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Your high five events for Thursday 30 August 2018

The cool kids will be at the sold-out Courtney Barnett gig at the Opera House tonight, while western suburbs residents concerned about public transport will be at the meeting to discuss problems with the new transport system (Karori West School, from 7.30pm). There’s plenty more to do.

Sustainability Trust present a green cleaning workshop Make Your Spring Clean Green! from 5.30 to 6.30pm at 2 Forrester’s Lane. Learn how to make your own sustainable non-toxic cleaning paste, laundry powder and dishwasher powder, and make your own bench spray to take home. To sign up, visit the Sustainability Trust website, click on 30 August in the calendar, then ‘Book Now’ Cost is $10 waged, $5 student or unwaged.

Anton Tennet as a low-level drug dealer turned time traveller in Mega Time Squad

The big film opening today is Crazy Rich Asians, but you might also enjoy Mega Time Squad, an unexpected local hit from the NZIFF, though not particularly complimentary to Chinese people. Written and directed by Tim van Dammen (Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song) it stars Jonny Brugh from What We Do in the Shadows and Milo Cawthorne from Deathgasm in a time-travelling crime comedy set in Thames. Four seasons today, at Readings Courtenay, at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 8:00pm (79mins; R13 violence & offensive language).

Anna Guenther is the co-founder of PledgeMe, New Zealand’s first crowdfunding platform which has helped over 1,200 creative, community and entrepreneurial campaigns raise over $27 million during the last six years. Anna will be talking at Biz Dojo, 1 Market Lane, about how PledgeMe was created, and how it enables equity, lending, and project-based crowdfunding, and offering her views on the NZ startup Ecosystem and her passion for promoting and supporting women in tech. Tickets are $5 for BizDojo members, $10 for members of the public and $15 for two: purchase tickets here. The programme starts with networking, drinks and nibbles from 5:30pm before the one-hour chat at 6:00pm them more networking.

Justin Lester is the Mayor in the Chair at the Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm tonight. He and some councillors will discuss what’s going on in the community and listen to your concerns. It’s free.

The Great Debate 2018 is a little more expensive ($25, tickets here) than most events in this column, but it’s for a good cause:  family-based early childhood education at Houghton Valley Playcentre. The debate question: “Is running the country easier than being a stay-at-home parent?”. Hosted by MP for Rongotai Paul Eagle from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at The Pines, 50 The Esplanade, Houghton Bay, it features Jo Randerson, Tamati Coffey, Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Bruce Stokell and WCC councillors Fleur Fitzsimons, Nicola Young and Brian Dawson. There may be cake. There will certainly be music, wit, merriment, smutty jokes and excellent prizes. Politicians and parents (including some who are both at once) weigh in. Light supper provided, with cash bar. Doors open 6.45 with entertainment from The Wooden Box Band. Debate starts at 7:30.