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Song of celebration sets the stage for Te Matatini 2019

Artists and performers have come together to create a song to promote Māori performing arts in preparation for the world’s largest kapa haka festival. RNZ story by Te Manu Korihi reporter Eden More Photo: RNZ/ Eden More Ten people from performers, tutors or composers of kapa haka, or with a background in the Māori performing …

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Playground feedback needed by Friday

The Wellington City Council is reminding residents to provide feedback on some draft plans for playground upgrades in Wellington. The playgrounds are Glamorgan Park Playground in Northland, Larsen Park and Taylor Park playgrounds in Tawa, Jeypore Playground in Berhampore, and Seatoun Park Playground. The deadline for feedback is 5.00pm, Friday 7 December 2018. More information, …

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Shakti Wellington Refuge launches crowdfunding campaign

Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group has launched a crowdfunding campaign and petition for the immediate survival of Shakti Wellington Refuge and Shakti Youth’s work to end forced and underage marriages. Shakti’s crowdfunding campaign during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will feature the release of 16 portraits of 16 activists in Asian, Middle Eastern …

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Your high five events for Monday 26 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. Joy is… Christmas at Capital E (4 …

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Basin Reserve’s lack of facilities for women and disabled “unacceptable”

Wellington City councillor Fleur Fitzsimons says it’s unacceptable the Basin Reserve does not cater sufficiently for women and those with disabilities, but says the council is addressing the situation. RNZ story by Zoë George from the podcast Fair Play. Ladies Only sign at the Basin Reserve Photo: RNZ This follows an investment by the council of $7 million …

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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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Dignity milestone achieved for second birthday

Wellington startup Dignity NZ celebrates its second birthday tonight, and reached another impressive milestone this week, with 10,000 pads and tampons donated to school girls around the country. The Dignity NZ team, from left: co-founder Miranda Hitchings, Hester Reich, co-founder Jacinta Gulasekharam, and Sophie MacDonald. Wellington entrepreneurs Jacinta Gulasekharam and Miranda Hitchings founded the business …

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Buttons push message at Children’s Holocaust Memorial

The Children’s Holocaust Memorial will be officially launched at the National Library in Wellington today, honouring the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust, including children related to New Zealand’s own Holocaust survivors and refugees. The Children’s Holocaust Memorial is the first of its kind in the world, and an initiative of the Holocaust Centre …

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Campaign for tamariki raises nearly $5000 with 6300 minutes of cycling

Wellington student Mana Williams-Eade, who spent most of last week pedalling on a stationary cycle, has raised $4745 for New Zealand children living in state care. Mana Williams-Eade, who has been Cycling for Tamariki all week, with Mayor Justin Lester Mana Williams-Eade spent time in state care, and now works for Oranga Tamariki when he’s …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 7 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. Watch a free performance of Kapa Haka …

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Clyde Quay, St Mary’s and Wellington East students win new digital awards

Teams from Clyde Quay School, St Mary’s College and Wellington East Girls College were announced Wellington regional winners of the inaugural Tahi Rua Toru Tech national championship at a ceremony last night. The new digital technology championship launched in April with the backing of the Ministry of Education and is open to all New Zealand …

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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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Neologisms, oxymorons and onomatopoeia will test sagacious orthographers

Nineteen of New Zealand’s top young orthographers will be challenged with difficult words as they battle to become the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee champion this Saturday. Year 9 and 10 students competing at the event’s national final at City Gallery have emerged from hundreds of entries from secondary schools and colleges around New Zealand …

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Royal visit adds to Diwali and Open Streets in crowded Sunday schedule

The royal visit by Harry and Meghan to Pukeahu will cap off a busy day on Wellington’s streets tomorrow, with the Ta Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event in the CBD and the annual Diwali Festival on the waterfront also expected to draw big crowds. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 27 and 28 October

This daily 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. There are three fund-raising events …

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Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes

Primary school teachers and principals will strike again across the country next month, with industrial action affecting the Wellington region on Friday 16 November. Story by RNZ Teachers march on Queen Street, Auckland, in a bid for better pay rates. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook The New Zealand Educational Institute, the country’s largest education trade union, says …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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Home team sees off Northland trio in Epro8 Challenge heat

SWIS Vegans, one of two home teams at the latest Year 7-8 Wellington heat of the Epro8 Challenge, were the clear winner at South Wellington Intermediate School yesterday evening. Story and photos by Mark Cubey The SWIS Vegans – Perry, Frances, Tulip and Jed – took first place in the Epro8 Challenge heat at their …

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Thursday double digital education events extra

Here’s a couple of education-related events extra to our High Five, that you may want to take advantage of this evening… Wellington educators, businesses and parents* are invited to the Future of Education evening presented by Frances Valintine (above), recent recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Education Futurist and Chair …

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Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love dies

Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love died on Wednesday in his Korokoro home, his family have confirmed. Story by RNZ Wellington Māori leader Sir Ngātata Love has died. Photo: Facebook / Ngatata Love Ngātata Love, 81, led Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, and was an Emeritus Professor at both Massey University and Victoria University …

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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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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 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 (double) high five events for the weekend of 6 and 7 October

It’s always a squeeze trying to get the weekend down to five high-five events, so in a trial exercise we’re running ten tips for what you might do over a spring weekend in Wellington (and extending a bit beyond our usual $20-or-under benchmark). Events exclude the WOW activities we wrote about today – check those …

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to meet youth at Maranui Café and Courtenay Creative

As part of their first visit to New Zealand as a couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will talk to young people in Wellington as part of their official engagements. The royal couple arrive in Wellington on Sunday 28 October for the four-day visit, after attending the Invictus Games in Sydney and making visits …

