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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 the Pacific, the Moana was traditionally a connector and an ancestor. Imperialism, however, has created false divides between islands and separated their peoples. The Pacific—Divider or Connector? is the latest talk in the BWB Winter Series (hey, thought it was spring?) with Lana Lopesi, author of the newly released BWB Text False Divides, in conversation with writer and curator Emma Ng (both pictured above). They will talk about pan-Pacific identity and how globalising technologies and the adaptability of Moana peoples are turning the ocean back into the unifying continent that it once was. It’s a free event at City Gallery Wellington from 6.00 to 7.00pm.

The latest TEDxWellingtonSalon community evening event (#9) takes place from 5.45pm to 8.00pm tonight at Credenza at Level 2, NEC House, 40 Taranaki Street. These Salon events at Wellington’s creative and digital-hub co-working space are a shared experience with a chance to hear from some TEDxWellington speakers from previous years as they update what’s been happening since their last talk. Jack Candlish (above) showed a new way to make surf boards from ethically sourced eco-materials with a business model that contributes to the protection of the marine environment, and Clare Christian (below) is currently project managing an initiative exploring the commercialisation of galip “the ethical tree nut” that grows throughout Melanesia. And there’ll be a Mystery Guest, and a couple of hand picked TED talks, with crafted opportunities to creatively converse with other attendees through facilitated challenges. It’s a public event, with $10.00 tickets are limited to 100, with drinks and nibbles provided.

There’s a unique opportunity tonight to hear from Etienne Mineur, French graphic designer and programmer in the talk Paper – Video – Game from 6.00pm at Alliance Française Wellington, Level 3 Dominion Building, 78 Victoria Street. Etienne Mineur, co-founder of Les Éditions Volumiques will talk about his work and his projects focusing on the interactivity and hybridisation between printed books and new technologies. Koha entry for an event held in English (some French may occur!)

Want to learn more about the idea of Predator Free 2050 and how you can help reach that goal? All residents of the Western Hills in the Hutt Valley are invited to a meeting and talk on traps, trapping and predator trends in the surrounding bush: Belmont Regional Park. Special guests talking about trapping, bait and trends in the area include Melody McLaughlin of the Department of Conservation and Stuart Reid, founder of Predator Free Normandale. Doors open from 7.00pm at St Aidan’s Church & Community Emergency Hub, corner of Poto Road and Stratton Street, Normandale, for the talk at 7.15pm. Entry by Koh, with  all coins contributing to buying more traps for Predator Free Normandale to start trap lines in surrounding bush areas.

Cookie Brooklyn & the Crumbs return to the stage at Moon in Newtown with their blend of primitive new wave guitar spazz and groove, featuring members of Orchestra of Spheres and MarineVille, in advance of the release of their new 7″ record: Is there Logic in Pop? In support are New Plymouth band Axos, centered round the writing and vocal talents of rhythm guitarist Jed Jones, who make their first visit to Wellington. Their drummer Peter Jefferies, well-known for his solo work and collaborations with the likes of Shayne Carter, will deliver a set of guitar songs. And Fist Kisser is a one-man enigma who once fell into a vat of Miami Vice soundtracks, emerged with a Greatest Hits of New Age Romance songbook and never looked back. All for just $10.00, from 8.00 to 11.30pm, at 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown.