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In collaboration with the local branches of New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and Engineering New Zealand's Transportation Group, PechaKucha Night Christchurch is excited to be part of Festival of Architecture 2018 in Christchurch themed Circulating Our City. This is an informal conversation focused on discussing opportunities in our unique urban context, critique current accessibility solutions, and a forum to demonstrate the role of architecture and design in improving the quality of life in our city. 

This special event is held on Monday 17 September at Warren and Mahoney offices featuring a variety of speakers across industries, including urban and transport planners, architects, traffic engineers, designers and the next generation of thought leaders. 


WHEN: Monday 17 September (7pm door opens, 7:30pm event start)
WHERE: Warren and Mahoney office, 254 Montreal Street. 


Sponsors: NZIA Canterbury Branch, Warren and Mahoney, Engineering New Zealand's Transportation Group Canterbury/West Coast Branch.

Speakers and registration process announced soon!


Featured Presentation

Dr. Reuben Woods is an art historian and writer. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on street art and graffiti in post-earthquake Christchurch. Reuben believes that graffiti and street art have played a central role in the city's recovery and renewal. As a post-graduate in the Art History and Theory Department, he seeks to engage a wider audience with the city's intriguing and evolving relationship with urban art by exploring the various narratives and personalities that form these diverse cultures. Reuben also contributes to the website Watch This Space and hosts guided tours of the city's urban art.

In this talk, Reuben reflects on Christchurch’s relationship with street art that has emerged following devastating earthquakes. He tells us how street art can have a significant impact on the built environment and how Christchurch is a space for artists to respond and react.


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Visiting Another Planet

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When Cécile Tait visited Ethiopia she spent a night in a brothel and was almost shot.  Her travel story is full of fascinating facts and insights. Cécile is a true PechaKucha fan and she has been to all 35 Volumes of PechaKucha Night Christchurch.

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Guided by Kaitiakitanga?

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Richard Hayman is a passionate Architect with 20 years professional experience and a leader of the Jasmax Design team in the Christchurch Regional Office.

He is a city lover, and enjoys the craft of making places within our cities. Richard’s design process usually starts with careful urban design analysis. A humanist at heart he is always placing the wellbeing of people front and centre in his work. He is guided by the principle of Kaitiakitanga - stewardship for the world and has been considering the impact of buildings on the people that use them and the world around them.

Richard has served on the Christchurch City Council Urban Design Panel for 4 years and is Acting Chair of the Trust behind Te Pūtahi: Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making.

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Answering Nature's Call

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Amy Marr is the Visitor Programmes Coordinator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu where she spend her days, evenings and occasionally her weekends organising and coordinating events and programmes for diverse audiences that support the Gallery’s collection and exhibitions. Sometimes her job involves organising and running a Len Lye themed party with 3000 attendees, DJs, bands and silent disco, and other times it sees her cleaning pee off the children’s playground. 

Amy conceptualised and runs, 'The Mix' a series of events that opens the gallery at night and brings a new mix to the gallery with speakers, performances, food and drink. These events give visitors a chance to experience the gallery's collections after dark.

When she's not at the Art Gallery, you can find her in the bush in a colour coordinated tramping outfit. 'Answering nature's call' is not what you might expect. Amy has grown up to embrace the squat wee and this talk takes us on a hunt for places to relieve herself while in the hills tramping and exploring.



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Learn, Create, Repeat: CHCHin1

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A husband, father, influencer and story teller help to define the person that is Caleb. Raised from a tiny tot in Christchurch this half cast Maori has spent over a decade working alongside the leaders of our tomorrow at the University of Canterbury. Presently, Caleb Ward brings his enthusiasm, energy and mahi to Vodafone.

Amidst the paradigm shift from an analog to digital society Caleb and his Whanau have a shared passion to create space for communities in Christchurch to flourish, within the narrative of 1 minute video's. This growing movement formally known as CHCHin1 are motivated by the growing tide of innovation, the dream to influence and a deep affinity for the creative essence that makes us human! 

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Gender, Sexuality and Labels

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Kit Hindin is passionate about activating and supporting people and movements using coaching, facilitation and design to uplift, inspire and live as though “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. Kit runs a branding and website design company, works as a personal coach focusing on activation, overcoming fear and holistic wellbeing and consults as a facilitator and event MC.

Kit was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her 5 year old self answered, “A father.”  Kit has always found that labels don’t really fit and she observes that assumptions can cause harm. Kit explores her gender, sexuality and the labels she gives herself.

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Hope, Dreams and Absurdity

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Dr. Jessica Halliday is “blessed (and cursed) by love of architecture; Christchurch”. Her passion is finding ways for more and more people to engage and involve themselves with cities, architecture and the decisions made about our built environment.

Jessica is an architectural historian and is the Director and co-founder of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, a charitable organisation dedicated to growing people and places together. Te Pūtahi grew out FESTA, a biennial festival of celebration of urban creativity and regeneration which Jessica has Directed since the inaugural event in 2012. FESTA brings together tertiary design and architecture schools from Australia and New Zealand with local arts organisations, communities and businesses who collaborate on the transformation and reimagination of vacant or empty central city spaces to provide an opportunity for the public to experience Christchurch anew. 

PechaKucha owes Dr. Jessica Halliday the life she has today.  She was co-organiser of PechaKucha Night Christchurch following the major earthquakes that devastated and destroyed much of the inner city.  Jess shares some memorable PK talks that were full of hope and dreams and some even absurd.

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On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

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Kaila Colbin spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

Kaila is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for early-stage entrepreneurs in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chair of the New York-based culinary school Natural Gourmet Institute; Deputy Chair of CORE Education; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Bullshit jobs are not the same as shit jobs Kaila Colbin tells us.  She breaks down the concepts of work and a job and encourages the listener to think about the future without jobs but not work and what that means for us.


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What Font To Use When Firing Someone

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Chris Flack is a font geek.  He goes to the supermarket and stares at cereal boxes.  There are over half a million fonts out there and Chris takes us through a few key fonts that could, should and maybe not be used to fire someone, including a possible font to use if you hate your job and want to resign.



Why I Love Photographing Food

In honor of World Food Day:
"It's art on a plate... it's a different art form."
In "Why I Love Photographing Food" from PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 25, Food photographer Meredith Dyer explains why she loves photographing food in ten reasons. Spoiler alert, some of the most exciting parts are the people! 

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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’.