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Pizza night at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Museum

Tomorrow night (October 23), we’re delighted to have Michelle Baker speak to the group. Michelle is an Advisor at Office of Film and Literature Classification, where she runs the Office’s websites, social media, and handles all manner of inquiries from people. Her super power is falling asleep pretty much anywhere, especially in movie theatres (but not when she’s watching them for work). Movies, dinosaurs and karaoke are some of her favourite things.

Her talk is titled “What the **** – a brief tour through New Zealand’s censorship history”

The media which our society produces and consumes has always been cause for debate about the effects, positive or negative (though more often than not focussing on the negative), on its audience. From the influence of the written word on perceptions of religion and politics, to the concerns over films chipping away at society’s moral fibre, to the debates over whether video games make people violent – the media, who accesses it and who stops them has been a constantly evolving and ongoing story both in New Zealand and around the world.

What our society deems to be okay – and not – is reflected in the way films, books and other publications are classified. New Zealand has had film censorship legislation since 1916, and there have been some interesting (and occasionally odd) decisions assigned to various things over the last nine or so decades. Do you know about the unusual (and unique) decision assigned to the 1967 film Ulysses? Why was a book of rugby songs banned? Just how many drink cans have been classified in New Zealand? Come on a brief tour of some of the highlights (or lowpoints?) of New Zealand’s censorship history.

For tickets, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-wellington-girl-geek-pizza-dinner-tickets-13596997987 . Hope to see you there!

Kiwicon 7 Girl Geek Dinner: The Venue

Wow! We’ve already sold 38 tickets in less than a week! Time for a sneak peek at the venue for the evening:

This event is being run in the Exhange Atrium, a shared space that joins Allen and Blair Streets, right in the heart of Wellington’s Courtenay quarter.It’s a very flexible space which can easily accommodate us for dinner, while still retaining cozyness and character.We have exclusive access to the Atrium for the entire evening thanks to the adjoining Monsoon Poon restaurant, who are catering us for the evening.

The Atrium is licensed so there will be a limited selection of alcoholic and and non alcoholic beverages available at a cash bar inside the venue (no eftpos facilities in the atrium sorry, so please bring cash with you), with the full bar just next door for anything on their drinks list. There’s also a coffee machine at the full bar.

Guests who are under the legal drinking age are still very welcome to attend, you just can’t drink alcohol.

We do encourage guests to stay after the event’s main proceedings are over and take full advantage of having the space to yourselves for the night.

Access is via the Allen Street entrance to the Atrium, to the right of Household Linens (17A Allen St). There’s a few steps up into the Atrium through this entrance, or there’s ramp access via an alternate entrance also on Allen Street. These will be locked externally for the night before the event begins for venue security.

Bathrooms are available through in the main restaurant, which are wheelchair accessible.

It’s close to Wellington’s bus routes and taxi stands. There is on street parking on nearby streets, which is metered until 8pm on Friday nights.

A link to Google maps of where the venue is here.

Buy your tickets now at: https://wellington-ggd-at-kiwicon.lilregie.com/

We’ve aimed to pick a flexible venue suitable for dining and presentations, that’s situated close to the Friday Kiwicon events. How did we do?