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, meetup, @CHCHGameDev on facebook and twitter.

Check out Magic Leap:

Weta Workshop:
Weta Workshop Facebook:
Dr Grordbort’s Facebook:


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 –

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.


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


Securing APIs for the Data Economy – Wellington – 27 November 2018

Wellington Identity Tech Talks


We look forward to seeing you at the next Wellington Identity Tech Talk, where we will discuss the impact and opportunities of Privacy & Consent that are affecting emerging ecosystems across various industries including Banks, Telco’s & Health.

With such ecosystems in mind it has never been more important to give consumers the ability to manage and control how their data is shared and used. Please join the discussion with like-minded peers and register here.

Topics will include:

• Introduction to Privacy and Consent in emerging ecosystems
• Securing APIs for the data economy
• Lessons learnt from API enabling the enterprise

High Level Agenda

5:30pm – Welcome, Pizza & Drinks
6:30pm – Introduction to Privacy and Consent in emerging ecosystems
7:00pm – Securing APIs for the data economy
7:30pm – Q&A, Connect & Meet
7:45pm – End

See you there!

When and Where

27 November 2018
5:30 PM to 7:45 PM

The Loft, 2nd Floor,
Mac’s Brewbar
4 Taranaki St, Wellington

How Much

Free. Please RSVP here.


Meetup event.
Wellington Identity Tech Talks.
These talks are organised and sponsored by ForgeRock, but we aim for the talks to be wide ranging and not product-specific.

Domain Name Abuse Forum – Wellington – 27 November 2018

InternetNZ .NZ Domain Name Commission


Finding solutions for a safer .nz space.

The Domain Name Abuse Forum invites you to participate and contribute to discussions and working sessions that aim to identify the issues surrounding domain name abuse. Forum attendees will work together to understand the issues and discuss and identify how to best tackle these challenges, including:

  • whether or how the .nz domain name space should deal with content abuse, e.g. online shopping and scam websites

  • how to minimise data quality issues from the .nz domain name space, e.g. fake or invalid registration details

  • how we can minimise and mitigate technical attacks on the .nz domain name space and protect this vital infrastructure.

The forum will be a space for collaboration between agencies inviting lawyers and law enforcement, Internet safety and security experts, government departments, academics, civil society and more.

All of this to make .nz a safer and more trusted domain name space.

Pre-reading: The Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network is working at the global level on issues that cross over with this forum. You may find interesting and relevant information on their website at We have prepared some specific pre-reading docs that you may be interested in reading before the event:

Agenda available on  this event page or programme (pdf).

When and Where

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
09:00 to 17:00

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor,
147 The Terrace,

How Much

Free. Please register here.

Is your organisation represented yet? Take a look at the organisations that have already registered (pdf).


InternetNZ event page and programme (pdf).

Transport Planning as Freedom Planning – Auckland – 22 November 2018


What if we planned public transport with a goal of personal freedom? Join us at Auckland Conversations as we explore this idea with Jarrett Walker, one of the original designers of Auckland’s new bus network.

5:00pm: Networking & refreshments
5:30pm: Start
7:00pm: Finish

The challenge of public transit today is not just having good ideas but being able to explain them.  It’s crucial to integrate the task of planning with the tasks of explanation and of creating leading innovative processes that engage and empower the public. The goal is managing behaviour change in a positive way – changing the way people travel and the positive outcomes that can produce for Auckland.

Jarrett Walker, a popular speaker and author of the popular book Human Transit, is one of the field’s great explainers.  His worldwide transit consulting practice is all about helping communities see their options, and think about their goals, so that they make great decisions for themselves.

We aim to start a conversation here about how transit works, what choices it presents, and how we can use it to create a better Auckland with some real-life examples of change that’s about to reshape the way we use the CBD and beyond.

