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


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,

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


Model Flying Club Open Day
Palmerston North Aeroneers Website

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


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.

How Much

Registration $25

Public access price TBA


2019 Convention Registration form
The New Zealand Federation of Maccano Modellers

PN Software Development Meetup: Five Minute Keynotes – Palmerston North – 28 February 2019


A series of rapid fire talks from different presenters on a variety of topics.

What The Palmerston North Software Meetup is about

A group for anyone interested in developing software/web stuff and (more or less) related tech.

We normally meet everything 4th Thursday of the Month

When and Where

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday, 28 February 2019

114 The Square
Palmerston North

How Much



Five Minute Keynotes
The Palmerston North Software Meetup

Citizen Science workshops on beach litter data – North Island – 28 January-9 May 2019

Citizen Science Workshop


Free citizen science workshops on beach litter data collection

Backed by the Ministry for the Environment, and working alongside Department of Conservation and Statistics New Zealand, our multi-award winning charity Sustainable Coastlines is delivering a project to create grassroots solutions to litter in Aotearoa.

As part of this project, we are offering free training workshops for individuals and groups who would like to take part in ongoing litter data collection on their local coastline. The workshop will pass on the skills in surveying, data collection, and Health & Safety that will allow you to play an important part in this long-term effort.

This “Citizen Science” project will allow you to contribute data to New Zealand’s first national beach litter database, meaning that the information collected reaches those that need it for decision-making.

In terms of the level of commitment required from your group, the project is ongoing and ideally each of the monitoring sites will be surveyed a minimum of 4 times per year, for at least the next 3 years. We are setting up 108 sites like these around Aotearoa and this long-term data will play a critical role in proving the litter problem and helping to prioritise solutions.

We will be working around the following towns and regions during the dates listed below, and would love to organise a free Citizen Science workshop specifically for your group during these dates. Simply click ‘Book workshop’ to email our friendly team with a date that works for you. Find out more about the project and the workshops in the sections below.

Workshop details

Date: We’ll arrange a workshop specifically for your group. Just let us know the date and time that suits best within the dates that we’re in your region.

Timing: 3-4 hours.

Location(s): We will run a 2-hour workshop session at a nearby indoor space of your choosing, eg surf club, community centre, marae etc, followed by a Litter Survey at a local beach / coast that you would like to collect data from on an ongoing basis. This will be your “Monitoring Site”. Sustainable Coastlines will assist you with your monitoring site selection. Please let us know your beach and indoor location preference(s) so we can make arrangements.

3-10 ‘Citizen Scientists’. We highly recommended that a minimum of 3 people from your organisation / community group attend so that leadership and knowledge can be spread.

When and Where

Book your Citizen Science workshop

Northland: Mon 28 Jan to Fri 1 Feb. Book workshop.
Auckland: Tue 12 Feb to Thu 21 Feb. Book workshop.
Coromandel: Mon 4 Feb to Fri 8 Feb. Book workshop.
Waikato West Coast: Tue 19 Mar to Thu 28 Mar. Book a workshop.
Taranaki (New Plymouth & North): Tue 16 Apr to Thu 25 Apr. Book workshop.
Taranaki (South of New Plymouth): Tue 2 Apr to Thu 11 Apr. Book workshop.
Manawatu-Whanganui: Tue 5 Mar to Thu 14 Mar. Book workshop.
Wairarapa: Tue 30 Apr to Thu 9 May. Book workshop.
Wellington: Tue 5 Feb to Thu 14 Feb. Book workshop.

Can’t see your town or region above?! Never fear. We’ll be in touch again in the next few months as we confirm dates for our next roadshow from May 2019. Eventually we will set-up at least 108 long-term Monitoring Sites all around Aotearoa, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.

How Much



Citizen Science Workshops by Sustainable Coastlines.

“Cowboys” and Agile – A Project Managers worst nightmare, or is it? – Palmerston North – 29 November 2018


Sharon, a seasoned project manager from Massey will be the presenter at the next meetup.

Can Cowboy developers, an Agile methodology and Project Managers all exist in the same sphere? Some would say NO, I say yes.

Does the free-thinking lone developer, who is huddled away in a dark corner never to see the light of day still exist in this new world of Agile projects?

Can Agile bring a “Cowboy” into the 21st Century?

This is the rescheduled talk from September

As usual our hosts Objective will be sponsoring pizza

When and Where

Thursday, November 29 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

114 The Square
Palmerston Noth

How Much



Meetup page for “Cowboys” and Agile event
Palmerston North Software Development Meetup

Social Enterprise Unconference – Levin – 15 – 17 February 2019


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

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.


Cost of Conduct
Accessibility information
Registration of Interest in attending

2018 Dollhouses & Miniature Show & Sale – Palmerston North – 20 – 22 October 2018


Members of Miniature Clubs all over New Zealand bring their work together every 2 years and show it off. Doll Houses, Miniature items, Room Boxes.

The fascination of miniatures lies in viewing life made small. Most of the displays are in 12th scale ( 1 inch – 1 foot) but some are even smaller. We have a lot of talented miniaturists in this country and this is a chance to view their work altogether.

