Upper Hutt hosts staggering record of 14 events for upcoming heritage

Published on 12 October 2023

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Caption: Photograph of prominent Upper Hutt personality Angus McCurdy, subsequently the town's first Mayor.


The annual Wellington Heritage Festival is back, and it promises to be bigger and better in Upper Hutt this year than ever before. 

Fourteen cultural and heritage events in Upper Hutt are set to captivate the hearts of residents and visitors alike between 23 October and 5 November 2023.

The number of Upper Hutt heritage events for the festival has nearly tripled when compared to the previous year. 

From the captivating “He loves a scrap, does this wee chap”: an illustrated talk on Angus McCurdy and family at Central Library, to learning the stories behind the names of our streets in Celebrating the History of Upper Hutt’s Streets at Golder’s Cottage, there are heritage events for everyone to enjoy and explore.

Mayor Wayne Guppy emphasizes the importance of residents rallying behind our events in the Wellington Heritage Festival. 

“The Wellington Heritage Festival in Upper Hutt is not just an event; it's a celebration of who we are as a community. Our heritage, traditions, and diverse cultures are what make us unique. 

“By supporting our Upper Hutt events in this festival, we are continuing to share our stories from the past and strengthening our community bonds and identity,” says Mayor Guppy. 

“It is a testament to our city’s vibrancy, and a fantastic showcase of the history and heritage, culture, and creativity of the people of Upper Hutt. I encourage all residents to come and be part of this remarkable experience."

The festival serves as a platform for residents and visitors to connect, learn, and appreciate the rich tapestry of history that contribute to Upper Hutt’s identity. 

It also underscores the importance of supporting local community groups, businesses, and artists.

Wellington Heritage Festival 2023 Chairperson, Dr Roger Blakeley, highlighted that the partnership with The Rotary Club of Wellington has been invaluable and thanked Upper Hutt City Council for their support this year.

“The festival was first set up in 2017 to engage the public of Te Whanganui-a-Tara in our ‘People, Places, and Stories’ and this year we were able to tap into the expertise and network of Rotary Clubs in furthering our mission.

“We have more events than ever spread further throughout the Wellington region” says Dr Blakeley.

“There are events centred on mana whenua histories, tours of graveyards and heritage landmarks, stories about well-known historic figures from the arts, culture and rainbow communities, lots of vintage cars and machinery on show, and sneak peeks behind the scenes at Hannah Playhouse and City Archives – but they’re all booking up already, so we recommend people get in early.”

More than 100 events are happening all around Te-Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington between 23 October and 5 November, most of which are free or by koha, but many needing booking.

This year's festival promises an unforgettable journey through history, culture, art and music.



About Wellington Heritage Festival events in Upper Hutt: go to https://www.upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/Heritage 

About Wellington Heritage Festival throughout the region: go to https://wellingtonheritagefestival.co.nz/event