We host visiting dignitaries, such as Ministers of State from Ireland, or the Ambassador from Canberra. We endeavour to ensure that these guests get to see the spirit and flavour of our group - family-oriented, enthusiastic, welcoming and friendly - and are able to take away some memory of what we hope is always a pleasant time.
Heather Humphreys is a Fine Gael politician who is currently Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. During a busy tour of New Zealand in mid-2019, she dropped into the Hutt Valley Irish Society to meet Society members and a few local dignitaries.
Jim Daly is a Fine Gael politician, with Ministerial responsibility for Mental Health and Older People. As part of his 2018 tour of Australia and New Zealand, he dropped into the Hutt Valley Irish Society to say hello.
Many of our members attended a cultural performance and Reception hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Te Papa in October, 2017, and took the opportunity to say hello.
A special highlight was the visit to our premises by the President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Dr McAleese on 30 October 2007.
HVIS on Tour
In 2016 a group of HVIS members set off for a Tour of Ireland, timed to begin with attendance at the Commemorations of the Easter Rising in Dublin.
As often as we can we like to hold music sessions. The attendance at these varies as the people with musical abilities or expertise waxes and wanes. They are often a feature of Friday evenings, and the emphasis is on participation and fun.
After all, we have to enter into the spirit of the season!
We are closely linked with the Hutt Valley / Wellington GAA.
Membership is reciprocal!
A fun event for young and old, requiring little skill but plenty of enthusiasm
When we have members keen to compete, we join in the fun and games at the annual Feis, with our youngsters taking centre-stage.
Festival of Irish Films
In Association with Light House Cinema, Petone, we have staged a Festival of Irish Films
Occasionally we step back in time ...