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FUTURE GENERATION WILD BEAN CAFE ZOO MUSIC 2011 21 JANUARY TO 4 MARCH 2011 Wild Bean Cafe Zoo Music returns to Auckland Zoo with five fantastic concerts to liven up your summer in 2011. This year, the Zoo is giving 100% of all profits from the series back into conservation work for animals both at the Zoo and in the wild, so rest assured, your Zoo Music ticket is helping their future. Please note that while you can purchase alcohol at the concerts, you cannot bring it with you to the Zoo. Picnics are still welcome! Line-up Friday, 21 January – Dave Dobbyn with Artisan Guns and Lindon Puffin Friday, 4 February – Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Saturday, 12 February – Che Fu and The Crates with Young Sid and Iva Lamkum Saturday, 19 February – Sola Rosa with Knives at Noon and Rio Hemopo Friday, 4 March – The Phoenix Foundation & Liam Finn with The Thomas Oliver Band


TICKET PRICES Friends of the Zoo: Adult $32 (pre-purchase) / $47 (gate), children $16 (pre-purchase) / $27 (gate), under 4 free

How did we survive without high speed internet, computer games and iTunes? Come along to MOTAT and see what New Zealand’s first computer was originally used for.MOTAT is currently displaying the world’s only surviving and fully operational Meccano Differential Analyser, which visitors can see in action.

General admission: Adult $40 (pre-purchase) / $47 (gate), children $20 (pre-purchase) / $27 (gate), under 4 free Tickets are available from or by phoning 0800 TICKET (service fees apply). Visit for more information. PN

Angela Willis, Marketing Manager at MOTAT, said the artefact is very significant to MOTAT. “We are thrilled to have the Differential Analyser as part of the MOTAT collection. Visitors will be fascinated to see how far computers have come, the Differential Analyser certainly isn’t something that fits in your pocket like today’s iPhones,” Ms Willis said. The first Meccano Differential Analyser built by Arthur Porter in Manchester was the inspiration for the second machine built at the Cambridge University Mathematical Laboratory in 1935. It was used to research the flow of heat, explosive detonations and simulations of transmission lines in World War II. New Zealander Dr. Harry Whale brought the computer to New Zealand in 1950 where it was used for radio wave research. Ms Willis said, “the Differential Analyser is housed in our 1950s themed exhibition, I Am the Last Tram, and can be seen in action on Tuesdays.” A miniature version of the Meccano Differential Analyser was also be part of the Meccano Display at Te Papa Museum on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November. DATES: In action on Tuesdays in MOTAT’s ‘I Am The Last Tram’ exhibition LOCATION: MOTAT main entrance, Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland. Plenty of parking is available at both MOTAT sites and trams will transport you between sites. Tram rides are free with museum entry. COSTS: You can view MOTAT’s Meccano Differential Analyser as part of your entry fee to MOTAT. You can also enjoy the rest of the museum, free tram rides and entry to the Tactile Dome and Voyager1 for one great price. PN T: 0800 MOTAT NZ (0800 668 286) or visit

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DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby