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.


Vogelmorn Welcomes Musos


Ready, set, bow! Violins (and a shy cello) standing by for action

Today was the second time the Bowling Club has hosted local string students led by celebrated Suzuki teacher Konstanze Artmann, while also playing host (pardon the pun) to their parents who relaxed in the adjacent lounge area. Today the kids were learning theory, but don’t worry it wasn’t all effort – they got a break halfway and everyone enjoyed some afternoon tea outside in the gorgeous autumn sun. Our newly donated & tuned Haake piano is handy for people making music, and we’d love to see (and hear) more of it!



Precinct: Phase 2

Vogelmorn Precinct Phase 2 workshop flierThe next stage of Vogelmorn Precinct planning is around the corner! We’ll kick-off Phase 2 with a workshop on Sunday 26 March 3-5pm (with child-friendly activities provided), followed by a complimentary shared dinner.

In the following couple of months the community will work together on refining the draft design. We’ll make a mid-year submission to the Wellington City Council Annual Plan for undertaking smaller, short-term projects that require low/no investment, while the more ambitious parts will feed into the draft 2018 Long Term Plan later this year. You can check out this short video for an overview of Phase 1.

3 – 5pm ~ Information, discussion, grouping and collective visualisation of the concept design, facilitated by Cally O’Neill, Anne Cunningham and Sam Donald.

Simultaneous activity for children:
3 – 5pm ~ Kids council: workshop games with Barbarian Productions

5 – 6+pm ~ Shared meal provided, and social gathering

In 2014 the Kaka Project, a community-led visioning project, sought input and ideas from the wider Brooklyn community about how to best manage and organise its community facilities. The “Vogelmorn Precinct” was highlighted and agreed upon as a development opportunity.

In 2015 a steering group was formed to oversee a participatory design process for the Vogelmorn Precinct. The project was facilitated by a co-operative of local designers and specialists in community-led process, with financial assistance from Wellington City Council.

In 2016 the Council approved funding of $20,000 for the continuation of the participatory design process for the Vogelmorn Precinct.

This rich history of local efforts towards the strengthening of Brooklyn’s community resources is our starting point for the next phase of this exciting and unique project.

Thanks to everyone for the collective visioning and support that leads us here. Now comes time to bring the visioning to life!

The aim of Phase Two of Vogelmorn Precinct Planning is to recommend a preferred design option and submit a request for funding in spring 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.

To sign up for Vogelmorn Precinct reminders and updates, or for further information please email vogelmornprecinct@gmail.com. Or contact Cally on 022 6085785.

To find out more about the project visit www.vogelmornprecinct.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/vogelmornprecinct.


The Rites of Guru Rach

Experimental Performance
Spromo-magegururachunday 19 February 11.15am

A big part of our kaupapa is supporting the arts and creativity – so we’re delighted to welcome back Rachel Baker, founding member of acclaimed Binge Culture Collective, who’s presenting her latest work The Rites of Guru Rach in the 2017 New Zealand Fringe Festival. She is collaborating with award-winning director Isobel MacKinnon to develop the show, an original work which is touring Wellington community venues this February and March.

This Sunday The Rites of Guru Rach arrives at Vogelmorn Bowling Club. A spiritual successor to 2016’s And Then She Let Herself Go, the new show approaches the same theme of worship but with entirely new forms of performance.

The Rites of Guru Rach is a playful 50-minute ceremony that celebrates the community-building power of ritual though the rousing and rampant character of Guru Rach. The makeshift mystic leads a series of interactive rituals which merge the mundane, the profane and the ridiculous. This show offers a unique performance in each venue as the work adapts with the new locations and fresh audiences.
Book at the Fringe website for this show, and to discover all all of our many tour locations.

80s and 90s awesomeness, you’re back!

“The 80s and 90s Childhood Train of Awesomeness” – Friday 27 January 6.30-7.30pm

Local theatre maker Claire Noble is presenting an awesome childrens’ show in the Fringe Festival 2017. She would like to try out her new show for ages 5 and up to Vogelmorn locals. Rock on up to the Vogelmorn Bowling Club at 6.30 with kids in tow and get ready to join “The 80s and 90s Childhood Train of Awesomeness”. Be prepared to have a great time (free of charge)!


Fun with Toi Taniwha


We had a great time hosting Toi Taniwha recently on the newly re-unified green. There were over 150 visitors, many of them coming to the Bowling Club for the first time, and they made themselves right at home. Seeing the space shared indoors and out by so many people was wonderful. The inside rooms served for crafts, kai and getting into costume, while the green was a site for performance, stiltwalking, hoops – all overseen by indefatigable compere Emily Clemmett.





This is a short but significant document.   One that signifies vision, collaboration and the perseverance of many in our community. The title of ownership for the Bowling Club secures the building for our community.  Everyone is welcome!vcgtitle-amended

Connections near and far

Earlier in the winter we received a warming email from Weimar, Germany:

“On 30 may and 1 july we had a sucessful conference with more than 220 participants at the eiermannbau apolda. Beside the conference we showcased the ReUse-exhibition with 45 pictures of empty and vacant places …with more than 30 international references, that show ideas and tools, how to re-use, re-cycle or re-activate a former used place.  Amongst others the ‘Vogelmorn Bowling Club‘ was mentioned in the exhibition-category ‘new standards.’

“This is from the International Building Thuringia – an association “that tests new procedures and implements pilot projects and performs self-initiative projects.”  If you speak German and would prefer the original, find their site here!

It’s heartening to know the movement for community building is shared worldwide- thanks to the Goethe Institut Wellington for the heads-up on submitting to this. Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 3.43.12 pm

Closer to home, as the Vogelmorn Community Group finishes up the subdivision on the property and we head into another financial year for the green’s owners, the Wellington City Council, we have some access through a gap in the fence for ‘light use.’

Enjoy the chinks of light.IMG_6232



Time for mucking in

Thanks to Volunteer Wellington and volunteers from the ANZ bank this week the kitchen of our beloved club got a really awesome scrub down and will soon be newly painted.


In the winter it can be really lovely in the Club as the sun pours into the North facing windows.  The wifi is pumping and soon the kitchen will be sparkling new. It feels great!

We’re looking for people to help host at the Club as they share the office downstairs. Hosting just means answering questions, showing visitors around and sometimes making tea !  We’re happy to talk about a good office price if you host for a day or more – if this sounds like you please contact vogelmornbc@gmail.com