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Your high five events for Monday 8 October

The Wonky Donkey guy! CyberSmarts! Memoir! Yoga! Van Gogh forgers! You have to be there.

From 10.30am to 1.30pm today, APRA award-winning musician and author Craig Smith (below) is at Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa for a range of events. From 10.30 to 11.15am he will share the techniques he uses to come up with his stories and songs in a creative writing workshop for children ages 8 and older (and adults!). Explore creative rhyming techniques and how to get the base of a story, and then make it into a song (bring a notebook and a pen). Then from 12.00 to 12.45pm Craig will perform songs from his much-loved books The Wonky Donkey, Kaha the Kea, The Drizzly Bear, and Scariest Thing in the Garden, with singing, dancing, and humour, followed by a book signing from 12.45 to 1.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

Craig Smith, 2017. Photographer Daniel Panter. Courtesy of Yellow Eye Ltd

Do you want to be more secure online but don’t know how? As part of #CyberSmartWeek, InternetNZ are offering you security tools and skills to take home and apply to your personal accounts and devices – all for free. The Stronger Online Security session runs from 11.00am to 200pm at Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street. Find out more at

In a late addition to the Writers on Mondays series, Menton, Memoir and Me, 2017 Katherine Mansfield Fellow and poet Kate Camp examines issues of fact and fiction, ethics and ego, what one remembers and chooses to reveal, and raises the difficult question: who could possibly give a damn about the details of someone else’s life? Drawing on her own work and that of other New Zealand writers, Camp will reprise the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture she delivered in last September, initiated by Waikato University with the support of the Friends of Hamilton Library. The free lecture takes place in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa from 12.15 to 1.15pm.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Do the (downward) dog. There are lunchtime and evening yoga options in the city and Kilbirnie today, for exploration. Healium at Level 2, 276 Lambton Quay, has Lunchtime Classes from 1.15  to 2.00pm and Evening Classes from 5.30pm to 6.15pm, with strengthening and stretching workouts that are fast, invigorating and a great way to complete your day ($20.00 for visitors).  And at the ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, from 12.30 to 1.30pm, and 7.30 to 8.30pm (visitors $18.00 per session) can experience Vinyasa Flow and bring consciousness to each movement in each moment, using the breath and finding the inner peace that exists within you.

The Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington is co-presenting tonight’s Wellington Film Society screening of the Chinese/Netherlands documentary China’s Van Goghs, and opening it to the public for a cash donation of $5.00 (WFS members free). The revealing documentary is set in Dafen, Shenzhen, which since 1988 has grown to be the world’s largest oil-painting village, providing employment to some 10,000 painters who produce replicas of the Western canon’s famous paintings. The painters include former peasant farmer Zhao Xiaoyong who has mastered the skills to reproduce Van Goghs, and is invited to Amsterdam to encounter his inspiration.