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Your high five for Monday 23 July

Colouring, punishment, tropical plants, novelists and knitting are on the menu today.

Colour for Life is a weekly Monday session at the Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, from 10:00am to noon. Bring your own art materials or use the Centre’s resources, while chatting about local and global issues. Cost is $1 per person, with tea and coffee provided.

Number One Field Punishment has been running at Wellington Museum since January, but this seven-minute film production is worth popping in for. Archibald Baxter is New Zealand’s most famous conscientious objector. In July 1917 he was marched from his Wellington prison cell up the gangplank of the troopship Waitemata and taken to the Western Front in France. There he was tied to a pole with his arms behind his back and his feet off the ground, a procedure known as Field Punishment Number One. Nearly 100 years later, Wellington artist Bob Kerr painted a series of striking images based on Baxter’s book, We Shall Not Cease, and his re-worked paintings have been brought to life by animator Ahmad Habash with a soundscape by Andrew Laking. The short film screens at 10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm and 4:45pm at the Wellington Museum, Queens Wharf, 3 Jervois Quay until November.

Number One Field Punishment; still image from artwork by Bob Kerr, edited by Ahmad Habash (cropped).

Escape the winter cold and hear stories about tropical and temperate plants during Guided Walk: Escape to The Tropics at the Begonia House, Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn. Meet in the foyer of the Begonia House for an 11:00am start for the one-hour guided tour. Cost is $5:00 (cash only).

The second free talk in this year’s Writers on Mondays series, presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters and The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, features two local writers. Kate Duignan’s new novel The New Ships is set in Wellington after the fall of the Twin Towers, and traverses London, Europe and the Indian subcontinent. In Rajorshi Chakraborti’s fifth novel The Man Who Would Not See, a man travels from small-town India to Wellington with the apparent objective of blowing up every part of his younger brother’s life. Join Damien Wilkins in a discussion with these writers about writing from Wellington to the world, from 12:15pm to 1:15pm at Te Papa, 55 Cable Street.

Beginners and experienced knitters of any age or gender are invited to bring their wool and needles to the weekly free Stitch and Bitch Knitting Circle at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street from 7:00pm. Hosted by the lovely Katharine from 2 Minute Needles, there’ll always be someone to show you some tricks and teach you the bits and bobs of knitting. Head for the Lounge, first area on the right as you walk in the front doors.