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Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On the agenda is the issue of GWRC contracts with public transport operators, but the public will be excluded from this discussion. However, you can still be involved, with a Support Bus Drivers Rally taking place outside the building from 9.00am to 10.30am. If you’ve been adversely affected by timetables, scheduling, missing buses, overcrowding or other problems, and want to support drivers who are fighting for better pay and conditions, you can add your voice to those asking the GWRC to fix the problems. Hosted by Thank You Driver and Unions Wellington.

Mr Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show offers you a free hour of interactive musical fun, with songs, games, giveaways, storytelling, and plenty of laughs. Kids’ entertainer Chris Lam Sam (above) leads a rip-roaring show for the whole family (children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities) from 10.30am to 11.15am at Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa.

The Winners Circle invites you to a free event, launching the next generation business community, from 11.30am to 1.00pm at The Hop Garden, 13 Pirie Street, Mt Victoria. Meet the team from The Winners Circle, and find out how being a part of a thriving business community can catapult you in to further successes, win more often, learn from the best, and establish vital networks needed in business. You will hear from experts, understand the value behind your membership, as hear about upcoming conferences and trade circles. Spaces are limited; secure your place by registering here. A light lunch will be served.

Also at lunchtime (12.10pm to 1.00pm) is a public history talk by Ryan McLane, The Tragedy of the SS Talune and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, convened by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the National Library of New Zealand. In October 1918, the SS Talune was permitted to leave Auckland bound for Fiji and Polynesia even though the ship’s master knew that influenza was rife in the city and that there were sick on board ship when it left port. Within eight weeks of berthing at Fiji, Western Samoa and Tonga, at least 5 per cent of Fijians, 7 per cent of Tongans and one-quarter of Western Samoa’s population had died of influenza. Ryan McLane has managed a public health unit in the Alaskan arctic; led a clinical team in an Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone; and provided direct care for populations as diverse as indigenous Siberians, undocumented agricultural workers in California, populations impacted by cyclones in the Pacific, and civilians caught in civil conflict in Guatemala. In New Zealand he has worked with the Ministry of Health, the Southern District Health Board and the University of Otago Medical School. His PhD with the University of Otago focused upon the 1918 influenza pandemic in the Samoas, Tonga, and Fiji. For those that can’t make it on the day to Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library Building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, the talk will be recorded and made available online at:

In its first year, the Social Change Collective (meeting above) has tackled some of the biggest issues facing New Zealand, ranging from homelessness and domestic violence to flexible working and effective altruism. Tonight’s event explores Mental Health in New Zealand, with guest speakers providing an insight into the work that is being done throughout the country to counter New Zealand’s rate of youth suicide, the highest in the developed world, with 606 New Zealanders lost to suicide last year. Also, the estimated number of young people experiencing psychological distress has increased from 58,000 to 79,000 in the last year, and all statistics disproportionately impact Maori and Pacific communities. Food and drink will be provided, and there will be an opportunity for willing participants to get involved in being part of positive change. The evening starts at 5.30pm at Bizdojo, 115 Tory Street.