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Your high five events for Monday 15 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.

Today marks the start of Te Wiki Kaumātua Seniors’ Week, held every year in mid-October with community events and activities for senior citizens and the elderly. This year there are 42 events happening all over the city from 15 to 21 October, most of which are free or discounted for Gold Card holders. The full programme can be found in this brochure (also available at local libraries and community centres), or search the WCC events calendar. Today you can choose from Xiang Cong at the Johnsonville Community Centre, a guided walk through the Botanic Gardens, walking netball at the ASB Sports Centre, and from 1.00 to 2.30pm a discussion at the Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, on how best develop and upgrade their exhibition spaces (bookings essential at

At the other end of the age spectrum… every NZ child should know how to swim. Give your child an immersive heard start with the free Introductory Swimming Lesson for under 3s sessions at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre from 11.00 to 11.30am.

In the latest NZIA City Talk, Sarah Treadwell (above) discusses her painting and print work, informed by architecture, gender, and spatiality in Keeping Watch: A Space of Hesitation. Treadwell was the first woman teacher at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland, and her free talk at City Gallery from 6.00pm is in partnership with the NZIA Wellington Branch.

The 13th edition of Show Me Shorts, Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier international short film festival, is screening in cinemas around the country with 50 top short films from here and around the world. Today, at Light House Cuba Cinema, 29 Wigan Street, from 6.30pm ( 97 minutes) the programme is Beat of My Own Drum, a collection with musical connections to lift your heart and tap your toes (also screening Saturday 20 October, from 8.30pm).

The Newtown Residents’ Association AGM is on at Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell Street, from 7.30pm, discussing the Association’s activities for the year, plan for the year ahead, and elect officers. This year, following the AGM business, Clara Choi will talk about her thesis on Community Gardens and serve snacks from her homeland, Korea, as a special treat. All local residents welcome.