Milkthistle gig

Friday 20th September, 7:30pm

Wellington band Milkthistle (Hamish Graham – guitar/vocals/songwriter, Delia Shanly – drums/vocals, David Downes – keyboards/bass/vocals, David Daniela – viola & Robert Ibell – cello) play their unique style of original string-based indie-folk-rock in a gig.

Hamish Graham formed the band in 1993 to play his growing number of original songs. He especially wanted to utilise the cello, with its rich sonority, melodic possibilities and power in the lower register, to complement drums and guitar.

Over the years, the band has spiralled through various Wellington music scene regulars – with each new incarnation making the songs their own.

Like a river you can’t step in twice – a new band member can suddenly transform a song from the sublimely sweet folk to hard out rock, pseudo-jazz to screaming thrash, classical to upbeat pop.

Doors open 7pm. Tickets $15 in advance from Eventfinda (service fees may apply). Door sales $20. BYO liquid refreshments.

Laurie Foon: Southern Ward/Paekawakawa Party

Saturday 10th August 2019, 3-11pm

Laurie Foon wants to make Wellington the Coolest Little Sustainable Capital in the World! She  is standing for the Green Party and invites you to join her on 10th August 2019 from 3-11pm at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club, for an evening of activities, music and kai to celebrate her candidacy for the Southern Ward/ Paekawakawa local elections.

Laurie’s vision:
Beyond Zero Waste – embracing circular systems that re-use our resources rather than waste them
Grow Local Business – develop and support local businesses, sustainable businesses and social enterprises.
Futureproof Our City – with green building and transport policy

Do you share this vision, or want to find out more? Come along and join in the fun!

3pm onwards: Activities (kids and grown-up kids welcome!) includes t-shirt printing and poster decoration
5pm onwards: Shared Kai – please bring a plate if you can
6.30 pm: A few Speeches
7.00pm Martin Andrews

Wellington High School Girls 1st XI Football Fundraiser

Saturday 17th August, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Wellington High Girls first XI football team are once again competing in the Regional High School girls football tournament being held in Petone.

This event is to help raise funds for accommodation over the course of the event so the squad can be together for the duration of the competition.

Come along for some fun trivia, beers and nibbles to help with costs.

Tickets can be purchased here:

Speaking Peace: Introductory workshop based on NVC (NonViolent Communication)

3-4 August 2019, 10:00-16:00

This workshop is for all those who want to practice peace – in the way we think, speak, communicate and relate. Even in the moments of tension and conflict.

“Every day we could think about the aggression in the world […] everywhere. All over the world, everybody always strikes out at the enemy, and the pain escalates forever. Every day we could reflect on this and ask ourselves: […] Every day, at the moment when things get edgy, we can […] ask ourselves: ‘Am I going to practice peace or am I going to war?” (Pema Chodron)

We will practice:

– Expressing ourselves fully and honestly in moments of tension

– Recognizing our own triggers and choosing what to do next

– Being more authentic in daily life

– Finding words that lead to connection

If any of this sounds interesting, exciting or something you would be keen to try, join us for this weekend workshop introducing Nonviolent Communication. We will experiment with examples from our own lives and explore ideas we already hold about communicating to see how they serve us in every day communication with ourselves and others. We will focus on the small, possible steps we can take towards communicating to connect.

Investment: 50NZD (booking/costs) + koha for the trainer, book with

(If you would like to participate but finances are an issue please get in touch and we will work something out.)

Culture without borders

HOST International NZ Ltd is glad to announce new project called Culture without borders.

The purpose of the project is to connect locals with former refugees to reduce the borders between them.
They can meet socially and talk about anything, cultures, languages, sports, movies, weather etc…

It is a golden chance to meet people from another background, to know more about their traditions and to build a stronger community, a connected one community.

Program details:
Four meetups per month, one meeting per week for 2 hours.
First program will start July (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) every Thursday.
Meetings will be held at Vogelmorn community hub (93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn 6021, Wellington).

The goal of the project:
For locals: we know that locals love to travel and learn about new cultures and it is difficult for them to talk to people from many cultures around them (former refugees), so we will help with that, We also know that locals are interested in knowing some words from another language.

