The Hunter Club

The Hunter Club is a group for retired Victoria University of Wellington staff. Members meet at least three times a year, preferably on Wednesday afternoons depending on the availability of the venue and guest speaker. We have afternoon tea and invite a guest speaker, with the event often held at an area of interest on any one of the four campuses. We will also send you a weekly update so you can keep up to date with the latest research and news from the University.

A number of Hunter Club members also generously support the University—we are extremely grateful for their support.


Recent events have included:

  • A presentation from Dr Robin Skinner detailing a historic Māori pathway through Kelburn. This once much-used thoroughfare passed through the present site of the Kelburn campus, Central Terrace, Upland Road and skirted Moana Road before dropping to the stream, and to Karori beyond. Dr Skinner’s talk offered new insight into the now urbanised suburb, and to life in pre-contact Aotearoa.
  • 'Of Priests, Nuns and Books' was an event held in the foyer of Wai-te-ata Press coinciding with the centenary celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Dr Sydney Shep, Reader in Book History and Printer at Wai-te-ata Press along with Dr Marco Sonzogni, Reader in Literary Translation uncovered some unusual and surprising stories of owners, collectors, and readers.
  • 'Papers of the Reverend Professor Sir Lloyd Geering archived in the J. C. Beaglehole Room.' The year 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the pioneering appointment of Sir Lloyd Geering to the position of first Chair in Religious Studies in Australasia. The introduction to Sir Lloyd’s life and thought, as reflected in his collected papers and publications, was given by Emeritus Professor Paul Morris, a former student and the second holder of the Chair at the University.
  • Kate Newby, Yes Tomorrow was a solo exhibition in Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery. Visitors to the Gallery were impressed by how Kate took command of the space intervening in the architecture and placing works outside the building. Hunter Club members were taken on a walk through the exhibition learning about the genesis of the work, and how they demonstrated Kate’s modus operandi, which is based around her practice of responding to location.

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There is no membership cost to join the Hunter Club. If you are a retired staff member of Victoria University of Wellington and would like to receive invitations to Hunter Club meetings contact:

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Rosalene Fogel

Senior Development Manager, Bequests
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