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

Tuesday 17 September | 4pm
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
 

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Special Buffet: Spring has Sprung

Special Buffet: Spring has Sprung

Chilled avocado soup
Corn bread
Audacious herbaceous roast chicken and rabbit ballotine with ragoût of baby vegetables
Minted baby potatoes
Asparagus and soft boiled eggs
Gravadlax
Tarte Tatin

Details

Wednesday 18 September | 12pm - 2pm
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Attire
$30 per person

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Te Reo Class

Te Reo Class

The Club is hosting a Te Reo class which will introduce you to the language. You will learn how to pronounce Maori words correctly and how to say some basic greetings you can use in everyday life.

* Minimum numbers required *

Details

Wednesday 18 September | 5.30pm for 6pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Attire
$25 including an arrival drink

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Victoria University of Wellington at the Club with Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford

Victoria University of Wellington at the Club with Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford

Professor Guilford will discuss what has been happening on campus and the University’s plans for the future. It has been a big year already for Victoria University of Wellington on several fronts. The Tertiary Education Commission’s recent Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) assessment confirmed it has a larger proportion of academics conducting high-quality research than any other university in New Zealand. The University is also in the final stages of refreshing its Strategic Plan, which will help build on recent successes and set new goals for the 2019-2024 period.

One of the central aims of the plan will be to boost its international reputation, building on the work the University has already started on refreshing its visual brand. The focus is to reflect the enduring partnership between the University and the capital city, by emphasising and celebrating the word Wellington and incorporating its new Māori name: Te Herenga Waka.

Professor Guilford has been Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University of Wellington since March 2014. He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Auckland and a member of its Senior Management Team.

Details

Thursday 19 September | 5.30pm for 6pm start
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Casual
$12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink
(Additional) $20 for a drink and canapes following the presentation

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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

To celebrate the beginning of a new season, the club is opening on Sunday 22 September for you to bring your friends & family to enjoy brunch with an unlimited Bloody Mary bar & continuous mimosas for all.

Details

Sunday 22 September | 11am - 2.00pm
$40 per person | Sixth Floor | Smart Casual

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IT Fundamentals: How to master your device

IT Fundamentals: How to master your device

These are beginners' sessions on how to get the best use of the latest technology for your devices. A panel of guests will available to help navigate the best new apps for your cellphone, laptop or tablet.

Bring your own device and get to understand the basics of how to use the many available apps.

This session will focus on:

  • How to download apps and which apps are most helpful to you

  • Uber

  • Air New Zealand

  • Maps

  • Music

Details

Thursday 24 September | 10am - 12pm
$20 per person, per session | Business Attire

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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

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Freemasons Opera at the Club

Freemasons Opera at the Club

The Freemason Foundation has once again offered an evening of opera at the Club through its association with NZ Opera.

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

Details

Wednesday 25 September | 6.30pm for 7pm start
$95 per person (please book early to avoid disappointment)
Black Tie/Evening Wear

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Speaker Series: Vietnam - A Personal View

Speaker Series: Vietnam - A Personal View

Speaker Series with Club Member Ronald Ainsbury

Many people still associate Vietnam with a war, but as Hartley wrote: "The past is a foreign country". Today’s Vietnam is a different place. Ron has visited Vietnam a dozen times since 1992, most recently in July. He describes the many changes that he has witnessed and also the challenges that young Vietnamese face. This is not a travelogue, although Ron’s stories and pictures might inspire you to visit. Nor is it a trade talk, although you might be encouraged to explore business opportunities. Rather, it is a personal reflection based on his most recent visit which took him from the capitalist city of Ho Chi Minh (where he was working with wannabe entrepreneurs), to the more staid capital of Hanoi, and the very rural area of Sapa/Lao Cai, close to the Chinese border.

South African by birth, Ron was educated at Oxford and is now living in Martinborough. His career includes business and academia and has spanned four continents. He is a Senior Fellow at the Research Centre Business Innovation at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Details

Thursday 26 September | 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Casual
$30 for presentation, arrival drink and lunch

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Varsity at the Club: Tuatara - Surviving Climate Change

Varsity at the Club: Tuatara - Surviving Climate Change

Varsity at the Club with Associate Professor Nicola Nelson

Get up close and personal with a real Tuatara while hearing about how they are going to survive climate change.

