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Your high five for Wednesday 1 August

A zoo pinch and Suffrage punch for the first of the month, plus dresses, lanterns and true stories.

August means Winter Wednesdays at Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell St, Newtown. From  9:30am to 5:00pm general admission for adults is $16.00, children $6.00, and under threes are free. Attend talks, and learn about how animals change and cope over winter, and what the Zoo does to help keep them warm.

Sunday’s New Zealand International Film Festival screening of Yellow is Forbidden (above) had to be cancelled because of sound problems at the Embassy (along with Animation for Kids – prompting some sad little faces). There should be no such problems with today’s scheduled 10:30am screening of NZ documentarian Pietra Brettkelly’s film about Chinese designer Guo Pei, and seats are available. Brettkelly will not be on hand for a Q&A (a popup one happened on Sunday despite the cancellation), but there will be one later in the morning with director and writer Gabrielle Brady, who will present her impressionistic documentary about Christmas Island’s notorious immigration detention centre, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, at 11:15am.

Take part in Placard Lantern Making for the Suffrage 125 Parade, from 12:00pm at Midland Park, 157 Lambton Quay, in celebration of Whakatu Wahine/Suffrage 125. Pop-up tables with equipment will be under the awning by Midland Park to hep you decorate a white paper shopping bag, highlighting women’s desires with a personalised statement, celebration or dream. Add a torch and bamboo stick and you’re ready for the Shine a Light on your Rights Parade from 6:00pm on 11 August. There will be another lantern-making session on Friday 10 August from 11:30am, or you can DIY at home using this link: https://glueyfingers.wordpress.com/

Mary Ann Colclough, known as Polly Plum, was a nineteenth century feminist, social reformer, educationalist and one of the earliest published female authors in New Zealand. Find out about Polly Plum’s Contribution to The First Wave of Feminism in a free Public History Talk from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon. Today’s talk is by Dr Jenny Coleman, historian at Massey University and author of two biographies: one on Amy Bock, the other on Mary Ann Colclough. She also recently edited and introduced a reprint of Colclough’s 1866 novel, Alone in the World, a tale of life in New Zealand.

The NZ Book Council presents True Stories Told Live: Transformation at Meow, 9 Edward Street tonight from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. This showcase of storytelling from the heart has no notes, no reading and no questions, just true stories that promise to entrance and entertain. Wellington Central MP and Finance Minister Grant Robertson will open the evening, with Eamonn Marra as MC introducing guests Sharon Lam, Gem Wilder, Annaleese Jochems, Hana Pera Aoake, Freya Daly Sadgrove and Curti Icon. The show may contain adult content, and will be preceded by the NZ Book Council’s AGM from 6pm. All are welcome. Free entry, with cash bar available.