Events

If the whale’s gone, the fireworks are on

13 July 2018

A sighting of a southern right whale/tohorā in the Moa Point area yesterday morning – and no sightings for at least two days of a whale in Wellington Harbour – raises the prospect that Wellington’s first Matariki fireworks display will go ahead this weekend.

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Hannah Shand Art Exhibition

1 July 2018

Solo Art Exhibition: Held at Zealandia Ecosanctuary (gallery space on the stairwell up to Rata café)

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Matariki events shine across the Capital

12 June 2018

ReCut, Ahi Kā, and the Sky Show are all part of the Capital’s Matariki calendar – but we’re also proud supporters of many smaller events, exhibitions, and initiatives celebrating the Māori New Year.

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Launch of the UpStarters – NZ tech and innovation story

21 May 2018

The New Zealand Tech and Innovation Story, the UpStarters, launched this morning by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Techweek ’18, is a key milestone in supporting our tech and innovation companies to promote themselves on the world stage.

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Fire, fun and fireworks for Matariki ki Pōneke

11 May 2018

Wellington’s winter will light up with fire, fun and fireworks over three events for the first Matariki ki Pōneke festival.

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Geshe Jampa Tharchin Wellington talk

12 March 2018

Awareness of each moment is the easiest way to find joy and have a happy life. Geshe la will speak about and give instructions, including practical and meditation techniques for the powerful practice of staying in the present moment.

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90-Day Planning Competitive Edge Workshop

28 February 2018

Are YOU Wanting to Create a Simple 90-Day Action Plan for Your Business?…
and have the competitive edge?

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Be A Communication Champion

28 February 2018

Join us in a relaxed down-to-earth workshop as we give you practical tools & strategies to improve your communication & leadership skills.

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Te Rā o Waitangi – fun for the whole whānau

2 February 2018

The Capital will be celebrating Te Rā o Waitangi in style this coming Tuesday with an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities at Waitangi Park, and along the waterfront.

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The biggest Christmas party is coming to town this weekend – and you’re all invited

22 November 2017

Christmas is coming, and so is A Very Welly Christmas – the fun, fabulous and family-friendly festival which stretches along Lambton Quay is back again this weekend, and it’s even bigger and better than before.

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‘Tis the season to be festive

17 November 2017

The festive season kicks-off this weekend with Christmas trees appearing in the capital, then Santa will be popping up all over the place, and there’ll be free events and activities happening around the city for all to enjoy.

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2017 Wellington Sky Show

31 October 2017

Ensure you have a prime view of the harbour this Saturday 4 November for New Zealand’s largest annual fireworks display – Wellington Sky Show.

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Arts Trail begins this weekend - Tutere Gallery

26 October 2017

Kapiti's annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am. The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North.

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Wellington set to celebrate World Champion Black Ferns

3 October 2017

Wellington is set to celebrate the World Champion Black Ferns and their success at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup with a public event this Wednesday.

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War is coming to Wellington: No Weapons Expo campaign launch

2 October 2017

Peace Action Wellington has launched a campaign of resistance to the upcoming Weapons Expo which will be held at the Westpac Stadium on 10-11th October. The campaign has begun with a striking art piece that questions, "how close does war have to get before it makes you uncomfortable?"

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Scholarship fund to launch in memory of Teresia Teaiwa

19 September 2017

Victoria University of Wellington and Va’aomanū Pasifika, Victoria’s Pacific and Samoan Studies programme, will launch a new scholarship fund in memory of Dr Teresia Teaiwa, who passed away in March 2017.

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Returning Pacific Climate Change Conference draws big names

25 August 2017

The Prime Minister of Samoa, a New Zealand QC, a top business journalist and academics from universities in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and the United States are among the line-up of speakers to present at Victoria University of Wellington’s second Pacific Climate Change Conference in February next year.

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New Zealand School of Dance - Solo Season ONCE

22 August 2017

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), is celebrating 50 years of training and inspiring world class professional young dancers. Show attendees will be moved and inspired in this year's contemporary solo season ONCE.

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Be a Sales Champion

2 August 2017

Join us in a relaxed down-to-earth workshop as we give you the practical tools & strategies to sell yourself & watch your profits and cashflow soar.

