Pop Kultcha – Auckland – 15 December 2018


Returning by popular demand, Pop Kultcha will have tables of both new and pre-loved goodies, toys, action figures, comics and more!

Expect more of the same and a bit of the new as we prepare ourselves for pop culture goodness.

Please note we have changed venues from the Rose Centre to the Ellerslie War Memorial Hall. As updates and posts will be added please watch and like this event page.

When and Where

Ellerslie War Memorial Hall,
138 Main Highway,

Saturday 15 Dec 2018,
10am – 3pm


How Much

Family Pass: $10.00
Adults: $5.00
Door Sales Only


Facebook Page
Eventfinda Page

Decision Making: Human vs Machine – Auckland – 5 December 2018

Logo for Stats NZ and CSDA free lecture


Decision Making: Human vs Machine

Stats NZ and Centre for Social Data Analytics (CSDA) are hosting a free lecture presented by international tech ethics expert Lorena Jaume-Palasi.

The use of algorithms in decision-making is growing steadily, so it has never been more important to understand how algorithm-assisted decisions differ from human decisions, and what good practice looks like.

Lorena Jaume-Palasi will explain the major differences between human and algorithm-assisted decision-making and share the trends she is seeing internationally. Her talk will focus on the key issues that algorithms tend to raise for governments, organisations and communities and how those concerns, like ethics and bias, can be navigated and algorithm-assisted decision-making done well.

With a background in founding ethics organisations including  AlgorithmWatch and the Ethical Tech Society, and consulting to numerous governments and organisations in this space, Jaume-Palasi will present her experiences and recommendations.

CSDA co-director Rhema Vaithianathan is pleased to host Jaume-Palasi:

“It is very exciting to have Lorena on board for this presentation as it is the time to have extensive and more importantly, informed conversations about ethics and how organisations can use algorithms well.”

“Lorena brings a well-versed perspective to this argument and it will be a privilege for New Zealanders to hear from someone with such extensive experience in tech ethics.”

Key issues covered in the talk will include bias, automated inequality and ethical dimensions.

Lorena Jaume-Palasi

Lorena is the founder of non-profit advocacy organisation AlgorithmWatch (Berlin) and of non-profit research and advocacy organization the Ethical Tech Society (Berlin). Her work focuses on the philosophy of law and ethics of automatisation and digitisation. She serves as the head of the secretariat of the German Internet Governance Forum and is a member of the Spanish Government’s High Level Expert Council on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. Lorena consults to international institutions, governments and corporations, and regularly writes and lectures on data protection, privacy, discrimination and the public sphere.

This lecture is proudly presented by the Centre for Social Data Analytics, in the School of Economics at Auckland University of Technology, together with Stats NZ.

When and Where

Wednesday. 5 December 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm NZDT

AUT City Campus,
Room WG404, Sir Paul Reeves Building,
55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland

How Much

Free but registration required. Please register here.


Event at AUT’s website and on Eventbrite.

MONIAC Demonstration – Wellington – 3 December 2018



On the first Wednesday of each month, except January, an economist will demonstrate how the MONIAC, a pioneering econometric computer, works.

Invented in the late 1940s by talented New Zealand – born economist Bill Phillips (1914-1975),
the MONIAC was a way of demonstrating the macro economy to his students at the London School of Economics.

He built the prototype for around £400, including parts scavenged from a Lancaster bomber. The computer uses water quantities and flows to simulate the flow of money through the economy.

The acronym MONIAC – ‘Monetary National Income Analogue Computer’ – was apparently invented to echo the ENIAC digital computer then being developed in the United States.

By contrast with those machines the MONIAC operated wholly on analogue principles, using water to simulate flows of money. Around 14 were built.

The MONIAC was capable of making complex calculations that could not be performed by any other computer at the time. The linkages were based on Keynesian and classical economic principles, with various tanks representing households, businesses, governments, and exporting and importing sectors of the economy.

Water pumped around the system could be measured as income, spending and GDP. The system was programmable, and experiments with fiscal policy, monetary policy and exchange rates could be carried out.

When and Where

3 December 2018
12:15pm – 12:45pm

Reserve Bank Museum,
2 The Terrace, Wellington

How Much



MONIAC – ‘Monetary National Income Analogue Computer’. Wikipedia.
The Reserve Bank Museum.

Demonstrations are on the first Wednesday of each month, except January. The next demonstration will be on 13 February 2019.

How to use mocking frameworks for unit testing in C++ – Auckland – 28 November 2018


This will be the last meetup for 2018. We have a presentation from Andrew Rafas about mocking frameworks, a JetBrains coupon to give away, some pizza and a chance to chat about C++.

