TCANZ in May

After a busy April, we’re all set to inform, educate, and entertain members all over again in May. Key topics for TCANZ members are covered in branch meetings and webinars this month.

TCANZ Webinar: 28 April 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Translations and Multilingual Communication

Communicators in New Zealand are increasingly facing the challenge of providing and managing multilingual materials. While translation might seem straightforward at first glance, there are traps for the unwary! If translation is not managed well, it can be more expensive and difficult than it needs to be. Patrick King and  Hagen Issell are experts in this area and provide some essential advice in this webinar.

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Wellington Branch Event: 5 May 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Technical Content in the Age of Social Media

TCANZ President Emma Harding visits the capital city to reprise the tale of her trip to the TCUK conference in September 2014. Come along to Write Group on Tuesday 5 May to network and hear about Google’s Zero Moment of Truth, and how Microsoft rewrote the Blue Screen of Death.

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TCANZ Webinar: 13 May 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Simplified Technical English

Simplified Technical English (STE) is a controlled language originally developed for aerospace industry maintenance manuals. It is a carefully limited and standardised subset of English. This webinar explores the following questions:

  • As technical communicators, do we need more than just our everyday English skills?
  • What can we learn from the Plain Language movement?
  • What is Simplified Technical English and how can it help?

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Christchurch Branch Event: 20 May 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Field Trip to the Canterbury Health System Design Lab

Over the next five years, Canterbury’s public health facilities in Canterbury will undergo a $650 million redevelopment. A dedicated team is working with hundreds of stakeholders from the whole Canterbury health system to plan and prototype new concepts for hospital areas and ways of working. They are using the Design Lab, in a massive warehouse, to build and test concepts – a process which allows people to challenge traditional views of how to provide hospital services.

Richard Hamilton, CDHB’s Business Development Manager, will personally guide us around the lab, explaining the facilities rebuild and design processes, and telling the story of CDHB’s health system and transformation journey.

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