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“What if [climate change] is all a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?” -Joel Pett

Exhibition developer and sustainability professional Bec McMaster is fascinated by all things Antarctica. In “Antarctic Time Travel” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20 Bec shares the process of engaging with some of New Zealand’s leading scientists in order to present past and future climate change in a balanced and empowering manner.

“Open up the doors, cook, let strangers come — this is the only way we can ward off ruin.”

Justin Strother tells a story of moving to the bottom of the world. In “The Supper Club Project” from PKN Christchurch Vol.22 she speaks about her journey to find a place to live in the little town of Lyttleton, and her food and warmth-filled path to finding a cure to loneliness.

“I love brains — not in a zombie sort of way — I love discovering how they work.”

Occupational therapist Julie Frew explores a thought: science can be interpreted as very bleak, but also full of hope. In “Universal Grey Matter” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 21 she draws parallels between the human brain and our vast universe.

“‘Just imagine,’ ‘I wonder,’ and ‘What if’ are some of my favorite words in the English language. They conjure up the possible, the impossible, and the just plain crazy.”

Abigail Walsh tells us a story of sheep, and his best friend bird. In “The Story of Sheep” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 21 we also hear about elephant, a retired mountain guide who sheep desires to meet. Abigail tells us how her story came to life, and how it was interwoven with her own.

"When I see that little locomotive, I smell the engine oil, it takes me back — I’m a kid again."

TV screenwriter Andrew Gunn reveals to us his dirty little secret -- his love for model trains!

In “Loco-motives” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20, Gunn expresses his love for model trains, and how they allow him to escape into a fantasy world. He compares his job as a script writer for children's films to these miniature train worlds and says that he enjoys the feeling of safety and wonder these worlds provide. 

“At the moment our culture doesn’t really allow us to talk about sex.”

Katie Cowan wants us to talk more about sex. And in “I Want to Talk about Sex” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20, she goes into depth on reasons how sex can be a great thing, and how open and frank discussions about sex can only help bridge the void between men, women, and their partners.

“The church was empty, no one was sitting there, not even me. Nothing. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever felt.”

Cartoonist and illustrator Dylan Horrocks begins with his childhood desire to believe in fantastical beings. In “The Empty Church: My Year of Belief” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20, he shows us how after years of Atheism, he decided to give belief a chance, and he surveyed people in an attempt to see things through their eyes. He soon found the border between religion and unbelief was much more complicated that he had thought.

Transforming post-earthquake Christchurch vacant lots into art spaces:

Urban Strategist Brie Sherow brokers vacant spaces for creative projects in quake torn Christchurch. In a city full of empty lots, Brie and the team at Life in Vacant Spaces help facilitate the short term leases of empty space to temporarily rejuevite sites.

In "The Evolution of a Vacant Site" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19, Brie explains how one site over the course of 7 months hosted a wide variety of artistic and community projects.  


Christchurch is coming up on its momentous 20th PechaKucha Night -- a volume number we definitely love seeing a city reach -- and here's the poster to prove it. For more details about the event, please visit the official event page.

"This is a story about a sad meerkat with a drinking problem..."

Improvisational comedian Derek Flores, accompanied by Katie Cowan on the piano, tells the fictional story of Jarvis the meerkat, who becomes enlightened one day, learning how to create his own joy through the power of the library. In "The Miserable Hour: the Time After the Time When All is Good" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19 Derek is ambushed with twenty images set to music, and asked to spin metaphorical thread into comedy gold.

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