There is a completed doll house, which has been donated and worked on in a voluntary way, by members of the Lower Hutt and Kapiti Miniature Clubs. This is being raffled over the weekend. The exhibition is a large one and well worth the visit. The venue has a cafe on site and good parking and wheelchair access.

There are also sales tables of miniature items or tools if you want to get started on an absorbing hobby.

This event is hosted by the Lower Hutt Miniature Makers and the Palmerston North Miniaturists. The Lower Hutt Miniature Makers meet every third Saturday of the month. It is around 45 members strong.

They usually work on a workshop put together by one of the members. It could be making an item of furniture or small items to go into their small houses. It is a chance not only to meet with friends, but to learn new skills.

There are miniature clubs all over New Zealand. If you are interested please contact NZAME, the parent of all the clubs to find a club near you.

When and Where

Sat 20 Oct 2018, 10am–4pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10am–4pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018, 10am–4pm

Awapuni Racing Centre,
Racecourse Road,
Palmerston North


How Much

$5 – Door sales only


Eventfinda page for Dollhouse and Miniatures Show


NetHui Manawatū – Palmerston North – 5 October 2018


NetHui is a collection of New Zealand’s most diverse and interactive Internet community events. InternetNZ has helped bring the NetHui experience to New Zealanders interested in the future of the Internet since 2011 – they have been held in cities, towns and at your house via live streaming.

What happens at a NetHui?

A NetHui is about discussions, not presentations – participants set topics and lead conversations amongst all of the attendees. While there are plenary sessions with keynote speakers to bring participants together at the beginning and end of each day, most of a NetHui is dedicated to breakout sessions, often with multiple sessions running concurrently. This format deliberately creates smaller groups so more voices can be heard.

A NetHui feels very different to most events. The collaborative conversations between participants draws in views and expertise that is often overlooked. People share their own experiences as well as their expertise, so it is rare for a NetHui session to end without everyone feeling like they learned something new – even if they were experts in the topic to begin with.

Is NetHui for me?

Of course! NetHui is for everybody who has an interest in the challenges and vast opportunities the Internet presents, the policies and regulations around access and use of the Internet, or anyone that simply wants to talk about the Internet.

A NetHui is empowering for participants because everyone’s views, opinions and contributions are valued equally at NetHui. People of all ages, backgrounds, genders and ethnicities are encouraged to attend. A respectful, open attitude towards others is expected from all participants, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. Put simply, if you’re looking for a safe, open, inclusive space to engage with your community about the Internet and all that goes with it, then NetHui will be your kind of place.

And if you can’t attend a NetHui in person, you can get involved in the conversation online: Every NetHui session is live-streamed, and we have live-chat so you can participate. We also have people making collaborative online notes of the sessions.

How is the programme for a NetHui decided upon?

To build a NetHui programme, the public are invited to submit ideas for the things they’d like to talk about. People with similar topics are linked up and asked to prepare and facilitate a conversation during a NetHui Breakout Session. The ideas raised by the community also inform the creation of panel discussion topics, and the invitation of panelists and keynote speakers, both of whom lead bigger discussions in NetHui plenaries. The programme development process starts months before a NetHui, to engage widely with the community and allow groups time to flesh out their topics and prepare.

When and Where

9am – 5pm
Friday 5 October 2018

Palmerston North Conference and Functions Centre
354 Main St, Palmerston North

How Much

$30 for standard tickets


Nethui Manawatu Website
Draft Programme
About Nethui

New Zealand Chess Festival – Palmerston North – 1-11 October 2018


Ten Chess tournaments, including North Island, NZ Senior and NZ Junior championships for all three disciplines (classical, rapid and blitz).

Each tournaments are 6-8 rounds/games long.

When and Where

Cophorne Hotel Palmerston North
110 Fitzherbert Ave
Palmerston North

The individual tournaments are;
New Zealand Junior Chess Championship. 1st – 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Chess Championship. 2nd – 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Blitz Chess Championship. 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Blitz Chess Championship. 4th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Junior Rapid Chess Championship. 5th October 2018 vega
New Zealand Senior Rapid Chess Championship. 5th October 2018 vega
Feilding Rapid. 6th October 2018 vega
North Island Blitz Chess Championship. 6th October 2018 vega
North Island Rapid Chess Championship. 7th October 2018 vega
North Island Chess Championship. 8th – 11th October 2018 vega

How Much

$50 per tournament for Standard and Rapids
$30 per tournament for Biltz


Entry form with details of tournaments


Rail X Model Railway Show – Palmerston North – 7,8 July 2018


Model train show. About 19 layouts from Manawatu, Wanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa based on prototype railways from Britain, Continental Europe, US and NZ. Trade stands selling model railway equipment.

Model Engineers train rides outside.

When and Where

10am – 4pm
Saturday 7 July 2018
Sunday 8 July 2018

Barber Hall,
Waldegrave Street,
Palmerston North

How Much

Adult: $10.00
Child (4-14): $2.00
Family (2 adults, up to 4 children): $20.00
Two-day Adult Pass: $15.00
Door Sales Only


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