Category Archives: Local Events

Berhampore Golf Course Centenary

The Centenary of the Berhampore Golf Course will be celebrated on Saturday the 31st of October.

8am: Mornington Open Day Tournament – To Support The First Tee Junior Golf Programme in Wellington Open to Men, Women, & Juniors. $35 Entry Fee (Juniors $20) (includes lunch during prize giving).  Over $5,000 to be WON in Prizes.  Entries: Phone (04) 389 6816, Email:

1-4pm: Open Day and Community Festival

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In 1915 Berhampore was the birthplace of community golf in New Zealand. It was the first public golf course in New Zealand, created to provide the working class an opportunity to play golf. At the time golf was deemed to be a rich man’s sport, and all the existing golf courses were run by private golf clubs. It was also the first in NZ to recognise golf as a sport for women, with a women’s club established soon after the men’s.

You can follow this link for a very interesting illustrated account of the history.

The Centenary of the Mornington Golf Club. The Club, which now has a growing number of sports and community groups and activities, was formed in January 1916 and celebrates its centenary at Wellington Anniversary weekend, 23rd-25th January 2016
See more on the Club’s website.

Newtown Acoustic Sound

Newtown Acoustic Sound

A group of local musicians write:  We are passionate about music, especially the singer songwriter acoustic type of sound. So to hear more of the talented acoustic performers in our area, we have started “Newtown Acoustic Sound”, and hope that many of you will come and share with us in the Upstairs room at the Office Bar in Newtown. We will start it off on Sunday 20th September at 5.30pm with some invited guests, and we hope to develop an open mic. We want to hear your ideas to help us develop a uniquely Newtown music destination.


Wellington Community Choir Concert 29th August

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Celebrating with a programme of music from the world’s cultures, Wellington Community Choir will be joined by guest choirs and local musicians at this special 10th anniversary concert. See more here.

We can almost claim the choir for Newtown – members from all over Wellington come to Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre in Hutchison Rd to practice., and at this year’s Newtown Festival the Choir were the first performance on the Main Street stage.  Follow this link to see their profile.

Theatre in Newtown

Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, is presenting a double bill: two of the most groundbreaking plays from the German theatre scene are coming to Wellington.

by Georg Büchner (1830s), adapted and directed by Jonathon Hendry, and

Pains of Youth
by Ferdinand Bruckner, 1929 (version by Martin Crimp), directed by Shane Bosher.

These plays will be on at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, from Saturday 13 June–Tuesday 23 June (no shows on Monday 15 June and Sunday 21 June): 

6.30pm – Woyzeck
8.30pm – Pains of Youth

Public matinees will be on 20 June: 12.30pm – Woyzeck, 2.30pm – Pains of Youth.

Book online or phone (04) 381 9250

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A startling script from writer Ferdinand Bruckner in 1929 titled Pains of Youth, and Woyzeck that was born in the hands of dramatist Georg Büchner in the 1830s. Both plays offer archetype stories from remarkably contemporary viewpoints. “These are two extraordinary writers and these plays were just centuries ahead of their time”, says Woyzeck’s director Jonathon Hendry, who has also adapted the unfinished play. Continue reading Theatre in Newtown

The Newtown Festival is underway!

Festival bannerGet updates at any time from  Browse the events, peformers and programme, click on the links, listen to the music – its all there!   

The many events Celebrating Newtown between now and March 23rd include the Newtown Community Centre celebrating their building’s Centenary on Feb 21st, and a series of things happening on March 14th – the Great Newtown Garage Sale Day, the Big Bike Fix-up, and the Carrara Park Jazz Picnic. There are lots more events on other days – get the full programme here.

The big day is the Festival Street Fair Day on Sunday March 8th.  The streets of Newtown are closed to traffic from Mein St to Russell Tce, so we can have the biggest free party in New Zealand!  There are lots of actives in South Riddiford St that are new to the Festival this year – including the Te Atiawa Toa Te Raukura Stage, and free Street Sports  – check it out!  We are also delighted that the International Women’s Day organisers have chosen to celebrate their day with us this year – join them on the Wellington Women Walk for Peace leaving from the Normanby/Riddiford St corner at 10.30, and for a day of events at the International Women’s Stage

Celebrate Art in Newtown

What: The Newtown Pop up Art Gallery

When: Saturday Feb 14th 10am-9pm (Rain day Sunday 15th)

Where: Carrara Park

This is a free event. Enter off Regent St or up walkway from 107 Daniel St.

In its inaugural exhibition The Newtown Pop up Art Gallery presents ‘Flight’. This magical world of birds in flight is a collaboration between Newtown painter Paul Forrest, Auckland photographer Derek Tearne, soundscape artist from Wellington’s Zealandia Matu Booth and live birdsong from the resident birds of Carrara Park. Come and have a cup of tea in the outdoor lounge and experience the delightful sight and sound world of ‘Flight’.

Paul Forrest exhibition 14.2.15

For more information go to

This is a Newtown Festival Celebrate Newtown event. For other events from 13/2/15 until 23/3/15 go to the Festival website.

The Newtown Festival is Coming!

Celebrate Newtown!   There will be six weeks of events, starting with Carnival Del Barrio hosted by Bebemos, February 13th – 15th.  Get the latest details on the Festival website – the programme is still evolving, so check back regularly.

