Lower North Island Events and Groups

Supporting Blind Low Vision NZ clients in peer support, recreation and volunteering. Find out what’s happening locally, regionally and nationally… get involved.

For all enquiries, please contact one of our friendly local team members listed below:

Micky Gunn: 04 3802144             Email: mgunn@blindlowvision.org.nz

Mary Fisher: 04 380 2151             Email: mfisher@blindlowvision.org.nz

Richard West 06 9293232            Email: rwest@blindlowvision.org.nz

Erin Leonard 06 834 2068            Email: eleonard@blindlowvision.org.nz

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Wellington

Wellington Walking Group

When: Usually 1st Tuesday of the month, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Where: Various locations

Description: an easy walk of up to an hour – often with a specific destination or activity, followed by lunch.

Contact: Micky Gunn 04 380 2144

Te Taiao Nature Guided Museum Tours

When: TBC (possibly fortnightly), bookings required

Where: Te Papa Museum, Cable Street, Wellington

Description: a free, guided tour of Te Papa’s newest exhibit, with tactile and audio-described elements, and coffee/tea afterwards

Contact: Micky Gunn 04 380 2144

Art With Vision Workshops

When: Thursdays, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

Where: Pablos Art Studio, Vivian Street, Wellington

Description: free, tutor-guided art sessions in 2D, 3D, and multimedia, for blind and low vision artists of all abilities

Contact: Micky Gunn 04 380 2144

Coffee Mornings

When: 3rd Thursday of the month 10.00 am – 12.00pm

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Description: meet for peer support and friendship

Contact: Claire Bognuda 04 977 3648

Keep Fit Classes

When: weekly on a Wednesday 10.00 – 11.30 am

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Description: a 1 hour low impact fitness class for all ages and abilities (small charge applies), followed by tea and coffee

Contact: Gail Mann 021 240 2288

Book Club

When: last Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Contact: Jane Mehaffey 04 972 9138

Social Club for the Blind

When: 1st Wednesday each month 7.30 – 9.30pm

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Contact: Keith Palmer 04 476 7329

Indoor Bowls

When: Mondays from 10.00 am -12.00 pm

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Description: social and supportive bowling, with tea and coffee

Contact: Janet Palmer 04 476 7329

• Adaptive Technology Peer Support Group for iOS users (iPhone, iPad, iPod)

When: last Tuesday each month 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Contact: Julie Klein 04 380 2160

Achilles Wellington (Community Group)

When: quarterly (major meet-ups), plus more regular evening meet-ups planned during daylight savings

Where: meet by Mojo Queen’s Wharf

Description: guided walk/run/roll for up to an hour along the waterfront, then back to Mojo for coffee

Contact: Will Bell 027 341 7865

NZ Disability Karate Association (Community Group)

When: 1st Friday of the month, then every Wednesday 6.00 pm (general) 7.00 pm (adult)

Where: Khandallah Town Hall, 11 Ganges Road, Khandallah

Description: free self-defence classes, open to all ages and abilities

Contact: Sensei Stephen Hilson 027 240 2717

Lower Hutt

Indoor Bowls

When: Thursdays 9.30 -11.30 am

Where: Avalon Hall, 14 Mabey Road, Lower Hutt

Description: social and supportive bowling, with tea and coffee

Contact: Ian Smith 04 976 6477

Coffee mornings

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am

Where: Central Hutt (contact organiser for further details)

Description: for peer support and friendship

Contact: Vicki Canning 04 567 0440

Craft Group

When: meets 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 10.30am-1.30pm

Where: Central Hutt (contact organiser for further details)

Description: BYO craft activities and shared lunch

Contact: Vicki Canning 04 567 0440

Working Age Group: age 30-65

When: on the last Saturday of the month

Where: Java Café, Lower Hutt

Description: Social and peer support group

Contact: Vicki Canning 04 567 0440

Parkrun Lower Hutt (Community Group)

When: weekly, Saturday 8.00

Where: Starts from southern end of the Riverside Carpark

Description: a free, timed 5km run/walk along the eastern stop bank of Hutt River

Contact: Just turn up on the day.  If you need a guide, please contact Will Bell at Achilles Wellington 027 341 7865

Wainuiomata Support Group

When: alternating 1st Monday and 1st Saturday of the month

Where: Wainuiomata Library 11.00 – 12.00

Description: for peer support and friendship

Contact: Heather Loader 04 977 6887

Senior Regional Games (Council-organised event)

When: 1st October

Where: Events Centre, 30 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt and the Dowse Art Gallery, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

Description: A fun day of activities, socializing, and a bit of healthy competition (participation-only options available too) to celebrate older people throughout our region.

Contact: Upper Hutt City Council: SRG@UHCC.govt.nz

Upper Hutt

Indoor bowls

When: every Monday 9.30 – 11.00 am

Where: Fergusson Village, 8 Ward Street, Upper Hutt

Description: social and supportive bowling, with tea and coffee

Contact: Shirley McMurray 04 528 2788

Book Group

When: 2nd Thursday of the month 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Where: Upper Hutt Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Description: more than just books!

Contact: Genevieve McLachlan 04 528 7600

Socials

When: quarterly, dates to be confirmed

Where: Silverstream Bowling Club, 37 Dunns Street, Silverstream

Description: bus outings in spring and autumn, lunches held mid-year and             Christmas

Contact: Shirley McMurray 04 528 2788

Mana

Bay Harbour Indoor Bowls

When: every Friday 10.00 am – 12.00
Where: North Wellington Indoor Bowling Association rooms, 1 Onepoto Road,      Porirua
Contact: Ted Gallen 04 236 8237

Mana Support Group

When: 2nd Wednesday each month

Where: Porirua Library (there will be change of venue in the near future)

Description: Peer support and social group

Contact: Wayne Dick 021 024 67968

Achilles Porirua (Community Group)

When: fortnightly on Saturday 9.15 – 10.30

Where: meeting behind the Mobil (opposite McDonald’s)

Description: guided walk/run/roll for up to an hour along the streamside walkway, meeting at McDonald’s for coffee afterwards

Contact: Micky Gunn 04 380 2144

Porirua Parkrun (Community Group)

When: every Saturday 8.00 am

Where: Bothamley Park, Champion Street, Porirua

Description: a free, timed 5km run/walk in Bothamley Park, followed by coffee at McDonald’s Porirua

Contact: just turn up on the day, or Micky Gunn if you need a guide 04 380 2144

Kapiti Coast

Waikanae Vision Impaired

When: 1st Monday of the month 1.00 pm

Where: Cameo Pop-In Centre, Mahara Place, Waikanae

Description: peer support (Retina NZ), with guest speakers and afternoon tea

Contact: Sue Patterson 04 293 5174

Paraparaumu Vision Impaired

When: 3rd Monday of the month 1.30 pm

Where: Cameo Pop-In Centre, Mahara Place, Waikanae

Description: peer support (Retina NZ), with guest speakers and afternoon tea       (cost $2)

Contact: Elizabeth East 021 254 6890

Kapiti Community Committee

When: quarterly, on a Thursday 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Where: Waikanae Senior Rooms, 2 Utatua Street, Waikanae

Description: a social afternoon with guest speakers and afternoon tea (transport available)

Contact: Helen Gordon 04 298 4157

Coffee Morning

When: 4th Friday of the month 10.00 am

Where: Kapiti Blind & Low Vision NZ Office, 6 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu

Contact: Kaye Kay-Smith 04 380 2122

Paraparaumu Indoor Bowls

When: 2nd and 4th Monday each month 1.00 pm

Where: Blind & Low Vision NZ Office, 6 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu

Description: play for an hour, followed by tea and coffee (cost: $2)

Contact: Kaye Kay-Smith 04 380 2122

Men’s Book Group (Community Group)

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month 10.30 am

Where: Mezzanine floor, Paraparaumu Library, Iver Trask Place, Paraparapumu

Description: book discussion with other avid readers

Contact: Tony Cuttriss   tony.cuttriss@kapiticoast.govt.nz

Books and Bikkies (Community Group)

When: 2nd Friday of the month

Where: Otaki Library, Corner Main and Aotaki Streets, Otaki

Description: discussion on books you have been reading

Contact: Otaki.Issues@kapiticoast.govt.nz

Knitting and Weaving Group (Community Group)

When: Monday mornings 9.30-12.00 and Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.30

Where: 27A Elizabeth Street, Waikanae

Description: an established group of knitters and weavers

Contact: Dot Trewhitt (Waikanae Arts and Crafts Society) 027 448 8517

Kapiti Walking Group

When: 3rd Friday of the month 10.00 am – 1.00pm

Where: various locations

Description: an easy walk of up to an hour, followed by lunch.

