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Your high five events for Monday 27 August

Start the week right with walking, talking, learning… and one of the greatest Filipino films of all time.

You can exercise and hear intriguing stories about the early days of Wellington and the Botanic Garden during an easy 90-minute guided walk starting at 11:00am from the Founders’ Entrance to the Gardens on 101 Glenmore Street.  The Main Garden and Its History is organised by the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden, and costs $5:00 (cash only).

Fiction writer Tina Makereti has been recognised for her non-fiction, winning the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (Non-fiction) in 2009, but is best known for her fiction, and is a double winner of the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards. As part of the free Writers on Mondays series from 12.15pm to 1.15pm at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, she is joined by fellow fiction writer Lawrence Patchett to discuss her new novel The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke, about an orphaned son of a chief, ardent student of English, and wide-eyed survivor who travels to London in 1846.

Want to follow in the footsteps of Rose Matafeo, who won the Edniburgh Fringe Comedy Award on the weekend, picking up 10,000 quid and becoming the first person of colour ever to win the most prestigious comedy award in the world? Thinking of putting on a show at the Fringe Festival in 2019? Need money? The first of the 2019 festival forum series kicks off with today, from 5:40pm to 7:30pm with the Fringe Funding Forum at Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street.  Mark Farrah and Felicity Birch from Wellington City Council will be providing information on the WCC Creative Communities Scheme and how other funding opportunities with council work (next CCS funding round closes 31 August). The Fringe will be running the Kakano funding scheme in October/Novemher Nov for registered 2019 Fringe events – find out what’s funded and how to apply. And writer and performer Dominic Hoey  will be putting on his Boosted ambassador hat to give you a run down on how to make crowd funding work.

The Broken Estate? The State of the New Zealand Media is the latest discussion in the BWB Winter Series. The New Zealand and global media are in a state of upheaval – the old economic models for print journalism are no longer viable, public funding has been neglected for decades, and the numbers of journalists employed by major news organisations are often in decline. Dr Mel Bunce (above), lecturer in journalism at City, University of London, and author of the upcoming BWB Text The Broken Estate: Journalism in New Zealand, will discuss the state of journalism in New Zealand and the solutions needed to ensure its future. Her fresh analysis draws on the latest international research and addresses issues including media literacy, trust and misinformation. The event is free from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at City Gallery Wellington in Civic Square, in partnership with Bridget Williams Books.

Missing the Film Festival already? Join the Wellington Film Society tonight, and see many great free films on Mondays at the Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, during the remainder of 2018. Tonight’s film at from 6:15pm to 8:0pm is Manila In The Claws Of Light, widely considered one of the pinnacles of Filipino cinema, striking a beautiful balance between on-the-ground verisimilitude and fable-like eeriness. This recently restored 1975 melodrama from director Lino Brocka is rated 16 for violence, sex scenes, sexual abuse scenes and cruelty. But don’t let that put you off.