Christchurch Toy and Hobby Fair – Christchurch – 5 May 2019

What

A huge range of interesting toys are offered for sale at this annual event which is supported by trades, collectors, hobbyists and modellers. Items for sale include diecast model cars, trucks, tractors, buses, fire engines and aeroplanes, film and TV related toys, teddy bears, dolls, books and much, much more!

Run by collectors, for collectors. If you buy or sell new or old toys this is the event for you! Classic vintage collectables or collectables of the future! It’s a brilliant opportunity to buy or sell.

When and Where

Sunday 5 May 2019
10:30am – 2:30pm

Canterbury Caledonian Society Hall,
5 Michelle Road,
Wigram,
Christchurch

How Much

Adult Admission $5
12 and under: Free
Sellers: $25 per table

More

Christchurch Toy and Hobby Fair Website
Eventfinda Page

DockerCon (USA) 2019 Debrief & Download – Auckland – 9 May 2019

What

DockerCon is Docker’s annual conference. This conference is usually when Docker lays out it’s strategy and roadmap and announces new products, services, alliances and solutions.

This year it is being held April 29 – May 2nd. Neil Cresswell, CEO of Portainer & CTO of Emerging Technology Partners will be attending DockerCon.

Neil will give us a download and debrief from DockerCon.

About Docker Auckland Meetup

Learn, Collaborate & Dockerize! Meet other developers and ops engineers in your community that are using and learning about Docker. Docker is an open platform that helps you build, ship and run applications anytime and anywhere. Developers use Docker to modify code and to streamline application development, while operations gain support to quickly and flexibly respond to their changing needs. Docker ensures agility, portability and control for all your distributed apps.

When and Where

Thursday, May 9 2019
6pm – 7:30pm

Event Space
GridAKL / John Lysaght
101 Pakenham St West
Viaduct Basin
Auckland

Please note that the date of our may change due to venue availability, but we’ll update everyone ASAP. Thanks

How Much

Free

More

DockerCon Debrief and Download Meeting
Docker Auckland Meetup Group

GovCMS 2.0 – Thom Toogood & 100% Open Source Stack – Wellington – 30 April 2019

Wellington Drupal Meetup

What

GovCMS 2.0 – Thom Toogood & The 100% Open Source Stack

This is a special, opportunistic meetup arranged at short notice, hosted at Xequals new offices and event space on Cuba St. It is directly relevant to all Drupal stakeholders in Wellington who have anything at all to do with Government & Drupal. For those of you who didn’t know, GovCMS is the open source Drupal distribution which is now the standarised web platform for the Australian Government.

Thom Toogood, an NZer who has been central to the project, is coming to Wellington and wants to present to us on this example of government innovation using opensource, with big implications for the Australasian Drupal community.

Highly recommended for anyone who works on New Zealand or Australian Government websites, or is involved in digital infrastructure and strategy.

There are a limited amount of spots available so click that RSVP button!
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As announced in July 2018, the GovCMS (Australia) team are now working with Salsa Digital and amazee.io to build the next generation of the GovCMS hosting platform. Last Nov 2019 they migrated 102 GovCMS sites onto the new GovCMS platform (https://salsadigital.com.au/news/102-govcms-sites-live-on-next-generation-govcms-platform) and have on-boarded a lot more sites since.

Thom Toogood, Platform Architect (amazee.io) & Toby Bellwood, Technical Lead (GovCMS) will provide an overview of the new platform and how GovCMS sites are developed, tested, deployed and hosted on it.

Xequals will provide food & beverage for all attendees. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email [masked]

When and Where

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Xequals
93 Cuba St, Wellington

How Much

Free. Limited space so please RSVP here.

More

Wellington Drupal Meetup takes place on the first Tuesday of the month.

Full Stack Serverless: DevOps lessons from 2 years in production – Auckland – 23 April 2019

What

Our presenter is Steve Hogg, an AWS Solutions Architect and DevOps Engineer. In the dark ages, he babysat Web Hosting servers running LAMP stacks, and now he’s passionate about the advantages Serverless, Event-driven architectures bring.

E will share with us “Full Stack Serverless: DevOps lessons from 2 years in production”

Doors will open at 17:30, and the presentation will run from 18:00 to 19:00, and we’ll leave by 19:30.

DevOps Auckland Meetup

We’re all about DevOps (whatever that may mean to you), and come from a variety of backgrounds: software development, operations, management, research, hardware, ???. Anyone is welcome to join, if you’re just starting out work, still studying, or an industry veteran. DevOps concepts aren’t restrictive, so feel free to surprise us by connecting it to something new.

We’ll have regular meetings in Auckland, either with a presentation, or a discussion topic.

When and Where

Tuesday, 23 April 2019
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Xero
96 St Georges Bay Road
Parnell
Auckland

How Much

Free

More

Full Stack Serverless Meetup
DevOps Auckland Meetup Group

Computer Language Model for Digitising NZ Statute Law – Wellington – 16 April 2019

Legal Hackers NZ logo

What

Adrian Kelly, legal counsel at IRD will present his paper “A Computer Language Model for Digitising New Zealand Statute Law”, which he will have presented in Zambia at the In-house Counsel conference.

We will also have a small demo by Mike Fergsson of his smartcore-based rules engine implementation … a ‘proto-digital statute’.

No expertise required, bring your questions!

When and Where

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Innovation Lab
L4 191-195 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea,
Wellington

How Much

Free. Please RSVP here.

More

Meetup event for Legal Hackers NZ. Website and twitter @LegalHackersNZ

Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 – Wellington – 27 April 2019

Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 logo

What

All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing!

Mark Russinovich ready for Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

On April 27, 2019, all communities will come together once again in the sixth great Global Azure Bootcamp event! Each user group will organize their own one day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members. The result is that thousands of people get to learn about Azure and join together online under the social hashtag #GlobalAzure!

There are two venues listed for Wellington, each with its own organiser and meetup. It is possible there may be other New Zealand locations announced after this post. Globtal Azure Bootcamp events can be filtered by country and/or searched.

Check out the outcome of last year’s event in this 2018 Global Azure Bootcamp Whitepaper (pdf).

When and Where

27 April 2019

Event organised by Wellington Data Management and Analytics Meetup.
Saturday 27 April 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Unisys New Zealand, 155 The Terrace, Radio NZ House, Wellington.
Meetup event (RSVP here) and Global Azure Bootcamp page.

Event organised by Chinese IT Association NZ.
Saturday 27 April 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Intergen, 80 Willis St, Wellington.
Meetup event (RSVP here) and Global Azure Bootcamp page.

How Much

Free.
Please indicate in the meetup if you are attending.
If you have said you will attend but can’t, please remove yourself from the attending list so others may attend.

More

Global Azure Bootcamp. Twitter: @GlobaleAzure and #GlobalAzure.
Wellington Data Management and Analytics Meetup.
Chinese IT Association NZ

Note: There is an event in Auckland. It is full with a waiting list.
Auckland Global Azure Bootcamp page and eventbrite.
Organisers: Auckland Azure User Group and North Shore .NET User Group.

Stargazing 101: Sundays – Wellington – 14 April – 12 May 2019

What

Due to popular demand Museums Wellington are running a second Stargazing Workshop on Sunday nights.

New Zealand has some of the absolute best skies for stargazing in the world. This five-week Sunday night course is for people who look up at our skies and wonder which stars are twinkling back at them. No prior knowledge is required – just a desire to know more about the skies and how they are used in everyday life including navigation. The course has limited numbers so bookings are essential. It is suitable for ages 10 and up. Take the opportunity to walk through the gardens or Tournament parking is available at the top of the Cable Car.

When and Where

4pm – 6pm
Sundays, 14 April – 12 MAy 2019

Space Place at Carter Observatory
40 Salamanca Road,
Botanic Gardens
Wellington

How Much

$100 per person for the 5 nights

More

Webpage on the Stargazing 101 course

WOSSAT – Wellington – 16 April 2019

WOSSAT Logo

What

Wellington Open Source Show And Tell (WOSSAT)

Two speakers scheduled for meeting on April 16th

Thomas Munro — A tour of PostgreSQL

Thomas will talk about the PostgreSQL project’s origins, open source culture, and some specific features he really likes.
Thomas is a member of EnterpriseDB’s database server team and has made a number of contributions to PostgreSQL.

Tom Eastman — Secateur

Tom is using Python and open source tools to interface with the Twitter API with the goal of equalizing the battleground trashfire of harassment that Twitter so easily becomes. Help him work out how to turn it into a tool that other people can use, and that is affordable to host

When and Where

6pm Tuesday, 16th April 2019.

Catalyst IT
Level 3, Catalyst House,
150 Willis Street, Wellington

How Much

Free

More

wossat.nzMeetup event.

