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Your high five events for the weekend of 8 and 9 September

Anyone for tennis, Te Kooti, a theatrical conversation, Black Panthers and Boomerang Bags?

This weekend is Love Tennis Weekend, with 12 tennis clubs across central Wellington opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm for a fun, free event for people of all ages. The event is for anyone, young or old, who would like to try out tennis – or get back into it. By attending, you will have the chance to win a trip for two to the 2018 ASB Classic in Auckland in January and score yourself a free Hell Pizza just for going along. Clubs will be firing up the barbeque, and there’ll be plenty of games and giveaways.
For more detail, contact your nearest club:
Churton Park Tennis Club NZ
Island Bay Tennis & Squash Club
Johnsonville Tennis Club
Karori United Tennis Club
Kilbirnie Tennis Club
Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club
Miramar Tennis Club
Newlands-Paparangi Tennis Club
Salamanca Tennis Club
Talavera Tennis Club
Thorndon Tennis & Squash Club
Vogelmorn Tennis Club

Tai Kerekere, Exiled, 2017. Photo by Norm Heke

If you’re quick, you can still reserve a place at Saturday’s all-day symposium, Te Kooti: Ngā Reo o Te Motu | Te Kooti: Voices from the Iwi, which explores the legacy of Te Kooti Rikirangi Te Turuki, 19th-century Māori prophet and rebel leader, writer, and founder of the Ringatū faith. Te Kooti has been portrayed in New Zealand culture as a violent outlaw fighting against colonial expansion. Here, speakers from a number of iwi challenge the myths and share kōrero about his positive influence in their lives over generations. Some of these stories have not been shared publicly before. Speakers include Taiarahia Black (Tūhoe), Rikirangi Gage (Te Whānau-a-Apanui), Te Kahautu Maxwell (Te Whakatōhea), Te Ngaehe Wanikau (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Shane Te Ruki, and Layne Harvey (Ngāti Awa). The symposium will take place at Soundings Theatre, Level 2, and Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, from 10.00am–5.00pm on Saturday (a pōhiri from 8.30–10am will precede the symposium). Tickets are available here for $20:00 (includes lunch and afternoon tea). It is hosted by Te Tira Whakaari Trust and Te Papa in association with Ngā Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust. Visit Te Papa’s iwi exhibition Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow, and discover kōrero and taonga connected to Te Kooti.

A Life In The Theatre will see Ken Blackburn and Peter Vere-Jones in conversation at the Hannah Playhouse on Saturday from 2:00pm as part of NZ Theatre Month. They started their theatrical careers in Wellington working together at Downstage and Circa Theatre, and will talk about more than 50 years’ involvement in local theatre, how it was then and how they see it now. Free admission.

The Spring Sunday Screening at City Gallery this weekend is The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, in association with the current exhibition, Iconography of Revolt. The 2015 film by director Stanley Nelson is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its role in the cultural and political awakening of black people, its significance to American culture, and the painful lessons wrought when the movement derailed. The screening starts at 2:00pm (90min; M Violence and offensive language), and is free with support from Firelight Films.

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! At Sunday’s free Boomerang Bags Sewing Bee at the Island Bay Community Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm you can cut, sew, and create shopping bags using fabric that has been donated from local op-shops, diverting that fabric from going into landfill, and stopping countless plastic shopping bags from deployment! Bring your scissors, sewing machine, rotary cutters and cutting mats (if you have them), and of course, enthusiasm!