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.
The Big Play Out is on all this week: join Playcentre tamariki between 9.30am and 12.00pm at a park near you, with exciting free preschool activities for your preschooler to explore while outside in the fresh Spring air. Today, head to Otari Wilton Bush Information Centre, Wilton for ice nature treasure exploration, ukulele, waiata and instruments to play, big bubbles and baby soft climbing area and ball pit, and a nature scavenger hunt. On Wednesday, the action moves to Whareroa Farm for a Teddy Bears Picnic, and on Thursday there will be the Bubble Man from ‘Pop’ bubbles, a ride-on electric ‘Thomas’ train to take turns on, ice play and perhaps a trough or two of GLOOP at Shorland Park, Island Bay. There are two events on Friday: a Treasure Hunt Dig, with ride-on diggers, gutters, lots of sand equipment and water play at Freyberg Beach, Oriental Bay, and waiata (songs), kēmu (games), pakiwaitara (stories) me te mea nui, te tākaro (play) in the beautiful community garden at Paekakariki Orchard and Garden (at the Queen Elizabeth Park end of Tilley Road). It’s a unique opportunity to practise te reo maori with your tamariki, led by a fluent Kaiarahi Māoritanga. Weather cancellations will be posted on the Big Play Out Facebook event page by 8.00am on the day of the event.
Are you prepared for the worst? Two events – in Newlands and Newtown – can help you plan. The annual free Emergency Resilience Information Morning from 10.00 to 11.00am at Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands, will help prepare the community to cope in the case of major emergencies. There will be a CPR workshop run by Wellington Free Ambulance, displays and information from Wellington Regional Emergency Management, NZ Fire Service, Newlands Medical Centre, and the Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi marae; and water tanks for sale. Plus a free sausage sizzle funded by Newlands Paparangi Progressive Association. And from 6.00 to 9.00pm, the free Plan & Prepare Workshop, hosted by Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMOnz) at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre, corner of Rintoul and Colombo Streets, will discuss hazards in the Wellington region, the potential challenges during and after a major event, how you and your whanau can better prepare at home, school and work, and ways to support your wider community.
Ever wonder how the licence fees that businesses pay for using music end up as royalties for songwriters, artists and record labels? And what permissions you need to start using live performers or DJs in your business? Find out more this morning from 10.30 to 11.30am over a coffee and snack, at the free Music Licensing 101 session run by Greer Davies, director of OneMusic, at ‘The Loft’, Macs Function Centre, 4 Taranaki Wharf. RSVP to [email protected] now to reserve a place.
It’s Melbourne Cup Day with events happening in offices and bars all over the city and suburbs. St John’s Bar & Restaurant are starting early (12.00pm) and finishing late (10.00pm) with a big flash party (some tickets still available).
Tonight from 6.00pm at Foxglove on the waterfront, Maxim Institute launch the fifth annual issue of their magazine Flint & Steel. This issue looks at how better public discussions can be cultivated on the issues that divide and unite society. Contributors to the magazine have considered how this might be done: in neighbourhoods and families, in fraying institutions like media and politics, through different cultural lenses, and in the kinds of communities and education that form us to listen and love. Rowan Light, lecturer and doctoral candidate at the University of Canterbury, is one of the contributors (his article “Protest and Patriotism” looks at Anzac Day’s history as a platform for public debate) and will appear in conversation at the launch. Register for your free ticket today (and you can buy an advance copy of the magazine at the same time).
Unity Books and Potton & Burton launch Geoff Norman’s new book Birdstories tonight from 6.00 to 7.30pm at Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis Street. Geoff Norman has been involved in the design, typesetting and production of books for over 30 years. His first book, the award-winning Buller’s Birds of New Zealand: the Complete Work of J. G. Keulemans, was published by Te Papa Press in 2012, and has been reprinted three times. This new book looks back to 1872, and the first instalments of Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand, and carries Buller’s publishing legacy through to the present day. It provides an up-to-date picture of how birds are regarded by both Māori and Pākehā, the backstory of their discovery, and their current conservation status, with historic illustrations and contemporary artwork.