ManawaTech Mega Meetup: 26 October 2023

Hello PLUG members; Steve Pavarno of ManawaTech invites us all to the Mega Meetup in October. Details are:

When: Thu 26th Oct 2023, 5:30 pm–8:30 pm NZDT
Where: Victory Venue, 20 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North

Our regular Mega Meetup returns! This is a mostly social event with food and drink provided by the event sponsors. Come along to make new connections in the local tech scene, meet old friends, and find out whats happening around here. Speakers will be brief but interesting. A number of groups will be in the room for you to talk to. If you are looking for work, bring a 1 page CV ready for the Employment Corner.

Sponsor/speaker to be announced shortly.

Summer of Tech will have 3 minutes to demonstrate their (well designed) internship search tool and talk about how to hire interns from all over the country.

Attendance is free. RSVP is required for catering, so please register here if you plan to come along:

Any questions about the event should go to Steve at

Job: NextCloud support

Rob Elshire writes:

I am a long time (20+ years) Free Software user—desktop, server, cloud, scientific, business, and personal uses. I am based in Palmerston North. I have recently taken on the role of science advisor for a Māori agribusiness collective. At the moment, I am also doing some of the technical work for them. This group is super keen to use free/open source software for their infrastructure as it fits well within Te Ao Māori.

I am looking for someone who is able to provide user support and training for Nextcloud. The administration of the instance is sorted. Perhaps someone at the PLUG would be interested in picking up some work?

Please contact Rob at if you’re interested in this opportunity.

Networking help for member

Longtime member Palmerston North Linux Users Group John Eyres writes:

Hi, at [last week]’s meeting I asked if anyone could help with UPS and
networking for the guys I work with. They have muscular dystrophy, and can’t move/breathe on their own. The UPS works OK, but the batteries are getting old. Their cabinet is too small. … Please email me if you have any ideas. They do their own scripting, home
automation and development…

John includes some photos below. Please get in touch with him at if you can help!

Thank you to Nick Skarott

The Palmerston North Linux Users Group would like to publicly thank outgoing President Nick Skarott for his efforts and contributions as President of the club for the past two to three years, during what would have been a shaky and uncertain part of the club’s history were it not for his dedication and effort.

It is because of Nick that we are still going strong as a club into 2018. We are all very grateful to him, and glad that he’s staying on to continue as part of our new committee. Thank you, Nick!

PLUG General Meeting 2018

The Palmerston North Linux Users Group held their General Meeting last night (the 13th of June 2018). The club’s constitution was confirmed with one minor amendment, and a new committee was elected:

  • John Flower: President
  • Nick Skarott: Vice President
  • Joseph Calkin: Treasurer
  • Tom Ryder: Secretary
  • Don Esslemont: Committee Member

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. The minutes are available for download here: PLUG GM 2018-06-13 Minutes.

Palmerston North Software Development Meetup

PLUG members with a software engineering bent may well be interested in this month’s Palmerston North Software Development Meetup on Thursday June 28th 2018 at 5:30pm at 114 The Square, Palmerston North.

From the announcement link above:

This month we are lucky enough to have Max Dietrich speaking to us about his experiences in building a Fly Buys micro-service platform.

Max was a developer on the Fly Buys redevelopment, moving the platform to a cloud-based micro-service architecture. The platform is based on Alchemy and Advanced Message Queuing Protocol frameworks. Alchemy is a framework for creating highly available systems that are built from micro-services. Alchemy includes service discovery, easy deployment, smart load balancing and is a polyglot, so you can use the best languages to solve all your problems.