Next Event

14 JUN


PechaKucha Night Christchurch and CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art are proud to present Vol.31 themed Making Space! The notion of making or creating space is broad and we are celebrating different perspectives on this theme. This time, the event will be amongst CoCA's upcoming exhibition with speakers speaking on what making space means to them.

As always, we are proud to bring you a collection of some of Christchurch's top creative minds. Vol.31 speakers include a Perpetually Exhausted Arts Organiser, a Writer, an Architectural Graduate, an Infertility Survivor, Artists and many more.

Tickets are now on sale! 


Wednesday 14 June 
CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art, 66 Gloucester Street
Doors open 7.30pm, PechaKucha kicks off at 8.20pm
$15 + booking fee

Make sure you get in quick, limited seating available - this will sell out!
Our line up for the night:

Brie Sherow // Writer // Not Your Average Food Blog
Ōtautahi Kōrerotia // Artist-Run Initiative // Feeding Patchy Ecologies of the 'Creative City'
Peter Wells // Food Resilience Network // I want to make beautiful, world-changing places
Amira Mikhail // Infertility Survivor // My Inconceivable Journey and the Power of Shared Experience
Aisha Lee // Youth Worker & Community Events Organiser // The Learning - Making Space for Ōtautahi Hip Hop
Astella Philpott // Change Management Consultant // Diving into the Unknown


Aurelia Rohrbacker// Architectural Graduate // Investigating Spaces
Jennifer Katherine Shields // Perpetually Exhausted Arts Organiser // Why I stopped f*cking with gender
Preston Hegel // Exchange Operator // Through Time and Space
Julie Frew // Occupational Therapist & Mother // on Making Space For Life
Jonny Knopp // Architectural Designer + Photographer // Chaos in Space
Danielle O'Halloran // Poet // Rising Voices


PechaKucha Nights are devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture.


Featured Presentation


Charlotte Cottrell

Creator & Cultivator in Christchurch

Have you ever paid much attention to plants or flowers growing in your garden? Gardening is a creative venture connecting you with nature and your home. In this talk, Charlotte Cottrell shows her love for gardening and demonstrates the love that her garden gives back. 


Trying Something Different

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Light Artist, Tom Lynch, shares his unexpected results after projecting images onto natural canvases including waterfalls, cliff sides and giant rocks. Gradual success has led him to persue more ambitious artworks and encourages us to be creative and try something different with the tools we have.


Healing Song

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Community weaver and musician, Zion Tauamiti, pays tribute to 20 important Wahine Toa (Maori for Female Leader/Queen) through his talk. They have supported him through the best and the worst of times and helped him understand the importance of listening and nurturing empathy. 


Me + Christchurch

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Local artist and photographer, Veronika Hegedus-Gaspar, started her recent art project, Me+Christchurch, as a way to promote her photography business but soon realised it was a powerful way to help locals to reflect on their experiences in post-earthquake Christchurch. After interviewing over 200 strangers, she was able to help people understand their sense of place. 


A Living Economies Mind Feast: Moving Out of Insane Economics

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Gen de Spa talks about living economies as an educational network promoting systems of exchange that foster community wellbeing. She shares the importance of strengthening and helping sustain regional economies by promoting interest-free means of exchange - currencies based on and respecting the living systems of our planet - to complement money in local communities. 


My Castle, My Castle

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Architectural designer, James Douglas, always loved castles. This passion parallels with his profession and encourages him to travel around the world to experience in person the power of these grand architectural expressions, their heritage and cultural significance.


Activating new audiences, hearing new voices

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

After an experimental theatre performance, Holly Chappell-Eason and Tom Eason shares their vision for Christchurch to be the innovative theatre capital of New Zealand. They are determined to support theatre practitioners, educate young creatives and challenge how much a show reflects or deals with the lives of the audience and their city. 


Sink to Success

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Coffee enthusiast, Hamish Evans, is passionate about improving hospitality. He recently opened a cafe in the newly restored Arts Centre in Christchurch. He drew inspiration from a 1878 story about the modification of a bunsen burner and turned his cafe, Bunsen, into something that was more than just a brand. In this talk, he shares his journey and shows the importance of relationships along the way. 


Why I Fell in Love with Photography and What I Did About It

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Heather Milne, obsessed with details, recently fell in love with photography. She loves following light, capturing animals and documenting patterns, lines and rhythms. She uses photography as a tool to explore ways of weaving details into stories.  



PechaKucha People: Erica Austin

PechaKucha Night Christchurch organizer Erica Austin steps into the "PechaKucha Passionate" spotlight again for being recognized by Architecture Now for all the many hats she wears in her effort make Christchurch a more liveable city. Working for the city's "Ministry of Awesome" we salute Erica's awesomeness! 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Erica Austin

    Erica is an architectural graduate and is interested in how creative disciplines, businesses, community organisations and individuals can work collaboratively. With a Master’s degree in Architecture and a passion for making Christchurch awesome, she sees Christchurch as a place to experiment and grow creatively. She’s also actively involved in Te Putahi (Centre for Architecture and Citymaking), TEDxChristchurch, PechaKucha Night Christchurch, Startup Weekend and Gap Filler. She wishes to bring more excitement to Christchurch and attract more people to this city by initiating and contributing to a wide range of creative, community and entrepreneurial projects, which is why she also calls herself ‘Christchurch Ambassador’.