Refactor: Auckland June 2019 – Auckland – 12 June 2019

What

Women in the technology industry (including trans women and non-binary folks) are intelligent, passionate and knowledgeable. However, as a minority in both the sector and at tech-related events, the uneven ratio can make it difficult or unwelcoming.

Gender mustn’t get in the way of the fun stuff: the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas. So, there’s Refactor.

Talks from three Speakers

Melissa Jenner

Melissa has spent the majority of her career working in some of the worlds largest corporations (like Microsoft and Barclays) and in some of the worlds biggest cities (like London and New York). Her career has spanned Marketing, Business Management, Strategy and Design as a Director and VP of global teams. She has been responsible for developing new products, services, restructures and business launches, and lived and worked through some of the worlds largest disruptions (9/11 in New York and the GFC in London). After learning all she could from large corporations she is now experiencing what it takes to design and grow her own business – START Now – focussed on designing sustainable futures for individuals and businesses. She is trained in Human Centred Design from Stanford D-School and has helped a broad range of businesses and leaders in NZ to integrate design led thinking into their business models. Her passion is now on helping people create sustainable pathways and careers that unlocks their full creativity and allows them to have maximum impact. She networks and consults widely and is a big believer in collaboration and keeping the business model small and scaleable.

Jess Keating

Jess Keating worked full time as a litigation lawyer for eight years, then ventured out into organisational development for 6 years with a focus on leadership. She returned to law in 2012, continuing the OD work part-time, and her work life is now a combination of commercial dispute resolution and leadership coaching/training with a bunch of different organisations and industries. A natural networker and problem-solver, Jess has been involved with several causes involving women (including an eating disorders recovery group and a charity to support single mothers). She is a huge supporter of women leaders in the workplace and as a self-confessed fan of the tech sector, is keen to see it (and other industries) become positive environments for such development. She has loved being a part of Refactor from its inception.  Jess has an unshakeable belief in being real in relationships and communities, and attributes this to her family and growing up in small northland town, Dargaville. She is currently working on a website called The Good Boss, telling the stories of regular NZ bosses, in their own words.

Lorna Proctor

Lorna began her career in the British Military as a ‘non-techie’ in a very technological environment. She left the forces to start a family and after a relaxing gap raising her two children she ventured in to adult education and computer training. Working with the local college in UK she established the first rural computer training centre with a turnover of 1000+ students per week. She then made the natural big step in to corporate and business systems training which has confirmed her skill at translating technical developer language in to end user English. She loves bringing the ‘aha’ moment to people and her training mantra is: ‘learn first to make change happen’. She is currently working on bringing Business Agility ‘aha’ learning to New Zealand organisations.

When and Where

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6pm – 8:30pm

Warren & Mahoney,
139 Pakenham Street West
Wynyard Quarter
Auckland

How Much

$25

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Website for the Event
Registration Website

Tauranga Armageddon Expo – Tauranga – 8-9 June 2019

What

The Bay of Plenty Geek event of the year returns for two fun filled days of gaming, animation, trading cards, wrestling, amusements and action. 

Watch live Westling with IPW, enjoy Lasertag and amusements, free trading card demonstrations and giveaways, massive OMEN PC arena with Esports and Live Twitch streaming, two non stop animation screening rooms, exhibitors from across NZ and beyond with anime, pop culture and more.

Meet TV and movie stars from Wellington Paranormal, Shadowhunters, Outlander, Archer, Star Trek, Teen Wolf and more!

Featuring international comic creators and Animation voice actors from Naruto, Spider-Man (Playstation Game) The Regular show and more. 

This is THE event for Tauranga and beyond.

When and Where

8 and 9 June 2019
Show hours are 10am to 5pm both days
(Early Access from 9am)

Baypark Arena
Mount Maunganui

How Much

General Entry
Adult – $15 (Early Access $25)
Child (5–12) – $10 (Early Access $20)
Family pass (2 adults, up to 3 children) – $40

Weekend Pass
2 Day Adult (includes Early Access both days) – $45

VIP Passes
Little Bay of Geddon – $229
Big Bay of Geddon – $399
Ultra Pass – $799

More

Full Ticket Details
List of Guests
Full Schedule


Christchurch Armageddon – Christchurch – 1-3 June 2019

What

Christchurch’s greatest event of 2019 is here!

Armageddon Expo brings international TV and Movie stars from Harry Potter, Shadowhunters, Lucifer, Archer, Teen Wolf, Star Trek and more, Comic creators, Animation voice actors (The Regular Show, Naruto, Spider-Man Game) alongside live wrestling, movie screenings, contests and challenges, Virtual Reality and Esports gaming arenas, Trading Card Tournaments, Cosplay costume contests and events and more.

Armageddon features a huge Omen by HP PC area with the latest computer gaming technology not to be missed as well as numerous collectible and pop culture orientated retailers showcasing and selling products.

This is THE event for families and people of all ages. Held over the three days of Queens Birthday long weekend (June 1-3rd) at the Horncastle Arena, Armageddon is an event not to be missed.

When and Where

1 – 3 June 2019 (Queens Birthday Weekend)
10am – 5pm (Early Access from 9am)

Horncastle Arena,
55 Jack Hinton Dr,
Addington,
Christchurch

How Much

General Entry
Adult – $20.00 (Early Access $30.00)
Student – $15.00 (Early Access $25.00)
Child (5–12) – $10.00 (Early Access $20.00)
Family Pass (2 Adults, 3 Children) – $50.00

Weekend Pass
3 Day Adult – $50.00 (Early Access $70.00)
3 Day Student – $40.00 (Early Access $60.00)
3 Day Child (5–12) – $25.00 (Early Access $40.00)

VIPs Passes
SHAKEY PASS – $499
ULTRA PASS – $999

More

Full Ticket Details
List of Guests
Schedule

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.