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Ecosystem Events

Local User Groups, Meet Ups & other regularly held Tech ecosystem related events

Christchurch has a vibrant local community of meet ups, user groups and regular gatherings.

If you wish your group or organisation to be included in the list below please email us (info@canterburytech.nz)


.Net Users Group

Subjects range from specific .Net technologies to more general programming issues.

Agile Professionals Network

The Christchurch Agile Professionals Network (APN) is open to all with an interest in Agile Practices and Lean Software Development in the Christchurch area. Meetings generally involve a guest speaker, with time for drinks and chips before and after. There is are no prerequisites for membership, and membership is currently free, though a gold coin donation at the door is common.

Apple Users Group

The Apple User Group of Canterbury Incorporated (AUGC) is a non-profit organisation which exists for the purpose of exchanging ideas and expertise about the use of Apple computers, the Macintosh operating systems, and related hardware and software.

Azure Evening Meetup

We meet about any range of Azure related topics, but usually developer or devops focused. Meetings run every second Tuesday of the month in the evenings and are catered (beer and pizza!

Christchurch Aerospace Meetup

People interested in developing and/or supporting an aerospace industry in Canterbury. Talks from a wide range of aerospace participants. Regular meetings typically to be held every 6 weeks.

B2B Technology (ANZ) HubSpot User Group (HUG)

This HubSpot user group is designed specifically to help B2B tech companies better leverage their HubSpot platform for growth and learn more about tech sales and marketing.

Christchurch AI

To see artificial intelligence unfold in Canterbury. By brings people together from the region that have a passion for AI. This is a group for people wanting to explore, share and learn about artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, intelligent machines etc. and understand the creative minds behind these creations. The group has a mixture of professionals and students (Year 6 upwards).

Christchurch FOSS Gathering

Meet monthly to discuss all sorts of stuff about free and open source software (FOSS). We do demos of software, presentations about coding, platforms, and stuff. We talk about what FOSS is (and isn’t), FOSS-friendly employment, how to find work, how to contribute to FOSS (it’s not just by coding!). Website – https://nzoss.org.nz

Christchurch Laravel Meetup

This group is for web artisans of all skill levels interested in exploring the Laravel framework and connecting with other developers. While most of our topics are Laravel based, we also cover general PHP trends, tips and techniques from time to time as well.

Meetups are once a month, free and typically start from 5.30pm onwards.

Christchurch Leadership Group

FLINT  is a Future Leaders programme for individuals at the beginning of their careers usually within a TUANZ members or other supporting organisations.  There are several Christchurch events a year.

Christchurch Start Up Meet Up

If you are interested in entrepreneurship, business, and startups, this is the meetup for you.  Normally meet the last Wed of every month to catch up over free food and drink, and hear startup stories from our speakers.

It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the Christchurch startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch’s longest running weekly lunch break for the entrepreneurial, startup, and innovation ecosystem. Meet ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space.

There’s free coffee, bread, and jam for everyone. Join us every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 in the EPIC building.


For those in Christchurch interested in everything JavaScript. Node.js, frameworks, libraries and everything in between. Newbies, battle-hardened veterans, all welcome!

We meet once a month and hold a talk or a workshop on something web or Node.js related.

IIBA Events, Christchurch

This group is open to IIBA members and non-members in the Christchurch region, interested in knowledge sharing around the profession of Business Analysis and mingling with fellow Analysts.

Information Security Interest Group

A professional interest group for people working in Information Security who run a private discussion mailing list and informal meetings on the last Wednesday of every month about 6pm. Anyone who works in the information security industry is invited.

IT Professionals New Zealand

ITP is a not-for-profit Incorporated Society and works hard to improve both the education and professional development of those broadly working with computers and technology and the computer-related education of the country as a whole. ITP represents around 10,000 tech professionals.

ITP are hosting a few free online events during Levels 3 and 4 lockdown in New Zealand.

OWASP Chch meetup

The Open Web Application Security Project  (OWASP) is a non profit organisation focused on lifting information security awareness and upskilling individuals and organisations in the creation of technical solutions. The Chch meetup and slack is focused on lifting the knowledge and skills of our city’s tech workers (Software, DevOps Engineers, Developers, Testers).

Pitch & Pizza

Pitch & Pizza is a great event for startups who are looking for investment during the next six months. The format will be three/our pitches with a relaxed “dragons den” with a panel from the Canterbury innovation ecosystem, followed by a Q&A on what is an investible pitch.

 Who should be there?

  • Startups that will be seeking investment
  • Anyone wanting to get a better understanding of fundraising
  • Investors looking for future investments

Christchurch Product Management & Product Marketing Group

The mission of this group is to help businesses improve results through excellence in product management and product marketing, and to help product management and product marketing professionals network effectively and learn from each other.

Tech Marketers Group

No matter the company size, tech marketers have to fight for attention. We aim to meet for networking and idea sharing and plan to lead other workshops, seminars and conferences to advance the technology marketing discipline across New Zealand.

Christchurch TPN

The Christchurch TPN  (Test Professional Network) is a great forum to keep up with what’s happening in the industry, share ideas, learn new concepts, and meet other Testing Professionals. There is are no prerequisites for membership, and membership and events are currently free thanks to our generous sponsors.

We hold regular meetings with presentations by local and international speakers. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best & network with other members of the Christchurch testing community.
So if you’re interested in software testing and the testing profession, join up and come along to one of our events. We’d love to meet you there!

SilverStripe Meet Up

Catch up and share knowledge with other SilverStripe Framework & CMS users and developers. Meetups are usually good social events, may involve speakers or getting your hands dirty in some open source SilverStripe code at Hackfests.

Women in Tech  Christchurch

Women in Tech aims to provide a supportive and friendly environment for women to be able to share stories, knowledge or insights with their peers. We cover a wide variety of topics related to technology, from career development and negotiation to culture and collaboration, all discussed through a woman-focused lens. We provide a forum to build professional networks, find mentors and form friendships in a safe, nurturing environment.