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  • Concerned Citizens is a diverse community of artists from around New Zealand that unite regularly to put on public events, exhibitions and concerts. These events provide an eclectic showcase of local and international art, music, film, and seminars, while raising funds and awareness in support of a range of positive social and political causes.

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Audio recording: Kava Club “shh… it’s a secret”

B-Side Stories host Martin Andrews attends the monthly Kava Club meeting “Chop Suey Hui”. The Kava Club is a community of Pasifika & Maori creatives collaborating, connecting, supporting and networking from 17 Tory St. Each month they meet to eat and drink together with guest speakers discussing a pre organised topic. This months topic was … Continue reading

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Food Court 4.0 zine reading

On September 6th the fourth Food Court reading and zine was held at 17 Tory St. Food Court is a bimonthly reading series and literary zine that puts experienced readers and writers alongside new ones. It featured readings by Simon Gennard, Rosie Cann, Annabel Hawkins, Ryan Knighton and Kerry Donovan Brown and the zine had … Continue reading


Tim Corballis book launch: R.H.I.

Tim Corballis launched his latest book R.H.I. (VUP) at 17 Tory Street on 19 August. R.H.I. combines two novellas, based on events in the lives of Joan Riviere, an early British lay psychoanalyst, and Hermann Henselmann, postwar Chief Architect of the German Democratic Republic, respectively. Fergus Barrowman, launching the book, said it was not so … Continue reading

Ultimate Clothing Sale Fundraiser

This weekend Tory Street hosted a packed-out and highly successful fundraiser for Naming New Zealand. Naming NZ is a new organisation to help transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender. Pre-loved clothing was donated from all over Wellington and the one-day sale drew over 1000 shoppers – many … Continue reading

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Climate Connections at 17 Tory Street

Oil Free Wellington hosted the first of its public forums on climate justice and intersections with other movements on Tuesday night with a panel on Climate and Work. Speakers Helyeni Pratley (Unite Union), Joe Fleetwood (Maritime Union), Ed Miller (First Union) and Tim Jones (Coal Action Network [CANA]) spoke on a huge range of issues … Continue reading

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Luka Lesson poetry workshop

Along with their regular, first Wednesday of the month event at Meow, Poetry in Motion Wellington regularly host and sponsor events featuring both local and visiting poets, especially performance poets. Luka Lesson, the 2011 Australian poetry slam champion was in Wellington for one day. A full-time poet, he was reaching the end of a 5-week … Continue reading


Ahi Kaa Festival 2015

Ahi Kaa creatives have been rehearsing this week at 17 Tory St. Their festival opens next week – check it out!   Ahi Kaa Festival 9 June – 11 July 2015 Bold theatre. Fresh dance. Mana Maori. Ahi Kaa. Under the stars of Matariki – world class theatre and dance will premiere. Ahi Kaa is … Continue reading


A Year in Miniature by Susan diRende

“I am currently a US artist-in-residence at New Zealand Pacific Studios in Mt. Bruce. I have been here since January 1 and am working on A Year in Miniature, one 54 x 85mm works a day for 2015. The project was born out of a random offer from a friend of some plastic credit/bank card … Continue reading


Book launch: Brannavan Gnanalingam’s ‘Credit in the Straight World’

On May Day, 2015 (1 May, for those lacking in historical consciousness) Lawrence & Gibson publishing released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s third book, and the twentieth for the collective. Rousing chants of ‘more’ and ‘toast the editorial board’ spontaneously erupted throughout the evening. Gin and tonic were applied liberally to the Friday evening wounds of the week. … Continue reading


Toward a Better Understanding of the Universe

A quick report from event organiser David Klein: “Kia ora Tory St and Concerned Citizens, Many, many thanks for allowing my Fringe Festival show to run in Tory St! It was really fantastic, and I had a brilliant time. For your records, it was a sellout season! Approx. 55 people on Thurs 26 & Fri … Continue reading

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Report from Against Equality event 1/3/15

On 1 March 2015, visiting author and academic Ryan Conrad from Montreal gave a talk in front of about 40 people based on his co-edited book “Against Equality – queer revolution not mere inclusion”, which argues that being able to marry, join the army or the police does not provide equality for queer people. Being … Continue reading


Left Over part 2: War and Peace

With the upcoming centenary of the Gallipoli massacre, the government’s whitewashing of both history and the present is in full force. Key recently attacked the left for failing to stand up for human rights by not supporting the deployment of NZ troops to the Middle East. How can we counter the glorification and normalization of … Continue reading


Kava Club and Chop suey hui

Kava Club is a Wellington based collective of Maori and Pacific Island creatives. Anyone can come along to the Chop Suey Hui at 17 Tory St to eat chop suey, listen, share stories and be inspired. Find out more in this sweet clip from the Wireless: Join KAVA CLUB on Facebook to stay up to … Continue reading


SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition

In October 17 Tory Street hosted the SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition, in support of the vital and inspiring work of Shakti. Shakti is a not-for-profit organisation specialised in the area of ethnic women’s development and domestic violence prevention, who were opening a new safe house in the Wellington region.   The fundraising exhibition took place between October 21st – 24th. The event was brought together … Continue reading


Takahē book launch

Recently I [Stacey Teague] had a launch for my book, Takahē, in Wellington, NZ. Readers included Jackson Nieuwland, Carolyn Decarlo, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Alice May Connolly & Eamonn Marra. It was rlyyy nice/cool, Photos by Simon Palenski, except the last 2 which are via my shitty iphone. Ok that’s all. (Buy my book).

