Informal Networking

Click on the headings below to read more on each event. Please note that these events are additional to your registration fee. 

Le Cirque Vole: The Dust Palace
Networking dinner at Barista café
Cycle Chic Film Tour
City Arts/Place Trail

Le Cirque Vole: The Dust Palace

Saturday 28 July

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Time        7:00pm
Venue     Central Energy Trust Arena
Arena      Fly Palmy Arena (Arena 2)
Tickets    Adult $64 - $89

You'll laugh. You'll gasp. You'll blush. And by the end of the night you’ll find your heart stolen by Le Cirque Volé. A sumptuous selection of world-class circus, comedy, burlesque, and music acts brought together by world-class athletes and performers.

Le Cirque Volé is coming to Palmerston North for one night only, for an evening of pure revelry, featuring peerless acrobats, divine aerial dance, spectacular circus skills and sidesplitting comedy.

The stunning cirque & musical experience will be supported by international award-winning concert pianist Flavio Villani. Le Cirque Volé, presented by Auckland based company The Dust Palace, will be a first in New Zealand!

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Networking dinner at Barista café

Sunday 29 July

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Time         7:00pm
Venue      Barista cafe
Address   59 George Street (1 minute walk from conference venue)
Cost         $25-35 depending on your menu selection

Gather with other delegates from around New Zealand to share a meal at Palmerston North's cafe, renowned for its food.  A quick 1 minute stroll from the Convention Centre the Barisa cafe offers a wide selection of foods. Email rachel@hardingconsultants.co.nz if you are interested in attending.




This is a self-paying event and delegates are responsible for settling their own account on the night, direct with the restaurant. The restaurant has indicated that final numbers must be provided by Sunday 22 July. If you register to attend this and decide to cancel after the 22 July then a cancellation fee of $30 will be charged by the restaurant to cover staffing costs. This will be invoiced by the conference in the event of either a cancellation or 'no show' on the night.

This event is subject to sufficient numbers to make it viable.


Cycle Chic Film Tour

Monday 30 July

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Time        7:30pm - 9:10pm
Venue     Globe Theatre
Tickets    Adult $22

The aim of the Cycle Chic Film Tour is to showcase a captivating selection of short cycling films to inspire, encourage and celebrate women who love to bike.

Emerging and established independent film-makers form the collection with eleven carefully selected films that are here to make an impact.

The line-up treats include a magical journey of colour and creativity by an artistic mountain biker in Canada; a New Zealand female road cyclist who believes in the power of bicycles, an enthralling film set in big city America on two (in their own words) “bad-ass bmxers” following their passion; a bicycle store with a unique point of difference; MAMA AGATHA, a heart-warming story about migrant women in Amsterdam finding their way into a new society under the guidance of ‘Mama Agatha’, a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman with the spirit of a 20-year-old; and the liberating feeling of riding a bicycle; and MOKSHA, a documentary that focuses on three Nepali women breaking through cultural barriers to spread their love of mountain biking.  (Click here to watch the Trailer for Moksha)

Showcasing women who push boundaries, are courageous, and are an advocate for change; all through the power of the humble bike. It's the 'thinking cyclists’ film collection with short bike films that ALL genders will connect and enjoy.

Ticket Bookings are made from our website connecting you to our e-ticketing service; or in person at the Globe Theatre (subject to availability). Links to our e-ticketing service are available on the website link below using 'Click here'.

Inspiring, encouraging, and celebrating women who love to bike!

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At your leisure

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Feeling like a walk within the city centre, to view placemaking and other points of interest? The route is about 2.5km, with plenty of opportunities to either cut short or get lost in the Square’s Edge Community Centre/Gallery for example. It gives a good overview of what's been worked on recently: placemaking on George and Broadway; massive murals; streetscape upgrades; sculptural installations. Not everything that is there to be seen is marked either: Sculptures outside the Library, the Coffee Club Parklet, the ‘returning column’ and the detour through Te Marae ō Hine.

The map below is for you to download and start walking at your leisure, be it early morning before conference or during a break in session!