North Island Events

Electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t the stuff of science fiction, they are very real and they are here to stay! 

If you haven’t seen an electric vehicle for yourself, come along to a Leading The Charge event.  At these events, you will be able to talk to some of the owners or read information about the current EV situation in New Zealand and what steps are being taken to increase uptake.  

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 at 08:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Memorial Square in Martinborough, New Zealand

    Martinborough - 1 Feb - Fair

    SATURDAY February 1st, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    SATURDAY March 7th, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    The country's Premiere Craft Fair, sponsored by South Wairarapa Rotary. Interesting and varied array of goods, services and activities for our fair-goers.

    Electric Vehicle information and display and test drive car.

    Entry and parking: Free

    Further Paid parking is available around Martinborough

    Child-friendly. No dogs.

    Hosted by Martinborough Fair Trust

     


    EVolunteer Information TBC

    • 7am setup, be ready by 7:30am;
    • packdown 4pm
    • Location TBC but middle of Kansas St South if we get same location as last year.
    • Contact: Sigurd Magnusson (electric vehicles stand only)

     

    Watch a promotional video about the Martinborough Fair

    Watch a promotional video about Electric Cars at Martinborough Fair

     

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 09:00 AM · 4 rsvps
    Pukekohe Showgrounds in Pukekohe, New Zealand

    Pukekohe - 15th 16th Feb 2020 - Franklin Show

    SATURDAY 15TH February, 2020; 9AM – 4PM

    SUNDAY 16TH February, 2020; 9AM – 4PM

     

    The Better NZ Trust will be joining show sponsors "Counties Power" to bring an electric vehicle display to the public.

    On the stand we'll be supplying answers to any questions about switching to electric transport.  We'll have affordable and luxury display vehicles on the stand and talking about the benefits of going electric.

    The Trust will also be handing out brochures and stickers and there will also be some special giveaways tbc later.

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Jackson Street in Petone, New Zealand

    Petone - 15 Feb - Petone Fair

    SATURDAY, February 15th 2019, 10AM – 4PM

     

    Hutt Valley's Biggest Summer Event.

    A highlight of the summer season, held every year in historic Jackson Street in Petone.

    EVs will again feature at the Fair, in an effort to educate and promote this environmentally friendly transport option.

    • Child friendly. Not dog-friendly.

    • Free entrance. Outdoors.

    • Parking: on-street, Britannia Street 3 x paid private carparks, Park & Ride at Petone Station, cnr Bouverie & Udy Sts paid parking, disabled at Buik Street.

    Hosted by the Rotary Club of Petone   This annual event is the Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser of the year.


    Saturday 15 February EVolunteers (times TBC)

    • 9am setup for 10am public opening,

    • 4pm packdown

    • Stall site TBC but likely to be near Fitzherbert Street

    Contact Sigurd Magnusson to volunteer

     

     

  • Friday, March 06, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Newtown Street Festival in Newtown, New Zealand

    Newtown - 8 March - Festival

    SUNDAY, March 8th, 2019, 8:30AM – 5PM

     

    Discover a fabulous world of food, arts, crafts and Electric cars in the heart of vibrant Newtown.

    An eclectic mix of performers will play on 12 stages spread out along Riddiford and surrounding streets. Headlining Tiny Ruins.

    Amongst the stands, electric vehicles will be showcased. (near Rintoul Street) EVolunteers welcome. Contact Sigurd Magnusson.

    • 420 stalls
    • Over 120 different acts
    • 12 stages
    • Music, Dance, Comedy

    Programme of Performers will be posted closer to the time.

    Child friendly and free to all.  A family-oriented public celebration in the heart of Newtown – this is Newtown’s community party to which all of Wellington is invited.

    Hosted by Newtown Festival

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 08:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Memorial Square in Martinborough, New Zealand

    Martinborough - 7 Mar - Fair

    SATURDAY February 1st, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    SATURDAY March 7th, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    The country's Premiere Craft Fair, sponsored by South Wairarapa Rotary. Interesting and varied array of goods, services and activities for our fair-goers.

    Electric Vehicle information and display and test drive car.

    Entry and parking: Free

    Further Paid parking is available around Martinborough

    Child-friendly. No dogs.

    Hosted by Martinborough Fair Trust

     


    EVolunteer Information TBC

    • 7am setup, be ready by 7:30am;
    • packdown 4pm
    • Location TBC but middle of Kansas St South if we get same location as last year.
    • Contact: Sigurd Magnusson (electric vehicles stand only)

     

    Watch a promotional video about the Martinborough Fair

    Watch a promotional video about Electric Cars at Martinborough Fair

     

  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 09:00 AM through October 04, 2020
    North Island loop

    EV NI Road Tour 2020

    INTERNATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK

    SATURDAY 26th September – SATURDAY 3rd October 2020

    Register your interest: https://forms.gle/sBJmPFWg3uB7Pma39

    Join other EV Owners on the ultimate North Island Road Tour as we travel counter-clockwise from Auckland to Auckland via Cambridge, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Wellington, Feilding, Taupo, Tauranga, Coromandel and Thames.

    Low range cars may start a day early to get to New Plymouth from Auckland. Join in for the whole NI tour or just a section of it. Alternatively, take the ferry in Wellington to catch up with the SI tour in Westport.

    Don't have an EV that can go the distance?  Why not share a ride with friends. This tour is open to all EV owners/drivers and their families. You do not have to be a member of Leading the Charge.

    This is a rally style tour, and all expenses will be your own. This means you can travel as cheaply or as posh as you like. We'll list motels that we aim to stay in, but booking these will be optional.

    We've tried to make most days relatively short driving distances so that we have time to stop and visit some interesting places along the way. From wind farms to off-the-grid power stations, we'll even have a go at gold mining.  Visiting the Coromandel is a first for the Leading The Charge Road Tour.

    This year we will not be holding events at each stop, but if we get enough cars, we're sure to draw a crowd for some impromptu EV promotion. This is a fun week, for EV Owner camaraderie, and stretching your EV legs.

     

    Register your interest by filling in the following basic questionnaire, so we can keep you informed. This does not oblige you to attend at this stage. https://forms.gle/sBJmPFWg3uB7Pma39 

    Joint BBQ Dinner 2019 Great EV Road Trip

    More details to follow and keep an eye out on our EV 2020 Road Tour page: https://www.leadingthecharge.org.nz/ltc_2020_road_tour 

    2019 Wharerata Picnic lunch stopWharerata Roadside Picnic Stop

    Images from 2019 Great EV Road Trip: Picnic lunch at Wharerata. Joint dinner in Napier.