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Your high five events for Wednesday 7 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.

Watch a free performance of Kapa Haka by tamariki (children) from Wellington schools and kindergartens today, from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa. The performers include young children from Tai Tamariki Kindergarten, Pukeatua ECE Centre, Polyhigh Community ECE, and older children from Kelson Primary, Wainuiomata Primary, and Fernlea School. They have been practising waiata-a-ringa, poi and haka all year culminating in this performance, a challenge for them to perform in an authentic public place. The little ones will perform waiata which they have been practising, then they will sit back and watch their older peers perform waiata-o-ringa, poi, and haka.

Kapa Haka performance, 2016. Photo courtesy of Louana Fruean

Two poets with new collections from The Cuba Press appear in a lunchtime double bill event today (12.00 to 12.45pm) at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street. Saradha Koirala is a writer and teacher living in Melbourne after relocating from Wellington. Photos of the Sky is her third poetry collection. Nicola Easthope is a Kāpiti Coast poet, reader, teacher, partner and mum, whose new collection, Working the Tang, explores her ancestral roots and reflects on what it means to be Pākehā supporting Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa.

See all the hard work the talented students of the Creative Media Production degree at the Massey University have achieved this year –  short films, animation series, documentary, psychological thrillers with puppets, games and more – at two free Student Showcases today. The 12.00 to 3.30pm session includes screenings of Ngeru and Flourish (games), Subject to Change, Muse, Homie Eats, and Local Guides (repeated tomorrow from 6.00 to 8.30pm). Today’s 6.00 to 8:30pm session includes screenings of: Fish Upon a Star, Kiwis Can Fly, Silverware, Raspberry and Coke, and Fable Grove (repeated tomorrow from 12.00 to 3.30pm). Both sessions are at The Pit, Block 12 Massey University Wellington, Entrance C, Wallace Street, Mt Cook. Food and drinks available.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is a call for action to all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. One of the 17 sustainable development goals, SDG 5, is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The panel discussion, Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls, will explore New Zealand’s support of SDG 5 through our aid programme, how far we’ve come towards gender equality, some of the ways libraries support equality and empowerment of women and girls, and some of the key feminist measures implemented by the Canadian government. Speakers include: Kate Bradlow, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) new senior adviser in inclusiveness; Lis Cowey, Director Policy the Ministry for Women; Paula Eskett, President, Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa; and Linda Savoie, Corporate Secretary, Library and Archives Canada who has managed policy and programs in the government of Canada for two decades after an unorthodox career path that included time as a lawyer, a military officer, an aircraft mechanic and museum educator. The panel discussion runs from 5.30 to 7.00pm, at the National Library of New Zealand, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

A Public Space Improvement drop-in session this evening allows Karori residents to provide feedback on the proposed options for improving Karori’s town centre. This event follows on from a session held in late August and launches the community engagement for the Karori Town Centre’s Public Space Improvement Project. The engagement will run from today until Tuesday 28 November and allows the community to provide feedback on four design options on display at the Karori Library and Karori Community Centre, and on the WCC website. Light refreshments will be provided at the Karori Community Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, with the session running from 7.00 to 9.00pm.