Contact: Micky Gunn 04 380 2144

Kapiti Parkrun (Community Group)

When: every Saturday 8.00 am

Where: Otaihanga Domain, Makora Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu

Description: a free, timed 5km run/walk along the Waikanae River walkway, followed by coffee

Contact: just turn up on the day

Keep Fit Class (starting early 2020)

When: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month (time to be confirmed)

Where: Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu

Description: a 1 hour low impact class for all abilities (small charge applies), followed by coffee

Contact: Micky Gunn/Gail Mann 021 240 2288 to register interest

Levin

Socials

When: quarterly, 1st Wednesday every 3 months 1.30 – 4.00 pm

Where: Senior Citizens Hall, Corner of Montgomery and Cambridge Street, Levin

Description: afternoon tea and a catch up

Contact: Neill McKenzie 06 367 0470

Levin Walking Group

When: Mondays 10.00 am

Where: various locations (organised week to week)

Description: a gentle walk, followed by a catch up over morning tea

Contact: Ann Watson 06 367 3751

Wairarapa

Coffee Group

When: six weekly

Where: St Matthews Church Lounge

Description: friendship and peer support over morning tea

Contact: Joyce 06 378 2686 or Pat 06 379 6926

Greytown Woodside Trail Parkrun (Community Group)

When: every Saturday 8.00 am

Where: Woodside Station

Description: a free, timed 5km run/walk along the historic Woodside rail trail, followed by coffee

Contact: just turn up on the day

Palmerston North

The Clan

When: fortnightly

Where: Various locations in Palmerston North

Description: meeting for lunch and friendship

Contact: Kay Coles 06 353 7048

Social group

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month 1.30pm-3.00pm

Where: St Peter’s Church Hall, 229 Ruahine Street, Roslyn, Palmerston North

Description: peer support and friendship

Contact: Kay Coles 06 353 7048

Large Social

When: Three times per year

Where: Various locations in Palmerston North

Description: a larger social group which meets for gala type events

Contact: Kay Coles 06 353 7048

Manawatu Active Adults

When: 4th Thursday each month 6.30 pm

Where: Bowlarama, 94 Cuba Street, Palmerston North (and periodically other activities)

Description: a range of activities, including kayaking and bowling

Contact: Paul McEwan 027 427 0112

Tea ‘n Tales

When: last Wednesday each month 10.30 – 11.30 am

Where: Palmerston North Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North

Description: a book club, with refreshments

Contact: Palmerston North Library 06 351 4101

Palmerston North Parkrun (Community Group)

When: every Saturday 8.00 am

Where: Fitzherbert Bridge, Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North

Description: a free, timed 5km run/walk along the Manawatu riverside, followed by coffee

Contact: just turn up on the day

261 Fearless (Community Group)

When: Every Wednesday 9.30 am

Where: Waterloo Park

Description: a running group with coaching and peer support for women of all levels of fitness

Contact: info@261fearless.org

Active Walking group meets occasionally

Active Walking group meets occasionally. If you’d like to be informed of future events, please contact Richard West 027 8083752 or 06 9293232

Boccia

Every Thursday from 4.00 pm – 5.30pm at the Takaro Sports Club, 70 Featherston St.

New Plymouth

  • Social Club meets on the 4th Thursday of the month 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Indoor Bowls meets weekly on a Wednesday at 1.00pm
  • Friday Lunch Group meets on the 1st Friday of each month at 12.30pm
  • Handcraft Group meets every Thursday from 1.30pm-3.00pm
  • Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm
  • Walking Group meets every Tuesday from 1.30pm-3.pm at Blind & Low Vision NZ
  • Tai Chi each Monday and Thursday from 10am – 11am. $5 each session.

Whanganui

  • A social group led by Blind Citizens New Zealand meets at 2pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for peer support and friendship. Phone Kerry Gorman on 06 344 4400
  • An Independent Craft Group meets every Monday and Tuesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm Phone during these hours 06 348 4407
  • Indoor Bowls – Thursday group meets from 7pm and Sunday group plays from 1.30pm. Phone Ken Fredericksen 02102452355

Napier

  • Kentalis, deaf blind coffee group at a café on the 2nd Tuesday of each month 1.30-3pm.
  • Tea with Tales meets 4th Wednesday every month at both Taradale and Napier Libraries 10.00am.
  • Indoor bowls meets weekly at Taradale Senior Citizens Club 1.50-3pm $15 annual membership, $1 per time.
  • Hastings Vision Impaired bowling – weekly at Heretaunga Bowls Club 10.00 -11.15am $2 mat fee.
  • Connections, active social, peer support/ friendship group meeting fortnightly Mon 10.00-11.30.
  • Social group meets fortnightly for peer support and friendship on Thursdays 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

Central Hawkes Bay

  • Ladies luncheon 1st Thurs each month from 11.30am – 2pm
  • Social at Woburn 2nd Thurs bi-monthly from 1.30 – 3.00pm
  • Braille instruction 3rd Friday  each month from 10am – 12pm

Gisborne

  • Socials/Craft meet weekly on Thursdays at 1.30pm
  • Monthly concert usually held on the 1st Saturday of the month at 1.30pm
  • Indoor bowls meets every Wednesday and Friday afternoon
  • Maori Group meets the 1st Monday of the month in the afternoon

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