Eddie Tuiavii, Senior Hearings Advisor at Auckland Council will MC the night. Jarret will also be joined by a panel of industry experts including:

  • Jessica Rose, Albert Eden Local Board member and representative for Women in Urbanism Auckland
  • Daniel Newcombe, Manager Strategic Projects, Central, North & West, Auckland Transport
  • Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion and General Manager Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council

When and Where

5pm – 7pm
Thursday 22 November 2018

Grand Millennium Hotel
71 Mayoral Dr,
Auckland CBD

How Much



Event Webpage

EVworld South – Christchurch – 23-24 November 2018


EVworld is New Zealand’s combined Electric vehicle Industry and Public Expo.

Ride, drive and experience EVs in all their forms

Trade Day Expo – 9am – 5pm, Friday 23, November

Calling business owners! This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with the EV fleet, learning from the experts on purchasing all forms of EVs and how you can drastically reduce your fleet costs. FOR: SME owners, Fleet Managers, Sustainability Managers.

EVworld South features a co-located conference: Net Carbon Neutral Towns conference that highlights the way forward to a zero emissions economy in New Zealand and the role EVs play in this transition.

Public Day Expo – 9am -5pm, Saturday 24 November

A chance for the public to experience, learn and embrace EVs in all their forms. Ride a bike, drive an EV car, hear about the costs and savings to help you become part of the EVolution!

When and Where

Trade Day Expo
9am – 5pm,
Friday 23 November 2018

Public Day Expo
9am – 5pm
Saturday 24 November 2018

Air Force Museum

How Much

Free on both days


Information and Registration for Evworld South

R-Ladies Auckland: Telling Stories With Data – Auckland – 29 November 2018

R-LadiesAKL logo


We are very excited to have Kate Newton from RNZ at this month’s meetup.

Description: R has rapidly become a coding language of choice for journalists around the world who create “data journalism”. In this workshop, we’ll explore what data journalism is, how R helps journalists to tell those data stories, and then collectively hack the code behind a recent story published by RNZ that used data analysis and visualisations as part of the reporting process.

Bio: Kate Newton has been a journalist for a decade and is currently a reporter for RNZ’s new In Depth team (, which focuses on long-form and investigative journalism. Known among her colleagues for being “good at maths” (an extremely low bar in journalism), she has only recently discovered R and its power as a data journalism tool. She is gradually learning and incorporating R into her research and reporting, including publishing her extremely messy code so she can learn from the veterans!

What to bring: Laptops. We’ll use Kate’s Github repo ( , and for anyone who’s interested in learning more about data journalism, The Data Journalism Handbook ( is a great online resource.

As with all our meetups all levels of R welcome, from beginners to regular users. Our meetups are about sharing knowledge and inspiring others.

Please read the code of conduct before attending this meetup.

When and Where

29 November 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

96 St. Georges Bay Road Parnell, Auckland.

How Much

Free. Please reserve your seat here.


Meetup event: Telling Stories With Data.

R-Ladies Auckland Meetup, twitter @RLadiesAKL | auckland [at] (email) |

Smart locks, DIY IoT, Relays, Zoneminder, Node-RED and more! – Wellington – 20 November 2018


This month we have three speakers covering a range of topics.

Mike Stewart is going to present on various smart home devices he’s been using, including installing smart locks from scratch, automatic plant watering pump, various relays (Sonoff & Shelly) and more.

Thomas Howard is going to present on Zoneminder & Motion and how to use this open source software to setup and configure your own home brew security cameras.

And finally we’ll have Andrew Lockhart covering building your own IoT appliances using MQTT and Node-RED.

17:30 – 18:00: Casual chat
18:00 – 19:30: Presentations
19:30 – 20:00: Casual chat

Wellington Home Automation Hackers

A group of like minded people who are interested in home automation, whether it’s plugging in off-the-shelf IoT lightbulbs, or soldering your own PCB designs doing BLE – and everything in between!

When and Where

Tuesday, 20 November 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Level 1
14 Blair St

How Much



WebPage to the meeting
Wellington Home Automation Hackers meetup group