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Your High Five Events for 31 January!

Casual Gaming – Counter Culture Board Game Cafe

Tired of taking your gaming too seriously? Want to game casually? Are your friends ignoring your pleading to get together for a board game sesh and you just can’t muster up the requisite number of people for a game of Catan? Want to just sit back, relax and have someone teach you a cool game?

Well, have we got something for you…? Starting this Thur (31 Jan), we’ll run a Casual Gaming session from 6pm. Each week, we’ll feature a popular game for you to try out, but we’re equally open to requests. We’ll announce a game each week, so keep an eye out.

Someone super knowledgeable will be on hand to help you out. Drop in on your own or with a friend and we’ll try and hook you up with some keen beans to play a game or two with. Usual game pass rules apply. Food and drink available. Bonus: Thursday is Fryday (free side of fries with mains).

Counter Culture Board Game Cafe – 211 Victoria Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

6pm – 10pm

Salsa Magic’s Thursday Social Night

Salsa Magic now has a regular social Salsa night on Thursdays 🕺💃😍 Come and join us for our first one in our beautiful new home Dancetopia! This week we’re also offering an introduction to Mambo class to get the night started 🎶

7.30-8.30 Intro to Mambo
8.30-11.30 Social

Cost – $5 (cash or eftpos)

Dancetopia – Dance Studio – 11-15 Torrens Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Pop-up Poi for Te Matatini

Wellington is hosting Te Matatini for the first time and to celebrate, there’ll be a free pop-up poi lesson with local kapa haka group, Ngati Poneke, followed by a join-in public performance. Everyone is invited to join in and you don’t need any previous experience.

Pop-up Poi will work like this: Ngati Poneke will give a waiata and poi demonstration, then it’s your turn to learn! The kapa haka group will show us how it’s done and then we’ll all come together for a mass group performance at the end. WellingtonNZ will be capturing the experience on camera – this is your chance to be world famous in Wellington, but if you’d prefer stay anonymous, just let our film crew know.

BYO poi or come early to nab a free set of poi to take home afterwards.

( – how to make poi)

Come along, bring your mates, have some fun!

Odlins Plaza – Wellington, New Zealand

12pm – 12:30pm


Blue: Presented By CaliWoods and Duffle&Co

CaliWoods and Duffle & Co bring you BLUE, an evocative and emotional film telling the story of how the oceans are broken – and what we can all do to help!

Screening on Thursday 31st Jan:
8.15PM – Lighthouse Cinema Cuba, Te Aro

Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, the film tackles themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution. Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, BLUE looks at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered – a story relevant to the whole world.

This is an event aiming to inspire positive change, you cannot help walking out of this film feeling ready to alter habits and support our oceans!

Ticket proceeds will be donated to Ocean Conservation projects – voted by you on the night! We will also have awesome eco goodies given away as spot prizes on the night.

BLUE is the story our generation needs to hear. We hope this film will change the way we think about our liquid world and inspire audiences to action.

Showing time is 76 Minutes
Lighthouse Cinema – Wellington

What Wikipedia means for libraries and archives

Image: Mike Dickison, New Zealand Wikipedian at Large, in the Auckland Museum library, July 2018. Photo: Ken Downie/Bauer Media

Wikipedia is the 5th most popular site on the Internet, with 70 million visitors a day. It exists in 301 languages, with 5.6 million articles in English Wikipedia alone. It’s advertising-free, and the only site in the top 100 run by a non-profit charity. Wikipedia results and previews dominate Google Search results, so it’s where our audiences are.

Organisations whose mission is making information accessible need to understand Wikipedia and have a plan for engaging with it and the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who write it.

The image-repository Wikimedia Commons and the open structured database Wikidata are equally important for heritage organisations, and libraries need to be aware of the new project Wikicite, which aims to create a Wikidata object for every publication.

Dr Mike Dickison, NZ Wikipedian-at-Large, will present an overview of Wikipedia, and discuss some possible engagement strategies for heritage organisations.

About the speaker –
Dr Mike Dickison is New Zealand’s first Wikipedian-at-Large. With support from the Wikimedia Foundation he is spending a year in organisations ranging from museums to nature reserves, from Northland to Invercargill, training staff and helping them use their expertise to improve Wikipedia and make images, text, and video freely usable by the public.

During January and February 2019 he is Wikipedian-in-Residence at the National Library. Mike has a full programme of edit-a-thons and talks for the public, staff and sector colleagues, and the Wikipedia volunteer community.

This event is being co-hosted with LIANZA, ARANZ and Te Rōpū Whakahau.

National Library of New Zealand – Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

5:30pm – 7:30pm