Index Wellington Hutt Valley Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2012

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Index of Events
Date Event
Online Trentham Camp Theatre
Daily. Stories from within the Labyrinth
Daily 20th century Memories of Petone
Sat 1 Housewarming and book launch
Sats 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Tales from the Cottage
Mon 3 to Fri 28 Hutt Valley Treasures
Wed 5 and Wed 19 Hutt Valley Treasures
Sat 8 Staglands - pay what you did 40 years ago
Fri 14 "Mi-story our History" - Saving our stories for the future
Sat 15 ‘Walk of Champions’ induction ceremony
Weds 18 and 25 ’Get a taste of the Past "
18 Sept - 14 Oct Staglands - The First Forty Years
Suns Short Rides on the Heritage Railway
Sun 23 Open Day and launch of the re-printed history "Guardian of the Valley" by Miles Erwin
Sun 23 Stories of Akatarawa Bushmen
Sun 30 RECOLLECT: a new community resource for telling stories about Upper Hutt’s past
By arrangement. Visit the Historic House

Details of Events
Short Story Online
Trentham Camp Theatre
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Christ Church Preservation Society
Open Day and launch of the re-printed book Guardian of the Valley
Christ Church is the oldest church in the Wellington region. It is surrounded by a graveyard that contains the graves of many early Hutt Valley settlers. A reprint of the book about the church and its place in the history of the valley will be launched by Miles Erwin. Music, refreshments and graveyard tours will be available.
Sunday 23 September, noon-3pm. Christ Church, 73 Eastern Hutt Road, Wingate, Lower Hutt. Parking available.
Contact: Mary Stevens, 04 476 6247,
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre
Staglands – the first forty years
To celebrate Staglands 40th anniversary year, Expressions is hosting an exhibition in the Rotary Foyer which features a rustic display, photographs and information about the founding and development of the Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Copies of the recently published book Staglands: the first forty years are available for a special exhibition price of $10.
Tuesday 18 September to Sunday 14 October, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am-4pm, free entry. 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Plentiful free parking, disabled access.
Visit Expressions on Sunday 23 September between 11am and 3pm and have a cuddle with some of the animals here on the day.
Contact: Rebecca Pubben, 04 527 2168, (
Frederic and Margaret Wallis Labyrinth Committee
Stories from within the Labyrinth
Ten photographic posters depicting heritage stories within the Chartres Cathedral design of the Frederic and Margaret Wallis Labyrinth and showing how this pattern has been made into a truly unique New Zealand concept. View a concealed star around which the pattern is based, learn to read a medieval calendar, and discover how many ancient Roman labyrinths are incorporated in the design.
Daily, during hospital visiting hours, free entry. Located inside Hutt Hospital’s main Heretaunga Block entrance, turn left after Patient Enquiries. Hutt Hospital, High Street, Lower Hutt. Pay parking in the hospital grounds or free parking in surrounding streets. Disability parking.
Contact: Ms Fleming, 04 972 3720, (
Golder Homestead Museum Society
Tales from the cottage
Stories from the cottage to mark its 136th year, 25 years of the Homestead Committee, and the Golder family’s association with the cottage.
Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September, 1.30-4pm, admission fee applies. 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt.
Contact: Golder Cottage, 04 528 9855 (

Hutt City Council Archives
Hutt Valley treasures
An exhibition in conjunction with the Petone Library Heritage Centre.
Monday 3 September to Friday 28 September, Monday-Friday 10am-8.30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm. Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Corner Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.

A guided tour of the Hutt City Council’s Archives.
Wednesday 5 September and Wednesday 19 September, 10.30am-12.30pm, free admission, bookings required. Unit 6, Birchwood Complex, 487 Hutt Road, Lower Hutt. Disabled access parking on Hutt Road.
Contact: Jennie Henton, ph 04 589 0460 or 027 419 7970,