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Gardens Magic

14 July 2017

Wellington City Council showcases a wide variety of local legends and rising stars on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage. As the sun goes down, the surrounding gardens are transformed with a magical lighting installation. Eighteen nights perfect for a summer picnic with family or friends.

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Press Release by Natraj School of Dance

24 June 2017

Natraj School of Dance is proud to present “Tamil” a thematic classical Indian dance production on the Saturday of 15 July 2017, at 6.30 pm at the Sacred Heart College, Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington.

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Wellington Mayor to hand out reusable shopping bags

13 June 2017

The Mayor will be stationed at the Love Food Hate Waste stall at the Countdown supermarket in Newtown today (Tuesday 13 June, 4pm) to give out reusable shopping bags to shoppers.

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World-leading tech experts in NZ for premier innovation challenge

8 June 2017

Three international experts are travelling to New Zealand next week to share their expertise in wearable technology with entrants in NZ’s premier innovation challenge.

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University of Canterbury and NZ Transport Agency launch new student challenge to help Kaikoura

9 May 2017

Quake affected Kaikoura businesses are set to benefit from a joint University of Canterbury and New Zealand Transport Agency initiative to boost visitor numbers to the area.

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Free cat microchipping in May

4 May 2017

Wellington City Council is partnering with the Wellington SPCA to offer free microchipping of cats on Saturdays throughout the month of May.

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Questions of national identity on the block in The Butcher Shop

27 April 2017

Is New Zealand a butcher shop or a milking shed? Do Kiwis live on the sheep’s back with a glass of sauvignon blanc? These and other questions will be addressed when Victoria University of Wellington hosts a series of lively public discussions exploring primary products’ place in the national imagination and how they define us as New Zealanders.

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Wellington Mic Drop

6 April 2017

Wellington Mic Drop is an exciting new web series, featuring the very best of Wellington's thriving comedy scene.

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Iwi and City Council partnering for the future

30 March 2017

Yesterday Pipitea Marae was a place full of celebration as Mayor Justin Lester led Wellington City Council in its first ever Council meeting at the marae, and in renewing formal partnerships with local iwi.

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Club Rugby Draws - Saturday 25th March 2017

20 March 2017

After a cracking, and successful Gala Day start to the season clubs will be looking forward to familiarity of home grounds from this weekend on.

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Club Rugby Results – 18 March 2017

19 March 2017

Please note: these results are provisional until all clubs submit their weekly club result sheets and team cards.

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Happy Tenth Anniversary!

27 February 2017

Wellington Phoenix is celebrating it's tenth year in the Hyundai A-League and throughout it all, through the highs and the lows, there's been one man - Vince Lia.

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Leaders Come In All Shapes & Disguises …

27 February 2017

A great opportunity to network and learn from international Guest Speaker John Wareham.

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Council’s arts and culture funding branches bear fruit

23 February 2017

Every year Wellington City Council funds a wide range of arts, culture and community projects, and as the new funding rounds closing dates approach many of the past recipients are happening around town now.

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‘Check Yourself’ campaign launches in Wellington

21 February 2017

‘Check Yourself’ has launched today (Monday 20 February) – a Wellington City Council and NZ Police collaboration urging young Wellingtonians to understand the consequences of their actions.

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Mayor welcomes Pasifika Film Festival

20 February 2017

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester warmly welcomes the Pasifika Film Festival beginning in Wellington on Thursday, as it crosses the ditch for the first time.

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COASTELLA 2017 - The Kapiti Coasts Premier Music Festival

12 February 2017

Coastella Music Festival will return to the Kāpiti Coast on 25th February 2017, after the success of its “near perfect” inaugural year. Early bird tickets go on sale 27th October 2016 with next year’s Festival featuring toe-tapping music from Ireland, promising festival-goers an unmissable day out.

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Bumper weekend of arts and culture coming to Wellington

10 February 2017

Wellington prides itself on being the cultural capital of New Zealand, and the weekend coming reinforces this idea – with something for everyone all over the city.

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What happens when culture mixes with sport?

7 February 2017

What happens when culture mixes with sport? Wellington’s Phoenix battles Beijing BG for the Huawei Capital Cup at Westpac Stadium.

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Community base opens its doors in Newtown

21 January 2017

Wellington City Council has teamed up with the Newtown community to open the doors to a new community base

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Celebrate Wellington Anniversary Day with a taste of the Pacific

21 January 2017

Wellingtonians can celebrate the capital’s anniversary with a taste of the Pacific at the annual Wellington Pasifika Festival at Waitangi Park this Monday.

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Wellington Cup Day a positive event for the whole region

21 January 2017

Wellington Cup Day, today, is a great way to shake off the back-to-work blues, with over 15,000 people expected to attend the event, says Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.

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Summer calendar highlight set to shine

10 January 2017

One of the highlights on Wellington’s summer calendar kicks-off tomorrow, with Meridian Gardens Magic showcasing a host of great Kiwi talent over three weeks on the Botanic Garden’s Soundshell stage.

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Demolition starts on Reading carpark

5 January 2017

The carpark was significantly damaged in the 14 November earthquake to the point that it’s not safe for anyone to enter and therefore has to be demolished.

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The Halo Project

5 December 2016

What: The Halo project
Where: The Wind Garden, Wellington Waterfront Walkway near Waitangi Park.
When: 2nd Dec 2016 - 7th Feb 2017

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Capital hosts forum for better business between Japan and New Zealand

19 November 2016

Leaders and luminaries in business between New Zealand and Japan will converge on the Capital next week for the 43rd annual conference for Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC).

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Japan Festival to blossom in Capital

12 November 2016

Ichi, ni, san, shi, go! The fifth Japan Festival Wellington is springing into the Capital this November, bringing the best of the Land of the Rising Sun to the Coolest Little Capital in the World.

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Canberra comes to Wellington next week

12 November 2016

Wellington will be hosting a large Government and business delegation from Canberra next week looking at ways to increase tourism, economic growth, job creation and closer ties between the two capitals, Mayor Justin Lester says.

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Māori artists to ‘flash frequently’ at Toi Pōneke

12 November 2016

Five Wellington Māori artists have combined to produce an audio-visual exploration of the conflated socio-political interests and multi layered tensions that underpin culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Then and Now: the Wellington Sky Show edition

3 November 2016

Make sure you have a prime view of the waterfront this Saturday 5 November for the country’s largest annual fireworks display, the Wellington Sky Show, presented by Wellington City Council, and supported by CentrePort.

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Expos to boost Māori and Pasifika science learning

2 November 2016

Two thousand school students from the Wellington region will attend free expos aimed at inspiring Māori and Pasifika youth and their communities into science, technology, engineering, art, maths and design (STEAMD).

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Wellington ready for Sky Show fireworks display

2 November 2016

The country’s largest annual fireworks display, the Wellington Sky Show, presented by Wellington City Council, and supported by CentrePort takes place on Saturday 5 November. Entertainment on the waterfront kicks off around 7pm with an exciting new addition to the programme, presented by our sister city Canberra, to be announced this week.

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24 hour race to find climate change solutions

27 October 2016

An upcoming 24 hour event co-hosted by Wellington City Council and Victoria University of Wellington aims to identify new ways for Wellington to adapt to climate change.

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Disability Pride Week

26 October 2016

Disability Pride Week is being celebrated in Wellington this year, it’s a time for us to be proud and to claim our place in the world; one where we are included, visible and valued.

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Active a2b taking a break for 2017 - join the Aotearoa Bike Challenge - Wellington 2017!

26 October 2016

All around the Wellington region, more and more people are walking, catching the bus, train or ferry, cycling and scooting - even for part of their journey to work. For the past six years Active a2b has been all about promoting and celebrating those journeys as well as the benefits everyday people get from their active commute.

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Indian music, food and dance to spice up the capital

17 October 2016

Indian music, food and dance to spice up the capital at Labour Weekend Captivating artists and performers from four states of India will entertain audiences at Wellington’s 15th Diwali Festival of Lights at Labour Weekend. Organised by Wellington City Council …Indian music, food and dance to spice up the capital at Labour Weekend

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Phoenix start season today

8 October 2016

The Nix kick off today at the Stadium. Would be great for Wellingtonians who can get there to get out and support the only professional football team in the country - our team.

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Food Waste and Parenting Workshops in Wellington

30 September 2016

Residents in the Wellington Region will be learning ways to save money and reduce food waste next month thanks to a series of workshops coming to town.

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Iconic Wellington restaurant celebrates 25 years

29 September 2016

Wellington’s iconic Boulcott Street Bistro celebrates 25 years of hospitality this October, making it one of Wellington’s oldest owner-operator dining establishments.

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Free workshops help Wellington businesses with new food law

29 September 2016

Food business owners will also have a chance to influence how they follow the rules, in a second workshop on the same day.
The workshops, being run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), will take place on Monday 3 October.

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Weta Group to sponsor 2016 NZCS Awards

22 September 2016

The Wellington-based Weta Group of Companies will sponsor the Cinematographer of the Year Award as the major sponsor of October’s New Zealand Cinematography Society (NZCS) Awards.

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Metlink website wins prestigious international award

22 September 2016

Greater Wellington’s public transport website www.metlink.org.nz has won a “2016 WebAward for outstanding achievement in web development” accolade in the world’s premier competition for web developers and advertising agencies.

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Flynn Scott, McGrath, French for Rabbits for benefit gig at Moon Bar

20 September 2016

A star studded line-up of musicians will take the stage in Newtown on Thursday 22 September to raise funds for Renters United.

The gig — at Moon Bar in Newtown — will feature a fantastic roster of well-known and critically acclaim musicians: Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation), French for Rabbits, Adam McGrath (The Eastern, The Harbour Union) and Paddy Burgin and the Wooden Box Band.

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Woodward back to play Bay of Plenty

16 September 2016

Jason Woodward’s return from injury is one of four changes to the Wellington Lions starting team named to play Bay of Plenty in round five of the Mitre 10 Cup at Westpac Stadium on Friday.

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Hundreds expected at childrens waterfront fun run

15 September 2016

The Cigna Kids Waterfront Fun Run will be held next month with hundreds of children expected to take part. Now in its fourth year the annual Athletics Wellington event is run in partnership with Cigna New Zealand and Sport Wellington.

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Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards Finalists Named

14 September 2016

Picking a supreme winner from a top line-up of the Wellington regions businesses will be a tough call for judges at this year’s prestigious Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards to be staged at the Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt on Friday 4 November 2016, says chamber Chief Executive Mark Futter. “Business confidence has grown in the last year and top performing companies and organisations have emerged to contest the awards again this year,” he says.

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Market serves up wild food from some of our worst pests!

6 September 2016

As part of Conservation week Wellington City Council, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, will host a wild food fare at Harbourside Market on Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 September.

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Guns N’ Roses Rock Out Wellington

3 September 2016

Witness the stadium tour of the century when Guns N’ Roses reunite for a special reunion tour in 2017. The Not In This Lifetime tour will mark the first time the band have performed in New Zealand since their infamous Use Your Illusion tour back in 1993.

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Orchestra Wellington presents To The Memory Of An Angel

3 September 2016

Marc Taddei, Conductor, Wilma Smith, Violin

Wilma Smith to feature in Wellington homecoming concerto performance

Former NZSO concertmaster, Wilma Smith, is back in Wellington next week to perform music fit for Heaven.

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Honey makes the world go round

2 September 2016

September is Bee Aware Month and there’s a real buzz around Wellington City Council as we help raise awareness around the crucial role bees play in our lives.

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Wellington On a Plate a valuable addition to Wellington

30 August 2016

The Wellington region has again benefited from the fantastic Visa Wellington On a Plate culinary festival, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

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Arts festival set to make a splash

25 August 2016

Thousands of young people from primary and intermediate schools around the Wellington region will perform in massed choirs at the Michael Fowler Centre, accompanied by Wellington’s Sinfonietta Orchestra, Chilton Amadeus Orchestra, and the professional musicians that make up the Artsplash Festival Band.

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Bledisloe Battle – over 35,000 tickets sold so get there early!

24 August 2016

With a sold-out stadium and kick off at 7.35pm ticket holders should arrive early – between 5.30-6pm.

