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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāhoroi 15 a Rātapu 16 Mahuru

As Te Wiki o te Reo Māori comes to an end, there’s a lot going on involving nature and space and trombones. Saturday’s Young Feminist Hui at Te Papa is fully booked, though there are still a few tickets available for the All Blacks/Springbok test…

Photo of Kereru by Janice McKenna

Conservation Week starts on Saturday, running to 23 September. Saturday is Nature Day at Zealandia Ecosanctuary (end of Waiapu Road) with half-price entry ($5:00 to $9:75) from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Get up close to the native wildlife during a day of conservation, featuring fun education activities, talks from lizard experts, face painting, nature-themed games, craft activities, storytelling, and radio telemetry tracking for kids. Parking will be at a premium, so consider using public transport. Last sanctuary entry is at 4:00pm.

The Ninth Annual South Coast Clean-up starts at 10:30am on Saturday and continues to 1:30pm, all along the south coast. Join with hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world taking part in Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up week, and help clear rubbish from the coastline from Owhiro Bay through to Breaker Bay. If you can make up a group of six people or more contact [email protected], or 021 1502879 to find out where your group would be the most help. As usual, there will be prizes for pictures of the most interesting rubbish find, and a sausage sizzle thanks to Island Bay Butchery. Find out more at the South Coast Clean Up Facebook page.

The Onslow College Rowing Club Book Fair is raising money for their coaches, rowers and coxswains on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Wharewaka next to the Wellington Rowing Club. They ask you to BYO ecobags for purchases, which include CDs and DVDs as well as books.

On Saturday night at Meow in Edward Street, legendary Wellington drummer Anthony Donaldson (Six Volts, Teeth) introduces The Mean Bones, a nine-piece supergroup of some of the city’s best musicians, including members of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Phoenix Foundation, Orchestra of Spheres, All Seeing Hand, and The Troubles. Expect a bedrock of deep voodoo grooves, out of which emerge shamanic vocals, lightning-sharp synths, jazz-damaged guitar, barnstorming reeds and the double trombone frontal attack from which the band derives its name. With Donaldson and Otis Chamberlain on drums, Aiko Sato and Joe Lindsay on the ‘bones, Bridget Kelly (bass clarinet), Tom Callwood (bass), Daniel Beban (guitar), Nell Thomas (synth and vocals), and Jonny Marks (percussion and vocals). Tickets are just $10:00, the show starts at 8:00pm.

Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens, has a double banger on Sunday night. As of Friday afternoon, there were just nine tickets left for the first screening of the Space Camp season of three tongue-in-cheek Sci-Fi classics, presented by Aro Video and Space Place. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start of comic caper Mars Attacks! – Tim Burton’s ingenious homage to his boyhood love of 1950s alien invasion movies. Doors open 6:30pm at for a 7:00pm start; tickets are $15:00. If that’s sold out, you could spend your money on the talk by Dr Mitch Schulte at Space Place: The Search for Life Beyond Earth, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Dr. Schulte is a scientist with the Mars Exploration Program in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. NASA’s strategic objective in planetary science is to “ascertain the content, origin, and evolution of the solar system and the potential for life elsewhere”, and much of its research and many of their spacecraft are geared toward understanding the conditions that allow life to emerge and persist in the solar system, studying extreme environments on Earth as a guide to understanding the potential for life beyond Earth.