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

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

Model Railway Exhibition – Te Awamutu – 27-28 April 2019

What

Hamilton Model Railroaders Te Awamutu model railway exhibition. With a variety of tracks and layouts, in different scales and with different themes. Includes trade stands and operating layouts.

An ideal day out for all adults and children. Come along and have a look

When and Where

10am – 4pm (both days)
Saturday 27 April & Sunday 28 April 2019
Last entry is at 3pm

Te Awamutu Events Centre,
Cnr Mahoe St and Selwyn Ln,
Te Awamutu,
Waipa, Waikato

How Much

Adults: $6
Children under 16: $3
Family (2 adults & up to 6 children): $15

Door sales only, Eftpos available

More

Model Railroad Exhibition page of Hamilton Model Railroaders website
Hamilton Model Railroaders on Facebook

Alexandra Park Collectables Fair – Auckland – 17 March 2019

What

A wonderful array of Vintage, Retro, Antiques, Curios and collectibles for sale including, china, glass, clothes, linen, jewellery, jade, clocks, stamps, postcards, records, collectible toys and dolls, small furniture items etc etc with over 35 stallholders.

When and Where

Sunday 17 March 2019
9am – 2pm

Alexandra Park Raceway
Greenlane Road West
Epsom
Auckland

How Much

$5 Entry

More

Eventfinda Page for Collectables Fair

Palmerston North Aeroneers Model Flying Club Open Day – Palmerston North – 24 March 2019

What

Model aeroplane flying display: Jets, Gliders, Warbirds, Vintage, Helicopters. Have a go at flying a radio controlled model aircraft. Food and drink available.

When and Where

10am – 4pm
Sunday 24 March 2019

If wet the event will be held Sunday 31st of March 2019, same time, same place.

199 Spur Road West,
Colyton,
Manawatu

The entrance is off the end of Spur Road West, turn left into the farm gate. look for the yellow aircraft sign

How Much

$5 per car

More

Model Flying Club Open Day
Palmerston North Aeroneers Website


Are we automating inequality in Aotearoa? – Wellington – 18 March 2019

Automating Inequality by Virginia EuBanks

What

Renowned US author of Automating Inequality Prof. Virginia Eubanks and University of Auckland Prof. Tim Dare (a specialist in Ethical Analysis of Predictive Risk Modelling) will lead a panel discussion on how data is being used around the world, and how we can use it responsibly in New Zealand.

In her new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, Eubanks explores how data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models are increasingly affecting vulnerable people in society – the poor and working-class.

This will be a rare opportunity to meet Prof. Eubanks – who is visiting New Zealand for the first time – and hear her perspective on how data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models are increasingly affecting vulnerable people in society – the poor and working-class.

Tohatoha, in association with InternetNZ, is hosting events in Auckland and Wellington where attendees can meet Prof. Eubanks and hear her perspective on how the issues raised in a USA context in her book may also be applicable to New Zealand.

“In an age where New Zealand is increasingly moving towards automation of public systems and social services, this is a prime opportunity to hear from a specialist on the subject and consider whether inequality is becoming automated in New Zealand, why it matters and what can be done about it,” says Tohatoha CEO, Mandy Henk

The discussion and Q&A will be led by Jordan Carter, CEO of InternetNZ, with input from Mandy Henk, CEO of Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons (formerly Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ)

About Professor Virginia Eubanks
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. In addition to Automating Inequality, she is the author of several other books, including Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a 2016-2017 Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

About Professor Tim Dare
Tim Dare is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. He worked briefly as a lawyer before doing his PhD in the philosophy of law and starting his academic career in the early 1990s. His publications include books and articles on the philosophy of law, legal ethics, immunisation programmes, the significance of judicial disagreement, parental rights and medical decisions, the proper allocation of the burden of proof, and the use of predictive analytics in child protection. He is employed by New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development to provide data ethics advice and to develop privacy, human rights, and ethical review processes for proposed uses of client data. He has provided ethical reviews of a number of predictive risk modelling tools in New Zealand and the US. He is principal investigator on a NZ Royal Society Marsden Grant (2018-2020) investigating the ethics of using predictive risk modelling tools in social policy contexts, and sits on a number of local and national research and clinical ethics committees.

When and Where

18 March, 2019
4pm – 6pm

Rangimarie Room, Te Papa Tongarewa,
55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington.

How Much

$25 (waged) or $10 (unwaged). Get tickets here.

More

US author Virginia Eubanks to visit NZ in March. Press release on 25 February 2019 by Tohatoha.
Are we automating inequality in Aotearoa? Prof. Virginia Eubanks in discussion with Prof. Tim Dare.

Are we automating inequality in Aotearoa? – Auckland – 15 March 2019

Automating Inequality by Virginia EuBanks

What

US-based professor and writer Virginia Eubanks will visit New Zealand in March for a series of events promoting her new book Automating Inequality and discussing the impacts of technology and big data on the poorest people in society.

In her new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, Eubanks explores how data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models are increasingly affecting vulnerable people in society – the poor and working-class.

Tohatoha, in association with InternetNZ, is hosting events in Auckland and Wellington where attendees can meet Prof. Eubanks and hear her perspective on how the issues raised in a USA context in her book may also be applicable to New Zealand.

“In an age where New Zealand is increasingly moving towards automation of public systems and social services, this is a prime opportunity to hear from a specialist on the subject and consider whether inequality is becoming automated in New Zealand, why it matters and what can be done about it,” says Mandy Henk, CEO of Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons (formerly Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ). Discussion and Q+A to be led by Tohatoha CEO, Mandy Henk.

About Professor Virginia Eubanks
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. In addition to Automating Inequality, she is the author of several other books, including Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a 2016-2017 Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

When and Where

Friday, 15 March, 2019
3pm – 5pm

GridAKL,
12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.

How Much

$25 (waged) or $10 (unwaged). Get tickets here.

More

US author Virginia Eubanks to visit NZ in March. Press release on 25 February 2019 by Tohatoha.
Are we automating inequality in Aotearoa? An afternoon with Prof. Virginia Eubanks.

Play by Play conference – Wellington – 26-27 April 2019

What

Play by Play is a New Zealand games conference with a difference, run mid-April each year in the beating cultural heart of the country – Wellington. Since our inception in 2016, we’ve grown exponentially, proving that there’s a vibrant community of gamers, enthusiasts and curious folk in the play sphere. Further to our flagship conference, we host networking events and professional development workshops for industry players.

A game development summit like no other, the Play By Play conference brings game developers of all skill levels together for two days of low-pressure learning and sharing. We aim to engage delegates with a fun, light-hearted atmosphere and a playful approach to improving our craft.

This year’s theme is “The Power of Many” and reflects our strength in community, diversity and the impact our craft can make when we work together.

With Play by Play now being under the NZ Games Festival banner, we’ve made some changes to the structure of our industry events:

  • As the perfect accompaniment to our conference, we’re bringing back Treat and Greet, a networking event for all of our sweet conference attendees <3
  • For our last course, we’re serving up the delicious Pavs! Our new and improved Awards evening!

These are just some of the many amazing events happening around New Zealand Games Festival. For more events, including workshops, our NZ games exhibition, tabletop sessions and the wildly popular quiz night, please check out our website: nzgamesfest.com

When and Where

Main Conference
10am – 4:30pm 26-27 April 2019
Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington

Treat and Greet:
6:30pm Onwards, 26 April 2019
Our networking event will be held at Prefab Hall.

The Pavs
7pm Onwards, 27 April 2019
The awards ceremony location will be advertised shortly.

How Much

Earlybird Pricing – Ends 12 March

All Access, all events $95
Student, all events $65
The Pavs awards only $25

More

Play by Play Conference Website
Registration for Play by Play



2019 NZ Meccano Convention – Inglewood – 19 – 21 April 2019

What

Meccano is a model construction system created in 1898. The system consists of reusable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, and plastic parts that are connected together using nuts and bolts. It enables the building of working models and mechanical devices.

The New Zealand Federation of Meccano Modellers is a communication network to establish a magazine and to hold national meetings from time to time to enable modellers to show off their skills to fellow modellers and to be able to display to the public what MECCANO was / is all about.

The biennial convention/exhibition of the NZFMM is held over the Easter weekend at different locations around New Zealand in odd numbered years, and is generally hosted by one of the major New Zealand Meccano clubs on behalf of the NZFMM

Registrations for exhibitors close 15 March 2019. The Convention Displays will probably be open to the public, dates and hours to be advised.

When and Where

Easter Weekend
19 April – 21 April 2019
Exact times to be advised

Iglewood Town Hall,
34 Cutfield St.
Inglewood,
Taranak

How Much

Registration $25

Public access price TBA

More

2019 Convention Registration form
The New Zealand Federation of Maccano Modellers

Board Games by the Bay – Christchurch – 23 -24 March 2019

What

Board Games By The Bay (BGBTB) is a series of epic tabletop gaming events run each year in New Zealand. Since 2011, these weekend events have brought together the community to learn and play modern board, card and dice games in a friendly, social environment.

These events bring together enthusiasts and players new to the scene in a relaxed, fun environment.  Participants enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones, trying out different games or relaxing with familiar ones, and entering the free competitions. Numbers are growing with each event, and we’re expecting to fill our venues to the brim in 2018.  It’s always great to see so many old friends and newcomers, experienced gamers and families showing up, and we’re looking forward to seeing YOU this time around.

There will be a library stocked with all kinds of games for you to try, and many people bring their own games and invite others to join them.  You are most welcome to bring your own games along.  We have a team of great volunteers (our friendly RedShirts) who are experts at teaching a wide variety of games to new players.

Spot prizes to be won!
Food available for purchase.
Free parking on site.
Cash and Eftpos accepted at the venue (no credit cards, sorry).

When and Where

10am – 10pm Saturday 23 March 2019
10am – 6pm Sunday 24 March 2019

Christchurch Bridge Club
19 Nova Place
Christchurch Central
Christchurch

How Much

Pre-Registration Prices

One Day Pass $13
Weekend Pass $24
Annual Pass (all events in 2019) $68

Door Price

One Day Pass $15
Weekend Pass $30

More

Board Games by The Bay Website
Registration for the Match Christchurch Event