This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for free or (mainly) $20.00 or less. 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.
It’s Guy Fawkes’ Night. No WCC public fireworks show this year, sensibly moved to Matariki, but there will no doubt be plenty of private conflagrations taking place across the city. Please show consideration for other people’s pets, and to adhere to tradition, with a ritual burning of a replica of Fawkes, the Catholic terrorist whose failed treasonous gunpowder plot of 1605 failed to explode Westminster. We suggest you make a guy of Donald Trump, LOCK HIM UP, then BURN HIM UP.
Or embrace the future. Every child and young person has a story, and sometimes it only takes one person to listen to a young person’s story to give them a chance by taking them seriously. Cycling for Tamariki celebrates the stories, potential, and hope of children and young people living in New Zealand, with three stationary bikes ridden on Civic Square for five days to represent 6300 children who are living in state care: one minute for every child and young person living in care. If you’re interested in helping out or joining in and are around town from today through to 9 November at any stage of the day or night, come down and meet the friendly team. The event is being hosted by youth advocate Mana Williams and co-hosted by Voyce – Whakarongo Mai, an advocacy service for young people living in care.
Persuasive politicians can change the vey fabric of a nation. The US mid-term electIons for selected Congress, Senate and State Governor’s seats take place tomorrow, but it behoves students of history repeating to look back to Tudor England. A season of Mike Poulton’s theatrical adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s extraordinary novels opened on the weekend: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, produced by Stagecraft and Wellington Repertory Theatre and directed by Ewen Coleman and Anthony Hogan, respectively. In 1527 England, King Henry VIII needs a male heir, and his anger grows as months pass without the divorce he craves. Into this volatile court enters commoner Thomas Cromwell. Once a mercenary and now a master politician, he sets out to grant King Henry’s desire while methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda… The season at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street, runs to 24 November (not Sundays, Mondays or Tuesday 13 November). Check the calendar here and book both shows for just $40.00 (discounts and individual show tickets also available).
Saradha Koirala and The Cuba Press invite you to celebrate the launch of her poetry collection, Photos of the Sky, from 5.30pm at the Thistle Inn, Mulgrave Street, Thorndon. The book will be launched by Tim Jones, with copies available on the night from Unity Books. Come early to the marquee area at Thistle Inn for a glass of bubbly and some vegetarian snacks, stay for the poetry and hang around after for a catch-up
Dr Rachel Buchanan (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa) is the author of BWB Text Ko Taranaki Te Maunga. In Parihaka: Plunder and Aftermath at the National Library, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon she will join an In Conversation session with Taranaki kaumātua and Treaty negotiator Hon Mahara Okeroa (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa) at the National Library, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, on the anniversary of te pāhuatanga, the invasion of Parihaka. On 5 November 1881, over 1500 colonial troops and their Māori allies invaded the village of Parihaka near the Taranaki coast. Many people were expelled, killed or raped, buildings destroyed, and rangatira Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi were jailed. Mahara Okeroa grew up at Parihaka and his kuia, Te Ngoungou, was one of te hunga ririki children who met the invading police and soliders in 1881. Rachel and Mahara will discuss their own connection to Taranaki and the lasting impact of confiscation, sharing a kōrero on the apologies and settlements that have taken place since the invasion. This event will be chaired by Dr Maria Bargh (Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa), Head of School, Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University. Doors open 5.30 pm for the free event from 6.00 to 7.20 pm.
Max Rashbrooke, author of Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action, is giving a series of public lectures on his book around the country, including the one presented by Wellington Fabians tonight from 5.30 to 7.30pm at Loaves and Fishes Hall (down the carpark beside St Paul’s Cathedral), corner of Hill and Molesworth Streets, Wellington. Everyone is welcome, and if you would like to attend, please register here.