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Your high five events for Tuesday 9 October

Dental checks, sound/art installations, editing Wikipedia for equity, ectopia cordis, and cyber threats. That’s your Ava Lovelace Day.

Drop in to the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service at Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay (weather permitting) from 10.00am and 2:15pm for free dental checks for preschoolers to Year 8 children that have not had a dental checkup this year. To be eligible for free dental checks, your child needs to be enrolled with Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service – call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to enrol them now. As this is a drop-in service, the 20-minute dental checks will be provided on a first in, first seen basis (during busy periods there may be a wait). Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service also provide free dental checks by appointment for preschools, so if you are unable to make it to the drop-in van service, call 0800 TALK TEETH to book an appointment at a local Bee Healthy Dental Hub.

Six female sound artists from New Zealand and abroad showcase their compositions and installations at the sound art exhibition Music From Her, presented by The New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī to celebrate, support and encourage diverse voices of women working in music in New Zealand, in the year of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The artists featured are Antonia Barnett-McIntosh (Composer in Residence at the New Zealand School of Music), Emi Pogoni (curator of Works for Loudspeakers), Amy Jean Barnett (postgraduate student at The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), Flo Wilson (2017/2018 Toi Pōneke/ Te Kōkī Sound Art Residency recipient), Sasha Leitman (PhD candidate at Victoria University’s School of Engineering), Rebekah Wilson (co-founder of Source Elements, Chicago). Music From Her is showing at the Thistle Hall Gallery from 10.00am to 4.00pm, 9 to 14 October, with the official opening event at 6.00pm on 10 October – all welcome!

Also coinciding with this year’s Suffrage 125 celebrations, is Edit for Equity, a series of four Wikipedia edit-a-thons to increase the online presence of women and non-binary New Zealanders. All genders and ages are welcome to participate. All events are suitable for first-timers and experienced Wikipedia editors alike. No experience is needed but you will need a Wikipedia account to edit; it takes 30 seconds to sign up here, and pick a “handle” for your username (most people choose to be anonymous). Each event is themed around a different topic, and you are welcome to attend as many as you like. Each edit-a-thon will start with an introduction from an experienced Wikipedia editor, followed by editing time where you’ll be supported in the editing equivalent of a pick-your-own adventure: create a new profile for someone cool, add more references to an existing one, update a photo. Ideas and guidance wil be provided for those who have no idea where to start. Bring your laptop and power cord if you have access to one (there will also be some available to use). Snacks and drinks will be provided to keep you energised and caffeinated. Today’s event, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), runs from 5:00 to 9:00pm at Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, celebrating Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM. The other sessions are: Film, Music, & TV, on 11 October, 5:00 to 9:00pm at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, 84 Taranaki Street; Art and Literature, on 13 October from 12:00 to 4:00pm at the Adam Art Gallery; and  Politics and Social Change on 14 October from10:00am to 3:00pm at InternetNZ, Level 11, 80 Boulcott Street. More information on the Edit for Equity website.

When Emma Gilkison became pregnant after she and partner Roy had been trying for a year, she was overjoyed. But during a routine twelve-week ultrasound she notices something strange: it looks as though their baby has a marble rolling on his chest. In fact, the baby’s heart is growing outside his body – an extremely rare and usually fatal condition called ectopia cordis. The couple immediately begin researching the possibilities for surgery. When this is finally ruled out Emma is almost 20 weeks pregnant. They now face a heartbreaking decision. Should they end the pregnancy, or continue in the knowledge their baby will die? From different cultures – Emma raised in New Zealand and Roy in Peru – they walk an emotional minefield as they struggle to agree on a way forward. Seeking help and spiritual counsel from people of many different views and beliefs, they find hope, meaning and consolation in unexpected places. Emma Gilkison has told her extraordinary story in her book The Heart of Jesús Valentino: A Mother’s Story, which is creating ripples in the medical world, and has been acclaimed by Rebecca Priestley, winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize as “a deeply moving story of love and medical science” and Ashleigh Young, winner of a 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize: ““I was utterly absorbed by this book.” The Heart of Jésus Valentino: A Mother’s Story will be launched by Unity Books Wellington and Awa Press  at 57 Willis Street from 6.00 to 7:30pm. All welcome.

Cyber threats are on the rise, but many NZ companies and organisations under-estimate them. According to the latest World Economic Forum Report on risk, business leaders in advanced economies see cyber attacks as the global risk of highest concern – ahead of terrorist attacks. The annual economic cost of cybercrime is estimated at more than a trillion dollars. Yet most firms tend not to have plans in place to respond to cyber attacks. And there’s a worrying trend for cyber attacks against critical infrastructure. Dr Joe Burton is an expert on regional responses to cyber security and other transnational security challenges, and will present at the North Asia CAPE free event, International Cyber Crime: Challenges and Solutions, at the Wellesley Club, 2-8 Maginnity Street (arrive 6.00pm for a 6.25pm start, finishing 8.00pm)