The Entomological Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch has been officially revived on the 5th December 2018 and is now known as Wellington’s PEPEKE. We look forward to meeting with people, not only interested in insects, but all kinds of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates. All skill and knowledge levels are welcome.

Evening meetings for members and visitors will be held on the last Wednesday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October) and the AGM on the first Wednesday of December. The venue is “The Giant Squid” at Te Papa’s collection building, 169 Tory Street, to be accessed via the car park at the back side. Parking is available on the road and in at the visitor car park area, left of the building. Meetings start about 7.00 pm, note that someone will escort you through the electronic door between 6:45 to 7.05 pm. There will be also the option to join the presentations via zoom.

The meetings will be a mixture of scientific presentations, project introductions and field trip notes, ideally accompanied by a display table with invertebrates. Some nibbles or drinks and/or a koha to share during of the meeting are always welcome.  

There will be also an occasional field trip or light-trapping trip to local areas using private transport, as well as some public events and workshops for amateurs, such as identification sessions, mounting and rearing techniques, drawing and photography. There is also an annual dinner planned for members.

All events and much more are posted here.

Visitors are welcome to come along to one of our meetings. If you would like to join the group, annual membership fees are $5 for members of the Entomological Society of New Zealand and $10 for non-members. You can sign up by completing the form here.

Current committee

Contact for the Wellington Branch:

Dr Julia Kasper
Entomological Society, Wellington Branch
169 Tory Street
Wellington 6011