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Your high five events for Thursday 25 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.

Three months after the Rally for Pigs you’re being asked to put pigs on the agenda again at Parliament by joining SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation) at a meeting on the lawn from 12.00pm. SAFE is calling for the banning of farrowing crates, in which mother pigs are trapped for up to five weeks, two to three times a year. Representatives of SAFE will present evidence on the largest petition (112,000 signatures) to be considered by Parliament in the last five years, and stage an intriguing action demonstrating the cruelty of farrowing crates to mother pigs. SAFE will be giving evidence on farrowing crate cruelty to the Select Committee at 10.30am in a session that is open to the public in Select Committee Room 5 in the Beehive. The submission can also be watched live at

The Porirua Night Market is on from 5.00 to 8.30pm at Cobham Court, and with October being Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Awareness month, the Market is getting behind the cause. Nannies Plus are running an activity station while parents can be pampered for a donation by Starr Pampers and Kia Orana Beauty Boutique. Fryday Donuts will join us at the night market selling their amazing donuts – 0.25c from each donut sold will go to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. DJ Vinnie will be there to spin some tunes and The Wellington Food Truck Collective has your kai sorted.

The Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University, the Borrin Foundation and Bridget Williams Books warmly invite you to celebrate a forthcoming memoir, Kim Workman: Journey Towards Justice. It tells Workman’s remarkable story: from early years growing up in the Wairarapa to working as a police officer during the 1960s and 70s, from his public service roles that included being head of prisons in the early 1990s to his emergence as a passionate advocate for radical justice reform. This is a powerful first-hand account of state and social forces that have helped shape contemporary New Zealand. The book will be published in late November, and can be pre-ordered on the BWB website, or at the event, which runs from 5.00 to 7.00pm at Rutherford House (mezzanine level), corner of Lambton Quay and Bunny Street.

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs invites you to an address by Kamal Fadel, Representative of the Frente Polisario in Australia and New Zealand: Western Sahara – Africa’s last colony. He will highlight the role of natural resources in the decolonization of Western Sahara and will explore the situation and challenges facing the Maghreb region in North West Africa, and its important potential though proximity to Europe and links with Africa and the Middle East. He will also discuss how New Zealand could contribute to peace and stability in this vital region. The event is free, from 5.40 to 6.40pm at Lecture Theatre 3, Old Government Buildings (Law Faculty), Victoria University, 55 Lambton Quay.

Profiteering, Patriotism and Peril: lesser known stories of the Great War is a series of three talks at The Great War Exhibition, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle Street. Presented by staff and volunteers of The Great War Exhibition as part of  WW100: Remembering WW1 – 100 Years On, the talks will include tales of fanatical patriotism that gripped New Zealand from the outset of war, thrilling tales of the medieval walls of Le Quesnoy, and the stories of those who used the tragedy of war as a way to grow their personal fortune. Supported by the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, this event is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis with the first talk commencing at 6.30pm, with the event running to 8.30pm. Book at [email protected].