Welcome back to the ‘hood in 2019

Wellington can feel empty in January.  But it will begin to crank up soon.

From Thursday 17th great coffee will again be available from at The Green cafe.

Our next operations meeting (where anyone can propose events or offer assistance, or simply meet the community) is on Monday Feb 11th at 745pm.  All welcome.

dia at vcg

A friendly team from the Department of Internal Affairs on a working bee on the Green in December.

We look forward to meeting new people in 2019 – please rock on up.

Dragon & Medieval Fun!


If you like dragons, archery, swords and cosplay, join the fun at the launch of Riders of Fire, Eileen Mueller’s new young adult dragon rider series.

Kicking off with archery, the afternoon includes medieval sword fighting from Company of the Dragons, a costume parade, and readings from Ezaara and Dragon Hero, the first two books in the Riders of Fire series. There will be dragon crafts, books and family-friendly fun for all ages. Prizes will be awarded for best archer, swordsperson and costume.

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 1:30 – 3pm, Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Mornington – here’s the event on Facebook.

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.

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!


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


Toil & Trouble folk concert feat. Hex Crystals

Sunday 26 November 3-5pm


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.