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Your high five events for Tuesday 13 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.

Today is World Kindness Day. Be nice human heroes, okay? Just for one day.

Unless you’re David Burton, of course. He has been writing about food in many publications for over 40 years, has authored eight books on cookery and food history, and has been a degree lecturer at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand since its inception in 2012. His new book, Tart & Bitter: Four Decades of Dining Nightmares, is launched tonight by Unity Books and Potton & Burton from 6.00 to 7.30pm at 57 Willis Street, and discards most of the 2000 largely positive restaurant reviews he has written for The Dominion Post, its predecessor The Evening Post, and Cuisine magazine, in favour of a selection of what he calls his ‘absolute scorchers’: acerbic and hilarious, these reviews feature a roll call of enraged chefs and owners, a stream of defamation threats in the era before the law changed, and an insightful glimpse into the worst moments of Wellington’s restaurant culture.

Also from 6.00pm, Conal McCarthy, Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, is giving a free lecture at City Gallery in Civic Square: How to Look at Art in Aotearoa: Lessons from Māori Experiments in Cultural Heritage 1920–40. His talk explores indigenous engagement with European museum frameworks, analysing how Māori cultural heritage and art practice were used to advance social and political developments for Māori. In partnership with Art History, Victoria University of Wellington.

If you’re into sustainability, you’ll want to join The Sustainable Business Network in celebrating Wellington successes at the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Awards, acknowledging the hard work that goes into making Wellington more sustainable. The event is at Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown; become a member and for just $20.00 from 5.30 to 7.30pm you can listen to Sustainability Superstar Karen Fifield from the Zoo, and a range of other finalists in a soap-box style presentation, while drinking Yealands Family wines and Garage Project beer with food by Blue Carrot Catering.

Do you need an antidote to “stinking thinking” and addictions? The Wellington Buddhist Centre invite you to listen to Dr Mason-John (above), inspirational speaker and outspoken advocate for the rights of women, indigenous people and the LGBTQI2S community, who will speak candidly about her past, and the solution of mindfullness. Raised in foster homes, living on the streets by 14 and locked up in a children’s detention centre at 15, Mason-John has battled with chronic bulimia nervosa and recreational drug use – what she calls a hell realm of addiction. Discovering mindfulness meditation, she turned her life around, and is a consultant in conflict transformation, restorative justice, and anti-bullying, working in education, with the police, and in the corporate world. Entry by donation/koha to St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace from 7.00 to 8.30pm.

And ooh, David Byrne is bringing his American Utopia tour to the TSB Arena, but of course it’s been sold out for months, so good luck with that. Maybe spot him on an Onzo: David loves his bicycles.