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Your high five events for Friday 30 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Poet, novelist and screen play editor Anne …

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Your high five events for Thursday 29 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As part of the Science for Lunch series …

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Cuba: super!

The many facets of Wellington’s most iconic street are commemorated in a book that MARK CUBEY commends for mixing up a cool cocktail of history, personalities and food, glorious food. Beth Brash is having a great year. The former manager of Beervana, New Zealand’s biggest beer event, stepped up a rung in 2018 to programme …

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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked …

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Your high five events for Thursday 22 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. A free Friends of the Turnbull Library …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 21 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The 13th annual Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry …

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Your high five events for Friday 16 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Enjoy a fun morning today (from 10:00am) …

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Your high five events for Monday 12 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The New Zealand Psychological Society is holding …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 10 and 11 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. As well as Armistice Day …

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Your high five events for Friday 9 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. In the Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture …

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Listen to Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking on the Sweetman Podcast

Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking aka Pirate & Queen talk to Simon Sweetman for Episode 139 of the Sweetman Podcast. In their second podcast chat (the first one was podcast # 86 last year in which they explain their history creating LitCrawl), Mabey and Laking (above) are joined by the new addition to their family – baby Charlie who …

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“Frankincense” gifts gold to Spelling Bee champ

Marlborough Boys’ College Year 10 student George Turner spelled the word “frankincense” correctly yesterday to be named New Zealand Spelling Bee 2018 champion at City Gallery. In his second run at the national competition Turner triumphed over hundreds of students from more than 100 schools, after coming runner-up in the 2017 competition. He takes away …

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Your high five events for Monday 29 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. For those Indigenous to …

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Plaque commemorating “Robin Hyde” unveiled in Northland today

The short, troubled but productive life of one of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers, Iris Wilkinson, will be honoured today in a ceremony outside her childhood home in Northland. Wilkinson, born in 1906, wrote under the pen name of Robin Hyde and her novels and poetry gained her worldwide recognition. As part of Wellington City …

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Your high five events for Thursday 25 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Three months after the Rally for Pigs you’re being asked to …

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KM short story award won by WEGC student

Wellington East Girls’ College student Elsie Christoffel was announced winner of the annual Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award at Wednesday night’s award ceremony at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Elsie Christoffel with judge Pip Adam Elsie Christoffel’s story, Letter to Love, is an experimental story of love viewed through an unusual lens and won her the …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 17 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Two free NZ Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids are on today …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 16 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. On the occasion of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary …

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Listen to Mary McCallum on the Sweetman Podcast

Novelist, children’s author, journalist, broadcaster, songwriter, musician and publisher Mary McCallum recently published her first book of poems, XYZ of Happiness. She heads Makaro Press and new venture, The Cuba Press, and is dedicated to publishing poetry through he HOOPLA Series. As a poet, she studied under Bill Manhire at his original poetry class, and went on to …

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Australian feminist features in pop-up gig following fifth LitCrawl

Pirate & Queen have announced a pop-up event with Melbourne feminist Clementine Ford in the wake of their fifth annual LitCrawl festival programme in November. Clementine Ford (above) is a provocative author, columnist, speaker and feminist thinker who uses humour and distilled fury to lay bare ongoing issues affecting women, and has gained a huge …

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Your high five events for Friday 12 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.  Get amongst. Dr Mike Joy specialises in freshwater ecology, ecological modelling …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 9 October

Dental checks, sound/art installations, editing Wikipedia for equity, ectopia cordis, and cyber threats. That’s your Ava Lovelace Day. Drop in to the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service at Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay (weather permitting) from 10.00am and 2:15pm for free dental checks for preschoolers to Year 8 children that have not had a dental …

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Your extra (library) high five events (for kids) for Tuesday 2 October (and beyond)

There’s so much good free stuff happening during the holidays for children at the city’s libraries that we’ve done a separate post for them… The pre-school te reo Māori story time session Kōhunga Kōrero happens on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.30am at Omāroro (Newtown) Library, 13 Constable Street, Newtown. It doesn’t matter …

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Your high five events for Monday 1 October