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Your high five events for Thursday 4 October

Making, Beyblading, two divas, three punk rockers ,and an open late. Want to be a Maker? Join the Junk and Disorderly Team from REACT at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm for Maker Mayhem, collaborating on creative projects, including a large-scale, quirky, mixed-media creature from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Using recycled, upcycled, willow, and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Pregnant songwriter wins lullaby-for-PM competition

A competition to write a lullaby to be gifted to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been won by singer-songwriter Chanelle Davis who is expecting her first child in January.   The competition, run by Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM), was open to all New Zealanders in celebration of Suffrage …

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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 the weekend of 29 and 30 September

There’s lots of free fun for children and families this weekend, to kick off a fortnight of school holidays. If you’ve traversed Taranaki Wharf this week, you’ll have noticed the imposing masts of the Rainbow Warrior, which arrived here on Monday as part of the Making Oil History tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban …

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Student told she couldn’t stay in VUW hall after suicide attempt

A first-year Victoria University student was evicted from her hostel the day after she tried to commit suicide. Story from RNZ Checkpoint, 25 September 2018, by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Warning: This story discusses details of assault and suicide that may be triggering. Dani tried to end her life in October 2017 at Cumberland House, …

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Billy Proctor signs on for five years with Hurricanes

Young Wellington Lions’ midfielder Billy Proctor has signed a five-year deal with the Hurricanes. The contract is the longest offered in the club’s history since the Super Rugby era began in 1996. “I’m obviously really excited about the opportunity. The length of my contract gives me some real security and the ability to just concentrate on …

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New heritage plaques honour great local women

An iconic and much-loved Wellington broadcaster was remembered this week with the unveiling of a plaque in her honour. The plaque on the Dixon Street footpath outside the Hope Gibbons building remembers Maud Basham, affectionately known as Aunt Daisy, who broadcast from the building on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon streets for 2ZB for …

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Representative rugby draw for the week beginning 22 September

Saturday 22 September Home Games Wellington U13 vs Horowhenua Kapiti U14: Porirua Park 2, 11.00am Wellington Development vs Tasman: Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Away Games Wellington U16A vs Manawatu: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington U16 Dev vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington Community U18 vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Levin Domain, Levin, 12.30pm Wellington Centurions …

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Creative wealth on display at Visual Art Splash Gallery

Art work from school students throughout the Wellington region is on display for the last day today at the Renouf Foyer upstairs in the Michael Fowler Centre. Photos by Mark Cubey The free-entry Visual Art Splash Gallery is part of the young people’s arts festival Artsplash, which brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington …

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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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New Whairepo Lagoon sign reinforces te reo Māori name

A new sign installed at Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront removes any confusion regarding the name the lagoon has held since 2015. From left, Port Nicholson Block Deputy Chairman Peter Jackson, Wellington Deputy Mayor Jill Day and Tenths Trust Chairman Morrie Love, with the new sign at Whairepo Lagoon. Photo: Wellington City Council The new …

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Wellington turns out for Te wiki o te reo Māori

Te wiki o te reo Māori has begun and Wellington central was transformed. RNZ report by Te Aniwa Hurihanganui, Te Manu Korihi Reporter @teaniwahuri [email protected] Photo by RNZ / Richard Tindiller (for full gallery see original story) Thousands of school kids, parents, organisations, businesses and government representatives blocked the main street through Lambton Quay to celebrate te …

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Your high five events for Friday 7 September

It’s Onesie Day, with the Orange Day Parade, Suffrage in Stitches, the McQueen doco, and a whole lotta folk, metal and Ethiopiques. Today is Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day, the annual appeal for the only emergency ambulance service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa area. The appeal extends to Saturday with a long weekend featuring …

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Have your say on the new Berhampore playground

The Wellington City Council are building a new children’s playground at Berhampore’s Wakefield Park, and want your take on the draft plans. Last year, the council consulted with the public about possible locations for a new playground on Wakefield Park and identified two options: next to the Olympic Football Club building just north of the …

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World class music course ready to roll at Massey

As part of Tertiary Open Day on Friday, the Commercial Music course at Massey University will showcase its brand new studio facilities packed with top-end gear in a music course that’s “shamelessly vocational”. By Mark Cubey.Photos supplied, unless noted. It’s hard to ignore the Neve. No, not the Prime Minister’s baby, though Jacinda and Clarke …

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Cosplayers become CAUSEplayers for hospital street appeal

Collectors in character costumes will be volunteering as CAUSEplayers on the streets of the city tomorrow, helping with the annual street appeal for Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital. Cosplay collectors for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation.Photo by Pixie Captured Images Devotees of cosplay (a contraction of the words “costume play”), dress up in self-made costumes and fashion …

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Tertiary students rally for better mental health services

Tertiary students took a fight for better mental health services to Parliament yesterday, rallying in support of a campaign for better mental health in their communities. The students have created The Wait is Over campaign, which wants to make mental health services accessible to all. The students formed a line on Parliament’s lawn, to give …

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Students launch blog to expose sexual harassment

An anonymous #metoo blog was launched at midnight by Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association to collect stories of sexual violence and harassment experienced by students. It follows the model of the blog set up in February by Auckland lawyer and VUW alumni Zoë Lawton, after revelations of inappropriate sexual behaviour at law firm Russell …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 18 and 19 August

It’s all about the kids – and KM – this weekend. Walt Disney’s 1941 film Dumbo is a perfect movie. It’s short (64 minutes), brilliantly animated, has terrific songs, and is rated G – though the booze-induced psychedelic pink elephant scenes, mean clowns, stereotypically racist crows, and incarceration of the mother (at least they don’t …

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