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

IDEAS Festival – Nelson – 11-12 April 2019

What

The IDEAS Festival is a fun day of learning and exploration through self-selected interactive sessions in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths (STEAM). ​

We partner with local tertiary institutions to give students access to a campus with world class facilities for thrilling sessions and learning outside the classroom.

The event inspires future generations by providing high-quality workshops that challenge, excite, and spark ideas. These hands-on, state of the art experiences are led by enthusiastic experts and offer students the opportunity to examine the concepts that challenge and shape their futures.

​The IDEAS Festival creates Eureka moments – when an idea resonates, aspirations are nurtured and a potential future pathway is visualised.

When and Where

9am – 3pm
Thursday, 11 April 2019 ( Primary, Year 5-6 )
Friday, 12 April 2019 ( Intermediate, Year 7-8 )

NMIT – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology – Nelson
322 Hardy st
Nelson

How Much

$54.07

More

IDEAS Festival Website
Timetable and list of events for Primary / Intermediate
Registration for Primary Students
Registration for Intermediate Students

Refactor: Auckland Sarah Jennings, Melissa Firth and Tanya Kennard-Campbell – Auckland – 26 March 2019

What

A brand new year! A brand new Refactor! We’re back at the amazing Warren & Mahoney studio in Wynyard Quarte

Speaker Profiles

Sarah Jennings

Despite training in Biomedical Science and Computer Science, Sarah has found her way into Operations & Strategic Management at StretchSense Ltd. Sarah has been on her journey with StretchSense for the past five years and her roles have touched everything from production, research/design, intellectual property and project management – to her current role as COO. She thoroughly enjoys the mix of strategic planning and inevitable risk mitigation that occurs with a small, highly agile product-focused hardware technology company and is forever grateful she braved the jump from academic (biological) research into the technology sector.  

Melissa Firth

Melissa has over 20 years’ international experience working with teams to conceive, design, build and manage user-centred digital products and channels. Before moving into leadership roles, she learned a lot as a producer, project manager and UX designer. Her most recent role was Chief Digital Officer at Te Papa, where she built the museum’s digital capability from a standing start; increased the public’s access to Te Papa’s collections through rapid digitisation and open IP policies; and established Mahuki, the world’s first culturetech accelerator. Prior to that, she was Head of Digital Business for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s commercial arm. Now, Melissa helps organisations with their transformation, product development and business model innovation challenges, and she has also co-founded Again Again, a convenient cups-as-a-service system for takeaway coffee without the throwaway. It’s the first non-digital thing she’s worked on in her life.

Tanya Kennard-Campbell

Tanya began her career working as a mental health professional in the UK. She has been a program lead at NIMHE England, led her own social enterprise, created mental health resources and spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of recovery and human potential. She started designing and delivering change programs for teams of health practitioners. Through this work she discovered how to effect change in leaders and teams, despite their deeply held behaviours. Now she loves nothing more than supporting leaders to be comfortable in their own skin, to bring the best out in their teams, to inspire loyalty, commitment and respect that reaches well beyond the workplace.

When and Where

Tuesday 26 March 2019
6pm – 8:30pm

Warren & Mahoney Architects
GridAKL
139 Pakenham Street West
Wynard Quarter
Auckland CBD

How Much

$25

More

Refactor: Auckland March 2019 event
Buy Tickets to Auckland March Event

Craft Camp – Wellington – 12-14 July 2019

What

A weekend away with friends. Broaden your fibre craft horizons.

If you knit or crochet, or dabble in craft, join us for a weekend of learning and making. While the event is aimed at knitters, there are no knitting classes. Each session is designed to complement your existing skills, either to help you celebrate what you already know or add a new talent to your tool belt.

Featuring weaving, photography, mindfulness and more. You will have scheduled non-class time to either get to know your fellow attendees better or practice your new skill.

When and Where

Silverstream Retreat
3 Reynolds Bach Drive,
Silverstream,
Wellington

Friday 12 July 2019
to
Sunday 14 July 2019

How Much

$525 for standard ticket

Ticket price includes standard shared accommodation, meals and all classes and materials.

More

Craft Camp Website

Agile Christchurch – Christchurch – 22 February 2019

What

The Conference will be held in Christchurch 2019. It is part of the Agile Alliance New Zealand initiative to expose IT centers outside Auckland and Wellington to Agile.

We have people with multiple years of International experience.
We are a not for profit organization that simply wants to promote Agile Software in the New Zealand community because we believe in it

Our approach is that we have four speakers in the morning and an open session in the afternoon.

When and Where

8:30 am – 4pm
22 February 2019

Hagley Oval Pavilion
South Hagley Park
63 Riccarton Ave
Christchurch

How Much

Full Price Tickets $150 – Sales end February 15th

Late Tickets $250 ( Feb15 – Feb21 if places available)

More

Agile Christchurch Conference Website

SQLSaturday 809 – Wellington – 22 – 23 February 2019

What

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

SQLSaturday Wellington 2019 Pre-Cons
We are planning to run the following Pre-Cons on Friday, 22nd February 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm. The Pre-Con venue will be confirmed shortly.

Creating a Database Deployment Pipeline using DevOps Processes by Hamish Watson
SQL Server Performance Tuning for DBAs by Amit Bansal
Data Science with Microsoft Cloud by Leila Etaati

When and Where

Friday 22 February 2019 – Pre-Cons
Saturday 23 February 2019 – Main Event

Whitireia New Zealand,
3 Wi Neera Dr,
Elsdon,
Porirua,
Wellington

How Much

Main Event    – Free
Pre Cons: Student – $150
Pre-cons Regular – $250

More

Website and registration

NZNOG 2019 – Napier – 31 January – 1 February 2019

What

NZNOG is the New Zealand Network Operators Group

“The Nog” is our annual conference which provides both an opportunity to exchange technical information, and a high-value opportunity for NZ’s networking staff to ‘network’ amongst themselves. This is New Zealand’s primary technical networking conference. The event is unique in New Zealand and attracts technical, skilled individuals with a genuine interest in Internet operations and Internetworking technologies.

The conference is low priced and has a strong technical focus with the aim and history of getting a strong turnout of technical personnel from New Zealand Internet orientated companies.

When and Where

Napier Conference Centre,
Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre,
48 Marine Parade,
Bluff Hill, Napier

APNIC SDN Workshop:   Mon 28 Jan –  Wed 30 Jan
TICSA Workshop for Network Operators:    Wed 30 January
Network Automation Workshop:    Wed 30 January
Main Conference:     Thur 31 Jan – Fri 1 Feb

How Much

Main Conference: $250 ( $200 earlybird )
APNIC SDN Workshop: $150
TICSA Workshop: $50
Network Automation Workshop: $50

More

NZNOG 2019 conference website
NZNOG 2019 Workshops and tutorials
NZNOG 2019 Speakers

New Zealand Chess Congress – Auckland – 14 – 24 January 2019

What

Five events over 11 days

The New Zealand Chess Championship is 1 game/day while the New Zealand Rapid Championship is 9 games over 2 days.

Events

NZ Open Championship – 14-22 January
NZ Major Open – 14-22 January
NZ Junior Open (morning games) – 15-20 January
NZ Rapid Championship – 23-24 January
NZ Lightning Championship – 24 January

When and Where

14-22 January 2019

Waipuna Conference Centre
58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington,
Auckland

How Much

NZ Championship: $225
Major Open: $175
Junior: $85
Rapid: $50
Lightning: $35

More

Entry for for the New Zealand Chess Congress 2019
New Zealand Chess Calendar

Social Enterprise Unconference – Levin – 15 – 17 February 2019

What

PledgeMe has teamed up with Thankyou Payroll to deliver Aotearoa New Zealand’s first unconference focussed on social enterprise. The event was created to support growing and scaling social enterprises to help each other and build a network for them to grow their impact together.

We know how tiring it is to balance social impact and financial value creation, so we think by learning from each other, we can make this journey a little less lonely and little bit easier.

What is an Unconference? It’s a weekend long residential event that’s more about having awesome people in the room rather than watching speakers on a stage. The agenda is set on the first night by the attendees, where you decide what you want to share and discuss over the weekend, and the event is all about you meeting, connecting, sharing, and learning.

The Social Enterprise Unconference 2019 will be for the people behind social enterprises that have been trading for a few years that want support to take their business to the next level. Off the back of a busy year for everyone, we are excited to get a group together to discuss what’s next for the sector, learn from each other, and hopefully realise we’re not in this alone.

We’re aiming to have a diverse group of attendees that represent the broad spectrum of social enterprise in Aotearoa. To ensure that everyone has the time and space to have meaningful interactions, the number of attendees will be capped at 100. Because we’re limited on space, but know that we all benefit from the strength of a diverse group, we will be selecting attendees based on a range of criteria, however if we have more applicants than spots, we will give preference to those who get their registration form sent in quickly.

When and Where

Matau Marae
19 Clay Rd
Levin

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February 2019

How Much

Provisional pricing

$300 for the weekend (incl accommodation & food)
$100 for scholarship tickets

Aim to provide scholarships for 20% of attendees to ensure cost is not a barrier to attending.

More

Announcement
Cost of Conduct
Accessibility information
Registration of Interest in attending

NZ Skeptics Conference – Auckland 16 – 18 November 2018

What

This year’s NZ Skeptics Conference is on the weekend of the 16th – 18th of November in Auckland.

The conference is conveniently located at Butterfly Creek near Auckland International Airport, where the entire conference takes place. Events kick off on the Friday evening with a conference welcome and skeptically themed pub quiz.

There’s a full day of speakers on Saturday at the followed by dinner where you can chat with our speakers. Sunday has more speakers and a panel, and the weekend wraps up with the NZ Skeptics’ AGM.

When and Where

6pm – late, Friday 16th November – Registration and Skeptics in the Pub Quiz
8:30am – late, Saturday 17th November – Main Programme
9:30am – 3pm – Sunday 18th November – Main Programme

Butterfly Creek
10 Tom Pearce drive
Auckland Airport

How Much

Earlybird pricing ends 21 October

Full weekend            $160 earlybird, $180 standard
Unwaged weekend   $120 earlybird, $140 standard
Single Day                  $90 earlybird, $110 standard

More

NZ Skeptics Conference Website