Christchurch Toy and Hobby Fair – Christchurch – 5 May 2019


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,

How Much

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


Christchurch Toy and Hobby Fair Website
Eventfinda Page

Intercepting Node.js requests, with express & async await – Christchurch – 28 March 2019


This month Natalia will take us through using node.js + express + typescript. In her demo of an api gateway for requesting multiple endpoints and assembling the result, she’ll cover:

  • how to setup a node.js service with express and typescript;
  • how to use javascript promises (async await) to merge the results of multiple requests;
  • how to debug (inspect) outgoing traffic with an http interceptor, using Charles proxy as an example.

As always there’ll be delicious beer from downstairs and great discussions happening afterward.


For those in Christchurch interested in everything JavaScript. Node.js, frameworks, libraries and everything in between. Newbies, battle-hardened veterans, all welcome!

We meet once a month and hold a talk or a workshop on something web or Node.js related.

When and Where

Catalyst It Ltd
Level 1, 284 Kilmore St

7pm – 10pm
Thursday 28 March 2019

How Much



March Chch.js Meetup Event
CHCH.JS Meetup Group

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


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

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


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

An Evening with Anthony Powell: Frozen South – Christchurch – 26 February 2019


Canterbury Astronomical Society and the University of Canterbury invite you to come and spend and evening with noted photographer Anthony Powell.

Anthony has just spent his tenth winter over in Antarctica. He worked for many years as a telecommunications engineer before becoming a full-time filmmaker and photographer.

He had to design and build a lot of his own camera equipment to withstand the harsh conditions of the deep Antarctic winters adn has made a number of highly acclaimed films of Antarctica. 

He made the international award-winning film “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” and has contributed footage to numerous films, TV shows, and exhibitions. These include National Geographic, Discovery, US Natural History Museum, and the Emmy Award winning BBC series Frozen Planet.

When and Where

Tuesday, 19 February 2019
8pm – 9:30pm

C2 Lecture Theatre
University of Canterbury
20 Kirkwood Avenue

How Much

Admission by ticket only – Tickets are free for this event.


Registration and Tickets via Eventbrite
Frozen South Website

Dungeons & Comedians: Crawl of the Wild – Christchurch – 22 February 2019


After a long rest, Dungeons & Comedians is back and better than ever. Dungeon Master Brendon Bennetts will lead our comedic adventurers out into the wilderness, where they must survive on their wits alone. So, probably someone is going to die.

In Dungeons & Comedians you will see comedians play D&D in front of a live audience. While each adventure is is connected to the others, you can enjoy each one on their own. You can listen to previous episodes on your podcast app by searching ‘Dungeons & Comedians’ or going to

When and Where

7:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday 22 February 2019

Orange Studios
1063 Ferry Road

How Much

Early bird tickets $15 until sold out
General Admission $20


Buy tickets via Eventbright
Dungeons and Comedians Website

Agile Christchurch – Christchurch – 22 February 2019


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

How Much

Full Price Tickets $150 – Sales end February 15th

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


Agile Christchurch Conference Website

Sysadmin Miniconf at – Christchurch – 21 January 2018


The Systems Administration Miniconference is held as part of the official conference. is Australasia’s largest Linux conference, and attracts developers and users of free and open source software from around the globe.

The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on tips, tricks, tools, and best practices used to manage real-world Linux environments both large and small. Attendees of this Miniconf improve their ability to manage their Linux systems environment both now and in the future, and meet others with similar goals.

An important aim is to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux administrators.

Call for Presentations

There will be a one day mini conference on Linux Systems Administration held as part of 2019. LCA2019 will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand on 21 – 25 January 2019.

The organisers of the Systems Administration Miniconf would like to invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the Miniconf. Please forward this CFP to your colleagues, peers, social networks, and other relevant mailing lists. Please help by encouraging submissions from people you would like to hear present at this Miniconf.

This is our 13th Sysadmin Miniconf at Previous presentations can be found at the website

When and Where

9am – 5pm
Monday 21 January 2019

University of Canterbury

How Much

Miniconf is Free for Conference attendees

Price for all 5 days of

Professionals: $1099
Hobbyist: $549
Student: $199


Sysadmin Miniconf
Sysadmin Miniconf Call for presentations
Main conference site

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

Tech Month Workshops at Selwyn District Libraries – Canterbury – October 2018

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Introduction to 3D Modelling for Games 2 hour / Free

This workshop will cover the basics of 3D modelling for absolute beginners, and is directed toward people who are interested in 3D art and don’t know where to start, or beginners that have a little experience, but want to learn more.

Recommended for adults and young people aged 16 years and over. All sessions are from 1-3pm.

Lincoln: Saturday 20 October

Darfield: Saturday 27 October

Presented by Taylor Mudgway, 3D Modeller and Game Artist

Introduction to Concept Art for Video Games 1 hour / Free

In this session, Daniel will outline his journey into Concept Art and will show you how to get started on your own path.

You will be able to have a go at creating a 2D character in this workshop. Equipment supplied.

Recommended for adults and young people aged 16 years and over. All sessions are from 11am-12pm.

Rolleston: Saturday 20 October

Leeston: Saturday 27 October

Presented by Daniel Denova, Digital Concept and Character Artist

The Concept Art – Business & Career sessions will delve deeper into the industry of Digital art, and will be $15 per person.

The Online Safety Roadshow  1 hour / Free

This combination talk and workshop will cover the basics of everyday online safety, and is suitable for all ages and stages.

You are invited to bring your questions and your laptop for the hands on part of the workshop.

Recommended for adults and young people aged 16 years and over. All sessions are from 2-3pm.

Saturday 27 October – Lincoln Library – 2-3pm

Presented by Peter Gee from Geecom – Prebbleton I.T.

How Much

Free. Please book on the eventbrite event to ensure your seat.


Tech Month Workshops at Selwyn District Libraries. 2019 – Christchurch – 21 – 25 January 2019

What (often abbreviated as lca) is Australasia’s regional Linux and Open Source conference. It is a roaming conference, held in a different city every year, coordinated by Linux Australia and organised by local volunteers.

In January 2019 will held be in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury. The conference starts out with 9 Miniconfs spread over 2 days on the 21st and 22nd of January. The remainder of the conference, from the 23th to the 25th of January, has 80 talks and 8 tutorials spread over 6 parallel tracks.

Themed Linux of Things, the 2019 will again attract speakers and attendees from across the world to socialise, fraternise, lecture, listen, ask, answer and share with their peers.

The conference will explore the use of free open source software and hardware for Internet of things devices, along with security concerns, privacy and legal aspects, environmental impacts, everyday communication, health, ethics, and much more.

When and Where

21 – 25 January 2019
All Day plus evening events.

The University of Canterbury
Ilan, Christchurch

How Much

Early bird pricing till October 31st or when sold out

Professional   $1099  ( $899 early bird )
Hobbyist         $549   ( $399 early bird )
Student           $199

More 2019 Website
Schedule of talks in the main programme