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Your high five events for Thursday 22 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.

A free Friends of the Turnbull Library event, Defining Conflicts? The New Zealand Wars, will see acclaimed historian Dr Vincent O’Malley (above) presenting an overview of a turbulent period in our history – a series of conflicts that profoundly shaped the course and direction of our nation’s history. The Wellington historian, whose book, The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 was published by Bridget Williams Books in 2016, has received a FoTL research grant to help him research his latest book project, a history of the New Zealand Wars aimed at the secondary school market. His talks runs from 5.30 to 6:30pm at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

The literary annual Sport doesn’t usually get a launch party, but the publishers have decreed that issue 46 is “too crazy good” not to celebrate. There will be wine, food and readings from Sport with Bill Manhire, Rose Lu, Jane Arthur, Freya Daly-Sadgrove, Nikki-Lee Birdsey, Anthony Lapwood , Oscar Upperton and more. It’s all happening from 6.00 to 7.30pm at Vic Books, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington.

Across town at the same time at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Te Papa Press are launching the lavish new book Scenic Playground: The Story Behind NZ’s Mountain Tourism, edited by Peter Alsop, Dave Bamford and Lee Davidson. It explores the history behind the promotion of New Zealand’s mountains: how the country built its reputation as an alpine playground and, alongside, how mountains became central to belonging to Aotearoa. Peter Alsop is a senior executive who has worked across the public and private sectors. He is a keen collector of New Zealand art, with particular interests in tourism publicity, hand-coloured photography and mid-century New Zealand landscape paintings, and the author and co-author of five previous books. Dave Bamford is now an independent tourism advisor who has worked extensively in New Zealand on regional tourism strategies, business plans and national park recreational opportunitie. Lee Davidson teaches in the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

The Save the Basin Campaign Inc are holding their 2018 AGM from 5.45pm in the Mezzanine Room, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, followed at around 6.15pm by guest speaker Councillor Roger Blakeley with his presentation Essentials of a 21st Century Transport co-convenors Jo Newman and Tim Jones. All are welcome to attend the AGM, listen to the speaker, and participate in the panel discussion (though only formal members of Save the Basin Campaign Inc. will be able to participate in the business of the AGM). Events are expected to conclude at 7.00pm.

In the latest After Hours session, Sounds and Gifted, from 8.00pm at the Wellington Museum, local recording engineers Dr Lee Prebble (The Surgery), Benny Tones (Organik Muzik Workz) and James Goldsmith (Blue Barn) will talk about some of their favourite mixes from their time running these three legendary Wellington studios. There will also be live mixed performances from Hi-Fi live bands Rhombus Sound System and Goomgrok, and local audio and visual artist Jamoody will perform a set of original electronica fused with projection mapped audio reactive visuals. The performances will be paired with four different Hi-Fi sound systems made in Wellington – listen in different acoustically shaped rooms within the Museum.  Brought to you by Tubs Audio & Toi Poneke. Entry by koha with cash bar.