The Shetland Society of Wellington is a group of people with a connection to, or interest in, the Shetland Islands.



About the society

We get together regularly to celebrate the New Zealand-Shetland connection, provide information about Shetland to our members, and participate in community events to promote and celebrate Shetland’s culture, music and heritage.
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Check out our Events page to see what functions are coming up. Every year we hold a Picnic, Viking Ball, Local Outing, Mid-winter Foy, Anniversary Dinner, and Children’s Christmas Party/Members’ Afternoon Tea. 


We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us. Members get together regularly, receive a quarterly newsletter, and can borrow books relating to Shetland from our new library collection. You can apply for membership or email us for more information at


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Saturday 16 May 2015, 7.00pm to 12.30am, Indian Cultural Centre, Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Buffet dinner. Two live bands playing for modern, ballroom and Scottish dances

Early-bird tickets only $60 per person (order and pay for tickets by 30 April). Tickets $75 from 1 May.

Phone Jane Dowson 04 971 4096 or email

This is a great night out - something different and excellent value for money. Dress is anything from smart casual through to full ballgowns - however you feel. Very affordable drinks available at a cash bar. After a delicious buffet dinner catered for by the Pines, the Jarl and his squad of Vikings enter the hall, and start the night of dancing.

Dance classes for the Viking Ball

Friday 1 May and Friday 8 May from 7.30pm-9pm in the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, cnr Stoke and Hanson Streets, Newtown, Wellington.

Learn some of the Scottish and traditional dances before the Viking Ball. Entry by gold coin donation. Light supper provided.


On the 16th of August we will be celebrating Shetland knitting and textiles in a display for Society members and invited groups. Traditional Fair Isle and lace knitting will be the main focus, but we will also feature textile items bought in Shetland more recently, and items made by Society members.

Anyone with a particular interest in this event will be welcome to attend. More information will follow in the coming months.


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