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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

The annual Spring Festival continues with the Graves of Note free guided walk at Karori Cemetery (meet at the Main Chapel on Rosehaugh Ave from 10:30am), then there are five great free events this evening – all, sadly, on at around the same time. How to choose?

Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub empowering communities to use culture and technology to create sustainable prosperity, presents Cool Women Talk About Our Bright Future tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Soundings Theatre, Level 2 of Te Papa, 55 Cable Street. These women are at the forefront of innovation and business putting New Zealand on the map, and their hard work and dedication are providing solutions for a brighter future. Ezel Kokcu is a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur (on her third start-up, Passhere) and this year’s entrepreneur in residence for the Mahuki Excelerator programme. Angie Judge is the CEO at Dexibit a company whose mission is to empower the world’s cultural future with artificial intelligence, applying big data analytic software to visitor attractions like museums. Sian Simpson is New Zealand’s startup and innovation ambassador to the world, growing our offshore start-up community at the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco from 200 to 4000 in the last three years. Christina Leef descends from Te Rarawa, Ngāti Manawa, NgaPuhi and Kuki Airani, and works as a Project Manager of rangatahi business programmes for Māori Women’s Development Inc, a charitable trust that focuses on supporting Māori Women and their whānau to succeed in business through the provision of business and financial capability programmes. Chairing the event is Priscilla Loong, Activation Manager at Mahuki, where she steers the four-month programme helping startups to accelerate their businesses.

Event seminar Climate Change and the Pacific runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm tonight at Te Toki a Rata Lecture Theatre 1 on the Kelburn Campus of Victoria University of Wellington. Organised by the French Embassy in New Zealand, and supported by the European Union Delegation to New Zealand, in association with Victoria University of Wellington and MetService, the event is an opportunity to hear the latest research from two world-leading scientists. Professor James Renwick, Professor of Physical Geography at VUW, will review the state of climate change science and the outlook for the Pacific region in his presentation Drought and Flood, Cyclones and Sea Level Rise. Pierre Foucaud, Marine Consultant at the Meteorological Service of New Zealand, will look at past, present and future with his talk Extreme Meteorological Events and Development of Forecasting Tools in the South Pacific. Refreshments will follow the seminar to further the discussion between scientists, students, government representatives and policy makers. Seating will be on a first-come first-served basis, subject to space availability.

Tactical urbanism, the “lighter, quicker, cheaper” approach to changing streets, is a breath of fresh air in city planning and infrastructure, letting towns experiment, learn, and adapt quickly to get streets working better for people. Steve Burgess is one of the leading lights of tactical urbanism in Australasia, and is working with Bloomberg Philanthropies on developing street safety guidelines in 10 nominated cities across the globe. During his presentation, On the Frontline of Tactical Urbanism, he will share stories from his 30 years of experience working with town centres around movement, transport, place and carparking, and their influence on the prosperity of towns and cities (including a prize-winning project in Hobart, Tasmania). The event, supported by M R Cagney, Boffa Miskell and the NZ Institute of Architects in association with Talk Wellington, at Victoria University School of Design, 139 Vivian Street, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Photo by Claire Davis

In a time of global political ferment, established ideas are coming under renewed scrutiny. Chief among them is one of the dominant notions of our era: that we should entrust markets with many of the tasks previously carried out by government. Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action is the anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis by Max Rashbrooke (below) In this new book, he goes beyond anecdote and partisanship, delving deep into the latest research about the sweeping changes made to the public services that shape our collective lives. What he unearths is startling: it challenges established thinking on the effectiveness of market-based reforms and charts a new form of ‘deep’ democracy for the twenty-first century. Join Bridget Williams Books for the latest in their BWB Winter Series as Rashbrooke discusses his book with RNZ’s Morning Report presenter Susie Ferguson, from 6:00pm at the National Library of New Zealand, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

If you believe in a fair and inclusive world and think that arts can play a part, then get along to round two of the socially responsible Speed Dating to Save the World. This networking event brings together organisations seeking to create societal change with arts companies and artists, with social organisations presenting for three minutes on urgent issues, and artists then speed-dating them to create new collaborations. The evening, supported by Wellington City Council, runs from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Massey University, Wallace Street, and will be facilitated by Jo Randerson and Jacqui Moyes. Spectators are welcome, and tea and nibbles are provided.