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Your high five events for Tuesday 20 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.

Cook’s Voyages – The True Cost opened last night at Thistle Hall Community Venue, corner of Cuba and Arthurs Streets, and runs to 24 November from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 4.30pm to 7pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10.00am to 1.30pm Saturdays. The exhibition is a collective of works, through the lens of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti, from artists Steve Hutt, Chevron Te Whetumatarau Hasset, Te Mahara Swanson Hall, Dale-Maree Morgan and Kauri Hawkins (who has been supported by the Emerging Artists Trust). Each piece of work reflects the artist’s impressions of the expense of James Cook’s Voyages throughout the Pacific, illustrated in provocative and truthful street influenced works. Juxtaposed to the ongoing human and environmental costs, this exhibit uses audio visual, low impact, repurposed and non-toxic physical media.

We all have social media challenges and more to share and learn than we know. During the monthly Social Media Support Group – Chrysalis for Women, facilitated by Iona Elwood-Smith, you can get together over coffee and cake to discuss and share social media challenges, and learn and gain new ideas. The meetings are popular so please register if you are coming (and men are welcome). The session runs from 9.30am to 11.00am at SubUrban Co-Working, Johnsonville Mall, 16 Broderick Road.

Le Quesnoy was the last major battle for the New Zealand soldiers in World War I and took place in November 1918. In the Family History Talk, Exploring the Library Holdings for the Battle of Le Quesnoy, Gillian Headifen explores the Turnbull collections to identify materials relating this significant battle and those who were part of the action. The WW100 website website describes The Battle of Le Quesnoy, in northern France on 4 November 1918, as one of New Zealand’s most important victories, but also the last. A few days after the liberation of the town, the Armistice ending the First World War was signed in Compiegne, France. The liberation of Le Quesnoy is still anchored in the memory of New Zealanders and the people of the town. Gillian Headifen is the Research Librarian Oral History in the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Research Enquiries team, and has worked in the Library for 17 years. She has previously given talks in the Family History series on the Battle of Messines, the sinking of the Marquette, and the use of oral history for family history research. Her talk runs from 12.10pm to 1.00pm at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

Over the last few months, the Wellington City Council has been developing possible routes and assessing options to make it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes in Newtown, Berhampore and Mt Cook. At the first Newtown Connections Drop-in Session, from 5.30 to 8.00pm at 99 Riddiford St, Newtown you can see the proposed routes and changes to streets, and tell the Council what you think of the options. The options are also online for perusal and feedback on this web page.

The End of Year Meet Up for Local Businesses is an opportunity for northern suburbs business people to network with others in the convivial setting of the 1841 Bar & Restaurant (upstairs), 1 Disraeli Street, Johnsonville from 7.00 to 9.30pm. No entry fee – just turn up.

Cello soloist Raeul Pierard brings Cello Song – A Cellobration of Music to St Peter’s on Willis, 211 Willis Street from 7.30 to 9.20pm tonight. The celebration of sublime music for solo cello, honouring music and its place in our hearts, includes suites by Bach and Telemann and other various delights. Each work will be introduced and placed in a context of its background and its place in the programme, and children are very welcome. Tickets available at the door or at Eventfinda.