“How to use mocking frameworks for unit testing in C++” – Andrew Rafas

This talk covers FakeIt and Catch2, with a little bit of HippoMocks. It will be a live demonstration of the lessons learned, and some guidelines about code organization.

Tentative Agenda:

18:00 Arrive
18:15 Presentation
19:00 Pizza

When and Where

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
6pm to 8:30pm

12-16 Tapora Street,
Quay Park,

How Much



How to use mocking frameworks for unit testing in C++
Auckland C++ Meetup

Game Developers Meetup – Christchurch – 6 December 2018

Christchurch Game Developers December 2018 Meetup


Welcome to the December Game Developers Meetup!

Come along and join us to chat game dev with our special guest speaker, Jordan Carlton from Magic Leap/Weta Workshop, creators of Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders on the Magic Leap One!


6:15 PM – KICK OFF
Welcome to the Christchurch Game Developers Meetup with news from around New Zealand.

6:30 PM – Be they Friend or Foe?
Jordan usually spends her days developing the companion AI character, Gimble, for the Dr Grordbort’s Invaders title on the Magic Leap One. Tonight she’d like to share her learnings and discuss things to consider when developing your AI character – be they friend or foe. This talk will span from the larger base requirements of functional navigation behaviour to the smaller nuances of gaze behaviour. Prepare for a mishmash of discussion of features that she has real life experience implementing and features that she wishes to implement one day.

Jordan was surprised when she emerged from a haze of debugging and realised she had established herself as a game programmer at Magic Leap. An unorthodox use of a psychology degree combined with some well-honed keyboard smashing skills and a dash of moxy contributed to the loveable companion character, Gimble, featured in Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders. In her spare time, she’s a classic Ravenclaw.

7:30 PM – Pizza and Networking
Bring along your games to show and get feedback!

When and Where

6 December 2018
6:15 PM to 8:15 PM

EPIC Innovation Center
78-100 Manchester St, Christchurch

How Much

Free. Please RSVP here.


Christchurch Game Developers https://chch.gamedev.co.nz/, meetup, @CHCHGameDev on facebook and twitter.

Check out Magic Leap:
Web: https://www.magicleap.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicleap
Twitter: https://twitter.com/magicleap
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2E1x3l45YUO2eOhRv-A7lw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magicleap/

Weta Workshop:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wetaworkshop/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WetaWorkshop
Web: https://www.wetaworkshop.com/
Weta Workshop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WetaWorkshop
Dr Grordbort’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrGrordborts


A HUGE Thank You to our Patreon supporters for making the meetups possible.

Our Corporate Sponsors:
University of Canterbury
Check out their Bachelor Of Product Design, Applied Immersive Game Design – http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/engineering/schools/school-of-product-design/

CerebralFix https://cerebralfix.com/
Christchurch Based Game Development specialising in work for hire from some amazing companies.

Our Individual Sponsor: Jeremy Craig

And our Patreon Sponsors: Jen Huei Lee, Leith Caldwell, Hannah Mackintosh, Maxwell Clarke

/dev/talk: Insight into Event Patterns – Hamilton – 27 November 2018

/dev/talk Hamilton meetup on events.


I’ll be taking us on a deep dive into event driven code, exploring different event patterns and real world implementation challenges. I’ll be talking about the two different types of events – domain events (user actions) and operational events (logs). I’ll discuss some patterns for thinking about event streams, e.g. coalesce, throttle / debounce, grouping by time, count, moving windows of events, projecting.

This is an open event, questions are welcome any time.

This event will be recorded.

As usual pizza and beer afterwards and a big thanks to our sponsors Company-X and Soda.

When and Where

27 November 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

WINTEC, Hamilton.
How to find us: Events room 2 in the Gallagher hub (top of the hill in Wintec)

How Much

Free. Please RSVP here.


Insight into Event Patterns Meetup event.

/dev/talk Hamilton meetup.

Youtube channel of past talks.


Kauri Boardgames and Cards: Games evening – Whangarei – 1 December 2018


What we’re about

Peter and Suse are keen board and card gamers. We have a collection of mostly “Euro Games”, for example Euphrates & Tigris, Elfenland, Puerto Rico, La Citta, El Grande and many more. We also have some lighter, fun games.

Suggest meetings at our house since it eliminates moving a truckload of games around, we can easily do two tables at a time.
If some members should find it convivial, we could arrange dinners together before an evening’s game(s).

