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Celebrating International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March), we’ve rounded up some of the upcoming opportunities in Wellington to experience first-hand, the talented women excelling in the fields of performing arts, theatre and sports

Norah Jones

Norah Jones has an unmistakably unique sound – mixing jazz, country, folk, rock and soul with her sultry, smoky voice. On her first New Zealand visit in 14 years, the nine-time Grammy award winner will be performing her works that cross all boundaries of music and have earned her the title of this era’s quintessential American artist.

Dr Jane Goodall

The world-renowned conservation activist returns to Wellington to share stories about her ground-breaking research and important sustainability projects. Her vision for improving the lives of people, animals, and the environment is captivating and contagious, and will inspire you to make planet Earth a better place.

Wellington Jazz Festival: Alicia Olatuja

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, captivating mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja has performed at Barack Obama’s second inauguration and in countless jazz clubs around the world. Her upcoming concert is based on her new album 'Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women', which pays tribute to iconic female composers.


This March, Wellington’s coolest street festival returns with its mashup of art, dance, music, theatre and food. Don't miss Chloe Vitale with her haunting vocals and catchy songwriting, the talented crew at Shut Up & Dance boogying to upbeat throwbacks, and young magician Dylan Daisy performing her quirky fusion of magic and dance.

Te Wananga o Raukawa Pulse

The Pulse kick off their ANZ Premiership season on 25 March against last year’s champions, Southern Steel. Be there to see captain Katrina Rore and the team in what is sure to be some show-stopping netball action. With six home games across the season, there’s plenty of opportunities to cheer on our home side.

NZ International Comedy Festival

The annual comedy festival returns in May with local and international comedians taking to the stage. Check out Melanie Bracewell, winner of last year’s Billy T Award, in her show 'The Rumours are True'. Another top pick is Alice Snedden - she's written for 'Funny Girls' and 'Jono and Ben', and will be sure to get the audience laughing this May. 

Norah Jones image credit: Danny Clinch. Dr Jane Goodall image credit: Michael Christopher Brown.