After the events of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire New Zealand". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Christchurch here. Get in touch with us via


Featured Presentation

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is a neo-gothic campus, once hosting the local university, converted into a space for local artists to practise and showcase. Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it is now going through an extensive restoration. Arts Centre CEO Andre Lovatt gives people an insight into the restoration of the Arts Centre, to explain what it is that they have been doing since the earthquakes, show the process visually and give an indication on the progress that is being made. Showing the love, care and attention that so many people are giving to their restoration work and how, when it is all done, the Arts Centre, and the Christchurch wider community, will be so much better for it.


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Triumph of Human Adaptability

@ VOL 11 ON JUN 16, 2016

"We obviously can’t give citizens the role to do everything. It’s just about recognizing their part in the process."

In Triumph of Human Adaptability from PechaKucha Night London Vol. 11Harry Knight details his unique experiences over the past few years and how they were shaped by the events of 22 February 2011 when a major earthquake struck his hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Knight talks about the triumph of human adaptability as well as the power of community spirit!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on WEdnesday, October 5th, 2016. 

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@ VOL 26 ON MAR 02, 2016

Prolific professional grafitti artist Wongi remembers the walls that were. Large scale murals that once were sprawled on walls across Chrstchurch, now covered up by either paint, new buildings, or often demolished since the earthquakes. Wongi immortilises them through his documentation, and shares a few anecdotes about how they came to be..

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A Letter to Christchurch...From Your Ambassador

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 30, 2015

When Erica Austin studied post quake Christchruch as part of her architecture degree in Auckland, she immediately fell in love with the city, and decided to move down to become an ambassador for everything that makes it special. Now she is immersed in the city-making movement, connecting people who want to rebuild the ciy better than before. This is her letter to those people, and the city. 

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Heroism, Honeymoon, Disillusionment: Four Stages of Psychological Response to a Disaster

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Digital archivist Lucy Jane Walsh uses images from the Canterbury Eartqhuake Digital Archive- CEISMIC, to visually guide through the 4 stage psychological responses to a disaster 

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Adopt, Adapt, Add and Evolve

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Architect Stewart Ross specialises in repurposing old buildings, and designing theatres. Using examples from his travels across the world, Ross expalins how he has successfully adapted (while honouring) indsutrial buildings to house performance venues in post quake Christchurch. 

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Christchurch as an Artist's Canvas

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Manager of CoCA, Center for Contemporary Arts in Chirstchurch New Zealand, Claire Baker shares her insights on how all good decisions are informed decisions based on history.

Contemporary art is no different.

CoCA is no different.

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The Inside Story...

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

We can all see the outside of our heritage buildings but what is actually going on the inside remains hidden from view. Architecture historian Jenny May does a quick survey of the interiors of some of the projects she has worked on.

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New Pilgrims See Opportunity

@ VOL 22 ON FEB 11, 2015

Local artist and community activist Trent Hiles instroduces past, present and future community art initiatives, in Habour Basin, Lyttelton, New Zealand.