Speaker Series: The business case for ethics

Speaker Series: The business case for ethics

Club Member James Bushell is an entrepreneur, philanthropist & adventurer. He has set up businesses globally, trekked with local militia in Laos, sailed a traditional Fijian vaka from Bougainville to Wellington as well as volunteered & helped establish charities in New Zealand and abroad. As the founder & director of MOTIF, a specialist investment & business advisory focused on ethical business, James is supporting companies to contribute to a more equitable & sustainable world. One of Mr Bushells’ dreams is to see a world filled with innovative businesses where ethical practice is the status quo, where economic principles are inherently socially & environmentally focused, and companies are committed to investing in our future.

Mr Bushell also sits on a number of boards & advisory boards including The University of Wellington Brian Picot Ethics Advisory Board, Transparency International New Zealand and The Equanut Company. He also chairs The Wellington Chocolate Factory & the One Percent Collective.

Details

Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual

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Pikarere Station Walk

Pikarere Station Walk

* SOLD OUT *

Join the Health & Fitness Centre team for an afternoon walk, lunch & swim at Pikarere Station with The Wellington Club trustee & host Dan Stevenson, who has kindly opened his home to us.

Pikarere is a 810 hectare operational farm with 5km of coastline and spectacular views of Mana Island, Kapiti Island, the South Island and to Mt Taranaki on a clear day.

The walk will take two groups (one on an intermediate walk & one on a more relaxing walk) through Pikarere Farm taking in spectacular sea views & breathtaking scenery.

Once we have worked up an appetite, we will enjoy a well-earned lunch followed by a dip in the swimming pool.

Walking options

Option 1:  Coastal walk (approx. 2 hours) will take you along some steep terrain but with some spectacular sea views. Orca and dolphins are known to visit these shores. This walk would be more suited to the intermediate walker.

Option 2:  A more relaxed walk (approx. 1 hour) will give you time to take in the breathtaking scenery along a flatter terrain. More suited for the leisurely walker.

Details

Time: 10.30am
Venue: Meet at Pikarere Station for morning tea before heading off on a walk
Cost: $40 per person
Dress: Good walking shoes essential

Te Reo Introductory Class

Te Reo Introductory Class

The Club is hosting an Introductory Class for those who would like to learn Te Reo. This first class will focus on how to pronounce Maori words correctly, starting with pronunciation of vowels and greetings.

Details

Time: 5pm for a 5.30pm start
Location: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Dress: Business Casual
Cost: $25 including an arrival drink

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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 2019, 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 dinner, including a glass of wine
Chess following dinner
$45 per person

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Gin Wars: England v EU

Gin Wars: England v EU

It's time for you to be the judge.

In one corner, two gins from England. In the other, two from the Mediterranean.

Which will be the winner on the day?

Your evening will start with a long, cool Pimms before exploring the nuances & tasting of various gins blended with Fever Tree soda.

Nibbles, including cream cheese profiterole, chicken & ham croquette and salt & pepper popcorn, will be served.

Details

Time: 6pm
Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Cost: $45 per person
Dress: Business Casual

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Hands & Arthritis Seminar

Hands & Arthritis Seminar

Stiff painful hands can make life almost unbearable, so join the Club’s Health & Fitness team to learn more about treatment options & techniques to improve symptoms.

Robyn Tuohy, from Arthritis New Zealand, will also be available to talk more about arthritis self-care after the session.

Details

Time: 10am
Venue: Morrison Room, Sixth Floor

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Degustation Dinner: A New Zealander in New York

Degustation Dinner: A New Zealander in New York

The Wellington Club Sous Chef Liam Dollimore is putting on a special 7-course degustation on Thursday 28 March. 

Guests on the night will be treated to culinary delights inspired by Liam’s trip to New York earlier this year, where he spent time at Michelin-star restaurant, The Musket Room.

Liam’s degustation menu will include 7 courses with matching wines, and a drink on arrival.

Please know there are limited seats, so best to get in quick.

Details

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Dress: Business Casual
Cost: $130 per person

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Last Friday Drinks: Life is Sweet

Last Friday Drinks: Life is Sweet

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.

Tonight, we are serving La Dolce Vita - a variation on the classic French 75.

Brides & Bubbles

Brides & Bubbles

Join fellow brides-to-be, their families and friends for an evening of fashion and wedding advice to help you plan your big day.

Enjoy a glass of bubbles and complimentary canapes while models showcase the latest bridal gowns and wedding industry representatives provide you with expert advice to ensure your wedding runs smoothly.

You will also get an opportunity to tour the Club to help you envisage how your wedding will look.

This event is the perfect way to start planning your wedding with loads of inspiration and advice.

Bring your partner, family, bridesmaids, friends, everyone is welcome to this fun night.

Details

Location: Fifth Floor, The Wellington Club
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Dress: Business Casual

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Victoria at the Club: What is this Royal Commission into Historical Abuse all about & why does it matter?

Victoria at the Club: What is this Royal Commission into Historical Abuse all about & why does it matter?

Victoria at the Club with Dr Elizabeth Stanley

In January 2018, the largest Royal Commission in NZ’s history started work. Focused on charting the nature, extent & impacts of abuse in state care & in faith-based institutions, it will inevitably open the door for the most gruelling stories of violence & harms against children, young people & vulnerable adults. Drawing on her significant research in the area, Dr Stanley considers how this Royal Commission emerged? Why it matters? What it does? And what it might contribute to NZ society?

Dr Stanley is a Professor in Criminology & Rutherford Discovery Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. She has extensive experience in researching commissions established to deal with mass human rights violations. Her book The Road to Hell: State Violence against Children in Post-War New Zealand contributed to the development of the Royal Commission.

Details

Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual

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President's at Home

President's at Home

President's at Home - Helen Stewart Dinner 2019 (paint).jpg
This photograph shows Helen Stewart with her brother, Gordon Stewart, who was President of The Wellington Club from 1964–1968.

This photograph shows Helen Stewart with her brother, Gordon Stewart, who was President of The Wellington Club from 1964–1968.

Victoria at the Club: How prepared are organisations for climate change?

Victoria at the Club: How prepared are organisations for climate change?

Victoria at the Club with Dr Binh Bui

With the global recognition of the importance of climate change issues & the need for carbon mitigation, carbon accounting has recently attracted significant professional and academic attention. Carbon accounting plays an essential role in measuring, monitoring & managing an organisation’s carbon performance. In this talk, Dr Bui will provide insights into NZ organisations & how they respond to climate change issues, the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme & how prepared they are regarding carbon accounting & control systems. She will also discuss findings regarding
how the world’s largest companies are taking action.

Dr Bui is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the School of Accounting & Commercial Law at Victoria University of Wellington. She has 12 years' experience researching climate change, emissions trading & organisational response.

Details

Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual

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Poker night

Poker night

The Club hosts poker tournaments every second Tuesday of the month.

A minimum number of six players is required.

Details

Time: 7pm
Cost: $20 entry fee

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Kid's Cooking Class: Easter

Kid's Cooking Class: Easter

Easter is an “egg”cellent time to load you with lots of gifts and treats to share with your family and friends.

We will show you how to make and decorate easter biscuits, an easter egg, and other goodies for you to take home. You will, of course, enjoy an Easter celebration lunch after all your hard work and be able to enjoy some of the treats you have made.

Details

Time: 10am
Venue: Anteroom, Fifth Floor
Cost: $45 per child, $20 per adult

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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.

Details

Time: 4pm
Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
 

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Special Buffet: 70s Retro

Special Buffet: 70s Retro

Menu

Devilled eggs

Shrimp cocktail

Moulded salmon mousse

Meatloaf & tomato sauce

Chocolate fondue with fruit, marshmallows & blondie

Details

Time: From 12 noon
Venue: Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor
Cost: $25 per person

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Weekend getaway at Wharekaukau

Weekend getaway at Wharekaukau

Following the success of the Awaroa Lodge trip in September last year, the Club has been working hard to organise another unforgettable weekend away for members. This time, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings at Wharekauhau – a luxury farm stay in the Wairarapa.

Join your fellow members for a two-night getaway in one of Wharekauhau's cottage suites, including pre-dinner drinks and canapés, gourmet four-course dinner, and a full country breakfast.

During your stay, you might like to treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa, or for those looking for a bit more adventure might shoot clay targets or take in the scenery on quads. You can also take a day trip to Greytown or Palliser Bay.

Details

Cost: $2875 per couple, per cottage

(Note: minimum numbers required)

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Last Friday Drinks: Easter Delights

Last Friday Drinks: Easter Delights

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.

Tonight, we are serving Cotton Candy Margaritas.

Speaker Series: The future of solar energy

Speaker Series: The future of solar energy

Current generation single junction solar cells are approaching the Shockley-Queissier limit for power conversion efficiency. This efficiency limit is based on the interaction of broadband solar radiation with a semiconductor band gap. Dr Nathaniel Davis will discuss various methods of circumventing this efficiency limit, leading to the creation of a new generation of solar cells.

Dr Davis received his BSc (ADV) H1M from the University of Sydney, Australia. He received the Cambridge Australia Bragg scholarship to carry out his PhD in Physics in the Optoelectronics group at the Cavendish laboratory within the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Davis is now a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington.

Details

Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
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 2019, 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 dinner, including a glass of wine
Chess following dinner
$45 per person

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Dinner: An Evening with Arthur

Dinner: An Evening with Arthur

Please join us to celebrate Arthur Wellesley's 250th birthday, whilst learning about the Duke of Wellington & how he intertwined with our capital city and the Club's heritage.

Details

Time: 6pm
Venue: Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor
Cost: $95 per person
Dress: Formal

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Adult's Cooking Class: Slow-Cooking Masterclass

Adult's Cooking Class: Slow-Cooking Masterclass

Club chefs will share tips and techniques on how to master slow cooking whole pieces of meat.

You will be shown which cuts to buy, how to flavour them with rub or marinade, and the best method to make the tougher cuts eat like a fillet.

Enjoy making a rub and marinade and be able to take it home to show off your new cooking skills at your next dinner party.

Details

Time: 5pm
Venue: Morrison Room, Sixth Floor
Cost: $80 per person

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Poker night

Poker night

The Club hosts poker tournaments every second Tuesday of the month.

A minimum number of six players is required.

Details

Time: 7pm
Cost: $20 entry fee

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Victoria at the Club: The red queen, the pull of Mars & the pulse of life

Victoria at the Club: The red queen, the pull of Mars & the pulse of life

Victoria at the Club with Professor James Crampton

To the best of our knowledge, life is unique to Earth. We still don’t understand what controls the number of species that coexist on this little planet. There is, however, clearly a rather complex interplay between environmental factors on the one hand (e.g. climate) and species-to-species biological interactions on the other (e.g. predation), which controls the diversity of life. Fortunately, the fossil record documents the history of this interplay & reveals a whole suite of natural experiments in environmental upheavals & transitions. We can study these natural experiments in biodiversity change to help us understand the wonderful, squishy, wriggly, smelly, noisy, richness of life on our world and to help us model & mitigate future ecological change.

Professor Crampton is a palaeontologist who works at Victoria University of Wellington & GNS Science in Lower Hutt. His research spans a broad range of fields, from dinosaur hunting in Te Urewera, to evolution of marine critters, to the development of the geological timescale for exploration. His fieldwork has taken him from equatorial deserts to Antarctic islands. The thrill of being the first to see a freshly exposed, millions-of-years old fossil never goes away.

Details

Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual

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Special Buffet: Vietnamese Street Food

Special Buffet: Vietnamese Street Food

Menu

Pho (a salty, clear broth with noodles, vegetables, pork, beef or chicken)

Steamed dumplings with nuoc cham dipping sauce

Banh mi

Com Ga & Xoi Ga

Salty, fresh & dried tropical fruits with green tea icecream

Details

Time: From 12 noon
Venue: Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor
Cost: $25 per person

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Open Cellar Evening

Open Cellar Evening

The Club invites you to attend a Cellar Evening, where you will be taken through wines of the Club’s extensive cellar collection.

There will also be opportunities to bid for a handful of top-quality wines through silent auctions, and to buy mixed cases to take home.

Details

Time: 6pm
Dress: Business Casual
Cost: $25 per person, includes welcome drink, tastings and canapes

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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.

Details

Time: 4pm
Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
 

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Annual Ball: Through the Looking Glass

Annual Ball: Through the Looking Glass

Don’t be late for a very important date…

By order of the Queen of Hearts, you are invited to join us down the rabbit hole to discover the weird and wonderful world of Alice.

Details

Time: 6pm til late
Cost: $145 per person
Dress: Formal

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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 dinner, including a glass of wine
Chess following dinner
$45 per person

PLEASE BOOK HERE

Last Friday Drinks: Life in the Fast Lane

Last Friday Drinks: Life in the Fast Lane

On the last Friday of every month, we serve last Friday drinks at Happy Hour prices and themed canapes on the sixth floor.

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.

Tonight, we are marking the end of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix with a Sidecar Cocktail.

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