We are often asked if we run social groups for Aspies. We used to, but a change of venue caused by post earthquake damage led to people not coming.
Numbers were falling anyway... Aspies are very shy about venturing forth even if it is something they really really want to do! For the organisers, spending time waiting for people who never come, is a hiding to nothing, especially at the end of a long day counselling.
We have come to the conclusion that, provided you have a strong interest in something, it matters not whether you are neuro-diverse or neurotypical. If you are in an interest group you should be fine and in fact your aspie super-powers will be appreciated. Also, there are likely to be other aspies present who may not have been diagnosed, or, for whatever reason, just keep it quiet. We are now estimated to be 1 in 59 these days, so its not as if we are a tiny number!
However, DO come in to see us to gather a few strategies if you feel you need some. It's not difficult, but just requires some smarts, in other words, mindfulness and empathy about other people's feelings!
Aspiehelp's evening meetings are currently on hold.
If you're looking for local social events, have a look at Autism NZ's page. They currently have a Monday Evening group for Adults with Aspergers, among other things.