About Us

What We Do

TalkWellington was set up in 2017 to inform and empower Wellingtonians to shape our region and make it more liveable, accessible and sustainable for everyone.

We provide good quality information and a space for productive debate about how this place is being shaped, what that means for our lives, and what we can do to make it better.

  • Good facts, intelligent insight and fresh perspectives
  • The hot issues, and the underlying forces, shaping the places we live.   
  • Maps, critique, photography, analysis, data-visualisation, commentary, personal stories, and more.  
  • The best of the internet, plus our new content, independent and accessible for busy Wellington people.  


Each year we have some focuses. These are the topics which we think are the best opportunities for people, fuelled by TalkWellington information, to make a difference.    


What we don’t do

TalkWellington exists to enhance and advance the conversations about the Wellington we want for ourselves, and for our tamariki. We need to understand the complex forces that shaper our place, and the diverse people who share it with us, so we need good information that’s accessible for ordinary, interested, busy people.

We also need an environment that encourages us to be thoughtful, courteous, appreciatively inquiring, and brings out our “best selves”.

The rest of the internet offers plenty of places for leaking, alternative facts, oversimplification, grandstanding, fact-free rants, attacking individuals and partisanship. That’s not here.    



Who We Are

TalkWellington is a large team of nominally-paid people who believe that Wellingtonians, powered by good information, are a positive force that makes our place better for everyone.   Our ethos is volunteerism and civic contribution.  We use the nominal payment as a way to clarify obligations and commitments, and to honour the skills and energy our team contributes – on top of busy lives, and far more hours than they’re paid for.    

The mechanism for this is a not-for-profit company, Kōrero Wellington Ltd. Our kaupapa (mission and ethos) is the only thing we can spend money on.   

Some of our crew do an hour a week, others ten. We’d love to have you – get in touch!

Isabella Cawthorn is the convenor for TalkWellington.  

Our editorial team can be contacted here; drop us a line if you’d like to visit (our current physical address is Credenza shared workspace,  a six-month donation from The Wellington Company).



What Makes Us Go


Besides the fire in our bellies for a better Wellington, donations keep TalkWellington going. The lion’s share of our costs are paying the crew.  

As per our constitution, any additional funds are put to empowering more Wellington region citizens with good information.  We are fully transparent to our community, and financial contributors do not have any editorial influence.

Please support us!



People with insights make TalkWellington go, by contributing content.  Do it in whatever medium best communicates how we’re shaping our place, what that means, and what people can do – we’ll take poetry, econometrics, drawings, data visualisation, design drawings, video, policy analysis, maps, prose, audio, gifs….

We curate great content from all Wellington’s and New Zealand’s information landscape, and beyond – see our Links page for sites we draw on regularly.

Keen to contribute ideas? Talk to our procurement team



Wellingtonians’ appetite for intelligent debate, productive disagreement and generally getting engaged is something TalkWellington are fiercely proud of.  

The arguments found in our posts are food for thought, with clear ingredients.  So you disagree (or agree) with something? Join in, enhance and advance the conversation with reasons, insight and good attitude.   We’ll maintain a civilised and productive conversation space with as little moderation as we can.   Here are our comments tikanga.