There are transition town groups in: Brooklyn, Hataitai, Johnsonville, Karori, Lower Hutt, Ngaio, Upper Hutt, Wadestown, and Wellington South.

There is a regional Wellington Transition Town steering committee, but it mostly serves as a networking and sharing of experience hub, rather than attempting to dictate actions or processes to local groups.
Background on Wellington Initiatives

We had our first Transition Towns of Wellington meeting in November 2007. We felt that because Wellington is a reasonably large area, it makes sense to create Transition Initiatives by suburb or suburb groups initially. However, we still need to network regularly as a whole to meet, share experiences and do some planning towards Transition Town Wellington!

Since that first Wellington meeting, Transition Initiatives have been popping up all over Wellington - the response has been amazing! So many capable people are stepping up to bring this movement to their local communities. Change is in the air...

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Inventory of resources

Criteria for 'official' TT status

Initial thoughts on governance

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Notification List for December Meeting



E-mail TT Brooklyn done

Friends of Owhiro Stream

Brooklyn Community Association

Brooklyn Residents Association (e-mail Carl) done

Mailbox Drop

Deliver to all mailboxes except ‘Addressee/Post mail only’, shops, schools, churches, etc. Numbers in brackets indicate number of mailboxes for planning.

Ashton Fitchett Drive (124), Monteith Grove (18), Lingard Grove (9), Waterhouse Drive (28), Forsyth Grove (16) » Read more

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Wellington South - Transitioneering: Managing the Infrastructure of Energy Descent

A screening of a presentation by Dr Susan Krumdieck from the Canterbury School of Engineering. She (and her team) have modeled a version of a transition town based on her suburb in Christchurch where she has basically put the 12 steps into a practical application.

Location / Venue: 
St Francis de Sales school hall, Mersey Street, Island Bay

TT Brooklyn: Let's Talk Rubbish about Waste

...How to REDUCE, RE-USE and RE-CYCLE!

Donna Sherlock, Waste Awareness Officer & Project coordinator for Organisational Sustainability, Wellington City Council will talk about how to get wasted and benefit your household!

Local residents will fill us in on:

* Reduse your household waste to no RUBBISH BAGS! How? Join us... » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Brooklyn Community Centre

Biofuels panel discussion

Dev-Zone invites you to a panel discussion on:  BIOFUELS – Climate Solution or Poverty Trap? » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Dev-Zone, 55 Cuba Street, Wellington
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Wgtn south public meeting

For a map see: http://www.wises.co.nz/l/Wellington/Island+Bay/Mersey+Street/#c/2r7cx/6wqpp/0/

Regular buses going to The Parade, Island (no. 1 bus) - get off opposite the Empire Cinema on the Parade and turn right up Mersey Street at the Hy Grade Dairy.  Walk one block to the church and school hall is at the bottom on the spire.  From town via the Melrose area, take the no. 22 or 23 to Island Bay, which goes right past the church. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
St Francis de Sales School Hall on Mersy Street, Island Bay

Thinking ahead about what we want

Aro Valley:

thinking ahead about what we want

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Location / Venue: 
Aro Valley Community Centre, 48 Aro St
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Lessons and updates from TT groups around the country - wgtn

James Samuel will be giving a presentation on what all the other TT groups around the country are up to and how we can learn from them.

After this a World Cafe will be held (you can check out http://www.theworldcafe.com/ if you want to know about those processes, or you can just turn up and be pleasantly surprised).

7 ~ 9.30pm at the Centre for Global Action (2nd story James Smith building on the corner of Cuba St and Manners Mall).

7 ~ 8pm James "National Trends and Lessons Learned"

8 ~ 8:15 Question time » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Centre for Global Action (2nd story James Smith building on the corner of Cuba St and Manners Mall).

Meeting the criteria

  1. We have an understanding of peak oil and climate change as twin drivers and are writing them into our Governance document.
  2. We have formed a steering group of 8 people, 4 from Wellington and 4 from Lower Hutt and had our first steering group meeting.
  3. We are willing to attend a 2 day training course. Just not in Totnes obviously, so we are waiting on NZ training to be sorted out which we understand is coming along.
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Wellington South public meeting

Draft agenda


James Samuel is coming


The role of our group in the wider community?


Location / Venue: 
Newtown Community Centre, Columbo St, Newtown
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Wellington - Robert Newman's History of Oil

A light hearted look at a very serious subject. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Newtown Community Hall, Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington

Brooklyn Stay Warm & Save Dollars

Stay Warm & Save Dollars

An evening of informative, practical presentations and lively debate with;

• Joseph Mayhew (Renewable Energy Advisor - EECA) on local options for renewable energy.

• Sarah Free (Energy Advisor, Sustainability Trust) on ways we can save energy and reduce our power bills.

Date: Weds 20 August 2008 from 7.00 – 9.00pm

Venue: Brooklyn Community Centre, 18 Harrison Street

Refreshments Provided - Gold Coin Koha » Read more

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Open Space experiment

Our meetings have been getting larger over time, so what we had been doing where everyone takes turns speaking to the whole group was starting to get slow, cumbersome and unfoccussed.

So at our last meeting we ran an experiment where we used the Open Space method. It goes something like this » Read more


Thanks to our leaflet drop around Brooklyn—around 1,500 houses, and the topic of permaculture we attracted our best audience yet, around 60 people of all ages. Majority of people from Brooklyn but we had some from other areas too. 6 people registered through the website.

Steering group: present—Barbara, Belinda, Dawn, Tom; apologies—none; absent—Edwina; minutes—Tom. » Read more

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Wellington South public meeting

Interim agenda

Food group
- ideas
- make plans to do something » Read more

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Statistics NZ Workshop: Pathways to Sustainability - What Matters Most to New Zealanders

Pathways to Sustainability - What Matters Most to New Zealanders

A free workshop, Pathways to Sustainability, What Matters Most to
NZers", sponsored by Statistics New Zealand and Anew NZ, is being
held in Auckland on the 29th of August and Wellington on the 9th of
September. Information on it is attached with this email. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
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Gardening skills share

A skills share focused on seed raising and with some discussions on vege garden design.
Location / Venue: 
22 Aro St, Wellington

Film screening and discussion: Endgame -A talk by Derrick Jensen

While this isn't a Transition Towns event, it is something that you might be interested in:


Film screening and discussion: Endgame -A talk by Derrick Jensen

Friday 15th August, 7pm (1 hour film followed by discussion) » Read more

Location / Venue: 
128 Abel-Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
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Successful film screening

The film screening the other night went really well, I thought. Plenty of new people and some great discussion aftwards. The seeds of a new community garden continue to germinate. Excellent soup by Pamela!

Next meeting in a week or two, watch this space!

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Media spokesperson needed!

Hi all

At the last wellington hub meeting, one of the things that was discussed was the nomination of someone to handle media enquires and publicity.

The idea was that a centralised media group or person for the entire region would be more able to respond to media enquires in the most effective manner. It would mean that every group wouldn't have the burden of training or finding a media-savvy person. » Read more

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Film screening - Power of Community - Wellington

An inspiring documentary on the effects of peak oil on the community of Cuba after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which subsidized a large part of Cuba's oil and energy imports.

Discussions after the screening of the films.

Where: St Francis de Sales hall
11 Mersey Street
Island Bay, Wellington











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