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Your high five events for Wednesday 17 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. 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.

Two free NZ Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids are on today at Te Papa. Bring your little ones (recommended for ages 2 to 6) for a thrilling NZSO orchestral experience. Jump up and down, listen to musical stories, and get up close with the instruments of the orchestra. With excerpts from the William Tell Overture, the famous can-can, and much more, there’s something to bring out the child in everyone. The shows run from 10.30 to 11.10am, and 12.00 to 12.40pm Children must be accompanied by an adult.

As part of Seniors Week, the Commission for Financial Capability is running free seminars about living in retirement villages with support from the Retirement Villages Association and experienced legal practitioners. Thinking of Living in a Retirement Village will focus on things to consider before choosing to live in a retirement village Speakers from the Commission, Retirement Village Association and the legal profession (if available), will discuss types of retirement village structure, costs and operations, as well as important residents’ rights and plenty of time dedicated to questions. The session runs from 11.00am to 12.30pm at the Northland Memorial Community Centre, 5 Woburn Road, Northland, Wellington. Places are limited and registering attendance is essential. Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided.

To mark Niue Language Week, Margaret Pointer will talk about her new book on tiny Niue’s involvement in World War 1. Margaret Pointer is a well known writer and speaker on Niue, and visits the island frequently. She became involved in research to trace the lost story of Niue’s involvement in World War I while living on the island in the 1990s, and the resulting book, Tagi Tote e Loto Haaku: My Heart is Crying a Little, was published in 2000. Her research has continued since then and her new book from OUP, Niue and the Great War contains many new insights, exploring a wider Pacific context and considering the contribution made by colonial troops, especially Niue’s 160 men as part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, to the Allied effort. The free lunchtime session (12.10 to 1.00pm) is at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

Join Unity Books and Luncheon Sausage Books to celebrate the release of award-winning Sunday columnist Leah McFall’s new collection of observations about the everyday lives of New Zealanders, Karori Confidential: Selected Columns. Described as “a funny, touching love letter to Wellington’s suburbs”, it covers habits, heroes, marriages and quirks, shops, houses, streets and offices. Nothing and no-one is safe, least of all, herself. Who else will report from her own gastroscopy, lead a class of five-year-olds to town, or shamelessly investigate the claims of leak-proof pants? The launch will run from 6.00 to 7.30pm at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street.

City Gallery and Radio New Zealand mark Suffrage 125 with a second series of Contemporary Feminism Panels exploring contemporary feminism. These discussions build upon the lively national conversations that took place during Cindy Sherman last year. Tonight from 6.00pm, RNZ’s Māori News correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan chairs a panel of four speakers exploring Feminism and Ethnicity. How culturally specific is feminism? How does the skin we’re born in determine our relationship with gender equality? How do cultural practices and traditions challenge or support feminism? The speakers are: Sacha McMeeking, who heads Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury; freelance journalist and gallery guide Donna Miles-Mojab, a British-born, Iranian-bred New Zealander interested in justice and human rights issues; Tuiloma Lina‑Jodi Samu, the Pasifika advisor at the Human Rights Commission; and Farida Sultana, founder of Shakti New Zealand and Shakti Australia, the culturally specialist support service for Asian, Middle Eastern, and African women. The discussion is presented in association with Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land, and will be recorded for broadcast by RNZ. Doors open at 5.30pm, with a cash bar open until 6.00pm, and again after the panel discussion to continue the conversation. Tickets are $15.00 for the general public, and $10.00 concession and for City Gallery Friends. Book quickly (and/or for next week’s Feminism and Faith panel discussion on Wednesday 24 October, again from 6.00pm).