Parafed Wellington
Inspire, Enable, Achieve

Welcome to Parafed Wellington

At Parafed Wellington we inspireenable and achieve.

We do this through our members and supporters being involved in sporting, 

recreation or leisure opportunities.  

We work with a range of organisations and partners to make our members 

sporting and recreational lives as great as possible.   

Parafed Wellington Office will be closed from Monday 12 March to Wednesday 21 March.

Catriona is winging off to the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang from 2 - 20 March.

Kate is spinning off to the World Para Cycling Track Champs in Rio from 18 - 28 March.

During this time, Catriona and Kate will try to check emails but no guarantee. If you need to contact Parafed Wellington urgently, please contact Alan Signal President (bentnotbroken4u at

Weetbix Try Wellington

Again Parafed Wellington has entered a team into the Weetbix Try in Wellington.  It is so great to see the numbers of young members registering for this event increasing every year.  It's all happening on Sunday 18 March at Kilbirnie Park.  The team would love to see supporters cheering them on during the event so if you have some time to spare on that Sunday morning, drop down to Kilbirnie Park and give them a big Shout Out.

Parafed Wellington 2017 Annual Report

Check out what we got up to in 2017 in our Annual Report
Annual Report 2017.pdf (4.9MB)
Check out what we got up to in 2017 in our Annual Report
Annual Report 2017.pdf (4.9MB)


Parafed Wellington AGM

The Parafed Wellington Annual General Meeting will be held on 

Sunday 22 April

2pm - 3pm

ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie.  

The Youth Group will be holding its usual Sunday session so we encourage parents to come to the AGM while the kids are occupied with sport and meet other members.

If you are interested in standing for a position on the Committee, complete and return the application below by Friday 13 April.


Click here to check out our Youth Group in training for the Junior Disability Games, at the NZ Police Museum, Porirua Parkrun and Ice Skating and ...


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Congratulations to the 2016 Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize recipient Catherine Pot

A problem that no other New Zealand student competing in the 2016 International Young Physicists’ Tournament wanted to take on was just the challenge the winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize was looking for.

Former Onslow College pupil Catherine Pot set to work investigating the van der Pauw method, which is used in experimental semiconductor physics in many university labs, and came up with an experimentally-verified way of improving the technique so it can be more widely applied.

Catherine, who was 17 when she carried out her research, was presented with her Prize by the Prime Minister at Parliament. She will put the $50,000 prize money towards the cost of studying Physics and Mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington.

The van der Pauw method, invented by Dutchman Leo van der Pauw in 1958, is used in materials science to determine the electrical conductivity of a sample. A major limitation, however, is that it cannot be accurately used in samples that have holes.

Catherine has developed a technique that can be used to correct van der Pauw measurements so the method can be used in situations where it normally could not. Her work had a focus on breaking the assumption that the sample being tested has no holes.

She originally worked on the problem for the 2016 International Young Physicists’ Tournament, held in Russia last year, and went on to win the Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch Prize for Best Overall Exhibit at the NIWA Wellington Regional Science Fair 2016.

Catherine became interested in Physics when she started at Onslow College and spent much of her time at Onslow in the lab.

Onslow College Principal Peter Leggat describes Catherine as determined, sharp witted and a bit of a daredevil. “There is widespread pride at her success, not just from physics students but throughout the whole school.”

Catherine showed keen judgement in designing her experiments and excellent skills in executing them. The selection panel were impressed by her combination of innovation, hard work and candour.

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