What's on this month in Wellington

Take a dive into some of these exciting events happening this month in Wellington.

The Cat In The Hat

Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

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The time has come to have some fun and our children need it most! Few children’s books have stood the test of time quite like Dr Seuss’s 200 word masterpiece ‘The Cat in the Hat’.

Adapted for the stage the play tells the story consistent with the book of a brother and sister, bored at home on a rainy day...(without their Mother!!??) when they are visited by none other than ‘The Cat’ in his red and white striped Hat....(which they let in the door!!??). Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish (yip the fish talks...and is the babysitter!!) is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred.

He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. 

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Heroes or Villains?

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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ZIP, ZAP and ZOOM your way to Capital E to join us in a unique workshop, where you’ll create and star as your very own hero or villain!

Craft your own cape and mask and take part in some theatresports games to get you in the zone for your made-up character. This is your chance to put your story-telling, crafting and performance skills at the forefront.

Suitable for ages 5-7.

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Serotonin

Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street, Wellington

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Come get a crumb of Seratonin as winter starts! The team at Dosada Records has got you 3 warm & cheery welly acts playing at Valhalla ready to make you dance & vibe all night!

The long-awaited arrival of the infamous Charlie Whack is finally here, prepared to be whacked with some experimental pop dance & soul from a band with some sweet, sweet tunes. 

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School Holiday Movies for Kids: Room on the Broom / Stickman

City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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This July school holidays City Gallery welcomes a return of the Holiday Movies for Kids programme! ‘Room on the Broom’ and ‘Stickman’ are two terrific films based on the much-loved picture books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

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Te Kāhui o Matariki

Maoriland Hub, 68 Main St, Otaki

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An exhibition of Māori art based on the 2008 book of the same name co-edited by the late Colleen Waata Urlich and Māoriland’s Libby Hakaraia. The book features Māori artists who created works based on Matariki that were then photographed by Ngā Puhi photographer Norm Heke.

Many of the artists featured in the book will exhibit works and talk about their careers. 

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Shorts Collection: Square Eyes Stop Motion Commotion

City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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In partnership with Square Eyes Film Foundation, City Gallery presents an hour-long collection of the world's coolest stop-motion animation for curious minds – casting a cinematic spell of still shots, handcrafted characters and imaginative settings.

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Explore Character Design

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Learn about character design in this engaging and fun workshop where you get to explore various ways you can develop and design your character using traditional sculpting and painting, as well as digital 3D with Magica Voxel.

This session is suitable for ages 9-12.

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Elizabeth Knox - The Absolute Book

The Adam's Ball Room, Longwood Country Estate, 78 Longwood East Road, South Featherston, Featherston

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Elizabeth Knox, who was appointed a CNZM in the recent Queen's Birthday honours list, will be in conversation with Featherston-based broadcaster, writer, and chicken fancier, Noelle McCarthy, on her internationally bestselling book: The Absolute Book.

Expect the conversation, like her intellect, to range far and wide exploring what it means to be human and how we look after things – the planet, each other, and libraries.

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Feature: The Secret of Kells

City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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City Gallery’s Holiday Movies for Kids programmes presents ‘The Secret of Kells’. Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times.

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Taonga Puoro With Jerome Kavanagh

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Join award-winning taonga puoro musician Jerome Kavanagh in learning about taongo puoro instruments. Tamariki and whanau will not only learn how to make their own unique Ukutangi out of clay, but also learn how to play it themselves.

Suitable for ages 4+.

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He Tohu

Jhana Millers Building, Mibar Building, 85 Victoria St, Wellington

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He Tohu connects four emerging Māori artists and considers the relationship between whakapapa, place and symbolism. While Tohu has many meanings, in this context it is taken as a sign, a symbol and as a form of guidance, or a suggestion of an alternative world view.

Held in conjunction with Matariki, the works are drawn together through the context and history of navigation, and using Tohu to guide that process. Traditionally this may have been tohu found in Te Tai Ao or the natural world, such as using the stars to guide waka across Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa or awaiting the rise of Puanga or Matariki to symbolise the beginning of Te Tau Hōu Māori (Māori New Year).

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Peta Mathias: Eat your Heart out at a Gala Afternoon Tea

The Supper Room, Anzac Hall, 62 Bell Street, Featherston

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Join the ever-popular Peta Mathias – cook, raconteur, traveller, writer, singer, and TV star at a Gala Afternoon Tea on Saturday 11 July from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in the Supper Room in the Anzac Hall. 

Peta will be doing a cooking demonstration, tasting, and reading from her new book, Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World. She will entertain us with unusual, sometimes naughty, stories from the book which includes a recipe for artichokes well known for their erotic symbolism, and the story of roses - there's nothing like a steamy, full-frontal, powerful rose to set the heart beating.

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Matariki in Porirua - Community Singalong

Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana St, Porirua

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An evening of community waiata to open the Matariki celebrations through a spectacular visual display will bring the stars indoors for all to enjoy.

So bring the whānau, a blanket, grab some kai from our food trucks or bring your own and join us in celebrating Matariki indoors under the stars.

There will be an opportunity for you to lead the group in song, so bring your guitar, or just sit back and enjoy the music.

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Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Sky Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington

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Grab the kids and head down to Sky Stadium for some Sunday afternoon rugby as the Hurricanes welcome the Highlanders onto home turf. The team from Otago come to Wellington in search of crucial competition points, so be sure to dress yourself in black and yellow and back our boys in what will be a high-octane affair. 

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Digital Day

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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In a mashup of OnTV and MediaLab activities there are lots of opportunity for creative expression. In the OnTV studio you’ll work together to film a funny TV show before heading over to MediaLab to explore a digital creativity session. 

These sessions are available for ages 9-13

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