This week's City Focus heads to New Zealand's South Island City of Dunedin, known for its natural beauty, it's Scottish and Maori heritage, it's Victorian and Edwardian architecture and, of course, its PechaKucha Nights! Check out what creativity looks like at the bottom of the world and stay tuned for presentations coming from their recent Vol. 27! 

Investigating quirky collections big and small, public and private, known and unknown, Pecha Kucha #21 will be hosted by the Otago Museum with presentations from avid collectors, museum professionals and aficionados of the collecting world.

Presenters from a spectrum of creative and academic institutions are lined up for our first Pecha Kucha night for the year, including: the Otago Museum’s Director Dr Ian Griffin, who will tell the captivating story behind HMS Bounty objects in the Museum’s collection; Emma Burns, Curator – Natural Science, who will share the unique world of whale bone collecting; and Dr Jane Malthus, Honorary Curator of the Museum’s fashion and textiles collections, who will uncover a life enriched with lace.

Offering a glimpse into the future of collections is Eva Gluyas, Otago Polytechnic’s innovation workSpace manager, who will speak about the potential inherent in the relationship between collections and 3D printing technology.

Collections Supervisor Barbara Wheeler from the Dunedin Botanic Garden unearths a colourful array of weird and wonderful plants. Her presentation will reveal the breadth of the Garden’s botanical collection.

The full list of presenters: 

  • Dr Ian Griffin, Director of Otago Museum
  • Dr Jane Malthus, Honarary Curator of Textiles at Otago Museum
  • Emma Burns, Curator, Otago Museum
  • Amanda Mills and Katherine Milburn from the Hocken Library
  • Cam McCracken, Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Barbara Wheeler from the Botanic Gardens
  • Ian Chapman aka Dr Glam from the University of Otago 
  • Gavin O'Brien, Designer, Otago Polytechnic
  • Eva Gluyas from Innovation Workspace at the Polytechnic
  • Lemuel Lyes self-confessed history geek (and collector)
  • Ian Loughran aka Prof Goff, poet, comedian music aficionado
  • Noel Waite, Designer lecturer and City of Literature enthusiast







Don't miss our first event for the year!

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Photo: The intricate and delicate lace creation of Brenda Bell as presented by Dr Jane Malthus, Honorary Curator of the Otago Museum’s fashion and textiles collections

Our first Pecha Kucha Night for 2014 is presented in partnership with the Otago Museum and is focused on collections - known and unkown, big and small, precious and intriguing!


Come along and see some amazing images and stories about Dunedin collections and collectors. We have some great presenters lined up which we will announce soon.


Thursday 17 April

Otago Museum


Doors open 7:00pm, starts 7:30pm

$10 Entry


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Don't miss our first event for the year!

What secrets are yet untold by your environment? 

Janet Stephenson presents (at PKN Dunedin Vol. 20) us with numerous idyllic photographs of the New Zealand tussock grasslands, and encourages us to question the subtle inconsistencies found within her photographs. In "Landscape-told Stories" she speaks specifically on the small creeks or "races" lining the hillsides, and at first inquires as to why they exist -- she then delves into the mysteries nature unveils.

We are proud to present our final event of the year which has a focus on heritage - iconic heritage buildings, sites and objects. Presented in partnership with the Otago/Southland branch of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Pouhere Taonga, this event will feature some great presenters which we will announce very soon.

Thursday 14 November
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

Doors open 7:00pm, starts 7:30pm
$10 Entry/$8 Concession
Door sales only. Cash bar

Awesome night last night. Our third Pecha Kucha event was held at the University of Otago as part of the University Student Association's annual Art Week. Thanks to everyone who came and to all our presenters. The presenters were:

  • Jed McCammon and Clarke Hegan | Performance Artists | The Yellow Men
  • Brian Miller | Writer, Publisher & Photographer | Dunedin artist Ralph Miller
  • Katya Gunn | Bead Artist | Go to your studio and make stuff
  • Sarah Flourish | Artist | Flourishing and other F words
  • Aroha Novak | Visual artist | Fairy tale Remix 2013
  • Keir Russell | Circus, Fire, and Social Entrepreneurship | Fire and Fun
  • Roel Wijland | Caretaker of the Brandbach | Why The University Brand Should Be An Artful Fragmentation Bomb
  • Jacque Ruston | Visual artist | Wild and foraged art
  • Henry Johnson | Ethnomusicology | Taiko: Drumming Japan and Beyond
  • Catherine Cocker | Artist | For all the new arrivals
  • Derek Morrison | Photographer | Dunedin Light 

The photo is by Henry Johnson who is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Otago and Taiko drumming enthusiest. More photos of the event have been posted on our Facebook page.

