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Welcome to the Wellington Ukrainian Community Website.  Please feel free to look around, If you would like to learn more about our culture please keep an eye out on our events page.


PostHeaderIcon Independence Day

Dear Friends!

Ukrainian Gromada of Wellington Region invites you to our festive concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence.

The program will include an exhibition, concert with Ukrainian songs and dance and traditional Ukrainian festive activities.

The event will take place on Saturday, the 20th of August, from 2pm till 6pm, at Newtown Community Centre in Wellington, the corner of Rintol Street та Colombo Street.

For any additional information, please contact our concert manager Olga Vorobey : (04) 905 6670

We invite all Ukrainian families to join us in preparation of the festive dinner – please bring your favourite dishes to share.

We welcome various performers with various talents but should you like to perform in the concert, please contact us.

It would be great to see you wearing a traditional Ukrainian costumes on this special Day.


See you all soon!


Last Updated (Friday, 12 August 2016 02:53)


PostHeaderIcon Another Victory on the Festival of Cultures

In early March 2016, Ukrainian Gromada of Wellington for the second time presented Ukraine on the annual Festival of Cultures in Palmerston North, New Zealand and for the second time was granted the highest award - the Best Stall of the Festival.

Even though Ukrainian Gromada itself has extensive experience in organizing festivals, the one in Palmerston North was too big and popular to be taken easily.

All the preparations to the Festival started well in advance. There was lots of discussions on how to present Ukrainian culture in the best possible way, how to reflect the national spirit and vividly tell New Zealanders about Ukraine.
This time the team presenting Ukraine on the Festival was especially strong and collaborative. The Vorobey, Sanders, and Stepura committed the most of their effort when preparing for the Festival.

The day when the Festival began was very good. Lots of the Ukrainians visited our stall, stopped to introduce themselves and chat. Some of them, which was a real pleasure to see, were born far from Ukraine but managed to speak the Ukrainian perfectly.

Lead by Olga Vorobey, Ukrainian ladies cooked plenty of delicious national dishes to treat visitors. The menu included borshch, dumplings, pancakes, potato fritters and lots of other yummy goodies. There is no wonder the queue of those willing to try some of the Ukrainian cuisine was rather long. In addition, a nice contribution to borshch promotion was done by a witty picture painted by Tetyana Sanders.

And of course Ukrainian festive food is hard to imagine without a beautifully decorated bread – palanytsa. This was presented to the Festival by Alla Smal and looked more like a piece of art than food. It was well worth taking photos though!
However, delicious food was not the only attraction of the Ukrainian stall. There were also lots of different craft prepared especially for the Festival by talented Natalya Stepura, Tenyana Sanders, Alla Smal and Natalya Tsiganok.
Larysa Talalueva introduced New Zealanders to the beautiful collection of Ukranian postal stamps.

A special traditional spirit of the Ukrainian stall was created through a miniature exposition of a traditional Ukrainian country house – this was an idea and creation by Tetyana Sanders.
Live music from a half-Ukrainian band Bravo Ensemble (Sasha Gunchenko, Kristina Zelinska, and Emilio Bertrand) created cheerful and energetic atmosphere on the Festival.

We know that Ukrainian victory on the Festival is the result of contribution of many members of Ukrainian Gromada and we are grateful to each of you. Thank you very much to the Vorobey, Sanders, Stepura and also our lovely helpers Tetyana Iaroshenko, Tetyana Kravchuk, Helen Pokydko, Tetyana Kravchuk, Larysa Talalyeva, Julia Khrypko and Corinne Seals.

Especial thank you to Jeffry Sanders for all his help and support of Ukrainian Gromada.

For most of the Wellingtonians a trip to Palmerston North was quite long and tiring but nevertheless, you found time to get there to support Ukraine and we are really grateful to each of you Dear Friends!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:58)


PostHeaderIcon Celebrating the Independence Day of Ukraine

Dear Friends,

Ukrainian Gromada of Wellington is delighted to invite you, your families and friends to celebrate the Independence Day of Ukraine.

The celebration will include a concert, Ukrainian dance and songs, as well as traditional Ukrainian festive activities.

The festival will take place on Saturday, the 22nd of August 2015, from 2 pm till 6 pm in Wellington, at Newtown Community Center (the corner of Rintol and Colombo Streets). The door will be open from 1.30 pm.

We invite Ukrainian families to join us in preparation of the festive table -  please bring along a plate to share.

Entrance fee - $10, for children 11 years old and younger – free of charge.

Should you require any additional information, please contact Olga Vorobey on (04 ) 905 6670.

Hope to see you all soon!




Last Updated (Tuesday, 01 December 2015 23:21)


PostHeaderIcon Christmas Is Coming!

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Ukrainian Community of Wellington we are inviting you to join us for Christmas and New Year celebration. We are meeting at 3PM on the 20 of December at Newtown Community Centre (the corner of the Rintol and Colombo Streets, Wellington).

Please come along with your family and friends and don’t forget to bring a plate to share.
A little show full of Christmas carols, dance and traditional Ukrainian festive fun activities for young and old will be followed by an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet ( ‘amazingness’ of the buffet will greatly depend on the plate you are going to bring and share with the others, so please choose a yummy one).

Important note for parents and grandparents – please help our busy Santa Claus with a present for your children by bringing an unexpansive (up to $10) gift, nicely wrapped and clearly labelled with your child’s name. Santa will be handing the presents by the end of the show.

Entrance fee - $5 for adults (children go free).

For extra information please call: (04) 905 6670.
See you all soon!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 December 2015 02:03)


PostHeaderIcon We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all of you!

May you and your families be abundantly blessed and may a new year bring you lots of love, joy, peace, strong health and prosperity.


Ukrainian Gromada of Wellington



Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:51)

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