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Your high five events for Monday 20 August

Start your week with poetry, cyber security and lots of food.

There are two warm-up events today for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday.

During Best New Zealand Poems (part of the free Writers on Mondays series from 12.15pm to 1.15pm at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa) seven poets read their poem selected for the annual online publication Best New Zealand Poems 2017, plus another work selected from the collection. Come along and hear Airini Beautrais, Chris Tse, Marty Smith, Liz Breslin, Greg Khan, Makyla Kurtis and Hanna Mettner, introduced via video by the selector and editor of the BNZP17 website, Selina Tusitala Marsh .

And from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, join the New Zealand Society of Authors at their Wellington branch meeting in an advance  National Poetry Day celebration at Vic Books Pipitea, Rutherford House, 27 Lambton Quay. Poets from the branch will read their work, and there’ll be an open mic. Pay at the door – $3:00 for NZSA members, $5:00 for non-members – and there’ll be food and drink on sale at the Vic Books bar.

Are you a woman? Interested or working in cyber security? There are two sessions today at the Beehive in Molesworth Street of Women in Cyber Security, a Connect Smart & National Security Workforce Initiative. The goal is to create a network for women working in cyber security, explore what sorts of events could be run over coming months, and how to develop a cyber security workforce for the future. Join the waitlist for the 2:00pm to 3:30pm session, or grab one of the 25 tickets left for the 4:00pm to 5:30pm session.

With Visa Wellington on a Plate in full swing, there are more foodie events on than you can shake a chopstick at. We suggest you get along to the panel discussion with five influential female chefs, The Future of Food is Female, at the TSB Auditorium, Shed 6, Queen’s Wharf from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are just $10.00 with 50% of ticket proceeds going to Eat New Zealand. Chefs Monique Fiso (Hiakai, Wellington), Analiese Gregory (Franklin, Hobart), Maxine Scheckter (Sugar Flour, Wellington), Laura Greenfield (Field & Green, Wellington), and Anna Hansen (The Modern Pantry, London) will share stories of their achievements in some of the world’s toughest kitchens in a session moderated by RNZ’s Susie Ferguson.

Before or afterwards (5:00pm to 9:00pm) head to the Hot Off The Press night market in Press Hall, 80 Willis Street – a one-off Wellington On A Plate pop-up event that promises a challenging selection of hot and spicy dishes matched to beers by Garage Project, and 12 flavours of ice cream from Ruth Pretty, with live entertainment and music. No tickets required, just pay for your food (everyday menu items from the Press Hall eateries also available for purchase).