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Your high five for the weekend of 11 and 12 August

Eat, drink, get botanical and celebrate fair trade and women this weekend.

Visa Wellington on a a Plate gets into full swing for its opening weekend. Beervana is sold out, as are other events like the Sunday sessions of Brunch Bellins and Bacchus at Sterling, and Celebrating Champagne at Lobby Lounge. But there are still more culinary experiences on offer than you can possibly consume, including a number of pop-up events where no tickets are required, just pay for consumption. You can check out all the VWOAP Saturday events here, and Sunday events here.

The Botanical Art Worldwide 2018 Exhibition opens today in the Treehouse Visitor Centre at the Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Street, and runs to Sunday 9 September from 10:00am to 3:00pm daily. See over 40 works by contemporary botanical artists in New Zealand’s contribution to the first ever Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition 2018 in which 25 countries are showcasing their unique indigenous flora. This exhibition has been organised by the Friends of Auckland Botanic Gardens and Botanical Art Society of New Zealand and features botanical artists from Wellington and around New Zealand. Many artworks, as well as prints and cards, are available for purchase.

Knightia excelsa, coloured pencil on paper, illustration © Jenny Haslimeier

As part of Fair Trade Fortnight, the Sustainability Trust invites you to The Fairtrade Fair, a community-oriented market with local fair trade producers, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Saturday at the EcoCentre, 2 Forresters Lane. Kathryn Brown from Fairtrade New Zealand will be speaking from 2:00pm about how consumers can support fair trade.

The special Suffrage 125 event, Big Girls On Parade: Shine a Light On Your Rights, is an illuminated parade that starts at Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, on Saturday at 6:00pm and continues across the waterfront until 9:00pm. Big Girl puppets and lanterns will feature in a radiant celebration of women’s rights. Musical instruments and costumes welcome.

Wāhine Māori, Women Who Moved Us is a free BWB Winter Series event on Sunday from 2:00pm to 4:15 p.m at Te Marae, Level Four Te Papa Tongarewa, bringing together Māori historians, curators, archivists, and mokopuna to celebrate the diverse history of mana wahine. Share an afternoon of kōrero and with Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango), Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), Matariki Williams (Tūhoe, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti), Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu), Melissa Matutina Williams (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maru), Emma Frost (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri. There will also be a live intermission performance by musician Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa).