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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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