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Your high five events for Monday 12 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries 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 New Zealand Psychological Society is holding its annual Psychology Week from 12 to 18 November. The theme of the NZ Psychology Week is “living life well”, and the initiative aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people, families/whanau and communities find ways to increase their psychological wellbeing. It also aims to raise awareness of the wide variety of roles that psychologists have in the health, justice, corrections, educational and other sectors.

Unity Books Wellington have had more book launches and events in 2018 than any other year since they first opened the doors on Willis Street in 1967 (and that’s not including Writers & Readers back in March). November sees them in the eye of the storm with events on an almost daily basis over the coming fortnight, including two today.

At lunchtime (12.00 to 12.45pm), Luncheon Sausage Books publisher and editor Steve Braunias will introduce his new poetry anthology The Friday Poem: 100 NZ Poems, containing new New Zealand verse that first appeared in the Friday Poem slot on The Spinoff website. There will be readings from contributing poets Dame Fiona Kidman, Bill Manhire, Joy Holley, James Brown and Tayi Tibble.

Then from 6.00 to 7.30pm at Unity there’s the in-store launch of Theo Schoon: A Biography by art historian, writer and former museum curator Damian Skinner, published by Massey University Press. It examines the claims on the development of art and culture in Aotearoa in the twentieth century by the fascinating, unorthodox, controversial, pioneering and at times reckless émigré artist. The art he pioneered and promoted – Māori rock drawings, the drawings of a psychiatric patient, Māori moko and kōwhaiwhai, the abstract patterns of geothermal activity in Rotorua – were decisive for many other New Zealand artists. Schoon’s is a life less well known now than it deserves to be, and this highly illustrated biography by one of New Zealand’s best art writers corrects that imbalance.

The latest exhibition by one of New Zealand’s greatest artists, John Walsh, opened last week at New Zealand Portrait Gallery on xxx wharf, and runs until10 February 2019, with free entry from 10.30am to 4.30pm.  A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay He Whakaahua o Ūawa, curated by Helen Kedgley, is a major survey of Walsh’s portrait paintings and includes s the 20-metre long A Portrait of Tolaga Bay in 1980, shown in public for the first time since the 1980s. John will be in the gallery restoring this work during the opening weeks of the show.

A special screening of documentary film Plastic Oceans, which raised awareness of the the huge environmental impact plastics are having on our oceans, will take place at Southern Cross Garden Bar, 39 Abel Smith Street, from 6.00 to 8.00pm. Then evening includes a discussion after the screening with Derek Lander of Flight Plastics talking about their state of the art factory in Petone that recycles PET plastic, and Carl Longstaff of Replas/Metal Art, which makes a wide range of products from recycleable soft plastic. Tickets are limited to the first 55, and cost  $17.24.

Another year of screen collaborations between Toi Whakaari students, staff and industry will see premieres of three 2018 Toi Whakaari-produced films: Krystal (dir: Briar Grace Smith), Imposter (dir: Chelsie Preston Crayford), and In Public Private and Secret (dir: Armagan Ballantyne). There will also be screenings of  films by graduating students made as part of their independent research practice and other student-led work. Admission by koha to Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, for the screenings from 8.30 to 10.30pm. You can stream previous Toi Whakaari films at the Toi Film web page: https://toiwhakaari.ac.nz/toi-film/