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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 up with booze? Royal Caribbean Productions is seeking “exceptional singers and dancers” to be a part of their entertainment programme on a fleet of 24 ships featuring production shows, Broadway productions, ice shows, aqua shows, aerial shows, as well as many other offerings. If you are a “technically strong, appealing, energetic, and dynamic” performer with experience, you could be looking at a competitive salary for a five to seven month performance contract in the sunny Caribbean. Register for an audition here or contact the team at [email protected] or 0414 692 943 for further information. Auditions are on today and tomorrow from 9.15am at Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown. Bring your current head-shot and resume.

Shaw Savill Line postcard depicting the United Tribes Ensign. Ref: 82-419-01.

Join the He Tohu learning team at the National Library to learn about He Whakaputanga — The Declaration of Independence (1835), a key document which helped shape Aotearoa New Zealand. This was debated, agreed upon and ultimately signed by 34 rangatira at Waitangi on 28 October, 1835, and later by another 18 chiefs from the north and elsewhere, through until 22 July 1839. He Whakaputanga is New Zealand’s first constitutional document, defining the existence of the nation, who is in control of it, and how it will be run. It is also one of the earliest assertions of Māori identity beyond separate iwi and hapū. The document marked steps toward a unified form of governance among the many different rangatira and their hapū and iwi. The document is inseparable from the Treaty of Waitangi and the issues that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. Free half-hour tours run from 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Pablos Annual Fundraising Art Auction is a vital part of the Wellington events calendar, and it’s on tonight at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 on the Wellington Waterfront, from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Art by big names like Michel Tuffery, Matt Gauldie, Juliet Best, Maxine Edwards, Dick Frizzell and Nigel Brown, is matched by brilliant creations from the latest Pablos artists, and many more. Mayor Justin Lester will open the event this year, and the auction a portrait sitting with artist Tatyana Kulida. Pre-sales tickets are $20.00 and available here or on 04-3828885. Door sales are $25.00.

After a 2017 tour of Korea, The Jac are sharing their music with audiences across New Zealand with new compositions alongside two of the pieces commissioned for the Jac/Black String (Korea) collaboration last year, both of which were nominated for Best Jazz Composition at this year’s jazz awards. The eight-piece Wellington ensemble are a leading voice in the New Zealand jazz scene, pushing a modern sound with their distinctive compositions, tight ensemble playing and impressive live shows. The band features musicians bringing influences and expertise from outside the jazz spectrum, notably Matthew Allison, associate principal trombonist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Shaun Anderson, drummer for metal bands Saving Grace and Depths. Completing the line-up are Alexis French, trumpet; Nick Tipping, bass; Chris Buckland, saxophones; Daniel Millward, piano; Callum Allardice, guitar and compositions; and Jake Baxendale, alto saxophone and compositions. They are playing two sets at Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street, from 6:30pm and 9:00pm. Tickets are $15+BF.

With his smooth voice and keyboard skills, Joe Blossom plays music that sits somewhere between sophisticated pop angst and lush modern electronica. He will entertain during After Hours at Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf with doors opening from 8.00pm (koha) for an 8.30 to 10.00pm show with cash bar,