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High Five Events for Tuesday 19th February

Mindful places: a public lecture by Dr Nicole Porter

Mindful places: the psychology and design of healing environments and biophilia.

Join Dr Nicole Porter from the University of Nottingham for a guest lecture at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Architecture and Design.

How does the external physical environment interact with the internal environment of the mind, and our mind-body experience? This lecture explores how the spaces and places of our increasingly urbanised world affect human well-being, drawing from ideas within environmental psychology, and built environment design theories which inform the work of architects, landscape architects and urban designers.

Contact Dr Maibritt Pedersen Zari for more information on [email protected]

CPD points available

Today from 17:30-19:30

Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington – 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand 6011


SOUL Solidarity Pōneke next meeting

Get involved in the campaign to protect Ihumātao and return the land to mana whenua. We’re acting in solidarity here in Pōneke. For background info, check

We’re meeting again to plan what’s next in the solidarity campaign. Whether you’ve been involved already or just keen to jump in now, please come along. We’ll debrief from the National Day of Action on the 15th and decide some next steps.

Bring some kai to share if you can!

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre – Cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts, Newtown, Wellington – Today from 18:00 – 21:00

CoHousing Inclusive Exhibition

We’re excited to bring the CoHousing Inclusive Exhibition to Wellington City all the way from the Institute of Creative Sustainability in Berlin.

The exhibition will be open to the Public at the VUW School of Architecture Exhibition space – 137 Vivian Street, Wellington from the 13th to the 20th of Feb, 9.00 – 4.30pm.

This public exhibition follows the CoHousing Hui ( a ticketed event hosted in the same location on the 12th of February. If you’re interested in attending that event there are limited places available.

“Experimental dwelling forms – CoHousing Cultures – are entering the mainstream. But to what extent are they accessible and affordable for all, including people with more or less money, with or without refugee experience, with or without disabilities? Community-led housing initiatives are already developing diverse, sustainable neighbourhoods, driven by civil society and increasingly supported by foundations, cooperatives and municipalities as well as housing companies and developers.”
– Michael La Fond, and Larisa Tsvetkova, Institute of Creative Sustainability, Berlin (

The exhibition features:

· Ten different model projects coming from six European cities that express a new generation of CoHousing, dealing with issues of affordability, participation, inclusion and neighbourhood development.
· Four visionary, not yet realized projects from different German cities show how ideas of accessible housing are even further being developed.
· Four visionary strategies coming from a number of regions are showing how new community-led housing and neighbourhood projects can be assisted by larger, non-profit-oriented development structures.
· Feature articles explaining both options and challenges regarding ownership and organizational structures, as well as various forms of cooperation.
· Statements are included from a large number of housing experts from around the world, to illustrate the diversity of practices, strategies and visions.

“In CoHousing neighborhoods, we build relationships with our neighbours by working together on practical matters, whether that is a garden workday or making dinner. As we work together, we build trust. Over time, we find our own edges softening, gaining greater empathy for each other. This empathy accompanies us in the rest of our lives, opening our hearts to others. Living in community teaches us to listen more carefully to what others have to share. When our communities are truly successful, they give us energy and support to engage actively in the larger civil society to empathetically and respectfully address the challenges of the human condition.”
– Kathryn McCamant, Architect, McCamant & Durrett Architects and the CoHousing Company, Nevada City

Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington – 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Today from 09:00-16:30

Hakapapa Pop-Up Display and Workshops

Learn about Wellington Kapa Haka, and the uniforms of the teams established in this region over the last 80 years. Plus, join a free poi, haka, and tititorea workshop from 1-2PM.

Te Papa – 55 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011 – Today from 13:00-18:00

Hamlet – Summer Shakespeare

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic plays, built around its compelling, chameleon-like central character. Our production of Hamlet will feature a woman, Stevie Hancox-Monk, in the eponymous lead role.

Part-ghost story, part-thriller, part-dark comedy, Hamlet moves at a breakneck pace towards a tragic conclusion. An innovative new interpretation of one of the world’s most enduring stories, Summer Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the perfect opportunity to experience the Bard at its best over a family-friendly picnic in the beautiful Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens.

According to the show’s award-winning director David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, a female Hamlet reflects Summer Shakespeare’s equal opportunity casting policy and reinforces the relevance of Shakespeare’s greatest writing to all of humanity.

A special Schools Preview will be performed on 14/2/18. Teachers contact: [email protected] for more information.

Please dress warmly, long pants and jersey recommended. Bring a picnic and BYO beverage of your choice.

Show run time is 3 hours including a 15-minute interval.
Wet weather venue is announced five hours before each performance at

No smoking or vaping allowed in the Botanic Gardens.

Summer Shakespeare is a 36-year-old tradition in Wellington, proudly sponsored by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.

Hamlet – Summer Shakespeare
The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens
15 February – 2 March

Today from 19:00-22:00