Annual reflection time – all welcome: Sunday 16 September 7pm

Kia ora koutou. We can almost feel the spring in the air – and with that we are inviting you to attend the Vogelmorn Community Group annual meeting.  This is not an obligatory tick-the-box kind of AGM (we are not obliged by our rules to hold one) but instead an opportunity to look back at the last year and compare our intentions with our achievements, and test our priorities for the year with the community.  Things we will be celebrating include:

-the series of community dinners,

-the widening group of renters and communities connecting at the clubrooms,

-the plans for the Vogelmorn Precinct being formalised with Wellington City Council,

-the terrific new theatrical and musical events emerging from being based at the clubrooms

So if you have reflections to offer, or suggestions for the future please come along on Sunday 16 September to 93 Mornington Road. Refreshments will be on offer too (if that helps sway you). Come from 7pm to socialise before a 7.30pm start.

Eating together – last Sundays

All five of our dinners have sold out to 100+ people! Thank you to our wonderful community and to Wellington City Council for supporting this new undertaking.

We may have more dinners and meantime are planning an informal AGM-style afternoon gathering in the coming weeks (date tba) to talk about our past and plans. Please email us if you’d like to be alerted.

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Like the idea of knowing your neighbours but hosting the whole neighborhood feels a step too far?

Here’s the chance to relax and join us for an upcoming series of five community dinners. Each night will offer a scrumptious affordable meal, plus a speaker or activity.  Come on your own, with family, friends or with your neighbours and meet new and familiar faces in your community.

The first community dinner will be at the Vogelmorn Precinct on Sunday the 25th of March.  Dinner starts at 530pm but come at 4pm to guarantee a seat.

Then: April 29,  May 27, June 24 and July 29th.  Waged and unwaged pricing and opportunities to pay for another dinner will all be possible.

Local community food and sustainability advocate Nicky Boughtwood is co-ordinating the dinners with funding from WCC.  Nicky is looking for local food partners to work alongside on some of the dinners and welcomes offers of help.   Contact Nicky at nicky.boughtwood@gmail.com

Building a community… oven

Who can resist the smell of newly baked bread?  Pizza anyone?  Thanks to the vision of Berhampore resident Simon Cosgrove we’re planning a large pizza oven that you can bring your bread dough (and other goodies) to prove and bake from on the edge of the Vogelmorn Green.  We are working with talented artist duo Kemi & Niko (known as the pied pipers of Mt Cook since their Miniature Hikes series) on the design and we’d like your help in finding materials for the oven.  Shortly we will be asking for your help to prioritise the design features that we might like to add to it (water filter?  prep tables? fridge for dough rising? planters for fresh herbs on your pizza?).  Come along to the launch event of the oven design process at our December 9th family friendly party event.  We will kick things off by all voting on a name for the oven project and you can also vote on the features you want included.  There will be working bees in the New Year and freshly baked bread out of the oven come Easter!  And if you have some of the following, yell out across the Green via email at vogelmornbc@gmail.com

Needed: Firebricks, Wood beams, planks, skirting, weather boards, tiles (terracotta, glazed or ceramic), roof cladding, tin cans, metal reinforcing rods, wire gabions, concrete reinforcing mesh, chicken wire, vermiculite, lime, cement, pebbles, sand, clay, planters and pots, paint and any hooks, copper pipes, small wheels, oven tools and a willing pair of hands!

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Sam, Niko, Phil and Simon plan the oven. The oven site is around about where Niko is sitting.

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Toil & Trouble folk concert feat. Hex Crystals

Sunday 26 November 3-5pm

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You’re invited to a laid back musical afternoon featuring Toil & Trouble (it’s their last chance to play as a group for a while) with a guest spot from the (fabulous) Hex Crystals. They’ll play tunes and songs with lovely vocal harmonies, flute, fiddle and guitar.
Music will be from about 3.15 and finish around 5 pm with a break to socialise and do some nibbling.
Koha entry, and bring a contribution to nibbles if you can.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms!

Saturday 25 November 11am-4pm

Our Terroir are bringing Bart Acres up from Dunedin again. Bart is a self-taught mushroom growing expert, keen urban gardener and beer micro brewing.
Bart will start with an introduction to mushroom biology, covering the necessary theory, but in a practical and interesting manner accessible to non-biologists. The majority of the day will be practical and hands-on, learning how to grow oyster mushrooms. Bart is bringing spawn with him, so every participant will be able to take home their own oyster mushroom grow bag and log. Whilst the focus will be on oyster mushrooms for this workshop, the methods we learn will be applicable to growing other types of mushrooms too, in particular shiitake.
Tickets are $40 for unwaged or students and $60 for waged – you can book by emailing matt@ourterroir.nz. Please also include your phone number in your email. You can also check the facebook event.

so you want to write a feature film?

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Screenwriting workshop – Saturday 11 November 9.30am-4.30pm

Script to Screen presents a one-day feature film writing workshop for emerging filmmakers of Wellington.

Over the course of the day Duncan Sarkies, Gaylene Preston and Nick Ward each explore aspects of project development, dissecting their own processes in order to help you hone your own.

What Do You Want?: screenwriter, playwright and novelist Duncan Sarkies leads a morning workshop on character objectives: how an understanding of what your character wants and the obstacles that get in their way can be used to generate ideas for your story.

Collaborative Practice: esteemed filmmaker Gaylene Preston discusses creating a workable framework for each individual project. She’ll talk about managing the perils and pitfalls of working in such an inherently collaborative medium from the outset, including establishing clarity around ownership, ensuring you’re making the same project, and a team’s creative process.

Writing, re-writing: Screenwriter Nick Ward shares his secrets to writing a screenplay that engages the reader and reads professionally. Come and hear how to inspire producers, avoid the common pitfalls and deal with the tough realities of getting your story to the big screen.

Cost: $20. Please bring cash on the day. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring lunch with you. (The Omaroro Kitchen cafe will be running during the day.)
Places are limited so please register your spot.

spring uprising: year three

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Barbarian Productions are making good on their recent Community awards win by hosting their annual Spring Uprising at the club – four days celebrating Arts for social change. The programme includes a screening of I, Daniel Blake, seminars on how to listen, speed dating with social organisations, kids’ voting and to top it all off, an Election Night PARTY! We’d love to see the whole community come together to commiserate/celebrate the results of our democracy in action.

Precinct workshop: next stage

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Vogelmorn Precinct phase 2 workshop 2 – Saturday 16 September 2-4.30pm

Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa!

Please come and join in the next Vogelmorn Precinct workshop and help the project progress in an exciting direction. We now have Wraight and Associates Landscape Architects collaborating with designers Sam Donald and Cally O’Neill, developing on the outcomes of previous workshops. Vogelmorn has some remarkable opportunities with its community spaces – let’s make them truly great!

The aim of ‘Phase 2’ of Vogelmorn Precinct Planning is to recommend a preferred design option and submit a request for funding later in 2017 to the next WCC Long-term Plan, whilst identifying short term projects that can be implemented in the coming year through community partnership with WCC.

The Vogelmorn Precinct project resulted from the Kaka Project 2014/15. This was a public platform in partnership with Wellington City Council looking at community development opportunities in Brooklyn. Since then a further local partnership with WCC has taken us through two seasons of participatory design workshops which thoroughly assessed needs, desires, values and future hopes and concerns. The contribution made by participants has given the design team a very well considered brief and a large resource of information to work with. We are excited to present back – and continue refining these ideas with you.

Food provided!

Barcelona activists: how to change your city

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Thursday 24 August 6-8pm

Barcelona En Comù started as a grouping of activists and ordinary people meeting in squares and neighborhoods who wanted to change the way their city was run. Through their grassroots process it became a major political force and their mayor Ada Colau, a spokesperson for participatory democracy.

Eulàlia Corbella and her brother Oriol have been involved in the party for three years. Now they are visiting Wellington and we have the chance to learn first-hand how their actions are leading to real change in Barcelona.

“Since I was a kid I was linked to my neighbourhood’s community and activities. In 2014 I joined the beginnings of “Barcelona en Comú” political party as an activist. In 2015 we won the city government. Now I’m working on my neighbourhood as ‘consellera’ from the City Council, trying to enhance its environment and boost its community networks.”

Eulàlia has worked in culture, art and campaigns on social issues like gender equality or press illustration and in local organizations focused on youth programmes and non-profit education. She is currently completing her MA on “Women, gender and citizenship”.

Local Sophie Jerram met Eulàlia and Oriol at a Barcelona conference “Fearless Cities” recently – you can read about what she heard there, and how we could use it in New Zealand, in her thoughtful blog post.

Want to hear more? Radio NZ’s interview with Eulàlia and Oriol is here.

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Hellooooo coffee!

 

coffee_machineBack in pre-VCG days – which feels like the distant past even though it was only a few years back – members of the local community formed the ‘Kaka project’. They gathered to talk to the City Council, local organizations, each other – pretty much anyone who’d listen – about what they wanted to see in Vogelmorn. This ranged from the mundane and inoffensive – clearer signage, brighter lighting, sewing classes – to the frankly wacky: swimming pool, free climbing wall, helipad…

Anyhow, no matter what wound up getting mentioned, it became a running joke to add, “…and coffee!” to the end of each wishlist or action plan. Whatever the topic, it had to end with a mention of that bitter brew, much like those orators of old and new who ended all their speeches with a little hate speech about Carthage, or maybe building a wall to keep out bad hombres.

Fast-forward a few short years. VCG has been set up, taken ownership of the Bowling Club, and revived the kitchen to commercial standard (another item on the community wishlist). And what do you know? This week, those caffeine fiends got their wish: thanks to donations from some generous individuals in our community, we just bought a second-hand coffee Faema coffee machine. This will form the heart of a part-time cafe which we’re in the process of setting up.

Along with those who donated money, we’d like to thank our generous suppliers: Bicycle Junction, Peter Halvorsen, Michael Howes of JumpStart Espresso Services, and Caribbean Coffee Roaster. All these people are helping us fulfil our vision of reviving a lively community spirit in this quiet, unassuming part of town.