The Settlement

Prefer community over commuting? James & Meredith Walshe started The Settlement with the aim of giving people a better work/life balance, and with their Petone space near on capacity and the new Porirua space looking to follow suit, it’s easy to see this is a very popular idea with Wellingtonians.

The ‘cool library’ feel of the co-working space means it’s calm and quiet, but don’t be fooled, there’s plenty of opportunity to also engage in business chats, phone calls and general chit chat with the other residents too. Meredith and James make an effort to keep things feeling good in the space, and the fortnightly scone gathering for all residents means networking happens naturally here. Good Fortune Coffee and Zany Zeus organic milk are on offer for all those freelancers facing tight deadlines, or serve it up to those important clients in one of the meeting rooms and ensure they walk away feeling impressed. The huge kitchen provides plenty of room to whip up your lunch too, though we can’t blame you if you’d rather head downstairs for something yum from neighbouring café Local Authority.

With neat views from their Level One spot, The Settlement is a modern, light and spacious hub to tap out your work for the day (the WIFI is super speedy and safe) and if you call Porirua home anyway, your commute to work just got that much easier.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs