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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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Cuba: super!

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

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Your 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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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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Blues Club returns to the crossroads

The Capital Blues Club goes back to the corner of Taranaki and Dixon Streets, launching a new home at Jack Hackett’s this Thursday, 22 November. Pip Payne, driving force behind the Capital Blues Club in the early years at what was “Bill Direen’s” bar in the mid 1990s (nothing to do with the iconic avant …

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Restrengthening plan to close Old St Paul’s

A multi-million-dollar fundraising appeal for building restoration has been launched to strengthen historic Old St Paul’s in central Wellington, ahead of its temporary closure next year to allow the work to be carried out. Old St Paul’s, completed in 1866, is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with support from the Friends of …

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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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Capital commemorates centenary of city’s worst natural disaster

The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 757 people in Wellington. with most of those people buried in Karori Cemetery. This Sunday at the cemetery the 1918 Influenza Project will acknowledge of the centenary of this momentous event in the capital’s history. Ambulances in front of Town Hall REF: natlibgovtnz:emu:PAColl-748969 The 757 people killed …

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Your high five events for Monday 12 November

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

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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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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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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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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 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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Plaque commemorating “Robin Hyde” unveiled in Northland today

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

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Your high five events for 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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Explore Wellington’s heritage this week

Wellington Heritage Week has returned for a second year to showcase the history of the city with events, tours, exhibitions, and sneak peeks behind the scenes of some hidden treasures. Wellington Heritage Week 2018, sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust and Wellington Community Trust, will feature more than 30 events, many …

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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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Captain Cook sighted in Wellington

A famous explorer who’s been dead for 240 years was resurrected yesterday, leading a walking tour down Taranaki Street and across the waterfront. Story and photos by Mark Cubey Next year marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival in New Zealand of Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour. To commemorate the anniversary, Tom Clarke and …

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

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

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Hop into the history of The Wide Mouth Frogs

The latest addition to Audioculture, the “noisy library of New Zealand music” tells the story of the short but glorious career of Wellington’s all-female rock/pop band The Wide Mouth Frogs. This tour poster for the Wide Mouthed Frogs, designed by Peter Chester, was banned from appearing in the Hawkes Bay Herald-Tribune. By Mark Cubey It’s …

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New heritage plaques honour great local women

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

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St Johns reopens in style

St Johns Bar & Eatery reopened today for the opening of Visa Wellington on a Plate after closing for an interior refit just after the Jazz Festival. It was already busy at lunchtime today, with returning regulars selecting from the VWOAP burger and Festival menu as well as the new standard menu, all created by …

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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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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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When Satan rocked the high school social

“Come, come, come to the Sabbat, come to the Sabbat: Satan’s there!” chanted the wildly dancing students. Psychedelic lights swirled and intoxicating rhythms poured from Marshall amps as Timberjack, dubbed “the nation’s most evil band”, brought their black magic rock to the Wellington High School social in 1971. By Mark Cubey It was my first year …

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