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Your high five for Thursday 26 July

Puppets, debate, basketball, bedtime parenting and poetry slam are on the events agenda today.

Small children have another chance to enjoy Puppets in the Portrait Gallery, a series of puppet shows inspired by portraits in Toi Art at Te Papa, 55 Cable Street. Today, puppeteer Anna Bailey of String Bean Puppets performs The Runaway Sheep, one of three shows based on artworks displayed on the portrait wall in Te Papa’s brand new art gallery, with 20-minute sessions at 10:30am and 11:30am.

The 2018 Annual Women’s Debate takes place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon. The annual political debate is organised jointly by the Zonta Club of Wellington, National Council of Women Wellington and Graduate Women Wellington, and for 2018 has a  Suffrage 125 theme: “If the women of New Zealand were to present a petition on the same scale of the Women’s Suffrage Petition was in 1893 today, what should their priorities be?” Entry by koha, which will be used to support charitable causes. Register your interest at [email protected]

The second book from author, columnist and Spinoff Parenting editor Emily Writes includes writers from around the country sharing stories about parenting. Is It Bedtime Yet? by Emily Writes & Friends will be launched at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. All welcome.

Last Saturday’s Sal’s National Basketball League game between Wellington home team the Cigna Saints and the Mike Pero Nelson Giants saw the Nelson team squeeze a 90-87 overtime win. Tonight at TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm it’s payback time as the teams clash again, with the Cigna Saints hoping for a win to top the regular season and head towards securing their third National Basketball League Title in a row. Adult tickets are $16:00, children $8:00, seniors or students $10:00.

Poetry in Motion brings you the beginning of the 2018 poetry slam season with the 2018 Wellington Regional Poetry Slam Heat #1 taking place from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at San Fran. The event is open to everyone over 18, with a door charge of $3:00 to $5:00. Poets wishing to enter should email [email protected]. Two more heats will be held in August and September, with the four best contenders going through to the finals in October.