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Questioning the Appropriateness of the Venue
April 26, 2012
10:29 pm
Danyl Strype
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Kia ora koutou

I wonder if I'm the only one feeling uncomfortable about having a hui at a casino? Especially one that is currently busy bribing a corrupt government with a free convention centre in exchange for further deregulation of the gambling industry:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/n.....d=10801582

Surely there is a more appropriate venue to the kaupapa of free and open public communications? Thoughts?

Hei kลnei rฤ
Strypey

May 7, 2012
11:46 pm
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The SkyCity Convention Centre is separate to the casino albeit part of the whole SkyCity complex. While I don't know specifically why this venue was chosen, I can hazard a few guesses.

The venue is central and easy to get to from all forms of transport, has plenty of parking, and plenty of rooms that are configurable for the various needs of type of hui we are participating in. It is also suitable for everyone, including access for people with disabilities. I'm not aware of any other venue in Auckland that ticks all those boxes. The venue worked well last year.

A hui of this size takes months to organise and its highly likely that the venue was confirmed before the political manoeuvring of the convention centre deal hit the news. It's definitely far too late to change the venue now.

May 20, 2012
11:46 pm
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What is the status on wifi availability for the event? Is it BYO?

May 21, 2012
10:46 am
Richard
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starfire said

What is the status on wifi availability for the event? Is it BYO?

WiFi is provided at NetHui 2012 free of charge, thanks to sponsors FX Networks and Citylink

Cheers
Richard

May 24, 2012
11:43 am
Danyl Strype
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Kia ora

"I'm not aware of any other venue in Auckland that ticks all those boxes."

Must the NetHui always take place in Tamaki Makaurau (Akld)?. The most economic way of getting there for those of us in Te Wai Pounamu is to take a short-haul flight or flights, generally regarded by climate scientists as one of the worst contributors to anthropogenic climate change (even running planes on biofuel does not fix this, as it moves carbon emissions into the upper atmosphere where they cannot easily be reabsorbed by plants). The alternative is to face a gruelling and expensive overland journey of many hours - by ferry, and car, bus, or train - which at this point still contribute tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere. If we're talking about accessibility, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wgtn) is more central for those of us who choose to travel overland.

It seems counterintuitive to me that we should be travelling so far, and causing so much pollution, in order to talk about a networked information system that has so much potential to reduce the need for travel and pollution. Wouldn't it be great if we could enter a full imersion virtual environment (Matrix-style) to have a conference, without having to bring our bodies? ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, would it be possible to model future NetHui on Signs of Change (http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/), a 'distributed conference' where people could go to a local venue instead of all travelling hundreds of kms? Using digital networking technology to netcast keynote speakers, and link up the conversations happening in different venues?

"The venue worked well last year."

The printing press worked quite well for a few centuries. Things change ๐Ÿ˜‰

Naku noa
Danyl Strype

June 1, 2012
7:25 pm
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The Pounamu game, run in conjunction with the Transit of Venus Forum, offers another model for how to take the conversation at a conference or hui beyond the walls of the physical venue:
http://macdiarmid.ac.nz/pounamu

June 4, 2012
6:15 pm
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Hi Danyl

The venue location has been discussed by the InternetNZ Council a couple of times and you may be pleased to learn that the plan is now to alternate NetHui between Auckland and Wellington.

We are naturally open to exploring new models of participation and I look forward to the technology developing.

Meanwhile, while it isn't comparable to being there, many benefited last year from the online streaming of the sessions. This year we will again be streaming the sessions, except for the barcamp on the Friday afternoon.

Regards
Richard

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