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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News and Upcoming Special Events:

Bikkie Day
When: Friday 7 August
Where: Nationwide
Description: Bake and sell cookies to raise the dough for Blind Low Vision NZ.
Register here: https://www.bikkieday.org.nz

Kapiti Coffee Group with (easy) Microwave Mug Recipes:
When: Tuesday 18 August, 10.00am – 11.30am
Where: Blind Low Vision NZ Kapiti Office, 6 Tongariro Street, Paraparaumu
Description: BYO mug and make some tasty treats to go with your coffee!
Contact: Micky Gunn mgunn@blindlowvision.org.nz ph: 04 380 2144

3D Card Making
When: Tuesday 25 August 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Oppenheim Room, Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Newtown
Description: First monthly meeting of the new art and craft group
Cost: $2 koha to cover morning tea
Contact: Micky Gunn mgunn@blindlowvision.org.nz ph: 04 380 2144

 

Wellington

On the radar:

  • Te Papa Wellington sensory tour: August/September (date to be confirmed)
  • Beach hike, Whanganui: September (date to be confirmed)
  • Arts Week: 28 September – 2 October
  • Food Show, Wellington: 30 October
  • Halberg Wellington badminton event (date to be confirmed)
  • Tandem ride, Wairarapa: 5 – 6 November
  • RNZ Ballet, Wellington AD performance of Sleeping Beauty: 7 November
  • Beach hike, Waitarere: 26 November (likely date but will confirm)
  • Circa Theatre, Wellington AD performances: The Glitter Garden, PSA: Election 2020, Cinderella (dates to be confirmed)

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

NZ Blind Lawn Bowls

When: Club days at local bowling clubs, with an annual national competition held at different venues in NZ.

Where: Bowling clubs around New Zealand.

Description: NZBLBA is committed to growing and developing the sport of blind bowls in NZ.

Cost: $20 per annum

Contact: Royden James 0226119680 James.royden@gmail.com

Guided Museum Tours

When: On demand, bookings required

Where: Te Papa Museum, Cable Street, Wellington

Description: Guided tour of certain exhibits, with tactile and audio-described elements

Contact: Judith Jones:  accessibility@tepapa.govt.nz

Art and Craft Group

When: 4th Tuesday each month, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Braille House, 121 Adelaide Road, Wellington

Description: Bring along your own craft project, or try something new

Cost: Gold coin koha for tea and coffee

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 Wednesday 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

Achilles Wellington (Community Group)

When: first Sunday of the month, 8.30 am

Where: meet by Mojo Poneke, Clyde Quay, Wellington waterfront

Description: guided walk/run/roll for up to an hour along the waterfront, followed by coffee.

Contact: Micky Gunn 027 808 1405

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

Companion Walking Service (offered by Age Concern)

Details: a service for the elderly who wish to go walking in their local community

(Cost: $20 or $5 for Community Service Cardholders)

Contact: Lyn cws@acwellington.org.nz Phone: 022 411 4727

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

Indoor and Outdoor Bowls (Community Group)

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1.15 pm

Where: Hutt Bowling Club, 6 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt

Description: Indoor bowls in winter, outdoor bowls from September, plus social events

Contact: Rex Baker 04 567 7779 or Ray Jones 04 977 9500 or Des Darby 04 567 9331

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.

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

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: Lesley & Wayne King LMKing1946@outlook.com

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: Lesley & Wayne King LMKing1946@outlook.com

Mana

Indoor Bowls for Blind & Low Vision Persons

When: every Friday 10.00am – 12.00pm

Where: North Wellington Indoor Bowling Association rooms, 1 Onepoto Road, Porirua

Description: Beginners and experienced players welcome. Transport may be available.

Cost: $3.00 per session

Contact: Wayne Dick 021 0246 7968 Libby Drummond 021 069 5562
Gay Quirke 027 242 3288 Brenda Anderson 021 106 9888

Mana Vision Impaired Persons (VIP) Group

When: 2nd Wednesday each month 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Where: Level 1, The Settlement, 1 Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua

Description: A cuppa and chat, with interesting speakers each month. Some transport available

Cost: Gold coin donation

Contact: Wayne Dick 021 024 67968 Brenda Anderson 021 106 9888 or 233 1833

Mana Knitting and Crochet Group

When: first Tuesday of the month 10.00 – 12.00 noon

Where: Porirua Library

Description: enjoy a chat and cuppa with fellow knitters. Some help, materials & transport available

Contact: Gael Hambrook 04 970 3575   Brenda Anderson 021 106 9888

Mana Arts Society (Community Group)

When: various days and times

Where: Plimmerton Domain, close to the Plimmerton railway station

Description: regular art sessions, workshops, social opportunities and peer support

Contact: Barbara Laurenson barb.laurenson@gmail.com

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 McDonalds

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

Kapiti Coast

Waikanae Vision Impaired Persons Group

When: 1st Monday of the month 1.15 – 3.00 pm

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

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

Contact: Gail Mann 04 904 0269

Paraparaumu Vision Impaired Persons Group (deferred till September)

When: 3rd Monday of the month 1.30 – 3.00 pm

Where: Paraparaumu Library, Ivor Trask Place, Paraparaumu

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

Contact: Elizabeth East 04 299 1800

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: Usually the 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

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: Ann Watson 06 367 3751

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

Horowhenua Embroiderer’s Guild

When: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tuesday each month, 1.00 – 4.00 pm

Where: Levin & Districts Brass Hall, 82 Weraroa Rd, Horowhenua.

Description: Stitching and afternoon tea. BYO project, guidance available

Cost: $2

Contact: Enid horowhenuaeg@gmail.com

Wairarapa

Coffee Group

When: second Tuesday of the month 2.00 pm

Where: Mitre10 Coffee Shop, Masterton

Description: friendship and peer support over afternoon 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

Working Age Group

When: several times per year

Where: various venues in the Wairarapa

Description: social and peer support group

Contact: Donna Laing motuoru.developmentservices@gmail.com

Palmerston North

Social Group

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

Where: Palmerston North Community Leisure Centre, 569 Ferguson Street

Description: peer support and friendship

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

The Evergreen Series

When: last Wednesday each month 10.30 – 11.45 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

If you’d like to be informed of future events, please contact Richard West 027 8083752 or 06 9293232

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
  • Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm
  • Active Walking Group meets occasionally (please contact Richard West on 027 808 3752 for updates)
  • Tai Chi each Monday and Thursday from 10am – 11am. $5 each session.

New Plymouth Parkrun (Community Group)

When: Saturdays 8.00

Where: East End Reserve, Fitzroy

Description: a free, times 5km run/walk along the coastal walkway, followed by coffee

Contact: just turn up on the day

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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