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Wellington SportsFest returns and gets support from the Hurricanes and Olympic Ambassadors

15 August 2016

Returning for a second year Wellington City Council will host the opening ceremony of the annual Wellington SportsFest at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie at 9.15am Tuesday 16 August.

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Unchanged Canes wait on Coles for semifinal

28 July 2016

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will be given until match day to prove his fitness for Saturday’s Investec Super Rugby semifinal against the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.

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Join our Marketing Mastermind Group

26 July 2016

The Wellington Today 'Marketing Mastermind' group has been established to help Wellington businesses take advantage of the collective genius available when you bring a group of entrepreneurs together for mutual benefit. The group meets fortnightly around Wellington and helps educate each other while also planning an executing collective marketing campaigns.

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Phoenix v Beijing BG on Wednesday 27 July.

23 July 2016

The Phoenix will depart for China on this weekend and will take on Beijing BG on Wednesday. Ernie Merrick has almost a full strength team to take on the Chinese club at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.

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Canes make three changes for quarterfinal

21 July 2016

Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has made three changes to the starting XV for Saturday’s Investec Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Sharks at Westpac Stadium.

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Robert Burns Fellow visits Wellington for public reading

14 July 2016

Acclaimed New Zealand dramatist Victor Rodger will be coming to Wellington to appear at Writers on Mondays, the winter reading series from Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).

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Queer activism 30 years on in Courtenay Place

12 July 2016

Artist Sian Torrington‘s latest project "We don’t have to be the Building" features in the Courtenay Place light boxes from August until December.

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Canes All Blacks back to play Blues

30 June 2016

The Hurricanes five All Blacks will start against the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Saturday with head coach Chris Boyd making just one change to the team that beat the Highlanders before Investec Super Rugby's June break.

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From Ireland and Japan to Wellington – 4500 contest marathon

27 June 2016

Almost 4500 participants from 18 countries and all ends of New Zealand turned out for yesterdays Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon, and the battle for line honours was an equally global and national affair.

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Wellington Phoenix kicks off pre-season campaign in Masterton

24 June 2016

Phoenix general manager David Dome said it was an opportunity for Wairarapa fans to see the Phoenix pre-season preparations and a chance for the club to visit a passionate football area.

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The future of electric vehicles begins in Wellington

22 June 2016

Leading international experts will be discussing the future of electric transport in New Zealand in a sold out symposium in Wellington on Monday.

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All Blacks v Wales – over 35,000 tickets sold so get there early!

13 June 2016

All Blacks will be going head to head with the Welsh, Saturday 18 June at Westpac Stadium.

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Wellington Celebrates The Wild Woman

11 June 2016

A dynamic solo show is set to get wild at Inverlochy Art House this June. Pat-A-Cake Productions’ (The Trickle Down Effect, A Stage of One’s Own) WHERE THE WILD WOMAN IS, celebrates non-verbal communication in a physical solo show by the ‘undeniably captivating’ Ingrid Saker that embraces the highs and lows of life.

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Orchestra Wellington presents "ODES TO JOY"

3 June 2016

Press Release: Orchestra Wellington
Orchestra Wellington, 2016 Wellington Gold Awards finalist, presents "ODES TO JOY"

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New Wellington reservoir comes on stream

25 May 2016

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will today(Wednesday 25 May) open the valve and connect the new $3.5 million Mt Albert Reservoir to Wellington’s main water supply.

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Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards

23 May 2016

Wellington Airport, in partnership with Wellington Community Trust, and the five local councils have joined together to recognise the valuable contribution of volunteers in community groups across the wider Wellington region. This year 55+ groups will receive awards, with over $50,000 in award money to be presented. Nominations close on 31 May.

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Life Balance Workshop

26 April 2016

A workshop to show people how to resolve any anxiety or stress in their everyday lives.
Enabling a life work balance, less illness or auto immune disease, enjoyment of both career and family. Working efficiently and calmly.

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Wellington announces Anzac commemorations

8 April 2016

A hundred years on from New Zealand’s first Anzac day service, Wellington is again preparing to remember the Anzacs with a programme of events recognising the sacrifices made, and relationships forged, during the early years of the First World War.

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