Satellites, poets, movies and Morning People are here to start your week.
A free Planet Roadshow will be held by the Centre for Space Science Technology on Level 10 of the BNZ Partners Centre, 1 Victoria Street, today from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Planet is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that operates the world’s largest fleet of over 200 earth-imaging satellites. It is partnering with New Zealand’s Centre for Space Science Technology, a regional research institute based in Alexandra with a mission to support regional growth and development. Together, Planet and CSST will localize analytics from Planet and jointly develop new solutions to serve specific verticals, including agriculture, disaster management, defence, forestry, and maritime. This free roadshow will let Wellingtonians to get an up-close look at the products and ask questions.
Four Wellington poets feature today in the latest event at the Writers on Mondays series, presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Therese Lloyd, Tayi Tibble, Chris Tse and Sam Duckor-Jones write with an acute eye on relationships in the modern world inrecent collections. Therese Lloyd’s The Facts, Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou), He’s So MASC by Chris Tse and People from the Pit Stand Up by Sam Duckor-Jones are diverse and exciting books of poetry, engaging with language in innovative ways to explore and reimagine love, trust, intimacy and the politics of being. Experience the new wave of New Zealand poets in a reading and discussion chaired by poet and essayist Chris Price from 12:15pm to 1:15pm at Te Papa, 55 Cable Street. Free admission.
Tonight’s Outdoor Movie Night at the Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street from 7:00pm is the animated hit Moana. This free screening of the Disney oceanic musical is not just for children, but licensing laws mean that unaccompanied patrons under 18 are not allowed in the bar, so bring ID or a parent along if you aren’t 18 or older. There’ll be bean bags, hot water bottles, winter warmers, blankets, popcorn, food and drink specials, and the movie will also be screened indoors in the Guest Room space so the show will go on regardless of weather.
Wellington director and producer Costa Botes is the creator of many acclaimed documentaries. His latest film, Angie, about prominent and articulate Centrepoint sexual abuse survivor Angie Meiklejohn (above), had its sold-out Wellington debut on Saturday night at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and is screening again tonight at Reading Cinema Courtenay from 8:00pm. Costa Botes will be at the screening for a Q&A session after the film. Tickets still available.
And here’s one for early birds tomorrow: the Wellington launch of Morning People at Club 121, 126 Cuba Street from 6:30am to 8:00am. Since 2016 the Morning People dance event has attracted a cult following and some of New Zealand’s best DJs and acts – including Aroha, Greg Churchill, Dick Johnson and Yoko Zuna. The event’s Wellington debut will see Morning People co-founder and all-round DIY party-starter Jamie Newman on the decks. Tickets are $15:00, with bottomless coffee, juices, free fruit, and big bass at an alcohol and drug free event.