The centrepiece is the Newtown Festival Fair Day on Sunday 8th March, when the streets of Newtown from Mein St to Rhodes St will be full of music, performance, stalls and the most wonderful array of food from all corners of the world!

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Carrara Park Carols, Wednesday 17 December 2014, 6.30pm

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This is a low key, casual, grass roots event bringing people together with the sound of acoustic music and vocal singing and promoting participation in the Christmas spirit, goodwill and neighbourliness.  The audience are part of the performance and singing is part of the fun!

 Carrara Park has entrances at 107 Daniell Street and at 6 Regent Street.

This close to Christmas we don’t have a rain-day date, but if its raining and we have to cancel The Mighty Ukes will be  performing a sing-along set at the Office Bar, 124 Riddiford Street, at 7pm on Friday 19 December.

Christmas Party 14th December 2014

Christmas Afternoon Tea, Sunday December 14th, 3-5pm, at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd.

To all residents of Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook, or others with involvement in our suburb – we hope you, your family and friends will join us to relax and unwind with good company, Christmas treats and mellow music. 

Can you come?  Please take a moment to contact us and let us know how many people to expect.   This will help with catering, but if you make a late decision you will be welcome anyway on the day.

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A message from the Newtown Community Gardens

Kia Ora Newtowners,

It is now nearly one year since Newtown Community Gardens turned its first sods of soil in Carrara Park. Here is a brief update on the news from us. We are really proud to see the great things that are coming out of the gardens – far more than just healthy vegetables!  See more…

We hope that Newtown will have an increasing amount of fresh fruit and vegetables growing around our neighbourhood. Come help make it happen – join our email list by emailing or join our Facebook group ‘Newtown Community Gardens’. Or better yet, come join us at one of our fortnightly Sunday garden bees…

Newtown Community Gardens BBQ

7th December Carrara Park, will include free music and food – details to follow in the near future.


Newtown and Berhampore Community Emergency Response Plan – meeting 9/12/14 at 6pm, Newtown Park

A group from Newtown and Berhampore have been working with Jason from WREMO, Anna and Renee from the Newtown Community Centre and Claire, our NRA President, to develop a plan for how our community would look after itself for the first 72 hours following a disaster.
We’re having a session on Tuesday 9th December, 6pm in the Newtown Park Function Room to share the plan so far with everyone in the community, get input into how to improve it, and then discuss what we can do as a community to become more resilient, interconnected and prepared. We’re hoping to get some ideas for community events or projects for us to work on out of it. Come along to learn and contribute!

Jeypore Street Playground Petition – and Party Invitation for Saturday Nov 29th

We talked about the Berhampore Jeypore Street Playground at the October NRA meeting, and again last night at the November meeting.  The Draft WCC Suburban Reserves  Management Plan proposes decommissioning this playground and instead constructing a new playground in Wakefield Park.  Berhampore residents are submitting in favour of keeping the current playground, and the NRA meeting last night voted to support this cause.

Here is a message from Berhampore resident Wilhemina van der Aa  “The Wellington City Council is planning to decommission the Jeypore Street playground. It is a highly utilised and treasured community asset providing a safe, fully fenced and sheltered area for children to play. It is located in a quiet area, where many people do not have backyards. The Jeypore Street playground is used regularly by local neighbourhood children, children in the wider community, and children from Berhampore School. We are strongly opposed to the Council’s plan to decommission this playground because it is a living and breathing example of a community hub in action.

Please sign this petition to show your support to keep the Jeypore Street playground.   You can sign my petition by clicking here.  Thanks!

 Also..we have decided to have a street party!!! 29 NOV so keep this date free, there will be music, games for children, prizes, etc – time and more details to follow!”


AVENUES AND OASES IN THE CAPITAL: Wellington Civic Trust Seminar, Saturday 18 October 2014

Free Public Seminar

On Saturday morning, 18 October, 9.00 am – 12.30 pm the seminar, entitled “Avenues and Oases”, will explore ways to improve the appearance and enjoyment of prominent – and currently under appreciated – spaces within the inner city. The focus will be on Taranaki Street and Kent and Cambridge Terraces, Wellington’s main north-south corridors.

The Civic Trust is concerned with improving the accessibility and enjoyment of our public spaces, and reinforcing Wellington’s role as New Zealand’s capital city.

Representatives from a variety of interest groups will participate in the seminar, which will commence with an address by Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.

The keynote speaker will be the well known film director Gaylene Preston, long time resident of Mount Victoria. Already full of ideas to transform inner city spaces we expect Gaylene to bring great energy and inspiration.

The seminar will be held in Lecture Room 1 at Rutherford House, the home of Victoria University’s Business School. The University has kindly provided the venue as a way of fostering the airing of creative ideas.

Further details on speakers can be found on the Wellington Civic Trust website.


Timebank fundraiser

Aunty & the Star People

An amazing film about an inspirational Wellingtonian who sold her house to set up a school for orphans in Tamil Nadu, India.

Special one off screening at Lighthouse Cinema Cuba
Wednesday 8th October, 6pm .  Tickets $25 

You are invited to the Wellington Timebank annual film fundraiser. The Wellington Timebank is a great organisation where people exchange skills and knowledge for time credits. Everyone’s time is valued equally, regardless of what skills are exchanged. Read more about it and about the film here: