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Your high five events for Wednesday 10 October

Cloud accounting, mental wellbeing, social marketing, flu pandemics, and healthy places.

Xero, one of the most intriguing companies in NZ (see Duncan Greive’s excellent piece at The Spinoff) opens its offices every Wednesday morning, for a coffee and a chance to have your questions answered, one-on-one, for free. Learn tips and tricks to get the most out of cloud accounting software, or check out a demo to see how it could help your organisation. BYO device, wifi available, to Level One, 50 Customhouse Quay from 9.00 to 11.00am, no appointment necessary.

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, so you all want to get fresh air, be mindful, connect with nature, exercise, be truthful and talk to nice humans. Cigna NZ and Life Education Trust are getting in on the act, holding a Whanau Fun Day and inviting everyone to Civic Square and take some time together to relax, play games, read books and connect from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Cigna New Zealand is part of the Fortune 500 company Cigna Corporation, one of the world’s largest publicly-owned insurance and financial services companies. so they may want to subtly sell you something and Life Education Trust will have Harold, their ubiquitous drug-free giraffe mascot (he’s always high…).

Down the road, you could join Steve Menzies and the Flinch Marketing team for the lunchtime session Marketing for Good: Intro to Social Marketing and Behaviour, from 12.30 to 1.30pm at BNZ Wellington Partners Centre, Ricoh House, 1 Victoria Street. This free event will cover introductory social marketing and behaviour change principles that can be used in everyday marketing practices by social enterprises, government agencies and businesses, tackling sustainability, public health and wellbeing challenges. Flinch’s work has involved programmes to reduce pollution, conserve threatened species, improve newborn care, support workplace wellbeing and improve sexual health. Bring along your lunch and questions.

On the eve of the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic that plagued New Zealand, THEA 301 and director Kerryn Palmer present Black November 1918. Following the end of World War One and in the wake of celebrating our soldiers return – New Zealand was confronted with  the most lethal disease outbreak we have ever seen with an estimated 9000 New Zealanders dead in two months. Black November 1918 has been influenced by family stories, verbatim accounts, the 2013 STAB production Pandemic at BATS Theatre, and detailed research by the company. The promenade-style devised performance delves into the homes and lives of ordinary Wellingtonians affected by the flu, and confronts the audience with the potential impact a modern day flu pandemic would have on 2018 New Zealand.  Black November 1918 will run at Victoria University of Wellington’s Studio 77 from to 17 October at 7.30pm with no show on Sunday. Audiences will meet at the box office at 83 Fairlie Tce and move through multiple spaces. Please advise if you need wheelchair access.

The latest forum in the 2018 seminar series Living With Nature is Fostering Culturally and Socially Responsive Landscapes, at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary tonight from 7.00 to 8.30pm. Bruno Marques and Jacqueline McIntosh from the Victoria University of Wellington, School of Architecture will talk about the relationship between place and health and how these have particular importance for Māori and those who regard landscape as part of a circle of life. Their free presentation offers an alternative to deeply embedded Western ideals and values and includes an orientation towards relationship and time entrenched in narrative and place.