Hunter Club

The Hunter Club is open to all retired staff and their partners. Keep in touch with what’s happening at Victoria and meet up with former colleagues and friends.

Members meet bi-monthly on Wednesday afternoons, with afternoon tea and a guest speaker. Speakers have included:

  • Adam Art Gallery Director, Christina Barton and renowned writer, Gregory O'Brien discussing The Private World of Gordon H. Brown, one of the new exhibitions that draw on the University's art collection.
  • Drs Sydney Shep and Marco Sonzogni discussed the World in a Box project—a three year collaboration between Wai-te-ata Press, the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation and the New Zealand diploimatic community based in Wellington.
  • David Maskill, Senior Lecturer in the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies talked about the Receuil Crozat, one of the first deluxe illustrated art books which was published in Paris in two volumes, in 1729 and 1742—new editions to the collection in the J C Beaglehole Room.
  • Dr Jon Johansson on issues surrounding the 2014 general election.
  • Professor Charles Daugherty and Sue Keall on Victoria’s tuatara research programme.
  • Dr Dianne Bardsley, Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre, on 21st Century New Zealand English.
  • Dr Wayne Linklater on rhino conservation.
  • Dr Keren Chiaroni on French Resistance in World War II.
  • Professor Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington.

Other activities of the Hunter Club have included visits to areas of interest around the University:

  • The Adam Art Gallery for a guided tour by Director Tina Barton.
  • The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research for presentations and guided tours from Institute researchers.
  • The Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory (VUCEL) at Island Bay for a presentation and guided tour by Director, Dr Jeff Shima.
  • The School of Design in Vivian Street, for presentations and tours by Professor Simon Fraser and colleagues.
  • The Wai-te-ata Press, where Director and Printer Dr Sydney Shep discussed and demonstrated the art of letterpress printing.
  • Te Herenga Waka Marae for a presentation by Te Ripowai Higgins on the history and significance of the marae and the wharenui
  • Tour of 'Chevening'—prominent heritage apartment building in Kelburn hosted by owner Susan Price.

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If you are a retired staff member of Victoria and would like to receive invitations to Hunter Club meetings contact: