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Your high five events for Wednesday 5 September

Cycling in cities, equality for women, Helen Clark, teens and porn, and famine awards.

Cities, the primary human habitat, are wasteful, damaging and running up against environmental limits. A lunchtime seminar, Can the Bicycle Save the City?, sees three speakers suggesting that it is not only the use of the bicycle that shapes the way we live, it is what the bicycle stands for. Alistair Woodward, Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland, will present the Future of the Bike work he is conducting for a project exploring sustainable urban mobility. Hamish Mackie, co-director of the applied research organisation Mackie Research, will talk about the Future Streets intervention and cycling project in Mangere, and how to understand the needs of diverse users, cycling infrastructure planning and implementation, and cycling equity. Ralph Chapman is Associate Professor at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, director of the school’s Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies, and co-director of the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. He will speak about his recently published cost benefit analysis on active transport, and make some wider observations about the implications of increasing cycling and walking in cities. Can the Bicycle Save the City? runs from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street.

Two films screening today (with extra screenings later in the month) are part of a series celebrating 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in Aotearoa. Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street. The documentary Our Voice and Our Vision looks back to 17 September 1971, when six women – Hazel Armstrong, Donna Awatere, Toni Church, Beth O’Leary, Connie Purdue, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku – participated in the Auckland Centennial Parade, protesting the lack of progress towards equality for women. In 1985, the six women were interviewed and share their views on the lack of progress in the intervening years. It screens from 5:30pm to 6:15pm, with additional screenings on 6 September (from 12:30pm and 5:30pm), 26 September (5:30pm), and 28 September (121:30pm and 5:30pm). Tickets are $5:12 from 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

Gaylene Preston’s acclaimed observational documentary My Year With Helen screens at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision from 7:00pm to 8:35pm. Preston’s cameras follow proceedings as the United Nations chooses a new Secretary General, exploring the cracks between the diplomats, the embedded press and feminist activists as they push for change while caught up in a power process as secretive and patriarchal as the selection of the Pope. Tickets  are $10:25, with concession of $8:20, with extra screenings on 8 September (from 7:00pm), 15 September (from 4:30pm) and 21 September (sold out).

We Need To Talk About Porn is an interactive workshop aimed at empowering parents to have conversations about relationships, sex and pornography with their teens. Based on work delivered in schools, this workshop will cover how to talk about healthy relationships, consent and how to get your young person to understand how the sex we see in pornography is very different to sex in the real world. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to talk to your teens about healthy relationships, understand what consent is and why it’s so sexy, identify the impacts of pornography on young people – in particular their ideas on relationships, body image and sex, and discuss and navigate how to respond to realistic scenarios. It’s an R18 workshop at Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St, Mt Cook, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. For more information call 04 385 8919.

This year’s 40 Hour Famine saw nearly 100,000 young New Zealanders standing united with the children of South Sudan. World Vision is holding a 40 Hour Famine Awards Night- Lower North Island to celebrate their fundraising efforts. I’s a free event showcasing the local and global impact of this year’s famine as well as acknowledging the leadership and fundraising efforts of students, teachers, principals, schools, churches and community groups. It will run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Shed 11, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Customhouse Quay. Register here.