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Your high five events for Wednesday 8 August

Apart from the GWRC Sustainable Transport meeting at 9:30am (see yesterday’s news coverage), there is much free writing and talking on offer today.

British public health specialist Lucy Saunders was awarded Transport Planner of the Year in 2015, and has developed the Healthy Streets Approach that puts people and their health at the centre of decision making. In the Why We Need Healthy Streets Seminar, Lucy will explain why helping everyone to use cars less and to walk, cycle and use public transport more makes sense, citing examples from cities around the world, including Transport for London, which has adopted the approach as the basis of its transport strategy. Her free seminar takes place at City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street today from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Enjoy a free sneak preview of Circa Theatre’s upcoming play, Bloomsbury Women and the Wild Colonial Girl, as the cast perform scenes highlighting the unique relationship between two literary rivals: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf. The rehearsals take place at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront from 12:00pm to 12:30pm, as part of KM130 and Circa Theatre’s WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival 2018. The play, written by Lorae Parry and directed by Susan Wilson features Isobel MacKinnon as K.M. and Jessica Robinson as Virginia Woolf.

Worldwide, 68.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict or persecution. At the Amnesty International interactive panel discussion Refugees Welcome: Supporting Refugees in Our Communities you can hear from former refugees as well as organisations and businesses working with refugees about the challenges and opportunities for refugee resettlement in New Zealand. The panelists are Ibrahim Omer (Changemakers Refugee Forum and E Tu Union), Daniel Gamboa Salazar (National Refugee Youth Council), Guled Mire (Empower), Elisha Watson (Nisa),  Lexy Seedhouse (Changemakers Refugee Forum) , Jamie Shackleton (New Zealand Red Cross) and representatives from the Wellington Central Amnesty International Group. The free discussion and Q&A from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at GBLT1, Old Government Buildings, VUW Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington will be followed by hot drinks and nibbles from Pomegranate Kitchen from 7:00pm.

Another event concerning refugees runs from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. What are the odds? In the HOST International event How Can Hiring Refugees Benefit Business & Government? Philippe Legrain will present the findings of his international research demonstrating the economic value of employing former refugees, both for individual employers and for society as a whole. Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, and founder of Open Political Economy Network, an international think-tank on openness issues. He was special adviser to World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore, and trade and economics correspondent for The Economist. One of his four best-selling books, Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them, was shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times Business Book of the Year. The free event is at Te Wharewaka O Poneke, Odlins Plaza, 2 Taranaki Street, and if you have any questions, email [email protected] or call 027-615-9688.

Gorgonopsians illustration by Dr Julius Csotonyi

Discover the art behind scientific illustration with Dr Julius Csotonyi from Canada. His talk, Paleoart: When art and science benefit each other, is presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington, with thanks to Puke Ariki. Dr Csotonyi  is a full-time freelance scientific illustrator who works closely with scientific researchers, book publishing company teams and museum exhibit design teams and curators. He will explain and show how scientific communication benefits increasingly from carefully executed scientific illustration, in the form of artwork for press releases, manuscript figures, and journal cover images – particularly in the field of paleontology. Admission is free and all are welcome, but please register to guarantee your seat/s here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/paleoart-when-art-and-science-benefit-each-other-tickets-48116835751