Meet Every 2 weeks on Saturday

When and Where

Saturday, 1 December 2018
7pm – 10pm

Huebner Residence
31 Chesterfield Place

How Much



Meetup Page for Event
Kauri Boardgames and Cards – with foodie options – Meetup Group

NZ’s first GitLab MeetUp – Wellington – 29 November 2018


Plenty of GitLab swag on hand for NZ’s first GitLab MeetUp which is happening – in Wellington!

This is a user-based event, not a sales / product demonstration.

You’ll be interested in this MeetUp if you’d like to hear and share GitLab experiences, and we’ll have a local customer share their GitLab story.

A GitLab specialist will also be on hand for Q&A and to provide ideas on how/where your current work could be extended through GitLab.

When and Where

Thursday, November 29, 2018
5:30pm to 7pm

Level 8,
93 The Terrace,

How Much



The first Gitlab NZ Meetup
Official Gitlab Meetups ANZ Meetup Group


Storytelling with Maps for beginners – Wellington – 3 December 2018

LINZ - Storytelling With Maps for beginners


101 for Beginners: Who doesnt like a good story!

Ideal for those with no mapping experience, working in the public service.

Join us at LINZ to for a free, practical & hands on session – crafting stories using geospatial information.

Audience: People working in Policy, Media Services, Researchers, Advisors, Analysts and Technical Leads from throughout the Social Sector and Natural Resource Agencies.

In this session we’ll cover a range of themes including:

  • Tools and technologies available
  • Using stories to increase awareness of the benefits of geospatial information
  • Accessing and using Geospatial data sources like the LINZ data service
  • Engaging your audience
  • Sharing, embedding, social media, blogs and other sites.

You will need to bring a laptop, charger, mouse and your lunch. 9-12pm will be training, 1-2pm support for creating your own stories.

If you have a Google or Esri Account you will want to know your password. We will help get you setup prior to the workshop for those who dont have one.

No coding or mapping experience is required for this session. A summary webinar could be hosted at a later date if the demand is there.

You may wish to consider a project idea prior to this workshop, you will want to collect good quality photos, a little text, video clips (youtube) and maybe ideas for your story.

After this session: Participants have the knowledge and skills to develop and share their own stories using a variety of map based tools.

When and Where

3 December 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM NZDT

Land Information NZ – Toitu Te Whenua
155 The Terrace,
Level 7 – Huia,
Te Aro, Wellington 6011.

How Much

Free. Please register.


Eventbrite event.
Advanced Storytelling with Maps: Intended for Geospatial Professionals on 10 December 2018.

Organised by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

KapCon 28, role playing convention – Wellington – 19-20 January 2019


What is KapCon?

KapCon is a not-for-profit role-playing game convention run annually in Wellington, New Zealand, every January. Over a hundred people get together for a weekend of role-playing, in a diverse range of styles and systems. Over the weekend, more than 30 individual games are run, with volunteer GMs (or storytellers, narrators or facilitators) running games between one and six times over the course of the convention.

There are seven rounds of gaming – each lasting 3 hours. Most games have pre-generated characters for the players to use, and some even have props, soundtracks, links to other games, or live action elements (where players act out the less dangerous parts of the story). Between rounds there’s time to chat, meet or catch up with people, and get some much needed snack food. There’s usually some snack food available on-site, and there’s always the dairy and fish-and-chip shop nearby.

If you have a favourite game that you want to play in, you can let us know in advance and we’ll try to find someone to run it – if you love Paranoia, Call of Cthulhu, D&D, PbtA, or any other system, send us an email and we’ll see what we can do. Also for the last few years some wonderful people have offered the Games On Demand stream, where players come in, vote for the games they want to play form a selection available, and one of the team runs the game for them. This is a great way to try out some of those games you may have heard of, but never been able to get your group to play.

After the third round on the Saturday, there’s a LARP. A LARP is a Live Action Role-Playing game – one where you wear a costume, and stay in character at all times. The style of LARPs we have at Kapcon tend not to use foam weapons or complicated mechanics – it’s all about being in character, finding out what’s going on, achieving your goals and having fun. In recent years the Saturday night LARP has grown from 50 to 85 players. There is a dedicated team of writers who volunteer each year to put together the LARP, and it is due to their tireless work that it’s so much fun!

When and Where

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of January 2019
Note: Monday 21st is a statutory holiday for Wellington workers and can be used for recovery

Wellington High School
249 Taranaki St
Mt Cook

How Much

Full Player                      $30
First Time Attendee      $20
Facilitator (GM)            $20
Single Day Attendance  $20
Adventure Squad Only  $10
Live Game Only             $10

$5 discount for Full Player, First Time Attend, Facilitator or Single Day Attendance if paid prior to 14/01/2019


Information about Kapcon 28 and registration