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Your high five events for Tuesday 7 August

Today, five free* events: three helpful talks, a panel on Antarctica, and two top musicians playing Bach, Debussy and Reinecke.

Whether you are a safety consultant, procuring safety services, or trying to influence safety in a business, the NZISM Branch Seminar, Making Safety Your Business, has useful advice. Get insights, tips and tools from Lance Jensen, who has been successfully running his own consultancy and coaching business owners for 15 years, in a workshop session that will see you problem-solving the challenges of providing safety services, from what to charge to how to make a compelling business case. It’s free, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the National Library, 70 Molesworth Street.

At a Lunchtime Concert (12:15pm to 1:00pm) at Old St Paul’s, 34 Mulgrave Street, Rebecca Steele and Deidre Irons will be playing Bach: Sonata in E major, Debussy: Prélude a L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune, and Reinecke: Undine Sonata. Rebecca Steele has played flute for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Regional Orchestr and a number of Australian orchestras while playing and teaching in Sydney for the last two decades. She has returned to live in Wellington, and plays with the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. Diedre Irons (MBE, ONZM) is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished performing musicians, and has toured widely as a solo pianist and chamber music player. She has performed regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Christchurch Symphony, and toured many times under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand. She recently left her position as head of classical performance at the New Zealand School of Music in order to focus fully on her own career as a concert pianist. This concert is free, but koha of $5 is appreciated to help with expenses; bring your lunch or purchase soup and a bread roll at the venue.

The Rotary Club of Wellington and the Ākina Foundation have joined forces for a fourth year to kick-start social enterprises in the Wellington region by providing $10,000 in cash to promising start-ups. Applicants must be resident in the Wellington region but projects may have a local, national or global impact. An information session on how to apply for the Wellington Rotary Kick-Start Award 2018 will be held at the Event Space on the second floor of Creative HQ, 7 Dixon Street, from  5:00pm to 6:00pm. This is a chance to learn more about the judging criteria and ask questions of the selection panel. Applications are now open for the award at the Ākina website, and close at midnight on 2 September. The winner will be announced at a Rotary event on Monday 29 October.

Networking and knowledge sharing is hugely important for any business and particularly start-ups. The BNZ Connect free nationwide speaker series is your opportunity to learn from business experts and pick the brains of other business owners who’ve done the hard yards. Tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Wellington Partners Centre, 1 Victoria Street, Microsoft representatives will share expertise on how increasing digital engagement can have a positive impact on workplace productivity, efficiency, revenue and growth. Register now at, or call 0800 269 763.

Photo by Cassie Matias on Unsplash

What is the future of the world’s ‘seventh continent’? A free panel discussion, Our Changing World: Antarctica’s Future Continuity or Crisis, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm tonight will explore the future of the legal, political and environmental status of the continent, and New Zealand’s interest in Antarctica as one of seven states which claim territory there. Dr Marc Lanteigne and Dr Anna Powles are Senior Lecturers at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University. Originally from Montréal, Dr Lanteigne’s interests include Chinese and East Asian foreign policy, Arctic and Antarctic politics and security, Sino-European relations, and non-traditional security in Asia. Dr Powles’ areas of expertise include geopolitics and the regional security order in the Pacific, alliance relations between New Zealand, Australia and the United States in the Pacific, security sector governance, peacekeeping and civil-military relations. Dr Germana Nicklin has had over 30 years experience in the public sector and brings a wealth of practical security experience from 17 1/2 years in the New Zealand Customs Service where she held various senior strategic advisory roles that exposed her to the security environment both nationally and internationally. Her particular area of expertise is border security. The discussion between these three speakers is presented by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, in the 10A02 Theatrette in the Old Museum Building (left side entrance), Wellington Campus, Buckle Street.

*Okay, the concert asks for koha. But technically it’s free,