Lower Hutt Historical Society
‘Mi-story our History’ – saving our stories for the future
The presenter is Katrina Oliver, a self-employed writer/social historian who interviews people and assists them to chronicle their memories and family stories so they can be saved for future generations. Katrina will highlight the importance of saving everyday history and how the ’big historical events’ impact on family lives. She will suggest ways people can begin to save their stories and will talk about her own approach.
Friday 14 September, 7.30pm, admission $2 donation. Hutt Valley Horticultural Rooms, Laings Road, Lower Hutt (entry from civic car park).
Contact: Graeme Ross, 04 565 1992, (
Petone Community House
Housewarming and book launch
A celebration of the house being 125 years old, with displays and activities. Launch of the book Our House and an open afternoon.
Saturday 1 September, noon-4pm. 6 Britannia Street, Petone.
Contact: Beverley Barclay, 04 568 7798,
Petone Historical Society
20th-century memories of Petone
A display of stories written by older people who remember Petone as it was. There may even be stories written about a particular event or photograph. The display will change mid-month.
Daily, 10am-5.30pm, no charge. Heritage Room, Petone Library, Britannia Street, Petone. Free parking and disabled entry behind the library.
Contact: Roy Hewson, 04 568 6449,
Petone Historical Society and Jackson Street Programme
‘Walk of Champions’ induction ceremony
There will be a further ceremony to induct more New Zealand and Petone sportspeople into the ‘Walk of Champions’ by laying a plaque for each.
Saturday 15 September, 10.30am from Jail Museum, 274b Jackson Street, Petone.
The ‘Walk of Champions’ (along Jackson Street) is always available.
Contact: Roy Hewson, 04 568 6449,
Robert Orr House
Visit the historic house
Robert Orr House is available for groups to visit and be shown around this wonderful historic Hutt Valley home and hear its stories.
By arrangement. 132 Kings Crescent, Lower Hutt. Parking in street.
Contact: June Orr, 04 566 3731,
Silver Stream Railway
Train rides
Short rides on our heritage railway.
Sundays, 11am-4pm, adults $12, children 5-14 $6, children under 5 free, family $29. Eftpos available. Reynolds Bach Drive, off Eastern Hutt Road. Adjacent parking.
Contact: Stationmaster on Sundays, 04 563 7348 or Paul Lambert, (
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Pay what you did 40 years ago
To celebrate Staglands 40th anniversary year, we are turning back the clock and offering all our visitors the opportunity to visit the Reserve and pay what they did 40 years ago to enter! That means adults will pay just 40 cents (as opposed to $19) and children just 20 cents (as opposed to $8). This generous offer is available for one day only so be sure to mark your diary!
Saturday 8 September, 9.30am-5pm (Reserve), 10am-4.30pm (Café). Promotional price for adults 40 cents, promotional price for children 20 cents. 2362 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt.
Contact: Wendy Robinson, 04 526 7529,
Stonestead Devonshire Teas
Get a taste of the past
Enjoy a freshly prepared Devonshire tea or coffee with a scone while owner Kevin Bold offers a personalised history of the Stonestead homestead (circa 1860) and its surrounding history on the frontier of the Wellington region.
Wednesdays 19 and 26 September, 11am-1pm (approximately). Bookings are essential for these two special sessions. Groups welcome. $6.50 per person. Stonestead Devonshire Teas is normally open from Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. 3 Plateau Road, Te Marua, Upper Hutt. Disabled access available, parking adjacent.
Contact: Kevin Bold, 04 526 6838 for bookings,
Upper Hutt City Library
RECOLLECT: a new community resource for telling stories about Upper Hutt’s past
Archivist Reid Perkins will provide an introduction to RECOLLECT, the Upper Hutt Community Archives’ new interactive online database. This will include illustrations of how this exciting new resource can be used to tell interesting stories about Upper Hutt’s past. There will also be demonstrations of how members of the public can contribute their own information and memories about Upper Hutt directly to this site, as well as use its content to create their own personal archives.
Sunday 30 September, 2- 3:30pm, Rotary Lounge, Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt.
Contat: Reid Perkins, 04 527 2130,
Upper Hutt Heritage Trust
Stories of Akatarawa bushmen
Local historian Peter O’Flaherty will give an illustrated presentation of his research and writings on bushmen and logging in the Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt, and nearby.
Sunday 23 September, 2pm, free entry. Rotary Lounge, Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt.
Contact: Paul Lambert, 04 526 3660,