Festival update

Hi everyone

Last week New Zealand moved to Level 1 of the Covid-19 alert system. This is great news and a huge achievement by the NZ people. We were always going to do something as a festival, but this move, along with confirmation from a few key people that we can operate close to business as usual, means we are now working on detailed planning.

There will be some changes from recent festivals but at this stage, and provided we keep our country Covid-19 safe, we can confirm:

  • Wellyfest will happen at Labour weekend
  • … at Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre as usual
  • There will be great guests
  • … and camping and catering

Other details are still work in progress. If you’re hanging out to see the guest list (or have applied to be a guest), please bear with us a little while longer as we work through who and how many we will design the programme around. We had put this process on hold until now when we have clarity on the restrictions that apply.

Stay safe and be kind…..

for the Wellington Folk Festival Committee

AGM follow up and update

Hi everyone,

New Zealand moved to Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system from Wednesday 25 March.  Fortunately modern technology allowed us to hold a virtual AGM  as planned on 29 March.

The AGM held on Sunday, 29 March by Skype elected a new committee for 2020 under the leadership of new President Gerard Hudson. The rest of the committee are:
Secretary – Jude Madill
Treasurer – Sarah Duckworth
Committee members – Dominic Rowsell, Don Mackay, Dusty Burnell, Kevin Ikin, Ruth Birnie, Simon Bishop, Sue Harkness

You’ll see many of the 2019 festival committee are continuing and and a few new and returning faces. Great thanks to outgoing committee members and to President Sue Harkness. Sue has chaired the committee for several years of great festivals and has stayed on as a committee member so we will continue to benefit from her knowledge and experience.

We are now working through very uncertain times towards your 2020 festival. It is already clear that the impact of Covid-19 means any 2020 event is likely to be very different from recent festivals. We will keep these newsletters coming as we work out the next steps for 2020.

Stay safe and be kind…..

Gerard Hudson,
Incoming President

New Committee

The AGM held on Sunday, 29 March elected a new committee for 2020.

President – Gerard Hudson
Secretary – Jude Madill
Treasurer – Sarah Duckworth
Committee – Simon Bishop, Dominic Rowsell, Kevin Ikin, Don Mackay, Dusty Burnell, Ruth Birnie, Sue Harkness

AGM Now to be Held via Skype

New Zealand will move to Stage 4 of the Covid-19 alert system from this Wednesday, 25 March.  That means that all non-essential businesses (like The Office) must close and that ALL New Zealanders must self isolate for at least four weeks.

So we can’t hold a standard AGM where we meet in person.  But our constitution requires that we do hold an AGM before 31 March.

Fortunately, we can meet up in the Cloud.  If you would like to join a Skype-based meeting, please email info@wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz, cc to sue.harkness.nz@gmail.com,  with your Skype ID before 10am on Sunday 29 March and Sue will give you a “wave” on Skype and email you the papers we would normally table.  We need a quorum of ten people to meet up on Skype and the committee has a significant proportion of this number.  But the more, the Merrier.

Many of the current committee have indicated that they are willing to continue but we are definitely looking for someone to take over as secretary so that Dave can enjoy his new campervan.

We’re working through this

Sue and the Committee

AGM – 3.30pm Sunday, 29 March

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Wellington Regional Folk Foundation Inc

Date:    Sunday, 29 March 2020
Time:    3.30pm
Where: Upstairs at The Office Bar, 124 Riddiford St, Newtwon


  1. Present
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the 2019 AGM
  4. Matters Arising (not covered elsewhere in the agenda)
  5. President’s report
  6. Treasurer’s report
  7. Election of the committee:
    1. President
    2. Treasurer
    3. Secretary
    4. Committee members (up to 7)
  8. Appointment of the Reviewer
  9. Setting of the subscription
  10. Proposed rule changes
  11. General business

Please note that if you wish to nominate someone for a committee role who is NOT able to be present at the meeting, you will need to bring with you written confirmation (an email will do) of their willingness to stand.

 Notice of Proposed Rule changes

The Constitution of the Foundation contains references to communication methods that are outdated (eg fax) with no references to online and email methods and no reference to electronic banking.  The rules have been modified slightly to reflect the current situation.

Constitution of the Wellington Regional Folk Foundation – updated 2020.

Lost Property

We have quite a bit of lost property from the Festival. Cast your eye over this list and if there’s anything of yours, please contact us at info@wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz to make arrangements to collect it.

Anything not collected by mid-December will be donated to the local Hospice Op Shop.

Portable lantern (grey)
Plastic Chopping Board
Guitar stand (2 – different types)
Pink embroidered scarf
Glassons Top – size S, orange
Peltor Earmuffs
Tin mug
Water glass with yellow pattern
LED head torch
Two pairs of glasses (pink and yellow frames)
Pair sunglasses (blue frames)
Glasses case – red, much mended
Blue, hand knitted hat
Pair grey knitted gloves
Lumix lens cap
2 x plastic coffee mugs – white with coloured stripes
Ministry of Inspiration water bottle – yellow
Hat -greenish grey with wide stiffened brim
Navy jacket with red fleecy lining – BLA
Brown corduroy jacket – Cabela’s Outfitter series
Pink knitted beanie
Light grey knitted beanie
Light grey long scarf
Black long scarf
Dark brown knitted beanie – Zoya badge
Blue/green tartan rug
Betacraft green/yellow tartan jacket (holes in pockets)
Garage plus faux fur jack – camel colour
Dark grey knitted beanie

Thank you one and all!

A huge thanks to everyone involved over the weekend. Performers, audience and volunteers alike – you are all wonderful and contribute to an absolutely fantastic event.

We’ll have a (very) brief rest before planning starts for 2020.

It might be cloudy overhead …

But it’s not raining here and the music is getting even hotter.

Just had a blinder of a set from Jenny Mitchell who’s on again in tonight’s show as well.

Looking forward to Grumblewood , Jessie Fenton and The Siffy Rivetts this afternoon. And then Across the Great Divide, Jenny, The Good Girl Song Project, The Chaps and Victoria Vigenser and Lindsay Martin tonight.

Plenty of tickets still, so come on out th Brookfield and join us.

The sun is shining …

The music is hot, the beer is cold and we’ve got a wonderful line up of concerts, workshops, performances in The Balladeer and dances to fill your day and/or evening.

Day and evening tickets available at the gate. EFTPOS for ticket sales only – bring cash for everything else.

Come and join us.