The gathering of Matariki series of talks – 19 locations Nationwide – 11 April – 25 May 2019

What

In the past two decades Matariki has become a nationwide phenomenon, with numerous events occurring each winter to celebrate the predawn rising of this star cluster. Our modern observation of Matariki is helping to embed this celebration within the consciousness of the general public, and it is becoming part of our wider Aotearoa identity.

Professor Rangi Matamua is Associate Dean Postgraduate at the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. He is also a leading expert on Maori astronomy, and as the author of the bestselling book, ‘Matariki the Star of the Year’ he travels extensively throughout the country and internationally speaking about Matariki.

Rangi will give a two hour lecture that will include images, video and animations and detailed knowledge about Matariki, sharing his knowledge and highlighting connections between cultural knowledge and science.

When and Where

Blenheim | 11 April, Ūkaipō, Rangitāne Cultural Centre – register for Blenheim

Christchurch | 12 April, Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College –  register for Christchurch

Dunedin | 18 April, St David’s Lecture Theatre, University of Otago –  register for Dunedin

Wellington | 23 April, Little Theatre, Lower Hutt –  register for Lower Hutt

Palmerston North | 24 April, Palmerston North Boys High School, Speirs Centre  – register for Palmerston North

Whanganui | 26  April, Whanganui Collegiate School, Prince Edward Auditorium – register for Whanganui

Napier |  27 April, the Ballroom, Napier Conference Centre –  register for Napier

Gisborne |  9 May, The War Memorial  –  register for Gisborne

Taupo |  10 May, Great Lakes Centre Theatre  –  register for Taupo

New Plymouth |  11 May, Devon Hotel (Hobson Room) – register for New Plymouth

Rotorua |  16 May, Millennium Hotel, Makoia Room –  register for Rotorua

Auckland |   17 May, BNZ Theare, Vodafone Events Centre Manuwera – register for Auckland

Hamilton |  23 May, Southwell School (auditorium) – register for Hamilton

Tauranga |  24 May, Baypark Arena – Arena Combined Suites –  register for Tauranga 

Whangarei |  25 May, Raumanga Campus – register for Whangarei

How Much

Free

These events are free to attend and you are welcome to turn up on the day. However, due to their expected popularity, please register to guarantee your seat(s)

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Registration of individual events are above (in the When and Where section) or on the Royal Society website.

Refactor: Auckland Sarah Jennings, Melissa Firth and Tanya Kennard-Campbell – Auckland – 26 March 2019

What

A brand new year! A brand new Refactor! We’re back at the amazing Warren & Mahoney studio in Wynyard Quarte

Speaker Profiles

Sarah Jennings

Despite training in Biomedical Science and Computer Science, Sarah has found her way into Operations & Strategic Management at StretchSense Ltd. Sarah has been on her journey with StretchSense for the past five years and her roles have touched everything from production, research/design, intellectual property and project management – to her current role as COO. She thoroughly enjoys the mix of strategic planning and inevitable risk mitigation that occurs with a small, highly agile product-focused hardware technology company and is forever grateful she braved the jump from academic (biological) research into the technology sector.  

Melissa Firth

Melissa has over 20 years’ international experience working with teams to conceive, design, build and manage user-centred digital products and channels. Before moving into leadership roles, she learned a lot as a producer, project manager and UX designer. Her most recent role was Chief Digital Officer at Te Papa, where she built the museum’s digital capability from a standing start; increased the public’s access to Te Papa’s collections through rapid digitisation and open IP policies; and established Mahuki, the world’s first culturetech accelerator. Prior to that, she was Head of Digital Business for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s commercial arm. Now, Melissa helps organisations with their transformation, product development and business model innovation challenges, and she has also co-founded Again Again, a convenient cups-as-a-service system for takeaway coffee without the throwaway. It’s the first non-digital thing she’s worked on in her life.

Tanya Kennard-Campbell

Tanya began her career working as a mental health professional in the UK. She has been a program lead at NIMHE England, led her own social enterprise, created mental health resources and spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of recovery and human potential. She started designing and delivering change programs for teams of health practitioners. Through this work she discovered how to effect change in leaders and teams, despite their deeply held behaviours. Now she loves nothing more than supporting leaders to be comfortable in their own skin, to bring the best out in their teams, to inspire loyalty, commitment and respect that reaches well beyond the workplace.

When and Where

Tuesday 26 March 2019
6pm – 8:30pm

Warren & Mahoney Architects
GridAKL
139 Pakenham Street West
Wynard Quarter
Auckland CBD

How Much

$25

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Craft Camp – Wellington – 12-14 July 2019

What

A weekend away with friends. Broaden your fibre craft horizons.

If you knit or crochet, or dabble in craft, join us for a weekend of learning and making. While the event is aimed at knitters, there are no knitting classes. Each session is designed to complement your existing skills, either to help you celebrate what you already know or add a new talent to your tool belt.

Featuring weaving, photography, mindfulness and more. You will have scheduled non-class time to either get to know your fellow attendees better or practice your new skill.

When and Where

Silverstream Retreat
3 Reynolds Bach Drive,
Silverstream,
Wellington

Friday 12 July 2019
to
Sunday 14 July 2019

How Much

$525 for standard ticket

Ticket price includes standard shared accommodation, meals and all classes and materials.

More

Craft Camp Website

Aurora Chasing around and above New Zealand – Auckland – 27 February 2019

What

Presented by Café Scientifique
Speaker – Dr Ian Griffin, Otago Museum

The Aurora Australis or southern lights are one of the most beautiful phenomena in nature. Ian Griffin moved to Dunedin five years ago. A few weeks after he arrived he realised it was possible to view and photograph displays of the southern lights just five minutes from his new home on the Otago Peninsula. Upon making this discovery Ian has become a self-confessed aurora addict, spending hundreds of nights under clear Otago skies recording auroral displays. Ian’s passion for the aurora has led to several unusual adventures, including hiring two airliners. In this talk Ian will speak about the scientific origins of the aurora, and show how these amazing natural lights have fascinated humans since they first arrived in Aotearoa,

An astronomer by training, Ian is currently Director of the Otago Museum in Dunedin. He has held senior roles in Museums, planetariums and cultural organisations in Europe, the USA and New Zealand.

When and Where

6:30pm Wednesday 27 February 2019

Horse and Trap Pub
3 Enfield St
Mt Eden
Auckland

How Much

Free

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GeyserCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Rotorua – 31 May – 3 June 2019

What

GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! We hope you’ll join us in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend (May 31st to June 3rd 2019) for awesome fandom discussions, panels and presentations, a huge bookstore open every day including Monday, a raffle with amazing prizes, the Young Writers’ Workshop, the Costume Masquerade competition, the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Awards, and so much more!

Young Writers’ Day out – Friday

The Young NZ Writers’ Day Out (on Friday 31st May 2019) will have a full day of writing workshops aimed at intermediate and secondary school students. To warm up to the day we invite young NZ writers to enter into our 2019 annual writing competitions for intermediate and secondary students (opens 1st of February and closes midnight on 15th March – check our website out for more details). Finalists will be awarded prizes at the book launch at the end of the day.
For the first time there will even be a special writing event for our youngest writers in years 5 and 6 (only open to local Rotorua Primary schools) and PD opportunities for teachers who attend.

Main Program

3-5 Streams From Friday evening to Monday Morning.

Sample Events:

  • Radio-play STAR WRECK
  • International Guests: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award Presentations
  • Talks: History of SFF in NZ
  • Panel: High Fantasy Futures
  • GeyserCon Book Expo

When and Where

Holiday Inn
10 Tryon St
Whakarewarewa
Rotorua

Main Event
4pm Friday 31 May 2019
Noon Monday 3 June 2019

Young Writers’ Day Out
All Day Friday 31 May 2019

How Much

EarlyBird 3 until 28 February $60
Standard (Friday evening till Monday) $65
Friday Youth Workshop (under 18s) $20

Various other tickets options available.

More

Geysercon Website with Full programme and Registration
Young NZ Writers Website

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

What

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.

http://frozensouth.weebly.com/

When and Where

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

C2 Lecture Theatre
University of Canterbury
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Christchurch

How Much

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

More

Registration and Tickets via Eventbrite
Frozen South Website


2019 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture Logic, Maths and Modern Society – Auckland – 26 March 2019

What

We are living in the most mathematical age of all time, because of computers.

The massive computational power at our disposal has driven innovation in all aspects of modern society such as science, medicine, and social development. Mobile phones, internet, GPS, online shopping, banking are commonplace examples, but there’s also medical imaging, data mining, even non-skid braking on vehicles – the impact of computing is extraordinary.