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Paint making with Barry Thomas

The paint making and painting workshop was a trial at 19 Tory to see who is interested in experiencing a return to old methods of paint making. In the 4 hour session participants ground raw earth pigments, learned where to collect them, some art and paint making history about oil paint, tempera and PVA based … Continue reading


Capitalism: Not Our Future – conference report

More than 100 people packed into the activist space at 19 Tory Street in Wellington to discuss struggle, solidarity and socialism over Queen’s Birthday weekend. The occasion was the Capitalism: Not Our Future conference, hosted by Fightback. The conference came on the back of the growing development of the electoral alliance between the MANA Movement … Continue reading

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GenZero @ 19Tory

GenZero is a youth organisation campaign for climate change solutions and greater political ambition to reduce emissions. Our policy team recently released a report, which showed how emissions are projected to keep increasing in NZ, despite calls from leaders from around the world for all countries to urgently reduce emissions. We’d been told that if … Continue reading


Shocking Pinks video shoot

Director Sasha Rainbow had this to say about the shoot for the new Shocking Pinks video: “I wanted to play with the juxtaposition between the almost ghost-like presence of the character, who could be from any era, with the imagery and colours of the letters, which are in Japanese because Japan screams modernity (in so … Continue reading


Open Meeting to get involved in People’s Cinema mk. II

People’s Cinema – Wellington began as a month long experiment in April 2013. A year later, People’s Cinema is still in existence and bringing in a bunch of new people to reinvigorate the project. This meeting is an open meeting for anyone who would like to be part of building and developing a collaborative and … Continue reading

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Lawrence & Gibson double book launch

On March 5th, Lawrence & Gibson, a local publishing collective launched two new books at 19 Tory St: Thomasin Sleigh’s debut novel Ad Lib and Richard Meros’ long-coming new book Dating Westerners: tips for the New Rich of the Developing World. The crowd of a hundred braved the autumnal gloom to listen to Thomasin read … Continue reading


Urban Dream Brokerage

The Urban Dream Brokerage has operated out of 19 Tory St for 12 months while running its pilot for Wellington City Council. See the projects here: urbandreambrokerage.org.nz


JAAM Publishing Collective Book Launch

The JAAM Publishing Collective came out to play for the first time in a long time at the launch of JAAM 31 on Friday 15 November at 19 Tory. We hadn’t had a big public launch for JAAM – which has published a selection of poetry and prose each year for the past 18 years … Continue reading


Jayn Verkerk – Message Threads: Nov 29 – Dec 1

Exploring interpersonal communication through smart phones as part of a media masters study by Jayn Verkerk at Victoria University, School of Design. The work contrasts the fleeting, digital form of text messages with crafted, tactile, physical objects. In a form of communication without physical cues what meaning can be found between the lines? Open 4-8pm … Continue reading


Book release: Freerange Journal – Vol. 7: The Commons

On a rainy night in early November Freerange Journal – Vol. 7: The Commons was launched at 19 Tory Street in Wellington. There was discussion of the theme, reflection on particular articles, speeches and Drinks (including a Kava Session). This edition of Freerange Journal explores the issue of The Commons from many different angles, perspectives, … Continue reading


Pedalling for Papua

Jeremy is Pedalling for Papua: a one-man multimedia performer whose aim is to transform West Papua into a household topic, one town at a time. 19 Tory was one of Jeremy’s last stops in an 12,000-kilometre international cycling and performance tour. On Wednesday 16th October an Wellington audience of fifty listened and watched Jeremy’s hip-hop … Continue reading


Book launch: You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here

On Friday October 4, Lawrence & Gibson released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s second novel, You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here at 19 Tory St. The evening began with Timothy Blackman and band performing songs from his new EP before Murdoch Stephens, an editor at Lawrence & Gibson introduced Brannavan. Brannavan gave a brief … Continue reading


In The See Here micro-gallery this month

5 new pieces will be displayed in The See Here micro-gallery at 19 Tory St this month. Find out more here.


Company of Giants: wrap-up

we had an amazing week in the space. we are working on turning our huge, rambling, theatre production of Homer’s Odyssey, which, we have previously only performed with casts of around 25, into a story told by five people. five actors not necessarily on a stage, an audience not necessarily in seats, and a line … Continue reading


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