Demos of Drupal Distributions – Wellington – 4 June 2019

Wellington Drupal Meetup


“Out of the box” is used a lot in CMS solution world. But what does that really when looking at Drupal? How many boxes are there, and what comes out of them?!?

A strongly recommended meetup for anyone who is evaluating the strengths of Drupal and what the different flavours of it look like.

In this meetup we’ll be exploring what can Drupal distributions can do. How many of them are there? What are some good use cases that these solutions can be matched to?

For example, did you know Drupal has a distribution for each one of the following?

  • Social media community
  • Government website framework
  • Online publishing for large publisher needs
  • DAM (Digital Asset Management)
  • API aggregation / containerisation
  • Events management
  • Knowledge base
  • Profile management

We’ll be answering these questions and more at the next Drupal meetup – with live demos wherever possible.

Gold and Cathy will lead us on content and discussion around this powerful solutions landscape as we explore what the various flavors of Drupal ‘can really do out of the box’.


REFRESHMENTS and ORGANISATION provided by Xequals (in the form of beer, pizza, and cat herding!). Thanks Xequals!

VENUE is provided by Catalyst IT. Thanks Catalyst!

When and Where

Tuesday, 4 June 2019.
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Catalyst IT
Level 3, Catalyst House,
150 Willis Street, Wellington

Turn up before 6 which is when the doors lock or txt/phone the number on the door to be let in by a Catalyst person,

How Much

Free. Please RSVP here and email organisers if you have dietary requriements.


Wellington Drupal Meetup and event.

GovCMS 2.0 – Thom Toogood & 100% Open Source Stack – Wellington – 30 April 2019

Wellington Drupal Meetup


GovCMS 2.0 – Thom Toogood & The 100% Open Source Stack

This is a special, opportunistic meetup arranged at short notice, hosted at Xequals new offices and event space on Cuba St. It is directly relevant to all Drupal stakeholders in Wellington who have anything at all to do with Government & Drupal. For those of you who didn’t know, GovCMS is the open source Drupal distribution which is now the standarised web platform for the Australian Government.

Thom Toogood, an NZer who has been central to the project, is coming to Wellington and wants to present to us on this example of government innovation using opensource, with big implications for the Australasian Drupal community.

Highly recommended for anyone who works on New Zealand or Australian Government websites, or is involved in digital infrastructure and strategy.

There are a limited amount of spots available so click that RSVP button!
As announced in July 2018, the GovCMS (Australia) team are now working with Salsa Digital and to build the next generation of the GovCMS hosting platform. Last Nov 2019 they migrated 102 GovCMS sites onto the new GovCMS platform ( and have on-boarded a lot more sites since.

Thom Toogood, Platform Architect ( & Toby Bellwood, Technical Lead (GovCMS) will provide an overview of the new platform and how GovCMS sites are developed, tested, deployed and hosted on it.

Xequals will provide food & beverage for all attendees. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email [masked]

When and Where

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

93 Cuba St, Wellington

How Much

Free. Limited space so please RSVP here.


Wellington Drupal Meetup takes place on the first Tuesday of the month.

Computer Language Model for Digitising NZ Statute Law – Wellington – 16 April 2019

Legal Hackers NZ logo


Adrian Kelly, legal counsel at IRD will present his paper “A Computer Language Model for Digitising New Zealand Statute Law”, which he will have presented in Zambia at the In-house Counsel conference.

We will also have a small demo by Mike Fergsson of his smartcore-based rules engine implementation … a ‘proto-digital statute’.

No expertise required, bring your questions!

When and Where

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Innovation Lab
L4 191-195 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea,

How Much

Free. Please RSVP here.


Meetup event for Legal Hackers NZ. Website and twitter @LegalHackersNZ

Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 – Wellington – 27 April 2019

Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 logo


All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing!

Mark Russinovich ready for Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

On April 27, 2019, all communities will come together once again in the sixth great Global Azure Bootcamp event! Each user group will organize their own one day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members. The result is that thousands of people get to learn about Azure and join together online under the social hashtag #GlobalAzure!