A main contributor to the evolution of computing power is a branch of mathematics called Logic. But what is Logic and how does this type of reasoning contribute to advancing technology?

Rod Downey, Professor of Mathematics and 2018 Rutherford Medal winner, chronicles the story of Logic, beginning with the ancient Greeks, then onwards to some of the deepest and most important issues of modern mathematics and computing – what can we compute and what can’t we compute and why? For instance, ‘NP-complete problems’ can be solved in theory, but are deemed intractable because we actually think solving them would take longer than the life of the universe. On the other hand, there is no (mathematical) proof of this belief – yet. As one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems set by the Clay Mathematics Institute, finding a proof, could earn you $US one million dollars. Rod has developed an approach that shows this intractability can be sidestepped in many practical problems. Does this have an effect on society? How close are we to understanding intractability in practice?

When and Where

6pm – 7pm
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Centennial Theatre
Auckland Grammar School
55 Mountain View Round
Auckland Central

How Much

Free but register to guarantee seat

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DevOps Talks Conference – Auckland – 26-27 March 2019

What

DevOps Talks Conference (DOTC) brings together DevOps leaders, engineers and architects who are implementing DevOps principles and practices in Start Ups and in Leading Enterprise companies. They run technical and cultural DevOps complex transformation for large and medium organizations.

In today’s competitive IT industry, companies have to enable themselves to deliver products and services to their customers faster than their competition, or risk losing market share. The rise in prominence of Agile delivery practices is helping companies collaborate and deliver more effectively. The maturity of DevOps practices is an essential ingredient to speed up time to production for each feature, idea and/or market test. DevOps is the engine of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment but it requires significant changes in culture and personal attitude.

When and Where

9am – 5pm Tuesday 26 March 2019
9am – 5pm Wednesday 27 March 2019
9am – 5pm Thursday 28 March 2019 – DevOps Leadership Workshop

Grand Millennium Auckland
71 Mayoral Drive
Corner Vincent St
Auckland CBD

How Much

3 Day Registration $825 ( Sale ends 26 Feb )
2 Day Registration $825 ( Sales end 21 March )

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DevOps Talks Conference 2019 Website

Codemania – Auckland – 15 – 17 May 2019

What

Now in its eighth year, Codemania is Auckland’s premier conference for software developers, with fantastic speakers from New Zealand and around the world. Join us on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at the luxurious Cordis Hotel for a full day of information and inspiration from software practitioners at the top of their game.

If one day is not enough for you, you can also join our world-class speakers and an exclusive gathering of your Codemania friends for two further days after the conference. Codemania Conversations returns to the Waitakere Estate, deep in the heart of one of Auckland’s most picturesque bush settings. This two-day unconference is an opportunity for you to create your own agenda, and spend quality time with our speakers.

When and Where

Codemania

Wednesday 15 May 2019
9am – 5pm

The Cordis Hotel,
83 Symonds Street,
Auckland

Codemania Conversations

9am Thursday 16 May 2019 –
6pm Friday 17 May 2019

573 Scenic Dr,
Waiatarua,
Auckland

How Much

Earlybird Pricing (ends 3rd March 2019)
Conference $450
Conversations $700
Conference + Conversations $950

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Codemania Website

Multicore World – Wellington – 12-14 February 2019

What

Multicore World is a unique international forum dedicated to the technology design and business applications of big data, deep learning, edge computing, IoT, AI, HPC and exascale computing, operating systems, cybersecurity and more.

How these technologies apply to a diverse range of industries is showcased by world leaders in the field and discussed at peer level in a limited audience conference.

At Multicore World conversations are as important as sessions. Every presentation has a flexible Q&A period, and if we are enjoying a great discussion, we just continue with it. On its 8th consecutive edition, Multicore World 2019 participants are invited as world experts in their speciality. In a limited audience environment you will find that the person sitting besides you has a wealth of experience similar to the speaker that both are listening to.

When and Where

8am – 5pm Wednesday 12 February 2019
8am – 5pm Thursday 13 February 2019
8am – 5pm Friday 14 February 2019
Drinks and Networking light Dinner each evening

Harbourside Function Venue,
Above Mac’s Brewery,
4 Taranaki Street,
Te Aro,
Wellington

How Much

Standard Ticket $1260

Run on a non-profit, limited audience model, we offer only 90 tickets for sale.

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Multicore World Website
Multicore World Registration