What's on this month

Explore events happening this month across the Hutt Valley

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Robert Rapson: Against the Tide

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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Against the Tide celebrates the life and work of late ceramicist Robert Rapson (1951-2020).

Best known for his delightfully idiosyncratic sculptures and encyclopedic knowledge of boats, Rapson’s work demonstrates his joyful and quirky approach to ceramics. Mostly self-taught, Rapson came to ceramics later in life after a career in civil service—embracing art making as a way to help weather the storm clouds that passed through his life. This exhibition reflects both Rapson’s passion for ships and his position outside the artistic status quo, and also introduces audiences to his wider practice beyond his well-known boats. 



The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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This immersive experience tells the story of TMD (The Most Dedicated) Crew, Aotearoa’s most renowned international street art collective. Featuring the work of over 20 of its members, visitors will be able to delve into the origins and evolution of this graffiti super group. 'The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story' is part of our 50th Anniversary programme.

It continues The Dowse Art Museum's commitment to street art and urban art culture that was initiated through projects such Respect: Hip Hop Aotearoa (2003), The New Cool (2005) and Common Ground (2009). 


The Dowse Art Museum The Most Dedicated An Aotearoa Graffiti Story

It Runs in the Family

Muritai School Hall, 166 Muritai Road, Easbourne, Lower Hutt

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If you are a leading surgeon in London’s most prestigious hospital and you are delivering the “Lecture of the Year” to a hundred of the world’s leading physicians, the last thing you want is a distraught mistress from 20 years ago turning up.

Well, Dr. Mortimer can cope with that, but when the erstwhile mistress says that the result of their past union was a baby boy, he is more than gobsmacked. And when the ex-mistress then tells him that the baby boy, now a strapping sixteen-year old, is waiting outside to be introduced, there is only one course of action – send for faithful friend, Dr. Bonney. Complications ensue involving a police sergeant, Dr. Mortimor’s wife, a severe hospital matron and Dr. Bonney’s mother, although why Dr. Bonney has to impersonate both matron and Al Jolson is too complicated to explain here.



Night Time Mysteries

Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

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Wander through some of the oldest trees in the Wellington region, serenaded by native birds as darkness falls. You may even hear the cries of kiwi and ruru (morepork). This is your chance to explore an area not normally open to the public, including the glowworm-filled access tunnel that links to the Orongorongo Valley. Wellington Astronomical Society can tell you about Dark Sky awareness and preservation and will provide a telescope for you to search the skies for the Moon and the Southern Cross. You’ll be able to talk to Remutaka Conservation trust volunteers about their Kiwi release programme and how they monitor nests.



Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink’s powerful new play about impermanence - of life, love…. and ice cream!

This glorious production is inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer prize-winning “Denial of Death,” and the vibrant, life–filled chaos of India’s most cosmopolitan city, Mumbai. Jacob Rajan delivers a dazzling solo performance as he channels seven characters, weaving the afterlife and a dash of Bollywood disco into the real-life mystery of India’s vanishing vultures. A man trying desperately to avoid death is flung between limbo and his past where a rebellious young woman holds the key that may guide him to paradise. Infused with serious laughter, exquisite puppetry and inspired sound design this show is guaranteed to blow your mind and melt your heart.



Case Studies and Controversies

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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How does a controversy start and why do art galleries often become the focal point of them? Examining significant instances of controversy from The Dowse’s history and further afield, panellists Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Vera Mey, Tim Walker and facilitator Tina Barton unpack what it takes to navigate controversy beyond scandal and outrage toward something productive and valuable. 



Dine Wellington | Wellington On a Plate

Festival dishes to dine for! Seven eateries bring you gourmet pies, winter warmer comfort meals and more. Dine your way round the Hutt this Wellington On a Plate.


Station Gardens Rizzos group dining

Blue Smoke '21

Blenheim St, Upper Hutt

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Join Panhead under the big tent at Brewtown for an immersive Americana celebration of beer, whisky, BBQ and incredible live music.

Panhead’s Custom Ales kitchen crew will be alongside mates from Black Dog BBQ, plus some legends from three of the country's finest BBQ teams, to put in the hard yards to deliver a low n’ slow feast. Whole hogs will spend the night over smouldering woods in the house-built pit BBQ, the smokers will be cranking out the finest ribs n’ rubs you can find this side of Texas, and of course, Panhead’s famous 12-hour smoked brisket, along with all the fixin’s and trimmin’s a feast like this deserves! Cameron Harrison butchers and Weber BBQ NZ will spend the day going through all the meats and techniques in our BBQ and Butchery display tent. The brew team have been working away on some fine libations exclusively for Blue Smoke, including old favourite – the Peach Iced Tea sour. At the distiller’s tent malt, bourbon and rye experts from Wellington’s famed Crumpet Bar are teaming up with Thomson Whisky to chat about distilling, spirits and more. Oh, and here’s something truly special, Stackhouse Knives have saddled up and headed over the hills to demonstrate live blacksmithing and knife forging – a truly amazing opportunity to witness some incredible craft skills, and if you fancy giving it a shot, there will be limited spots available where you’ll get to forge your own bottle opener at the start of the day (not included in ticket price). 



Wellington On a Plate - Cocktails

Sip your way around the Hutt Valley's three Wellington On a Plate cocktails. Mocktails and cocktails from fruity to frothy, sip your way around the Hutt Valley's three Wellington On a Plate cocktails.


Queen of Jackson couple with cocktail v2

Wellington On a Plate - Burger

Burger, burger, burger, nom, nom, nom! There are 30 burgers in the Hutt Valley this Wellington On a Plate. You should sample them all! 


The Still Room burger

Wonderland Glow Show

30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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The Glow Show team is back with "Wonderland Glow Show", a ‘kiwified’ interpretation of the classic ‘Alice in Wonderland' tale for tamariki, educators and whanau!

Let your imagination soar as you're transported by the magic of giant scale glow-in-the-dark puppetry. The mega edu-taining Wonderland Glow Show promotes literacy and Te Reo Mãori, celebrates the exquisite art of ultraviolet puppetry, and demonstrates “being your most creative self! Hei tino auaha koe!”

Wonderland Glow Show is an upbeat, engaging show that dives headlong into a weird and wonderful world of dancing flamingos, shuffling cards, an 8-metre caterpillar and giant flowers. But it’s not all rosy… there’s a march hare on the loose!



Expressions Live 2021

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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A series of lunchtime concerts given by performance students from Te Koki New Zealand School of Music. Enjoy some of the finest young musicians in the country.

Expressions Live! is brought to you by Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre, The Upper Hutt Concert Grand Piano Trust, and Te Koki New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of New Zealand.

Programme 23 March - Strings 20 April - Wind & Brass 18 May - Piano 20 July - Voice 10 August - Strings 7 September - Piano 5 October - Voice Donations welcome.



Sunday Strum 2021

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

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Join the Ukulele Institute on the first Sunday of the month for a ukulele jam session. You can listen or join in using one of the spare Ukes or bring your own. 

Beginners to advanced players, ages 5 to 95, all welcome. Donations welcome.


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Pub Sing

175 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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The choir, at the pub, with a live band! No, you don't need to be a good singer, you just have to love singing.

No solos, just a room full of people stirring up some endorphins. Katy will teach you 3 songs (it's not about WHAT songs we sing, it's about having a good time with a bunch of strangers). Throw in a few easy harmonies and have all the words on a big screen for you. No, nothing like karaoke, this is so much better.


The Butcher and Brewer Petone couple sitting by fire

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