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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 and bioassessment, and his numerous awards for his outspoken advocacy for environmental protection in New Zealand include the 2017 inaugural NZ Universities Critic and Conscience award. He is now a Senior Researcher at Victoria University’s Institute of Governance and Policy Studies, and to celebrate this appointment, he and guest Nathan Surendran will discuss the often-ignored role of energy in our economies in the introductory lecture, Biophysical Economics. They will challenge the sloppy energy literacy where “energy” and “electricity” are used interchangeably, and explain the importance of understanding energy density. The aim is to introduce a more intellectually rigorous economic model, focusing on the central role of energy flows through the economic system. The free lecture runs from 5.30 to 7.00pm at Old Government Buildings, corner of Lambton Quay and Whitmore Street

A new exhibition opening tonight from 6.00pm at Toi Māori Gallery (Level 1 of Korea House, 29 Tory Street), is a bit different from their usual shows. Words Remain | Ngā kupu ka mau tonu features mahi by six emerging Māori writers on display, including Aziembry Aoalani, Tokurima Taihuringma Nicole Titihuia Hawkins and Tayi Tibble. On opening night, each writer will do a poetry reading alongside established writers Briar Grace Smith and Patricia Grace. The exhibition runs every week day from 10.00am to 2.00pm until 1 November.

Two solo exhibitions by local artists, The House We Built and The Restoration, open tonight at  Play_station, 8 Egmont Street, from 6.00pm. In the Main Space, Matt Ritani has The House We Built. Based on 2017 Statistics NZ data on household income and quality of housing, it explores the long term effects of colonial urban planning and seeks to re-present the data through an analytical architectural model. In the Yellow Room, The Restoration by Mike Ting examines how colonialism has changed the landscape from one of intrinsic value to one of instrumental value, from an ecological entity, to a resource that needed to be tamed, measured, scientised, and utilised.  The show opening will also launch a response publication including texts from writers Rebecca Kiddle, Vanessa Cole, Katherine Palmer Gordon and Martin Patrick.

All Fonts Look the Same is an exhibition of 260 fonts, celebrating uniquely restricted shapes with an almost endless amount of variation, curated by Timmy James, Trent Kokich, Matilda Stein, Lili Lovell-Wood and Giordano Zatta as part of the College of Creative Arts at Massey University. It opens tonight at Courtenay Creative, Level 3, 45 Courtenay Place, from 7.00pm until late, then continues on Saturday and Sunday from 3.00 to 6.00pm. The Courtenay Creative space used to house the Warner Linotype Service Printers back in 1961, which makes it fitting for an exhibition celebrating of typefaces as well as shifting a focus in a gallery towards typography.

The School of Practical Philosophy, Wellington welcomes back Dr Christopher Longhurst to give a public talk about Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. Dr Longhurst holds a doctorate in theological aesthetics from the Pontifical Angelicum University in Rome and served at an educational officer for the Vatican Museums’ Scientific Management. “This talk explores how one man embraced a complete cultural perspective – uniting feelings, faith and reason through his head, hands and heart,” he says. “It will consider the “image of god” concept, and Adam not as a man but as an engendering of male and female qualities in light of the bonds between a creator-God, the earthling Adam and H’Adamah the earth.” All welcome, gold coin donation, at The School of Practical Philosophy, 33 Aro Street, from 7.30 to 9.30pm.