For former refugees: in any country if you know the locals, first you will fit in the community faster, secondly you will know and understand the system faster which will help former refugees to feel more at home.

Former refugees would love to know more about the Kiwi culture.

If you are interested, please register using the following forms:

New kiwis (Former refugees form)
Kiwis form (Non-refugee background)

This project is managed and supervised by HOST International NZ ltd.

for more details contact:
Wael Aldroubi

We’re hiring! Coordinator wanted

If you like the idea of working part time as part of a busy community hub, then this could be your dream job!

The Vogelmorn Community Group Charitable Trust (VCG) is looking for someone who loves dealing with people and cares about community to manage day-to-day admin and venue bookings as well as be the connection point with users, community and arts organisations, funders, suppliers, Council and many more. If you like the idea of being busy and the hub of a thriving community venue, read on!

At a glance

  • Initially ten hours per week (mostly flexible), up to 20 hours as funding secured
  • Pay $25+/hr, negotiable
  • Fixed-term for 3 months but extending as funding is secured
  • Based at Vogelmorn clubrooms, some work can be done remotely
  • Main jobs: handle enquiries and bookings, comms, accounts
  • Other jobs: develop programme, create funding applications, reporting
  • Reports to VCG board of trustees (meets quarterly)



VCG was formed in 2015 as a custodian of the former bowling club buildings at 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn. The VCG owns and runs this venue for the community and actively participates in nurturing the Vogelmorn Precinct area, which incorporates the clubrooms as well as Council-owned Hall and green. VCG also runs and hosts events, often partnering with other organisations. People from the local area as well as wider Wellington use our venue and attend events. Our values are being inclusive, sustainable, community-driven and creative.

Since we took over management in 2014, hundreds of people have used the venue for music and theatre rehearsals, yoga sessions, drama and music classes, ‘meet the candidate’ events, kids and adults birthday parties, government away days, flm shoots, corporate parties, Scrabble club, flamenco dancing, plus workshops on flower arranging, mushroom cultivation, nonviolent communication, and many more. The venue also hosts the Green Cafe three days a week and a co-working space with six or more part-time users. As well as the Green, VCG’s key tenant and partner is the iconic Barbarian Productions run by local theatre makers Jo Randerson and Thomas Lahood.


What we’re looking for

You’ll be busy and you’ll meet lots of people! This is a varied job and we don’t expect you to know everything in the first five minutes, but we want someone who’s keen to learn. You need to love communicating –  since that’s a huge part of this job, including being responsive and having a good manner on phone, in writing and in person. We’d like someone who’s able to handle lots of things coming at them in the busy times, but also able to get on with background work and find valuable things to do when it’s quiet.

This would be a great job for someone who is flexible wants to continue building a sense of community around physical spaces. We hope you’ll bring some of your own ideas to build community. Ability to levitate a plus.


What we’ll provide

You’ll get space in the clubrooms to do your VCG work. We’ll show you how our various platforms – Loomio, Xero, Google Drive, WordPress, Mailchimp – work if you’re not familiar with them. We’ll take you through our systems and those of our funders and will give you ongoing support.  You will also be able to do some of this from home. (You’ll need your own laptop.)


The work you’ll be doing:

Concierge/hosting: answering booking and venue enquiries, scheduling, liaising with users, showing new hirers around, occasionally help set up for events. This may be weekends as well as on weekdays.

Caretaker – check the venue is in order, tidying and light cleaning, liaise with cleaner, maintenance team and suppliers for upkeep and repairs, keep in touch with core tenants like the Green cafe, co-workers and Barbarian Productions.

Comms – create content for the website, a monthly newsletter, social media and other publications as well as physical signage.

Admin – invoicing and bookkeeping, gathering information for funding applications and reports, monitor health & safety proc.

Programme – develop, promote and assist in delivering programme and events. This will grow as funding and time allows, and there’s scope to build the community development role by expanding VCG’s connection with local and other organisations and expanding the programme.


How to apply or ask questions, and what happens next

Please write to us if you have any questions, and to apply send us a cover letter and CV (just one page each thanks) to by end of Tuesday 30 April.

We’ll aim to interview people in early May, and hire someone soon after for a handover period in early-mid May.


We look forward to getting your application!