Aurora Harrier Club History

The Baptist Harrier club formed in 1937 become Aurora Harriers after a Special General Meeting in 1986 and the name change was recognised by the  Harriers sub committee of Wellington Centre NZAAA in the same year. The decision to become Aurora Harriers was due to the membership of the club becoming more distant from the Baptist Church. The name Aurora was chosen to recognise the clubs origins in the Hutt Valley as the Aurora was the ship that the first settlers arrived into Wellington and the formation of the settlement of Petone.
The clubs main catchment area was the lower Hutt Valley during the late 1980 and 1990's.
Club members notable achievements during these years, were the 200+ Marathon's achieved by Life Member, Micheal Stewart who in November of 2012 completed his 500th Marathon and also the 24 hour run of Martin Johnson who almost ran 100 miles.
Life Member the late Mr I. Priest was also recognised with Life Membership of Athletics Wellington for his outstanding work done in the Administration of our Sport.
In 1992 the club started the Aurora Handicap Marathon and in the late 1990's the Hutt River Trail events.
After Mr Priest's passing in 2011 and with the club struggling for membership it was decided to shift the club's base from Petone to Porirua this move has enabled the club to offer the Porirua Community a Harrier Club, as the Porirua Club had wound up in the 1990's, we have also started the Porirua 5 km Series which is now in its 3rd year. The clubs goals for the future are to foster a strong Porirua based club that can offer  Recreational, Competitive and Social oppurtunies to its members and the Porirua Community.