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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) at the new Hopper Home Eco Shop, at 11 Hopper Street, Mt Cook. You can build your own Christmas crackers (bring your own inside gifts or use the selection available), taste Ayuredic teas, or make beeswax wraps, and your own cosmetics and cleaners. There will be woodcarving, plastics upcycling, and woodworking demonstrations, and you can swap your clothes for new ones, repair that broken thing in your house with the experts, learn to make rag rugs and more. If you can’t make it today, there’s a second session tomorrow from 6.00pm.

Learn how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are relevant in your life and work in a free workshop with ecological economist and internationally recognized sustainability leader Dr Marjan van den Belt. She is a former assistant vice-chancellor of sustainability at VUW, co-author on the global Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Guide for Universities on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which has been translated into six languages, and a member of the Treasury’s Tax Working Group. The workshop is presented by the HECUA study network, a Minnesota-based non-profit that focuses on academic and community partnerships for social change, and runs from 12.00 to 1.30pm at New BizDojo Wellington, 3 Market Lane.

Stadium Climb Wellington will see hundreds of participants climb up, down and around 4500 steps to music at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium in a fun fundraiser for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). Funds raised will go to supporting patients and their families living in the Wellington region with blood cancer or a blood related condition. You can tackle the stairs solo or sign up as part of a team from 3.00pm. To register For more information or to register visit or contact [email protected] or call 0800-151-015.

Join Unity Books and Mākaro Press for the launch of A Passage of Yellow Red Birds by Robin Peace, a debut collection that shimmers even in sight of devastation. The event is from 5.15 to 6.30pm; head to the College of Creative Arts at Massey University Campus, Block I Reception, via Gate C from Wallace Street or Gate E from Tasman Street.

Tonight’s 7×7 ideas forum (created by Sweeney Vesty and Jan Bieringa) celebrates some of the best New Zealand ideas in GovTech, showcasing the GovTech opportunity for New Zealand with seven speakers, each with seven slides and seven minutes to deliver a concentrated mix of GovTech new ideas, success stories and provocations. Innovation is both cultural and contextual and Wellington has a unique position as one of New Zealand’s innovation engines but also to lead the world in the development of GovTech capability. 7×7 runs from 5.30 to 8.00pm at Ministry for the Environment, 23 Kate Sheppard Place, with light refreshments provided. Tickets are free but you’ll need to register.

In preparation for the Owhiro Bay Learning Community Country Fair on Sunday, there is a a Pre-fair Clothing Sale tonight from 6.00 to 9.00pm at 96 Happy Valley Rd, Owhiro Bay. This is a great chance to go clothes shopping for you and your family (there will be baby, kids and adult clothes – and jewellery), leaving more time on fair day to enjoy the other stalls and entertainment.  You’ll get a free glass of bubbles on entry and there will be a movie supervised by a teacher running in a nearby classroom to help keep kids entertained while you shop. Most clothing will be $2 with designer racks priced at $5 or $10 (Eftpos available), and if you can’t make it, don’t worry, anything unsold will be at the clothes stall at the fair as well. Be sustainable and bring your own bag (or two).