Tuatara are only found in New Zealand and even then, now only in places where we can protect them from predators like rats. Their eggs produce male babies if they’re incubated in warm nests, leading to predictions of all male populations with climate change. However, the challenges coming their way with climate warming may be off-set by opportunities like ‘Predator–Free NZ’. Nicky will pull these threads together to examine how we can make our way forward to ensure tuatara survive into the future, and consider what this means for other New Zealand species.

Nicola Nelson is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. She has extensive research experience on New Zealand reptiles, particularly tuatara and effects of temperature on their biology and conservation.

Details

Thursday 26 September | 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Casual
$30 for presentation, arrival drink and lunch

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Opera NZ: Turn of the Screw

Opera NZ: Turn of the Screw

A young governess arrives at a remote country house to care for two children with only written instructions from their guardian, who advises not to disturb him. Before long a tapestry is woven of obsession, sexual awakening and the destruction of childhood. A narrative just ambivalent enough for us to project upon it our own fears.

Details

Thursday 3 October
Dinner at the Club begins at 5.30pm | Show commences at 7.30pm

Ticket, dinner and transport package
Gold ticket, transport to and from the Opera House, pre-dinner at the Club
$195 per person

Dinner and transport package
Pre-dinner at the Club and transport to and from the Opera House
$70 per person

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Young Members' Event: Cluedo Night

Young Members' Event: Cluedo Night

Can you solve a good mystery? Or spark one? Channel your inner Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard or Mrs Peacock, roam around the Club looking for the billiard room, library, dining roomm, and be wary of candlesticks, lead pipes and spanners.

Re-imagining the original 1949 board game, you'll solve puzzles, find clues and try to work out who did the deed all while you're eating and drinking.

Details

Friday 4 October | 6pm
$50 per person | Dress in character (or in the colour of one of the characters)

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Little Chefs in the Kitchen: Cupcake-Making Class

Little Chefs in the Kitchen: Cupcake-Making Class

Let your child or grandchild find their creative side decorating their own cupcakes. Join Club sweets extraordinaire Kelsey Ramage who will teach the children how to make cool cupcakes that are sure to impress. After they have finished decorating cupcakes, they will enjoy some lunch before heading home with their decorated cupcakes to share (or not!).

Details

Tuesday 8 October | 10am | $40 per child

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IT Fundamentals: How to master your device

IT Fundamentals: How to master your device

These are beginners' sessions on how to get the best use of the latest technology for your devices. A panel of guests will available to help navigate the best new apps for your cellphone, laptop or tablet.

Bring your own device and get to understand the basics of how to use the many available apps.

This session will focus on:

  • How to use email

  • Texting 101

  • Online banking

Details

Wednesday 9 October | 10am - 12pm
$20 per person, per session | Business Attire

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Speaker Series: Talking with young people about what they are watching - a rough guide

Speaker Series: Talking with young people about what they are watching - a rough guide

Speaker Series with Chief Censor David Shanks

David Shanks will talk about how young people are digital natives but that does not mean they are not impacted by some of the things they see online. Research from his office, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, shows that young people want guidance. They want information before they consume content and they need to be able to have conversations with trusted adults when they are upset by something. David will discuss issues young people come up against, from suicide in entertainment to porn on their phones, and what we need to do to make things better as well as provide some advice on how to start conversations with young people about difficult topics.

David Shanks is New Zealand’s Chief Censor. He was appointed to the role in May 2017 and leads the Office of Film and Literature Classification, which is an Independent Crown Entity. David is a barrister and solicitor who has had a career spanning both private and public sector senior roles. He has led the legal function for organisations such as the State Services Commission and the Ministry of Social Development, as well as served as a director for a company in the tech sector. He is now responsible for protecting New Zealanders from harm, especially harm to children and young people that can come from sex, crime, cruelty, horror and violence in media. This balances with upholding New Zealander's right to freedom of expression and recognising the diverse views of all Kiwis. As a parent, David has a passion for the job and a determination to modernise the approach to the changing world of media content.

Details

Wednesday 9 October | 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Casual
$12 for members / $20 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner

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Members & Daughters' Dinner

Members & Daughters' Dinner

This annual event offers members the opportunity to bring their daughter, granddaughter, step-daughter, niece, aunty, mother, grandmother to a formal dinner at the Club.

The guest speaker for the evening is Dr Maria Pozza, who is New Zealand’s only space lawyer. She will talk about what space law is and what it means for New Zealand, as well as the challenges and barriers of being a women in a pioneering area of law.

Details

Thursday 10 October | 6.30pm
$95 per person | Black Tie/Evening Wear

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Special Buffet: Diwali

Special Buffet: Diwali

Mulligatawny soup
Naan bread
Raan (roast lamb leg with yoghurt and almond crust)
Bombay potatoes
Butter chicken
Various chutneys
Spicy collard greens
Halva
Grilled pineapple with caramel
Mango sorbet

Details

Wednesday 16 October | 12pm - 2pm
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Attire
$30 per person

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Te Reo Class

Te Reo Class

The Club is hosting a Te Reo class which will introduce you to the language. You will learn how to pronounce Maori words correctly and how to say some basic greetings you can use in everyday life.

* Minimum numbers required *

Details

Wednesday 16 October | 5.30pm for 6pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Attire
$25 including an arrival drink

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Speaker Series: Workplace investigations and cultural reviews

Speaker Series: Workplace investigations and cultural reviews

Speaker Series with Rachel Burt

External workplace investigations and cultural reviews are increasingly common. Organisations engage independent reviewers to assess their workplace culture, team dynamics or previous handling of an incident. Sometimes investigations come about because of complex claims of bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination. Rachel will discuss when to engage an external investigator, common problem areas and how to address such issues, positive engagement with vulnerable staff during the investigation, and offer examples of constructive outcomes.

Rachel Burt is an employment law barrister who frequently conducts investigations and reviews for public and private organisations.

Details

Wednesday 23 October | 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Casual
$12 for members / $20 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner

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Port & Cheese Tasting

Port & Cheese Tasting

Join Keith Tibble from Eurovintage, who will take you through a tasting of some of the finest port and cheese.

Details

Friday 25 October | 6pm
Business Attire | $40 per person

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HFC Talk: Menopause - A Guide for Women & Men

HFC Talk: Menopause - A Guide for Women & Men

While menopause is often associated with women, few people know it also affects men – though indirectly. This talk will discuss what causes this hormone imbalance in women, and how to control symptoms, such as weight control and sleep issues, through hormone replacement therapy and exercise. It is also a chance for men to understand what women experience and how they can offer their help and support. Join Club member and Wellington GP Dr Gabrielle Ruben and Health & Fitness Manager Kathy McConville to discuss this hot topic.

Details

Wednesday 30 October | 6.00pm
$15 per person, includes light refreshments | Business Attire

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Sailing: Rum Race

Sailing: Rum Race

Enjoy an evening of racing yachts with members of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC).

Members and their guests will be hosted on a range of yachts, together with crews provided by RPNYC members.

Details

Friday 1 November | $40 per person

4:30pm: Meet at the Wardroom Bar at RPNYC
5:00pm: Guests allocated to yachts
6:00pm: Race Start
7.30pm: Return to the Yacht Club for a barbecue

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Varsity at the Club: Westminster Government in Whitehall and Wellington - Reflections from being on the inside of both systems

Varsity at the Club: Westminster Government in Whitehall and Wellington - Reflections from being on the inside of both systems

Varsity at the Club with Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Senior Associate Len Cook

Reflecting from this experience in both roles, differences, similarities and connections in the two systems are highlighted. Len will identify how the very different nature of civil service arrangements, the media, Parliaments, think tanks, history and international connections affect public administration. Some lessons for current proposals for public sector reform will be pointed out.

Len Cook is a statistician and member of the Remuneration Authority and has been both a Chief Executive in the New Zealand Public Service, and a Permanent Secretary in the British Civil Service (and the government statistician in both countries). He is a past President of the Institute of Public Administration, the last Families Commissioner and a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy. He remains actively involved in the application of statistics to public policy, with particular interests in population analyses and the place of information in holding government to account.

Details

Monday 4 November | 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Casual
$12 for members / $20 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner

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Members Only Dinner

Members Only Dinner

The only event on the Club's calendar which is reserved for Members only.

The guest speaker for the evening is New Zealand Security Intelligence Service chief executive Rebecca Kitteridge.

