17 TORY ST Closing Celebration

Kia ora koutou, malo, talofa lava and warm greetings to you all, 17 Tory Street, formerly known as Nineteen Tory Street, will be closing its doors on the 18th of June 2017. The Concerned Citizens Collective warmly invites our friends and whānau, comrades and accomplices, fans and supporters of 17 Tory St to a celebratory … Continue reading

How to run an open source community space

Check this post for simple instructions to run your own community space 🙂 It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Composing Environments 2.0

Enter a space. Listen. How do you listen? … Are you listening closely? … Do hear what is beyond? … Take a breath .Focus. Are you present?   Composing Environments 2.0 @ 17 Tory Street 7- 9th October 2016 EXPLORING INTIMATE SPACE: IN THE PURSUIT OF EMBODIED LISTENING VIA MICRO-SPATIALISED SOUND SYSTEMS AN EXHIBITION BY … Continue reading

17 Tory Street is on holiday cos earthquakes

With the recent seismic activity, those earthquakes eh. Lower Tory Street has been closed, as the carpark opposite is very unstable and is currently in the process of being torn down. Less oil in the City would be great, how can we get this trend going without having the earth move so dramatically? Be wonderful … Continue reading

Ragrugs and 17 Tory Street

On Tuesday and Wednesday 27 – 28 of September 17 Tory Street became the centrepoint for a gathering of handmade rugs made from recycled clothes and sacks. The art of making these mats is a tradition going back past the great depression when our great, great grandmothers made floor coverings out of old stockings and flour sacks … Continue reading

Counterfutures launch

On a very spooky and sunny Halloween Counterfutures launched their second edition of their biannual journal with talks from editor Dylan Taylor and a spokesperson from No Pride in Prisons. Guacamole and chips kindly provided by Living Wage employer La Boca Loca.

“Landscape” exhibition opening

A wonderful showcase of work by fifth year landscape architecture students from Victoria University of Wellington provided an interesting window into the world of landscape design. The work looked into a diverse range of issues related to urban and rural areas including flooding, ecological restoration, community formation and resiliency, quarry re-purposing, and much more. Thank … Continue reading

Arboretum book launch

On Monday 17th of October FIR Press released Lee Posna’s debut book of poetry, Arboretum, at 17 Tory St in Wellington. A healthy crowd were delighted with free copies of the book, red wine and a range of delicious foods.  

LitCrawl 2016

On Sunday 2 October Litcrawl launched their 2016 line up at 17 Tory St with coffee, champagne and cake. Chairperson of the trust Brannavan Gnanalingam spoke alongside Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Andre and Claire from Litcrawl.

Plastic Free and Beyond: Living Zero Waste in Wellington

Liam and Hannah have been living zero waste for 18 months. They shared their story to a standing room only audience of 150+, discussing current national policy on waste minimisation, as well as live demos on how to make zero waste household products. Attendees left invigorated and inspired, with a toolkit of tips to fuel … Continue reading

Te Matakite o Aotearoa

A film about the Māori Land March, “Te Matakite o Aotearoa” (1975) was screened at 17 Tory Street on Saturday 14th May 2016. The event began with a karakia and a talk by Keri Lawson-Te Aho, from University of Otago, focusing on the ways in which the state has historically used the prison system to … Continue reading

Border militarisation film screening

Over 20 people attended the Freedom Shop film screening and discussion on ‘Border Militarisation’. It was a great night with several short film clips shown followed by an hour of open-floor discussion about the subject. Hopefully there will be many more.

Book launch: A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse

On June 3, Lawrence & Gibson released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s new novel A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse at Tory St. Gin and Tonic flowed liberally as did the conversation between the young literary crowd. The evening was capped with the dulcet songs of Ruth Mundy and the uplifting accordion of Vorn.  

Read Alive

Read Alive is presented by The Lord Lackbeards Touring Company in partnership with Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand. Read Alive specifically aims to give emerging directors and actors experience with texts and staging conventions from Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. The programme of staged readings challenges emerging directors to produce plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean … Continue reading

Teresa Hall’s ‘All About Lines’ exhibition


Warung Kopi: Merantau film screening

The Warung Kopi community group hosted a film screening of ‘Merantau‘. From their organiser: “We had around 25 people attend, and we had a great time. The venue was great, and for lots of people it was their first time to 17 Tory Street, and they were very impressed with what you guys are doing … Continue reading

Kenneth Bailey at 17 Tory Street

Kenneth Bailey and Lucy Wheeler Photo by Ashley Mackenzie-white On Tuesday the 29th of March an event was organised to host Kenneth Bailey from the Design Studio for Social Intervention from Boston. The conversation was orientated by Food Sovereignty with support from members of Kava Club AtiAueTuhoe, Ashley Mackenzie-white and Kava Club co-founder Leilani A … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Working bee :)

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