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Your high five events for Wednesday 14 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.

The sixth Awesome Arts Access Auction is a fun-filled, elegant event for a great cause, helping Arts Access Aotearoa to make access to the arts possible for everyone in New Zealand – particularly people with a disability or impairment. One regular attendee of the annual event, Douceline Van Arts, describes the auction as “a not-to-be-missed excellent fundraiser for a great cause. A fun event, fantastic art to suit any budget and great networking opportunities.” There is a great variety of items to bid on at the live and silent auctions, including luxury getaway packages and tickets to live performances, to art, health and beauty items, and much more, and along with a free first drink and canapés throughout the evening, there will be live jazz. Doors at Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity on Dixon Street open for the Auction at 5.45 pm and the event kicks off at 6.00pm. Buy your $20 tickets online or from Dawa Devereux.

Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA) is a new platform for performance art in New Zealand opening tonight at 6.00pm and running until 18 November. PAWA brings together a variety of local and international artists to present a diversity of performances including durational works, one on one works, multi-media works, participatory works, site-specific works and more, aiming to stimulate critical discourse, broaden audiences, and strengthen artistic ties. PAWA will also be presenting an exhibition, free breakfasts, and daily workshops and discussions at Play_station Gallery, 8 Egmont Street, and Thistle Hall, corner Cuba and Arthur Streets. The PAWA 2018 artists are Josie Archer, Kosta Robert Bogoievski, Virginia Kennard, Alexa Wilson, RV Sanchez, Helene Lefebvre, Adam Ben-Dror, Binge Culture Collective, Caitlyn Cook, Zahra Killeen-Chance, Rewa Fowles, Mark Harvey, Louie Neale, Ivan Lupi, INOPPORTUNE, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh and Victoria Abbott. The full programme can be seen on the PAWA website.

Activists from People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) are leading a WWEA social justice forum, Prison Abolition, to discuss a list of material demands for putting Aotearoa on the path towards prison abolition, including the campaign to end the brutal and dehumanising practise of solitary confinement. The session, from 6.00 to 7.30pm at St John’s in the City, corner Willis and Dixon Streets, will include a short discussion on approaches to transformative justice: exploring practical methods of resolving conflict, supporting survivors, and helping people to change their harmful behaviour without going through the criminal injustice system.

Victoria University Press invites you to the launch of Whatever It Takes: Pacific Film and John O’Shea 1948-2000 by John Reid from 6.00 to 7.30pm at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, 84 Taranaki Street. Pacific Films was founded by idiosyncratic producer John O’Shea on the belief that without locally made feature films, a country imperils its very identity. The story of Pacific Films begins at the emergence of a New Zealand national cinema in the second half of the twentieth century, when Pacific, based in a converted bakery in Kilbirnie, was virtually the country’s only independent voice, beholden neither to the government nor the establishment, but determined to establish the value of its production with both. Whatever It Takes recounts the politics and process behind ground-breaking works including Broken Barrier, Runaway, Don’t Let It Get You, Tangata Whenua, Leave All Fair and Ngati; it’s a story of entrepreneurs and dreamers, a disparate bunch bound together in pursuit of films that would define New Zealand cinema. Books will be available for purchase on the night from Unity Books.

Across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand’s rivers and streams. They need fixing, but how to do it? Join editor Mike Joy to celebrate the launch of Mountains to Sea: Solving New Zealand’s Freshwater Crisis, his new BWB Text that offers a way forward on one of New Zealand’s most urgent problems. Speeches start from 6.00pm at Vic Books Pipitea, ground floor, Rutherford House, 27 Lambton Quay.

There are still tickets left for Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends, in which the legendary actor teams up with an acclaimed German cellist to present ‘New Worlds’, a spirited evening of music by the likes of Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin and Van Morrison, readings of classic American poetry and prose including works by Hemingway, Twain and Thurber. It’s on from 7.30pm at the MFC, but for a twentieth of the price of that show’s cheapest ticket, you can RSVP to experience one of the most important new voices in Australian hip hop, Miss Blanks, along with the local force of k2k and Alexa Casino at the second Wellington showcase outing curated by VICE New Zealand for Red Bull Music, at 121 Club, 126 Cuba Street. Collect your $5.00 ticket at the door; non-registrants will pay $10.00 for any tickets remaining. It’s an R18 gig, starting 9.00pm.