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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of literacy in Chinese beyond the Chinese-speaking world with which it is usually associated. Catherine Churchman (above), lecturer in Asian Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and a fluent speaker of many languages, including various Chinese dialects, discusses the famous Letter from Abroad Written in Blood, a call for the Vietnamese people to unite and expel the French colonial powers written in 1907 by Vietnamese anti-colonialist thinker Phan Boi Chau. Churchman will speak at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Free entry.

Pam Bell is a founder and CEO of PrefabNZ, leading innovative construction in New Zealand. She sits on the BRANZ Board that oversees the Building Levy for research towards better buildings and is a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Building Advisory Panel (BAP) that provides industry input to executives and Ministers. She will deliver the free public lecture Future Practice from 4.30pm to 6:00pm as part of the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington’s Future Practice lecture series at Lecture Theatre 01, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, 139 Vivian Street.

You have until 5:00pm today to make your submission on the Wellington City Council’s proposal for traffic lights in Hataitai; an installation of lights on the busy four-way intersection of Moxham Avenue, Hataitai Road and Waitoa Roadis intended to make it safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to cross the intersection.

It’s the 20th birthday of Lulemon, and the Wellington yoga ambassadors invite you to BizDojo on Tory Street for Ambassador Sweat Collaboration from 6:00 to 7:30pm as part of the Manifest Tour.  Izaac O’Hara and alumni ambassador Courtney Durr will be doing the warm up, followed by a hip hop-style dance class led by ambassador Clair Thomas from Shut Up and Dance, and rounding out with a stretch out and meditation led by ambassador Shirley McLeod from Yoga With Me NZ. Videography and creative visuals on the night to be captured by ambassador Ali Jansen. From 7:30 to 8:30pm there will be drinks and dancing like its 1998 (throwing it back a few decades for this one, so wear your retro gear).

Mundo Lingo is where you meet new people and practice languages in locations worldwide; Wellington has a group of around 150 people from many different countries. Get to Basque Bar, 8 Courtenay Place between 7:00pm and 8:00pm to get free flag stickers, special bar prices, and meet new friends then stay to 11:00pm to practice your languages. BYOD.