SOFIA Open Day – Christchurch – 20 July 2019


NASA’s aircraft SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is in Christchurch and is offering you one chance to tour., between 11am and 3pm on Saturday July 20. The last boarding time is 2:30pm.

When and Where

Saturday, 20 July 2019
11am – 3pm

Across the road from International Antarctic Centre
41 Orchard Road
Christchurch, Canterbury

How Much



Registration and Terms and Conditions
Information on the SOFIA aircraft

Christchurch Armageddon – Christchurch – 1-3 June 2019


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,

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


Full Ticket Details
List of Guests

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

Global Game Jam 2019 – Christchurch – 25-27 January 2019

Christchurch site for Clobal Game Jam on 25 - 27 January 2019


Innovation – Experimentation – Collaboration

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2018, we had 803 locations in 108 countries create 8,606 games in one weekend! GGJ 2019 is January 25-27 at a location near you… if not you can make one of your own. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.

Check out some of the games submitted around the world from 2018.

More details and faq found at the meetup event and event’s webpage.

When and Where

Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00 PM to Sunday, January 27, 2019, 5:00 PM

School of Product Design,
University Of Canterbury,
Len Lye Building,
1 Engineering Road, Christchurch

Doors will Open at 5:30pm on Friday the 25th, the theme will be announced nationwide at about 6pm and ‘Pencils down’ is at 5pm on Sunday the 27th!

How Much

Free but you have to register here.

Age Restrictions: 18+.
Inclusiveness Policy and Code of Conduct.


Registration and meetup event. Christchurch Game Jam webpage.
Note: There are other NZ sites. This is the info and meetup event page is for the Christchurch site.

Global Game Jam and Event FAQ. #GGJ19

Christchurch Game Developers: web, meetup, @CHCHGameDev on facebook and twitter.

Christchurch Aerospace Centre Meetup 4 – Christchurch – 11 December 2018

Christchurch Aerospace Centre Logo


At our previous meet up we heard talks about CubeSats, air launch rockets and jet packs. As we glide to the end of the year, we’re going to be zooming in on the human element with talks from a NASA astronaut candidate finalist and a jet pack test pilot, as well as discussing a number of other recent developments.

Sarah Kessans, University of Canterbury. A plant biologist and biochemist by training and an adventurer thriving on challenges by nature, Sarah decided to throw her name in the hat for NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate selection cycle. The journey through the selection process to becoming one of the top 50 Finalist Interviewees (out of 18,000+ applications) revealed many lessons that can be applied to New Zealand’s emerging space ecosystem. In that same spirit of adventure and innovation, Sarah is excited to play a role in developing Christchurch into a hub for space industry and research.

Michael Read, Skybase. After an exciting career as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, Michael went on to become a test pilot and executive at Martin Jetpack. Michael now resides in Christchurch and is a founder of Skybase, who are leading developers in the drone industry for Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) flight. In his presentation, he’ll pass on some stories of the past, a look to the future of unmanned and autonomous systems and how Christchurch/ Canterbury is ideally placed to become a nexus of aerospace innovation and launch platform.

So come along to the GreenHouse at 146 Lichfield Street, be inspired and network with our local aerospace community!

The generous sponsor of this event, BizDojo Christchurch, will be providing delicious food and wet beverages.

When and Where

Tuesday 11 December 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM NZDT

146 Lichfield Street, Christchurch 8011

How Much

Free. Please register here.



Christchurch Aerospace Centre Twitter @chchspace.