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Your high five events for the weekend of 27 and 28 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

There are three fund-raising events on Saturday, in Houghton Valley, Seatoun and Ngaio. Houghton Valley School’s annual country fair takes place at 110 Houghton Bay Road from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Explore a rainforest, enjoy a pony ride, petting zoo, bouncy castles, plants, great food from around the world, awesome entertainment, crafts, games, toys, books, clothes, face painting, and much more. At Saint George’s Seatoun Gala from 11.00am to 2.00pm at St George’s Church, 40 Ferry Street, the community gala will be a day of old-fashioned family fun with activities for every age. And the Secondhand Sale at Ngaio Town Hall, 1 Ottawa Road from 2.00 to 3.30pm has baby and children clothes, books, toys and more bargains. Entry by $2 gold coin; bring your own bags and lots of coins and notes.

Celebrate and explore the new interior fit-out of Nairn Street Cottage at 68 Nairn Street, Te Aro, on Saturday from 12.00 to 4.00pm. Uncover fresh stories of Wellington from 1857 to the late 1970s through four members of the Wallis family: Catherine, William, Clara and Win. The project team will be on hand to introduce the changes and talk about their process. You are encouraged to share stories of the family, area and Wellington over a cup of tea. Part of Wellington Heritage Week 2018. Entry by koha.

Wellington gets its first Halloween Cable Car this year, with decked-out ghost-friendly cars in operation for transport to the Halloween Party on Saturday from 6.00 to 8.00pm at the Cable Top Eatery. Dress up and enjoy storytelling, Halloween craft, games and face painting with Fairy Trina, with themed food and beverages available for purchase. The event is suitable for kids over five years old, and anyone under 12 must be supervised by adults. Tickets are $10.00 and can be at Wellington Cable Car Lambton Quay Terminal, or at the door sales,

Ever wondered what it’s like to paddle a dragon boat on Wellington Harbour? Now’s your chance. Bring a collegue, friend, or family members to Whairepo Lagoon, Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington Waterfront on Sunday for the Dragon Boat Open Day, from 10.00am to 12:30pm. You’ll be provided with a life jacket and paddle, and receive instruction from experienced dragon boaters, and talk to club members about joining a team. Wear shorts, a wetsuit, compression gear or tights, and bring a change of clothes and “give it a go” attitude. If there are strong northerlies (southerlies and rain are fine) paddling may be limited to the Lagoon or be postponed to Sunday 11 November. Email [email protected] for more information.

New Zealand’s first heritage buildings were chosen for their historical rather than their architectural importance. Only later did architectural significance come into play. But is it now the case that architecture assumes too great an importance in deciding what is and isn’t heritage? Can an ugly building also be a heritage one? Wellington public historian Ben Schrader will explore this in his free talk Can Heritage Be Ugly? on Sunday from 2.45 to 3.30pm at Futuna Chapel, Futuna Close, Friend Street, Karori. Ben Schrader specialises in urban and built environment history and his books include We Call It Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand and the award-winning The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920. No booking is required, but seating is limited to 100 persons. Please be seated by 2:30pm. Koha would be appreciated but is voluntary. There is no car parking available within Futuna Close; please park on Friend Street.