About Us

What We Do

Talk Wellington aims to cultivate a generous culture in the places we live; one that encourages people, conversations and actions to be informed, appreciatively inquiring, and bring “our best selves” into play. This will see our towns being shaped by the best of people power.

We welcome good discussion and accessible, intelligent debate that can inform our decisions, so that we as citizens can better influence decision-makers and each other.

We know that people are shaped by the places we live – and we believe that we should shape them too, drawing on the best knowledge and strong civic character.

Talk Wellington aims to bring to the everyday person living in our region:

  • 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.  

We’ll maintain a civilised and productive conversation space with as little moderation as we can.  Here is our comments tikanga.

Right across our region, 2018 is a big year for transport.

So this year Talk Wellington is focussing on how transport is influencing people’s quality of life – from our streets, neighbourhoods, suburbs, to our towns and region.



 Who We Are – and how to join us

Talk Wellington is a large team of nominally-paid folk who believe that the Wellington region’s people, powered by good information, are a positive force that makes our place better for everyone.   

Our ethos is volunteerism and civic contribution.  We use nominal payment for services 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.    

Isabella Cawthorn is the convenor for Talk Wellington. She’s a lifelong fan of the Wellington region and a local of Porirua.  

Here are a few of the team

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).

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

Check out what we have to offer.   

Would you like to help us steer our little ship? We’re seeking folks to join us on the bridge – people with subject-matter insight into how we shape our streets and towns. Here’s some info.

Keen to contribute content, or get exposure for something great? 

We welcome poetry, econometrics, drawings, data visualisation, design drawings, video, policy analysis, maps, prose, financial analysis, audio, gifs…. Talk to our procurement team.


Want to support our work?

Donations help keep TalkWellington going. The lion’s share of our costs are paying our crew the nominal payment.  

We are fully transparent to our community, and financial contributors do not have any editorial influence.

Please support us! Donate via our OpenCollective page.