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Your high five events for Wednesday 15 August

As primary teachers and principals strike today, you can show support, take in child friendly activities, and find out about some great New Zealand women.

Meet at Westpac Stadium from 10.30am to join the NZEI’s day of action to support primary school teachers and principals, who are holding full-day strike action today. People will need to be seated by 11:00am for a short update, before marching at 11.20am along the concourse to Parliament, for the rally there from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This is a fun, family-friendly event for friends, whānau and anyone who cares about education in Aotearoa to show support for our primary teachers and principals. Wear bright colours, bring a banner or flag (and raincoat!), and be prepared to make some noise.

Before the rally, smaller children can have a fun time at Little Creators. The free Wednesday event from 11:00am to 11:30am at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, encourages children 3+ to get creative, be inspired and work on playful, themed hands-on art projects with the Capital E team.

Jools and Lynda Topp. Photo: The Topp Twins

Don’t miss The Topp Twins — an Exhibition for New Zealand on the ground floor at the Natonal Library of New Zealand, free from 9:00am to 5:00pm. It showcases the characters and career of two of New Zealand’s best-loved entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp, who’ve been cultural touchstones for more than 40 years, with playful, powerful and political creative work resonating with a broad audience across generational and political divides.

Kilbirnie Recreation Centre at 101 Kilbirnie Crescent has a range of child-friendly activities today, including Tinytown Earlybirds from 9:30am to 10:15am, Parkour Kids for 5 to 7 year olds (3:30pm to 4:15pm, Learn to Rollerblade Beginners (3:30pm to 4:15pm), Parkour Kids for 8 to 12 year olds (4:30pm to 5:15pm) and Junior Roller Derby (4:30pm to 5:30pm). Pricing details and more information here.

For just $5:00 you can see Cathy Downes perform excerpts from her play The Case of Katherine Mansfield at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street from 5:30pm to 6:15pm. The play was devised by Downes in London and premiered in Holland in 1978, came as part of an Australasian tour in 1980, was revived for the centenary of Katherine Mansfield’s birth in 1988 and has been staged a number of times since. It’s part of KM130, a Wellington city-wide programme of events, exhibitions and performances, celebrating Katherine Mansfield’s 130th birthday.