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Your high five events for Monday 19 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.

Want to know the legend behind the Beehive design, or learn about the little coffee house that defied the Wellington City Council? A Cup of Curiosity Tour, which started on the weekend at Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, is full of weird and wonderful tales about what makes Wellington the colourful city it is today. The 90-minute tour runs from 10.15 to 11.45am daily to early February 2019, finishing with a cup of coffee or tea and a delicious treat to get a taste of Wellington’s café culture. To make a booking (tickets are $21.00), call 04 472 8904 or email

Frauds and scams are on the increase, with 72% of New Zealanders saying they have been targeted by a scam. In the free, fun and interactive workshop Get Savvy On Scams, you can find from Bronwyn Groot, Manager Fraud Education at CFFC, how to protect yourself, family members and clients from the latest scams and frauds. Get tips on how to recognise a set-up and avoid a scam, and what to do if you have been scammed. The workshop is hosted by Wesley Community Action and Wellington City Council at Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street from 11.00am to 12.00pm

During today’s installment in the NZIA City Talks series, We Trust Our Eyes Too Much, Simon Devitt will talk about his practice as a photographer of architecture, people, and place, and discuss why he believes our senses in addition to sight are so important in how we view and engage with place. Simon’s images have been produced into several self-published, award-winning books, which he will also discuss. The talk is presented in partnership with the NZIA Wellington Branch, and runs from 6.00pm at City Gallery, Civic Square.

Imagine Kaka in Normandale. Predator Free Normandale presents a talk with Dr Danielle Shanahan, Manager Conservation and Research at Zealandia, whose varied career includes research that has significantly advanced our understanding of the ‘extinction of experience’ of nature—where people are having fewer and fewer experiences of nature. In particular, she has been most interested in how these experiences (and the loss of them) affect human wellbeing. In this talk Danielle will explore examples from across the world that demonstrate how a connection with nature is crucial to generate support for conservation outcomes, and discuss what this means for the Wellington region The talk starts at 7.30pm, at St Aidan’s Church & Community Emergency Hub, corner of Poto Road and Stratton Street,  Normandale. Entry by Koha coin, with all proceeds going to buy more traps for Predator Free Normandale to start trap lines in surrounding bush areas.

From 7.30 to 9.30pm tonight, a Wellington Southern Bays Public Meeting hosted by the  Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society Incorporated presents a free talk about World War 1 by Peter Cooke, historian and activist with Mt Cook Mobilised . The venue is the Wellington South Baptist Church, 284 The Parade, Island Bay.

If you were looking forward to tonight’s concert by T-Pain: bad news. His tour promoter has announced that the American rapper will no longer perform at the Auckland concert series or headline show in Wellington due to an illness in the family. “I want to deeply apologise to my fans for not being able to make it to Australia and New Zealand.” Said T-Pain. “I have a close family member in the hospital whose condition just got severely worse and it is important for me to be home with him in this super difficult time. I hope you understand and I promise to make it up to y’all soon.”

However tickets are still available for tonight’s gig at the Michael Fowler Centre by British band Bloc Party, who from 8.00pm will revisit in full their 2005 debut record, Silent Alarm, described by the NME as “one of the best albums of all time”. The recording from four young Londoners – Kele Okereke (vocals, guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle (drums) – was an immediate hit, and soundtracked everything from all night raves to desolate breakups, and earned a special place in the hearts of its fan with its angular guitar, jagged rhythms and electronic elements.