at Otari was a time of dramatic development. Come on the walk to find out more, Two hours. Easy. Click for pics
Sunday 27 June, 2pm. Admission: $3 (free to Trust members)
160 Wilton Road, Wilton (meet at the Information Centre)
Contact: Margaret Crimp, 04 475 3263,


QEII National Trust
Protecting the environment
The QEII National Trust helps private landowners to protect significant natural and cultural features on their land with open space covenants in perpetuity. In the Wellington region, there are 263 registered and 40 approved QEII covenants protecting a total of 5,960 hectares. Features protected include forest and bush remnants, kanuka shrublands, wetlands, coastlines, wildlife habitats and archaeological sites. Find out more on


Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board
Conserving our environment
The Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board is one of many conservation boards around the country, established by statute, tasked with providing for interaction between the community and the Department of Conservation. A major responsibility of a conservation board is overseeing the preparation of a Conservation Management Strategy for its region in consultation with the community and advising on its implementation. You can play a role in conserving New Zealand’s heritage by becoming a board member, attending board meetings, or communicating with your board on issues relating to conservation management in your region.
Information on the Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board, including meetings, minutes and membership of the current board can be found at:
Contact: Bronwyn Bell, 04 472 5821,


Meridian Energy
Meridian Energy’s Wellington Office at 33 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

As long-term building tenants and instigators of the project, Meridian is proud of the project’s natural synergies with our core operating principles – sustainable and innovative ways of doing business.

The building features:
*New Zealand’s first Five Star Green Star Rated Commercial Office Building.

*Designed to use 60% less energy and 70% less water than comparable office buildings.

*It has solar hot water, heat recovery systems, intelligent and addressable lighting controls, mixed mode ventilation (including chilled beams), an active external façade and a rainwater collection system for water reuse within the building.
Meridian has developed a website that shows the key features of the building in more detail and includes interviews with the people involved in the design and construction of this multi award winning icon on Wellington’s Waterfront. Visit    and