Vogelmorn Precinct Festival

Save the date – 30th November 2019

All welcome!

10 am start: Flea market on the green or inside the hall if it rains (book your stall ) – Fitness workshop
11 am: Sustainable treasure hunt
11.30 am Karate demonstration
12.30:  Workfit
12 pm – 2 pm : Have your family photo taken
1.30pm – Dance workshops
2.00pm – Sustainable workshops/(Clothes swap?)
4.00pm – Bring your own instrument and join Fritz for the music jam
5.00pm listen to our local writers included Jo Randerson and purchase a signed copy of their book.
6.00pm play a game of scrabble, chess or cards and relax.

Damascus cafe will be open during the day. Food trucks will take over from 5 pm ( would love it if you could bring your plate, glass, knife and fork) Zero waste event it is! 

All day: History of Vogelmorn Bowling Club display,  great black and white photos and text compiled by our local historian. Chris will answer your questions.

Live music:
1PM – The Flukes
2pm – Hoot’n’Annies
7pm – Bam Bam and the Rocksteady All Stars
8pm – Ingrid and the Ministers
9pm – Dr Reknaw

Finally think of a sustainable wish to write on the day on the banner: Vogelmorn Community wishes for 2020!

We hope to bring day full of fun, zero-waste and relaxation to our wonderful community!

Our aim is to bring the community together, become stronger and motivate each other towards a more sustainable, creative, healthy and connected community.


Spring Uprising

22 – 28 September 2019
It’s Spring, and that means it’s time for Barbarian’s annual Spring Uprising mini-festival. The purpose of the uprising is to draw attention to arts practice that’s focused on social outcomes. It’s also about bringing focus back to the community – both the local community in Vogelmorn and the wonderful community of arts lovers and practitioners.

You can find more details here.

Brief program

all events at Vogelmorn Bowling Club

Artist in Residence – Dominic Hoey

For the first time, Spring Uprising hosts an artist in residence over the week of Spring Uprising. We are delighted to build on a relationship with Auckland-based writer, teacher and performance poet Dominic Hoey. Dominic will continue to work on his new performance piece around class in education and the arts, and the public perception of artists entitled ‘45 Cents an Hour.’

Sunday 22nd September

4pm gather – all welcome to gather

5pm welcome, blessing, and kai (vegan soup and bread of several kinds incl. Gluten free)

5.30 convo led by Dominic around class, money and the arts, Dominic will kick off a facilitated conversation and brainstorm around this topic

7pm finish

Tuesday 24th September

5.30-7pm Speed Dating – Ground Workers and Policy Makers

Our annual and popular Speed Dating event is back! This time we we take a new tack on Speed Dating – this time we focus on those running ‘grass roots’ services for people in need with policy makers. We invite artist and community workers to describe their processes and where the gaps lie. We also ask those involved in making policy and programmes at government level to share their processe. This evening aims to bring together and find new ways of sharing the learnings and work to create better functional services that work.  Hosted by Jacqui Moyes, Waylon Edwards and Jo Randerson

Thursday 26th September

12-1pm Art Parents conversation

If you are a working arts parent, come along to chat with other working arts parents – share tips, strategies and stories. Childcare, soup and massages available!

Friday 27th September

6pm – Dominic Hoey performs excerpts from his new performance piece alongside local performers.

Saturday 28th September

Ratez Cutz 10-4pm – family and all ages friendly political fun day! Jason Muir – haridresser and artist – alongside Vogelmorn resident theatre company Barbarian Productions host a fun day with some free haircuts in exchange for political conversation! Come along and share your views, lose some hair, or gain some insight into how others see the world. Local Wellington City Council candidates will join us through out the day.

The Kids Election runs alongside this to take younger potential voters through a fun experiential voting process. Nga tamariki – come along and share your views and take a vote! Results announced at 4pm. 

4pm Announcemnt of Kids Election Results and Meet the Candidates – Local body political candidates interact with and answer questoins from the local community. Hosted by Barbarian productions

5pm onwards party! 




Cutting political conversations…
Rates Cutz 2019 is a local body election focused version of the Political Cutz pop-up hair salon and we want to bring it to the screen nearest to you (probably the one in your hands now!).

What is it?

We felt like New Zealanders weren’t having decent and open conversations with each other regarding the big topics that define us as a nation. In this age of 24/7 total media saturation and fake news we wanted to offer the chance for you to sit down and discuss issues face to face.

Political Cutz uses a unique blend of theatre & visual arts to create salons offering free haircuts in exchange for political conversations. Thanks to the support of the WCC Public Art Fund we will be setting up our salon during the weekend of Sept 28th/29th to give the public a chance to discuss the issues for the upcoming Wellington local body elections.

You are invited to enter the Rates Cutz 2019 salon space and interact in a variety of fun ways…

– Receive a Rates Cut and participate in a salon wide political conversation.
– Participate in a salon election, as a candidate or voter, as to who gets a Rates Cut.
– Interact with the various candidates who are standing in the upcoming election
– Participate in a group conversation with other hosts &/or participants.
– Interact with the hosts regarding the salon and your own political/civic conversation.
– Read, interact and graffitti the chalkboard installation surrounding the salon.
– Colour in politicians & read relevant material while chatting to strangers about politics
– Hang out, observe &/or runaway!

We want to help people become MORE ENGAGED in local body politics, participate by VOTING and have a UNIQUE ARTS EXPERIENCE at the same time!

Its well known that people shy away from the voting booth as only 43% vote on average in these elections and we aim to give it a BIG SHOT OF ENERGY… one haircut at a time!

Please note that Rates Cutz 2019 is a politically neutral space and we approach this with no political alignment.

What are we funding?

This is a project that grabs attention with its novelty, but the ongoing dialogue that it encourages is its real value. Our aim is to create a short and engaging web based series, a challenging proposition due to the many moving parts of the salon. We will not only capture the spirit of the salon in action, but also shares the personal views, opinions and concerns of the citizens involved. Rates Cutz 2019 offers a great chance for local people from a local community to get their thoughts and conversations listened to and shared.

We will look to create that discussion towards local body politics and with this thoughtful capture of video/ audio coverage we are looking to give a voice to those that are often not heard during election campaigns… THE PEOPLE!

Why donate?

You may be one of these great peeps:

– A dedicated POLITICAL/RATES CUTZ follower
– PASSIONATE about political/civic conversations, discussions and points of view
– Help create a video web series that gives voice to THE COMMUNITY
– Support opportunities for the public to enjoy unique ARTS EXPERIENCES

So if you’re keen on helping us evolve Rates Cutz 2019 and reach the greater Wellington region and even further afield (digitally) then please donate today!

Can’t donate? Please share and help us spread the word of FREE CUTZ for CHATS!

You can donate here.



We’re excited to announce that a new, wider gate and entrance to the Green will be installed from the first week of September. This is being constructed based on designs from Wraight + Associates that have emerged from the series of community workshops held in recent years about enhancing the Precinct. It’s taken some time to work through designs, legal matters and so on we’re very happy that the work is getting underway and we’re looking forward to a better-looking, more versatile entry way.

Upcoming Events..

Vogelmorn Community Group to run the Vogelmorn Hall

From 1 September 2019 the Vogelmorn Community Group (VCG) will manage the Vogelmorn Hall. This follows a successful four-year period of the Brooklyn Community Association running the Hall and bookings. We want to shout out to BCA and Euan Harris, who has warmly administered bookings and been a friendly face around the Hall.

Since its formation in 2015 the VCG has been running the former Bowling Club rooms on the south side of the Green as a multi-use community resource for public hire, community meetings and events. Managing the Hall together with the clubrooms will help foster an integrated Precinct identity.

VCG Trustee Jeremy Macey says, “We’re grateful to Euan and the BCA for taking such great care of the Hall and its users, whose numbers have gone up in the four years they’ve been running it. VCG looks forward to welcoming new users alongside current ones, and sharing this beautiful building with an even wider group of people.”

Bookings and availability for existing users will remain in place. Any queries can be directed to Jana at


Upcoming Events..


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.)


July Wizz Holiday Programme – 8 – 10th July

July Wizz Holiday Programme!!

What a great way to get you child to deepen the creativity and self confidence!

Contact Imogen at or visit their website –