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Your top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

The Clyde Quay School Spring Fiesta at 27 Elizabeth St, Mount Victoria from 11.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday will be a great day out with something for all the family: international food stalls, artisan and craft market, bouncy castle, sumo suits, fantastic games, a silent auction, and Havana coffee. Entry is free to this fundraiser and community event, which will run rain or shine.

The Hataitai Market, with a repeat of Grow a Sunflower, is on Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Hataitai Bowling and Petanque Club, 157 Hataitai Road. The monthly market offers a wide range of items for sale, and in November features Lyall Bay artist Kirsty White (above), who is sketching her way around the Wellington coastline and turning it all into beautiful framed works of art via the Printing Press. The popular Grow a Sunflower event is back: collect free sunflower seeds, pot, soil and stakes., with growing instructions provided. Food, books, toys, home-ware and more are on sale, and the bowling  green is now open for everyone to use and play on. Community garden folk will be on hand to help you plant any sunflower seedlings in the plots. For a stall (reasonable fees) contact Angela 021 491 106.

Massey University’s annual Exposure Exhibition – Te Kanohi Kitea showcases the work of all Massey graduating students, including undergraduates in design, fine arts, creative media production, and for the first time in 2018, commercial music. Exposure is open to the public from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and runs continuously from Saturday 17 November at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wallace Street.

The Pasifika Art Market in Porirua has been moved indoor to Pātaka, 17 Parumoana Street, in case of bad weather, running from 12.00 to 4.30pm. As well as art from amazing Pasifika artists from around the Wellington area, curated by Blue Bell Club, there will be live music, BBQ from GRILLA BBQ, and wine or beer from Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe. Featured artists include Michel Tuffery, James Molnar, Ngarongo Phillips, Kohai Grace, Tania Tupu, Megan Parker, Sue Dasler, Porirua Tivaevae Artists, Toi Poutama Collective, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Wool You or Wood You, Sam Walker (Art House) , Fiji Spice Queen, The Colour Closet, Anna and Abi, Fiona Wilcock, Ivi Designs, Silvermosaics, , Maori Arts Gallery, Margaret Tolland, and curators Blue Bell Club. Cash and Eftpos sales available, with parking at Te Rauparaha Arena.

Peace, Peoples and Planet, the 2018 National Peace Workshops, is hosted by Peace Movement Aotearoa at St Andrews on the Terrace this weekend. From 3.30 to 5.30pm on Saturday, the Poets for Peace and Planet public event features Maata Wharehoka (Parihaka), Janis Freegard, Harvey Molloy, Carina Gallegos, George Watterson, Maria McMillan, John Howell, Helen Rickerby, Tim Jones, and more. Entry by donation. The weekend also includes Moana Jackson speaking about peace and justice in Aotearoa, presentations on militarisation and climate justice in Aotearoa and the Pacific, and a Sunday afternoon session on faith perspectives on peace. Full details of the weekend, including (essential) registration information for the Saturday morning workshops are on this Facebook page, and the programme is here.

FiaFia Night, brought to you by Zeal, is dedicated to showcasing young talent in Pacifica and Maori young people, and takes place on stage at the Saturday Cuba St Night Markets from 5.30 to 8.30pm. Enjoy an epic meal and watch epic performances. If you are interested in performing or want more information email

St Michael’s Anglican Church in Upland Road, Kelburn, is hosting a Fundraiser Quiz and Auction for West Papua on Saturday from 7.30 to 10.30pm. Money raised will support the provision of medical supplies and equipment for isolated people groups in West Papua. Entry is $20.00, and you’ll need to take general knowledge and brainpower to compete in teams of eight for prizes and accolades. Bring cash for auction items, and the cash bar selling locally brewed beer and other beverages.

The inaugural Halloween Hoedown takes place on Saturday from 7.00 to 11.00pm in the shadows of Aro Valley: an old-fashioned square dance with music from local oldtime string band The Faustians. The caller, Murray Kilpatric, will have you gaily prancing about in no time. No partner or experience needed, and costumes not required – but how can you resist? Bring a batch of biscuits to enter into the biscuit bake off, and try not to to alarm neighbours or parents as you practice for the Spooky Sounds contest. There are prizes for best costume, biscuit and spooky sounds, and tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids, from Eventfinder or at the door of the Aro Valley Community Centre.

Produced by the team from Capital E and described as “the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth”, Maker Faire Wellington is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness that will be happening from 10.00am to 4.00pmon Sunday in Shed 6, Queens Wharf. A gathering of engineers, artists, scientists and crafters who enjoy learning and love sharing what they do, will be showing their hobbies, experiments and projects at Maker Faire – everything from crochet to metal work, coding to puppets, miniature models to giant models. Glimpse the future and get inspired. Tickets are $9.00 for adults with a booking fee of $2.50. Children under 16 can enter free with an accompanying paying adult.
Find out more at the Maker Faire Wellington website, or or 04 913 3740.

It is the closing week of the Détour exhibition at Te Papa, Michael Parekowhai’s major commission for the opening of Toi Art that fills the front/Threshold Gallery space. On Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Maori & Indigenous Art, will conduct a walk-through of the exhibition, followed by a floor-talk, Generosity, Conversation and Collaboration. This will focus on the collaborative approach undertaken by Michael Parekowhai for Détour, highlighting the conceptual drivers that underpin the exhibition, including the influence of Marcel Duchamp, and discussing some of the individual art works created and selected for inclusion in the show. Tickets are $5.00 for Friends of Te Papa, $7.50 for students, and $10.00 for non-members and can be booked here. The group will be joined by the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery for the talk and refreshments afterwards.