Details

Tuesday 5 November | 6.30pm
$95 per person | Black Tie/Evening Wear/Decorations

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IT Fundamentals: How to master your device

IT Fundamentals: How to master your device

These are beginners' sessions on how to get the best use of the latest technology for your devices. A panel of guests will available to help navigate the best new apps for your cellphone, laptop or tablet.

Bring your own device and get to understand the basics of how to use the many available apps.

This session will focus on:

  • Photography

Details

Wednesday 6 November | 10am - 12pm
$20 per person, per session | Business Attire

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HFC Talk: A Guide to Insomnia

HFC Talk: A Guide to Insomnia

Dr Bronwyn Sweeney, a sleep researcher at Massey University’s Sleep/Wake Research Centre, will provide an brief overview of normal sleep before explaining what insomnia is, the types of insomia, who is most likely to suffer from it, and what treatment is available.

A registered clinical psychologist and infertility counsellor, Bronwyn is somewhat of a sleep evangelist and enjoys opportunities to share sleep knowledge with others, especially since few of us receive sleep education growing up. Her doctoral research investigated sleep changes in late pregnancy and the relationship to maternal mental health in a sample of over 1100 Kiwi women. Clinically, one of her special interests is treating adults affected by chronic insomnia. Outside of these roles, Bronwyn always has knitting on the go, active wear at the ready, cherishes sleep and relishes time with family which includes multiple dogs and a diva cat.

Details

Monday 11 November | 12.00pm
$35 per person, includes light lunch | Business Attire

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Special Buffet: Novemberfest

Special Buffet: Novemberfest

Beer, cheese and onion soup
Brown onion rye bread
Wiener Schnitzel
A selection of würst, spätzle
Saeurkraut
Potato salad
Pickled gherkins
Kohl salad
Apfel Streusel

Details

Wednesday 13 November | 12pm - 2pm
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Attire
$30 per person

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Te Reo Class

Te Reo Class

The Club is hosting a Te Reo class which will introduce you to the language. You will learn how to pronounce Maori words correctly and how to say some basic greetings you can use in everyday life.

* Minimum numbers required *

Details

Thursday 14 November | 5.30pm for 6pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Attire
$25 including an arrival drink

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Blind Whisky Tasting & Christmas Specials

Blind Whisky Tasting & Christmas Specials

Join Alec Hay from Whisky Galore who will take you through a flight of some of the world’s premium single malts and Scotch blended whiskies.

Details

Friday 15 November | 6pm
Business Attire | $50 per person

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Combined Services Dinner

Combined Services Dinner

The Club will host a Combined Services Dinner on Tuesday 19 November to commemorate Remembrance Day, 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

$85 per person | 6.30pm
Black Tie with Decorations/Mess Dress/Evening Wear

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Adult's Christmas Cooking & Styling Class

Adult's Christmas Cooking & Styling Class

Join your fellow members to learn how to style your dining table for Christmas. There are so many simple yet beautiful ways of doing this and we will give you some tips on how to give your dining experience that ultimate wow factor! You will also learn how to make canapés to help you prepare for a stress-free Christmas Day.

Details

Wednesday 20 November | 5pm - 7pm
$45 per person, includes arrival drink and canapés | Business Attire

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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

$25 per child, including present | $35 per adult
Fifth Floor | Smart Casual

RSVP before Monday 18 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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Special Buffet: Founders' Day Lunch

Special Buffet: Founders' Day Lunch

Brown Windsor soup
Bread rolls
Shrimp cocktail
Beef Wellington
Minted peas
Glazed carrots
Hasselback potatoes
Iceberg lettuce salad
Pickled cucumber
Cabinet pudding
Fresh fruit salad

Details

Wednesday 11 December | 12pm - 2pm
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Attire
$30 per person

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Grand End-of-Year Lunch

Grand End-of-Year Lunch

Have yourself a very merry Christmas.

It’s back and better than ever before. Due to the popularity of this event, this year the lunch will be hosted on the fifth to accommodate a large number of booking requests.   

Join your fellow Club members on the Club table to toast in the festive season or use this as the ideal opportunity to thank your staff or clients.

Details

Friday 20 December | 12pm-2pm
Terrace Room, Fifth Floor | $35 per person, including a welcome drink

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