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


Latest news.....

"PIPES IN THE PARK" - celebrating St Andrew's Day

Our Society will join other Scottish organisations in celebrating St Andrew's Day at Waitangi Park in Wellington on Sunday 27 November from 10am-4pm.


The Society is pleased to announce that member Gay Hay has written a delightful new children's picture book which has been beautifully illustrated by Sarah Harmon. The dedication inside says "This book is for all Shetlanders who carried their home in their hearts when they crossed the seas to find new lives in new lands". Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the Society's Christmas party on 4 December, and it is also available online at, via email at, or by phoning +64 4 239 9928. Click here to see the flyer with more details about the book.


On Sunday 4 December 2016 this final Society event for the year will be held in the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, corner Hanson and Stoke Streets, Newtown from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is $5 per member. The afternoon will start with afternoon tea, followed by entertainment for the children and a visit by Santa. The Library Collection will be available for members to browse, and stock up on holiday reading. 

For more information and to confirm attendance/register children, send an email to or phone 04 234 6952 by Monday 21 November 2016.


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