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E-News – Issue 21

Welcome to the 21st and final issue of the newsletter from the PSNZ Hutt2019 National Convention team. After working on this convention for nearly two years it is hard to imagine that we are now only 20 days from opening night, and registrations close next week on April 10.

Next weekend we will be sending out detail instructions on what you will need to bring for the sessions that you have booked for. With Easter the following weekend we decided to send this information early just in case you are extending your trip away to include Easter.

News like a bombshell

After 18 months believing we were able to use the computer labs at Sacred Heart College, we have been told just last week that this is no longer the case. We have been offered classrooms instead. You can imagine our dismay.

We are still committed to running all the post processing sessions and after contacting those registered many are able to bring their own laptop.  The Open Polytechnic has offered to supply us with twenty PC’s as well, so we should be all good.

The sessions will now be planned a little differently, and if in any one session there are not enough computers for one each, then it will become a collaborative learning experience with sharing the computer with another.

We thank all who are able to bring their own laptop. We are sorry that we are not able to deliver the level of experience that we had envisaged, but it is not for want of trying.

We closed registrations for all post processing workshops to avoid the problem becoming more complicated. However, if you can bring your own laptop and would like to register for one of these sessions, please email us with your request.  This is only an option if you bring your own laptop.


One of the features of this convention was that we allowed a time for our Trade Partners to present a seminar or demonstration on a subject of their choice. This is being held on Sunday morning before the morning tea break, and the AGM. Three of our partners have taken up the opportunity.

  • Canon will be running a session on Printing 101 with the Canon Pro-1000


  • Olympus – their topic is “Macro Done Different: Smaller and Lighter with Olympus”. The presentation will examine the theory and practice of macro photography, the hurdles we encounter as we get in close, and learning effective ways to overcome those hurdles with Olympus’ unique features and outstanding Zuiko lenses. Join them to see why a lighter system and a 43rds sensor makes exceptional Macro that much easier as we shoot nature, abstract and storytelling subjects.


  • Panasonic’s session will be covering the many options that they have in their mirrorless line-up, which has recently included two full frame options.

If you are registered to attend the convention, we would appreciate your emailing with your choice of the three sessions, so we can set up the rooms with the correct seating to accommodate all.

It’s getting cold

The start of April really saw a drop in temperatures in the Hutt Valley. Within a week we went from t-shirts and shorts to needing the ski jackets. The overnight temperatures are now down into single figures.

Please plan and dress accordingly, especially those who are venturing out on the night and early morning shoots. For those on the astro shoot we would strongly recommend packing ski jackets and thermals as it can be bitterly cold on the coastline and will be worse at night.

Transport options – from the airport

For those of you flying into Wellington airport there are several options to come out to the venue which is some 25km away.

The dearest is taxi’s which may cost up to $100 dollars. Shuttles are the next, but they can still cost $50 each.

The cheapest option is the airport flyer which runs every 20 minutes from the airport to Queensgate mall in Lower Hutt. If you are under 65 then it will cost you $18. If you have a Supergold card then it is free provided that you travel between 9.00am and 3.00pm or after 6.00pm.

There a taxi stands opposite the main entrance to Queensgate to then take you to your motel. The convention is a 5 minute walk from Queensgate.

Transport options – driving

The Event Centre is in the middle of Lower Hutt, and if the weather plays ball and you are staying at one of the motels close by, we would strongly recommend that you leave the car there and walk.

There is an all-day car park next to the venue, as well as street parking. There are also a couple of other parking areas close by. A full day parking in the main car park will cost you $6.00, however please note that these parks are also used by local businesses so will be in limited supply especially on Friday and Monday.

All Lower Hutt parking is free on both Saturday and Sunday.

Please check the time limit on the parking space when you arrive.  They are not all full-day parking and our Parking Wardens doing an excellent job of protecting those time limits. We would hate for you to go away with a parking ticket as your memento from Lower Hutt.


What’s left

There are still options available. On Saturday morning there is still space in:

  • D2W1 – What goes into a great nature image
  • D2W3 – Planning & Lighting a portrait shoot

Saturday afternoon:

  • D2W8 – The other button on the camera (video)
  • D2W11 – Shooting sports

On Sunday there is space on all offsites with the exception of D3O6 Composition in Architecture.

Please note that if you have won an award in the 2019 PSNZ Canon National Exhibition there is not an option to simply attend the evening awards ceremony. There is a Saturday Only option available for you to attend which includes workshops and one of our Speakers – Steve Scalone before the Awards Presentations.

What happens if it rains?

We have been asked this question a number of times and the simple answer “you will get wet, or get to use the ponchos that we have put in your convention bag”.

The weather is one thing that we absolutely no control over, and in fact only one of the off-sites is likely to be cancelled if it rains too much. That is the trip to the BMX track. It will only be cancelled if it becomes unsafe for the riders.

If that does happen you will be transferred to one of the other options.

Partner offers

We are starting to see the offers coming in that delegates will receive. Here are three to wet your appetite.



Print your photos for free at PSNZ!

Transform your images into unforgettable photos, get 20 free 6×4″ photos with FUJIFILM. Download the FUJIFILM Photos NZ app and visit us at Hutt2019 for details on how to print your photos.

Sensor Cleaning offer

Got a dirty sensor? Or think your camera could do with a clean? For the first time at a PSNZ National Convention Splendid Photo will offer on-site sensor cleans! Simply take your camera to their stand and Darren or Sean will help you out. If you think it needs a clean stop by the booth and the boys will advise if you need it or not.

Fine print:

  • Cost is $50 per camera.
  • Please ensure camera is supplied with a fully charged battery.
  • Please drop off cameras as soon as you can. Cleans will be provided on a first come first served basis however all cleans will be done by the time cameras are required for shoots.


Ascent Online Technology Store are offering free shipping and 5% discount store wide for one month to all PSNZ convention delegates.  Simply enter the code HUTT2019 between April 26thand May 25th when checking out of the store to receive the convention special discount. You can use this code as many times as you like provided it is with the above dates.


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