Events

The Ōtaki Kite Festival 2019, 16 – 17 February at Ōtaki Beach

Festival organisers are counting down the last few weeks to the seventh international Ōtaki Kite Festival at Ōtaki Beach. Begun in 2013 the festival was the inspiration of Yvonne de Mille, an Ōtaki artist and kite expert. With financial support from the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Major Event fund it has grown into a popular …

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First Responders Festival this weekend

The First Responders Festival with live music, outdoor cinema, BBQ and family fun day has been created to celebrate and support our city’s amazing free ambulance service. And what better way to celebrate than with a landmark collab beer!  Two of Wellington’s favourite breweries, Tuatara and Black Dog have created a brew together – The …

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Wellington showcasing Pacific arts this weekend

New Zealand’s capital will host its 15th Pacific arts festival this weekend. Photo: Wellington City Council The Wellington Pasifika Festival coincides with the city’s anniversary weekend and showcases the region’s diverse Pacific communities, cultures and cuisines. Wellington City Council’s events producer Suzanne Tamaki said since its beginning in 2005, the festival has grown and morphed …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The Wellington City Council celebrates 40 years of Summer City, with its Gardens Magic series of free concerts at the Botanic …

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Gardens Magic begins tonight at Botanical Gardens

Wellington’s iconic concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! Come early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting. It’s a very special Gardens Magic season with Summer City turning …

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Long read: A shrinking culture capital

With the closure of Event Cinema on Courtney Place, Wellington has lost another 2000 seats for culture focused events. Lindsay Shelton of Wellington.scoop examines the contradiction between WREDA’s “culture capital” branding and the alarming loss of culture-focussed venues in the city. Wellington may claim to be the culture capital – as WREDA has branded us – but …

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Longform read – The Basin: a better venue than a new arena

In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf. Glen Smith argues for a better, less costly alternative. In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf, the justification …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features three big attractions: the world cup of kapa haka Te Matatini in February, …

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Wellington City Council’s 40th Summer City starts on Monday

The Wellington City Council’s Summer City programme kicks-off its 40th year on New Year’s Eve, with more than 90 events over the next three months – and something for everyone.   For 40 years, Summer City has been entertaining locals and visitors with a huge variety of events and activities, and its history is equally …

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Bowlzilla offers international opportunities for skateboarders

New Zealand skaters will be launched on to the world stage via Bowlzilla Wellington 2019 on March 9 at Waitangi Park. Big returns are coming for the skaters of New Zealand with the maturation of their skateboarding Capital Assets.   Photo: RNZ / Nicolas Bennett The road to the Olympic Games for skateboarding begins this …

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Top chef’s Christmas dinner tips: ‘Don’t practise on people’

Cooking on the festive day can be stressful but owner of Boulcott Street Bistro in Wellington, Rex Morgan, says it doesn’t have to be that way. Rex Morgan, chef and owner of Boulcott Street Bistro, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Charlie Dreaver His first tip to make the cook’s life easier is to prepare food the day before …

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Charity warns of debt increases over Christmas

The Wellington City Mission has urged people not to go into debt for their loved ones this Christmas. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge and the Mission’s Community Programmes Manager Olivia Lange. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen The warning comes as the Mission prepares for an increase in the number of people accessing the charity’s financial …

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Hairdressers and barbers warned to ditch ‘thank you’ drink

Wellington barbers and hairdressers are being told not to spread the Christmas cheer by filling the glasses of their clients with beer or wine. Wellington City Council sent out letters to hairdressers and barbers to warn them, without a liquor licence, if they give clients a Christmas tipple, they could be served a $10,000 fine. …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens …

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Rain forecast for Wellington’s Christmas Day

Rain is expected to spread as far south as the Wairarapa on Christmas Eve, although Wellington should stay dry. But on Christmas morning the capital and the upper South Island can expect rain. The South Island is definitely the island to be on for Christmas day, and the further south the better. ‘Queenstown and Wanaka …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens …

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Free shoes for Active Families participants

Fifty children and adults will be receiving free shoes this Christmas to assist them with their health and fitness journey. Round the Bays Wellington – Photo: Ari Bakker / Flickr Shoe Clinic and Sport Wellington have joined forces to provide families involved in Sport Wellington’s Green Prescription Active Families programme with shoes to help support their …

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Updated: Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Pouwhenua display opens tonight to highlight Te Matatini

A new generation of urban Māori are on display in the heart of Wellington as the city prepares to host the biggest kapa haka festival in the country. Photo: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui The three metre-high pouwhenua mark the arrival of the upcoming Te Matatini competition which expects to bring more than 60,000 visitors …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy.   The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens …

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Counting down December (updated Xmas events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Photo by …

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NZSO back Empire for Wellington as symphonic Star Wars returns

Over a year after the New Zealand Festival brought Star Wars: A New Hope to Wellington audiences, the NZSO are going on the road for an extended Star Wars Film Concert Series. The 2019 Live to Picture performances by the NZSO, featuring the music of composer John Williams in tandem with the original two movies …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Counting down December (updated Xmas events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Old St …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Huge summer schedule of events for Wellington (updated)

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Counting down December (updated Xmas events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Salvation …

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Counting down December (updated events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Salvation …

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Huge schedule of events for Wellington this summer

From now until the end of April, Wellington will experience one of its largest-ever events schedules, with four big musical gigs and cultural experiences alone estimated to pump $51 million into the economy. The massive events list (detailed chronologically below) features four big attractions: the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality exhibition (above) which opens next …

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Counting down December (updated events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Salvation …

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Counting down December (updated events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Anyone can …

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Counting down December (updated events)

There is no shortage of things to do (or be done) in December. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (updated daily) of events that are free entry, or in the spirit of Christmas. Find more event options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The annual …

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Counting down the days: events in December (updated)

With just 22 days to Christmas, there is no shortage of things to do (or be done). So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (that will be updated daily) of events that are free entry or in the spirit of Christmas that you may be able to include in your schedule. And don’t …

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Counting down the days: events in December

With just 25 days (including today) to Christmas, there is no shortage of things to do (or be done). So in the spirit of giving, here’s a list (that will be updated daily) of events that are free entry or in the spirit of Christmas that you may be able to include in your schedule. …

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Beers at the Basin returns (updated: limited door sales released)

Wellington’s largest summer beer event returns to the Basin Reserve tomorrow (Saturday 1 December) with just 50 door sales available. Beers at the Basin is an all-day event (11.00am to 7.00pm) at the iconic cricket venue, hosting 26 breweries and six wineries from around New Zealand, and showcasing over 100 different beer and cider varietals, …

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Extravagant fair fun for Waitangi Park

The Extravaganza Fair has rolled into town for the weekend, with free entry, fun family entertainment, and tastes of the past and future. The fourth season of what’s described as New Zealand’s largest travelling event is setting up in Waitangi Park today. The Extravaganza Fair will run from 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday with a …

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Santa parades close roads this weekend

Roads and bus stops will be closed for Christmas parades in Johnsonville and Tawa on Saturday, and in Kilbirnie and Upper Hutt on Sunday. The town centre of Johnsonville will be closed from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday for the Christmas Parade. The roads that will be closed are: Wanaka Street Dr Taylor Terrace Moorefield …

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Streets closed on Sunday for Thorndon Fair

Thorndon’s annual fair returns this weekend (as always, the first Sunday in December), from 10.0am to 3.00pm. The event usually attracts over 20,000 people and 250 stallholders, with an entertainment zone and varied food options. Thorndon Fair is run by Thorndon School, and is the School’s main annual fundraiser. Entry is by gold coin donation, …

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Ferry terminal or concert arena?

This week, Kings Wharf was mooted as one of two possible sites for a new ferry terminal. It’s also been proposed as the best site for a new indoor concert arena. LINDSAY SHELTON of  Wellington.Scoop looks at the options. Only six days after the Regional Council announced that Kings Wharf had been chosen as one of …

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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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Your high five events for Wednesday 28 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. Public Share collective is celebrating the anniversary …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 27 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 Experience Week, you can …

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Keeping the .nz domain safe and trusted

The Domain Name Commission and the Department of Internal Affairs have announced that they will work together to ensure safety and trust in the top-level domain name space, .nz, and invite interested parties to a free forum tomorrow. The organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see them working together to prevent and …

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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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Your top ten events for the weekend of 24 and 25 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. Lambton Quay is closed to …

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Don’t Guess the YES campaign launches today

A campaign continuing the drive to change attitudes and behaviours around alcohol consumption and sexual consent launched today in Wellington. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ben Quinn Hospitality New Zealand Wellington branch has joined forces with Wellington Police and the Wellington City Council for the Don’t Guess the Yes campaign, with support from Sexual Assault Prevention …

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Road closures and bus diversions for this weekend’s Very Welly Christmas

All lanes of Lambton Quay and seven surrounding streets will be closed this weekend for the two-day celebrations of A Very Welly Christmas. Lambton Quay will be closed from the intersection of Whitmore and Bowen Streets to Willis Street from 12.15am on Saturday 24 November until 11.50pm Sunday 25 November. Sections of the following streets …

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm tonight will involve road closures and changes to bus services. Jackson Street will be closed from Petone Avenue to Cuba Street. Elizabeth Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Buick Street. Buick Street will be closed from Elizabeth Street to The Esplanade. Bus services on …

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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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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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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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Scholarships for acting, costume, set and props awarded at Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari has announced the winners of this year’s Bill Guest and Ruku Ao award scholarships, with many generous donations allowing four awards to be made – the most ever – at last week’s graduation ceremony. Toi Whakaari First‐year Costume student and 2018 Bill Guest Award‐winner, Briony Finnigan, with the man who the award is …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 20 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. Cook’s Voyages – The True Cost opened …

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All go for a Very Welly Christmas

The big tree went up on Courtenay Place on Sunday and this weekend Wellington will welcome Santa and his friends to the other end of town – Lambton Quay – for family-friendly fun. The northern end of the Golden Mile will be transformed into a festive wonderland for the two-day festival with ice skating, circus …

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Your high five events for Monday 19 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. Want to know the legend behind the …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 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. In response to World Day …

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Gingers gather to make whero the hero

On the second day of the NZ Irish Fest in Wellington, redheads are asked to assemble in Cuba Mall for a Ginger Gathering that will celebrate and share the love for all things whero. There’s a parade at 4:30pm from the Bucket Fountain, with prizes from 5.00pm on the Cuba Stage for Most Freckles, Youngest …

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Fly like a Swan, live in a Garrett: your choice

The WCC is calling for feedback on the future of Swan Lane and Garrett Street. You have 12 days to respond. By Mark Cubey The Wellington City Council want to improve the experience of pedestrians and businesses located in and around Swan Lane and Garrett Street, as part of the Council’s Laneway strategy to improve …

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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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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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Your high five events for Thursday 15 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. Given that over 600,000 Kiwis claim Irish …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 14 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 sixth Awesome Arts Access Auction is …

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Listen to Gerry Paul on the Sweetman Podcast

Gerry Paul is a musician, children’s entertainer, tour promoter, event organiser, session player and creative live wire. He co-created the music festival Coastella, is one of the event organisers of CubaDupa, and has been instrumental in forging connections between New Zealand and Ireland, most recently with a  big Irish Festival across three cities in New Zealand that kicks …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 13 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. Today is World Kindness Day. Be nice …

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Prepare yourselves for a noisy Sunday morning

If you hear big guns and a roaring chorus tomorrow morning, do not be alarmed. Tomorrow morning at 10.50am, gunners from the 16th Field Regiment of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery will conduct a 100-gun salute on Wellington’s waterfront. The Regiment from Linton Military Camp are playing a key role in commemorating the …

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Sign on for free chocolate tasting tomorrow

Do you love chocolate? Do you want to be a part of making Wellington accessible for everyone who lives here? Wellington Chocolate Factory and Wellington City Council have teamed up to host a free chocolate tasting at the Harbourside Market on Sunday. The catch? You may have to have a go at using New Zealand …

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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

At 11am on 11 November, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. A range of commemorative events are taking place across Wellington. The Government will acknowledge the centenary with a number of events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, with the National …

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Sustain in the brain: go green this weekend

The Go Green Expo, New Zealand’s Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show, is at the TSB Arena this weekend from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. If you’re trying to live a healthy, environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle, check out the stands featuring eco building, food and beverages, advisory services, supplements, organic products, health and wellness, beauty …

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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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St James fix-up tops $30m; delayed reopening affects NZ Festival

The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought, with required strengthening work keeping it closed until at least September 2020. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The extended closure of the Courtenay Place theatre – it was expected to reopen late next year –  …

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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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Eleven bells for Armistice centenary, then cacophonous chorus

The Rangimarie peace bell of the National War Memorial Carillon will toll eleven times to mark the start of the two-minute silence of remembrance at 11.00am on Sunday at the official Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in Wellington. Then, at 11.02am, a celebratory fanfare will be played by the full bells of the carillon, the third largest in …

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Remember Kristallnacht, fight fascism, embrace hope and violins

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, it’s time to look back 80 years and ask: who makes the Nazis? Then look forward with hope and music. By Mark Cubey Smashed windows of a Jewish business in Germany after Kristallnacht, 1938 In case you were wondering, it’s fine after the events of the last 12 months to call …

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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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Your high five events for Tuesday 6 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 Big Play Out is on all …

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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 top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 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. The Clyde Quay School Spring …

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Get in the pink with a waterfront walk

Dress in pink, put your walking shoes on and head to Frank Kitts Park tomorrow for the Pink Star Walk, and raise funds for breast cancer education, research and support. Every day, nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. That’s over 3000 mothers, daughters, sisters and friends every year. The Breast Cancer …

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Your high five events for Friday 2 November

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. Come and hear two inspiring speakers – Chlöe Swarbrick MP and …

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Hundred-gun salute to mark Centenary of Armistice

A 100-gun salute on the Wellington waterfront in front of Te Papa on Sunday 11 November will launch the commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. The firing is symbolically timed to finish at 11.00am, when the guns fell silent 100 years ago. …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 31 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. It’s Halloween, Peter Jackson’s birthday, and all manner of ghoulish mayhem …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 30 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. After far too many full-moon weird-ass events in the real world, …

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Be someone’s star this Christmas

The Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Star Appeal launched today, giving you the chance to “be someone’s star” and help people in need across the Wellington region this Christmas. Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge at the launch this morning. Photo by Huup Waagen Last Christmas hundreds of people across the Wellington region …

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Rapturous welcome for royals in Wellington

Several thousand people turned out for the couple’s only public walk-about in Wellington yesterday. Story by RNZ (original story with extra photos here) Prince Harry and Meghan receiving a hongi at Government House. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King |RNZ A scream rang out from the large crowd as the couple arrived at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. …

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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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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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Diawali brings the light to Sunday afternoon

Wellington’s local Indian and South East Asian communities’ most vibrant cultural celebration, Diwali, takes over the waterfront on Sunday afternoon in a festival of lights. The lighting of lamps at the ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life. The colours, sounds, tastes and spicy …

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Sunday’s Open Streets event closes roads to cars

A large section of the Wellington CBD will be closed to cars tomorrow from 9.00am to 1.00pm for the Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event. Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke is a free, active event for people of all ages and abilities to take over the streets and walk, play, ride and …

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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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Your high five events for Friday 26 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. Would you like to sing on a cruise, to oldies soused …

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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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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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Second Eminem show in Wellington?

The total allocation of 45,000 tickets for rap superstar Eminem’s only NZ show in Wellington nest year sold out yesterday in under an hour – the fastest-selling show in Westpac Stadium’s history. The concert on Saturday 2 March 2019 will have the biggest-ever audience for a single-day event at the Stadium, including 25,000 ticketed fans …

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Your high six events for Tuesday 23 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. We took it easy over Labour Weekend, and hope you did …

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Your high five events for Labour Weekend, 20 to 22 October

This feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible on the weekend for $20.00 or less. You may want to check our previous daily 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 new plants and seedlings on Saturday from …

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Te Omanga Hospice highlighted as charity partner for Hutt lights carnival

HighLight: Carnival of Lights returns to Lower Hutt on Friday and has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its 2018 charity partner, raising money to help with its rebuilding. The free annual event illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour Weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and …

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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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Wellington to experience Rapture in March

Rap superstar Eminem, who last visited New Zealand four years ago, will make his first-ever Wellington appearance at Westpac Stadium on Saturday 2 March with his Rapture 2019 show. Special guests will be announced shortly for what will be the Detroit rap icon’s only New Zealand show of his Australasian tour. Eminem is coming to …

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Premiere scares as Terror-Fi festival returns for Halloween

The Terror-Fi Film Festival returns to The Roxy this Halloween with a second celebration of horror, thriller and sci-fi films from around the world. This year’s schedule from 31 October to 4 November includes eight New Zealand premieres and two Wellington premieres, with many films screening shortly after world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival and …

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Your high five events for Monday 15 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. Today marks the start of Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week, held …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 13 and 14 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. The fifth annual Siapo Cinema: Oceania Film Festival has returned to Ngā …

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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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Laneway becomes Rainway for opening

The theme song for the opening of the city’s new laneway in Lombard and Bond streets today should have been ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’. Photos by Huup Waagen Despite the bad weather, the opening of the city’s newest laneway went ahead regardless, with rain-coated spectators watching models catwalking under canvas, as well as live …

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A dozen music events for Friday 12 October (special high-five edition)

