DECEMBER 13, 2011
The intimate theatre room at the Raglan Old School Arts centre was even more intimate than usual on Saturday night for Raglan's PechaKucha Night Vol. 4. The interesting line-up of local and visiting presenters was a strong attraction. Two conservation presentations started the evening, the first with Ros Empson on the SS Rangiriri and then Rick Thorpe on the Chatham Islands Back Robin. Charlie Young gave his views on dreaming big and took the audience through the birth of the boat Wahine Moe on Raglan Harbour. Then Rodger Gallagher took the audience down the 300 year history of France's Midi Canal. Selwyn Stuart amazed everybody with his wood working skills and John Lawson covered the Raglan Panorama calendars. Meliors Simms mystified with her poetry and stitching. Jacqui Forbes covered the developed of Xtreme Waste and its recycling work in Raglan. John McNeil from Aurecon group finished the evening with an explanation of how the Papahua footbridge was designed and constructed. John said it was the most interesting project he had been involved in during his extensive bridge design career.
JUNE 06, 2010
Raglan held its second PechaKucha Night just last week, and here's organizer Rodger Gallagher with a report on the night that was:
Thursday night’s PechaKucha Night Vol. 2 at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre in Stewart Street hit new heights both literally and metaphorically. Brigid Allan showed and amazing set of images from the Milford Sound area, but these weren’t the standard tourist shots. Instead the photos were taken on mountain climbs she had down in the area. The audience appreciated the variety and high quality of all the presentations. Robyn Gallagher’s talk on interestingness couldn’t help but raise interest as she talked about Flickr’s interestingness algorithm. And of course the homemade kai during the beer break was also appreciated.
MARCH 08, 2010
PKN Raglan Vol. 1
Raglan recently hosted its very first PechaKucha Night, and here now is a look at how things went courtesy of a report sent in by organizer Rodger Gallagher.
Last night's first PechaKucha Night at the Old School Arts Centre was a great success with standing room only in the theatre room. The evening started with David Wimmer giving his presentation on the work that he and Frank did in Samoa helping the Samoans rebuild 'upstairs' after the tsunami. Dirk de Ruysscher covered the very interesting bike ride he has developed to the Nikau cave near Port Waikato. The trip includes harbour crossing and two days riding on metal roads with some amazing scenery along the way and of course an unspoilt cave at the overnight stop. Jean Carbon finished the first half with her presentation on traditional textiles along the Silk Road. The 'Beer Break' proved very popular and it was difficult to get the audience back for the second half.
Pieter ten Broek's photos of board and kite sports around Raglan drew gasps of amazement from the audience. Wanda Barker provided a contrast with her history of Femme Art and the proposition that it needs to be revitalised. Hilary Ramage covered creative development through a series of prints. Finishing the night was Jon Berczley who took us right from the seed through to putting food on the plate with his gardening passion.
Arts Council Chairperson, Rodger Gallagher said that the PechaKucha Night was one of the most successful events held at the Arts Centre and everybody is keen for the next evening on the 4th June.
Full list of presenters:
- David Wimmer on the rebuilding work he helped with after the Samoan tsunami
- Amanda Watson on creating her paintings
- Dirk de Ruysscher on mountain biking around Whaingaroa
- Rodger Gallagher on the evolving architecture and use of the Old School since 1883 -- including 1st public viewing of plans recently discovered in the National Archives
- Linda Holmes on favourite photos
- Jean Carbon on textiles along the Silk Road
- Pieter ten Broek on surfing, kite and skate boarding in Raglan
- Wanda Barker on Femme Art
- Yann Bordier on living and sailing in the Caribbean
- Sioux Swann on Ruapuke Sunsets
- Hilary Ramage on creative printmaking
- Jon Berczely on seeds
Below, a look at the flyer for PKN Raglan Vol. 1.