About Us

The Goethe Society of Wellington meets regularly for talks on various topics, films or social occasions. We also offer organisational and financial assistance for secondary school events and projects. The Goethe Society Wellington encourages and promotes all positive means of broadening and deepening contacts between New Zealanders with an interest in German and people in the German-speaking world.  The Society offers a place to meet for those who enjoy speaking German and are interested in German history, literature, music, art, films and current events. 

The Committee, which is elected at the Society’s AGM, is responsible for the planning of events and projects.


The Society was founded in August 1960 on the initiative of Dr Paul Hoffmann, Lecturer, and from 1964 its first Professor of German at Victoria University. It is one of many societies all over the world bearing the name of Germany’s greatest writer, which symbolises much of what is most admirable in the German tradition.

On the 20th November 2010, Dr Peter Russell gave a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the Goethe Society Wellington. Dr Russell’s address provides a detailed outline of the history of the Society.  

Dr Peter Russell’s 50th Anniversary Address – 20 November 2010 (PDF, 232 kb)