There is so much good musical entertainment on tonight, that we’re running an extended “high five” to cover it all… The big gig tonight is Rhian Sheehan at the Michael Fowler Centre. To showcase A Quiet Divide, his first new album in over five years, Sheehan is performing a special series of shows across New …

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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 Thursday 11 October

A reminder: This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous high-five 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.  Don’t be like bearded bell-end Hamish Macdonald and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 10 October

Cloud accounting, mental wellbeing, social marketing, flu pandemics, and healthy places. Xero, one of the most intriguing companies in NZ (see Duncan Greive’s excellent piece at The Spinoff) opens its offices every Wednesday morning, for a coffee and a chance to have your questions answered, one-on-one, for free. Learn tips and tricks to get the …

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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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Listen to Rhian Sheehan on the Sweetman Podcast

Rhian Sheehan is a musician whose work includes a series of studio albums, soundtracks to soundtracks to TV, short film, documentary and feature-length movies, video games and even a theme-park ride. He has just released his new album, A Quiet Divide, and opens a special series of shows across New Zealand, transforming venues into spectacles …

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Wellingtonians score at APRA Awards

Local composers won awards for film and TV music, and the SOUNZ Contemporary Award at the APRA Awards. Lyttleton singer-songwriter Marlon Williams walked away with the APRA Silver Scroll last Thursday in Auckland for his song ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’ but five Wellingtonians were also awarded at the celebration of composition and songwriting. …

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Your high five events for Monday 8 October

The Wonky Donkey guy! CyberSmarts! Memoir! Yoga! Van Gogh forgers! You have to be there. From 10.30am to 1.30pm today, APRA award-winning musician and author Craig Smith (below) is at Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa for a range of events. From 10.30 to 11.15am he will share the techniques he uses to come up …

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Four Seasons, in ten days

Tribute show Oh What a Night!, celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, returns to Wellington on 16 October. MARK CUBEY explores the ongoing popularity of the music and the production. From left: Rob Hyatt, Paul Holmquist, James Bullard and George Solomon in Oh What a Night! Photo by James Marlena I came …

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Music artisan awards to be hosted at Massey

The Artisan Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, recognising the best technical and production values in the music industry, will be hosted in Wellington for the first time this year. The event will be livestreamed from the new music and production facilities at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts on Monday 5 November. …

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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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Edible art challenge for WoW prompts cocktail trail

As the World of WearableArt enters its second weekend (with standby tickets still available for most shows), locals and visitors have a number of ancillary ways to participate – and win – including cocktail and retail trails. Garments from the World of WearableArt historical collection are on show at the WOW Hub under the sails …

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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 Friday 5 October

Oddness, compassion, classic retro clothing, ceramics, McLeavey’s photos, and all-out DJ/VJ action. TGIF! Capital E present Odd One Out at Waikanae’s Southward Theatre today and tomorrow from 10.00am. The 45-minute show by Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood for 2 to 8 year olds features three curious characters living a busy life in a world where …

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Record year for New Zealand International Film Festival

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has achieved a record year of attendance around New Zealand, breaking the national attendance record set in 2004. There were 263,017 admissions to NZIFF in 2018 superseding the previous record of 262,260 admittances. The complete programme was made up of 181 feature films and short film collections from …

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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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Dogs, dogs, a thousand dogs – all on show from tomorrow

If he had a tail, Dogs New Zealand president Nigel Trainor would be wagging it with excitement given the number of entries received for the annual National Dog Show in Porirua from tomorrow. “We will have over a thousand dogs representing over 120 breeds on show for the public,” says Trainor, “and are delighted to …

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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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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 Tuesday 2 October

Lots of school holiday entertainment for children, and economics and music for adults. Nau mai haere mai te kite Moana Reo Māori. Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (84 Taranaki Street, Te Aro) are working with Matewa Productions and Disney Studios to present free screenings of Moana Reo Māori, the Te Reo translation of the Disney …

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Wellington gets the chance to dig dug-up warriors

Eight full-sized 2300-year-old Chinese terracotta warriors will come to Wellington in a major exhibition at Te Papa this summer. Standing archer (detail), Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), Pottery, height 184cm. Excavated from Pit 2, Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1978. Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, 002816. Photo: © Mr. Ziyu Qiu The exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians …

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Homegrown festival announces first lineup and pre-party show

After a record sell-out festival this year, Jim Beam Homegrown will return to Wellington’s waterfront on 23 March 2019, with the first details of the 42 acts playing the five stages revealed this morning. And for the first time, Homegrown will include a pre-party to start the festival on the Friday night, before Saturday’s main …

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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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Spring forward tonight with daylight saving

It’s the first weekend of the school holidays and the start of daylight saving. Later evenings beckon as clocks go forward by one hour on Sunday morning at 2:00am, to 3:00am. Don’t forget to also check your smoke alarms.

Chch sisters first two-time winners at WOW awards

Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry won the supreme award at the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards, announced in Wellington last night. Story from RNZ Christchurch sisters Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry won the World of WearableArt Awards in Wellington last night with their piece, War Story. Photo: Supplied / World of WearableArt. The pair’s garment, …

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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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Miss Bridget Walsh at Rogue & Vagabond

Miss Bridget Walsh returned to town with a new band for a low-key gig at Rogue & Vagabond. by Mark Cubey When I first met Takapuna traveler Bridget Walsh late in 2015 at my old coffee grounds of Mojo PWC (about to be transformed as all those WCC wallahs move into the building) she struck …

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WOW hits Wellington tomorrow

It’s now thirtysomething and as popular as ever, so if you want to see this year’s World of WearableArt, you better get on to it. Now celebrating its 30th year, the world’s leading wearable art design competition opens tomorrow night at the TSB Arena on Queen’s Wharf. And its popularity in Wellington, its home since …

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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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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Your high five events for Monday 24 September

A spring walk, spring book sales, sharp spring script readings, well-sprung design and architecture, and the problems of organ donation are on the events agenda today. You can bag beautiful bargains at SALE at Mine today at The Dowse Shop, Dowse Art Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Their spring clean sale sees 25% off the …

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Home & Garden Show returns to capital – with Wellington App partnership

Over 200 exhibitors with displays and information about everything from flooring, mini avocado trees, drains and gutters, home financing, bathroom design, artists, sculptors, chocolate – and The Wellington App – will feature at the 2018 Wellington Home & Garden Show at Westpac Stadium this weekend. From 10am Friday through to 4:00pm Sunday, exhibitors from around …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 22 and 23 September

It’s the start of Wellington’s Spring Festival (22 to 30 September), the end of Conservation Week, and Home & Garden weekend. Get out and about! On Saturday, the annual Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day and Plant Sale takes place at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, from 10:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great day for first-timers …

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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 Monday 17 September

As advised on the App last week, the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships finish today at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues at the National Hockey Stadium, Mt Albert Road, Newtown, until Sunday. Plus it’s Conservation Week. But wait, there’s more… Wellington City Council is working …

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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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Pups enjoy Lions win at HUHA event

At fundraising event Pups in the Park, dogs and their owners enjoyed watching the Wellington Lions beat North Harbour on a sunny Sunday afternoon.   Story and photos by Luke Jackson Reggie, a three year old Dogue de Bordeaux wearing a lion’s mane (below) had a lot to say about the Wellington Lions uneven Mitre 10 …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāapa 12 Mahuru

What’s up with Wednesday events? Type design, NZ’s first theatre, true stories told live, some extraordinary sheilas, and supervolcanoes. Join type designer Kris Sowersby and current designer-in-residence Johnson Witehira for a free lunchtime Open Studio and informal discussion at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. As long-time collaborators, the pair will …

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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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WHS Roots and Shoots group runs ZWAW

A group of Wellington High School students have organised a week of environmental activism to promote waste management and recycling to their peers. Gwen briefs the group while Alexa cuts up raffle tickets Story and photos by Mark Cubey Last Monday lunchtime, I sat on a stool in one of the science rooms in one …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāhina 10 Mahuru

Morena!  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) starts today and we encourage you to get amongst it. And of course our other recommended events. You can join the Māori Language Week Parade starting at 11:00am from the Cenotaph to Te Ngākau Civic Square. Join te reo Māori speakers and supporters for a parade …

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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 the weekend of 8 and 9 September

Anyone for tennis, Te Kooti, a theatrical conversation, Black Panthers and Boomerang Bags? This weekend is Love Tennis Weekend, with 12 tennis clubs across central Wellington opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm for a fun, free event for people of all ages. The event is for anyone, young or old, …

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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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Your high five events for Thursday 6 September

Another bus meeting, portraits explained,  wonderful solo show, arty feminism open late, and psychedelic free jazz. If you haven’t yet checked out Toi Art on the 4th and 5th floors of Te Papa, you really should. Extra incentive today, from 10:30am to 11:30am, is the Friends of Te Papa guided talk, Pictures of People, with …

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Whistle-blower to speak in NZ, but not Australia [UPDATED]

[UPDATED] American activist, politician, former US Army Solider and court-martialled whistle-blower Chelsea Manning has been granted a work visa to enter New Zealand. Photo by Tim Henning [UPDATED] A spokesperson for the company bringing Chelsea Manning to New Zealand said a work visa for the whistle-blower was received overnight, allowing her to speak here. She …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 5 September

Cycling in cities, equality for women, Helen Clark, teens and porn, and famine awards. Cities, the primary human habitat, are wasteful, damaging and running up against environmental limits. A lunchtime seminar, Can the Bicycle Save the City?, sees three speakers suggesting that it is not only the use of the bicycle that shapes the way …

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Best burger, dish and cocktail announced for VWOAP 2018

Wilson Barbecue, Field & Green and C.G.R. Merchant & Co were the big winners at Visa Wellington On A Plate for 2018, winning the awards for best burger, Festival dish and cocktail last night. A judging panel of six experts rated five finalists in three categories – Best Burger, Best Festival Dish and Best Cocktail …

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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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Your high five events for Monday 3 September

It’s New Zealand Theatre Month, plus the regular Monday writers and film society events. And another online bus meeting. Māori Theatre: Ka Mua Ka Muri is an exhibition of Māori theatre photographs and ephemera spanning the 1960s to the 2000, originally compiled for the 2015 National Māori Theatre Hui. The selection features many of New …

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Dragon to conduct NZSO for Harry Potter concert

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the eight Harry Potter films in late September, under the baton of Australian conductor Christopher Dragon. Music from composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat will feature in the sixth NZSO concert programme this year to feature music from film, video games or …

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Your high five events for Friday 31 August

It’s Daffodil Day and Tertiary Open Day and End of Winter Day and Katchafire Sold Out at SanFran Day. Daffodil Day: Learn. Donate. Here: https://www.daffodilday.org.nz/ Tertiary Open Day is happening all over Wellington as high schoolers prepare to incur heinous debt to finance often average tutors to keep them occupied for three years with no …

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Baritone judged “clear winner” in Wellington Aria

Will King won first prize at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria on Sunday night, with a baritone performance that blew away the audience, according to adjudicator Richard Greager. Wellington Aria judge Richard Greager with Will King (left) and Sophe Sparrow King, currently in his fourth year of Classical Voice at the New Zealand School …

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Your high five events for Thursday 30 August 2018

The cool kids will be at the sold-out Courtney Barnett gig at the Opera House tonight, while western suburbs residents concerned about public transport will be at the meeting to discuss problems with the new transport system (Karori West School, from 7.30pm). There’s plenty more to do. Sustainability Trust present a green cleaning workshop Make …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 29 August

Wednesday brings you bells, letters, a fourth birthday, adventurous women and green tramping. Listen to National Carillonist, Timothy Hurd QSM, playing the Carillon bells (74 of them) at the latest in the free Carillon Winter Recitals. Get along to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Buckle Street from 12:30pm to 1:15pm but bring a coat to …

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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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Shihad celebrate 30th anniversary with Rocktober tour

They rock. They rolled with the punches. They’re from Wellington, and widely acclaimed as the best rock band ever to come out of New Zealand. And they will tour the country in October to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Shihad, 30 years on: Karl Kippenberger, Phil Knight, Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin by Mark Cubey The first time …

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Blood, sweat and tears (of joy) at Richter City Roller Derby

By day, they are mothers, office managers, waitresses and trapeze artists. But on Saturday night at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre, they swapped their shoes for skates, and came together to play the all-female full contact sport that is Flat Track Roller Derby. Story and photos by Luke Jackson Skater ‘Suffer Jet’ formed the Wellington league …

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Your high five events for Thursday 23 August

Blackouts, living off the grid, wings and beer, feminisms, and many bands you’ve never heard of… these should all be part of “Thor’s day”. The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association invite you to Best Black Out from 9:00am through 5:00pm today: blacking out the university to show your support for the Thursdays in Black …

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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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Globe-trotter to play Hamlet for Wellington Summer Shakespeare

Wellington actor Stevie Hancox-Monk will play the lead role in Wellington Summer Shakespeare’s gender-bending 2019 production of Hamlet, directed by renowned theatrical practitioner David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington. The production, which will be staged from Friday 15 February to Saturday 2 March, will be the first time that Summer …

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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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VR, robots, drones and Lego attract potential engineers

Virtual reality displays, technical challenges, and fun with machines, water, paper, mud and Lego attracted over 2200 parents, students and children to Shed 6 on Queen’s Wharf on Saturday for the annual free public Engineering Expo. Story and photos by Mark Cubey unless credited otherwise The Engineering Expo capped off the third annual Week of …

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Your high five events for Monday 20 August

Start your week with poetry, cyber security and lots of food. There are two warm-up events today for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday. During Best New Zealand Poems (part of the free Writers on Mondays series from 12.15pm to 1.15pm at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa) seven poets read their poem …

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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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Your high five events for Friday 17 August

School visits, photography, portraits, time travel and news on the Gaza Flotilla are options for your Friday time. Two of Wellington’s private schools are open to the public today: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Marsden Avenue, Karori, is holding an Open Morning from 8:45am-12:00pm with an opportunity to and experience Marsden on a normal school …

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NZIFF 2018 breaks Wellington attendance records

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has broken records with 84,218 attendances, the biggest ever total for Wellington. NZIFF has exceeded the previous record set in 2017 by more than 5,000 admissions. Embassy Theatre is the home of NZIFF in Wellington. Photo by Victoria Vincent Wellington audiences attended 605 screenings across six venues over …

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Your high five events for Thursday 16 August

Activities that are free or $20 or less today, including mountain writing, free speech, fair trade, and lots of jazz. Today is the start of WeBO, Wellington’s International Band and Orchestra Festival, presented by ABODA, Musicworks and Yamaha Music Australia. From 10:00am to 3:30pm today, 9:30am to 3:30pm tomorrow and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 15 August

As primary teachers and principals strike today, you can show support, take in child friendly activities, and find out about some great New Zealand women. Meet at Westpac Stadium from 10.30am to join the NZEI’s day of action to support primary school teachers and principals, who are holding full-day strike action today. People will need …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 14 August

Data science, tertiary lives, funding assistance, art material and gallery babes. All on offer today. A free Data Science 2018 Workshop hosted by Chiasma Wellington is being held this morning from 8:00am to 12:00pm for any STEM student looking to broaden their potential career prospects, regardless of year of study or study area. A presentation …

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Film Festival breaks attendance record – again

Admissions to the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington this year are up 5000 on 2017 – and that’s before extra post-Festival screenings scheduled for this week. At last night’s Closing Night screening of Polish film Cold War (pictured above), Festival director Bill Gosden announced that admissions this year totalled over 83,000, compared to …

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Your high five for the weekend of 11 and 12 August

Eat, drink, get botanical and celebrate fair trade and women this weekend. Visa Wellington on a a Plate gets into full swing for its opening weekend. Beervana is sold out, as are other events like the Sunday sessions of Brunch Bellins and Bacchus at Sterling, and Celebrating Champagne at Lobby Lounge. But there are still …

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Zoomy cuts deal with airport, supports Beervana

Local rideshare company Zoomy is hoping to increase ridership with two new initiatives. Commuters frustrated by Wellington’s public transport problems over the last few weeks have been increasingly using taxis, and the services of the best-known rideshare company, offshore giant Uber. But the locally owned and operated app-based company Zoomy, which operates in Auckland and …

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Seven Wellington finalists in nine categories at hospitality awards

The QT Museum Hotel and Jack Hackett’s are each in the running for two National Hospitality Award categories, with nods also going to Fidel’s, Lulu, The Southern Cross Garden Bar, Whistling Sisters – The Fermentery, and Portlander by Rydges. The distinctive lions of the QT Museum Hotel The nine nominations for Wellington hospitality providers at …

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Your high five events for Friday 10 August

Dancing, short local films, a new play and a book and album launch take place today. Children aged three and over can spin, jiggle, jump and jive for half an hour during the fast and lively free dance session, Spin Around at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 11:00am – 11:30am. This afternoon at 1:30pm …

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Your high five* events for Thursday 9 August

More free or under-$20 events that you could spend extra money at today. Or go wild and see how far you can get on a Snapper transfer. Or hang out at a bus hub and chill the whines. The Enjoy Art Book Fair returned yesterday for a fourth year running and continues today, tomorrow and …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 8 August

Apart from the GWRC Sustainable Transport meeting at 9:30am (see yesterday’s news coverage), there is much free writing and talking on offer today. British public health specialist Lucy Saunders was awarded Transport Planner of the Year in 2015, and has developed the Healthy Streets Approach that puts people and their health at the centre of …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 7 August

