Speaker Series: Compass Points, A Memoir by Neil Plimmer

Speaker Series: Compass Points, A Memoir by Neil Plimmer

Neil Plimmer’s memoir traces life in Palmerston North and his university years in Wellington in the 1940s and ’50s; twenty years of diplomatic postings in Apia, Washington DC, Rome and Canberra; 11 years as CEO of New Zealand’s tourism agency; and an assortment of other challenges in government service, including risk management and the threat of Y2K. He has been president of the New Zealand Book Council, chair of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust and has served on several other boards and trusts including the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He was awarded an MNZM in 2013 for his services to the arts.

In between the anecdotes there are reflections on New Zealand’s foreign, tourism, climate change, privatisation and other public policies, and on nearly two decades engaged with the commissioning of Wellington’s public sculptures.

Details

5.30pm, registration and welcome drink
6pm, presentation

Presentation and drink only $10.00
Dinner and presentation $50.00

Dress: Business Casual

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Chess night

Chess night

The Wellington Club Chess group meets every last Tuesday of the month for a three- course dinner and some social games (of a quality that can be excused after a few glasses of wine).

All those interested are encouraged to join, Mr Sylvester Shamy and Mr Manuel Pedreschi are co-convening this special interest group and would be pleased to share their interest and knowledge with other members.

The group plans for many social events in 2018, including a simultaneous game, which is a chance for several players to play one player at once.

Details

6pm Drinks on own account
6.30pm Dinner – three course meal. including a glass of wine
Chess following dinner
$45 per person

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World of Wearable Art

World of Wearable Art

As has happened in the past years, we have been lucky to obtain tickets to the WOW Dress Rehearsal Show to support the Neonatal Trust. Leave your world behind and enter into another world, a journey into the unimaginable, a place of reflection, dreams and wonder. In 2018, celebrate with us 30 years of World of WearableArt, where we reflect on the phenomenon that is WOW, and look to the future, where the limits of the imagination are boundless.

One thing is certain, you will be inspired and captivated by the extraordinary and for a moment you’ll... leave your world behind.

Details

5pm, dinner on Level 6
7.15pm, recommended time to leave the Club for the TSB Arena
8pm, Show beings

$150 per person, dinner and show ticket

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Speaker Series: Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Speaker Series: Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

The Health & Fitness Centre team is hosting Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) emergency management advisor Chris Moore on Thursday 27 September at 11am in the President's Room, where he will discuss hazards around Wellington, community emergency hubs, as well as what individuals, households and communities can do to get prepared.

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Comedy Show: Mrs Krishnan's Party

Comedy Show: Mrs Krishnan's Party

Indians throw crazy parties.

Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead.
Heard of Holi? An explosion of colour and joy and massive dry cleaning bills.
How about Onam?  It could be the craziest of them all!

Indian Ink continues to bridge cultures and expand boundaries with this utterly disarming new comedy that seats the audience around the dining table and at the kitchen bench in the back room of Krishnan’s Dairy.

Now her son is grown up Mrs Krishnan is thinking of selling the shop. It’s Onam, a time to celebrate life, death and rebirth and Mrs Krishnan has to throw the party of her life.

The Club is lucky enough to have secured some tickets to this joyous, heart-warming play, which sold out at its premier.

So please join us for some Indian cuisine, before heading to the show.

Details

6pm arrival, followed by dinner
7.15pm travel to Te Ahaua, corner of Cuba and Dixon streets
8pm show commences

$95 per person, includes ticket, dinner & travel

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Last Friday drinks

Last Friday drinks

On the last Friday of every month, we serve last Friday drinks at Happy Hour prices and themed canapes on Level 6. This is a great opportunity to meet Club Members in a casual environment and introduce new guests to the Club.

No need to book, just bring a fellow member, colleague or two and come along. We look forward to seeing you.

Annual Ball: A Night in New York

Annual Ball: A Night in New York

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR THE 2018 WELLINGTON CLUB BALL

From back-alley jazz bars in Soho to the High-line walkway, this year's event will showcase all that is light and bright about the city that never sleeps!

Guests will be treated to sumptuous food from New York's famous districts from themed vendors, themed cocktails, and entertainment to excite even the most hardened yellow-cab driver!

Dress to impress in glitzy black tie for a not-to-be-missed night on the town.

Details

6pm till late
$140 per person

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Victoria at the Club: The Vulgar Wasp

Victoria at the Club: The Vulgar Wasp

Victoria at the Club with Professor Phil Lester

When someone says “wasp!”, most people experience a burst of adrenaline and are immediately on edge. There is, however, good reason for your fight-or-flight response. Social wasps (Vespula vulgaris and V. germanica) are clever and have painful weapons that can cause hospitalisation or worse. They are extremely successful invasive invaders that can dominate resources, competitively excluding vertebrates thousands of times heavier than themselves. Their economic toll on the New Zealand economy is substantial. By many definitions, they are “pests” that do substantial harm. So, what should we do about them? Live and let live? Or control through pesticides, or gene drives via genetic modification? There are risks for whatever pest management programme we as a country decide to pursue.

Phil Lester is a Professor of Entomology and Ecology at Victoria University. He works primarily on invasive wasps and ants in New Zealand and the wider Pacific.

Details

Dress: Business Casual

5.30pm: Registration & welcome drink
6pm: Presentation
7pm: Dinner

Presentation and drink: $10
Dinner and presentation: $50

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Young Members' Event: Baylands & Billiards

Young Members' Event: Baylands & Billiards

As we are planning to start serving Baylands brews in the Club, we have teamed up with the brewery to bring you a relaxed and fun evening combining beer and snooker.

Whether you consider yourself a complete pro, or you have no idea which way round to hold the cue, snooker is still fun. Club Member Paul Jonson will be on hand to show you the ropes or organise a casual game or two.

There’s nothing like a good ol’ game of snooker for a little friendly competition or to wind down after your stressful week at work.

Details

Level 5, Ante Room & Billiard Room
$40 per person, including arrival drink, Club platters and Baylands tasting

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Kid's Cooking Class: Mexican Style

Kid's Cooking Class: Mexican Style

It’s time for a fiesta!

Little Chefs in the Kitchen is back! This time it's Mexican-themed, so don your favourite Mexican outfit and get ready for a fun-filled cooking session, followed by lunch.

Details

Level 5
Monday 8 October, 10am
$45 child, $20 adult

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Victoria at the Club: Ten years on: How do the post-crisis bank rules affect you?

Victoria at the Club: Ten years on: How do the post-crisis bank rules affect you?

Victoria at the Club with Associate Professor Dr Martien Lubberink

Ten years after the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, Associate Professor Dr Martien Lubberink explains what global and national regulators have done to make our financial system more resilient. He will explain that a lot has been accomplished: banks worldwide have become safer. Still, some important issues need addressing. Martien will discuss the Kiwi response to the Global Financial Crisis and he will touch on recent developments such as the review of the Reserve Bank Act. Most importantly, he will explain how this all affects you.

Martien Lubberink completed his PhD in Economics at Groningen University. He joined De Nederlandsche Bank, the central bank of the Netherlands in July 2008. He contributed to the development of new regulatory capital standards and regulatory capital disclosure standards for banks worldwide and for banks in Europe (Basel III). Martien regularly contributes to the Capital Issues blog, a blog dedicated to advancing knowledge about the complex world of regulatory bank capital.

Martien Lubberink teaches banking. He has also informed the international financial press: Bloomberg, The Economist, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Risk Magazine, SNL Financial, and the Wall Street Journal. He advises governments, banks, and central banks on prudential bank supervision.

Details

Dress: Business Casual

5.30pm: Registration & welcome drink
6pm: Presentation
7pm: Dinner

Presentation and drink: $10
Dinner and presentation: $50

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Poker night

Poker night

Poker tournaments are under way and are planned for the second Tuesday of every month.

A minimum number of six players is required.

Details

7pm
$20 entry fee

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Members' & Sons' Dinner

Members' & Sons' Dinner


With guest speaker Honorable Grant Robertson

Grant Robertson is the Minister of Finance, Minister of Sport and Recreation and Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage. 

Mr Robertson was born in Palmerston North and lived in Hastings before his family settled in Dunedin. His belief in social justice and a desire to see every New Zealander able to achieve their potential led him to politics, and he has been the Member of Parliament for Wellington Central since 2008. 

Mr Robertson studied politics at Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1995. His involvement in the campaign against user-pays education led him to become President of the Otago University Students Association, and later Vice President and then Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association. After leaving university, Mr Robertson joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was also posted to the United Nations in New York.

On his return to New Zealand, he became an advisor to then-Minister of Environment Marian Hobbs, then to Prime Minister Helen Clark. In Opposition, Grant was Finance Spokesperson and has previously held spokesperson roles for Labour in Employment, Skills & Training, Economic Development, Tertiary Education, State Services, Health, and Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Mr Robertson met his partner Alf in 1998 playing rugby, and their family now includes two grandchildren. In 2009 they were joined in a civil union.

Details

6.30pm, Level 5
Black Tie/Evening Wear
$95 per person

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La Bohéme: Puccini

La Bohéme: Puccini

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark; so begins one of the great romances of all opera. Puccini’s glorious masterpiece of youth, passionate love and heartbreak springs to life in this exciting new production by Jacqueline Coats.

Details

5.30pm, Pre-theatre dinner on Level 6
6.30pm, Transport to the Theatre

$235 per person includes ticket, dinner and transport
$70 per person includes dinner and transport only

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The Babysitter's On Us

The Babysitter's On Us

Take the opportunity to have a drink and dine upstairs knowing your children are being cared for by us in the downstairs lounge.

They will be entertained by face painters, before having fish & chips for dinner, then settling down to watch Storks.

Details

5.30pm
$15 per child, includes babysitter, dinner & movie

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Speaker Series: My Nine Years as Attorney-General

Speaker Series: My Nine Years as Attorney-General

Hon Chris Finlayson is Shadow Attorney-General, spokesperson for Crown-Māori Relations and spokesperson for Pike River Re-Entry for the National Party.

Chris was born and raised in Wellington. He was educated at Saint Patrick’s College Wellington and then at Victoria University where he graduated with degrees in Latin and Law. He completed his LLM in 1984.

After 25 years in two major Wellington law firms and then at the Bar, Chris entered parliament in 2005. After the National party victory in 2008, he was appointed Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Culture & Heritage. He retained those portfolios after the 2011 election and was also made Associate Minister for Māori Development.

Following the 2014 election, he remained Attorney-General and Treaty Minister and was also appointed Minister in charge of the GCSB and the SIS.

Details

5.30pm, registration and welcome drink
6pm, presentation

Presentation and drink only $10.00
Dinner and presentation $50.00

Dress: Business Casual

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Book Club

Book Club

Join convener, Ann Mildenhall, every month to discuss your favourite (or latest) book over a glass of wine. Each member is asked to bring a book of their choice to introduce to the group for discussion. So grab a book (or kindle!) and come join us for an evening of story-sharing and socialising.

There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to book fast.

Wellesley Room, Level 4, 4pm
 

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Speaker Series: The ins & outs of transport in New Zealand

Speaker Series: The ins & outs of transport in New Zealand

The Car Enthusiasts special interest group is hosting Bryan Jackson, the founder of Auto Point Group (which owned King Toyota from 1973 to 2005) at the Club.

Mr Jackson will speak about the history of the Crown transport sector entities, funding sources and expenditure by NZTA, as well as property purchases for major transport projects. He also clear up some 'Urban Myths', touch on how major project decisions are made, what Wellington’s roading story is, and the fun of running a major motor vehicle dealership.

Details

5.30pm, registration and welcome drink
6pm, presentation

Presentation and drink only $10.00
Dinner and presentation $50.00

Dress: Business Casual

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Simply You: Colour My Life Lunch

Simply You: Colour My Life Lunch

Simply You Colour My Life is a chance for members to learn all about the latest trends and insights from the worlds of fashion, interiors and beauty, while enjoying a three-course lunch with matching wines. 

Every guest will receive a goody bag, including a Givenchy perfume.

This event always sells out in advance, so make sure you get in quick.

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Opera Extravaganza

Opera Extravaganza

The Freemason Foundation is a major sponsor of New Zealand Opera and the Club is excited to be able to announce we have once again been offered an evening of opera.

Enjoy a superb evening of fine food and superlative voices of up and coming New Zealand Opera stars. These artists, all recipients of Freemason scholarship funds, will present a sparkling evening of opera, operetta and musical theatre, comprising many well-known favourites and some not so well-known gems.

Details

6.30pm, Level 5
Dress: Black Tie, Evening Wear
$90 per person (please book early to avoid disappointment)

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Buffet: Oktoberfest

Buffet: Oktoberfest

Warm pretzels with caraway salt

Pork schnitzel with sauerkraut & sweet mustard sauce

Beef & beer with spatzle

Red cabbage & apples

Gugelhupf (a sweet, fruit-filled yeast cake served with vanilla custard)

 

12pm, Level 5, The Terrace Room
$25 per person

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Adult Cooking Class: BBQ-style

Adult Cooking Class: BBQ-style

It’s time to grill!

Brush up on your BBQ skills and make your friends envious of your newly-discovered talent of making homemade sausages & burger patties.

Join Alf and one of the Island Bay butchers who will share all their tips & secrets so you can host unforgettable BBQs this summer.

Details
Level 5
Wednesday 24 October, 5.30pm
$80 per person

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Last Friday drinks

Last Friday drinks

On the last Friday of every month, we serve last Friday drinks at Happy Hour prices and themed canapes on Level 6. This is a great opportunity to meet Club Members in a casual environment and introduce new guests to the Club.

No need to book, just bring a fellow member, colleague or two and come along. We look forward to seeing you.

Chess night

Chess night

The Wellington Club Chess group meets every last Tuesday of the month for a three- course dinner and some social games (of a quality that can be excused after a few glasses of wine).

All those interested are encouraged to join, Mr Sylvester Shamy and Mr Manuel Pedreschi are co-convening this special interest group and would be pleased to share their interest and knowledge with other members.

The group plans for many social events in 2018, including a simultaneous game, which is a chance for several players to play one player at once.

Details

6pm, Drinks on own account
6.30pm, three-course meal, including a glass of wine
Chess following dinner
$45 per person

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Victoria at the Club: The future of education: how digital technologies are disrupting our models of learning and teaching

Victoria at the Club: The future of education: how digital technologies are disrupting our models of learning and teaching

Victoria at the Club with Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Digital Futures Professor Steven Warburton

Digital technologies, such as AI (artificial intelligence) and data analytics, are impacting on the way we live and work. We are experiencing increasing concerns around privacy, the nature of truth, and disquiet at the transformations foreshadowed by a fourth industrial revolution. These digital technologies are also challenging our traditional models of learning and teaching. In such disruptive times, are there are still fundamental principles that underpin the design of meaningful and valued educational experiences?

is the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures) at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Director of the Centre for Academic Development.

He is also the Director of the university edX partnership that is delivering a programme of successful massive open online courses (MOOCs). He recently moved from the UK to New Zealand having spent the majority of his academic career working at Universities in London, UK. He has  a research background in neuroscience, educational technology, games-based learning, and design patterns. He strongly believes in open learning and the power of digital technologies to provide access to education for all.

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Remembrance Day dinner

Remembrance Day dinner

The Club will host a Combined Services Dinner on Friday 9 November, to coincide with Remembrance Day on November 11.

Remembrance Da is a memorial day that has been observed in Commonwealth Nations since the end of World War I, to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. 

Details

6.30pm, for 7pm start
$85 per person

Dress: Lounge Suit, Service Dress, Decorations

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Victoria at the Club: Who do we trust in New Zealand? Why is it important?

Victoria at the Club: Who do we trust in New Zealand? Why is it important?

Dr Simon Chapple will speak about what we know about trust in various institutions in New Zealand, and recent changes in trust locally and globally, primarily utilising the two Institute for Governance and Policy Studies of VUW Trust surveys of 2016 and 2018.

The surveys analyse why trust is important to a successfully functioning society, including its social, environmental and economic dimensions, and examines how we might better understand the processes which lie behind changes in trust. It does so with a view to better understanding how to support a high trust society.

Dr Simon Chapple has been Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in the School of Government at Victoria University since 2017. Before moving into the university sector, he worked at a senior level in the New Zealand public service and overseas at the OECD in Paris, as well as in the private sector for the NZIER. Amongst other roles, he edited the OECD’s social indicators publication, Society at a Glance.

Details

5.30pm, registration and welcome drink
6pm, presentation

Presentation and drink only $10.00
Dinner and presentation $50.00

Dress: Business Casual

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Poker night

Poker night

Poker tournaments are under way and are planned for the second Tuesday of every month.

A minimum number of six players is required.

Details

7pm
$20 entry fee

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Book Club

Book Club

Join convener, Ann Mildenhall, every month to discuss your favourite (or latest) book over a glass of wine. Each member is asked to bring a book of their choice to introduce to the group for discussion. So grab a book (or kindle!) and come join us for an evening of story-sharing and socialising.

There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to book fast.

Wellesley Room, Level 4, 4pm
 

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Buffet: Jamaican Family Lunch

Buffet: Jamaican Family Lunch

Hot pepper shrimp

Jerk chicken with red beans & rice

Fish curry with Barbadian pickled cucumber Slaw

Jamaican style Jamaican greens

Mango cheese cake with coconut cream

 

12pm, Level 5, The Terrace Room
$25 per person

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Children's Christmas Party

Children's Christmas Party

Come and join us for a festive celebrations, before heading to Lambton Quay for A Very Welly Christmas.

Details

12pm, welcome drink of bubbles, beer & fizzy
12.30pm, lunch of party treats
1.30pm, off to A Very Wellington Christmas

$20 per child, including present
$30 per adult
Dress: Smart casual

RSVP before Tuesday 20 November so the elves can do their work!
Please advise names and ages of the children in the notes section of the booking sheet.

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Victoria at the Club: The Propertisation of Mānuka

Victoria at the Club: The Propertisation of Mānuka

Victoria at the Club with Dr Jessica Lai

There is a growing body of literature proclaiming and decrying the appropriation and propertisation of Indigenous knowledge and resources. Yet, there is little empirical research measuring the scale of any such appropriation or propertisation. This talk presents the results of an empirical search for patents pertaining to Mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) filed internationally and through the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ).

Dr Jessica Lai researches in intellectual property, especially patent law and the protection of traditional knowledge. She has published numerous articles, chapters, books and edited books in these fields, and is the author of Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property Rights (Springer 2014) and co-author of Patent Law and Policy (with Susy Frankel, LexisNexis 2016). Jessica is the General Secretary of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association.

Details

Dress: Business Casual

5.30pm: Registration & welcome drink
6pm: Presentation
7pm: Dinner

Presentation and drink: $10
Dinner and presentation: $50

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Chess night

Chess night

The Wellington Club Chess group meets every last Tuesday of the month for a three- course dinner and some social games (of a quality that can be excused after a few glasses of wine).

All those interested are encouraged to join, Mr Sylvester Shamy and Mr Manuel Pedreschi are co-convening this special interest group and would be pleased to share their interest and knowledge with other members.

The group plans for many social events in 2018, including a simultaneous game, which is a chance for several players to play one player at once.

Details

6pm Drinks on own account
6.30pm Dinner – three course meal. including a glass of wine
Chess following dinner
$45 per person

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Last Friday drinks

Last Friday drinks

On the last Friday of every month, we serve last Friday drinks at Happy Hour prices and themed canapes on Level 6. This is a great opportunity to meet Club Members in a casual environment and introduce new guests to the Club.

No need to book, just bring a fellow member, colleague or two and come along. We look forward to seeing you.

Poker night

Poker night

Poker tournaments are under way and are planned for the second Tuesday of every month.

A minimum number of six players is required.

7pm
$20 entry fee

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Buffet: Founder's Day Lunch

Buffet: Founder's Day Lunch

Curried cashew & carrot soup with Stu’s flat bread

Wellington caught fish of the day with red pepper & hazelnut salsa

Pork shoulder roast with rhubarb relish & apple jus

New season potatoes with minted butter

Asparagus with crispy pancetta crumble

Aubergine, yellow pepper & red onion salad with cider vinegar & cumin dressing

Strawberry mousse with mint chocolate wafer

Details

12pm, Level 5, The Terrace Room
$25 per person

 

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Last Friday drinks

Last Friday drinks

On the last Friday of every month, we serve last Friday drinks at Happy Hour prices and themed canapes on Level 6. This is a great opportunity to meet Club Members in a casual environment and introduce new guests to the Club.

No need to book, just bring a fellow member, colleague or two and come along. We look forward to seeing you.

Book Club

Book Club

Join convener, Ann Mildenhall, every month to discuss your favourite (or latest) book over a glass of wine. Each member is asked to bring a book of their choice to introduce to the group for discussion. So grab a book (or kindle!) and come join us for an evening of story-sharing and socialising.

There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to book fast.

Wellesley Room, Level 4, 4pm
 

PLEASE BOOK HERE

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