There are two venues listed for Wellington, each with its own organiser and meetup. It is possible there may be other New Zealand locations announced after this post. Globtal Azure Bootcamp events can be filtered by country and/or searched.

Check out the outcome of last year’s event in this 2018 Global Azure Bootcamp Whitepaper (pdf).

When and Where

27 April 2019

Event organised by Wellington Data Management and Analytics Meetup.
Saturday 27 April 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Unisys New Zealand, 155 The Terrace, Radio NZ House, Wellington.
Meetup event (RSVP here) and Global Azure Bootcamp page.

Event organised by Chinese IT Association NZ.
Saturday 27 April 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Intergen, 80 Willis St, Wellington.
Meetup event (RSVP here) and Global Azure Bootcamp page.

How Much

Please indicate in the meetup if you are attending.
If you have said you will attend but can’t, please remove yourself from the attending list so others may attend.


Global Azure Bootcamp. Twitter: @GlobaleAzure and #GlobalAzure.
Wellington Data Management and Analytics Meetup.
Chinese IT Association NZ

Note: There is an event in Auckland. It is full with a waiting list.
Auckland Global Azure Bootcamp page and eventbrite.
Organisers: Auckland Azure User Group and North Shore .NET User Group.

WOSSAT – Wellington – 21 August 2018



Wellington Open Source Show And Tell (WOSSAT)

Martin Krafft — Stepping up the game against Web trackers

The attempt to standardize the Do-Not-Track HTTP request header is going nowhere, and it’s cute anyway, in that it expects the other side to honour the request, and how would we know if they did? After all, tracking is serious business, and it’s hard to imagine a company in this field walking past money lying on the street without picking it up.

Martin is at war with what the Web has become, and he’s here to talk to you about techniques he’s using to minimise his browsing footprint on a day to day basis. Do not attend if you’d prefer to think of the Web as the decentralized knowledge-sharing network it was originally conceived as.

Brent Wood — NIWA’s Marine Data Portal

The NIWA Marine Data portal started life as a web portal for a Bay of Islands research project in 2008. The entire site was based on open source and open standards to provide open data (and open information – there is a difference!). NIWA has a number of other marine research projects that need a “web presence” so the site was enhanced and renamed to support multiple projects.

The portal is based on a suite of open Source applications, including Silverstripe (CMS), PostGIS (spatial database), Geonetwork (metadata catalogue), mapserver (spatial data web services), Openlayers (web map client). It runs on Linux servers. Data is served and accessed using OGC web services (WMS, WFS, CSW) and some of the data services have been picked up and reused elsewhere.

Wellington Open Source Show And Tell is a monthly meetup for fans of all things open. Come along to share tools, techniques and experiences.

When and Where

6pm Tuesday, 21st August 2018

Catalyst IT
Level 3, Catalyst House,
150 Willis Street, Wellington

How Much



Meetup event

Future Meetings Schedule:

Monthly meetings alternate between the 3rd Tuesday and the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Stats NZ: Open Data for Kiwi companies – Wellington – 28 June 2018

Come In. We're OPEN.


Nadia McGregor and Paul Stone from Stats NZ will be talking to the ITP Wellington branch.

The session will focus on the New Zealand Open Data Programme and how it is opening the door to a new mind-set in government and creating opportunities for companies and individuals to leverage publicly available data sets for innovation.

Nadia will be illustrating the current growth of publicly available data sets and provide examples of how NZ government Open Data is currently being used in innovative ways.

Paul, with years of experience in this area, will be there to support and help answer questions at the end of the session.

When and Where

Thursday 28 June 2018

4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Open data presentation

KPMG Executive Boardroom
10 Customhouse Quay
Wellington 6011

How Much

ITP Financial Members FREE
Staff of Corporate Partners (20% Discount) $17.39 + GST / $20.00 incl GST
Non-Members $21.74 + GST / $25.00 incl GST


Stats NZ: Open Data for Kiwi companies – Registration and information about the event.