Our next event is on 14 November in partnership with the Historic Places Trust. Until then!

We are pleased to announce presenters for the upcoming Pecha Kucha Night to be held as part of the Otago University Students Association's annual Art Week.

* Brian Miller // A history of Dunedin illustrator Ralph Miller
* Jed McCammon and Clarke Hegan // The Yellow Men present their latest art exploits
* Katya Gunn // Bead artist extraordinaire
* Sarah Flourish // Artist & gallery manager
* Jacque Ruston // Artist & bouquet fancier
* Aroha Novak // Artist & cardboard wrangler
* Tom Tremewan // On good music
* Henry Johnson // Ethnomusicology & Taiko drumming
* Keir Russell // Firebug, fire performance & entrepreneur
* Catherine Cocker // Sculptor and installation artist
* Roel Wijland // Brandbach and poetic brandscapes
* Derek Morrison // Photographer and surfer

See their images and hear their stories on Wednesday 18 September.
Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm
University of Otago, Union Building, Main Common Room, 640 Cumberland Street, Dunedin

General Admission: $10, Students with ID: $5
Door sales only, Cash only

Special thanks to OUSA, Refuel, Emerson's Brewery, the Creative Communities Dunedin Scheme, Dunedin City Council and Klein Dytham Architecture.

Don't miss this creative culture showcase!

Thanks to the many people who made the effort to attend our 18th Pecha Kucha Night at Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Saturday night. It was a chilly evening but we were thoroughly warmed by the inspiring stories of our presenters and the occasional plaintive cry from a nearby kiwi!


After introductions by MC Aaron Hawkins, the evening started with a look at the astronomy of Matariki by Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin who was a very enthusiastic speaker. Our second speaker Tahu Mackenzie, who works at the Ecosanctuary as an educator, was very excited about the wildlife there and especially their poo! Danielle Trilford from Oil Free Otago gave a chilling but inspiring talk about the harm deep sea drilling could do in our environment while environmental lawyer Alex Kruize looked to his future life in Calgary Canada. The first half closed with Professor Paul Tapsell sharing his experience of taonga and marae and how they make New Zealand unique. 

Archaeologist Hannah Sadler kicked off the second half with a challenge about what constitutes indigenous archaeology, then local artist and craftsman Mike Fay shared his enthusiasm for creating creatures from wood, while ex-Night Club owner turned Reiki healer, Dion Blake Freeman challenged the audience to discover their real purpose in life. Painter Anya Sinclair shared her beautiful landscapes inspired by our local environment and more recently that of Rio de Janeiro. The night closed with Brendan Flack's momentous journey across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa on an ocean going waka rounding off what was an entertaining and thought provoking evening. 

One unique thing about the evening was the singing which often took place following a presentation when the whanau of a presenter sang a waiata in support of the presenter. The Puaka/Matariki Pecha Kucha Night gave us much to cherish and we look forward to bringing you two more inspiring Pecha Kucha events this year.


Our presenters, Orokonui Ecosanctuary for hosting us, our MC Aaron Hawkins, Tania Turei, Tania Robinson and Jenny Chen, Richard Dingwall,  Josh Thomas, Antony Deaker, Pecha Kucha central in Tokyo and Pecha Kucha founders Klein Dytham Architecture.

We would also like to thank our event sponsors:

The Puaka Matariki Festival

Creative Communities Scheme

Dunedin City Council

Emerson's Brewery



Pecha Kucha #19 will take place as part of the Otago University Students Association's Art Week. We look forward to collaborating with OUSA and bringing you a dozen or more inspired presenters to share their stories.

Diary this date:

Thursday 19 September

Common Room

University of Otago




See our Facebook page for more images from the Puaka/Matariki Pecha Kucha Night.

The 18th Pecha Kucha Night will take place in Dunedin this Saturday 29 June at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary as part of the Puaka Matariki Festival. We have some fantastic presenters, many from the Maori community and all inspiring and intriguing.

Dr Ian Griffin - Director of Otago Museum
Professor Paul Tapsell on Marae Maps
Tahu Mackenzie - Singer, Artist, Educator
Dion Freeman - Reiki healer
Alex Whitaker - Carver
Brendan Flack - Mariner
Trubie Dylan-Smith - Actor
Mike Fay - Artist
Alex Kruize - Environmental Lawyer
Hannah Sadler - Archeologist & academic
Anya Sinclair - Artist
Danielle Trilford - Oil Free Otago

Don't miss this unique creative culture showcase. This event has an early start time and children are free. Tell your friends and see you there!

Saturday 29th June
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
600 Blueskin Road

Doors open 5.30pm, starts 6.00pm

$8.00 entry, Children free, Cash only

Cafe open with hot soup, hot drinks and snacks