Cultivating collaborative spaces – a talk by Bettina Lamm


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93 Mornington Road, Wednesday 13 March 7.45pm .
Bettina Lamm is a landscape architect and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen and is coming to Vogelmorn.  She’s been working with Vogelmorn Trustee Sophie Jerram -as her PhD supervisor.
Bettina has advised on architectural projects focusing on play and activity in the public realm and will show Danish examples of practice lead research on collaborative place making and site transformation – the development of cultural hubs at derelict sites and abandoned buildings. She will share how she works with students on prototyping new cultural and social functions into former industrial sites.
Bettina will speak about Move the Neighbourhood where a community site was co-designed and built with children. Bettina will question how small scale iterative design interventions can support the development of places and communities.
Come at 7.45 to mingle, talk starts 8pm. Free entry, koha welcome.

The Green Cafe is back!


Coffee lovers rejoice: the cafe is open again after the summer break! Sacha has been joined behind the counter by local baristas Ingrid and Charlotte. Come in and enjoy some yummy baking and fine coffee. Open Thursday to Saturday 8am-4pm.

How open do we leave the Vogelmorn fence?

…. And other questions we need your help on!

The Vogelmorn Precinct steering group is seeking your feedback for the ongoing development of the Vogelmorn green.   screen shot 2019-01-27 at 11.18.41 amFollowing community workshops in 2016-17, Wellington City Council has provided initial funding to upgrade the space (still with the help of the community).   To ensure we get the wall and degree of ‘openness’ that we want onto the street, and the look we want, we really want to hear from you about:
-the Mornington Rd brick wall
– the Mornington Rd gate
– the Cypress trees
– the community garden
– an action group

Here’s is a link to the feedback form: – The survey should only take a couple of minutes.

And the plans are in this dropbox link here:

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.

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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