Accessibility

There is a small lip on the ground entrance of the building, if you are organising an event please make sure you have someone available to assist. There is a lift to level one. There is a disabled toilet on level one.

Ground floor door in open 8am - 5.30pm monday - friday, outside these hours if you are hosting an event or exhibition it is your responsibility as host to get an access card from your liaison person.

The Collectives

We are a group of people living on the shores of Te Whanganui-a-Tara wanting to provide sustainable and welcoming spaces for creative and activist people, groups and projects.

We support the ideal of wanting a society free of coercion and oppression and reject systems of domination and discrimination. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.

We welcome any write ups of your event to be added to our blog. They can be sent to thecollectivesaotearoa@gmail.com

19 Tory Street

Currently, the space we occupy is at Level 1, 19 Tory St, a building that lies between Pukeahu and Te Aro Pa on a street named after Wakefield’s ship ‘The Tory’, a ship that arrived in 1839. Wakefield established 'The New Zealand Company' to purchase land in order to make him rich. The arrival of Wakefield and ‘The New Zealand Company’ was actively resisted but by the late-1840s the New Zealand Company had taken much of what is now called central Wellington.

In 1840 Pukeahu was actually labelled ’a native reserve’ by the colonisers but within a few months it was turned into a prison and then later into a military garrison. It is now a monument to war. Originally Pukeahu was a hill but prisoners were forced to make bricks from it and Pukeahu lost 75 feet (25 metres). The bricks were used to build prisons and other buildings.

By 1870 Te Aro Pa had been subdivided and sold by the colonial state; Te Aro Pa was built over but part of it can be seen in Taranaki Street. We are aware that Tory St is built on stolen land.

Koha/Exchange

The space is run collectively on donations, koha and volunteer effort; we are not a business trying to make a profit but rather a group trying to provide safe, accessible space for people and groups from a diverse range of backgrounds who tautoko a range of positive social and political causes.

We welcome koha on what you or your group are able to give, our monthly rent of the space is $520 and power approx $200, we are needing your financial support urgently. Our new bank account is The Collectives 38 9019 0179208 00, please deposit here.

We welcome non-monetary koha like your time for cleaning, caretaking and nurturing space. We welcome donations of fresh coffee, toilet paper, eco cleaning products, art supplies and rubbish/recycling bags and enactioning a recycling system. We are always on the lookout for handy people who like plumbing, building maintenance and painting.

Kaupapa

19 Tory Street, Level 1 is an open community space The space is run collectively on donations, koha and volunteer effort. The space is free to use and people are asked to nurture the space through exchange.

Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi is important to the kaupapa of the space and we do this by acknowledging that we stand on the shores of Te Whanganui-a-Tara land that has been stolen by pākehā, where reparations are ongoing today and injustices in power imbalances occur daily. Relationships are created by listening and reciprocity, we encourage hosts to make manaakitanga central their hosting responsibilities.

19 Tory Street, Level 1 embraces the full dignity of all human beings We support the ideal of wanting a society free of coercion and oppression and reject systems of domination and discrimination. As such the space is open to all who tautoko a range of positive social and political causes.

We value a safe, accessible space for people and groups from a diverse range of backgrounds We actively work to make the space accessible and welcome ways to improve accessibility in all forms.

We value communicating and working respectfully and cooperatively 19 Tory Street, Level 1 is a shared space with the understanding that all who use it will be respectful, courteous and communicative to work with and around each other.

We actively support transparency in the organising and running of the space As a collectively run space, decision making is encouraged by all interested community members and will be actively supported by making the running of the space open and transparent.

As a safe space we value people’s privacy We recognise that there will be times people want (or will need) to have images either not shared at all or pixelated. All photos, videos and sound recordings taken in the space require consent from those identifiable.

Contact

Our blog can be found here

If you want to book a space at 19 Tory Street, please use this page

If you just want to get in touch or ask is some questions, please email us at thecollectivesaotearoa@gmail.com

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