Future Meetings Schedule:

Monthly meetings alternate between the 3rd Tuesday and the 3rd Thursday of each month.
The following meeting will be on Thursday 16th May 2019.

If you would like to be a speaker at a future meeting, please visit the web site and use the email link to make contact.

Bioblitz – Wellington – 5-6 April 2019

Bioblitz 2019 Wellington

What

Bioblitz – Uncover the secrets of the garden

We know a lot about the plants we grow but what’s hiding in between the roots and stems? Help us uncover the garden’s secrets.

This 24-hour Bioblitz offers the opportunity for children and families to look into the diversity of plants and animals that live at the Wellington Botanic Garden. Scientists from around the country, Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden and individual volunteers will help analyse the secrets of the garden. The results of the Bioblitz will be made publicly available.

We’re in a race to snapshot as many different species in the Botanic Garden as we can within 24-hours. As a super science sleuth, you’ll use iNaturalist, the latest mobile phone technology so that you can make solo discoveries. If you prefer to work in a team, our field trips will give you the upper hand with an expert leading the pack.

Join our special 150th anniversary BioBlitz and help us discover what’s really living and growing in the garden in 2019.

Short video about Bioblitz.

When and Where

3pm, 5 April – 3pm, 6 April 2019

Wellington Botanic Garden

Bioblitz public programme

Friday 5 April 2019

2.25pm Opening Ceremony at Soundshell Lawn.
3pm – 7pm: Official start and public picnic at Soundshell Lawn.
3pm – 8pm: Bioblitz HQ is open at Treehouse Visitor Centre.
8.30pm: Bioblitz Guided Walk: Titiwai – New Zealand’s Glow Worm. (More about this walk at bottom of page)

Saturday 6 April 2019

8.30am – 3.15pm: Bioblitz HQ is open at Treehouse Visitor Centre.
11am-3pm: Video Booth at Treehouse Visitor Centre Carpark.
10am – 11am: Bioblitz Guided Walk: Tiny plants that are everywhere.
12.30pm – 1:45pm: Bioblitz Guided Walk: From ground level to tree tops.
1.45pm – 2:45pm : Bioblitz Guided Walk: The Wonderful World of Weeds.
3pm: Close of the Bioblitz

How Much

Free.
Bookings are required for free guided walks. Book your spot on a FREE tour by clicking on the guided walk links in the public programme above.
You may participate in the Bioblitz without joining the walks.

You need to have a smartphone with camera and ability to upload photos and information using the iNaturalist app.

More

Wellington Gardens event page.
Eventfinda event page.
iNaturalistNZ event page.

iNaturalistNZ website and twitter @inaturalistnz
Download and install the iNaturalist app on your smartphone

Google Play
Apple App Store

Bioblitz Guided Walk: Titiwai – New Zealand’s Glow Worm

This is the only walk sold out when this page was created. A guided walk called “Glow in the dark titiwai tours – New Zealand glow worms” is also by Wellington’s Botanic Gardens on other Fridays. $6 per person and Free for children under 12. Eventfinda event with dates and tickets.

Auckland Hobbies Fair – Auckland – 27 April 2019

What

The Auckland Hobbies fair is New Zealand’s largest collectors fair for Diecast models, model trains, collectible toys, model train layouts, working models, sci-fi collectibles, and much more. It is held twice a year at Freemans Bay Community Centre.

Including:
Dinky, Corgi, Lledo, Matchbox, Solido, Minichamps, Spot-On, Fun-Ho, Hot-Wheels, Ixo, Diecast models, old tin plate toys, Meccano, model trains and accessories, model boats, toy soldiers, Meccano, kitsets, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Batman, TV themes, McDonalds toys, dolls & bears, miniatures, postcards, DVDs, books, magazines, records, plastic models, planes, vintage tools, military memorabilia, motor racing, and more.

There will be a LEGO display present and Lego for sale, Lego for the kids to play with also.

Eftpos and cash out facilities available. Drinks and food are available on site to purchase. Sausage sizzle, and ice cream available on site.

When and Where

Saturday 27 April 2019
11am – 3pm

Freeman’s Bay Community Hall,
52 Hepburn Rd,
Freemans Bay,
Auckland

How Much

$5 per person (primary school children free if accompanied by adult)
Free entry after 2pm.

More

Auckland Hobbies Fair eventfinda page