Deconstruction Day Saturday 3 March 2018 (+ AGM)

Our Annual pulling things apart, break and make day is coming up this weekend. We will have a short AGM, then break things apart to find out how they work! There will be a a small table with craft for some card making for any younger siblings who need something else to do. It’s bring a plate of food to share as well, so there will be some time to mix with other families.

There is no charge for this event, so its a good one to come along to and check us out! Please register on “Wellington Explorers AGM and Deconstruction Day”

1-45pm to 3pm, St Marks school hall, 13 Dufferin St Wellington





August Events

Hope you are keeping warm these school holidays!

Horse riding and a talk with Mike Teows, Hydrogeologist, GNS are in planning stages for August.

We asked for interest for the horse riding visit and it looks like we have enough numbers to set a date soon.

“We have the opportunity to check out a local riding stable who are happy to accommodate our Explorers.  The event would involve learning about the horses, how to groom/brush them and also having a look at horse dentistry.  There would also be the opportunity for the children to have a small ride (we’d break into groups).  This would be a hands-on event.”

This riding stable is used to working with children with different needs and is well suited to an Explorers events.  There would be a cost of $20 per child and minimum numbers are required.

Keep an eye on the emails for full details.

Gillian Dudfield-Hendren


Gifted Awareness Week 2017

Don’t forget to check out Gifted Awareness Week activities this week – Lobby Parliament, go on a blog tour, and participate in some fantastic webinars. I’m looking forward to Friday nights session  “Bottling a Storm: Empowering gifted individuals to harness their intensity

Friday 16th June, 7pm  “We know that intensity (or overexcitabilities) is a common part of being gifted. In this seminar we will explore how parents, clinicians and educators can assist gifted individuals to use their intensity to meet their potential. Some simple, subtle strategies will be introduced, along with providing participants with helpful online resources.”

And Saturday night our National President Brooke is giving a talk on “Finding your Tribe

“Gifted kids need like-minded peers to connect, tofeel valued, to be understood. This webinar will look at overexcitabilities, asynchronous development and how NZAGC helps children, their parents and teacher find their tribe.”

Mission Inflatable Family Catch Up

Just a reminder that we will have our family catch up at Mission Inflatable Lower Hutt this Sunday 11th June at 9.30am.

Please register for this event via the email that was sent to you or via this link:

(if you can’t get the link working, just turn up on the day and let us know you haven’t been able to register)

This is a very relaxed events for us, great chance to catch up and have a chat and the kids have a play.


Membership Form online


We have updated our membership form so that it reflects the NZAGC standard form. The form gets used when you apply to join the Wellington branch and for payment of the yearly fees. wgtn-explorers-membership-form-2017  We have added in the option to  email your membership form to Elizabeth and pay online, so that you don’t have to wait for us to check the  P O Box monthly and bank cheques!

Gillian Dudfield-Hendren


Opus Research Visit (inc Wind Tunnel) 25 Jan 2017

Wgtn Explorers – Opus Research Visit


Hi Explorers
We have been invited to visit the Opus Research facility in Petone on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 10.30am. Opus has the only wind tunnel in NZ and engage in a huge range of testing and analysis that our Explorers will really find interesting. Check out their website to have a look at their latest projects. If there is something that really interests you let me know so we can make sure it is in our tour. The Opus team have been heavily involved in the roadworks to re-open the Kaikoura highway so check out the article here:

We will meet at the entrance to Opus at 10.15am and will be finished by 12 noon. Hopefully if the weather is kind perhaps we can grab and ice-cream and check out the beach afterwards.

Caution: the only area of concern to be aware of is that wheat-germ is used in the wind tunnel to provide air movement models, so if you or your child are particularly allergic to airborne wheat products this may be an area of the tour you may choose to avoid. Please let me know if you have any concerns with this.

Elizabeth has sent an email to members with the invite, please contct her  on if you haven’t received it.



Wed 25 Jan 2017 10:15 – 12:00 Auckland


33 The Esplanade, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012, New Zealand

Tour de Science event interest please

Hi all

Just a heads with a possible event that we can tag an Explorers group along to.  Thanks Leigh Hunt for the link to David Klein and the Tour De Science which is travelling the length of NZ presenting science shows.

Check out David’s website:

and his Facebook page: Tour De Science

I made contact with David to see if this event was suitable for our kids, it is not a Nanogirl type of event with explosions and experiments, but more a talk from David about his engagement with Science, what he’s learned and where we fit in.  There is quite a focus with Space and David has a biology degree so he fits that in there too!

This is his blurb from his website:

“Tour de Science is a science storytelling show. First and foremost, that means it’s David Klein, telling a story. It’s a little bit like a play. This particular story is about David’s life, the schools he went to, and the things he learnt along the way. There are a few personal anecdotes, and some simple ideas about science topics. That’s the second part – science. The show is filled with easy scientific ideas, which are explained with words and a few props. These ideas gradually build up to create a really amazing ‘big picture’ of the world around us! ”

I’ve had a chat with David and he’s quite keen to engage with our kids, so I can see there are some cool opportunities for them with this, so work is underway! I am in the throws of working with David and putting dates & times together and also looking at perhaps the opportunity for the kids to talk after the event with David in a smaller group environment. Possible date/show Sunday March 12th 2pm Dowse (this will allow our younger Explorer members to come along). Just sorting booking options etc.  There are lots of shows & different dates if this doesn’t work for you too, check out David’s website for those.

I’ll keep you in touch with how this goes.  If you think this would be of interest to your family let me know and I can get an idea of numbers.

Thanks, enjoy the holidays

Elizabeth McKee

Secretary – Wellington Explorers

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