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Your high five events for Labour Weekend, 20 to 22 October

This feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible on the weekend for $20.00 or less. You may want to check our previous daily 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 new plants and seedlings on Saturday from two different events, both from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Great Paekākāriki Plant Sale at Paekākāriki School on Wellington Road provides proceeds to educating and feeding tamariki with thousands  of plants going from their nursery to your garden include hedging, natives, trees, and flowers, with the Rainbow of Veges including over 32 varieties of tomatoes. Coffee and EFTPOS available. Please bring your own box or wheelbarrow to take your plants home in. The Seedling Sale from The Common Unity Project Aotearoa at 310 Waiwhetu Road, Lower Hutt offers seedlings grown by the men of Rimutaka prison who are developing a heritage seed bank, and new gardening and business skill  Plants  available include many varieties of tomatoes, pumpkins,  broccoli,  chillies,  assorted lettuces, courgettes,  parsley and sunflowers. All have been grown organically. Worm tea avail for your seedlings (BYO bottle) All seedlings grown in repurposed containers/cartons, and all profits support growing new opportunities behind the wire, and kai for the community.

During Follow: Immersive Movement Tours with Body Cartography Project, dancers lead you through Te Papa’s new art galleries on a unique tour that uses movement to explore art in new ways. This one-on-one walking tour from 11.00am to 4.00pm om Saturday activates your senses and encourages deep connections with the surrounding art and architecture. As dancers guide you through the new Toi Art galleries, even the simple act of opening and closing your eyes becomes a revelation. Immediate, personal, physical – this immersive movement tour will transform the way you experience art. Follow has been commissioned for Te Papa’s collection, as our first intangible dance acquisition; developed and choreographed by Olive Bieringa of BodyCartography Project, delivered by Kosta Bogoievski, Josie Archer, and Footnote dance company’s Anu Khapung, Georgia Beechey-Gradwell, Joshua Faletua, Tyler Carney, and Adam Naughton. Book here.

Josie Archer performs Follow on Toi Art’s opening weekend. Photo by Jo Moore

A Speakers and Debate Afternoon on Saturday is part of a two-day event to commemorate 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand, hosted in collaboration with Wellington Museum and Victoria University’s Debating Society. Speakers include Vanisa Dhiru (Head of the National Council of Women), Olie Body (Wā Collective) and Johanna and Brittany Cosgrove (The Nope Sisters). Debating the motion, “This House Regrets the Rise of Choice Feminism”, are a mix of high school and university debaters. It’s free entry to the Flux venue within the Museum, 3 Jervois Quay (donations at the door appreciated), with snacks and beverages provided. Doors open 12.30pm, speakers start at 1.00pm, debate starts at 2.25pm and the event finishes by 4.30pm.

There will be live music from a range of local Wellington artists every Sunday fortnight through October, November and December at L’Affare in College Street. No strings attached, just swing by to the cafe and enjoy the beats from 2.00 to 4.00pm. This Sunday’s lineup is The Dry Horrors, with Anthony Donaldson, Lucien Johnson and Tom Callwood.

Wellington Heritage Week starts on Monday, with a range of events all over town. Start with a free visit to the Dominion Observatory Open Day. Built in 1907, and situated in the Botanic Gardens, this Edwardian Baroque style building is a fine example of our historic heritage after receiving a facelift in 2003 which included earthquake strengthening, structural repairs and refitting. The Observatory is where New Zealand’s time was determined using astronomical observations, a gun battery was built to ward off the threat of Russian invasion, and where New Zealand’s first seismic research took place.The wider site includes the cable car, views over Wellington City and the harbour, a World War One German Krupp gun, and Space Place at the Carter Observatory.