Today is International Tenants Day, World Habitat Day, and the International Day of Older Persons. And the first week of school holidays. Kids love theatre that’s interactive. And that’s what The Improvisors will be doing at Improv for Kids 2018 this week – taking kids into the magic of their own imagination, with opportunities to …

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Former Kiwi/French couple to star in TV adaptation of Wgtn-published Booker blockbuster

New Zealand actor Marton Csokas will star alongside French star Eva Green in a six-part series based on Eleanor Catton’s Booker-prize winning VUP novel The Luminaries, as part of a comprehensive rebrand of BBC Two. Marton Csokas, one of only two people on the International Movie Data Base with that first name, and the only …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

The annual Spring Festival continues with the Graves of Note free guided walk at Karori Cemetery (meet at the Main Chapel on Rosehaugh Ave from 10:30am), then there are five great free events this evening – all, sadly, on at around the same time. How to choose? Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub empowering communities to …

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Short book series celebrates 50th milestone

In just over five years, the BWB Texts series of ‘short books on big subjects’ has become an essential part of the New Zealand publishing and political landscape. The full list of BWB Texts now includes over 50 titles, constituting an acclaimed catalogue of non-fiction writing on themes such as finance, politics, economics, New Zealand history …

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Your high five (mainly Suffrage) events for Wednesday 19 September

On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, which means today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Suffrage 125 events have been happening all this month and continue to the weekend. There are myriad gallery exhibitions, film screenings at Ngā Taonga, tours and exhibitions at Parliament, many of which …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 18 September

Try on costumes, zines, scrabble, whales, and the Pyrénées for size… After 25 years in business, The Costume Company at 214 Willis Street is having a closing down sale and everything must go. They are opening up their vault and welcoming everyone to rummage the racks and hopefully find some treasures. The sale started yesterday and …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāmere 14 Mahuru

Plenty of affordable fun on Friday, with a book fair, an architecture exhibition, and celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori through reading, singing and film. The Karori Lions Club and Rotary are holding a Bookfair on Friday and Saturday at the Karori Baptist Church Hall, Marsden Village, Karori Road from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rātu 11 Mahuru

Tuesday of Māori Language Week offers you an Australian agitprop mashup, a book about the strange and difficult English language, interaction with bees, and talks about our first Māori radio station, and aviation forecasting. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori always serves to remind us how Australia makes New Zealand look good in almost every …

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Starling x LitCrawl = Residencies

Six local writers will take on micro-residencies in November thanks to the annual writers’ festival LitCrawl Wellington and Starling, the online literary journal for young New Zealand writers. The writers will be in residence at five Wellington art galleries on the weekend of 10 and 11 November, and read from their work at a Starling …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 4 September

Help push for accessibility law, get a former PM to sign her book,  hear about peace and cluster bombs, find out about safe food and enjoy a show about staunch women. Access Matters will present their Stories Booklet to the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, outdoors on Parliament lawn by the Seddon Statue …

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Local writers featured in latest issue of erotic journal

Six Wellington writers are featured in the latest issue of Aotearotica, the sex-positive, inclusive erotica magazine filled with modern writing, art and illustration. The fifth issue of the Dunedin-based magazine features short writing by Wellington writers George Banach-Salas, George Fowler, Zoe Higgins, Will Whiten and Essa May Ranapiri, and a longer piece by Monica Macansantos …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 28 August

A new light box exhibition on Courtenay Place Park, a morning tea for mums, two free films, and the author of the first poetry book to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Go Tuesday! The latest light box exhibition space at Courtenay Place Park on the plaza outside the St James Theatre was installed …

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Like Black Books, but Scottish

The owner of what is now one of the best known bookshops in the world is in Wellington this week to talk about his funny, angry diary of a year dealing with customers and online giants. The second largest second hand bookshop in Scotland is in in Wigtown, in the southwestern coastal region of Galloway. It’s …

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Your high five events for Monday 27 August

Start the week right with walking, talking, learning… and one of the greatest Filipino films of all time. You can exercise and hear intriguing stories about the early days of Wellington and the Botanic Garden during an easy 90-minute guided walk starting at 11:00am from the Founders’ Entrance to the Gardens on 101 Glenmore Street. …

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Your high five events for Friday 24 August

Poetry, singing, mental health, Stravinsky and Rachmanikoff, disco wealth. Welcome to the weekend. Oh yea, oh yay Phantom bring you Poetry Day Read our poem for the kaka Welli events, yo, ah ha, Oh, so, you’re in the Hutt Valley? Or in Kapiti?  Time to sally… Or celebrate the end of the working week at …

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Man Booker-nominated poet drops in with a long take

Poetry riches continue after National Poetry Day, as one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary poets visits Wellington on Tuesday for a one-off LitCrawl event. Robin Robertson has been described by genius novelist John Banville in The Guardian as “one of the finest lyric poets of the age”. Earlier this year, Robertson released a narrative poem …

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Your options for National Poetry Day 2018 on Friday

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day happens nationwide this Friday, 24 August, and there are a series of free events around Wellington. You need to plan your day. At Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, from 12:00 to 1:00pm Bill Manhire and Ann Mallinson will co-chair a series of readings from Big Weather: Poems of Wellington, selected …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 22 August

Today’s free or relatively inexpensive events – for the children, the parents, the foodies, the musos and the lovers of dark art. Parents and children should be at the Wellington Central Library from opening time (9:30am) for the Baby Rock & Rhyme session of finger dancing and stories, running to 10:00am in the children’s area. …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 21 August

Poetry, memoir, art, a satirical alpinist and physics are on the menu today across the city. In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merrit has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers’ Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled …

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Wellington to host Worldcon and George R.R. Martin in 2020

Wellington has been selected as the host for the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) from 29 July to 2 August 2020, the first time the event has been held in New Zealand. The convention will be called CoNZealand, and George R.R. Martin, author of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire which …

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DCM bookfair raises over $85,000

The 23rd annual Bookfair run by DCM last Saturday attracted over 5,300 people, and raised over $85,000. The final figure is to be confirmed. DCM volunteers clean up after the bookfair. Photo by Huup Waagen. The funds raised will go toward the work of DCM (formerly the Downtown Community Ministry) to end homelessness in Wellington. …

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Wellington brothers accepted into US cycling hall of fame

Wellington’s cycling Kennett brothers – Paul, Simon and Jonathan – have become the first New Zealanders to be accepted into the Marin Mountain Biking Hall of Fame in the United States. The Kennett brothers on the Bridge to Nowhere Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, is regarded the birthplace of …

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Wellington Zoo wins Museums Shops retail award

Wellington Zoo has won its category at the 2018 Museums Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand Retail Recognition Awards The award, for Best Product or Range – Turnover Under 1 million, was for the Zoo’s Conservation Colouring & Activity Book. The Dowse Art Museum was a finalist in the category, for The Pattern Project, alongside …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 4 and 5 August

Many markets today –  and a information session on community funding. The DCM Bookfair 2018 is on all Saturday until 6:00pm at the TSB Auditorium, Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington. The 23rd annual Bookfair, the largest of its kind in Wellington, is DCM’s major fundraiser of the year, and essential to the ongoing success of …

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The Sweetman Podcast: Pip Adam

As well as maintaining a long-running blog, Wellington writer and broadcaster Simon Sweetman is closing in on publishing 125 podcasts, many with notable Wellingtonians. We will be providing occasional links to them on The Wellington App. Pip Adam. Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw For episode 122, from late June 2018, Sweetman talked with author, teacher and …

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Libraries join forces to go beyond the page from Saturday

Wellington libraries are inviting tamariki and their whanau to see them as more than just places to get books, and explore their entrepreneurial, tech-driven and adventurous side during 16 days of events starting this weekend. Queen Olivia St Redfern at Rainbow Storytime during Beyond the Page in 2017. The second year of Beyond the Page …

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New Zealand: “more Pacific by the hour”

This Saturday, in the latest of the BWB Winter Series, Damon Salesa asks, “What would it mean for New Zealand to act like a Pacific Island nation?” The free public talk on Saturday 7 July from 2:00 to 3:00pm, at Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, is based on the Michael King Memorial Lecture Damon …

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