Today, five free* events: three helpful talks, a panel on Antarctica, and two top musicians playing Bach, Debussy and Reinecke. Whether you are a safety consultant, procuring safety services, or trying to influence safety in a business, the NZISM Branch Seminar, Making Safety Your Business, has useful advice. Get insights, tips and tools from Lance Jensen, …

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Your high five events for Monday 6 August

Satellites, poets, movies and Morning People are here to start your week. A free Planet Roadshow will be held by the Centre for Space Science Technology on Level 10 of the BNZ Partners Centre, 1 Victoria Street, today from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Planet is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that operates …

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Great War Exhibition to close

Sir Peter Jackson’s World War 1 exhibition will be removed from the Dominion Museum, after Massey University and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage were unable to reach an agreement over extending the lease, which runs out in early December. The organisations issued a joint statement last night saying The Great War Exhibition at the …

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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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Great War Exhibition to close

Sir Peter Jackson’s World War 1 exhibition will be removed from the Dominion Museum, after Massey University and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage were unable to reach an agreement over extending the lease, which runs out in early December. The organisations issued a joint statement last night saying The Great War Exhibition at the …

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Your high five events for Friday 3 August

Things to do for babies, toddlers, parents and those over 18 today. Parents or caregivers with babies are invited to the Wilton Playcentre at 3a Gloucester Street for The Big Latch On from 9:45am to 11:30am today. The Playcentre is looking forward to hosting this free event again, and hosting mums from the community and …

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The revolution will be iconic, tonight

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means that City Gallery Wellington in Civic Square keeps its doors open until 10:00pm for Tuatara Open Late: Iconography of Revolt and Semiconductor. Semiconductor: Halo at Art Basel Entry is by donation from 5:00, with DJ B.Lo playing sounds of revolt, while the cash bar is open with supper treats …

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Phoenix Foundation celebrate 20 years tonight with NZSO gig and collected works

The Phoenix Foundation and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra join forces tonight under the baton of NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, marking 20 years since the popular band was founded in Wellington. The NZSO and The Phoenix Foundation – Celebrate! concert at the Michael Fowler Centre from 7:30pm will also take place over the following days …

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Diversity, partnership and innovation celebrated at Arts Access Awards

A prominent broadcaster, a solo theatre maker, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a partnership that ran a creative writing workshop for writers, the public and prisoners were all winners for Wellington at the national Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards last night. The annual Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented in Parliament by …

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Your high five events for Thursday 2 August

Celebrate the Cook Islands, enjoy script vs impro, a session for songwriters, and separate shows featuring a Sydney trumpeter and a Steely Dan sideman workin’ the ‘bone. Cook Islands mamas (and papas) at the opening of the Islands in Time exhibition, National Library of NZ To celebrate Cook Islands Language Week, take a guided tour …

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Arts Access Awards night includes enhanced name

The Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018 takes place tonight at Parliament, with a new name, and accolades being given to a range of individuals and organisations improving access to the arts for all New Zealanders. The 2017 Arts Access Accolade winner Olivier Lacoua, General Manager of CQ Hotels Wellington, is presented with his …

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Your high five for Wednesday 1 August

A zoo pinch and Suffrage punch for the first of the month, plus dresses, lanterns and true stories. August means Winter Wednesdays at Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell St, Newtown. From  9:30am to 5:00pm general admission for adults is $16.00, children $6.00, and under threes are free. Attend talks, and learn about how animals change and cope over …

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Your high five for Tuesday 31 July

Film, dance, theatre, wellbeing and engineering options on offer today. The New Zealand International Film Festival continues with 34 screenings today, three of which are sold out. Today’s programme begins at 10:30am with The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the ballet, including a Q&A session afterwards with New Zealand director and producer …

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Your high five for Monday 30 July

Authors, films, UFOs and an amazing technicolour dreamcoat are on the agenda today. Writer, activist and former social worker and Auckland city councillor Maire Leadbeater will speak about her new book at Unity Books today from 12:00pm to 12:45pm. See No Evil: New Zealand’s Betrayal of the People of West Papua focuses on the impact …

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Your high five for Friday 27 July

The Film Festival starts today in Wellington – and there are also blobbles, cultural memory, puns and winter love to warm your heart. Bring your tamariki along to Blobbles, the new free PlayHQ sensory experience at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm, and let them feel their way around an immersive and colourful …

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Your high five for Thursday 26 July

Puppets, debate, basketball, bedtime parenting and poetry slam are on the events agenda today. Small children have another chance to enjoy Puppets in the Portrait Gallery, a series of puppet shows inspired by portraits in Toi Art at Te Papa, 55 Cable Street. Today, puppeteer Anna Bailey of String Bean Puppets performs The Runaway Sheep, …

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A busy day of activism on Thursday 26 July

A protest on the farrowing of sows takes place at lunchtime tomorrow, with talks on fresh water quality and the housing crisis in the evening, and a Plastic Free Resistance Party going into the night. Princess Buttercup talks to RNZ. In March, New Zealand’s leading animal advocacy organisation SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) gave Parliament …

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Your high five for Wednesday 25 July

Books, archives, beer, film and swing offer you diversion today. Photo by Jamie Taylor on Unsplash Great reads at great prices can be snapped up all week at the Upper Hutt Pop-Up Library on the ground floor of the CBD Towers building 84-90 Main Street, Upper Hutt. The Massive Winter Book Sale runs until Friday 27 July from …

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Your high five for Tuesday 24 July

Hoping to get a last-minute ticket for the live show by children’s writing superstars Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton this evening? Forget it.  Totally sold out. Here are some other options… Former New Zealand School of Dance student Harrison James, now Principal Dancer at The National Ballet of Canada teaches a class to the NZSD …

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Expelliarmus Dynamo: magician’s Wellington opening cancelled

British entertainer Dynamo will play two shows in Wellington tonight after his Monday night opening show at the TSB Arena was cancelled because of technical problems.   Event promoter TEG and Venues Wellington said that a scheduled 8:00pm show and new 5:00pm show would proceed now that technical issues were resolved. Ticket holders have been advised …

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Film and futures feature in big Festival weekend

The New Zealand International Film Festival and the Festival for the Future both open in Wellington this Friday. The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky Tickets for the Wellington Film Festival are selling fast, with only a few seats available for the opening night film Birds of Passage, and many other sessions through to …

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Your high five for Monday 23 July

Colouring, punishment, tropical plants, novelists and knitting are on the menu today. Colour for Life is a weekly Monday session at the Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, from 10:00am to noon. Bring your own art materials or use the Centre’s resources, while chatting about local and global issues. Cost is $1 per person, …

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Your high five for the weekend of 21-22 July

Five free or cheap things to do on the last weekend of the school holidays. The Wellington Winter 2018 Rubik’s Cube Tournament is running all day on Saturday (8:00am to 7:00pm) at the ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie. It’s a free all-ages event, with registration fees if you want to compete. Wellington Winter …

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Your high five for Friday 20 July

Rugby, glow worms, symphonic winds, waste dating and comedy are events on offer for your Friday night in Wellington. It’s Super Rugby play-off time as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in the first of the weekend’s quarter finals, at Investec Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has declared himself fit after his …

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Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela!

The 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela is being celebrated around Wellington today with education, football, charity and faith. Nelson Mandela display at Wellington Central Library Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918. The South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, after spending 27 …

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Your high-five for Wednesday 18 July

Five affordable suggestions for (largely) family activity in Wellington today. Five favourite Margaret Mahy stories are brought to life with animation during a 11:00am screening today of The Magical World of Margaret Mahy at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street, in partnership with the Square Eyes Film Foundation. Tickets are $5:00, and free …

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Your high-five for Tuesday 17 July

Five* (free) events happening in Wellington today. You can Meet an Engineer at the Cable Car Museum at the top of the Cable Car on Upland Road in Kelburn. Engineers will be there chat daily until Sunday from 11:30am to 1:00pm, along with other fun and interactive activities downstairs next to exhibits in the Winding …

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Your high-five for Monday 16 July

Five things happening in Wellington tonight. If it’s not cold enough for you already, the Wellington Ice Rink is operating today and every day until Sunday 5 August from 10:00am to 10:00pm at Odlins Plaza on Taranaki Street Wharf. If you get moving now you may be able to make it to the 6:15pm one-off …

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Help thyselves, sisters

Do you have a question or problem you are trying to solve professionally or personally? Are you a womxn*? Are you free next Thursday evening? Help a Sister Out may be what you need.. The second in a series of six monthly events, Help a Sister Out takes place next Thursday evening. Run by the …

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World Chimpanzee Day celebrated at Zoo tomorrow

Wellington Zoo is celebrating World Chimpanzee Day tomorrow, with the transformation of its chimpanzee zoo habitat underway. Saturday 14 July, World Chimpanzee Day, is the anniversary of Dr Jane Goodall’s arrival in what is now Gombe Stream National Park to study chimpanzees in the wild. Wellington Zoo has a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute …

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Second try for Sky Show, whale permitting

The fireworks display on the waterfront will take place Saturday night if the southern right whale has departed Wellington Harbour. The ten-minute Sky Show spectacular, planned to mark the end of the city’s Matariki celebrations, was postponed last weekend because of the visit by the southern right whale. The Department of Conservation advised the fireworks …

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Right whale – or wrong weather – may halt fireworks (photos)

Wellington’s been the right place for a visit by a rare southern right whale since it was first spotted in the harbour on Tuesday. But the presence of the whale in the harbour may postpone the Wellington City Council’s inaugural mid-year fireworks event. Photograph by Sean Gillespie Wellington turned into Whaleywood this week as locals …

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Bus route changes for Saturday’s Sky Show

The Wellington Sky Show, the inaugural display of fireworks above the harbour to mark Matariki ki Pōneke 2018, takes place this Saturday from 6:30 to 6:40pm (postponement date is Sunday 8 July). Because of the display, buses will not be able to travel on Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Road between Cable Street and Cobham …

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Get thee to the movies

Bookings for the 47th Wellington Film Festival open at 10:00am tomorrow, Thursday 5 July. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of the movies. MARK CUBEY Nicolas Cage in Mandy It’s been a great year at the movies already. I never thought two superhero sequels (Incredibles 2 and Deadpool 2) would be …

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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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Radical propositions, Bic Runga and Parekōwhai piano go late this Thursday

Taonga puoro, the Parekōwhai piano, Bic Runga and five speakers offering radical propositions for our future combine with food, drink and art this Thursday at City Gallery. Michael Parekōwhai He Kōrero Pūrākau mō te Awanui o te Motu: Story of a New Zealand River 2011 It’s the first week of July, which means that Thursday night is …

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Glowing reception for inaugural Matariki event

Wellington families made the most of a still, chill night on Friday to enjoy the Ahi Kā and OneOne events for Matariki on the waterfront. Thousands of Wellingtonians thronged the waterfront around Taranaki Wharf after dusk on Friday evening to enjoy the first of what is planned to become an annual family-friendly event as part …

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Light and fire tonight at Ahi Kā and OneOne

Wellington’s Matariki celebrations continue tonight with free family-friendly celebrations taking place around the waterfront. Tonight’s Ahi Kā event on and around Whairepo Lagoon is a new venture for Council, and due to become an annual fixture. From 6:00pm, the opening Ahi Kā procession Nga Wai Piāta (Streams of Light), featuring children from seven regional schools, …

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Brave the frost for Matariki dawn viewing

There’s a special opportunity for warmly wrapped stargazers tomorrow morning, as Wellington Museum and the Wellington Astronomical Society invite the public to join them for a dawn viewing of Matariki. The Māori new year was traditionally signalled with the mid-winter sighting of Matariki (the Māori name for the Pleaides star cluster) in the early morning …

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