Tauranga Armageddon Expo – Tauranga – 8-9 June 2019


The Bay of Plenty Geek event of the year returns for two fun filled days of gaming, animation, trading cards, wrestling, amusements and action. 

Watch live Westling with IPW, enjoy Lasertag and amusements, free trading card demonstrations and giveaways, massive OMEN PC arena with Esports and Live Twitch streaming, two non stop animation screening rooms, exhibitors from across NZ and beyond with anime, pop culture and more.

Meet TV and movie stars from Wellington Paranormal, Shadowhunters, Outlander, Archer, Star Trek, Teen Wolf and more!

Featuring international comic creators and Animation voice actors from Naruto, Spider-Man (Playstation Game) The Regular show and more. 

This is THE event for Tauranga and beyond.

When and Where

8 and 9 June 2019
Show hours are 10am to 5pm both days
(Early Access from 9am)

Baypark Arena
Mount Maunganui

How Much

General Entry
Adult – $15 (Early Access $25)
Child (5–12) – $10 (Early Access $20)
Family pass (2 adults, up to 3 children) – $40

Weekend Pass
2 Day Adult (includes Early Access both days) – $45

VIP Passes
Little Bay of Geddon – $229
Big Bay of Geddon – $399
Ultra Pass – $799


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List of Guests
Full Schedule

Code Session: IDE and Time Saving Tips – Tauranga – 13 December 2018

Junior Dev Meetup Logo


Pack your laptops and join us for our last meetup of the year where we’ll talk and learn about something we all use: IDEs.

An IDE is an Integrated Development Environment and where we live in our day to day lives as working or learning developers. We’ll look at some of the different IDEs out there, functionality and how they compare, as well as extensions and keyboard shortcuts that can make your life easier, including making your own code snippets.

This talk and the exercises will be led by Jeff Kranenburg, a senior tutor at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in web and software development.

5:30pm – Doors open, catch up.
6:00pm – Welcome
6:10pm – IDE Talk and Practical Exercises
7:30pm – CodeChallenge reviews (see the #codingchallenges channel on our Slack for more info)
8:00pm – /end

To prepare:
Make sure you have your chosen IDE on the laptop you’re bringing, and while there are no wrong choices, we will be looking a lot at one of the most popular: Visual Studio Code.
Make sure you’ve joined our Slack channel, as we often share resources through there on the night.

What to bring:
Your laptop + charger
Drink bottle
Your IDE, extension, and shortcut suggestions!

Thanks to VentureCentre at BaseStation for giving us the facilities to host, and don’t forget to familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct before attending. This is a safe and inclusive space for everyone!

When and Where

Thursday, 13 December 2018
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Base Station, 148 Durham Street.
We’ll gather in the cafe Folk on the ground floor and then head down into the basement after 6pm.

How Much

Free. Please register here.


Code Session: IDE and Time Saving Tips.

JuniorDev Tauranga Meetup.

Flipping the fleet: accelerating electric vehicle uptake using citizen science – Tauranga – 15 October 2018

Cafe Scientifique 2015 A5 Flyer


Cafe Scientifique Tauranga is pleased to present Flip the Fleet which is a “citizen science” coalition of EV owners that submit data to a communal database each month to measure the constraints and benefits of electric vehicles in New Zealand conditions (www.flipthefleet.org). This talk first highlights opportunities for EVs to revolutionise our transport and economy. It then examines the strengths and weaknesses of citizen science as a research, education and advocacy tool to encourage sustainability transitions and innovation.

Prof. Henrik Moller is an ecologist who has transitioned to transdisciplinary research, often involving community-led sustainability themes. With Dima Ivanov, a business benchmarking and IT specialist, Henrik co-founded Flip the Fleet in July 2016. It now has over 800 participants (electric vehicle owners) from throughout New Zealand. Dr Monica Peters, a citizen science motivator joined the Flip the Fleet team this year to guide the public outreach and social networking component of the project.

There will be EVs available for test drives at the Yacht Club venue from 6 pm – 7pm and the presentation starts at 7pm.

A chance to drive a variety of EVs and talk to their owners then stay on for the talk.

When and Where

15 October 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM NZDT

Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club Inc
90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga

How Much

$5 door fee to cover venue and AV costs.
Register on Eventbrite so that we know the number attending.
DO NOT PRINT YOUR TICKET – we only need to know numbers.


Café Scientifique TaurangaFacebook.

Café Scientifique.

2018 Rutherford Lecture: Life and Times of Supervolcanoes – Tauranga – 22 August 2018

2018 Rutherford Lecture : Photo of Mt Ruapehu 1995 eruption


2018 NZ Rutherford Lecture
The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes

There is no denying that as New Zealand sits astride the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates our land is subject to tremendous natural forces. We may commonly experience this as a gentle but sometimes a severe shuddering of earthquakes. Yet with Aotearoa dotted with cones and calderas, Kiwis should also keep in mind that the Taupō Eruption was actually the world’s most violent volcanic eruption in the last 5000 years!

Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, those giant examples known as supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, where he travels the world piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. He aims to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily…

Royal Society Te Apārangi is proud to partner with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington in presenting the 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture. Strong support from these organisations comes from the belief that New Zealanders will greatly benefit both from learning about and gaining a better awareness of this ‘sleeping’ giant in our midst. From late July to early September, Professor Wilson will head to 22 towns and cities to explain the nature of supervolcanoes, the ways in which such volcanoes operate and can be studied, and whether the next eruption is still likely to take us by surprise.

About the speaker

Professor Colin Wilson FRS FRSNZ, Victoria University of Wellington

In 2017, geologist Professor Colin Wilson was awarded Royal Society Te Apārangi’s highest honour, the Rutherford Medal, for his research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the dangers they pose. Yet although significant eruptions are still rare, threats from volcanic activity are considered a very serious natural hazard for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture is proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.

When and Where

Wednesday 22 August 2018
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Tauranga Yacht and Boat Club
90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga,

How Much

You are welcome to turn up on the day, however, due to their expected popularity, to guarantee your seat(s) please register here.


Press release: 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture: It’s a super tour!

The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes | Tauranga.

The 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture is proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.

Better Rules Hack – Tauranga – 28 + 29 July 2018

Better Rules Hack - Tauranga


A weekend hackathon with the aim of exploring the ideas and practice of making legislation into machine consumable ‘digital rules’ that can be reused and integrated across domains for the benefit of businesses, individuals and communities. The aim is to understand the feasibility of providing government hosted machine consumable legislation as part of Government as a Platform. We want to understand how well aligned existing standards, languages, and toolsets are for across domain integration, and what the options are for how machine consumable legislation can be presented as authoritative open data. We also want to understand the value of machine consumable legislation to community and industry.

Hackathon participants will be required to build a working demonstrator that benefits their sector or community using digital rules from more than one source, for example, legislation from multiple agencies, or trade agreements, or any other form of rules from more than one source. Teams will need to show the value of digital rules, how they made the digital rules consumable by everyone, and share their lessons learnt.

As background, see the recent work from the Service Innovation Lab on Better Rules for Government.

When and Where

Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th July, 2018

Basement @ Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga 3112.

How Much

Free.  Register here. Don’t worry if you haven’t registered (although it helps them plan catering), you are welcome to turn up on Saturday. They do ask in the spirit of team effort that you commit to the weekend if you’re joining a team challenge.


Tauranga event is jointly run with Venture Centre.
More information in this legalhackers page or registration page.
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