Special events in August

lflIt’s August already and we have some fantastic Law for Lunch seminars lined up for the month ahead. Learn about how to stay safe online, as well as renter’s rights, how to identify unsafe relationships, plus more, all in our lunchtimes talks. Register your interest over on our Facebook event listings. Refreshments will be provided.

Later in the month we are very excited to host a talk with suspense & thriller writer Michael Robotham, and a talk about volunteering in the Pacific with VSA! See below for more details.

Please note Newtown library is temporarily closed for essential maintenance. The library will reopen on 7 September 2015. You can find more information on the closure here.

You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. See below for what’s coming up this month:

Law for Lunch
– Wednesday 5th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
How to protect yourself from online schemers, scams and shams
– Wednesday 12th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
The law behind child abduction
– Wednesday 19th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Central library ground floor
Renting? Make sure your landlord respects your rights
– Wednesday 26th August – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Kilbirnie library
Unsafe relationships – Know the signs to look out for your friends and whanau
Plus one event in September:
– Wednesday 2nd September – 12.30pm-1.30pm – Newlands Community Centre
Stop bullying happening at work

Tales from the BalletTales from the Ballet – Sir Jon Trimmer presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
– Saturday 1st August 11am-12pm – Central library
– Saturday 8th August 11am-12pm – Karori library
– Saturday 15th August 11am-12pm – Johnsonville library
– Saturday 22nd August 11am-12pm – Kilbirnie library

One-off events
– Wednesday 19th August – 5.30pm-7pm – Volunteering in the Pacific with VSA
Cover from Syndetics– Thursday 27th August – 6pm-7.30pm – An evening with Michael Robotham

Recurring events
*NEW* – Thursdays 10-10.30am – Ni Hao Children’s Community Chinese storytimes at Central library
– Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm – Gamesfest at Central Library
– Thursdays 6pm – Mystery Movie Screenings at Central library
– Wednesdays 2-3pm – Tea & Tales at Johnsonville library

Kohunga Korero
– Omāroro (Newtown) – No Newtown sessions while library maintenance is taking place
– Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 10th August – 10.30am (2nd Monday of each month)
– Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 18th August – 2pm (3rd Tuesday of each month)
– Motukairangi (Miramar) – 25th August – 2pm (new time) (4th Tuesday of each month)

Law for Lunch – Online schemers, scams and shams – How to protect yourself?

Law for Lunch

The next Law for Lunch talk offers information on online scams and frauds, including handy tips for feeling secure when using the internet and stay safe online.
It is presented by Neil Melhuish from Netsafe.

NetSafe is a leading educational advocate for cybersafety. They encourage a safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among children and young people.

Come along to hear about ways to avoid scams and frauds, make your computer secure and how to report internet issues. Ask your questions and understand Internet trickery.
This seminar will take place this Wednesday, August 5 from 12:30 noon to 1:30pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about Law for Lunch events, please visit wcl.govt.nz/lawforlunch

Law for Lunch is back in August and September

Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch is back in August and September!

Come along to a series of free lunchtime talks by legal experts on popular topics throughout August and into September, in a joint initiative with Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

The talks will be happening every Wednesday, from 12:30-1:30pm, at a number of our libraries and community centres, from Wednesday 5 August to Wednesday 2 September (see below for a complete programme).

Come along to hear professional legal advice and tips on a range of legal issues — from your rights as a tenant, to how to protect yourself from online scams. Other topics include: the latest changes to New Zealand law on child abduction, ways to stop bullying at work and home, advice on how to deal with unsafe relationships, and much more.

We’ll be providing light refreshments — so come along to hear highly regarded speakers in their field and have a bite of lunch as well.

All welcome and no need to RSVP, but registering your interest in attending — either on Facebook or on our Library Event Calendar — would be very helpful to assist us organising refreshments.

All information is presented in a way that’s easy to understand — no matter what your level of knowledge on the topics.

Here’s a complete programme:

Wednesday, 5 August – Central Library
Online schemers, scams and shams – How to protect yourself
Presented by Neil Melhuish from Netsafe

Wednesday, 12 August – Central Library
The law behind child abduction – How the headlines happen
Presented by Jennifer Wademan from Simpson Grierson Law

Wednesday, 19 August – Central Library
Renting? It’s more than just a flat – Make sure your landlord respects your rights
Presented by Dr Sarah Bierre and MBIE

Wednesday, 26 August – Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Library
Unsafe relationships – Know the signs to look out for your friends and whanau.
Presented by Stephanie Edmonds, communications advisor for the ‘It’s Not OK‘ campaign, and Julia Whaipooti, Community Law

Wednesday, 2 September – Newlands Community Centre
When horseplay becomes forced play – Stop bullying happening at work
Presented by David Traylor and Kate Scarlet, Community Law

Need more information about this lunchtime talk series? You can email us or phone 499 4444.

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Law for Lunch – Enduring Powers of Attorney: When you can’t manage your own affairs

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Law for Lunch this week is taken to the Newlands Community Centre.
The topic will be presented by Darien Mahony, a Community Lawyer at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

Darien, who holds the Seniors’ portfolio, will be focusing on

• What is a general Power of Attorney and how may be arranged
• What can you do if you become unable to look after yourself and your own affairs
• When and how you should set up an Enduring Power of Attorney
• Who can deal with your property and your bank accounts and more …

Come along to ask your questions and find out more about Enduring Powers of Attorney
You are welcome to bring your lunch and there’s no need to book a seat in advance.

This presentation will take place this Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm, at Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor St, Newlands. You are all welcome!

For more information, please check our online Event Calendar.

Law for Lunch at Newtown Library – Dodgy Debt: How to avoid it

Welcome to this week’s Law for Lunch talk, presented by Julia Whaipooti.

Law for Lunch logoJulia is a Kaihāpai Hapori (Community Education Worker) providing legal services to Māori at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.
This week’s presentation will be focusing on simple and effective ways to manage your money and everyday expenses and how to avoid bad debt. Come along to ask your questions and find out more about possible solutions.
There’s no need to make a booking and you are welcome to bring your own ‘brown bag’ lunch.

The talk will take place this Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm, at the Newtown Library, 13 Constable Street, Newtown. All welcome!

For more information, please check our online Event Calendar.

Law for Lunch – The New Family Court: Help yourself and your whānau

This week’s Law for Lunch talk offers information on Family Law and how to resolve difficult family issues. It is presented by Jennifer Wademan, a staff solicitor at Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts.

Law for Lunch logoJennifer Wademan has been a staff solicitor in the family law team at Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts since 2011. She has previous experience as a Judge’s Clerk to the Principal Family Court Judge and as Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Social Development.

Jennifer’s presentation will be focussing on

  • Changes to the Family Court process
  • Child’s welfare and best interests
  • Legal Aid and Counselling
  • Application for a parenting order and more

You are welcome to come along, ask your questions and find out more about possible solutions.  Bring your lunch – there’s no need to book a seat in advance.

This seminar will take place this Wednesday, October 15 from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome!

For more information about Law for Lunch events, please visit wcl.govt.nz/lawforlunch

Law for Lunch – Body Corps: Resolving common pitfalls

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Our Law for Lunch talk this week is presented by Rainey Collins Law, whose lawyers specialise in building contracts and dispute resolutions.
Are the Levies you are paying too high? Have you experienced Building Maintenance issues or any building disputes recently?

Find out about the purpose of a Body Corporate, its duties and responsibilities to the owners and how owners’ contributions are determined.
Why is it important to develop a long term maintenance plan and how could any possible pitfalls be avoided?

Come along to ask your questions and find out more about possible solutions.
You are welcome to bring your lunch and there’s no need to book a seat in advance.

This presentation will take place this Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. All welcome!

For more information, please check our online Event Calendar.

Special events in October

Phew! We have held so many events recently, from author talks to school holiday activities. These both continue into October, along with our Law for Lunch series. You can always check our event calendar to see all events happening in one day, or look further ahead for the rest of the month. We have several event series running, see below for what’s coming up this month:

UPDATED 2/10/14: Events added at Karori Library
UPDATED 22/10/14: Events added at Newtown, Johnsonville
UPDATED 23/10/14: Events added at Island Bay Community Centre, Kilbirnie Library

Law for Lunch
Wednesday 1 October – 12-1pm – On a Work Visa: Know your employment rights
Wednesday 8 October – 12-1pm – Body Corps: Resolving common pitfalls
Wednesday 15 October – 12-1pm – The New Family Court: Help yourself and your whānau
Wednesday 22 October – 12-1pm – Dodgy Debt: How to avoid it
Wednesday 29 October – 12-1pm – Enduring Powers of Attorney: When you can’t manage your own affairs

Book ocver courtesy of SyndeticsSpring Writers series at Kilbirnie Library
Thursday 2 October – 6.30-7.30pm – Kiwis at Gallipoli : Author talk with Philippa Werry
Thursday 9 October – 6.30-7.30pm – Many Hats: Author talk with Mary McCallum
Thursday 23 October – 6.30-7.30pm – Author talk with Dame Fiona Kidman and Tracy Farr

Newtown After Dark
Friday 3 October – 6-7.30pm – Paranormal Investigations: a talk with James Gilberd from Strange Occurrences
Friday 10 October – 6-7.30pm – “Visible: 60 women at 60” a talk with photographer and author Jenny O’Connor
Friday 17 October – 6-7.30pm – Beaded Jewellery with Margaret Elliot
Friday 24 October – 6-7.30pm – Organic Gardening with Helen Mechen
Friday 31 October – 6-7.30pm – DIY Bike Maintenance Workshop with Mechanical Tempest

Mad Science Mysteries Holiday Activities
Central Library – 11am-12pm – Wednesday 1 October
Miramar Library – 2-3pm – Thursday 2 October
Karori Library – 2-3pm – Thursday 2 October
Tawa Library – 11am-12pm – Wednesday 8 October
Cummings Park Library – 11am-12pm – Thursday 9 October
Khandallah Library – 11am-12pm – Friday 10 October

Other one-off events
Wednesday 1 October – 6-7.30pm – Spring Poetry Evening at Central
Thursday 23 October – 6.30-7.30pm – Seed Swap at Karori Library
Tuesday 28 October – 4-6pm – Feeling Spooky? Halloween stories & activities at Island Bay Community Centre
Thursday 30 October – 6-6.30pm – Halloween Storytime at Kilbirnie Library
Thursday 30 October – 6.30-7.30 – Halloween Event at Karori Library
Friday 31st October – 6.30-7.30pm – Double Your Reading Speed at Johnsonville Library

Recurring events
Wednesdays 5.30-7.30 – Gamesfest at Central Library
Second Friday of every month 6.30-7.30pm – Free drawing classes with Joyce at Johnsonville library

Kohunga Korero
Omāroro (Newtown) – 1st Tuesday of each month – 10.30am
Korimako ki Ngāio (Cummings Park) – 2nd Monday of each month – 10.30am
Waitohi (Johnsonville) – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 2pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) – 4th Tuesday of each month – 9.30am

Law for Lunch – On a Work Visa: Know your employment rights

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Welcome to the first talk of Law for Lunch in October, presented this Wednesday by Bevan O’Connor & Kate Scarlet.

Bevan is an Immigration Lawyer with Cottrell Law, where he assists migrants with work visas and Kate works as a Community Lawyer at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. She holds the Employment Law portfolio.

Their talk will be focusing on

• Minimum NZ employment rights
• How do employment problems affect your temporary work visa?
• When do I contact Immigration NZ if my employment situation changes?

Come along this Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm, on the Ground Floor of the Central Library, ask your questions and find out more about possible solutions.

You are welcome to bring your own ‘brown bag’ lunch and there’s no need to book a seat in advance.

All welcome!

For more information, please check our online event calendar

Law for Lunch is back this October!

Law for Lunch logoWellington City Libraries are continuing our popular Law for Lunch series this October — offering free lunchtime talks by legal experts on popular topics, in a joint initiative with Community Law Centre Wellington and Hutt Valley.

Our topics in October range from the legal issues around body corporates, to knowing your employment rights on a work visa, how to avoid dodgy debt, and much more (take a look at the programme below!).  If you are interested and would like to learn more, bring your lunch and come along — questions welcome!

All the speakers are highly regarded experts in their field and the information is presented in a way that’s easy to understand, no matter what your level of knowledge on the topics.

This month’s sessions include:

Wednesday, 1 October – Central Library
On a Work Visa: Know your employment rights
Presented by Cottrell Law Limited and Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

Wednesday, 8 October – Central Library
Body Corps: Resolving common pitfalls
Presented by Rainey Collins Law

Wednesday, 15 October – Central Library
The New Family Court: Help yourself and your whānau
Presented by Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts Law

Wednesday, 22 October – Newtown Library
Dodgy Debt: How to avoid it
Presented by Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

Wednesday, 29 October – Newlands Community Centre
Enduring Powers of Attorney: When you can’t manage your own affairs
Presented by Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

All are welcome and there’s no need to book a place. For more information, call 499 4444 or email us

Law for Lunch in October!