Index Wellington Hutt Valley Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2011

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Index of Events
Date Event
Internet The Birth of Rugby League 
Daily Petone Rugby Memorabilia Room
Daily Display of old Croquet Club photos
Daily Display of Sporting Photos and Stories
Daily & Suns Displays of Heritage Recreation and Sports
Thurs - Suns Stonestead Devonshire Teas and Sawmillers' Quiltery
Sun 18 Sept Club Sunday at the Mangaroa Base
Sat 20 Aug - Fri 26 Aug: Displays
Thur 25 Aug: Demonstration
Celebrating 40 years of Spinning and Weaving in Upper Hutt
Tuesdays – Sundays Heritage Month at Expressions
Sats The Sporty Golders & Upper Hutt at Play
Suns A Stroll Along Petone’s "Walk of Champions"
Suns Recreational Train Rides
Fri 2 Sept - the 1966 game
Fri 16 Sept - the 1971 game
Fri 30 Sept - the 1977 game
Retro Rugby
Mon 5 Sept Singalong With Bill Wollerman At The Piano
Mon 5 Sept Belt-up, gallop-on, tea-off heritage bus tour
Fri 9 Sept Development of Sport in Petone
Sun 18 Sept Historical presentation of labyrinth focused pilgrimage in Middle Ages
Sun 25 Sept Cherry Blossom Festival

Details of Events
Wellington Rugby League Inc
The Birth of Rugby League
It is a little know fact that the birth of rugby league (in NZ) came from a small group of rugby players in Wellington, New Zealand in 1908.
Visit our website: and also
Alex Smits, 0210341398, (04)560-0361,
Petone Rugby Football Club.
Petone Rugby Memorabilia Room.
Five galleries of themed photographs, trophies, caps, programmes showing detail of the history of one of NZ’s most famous clubs.
Can drop in anytime, but preferably ring prior to coming. North Park, Udy Street, Petone. No admission fee. Good parking.
Jennifer Gray (04)569-1433, 021-989862,
Muritai Croquet Club Inc.
Display of old Croquet Club photos
Display of historical photos of the early Eastbourne Croquet Club, alongside photos of our current Muritai Croquet Club. Our playing season opens shortly. Click for pics
Library hours. Eastbourne Public Library, cnr Rimu St & Marine Parade, Eastbourne. No fees. Parking nearby.
Judith McDougall, (04)562-7757, OR Morva Millar (04)562-7167,
Petone Historical Society
Display of Sporting Photos and Stories
A display of photos amd memorabilia.
Library hours. Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone.
Roy Hewson, (04)568-6449,
Wainuiomata Historical Museum Society Inc
Displays of Heritage Recreation and Sports
A display of photos amd memoribilia.
Daily & Suns
Library hours, Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata. Also at our own Museum on Sundays 2pm-4pm and by arrangement for groups. Wainuiomata Primary School Grounds, Homedale Rd, Homedale Village, Wainuiomata.
Alison Rogers (04)970-4191 021-02734621
Stonestead Devonshire Tea House and Sawmillers' Quiltery
Tea & Quilting
Stonestead is a heritage Te Marua house, containing a cafe and adjacent quiltery craft shop set in a lovely environment.
Thurs to Suns
10am - 4pm.
Plateau Road, just off SH2 at Te Marua. Access and parking good.
Yvonne Matthew and Kevin Bold (04)526 2517  
Wellington Vintage Machinery Club
Club Sunday at the Mangaroa Base
Make a recreational visit to see the Club Members’ magnificently restored machines of yesteryear.
Sun 18 Sept
10am - 4pm. 155a Mangaroa Hill Road, East of Upper Hutt. Turn off at Maoribank traffic lights. Donation appreciated. Good parking.
Bill Pollard, (04)526-9360
Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers
Celebrating 40 years of Spinning and Weaving in Upper Hutt
There will be a demonstration of spinning and weaving in The Mall in Upper Hutt, along with a display of their work in the Pinehaven Library and Upper Hutt City Library.
Sat 20 Aug - Fri 26 Aug: Displays
Thur 25 Aug: Demonstration
Displays: Library hours. Pinehaven Library, Pinehaven Road, Upper Hutt and also Upper Hutt Library 844 Fergusson Drive Upper Hutt.
Demonstration: 10 am - 2.30pm The Mall, Main Street, Upper Hutt. Free
Trish Carver, (04)527-8787,
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre
Heritage Month at Expressions
* The Ballinger Belt - hotly contested since 1861, New Zealand’s oldest sporting championship and trophy. View the historic Ballinger belt during Heritage month at Expressions.( Viewing dates to be advised)
* Craft Fever: A range of work utilising traditional techniques to create functional objects in response to Rugby World Cup Mania.
* Bohemians of the Brush - Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists: This exhibition brings alive the story of New Zealand’s early impressionist movement which was nurtured at the legendary Pumpkin Cottage, Silverstream. Featuring paintings by James Nairn, Mabel Hill, Girolamo Nerli, Frances Hodgkins and Nugent Welch. This exhibition will be on tour and can be viewed at our neighbouring gallery Aratoi in Masterton from 23 September – 20 November 2011.
Tuesdays – Sundays
10am - 4pm. Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive Upper Hutt. Admission free. Disabled access. Free parking.
Rebecca Pubben, (04)527-2168,,
Golder Homestead Museum Society Inc.
The Sporty Golders & Upper Hutt at Play
A display of photographs & memorabilia.
1.30pm to 4pm. Groups by arrangement. Golder Cottage,707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Admission fee applies. Limited disabled access. Ample parking.
Petone Historical Society
A Stroll Along Petone’s "Walk of Champions"
A conducted tour of the 150 plus plaques representing Petone famous NZ sports representatives. Some of their stories will be told.
The tour will leave from the OLD JAIL 274 Jackson Street at 2pm each Sunday in September (wet or fine) and will last about 1 to 2 hours. There is no charge and no booking. Just turn up by 2pm. Free parking is readily available behind the Town Centre or in the street.
Roy Hewson, (04)568-6449,
Silver Stream Railway Museum
Recreational Train Rides
Short train rides on the Heritage Railway.
11am - 4pm. Reynolds Bach Drive, off Eastern Hutt Road. Adults $12, 5-14 $6, under 5 free. Family $29. Eftpos available. Adjacent parking.
Stationmaster on Sundays (04)563-7348
Upper Hutt City Library
Retro Rugby
Can’t get enough of Rugby during the World Cup? Come to Upper Hutt City Library to see three retro games of the All Blacks v the Lions New Zealand tours of 1966, 1971 and 1977. Relive the glory days of bad hakas and short shorts.
Fri 2 Sept - the 1966 game
Fri 16 Sept - the 1971 game
Fri 30 Sept - the 1977 game
10.30am kick off for Retro Rugby at the Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. These events are free for the public. Free parking is available, including disabled parks and access.
Jolene Russell, Archivist, (04)527-2130,
Historical Society of Eastbourne Inc
Singalong With Bill Wollerman At The Piano
Celebrate over twenty years of community singing with Bill of the great old family songs from the 1920’s to the 1960’s that we all love.
Mon 5 Sept
2pm - 3.30pm followed by afternoon tea. Song books provided. Admission only $2.50. St. Ronans Church Hall, Muritai Road, Eastbourne
Bill Ireland, (04)562-8441,
Upper Hutt City Council - i-SITE Visitor Centre
Belt-up, gallop-on, tea-off heritage bus tour
Visit the National Rifle Association headquarters at Trentham to view the oldest sporting trophy in NZ, the Ballinger Belt. Then visit the Wellington Racing Club at Trentham racecourse and finish with a tour and afternoon tea at the Royal Wellington Golf Club at Heretaunga.
Mon 5 Sept
12.30 to 3pm Departing from the Upper Hutt Railway Station. $10.00 pp Bookings essential Contact Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre (04) 527-2791
Christine O’Leary, (04)527-2791,
Lower Hutt Historical Society
Development of Sport in Petone
Local sport historian, Roy Hewson, will give a power-point presentation about clubs and personalities. The talk will discuss how some of the clubs were built and about some of the many people who have been instrumental in developing sport in Petone. Many are not great stars but have been the life and blood of sporting groups in Petone. It will also discuss why sport is such a major part of Petone’s culture with so many active amateur clubs with so much pride and success.
Fri 9 Sept
7.30pm Hutt Valley Horticultural Rooms, Laings Road, Lower Hutt (entrance from civic carpark) Admission: $2 donation
Graeme Ross, (04)565-1992,
Frederic and Margaret Wallis Labyrinth Committee - Hutt Hospital
Historical presentation of labyrinth focused pilgrimage in Middle Ages
Dressed in costume our pilgrim will discuss his journey to the labyrinth, why he is travelling and whom he encounters along the way. There will be ample opportunity for you to engage with our pilgrim as he recounts his journey. He will continue his journey into the experience of labyrinth walking 600 years ago, giving us a very real taste of how the labyrinth pattern that lies in Hutt Hospital precinct was used at that time.
Sun 18 Sept
Event begins at 2pm and including afternoon tea (koha) it is expected to take about two hours. There is no admission charge. The event will begin in the chapel at Hutt Hospital, High Street Lower Hutt and move out onto the labyrinth during the course of the afternoon. Parking is available at Hutt Hospital and surrounding streets. There is disability access and parking.
Rev John McCaul, (04)5666-999 x 8517,,
Hutt Minoh Friendship House
Cherry Blossom Festival
One of Lower Hutt’s most historic buildings and its woodland gardens will be the setting for a display of a modern martial art called kendo created from ancient samurai sword fighting. Members of the Hutt Kendo Club will demonstrate and visitors will have the opportunity to learn some basic moves. The afternoon will include other Japanese displays including art, ikebana and tea ceremony. Kendo is practised by more than one million Japanese people and in some 70 countries throughout the world. New Zealand has 12 clubs and several hundred practitioners. In May the Hutt club celebrated its 10th anniversary with the trip to Japan, including Lower Hutt’s sister city Minoh in Osaka. Click for a pic
We regret the printed brochure contained incorrect details - the following is correct.
Sun 25 Sept
1-4pm, 38 Normandale Road, Lower Hutt (just up from overbridge), admission free, mobility parking onsite.
Rosemary McLennan, (04)586-4180,