A good way to get involved with the Python community is to turn up to local meetings. Auckland already has a presentation-based meet-up on the third Wednesday of each month. We're now adding a more "hands-on" meet-up on the following Wednesday (i.e. the fourth Wednesday of each month). The time is the same but the venue is different - it is held in the Catalyst training room on the waterfront near Britomart (see hands-on meetup for details).
The monthly informal "Hands-on" evenings are a chance to sit down with other Python developers of all experience levels to push your project forward, get help with a particular trouble spot, share expertise, or do whatever else you like. These formally start at 6:30 (when the pizza arrives) but you can drift in from about 5:45. There will be a brief training session to kick things off each time. These will be aimed at the beginner level.
Even if you don't have a project running at the moment you can turn up and help others. One of the best ways to really understand something is to share it.
One of the goals of the meet-up is to make the Python community more accessible to a more diverse range of people. So please come along even if you don't fit the usual geek stereotypes. Check out our Code of Conduct (NZ Python User Group Code of Conduct). There is free pizza and a welcoming environment.
Some training laptops are available but you are encouraged to bring your own if you can. WiFi is also provided.