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27 APR


A deer bone out of place, an upwardly mobile Waimate housekeeper, a secret WWII construction; stories suppressed, stories not yet written, the stories behind the stories.

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In collaboration with Heritage New Zealand and the New Zealand Archaeological Association, PechaKucha Night Christchurch brings you an engrossing evening of Hidden Stories.

For Archaeology Week 2019, PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol.39 will be held in the Christchurch Town Hall, newly restored and sparkling.

WHEN: Saturday 27 April (7pm door opens, 7:30pm event starts)
WHERE: Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall

Speaker Lineup:

Emily Fryer // Conservator // A Rainbow Gone Mad: Protecting and Conserving the Patrick Hanly Mural at the Town Hall

Abigail Hurst // Writer & Architect // Telling Architecture (the Hidden Stories of Buildings)

Robyn Burgess // Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga // A 'top secret' hole in the ground and other hush hush war-time construction in Selwyn

Nicholas Cable // Archaeologist // The Avon River - What Lurks Below

Janneth Gil // Photographer & Engineer // Photography: A Tool for Social Change

Clara Watson // Archaeologist // A bone with an unusual story

Olivia Spencer-Bower // Photographer // Every project has a story to tell


Kris Herbert // Journalist & Storyteller // How ‘Our Stories Project’ is turning oral history into an experience

Jessie Garland // Archaeologist and Artefact Analyst // London and Paris House: a touch of fancy in the frontier city

Abby Suszko // Kaiārahi Māori // Tangata Tiriti: The hidden story of the importance of te Tiriti to you.

Katharine Watson // Archaeologist // Miasmas and malaises

Corban Te Aika // Curator 9-5, Cultural Crackerjack 24/7 // Ōhoku whenua, ōhoku taoka

Christine Whybrew // Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga // Finding Emily Phillips

Andrew Boyd Barber // Urban Designer // Looking back to now


(PechaKucha Nights are devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture.)


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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Being a better person by cooking

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Giulio Sturla, the chef-owner of Roots Restaurant, was born in Chile and raised in Ecuador. His passion has been cooking and eating good food since he was a young boy; he has traveled extensively and worked in many different countries such as the world-renowned restaurant Mugaritz in Spain before coming to New Zealand. Giulio and his wife Christy opened Roots Restaurant in Lyttelton late 2012. Roots was created with a belief that a restaurant can start up from passion, commitment, and determination. The main emphasis is the quality of ingredients, the stories behind the food and presenting the true flavours with an innovative approach. Roots Restaurant has received numerous accolades and awards as Restaurant of the year 2015, Chef of the year 2018 and has sustained a three-hat status since 2016. Giulio is also the founder of Eat New Zealand, a movement dedicated to the promotion of New Zealand food nationally and internationally.

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Shoemaking in New Zealand

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Lou Clifton is a shoemaker and teacher based in Wellington. Lou started her shoemaking journey 10 years ago, at a time when it wasn't possible to learn in New Zealand. Deciding she had nothing to lose, her quest to learn the endangered craft has taken her to Australia and then to Japan, where she was invited to intern with a Master Shoemaker. After recognising she wasn't the only one in New Zealand with a passion to make shoes, Lou launched Shoe School in 2015 in Dunedin and has recently relocated her business to Wellington. She's lost count - but she thinks she's helped students materialise over 300 pairs of handmade shoes since Shoe School's inception. Lou is here to share her story - how a combination of determination and some solid day dreaming has lead her to create what she considers to be just about the best job in the world.

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MATERIALS: LOCAL A Canterbury Paint Box

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Tatyanna Meharry is an artist, potter and ceramics teacher. Practicing ceramics in a mindful manner with resources that are not renewable is a challenge for any potter and Tatyanna creates her work with this in mind. Firmly believing in the tradition of making objects with their own unique functions that are treasure not trash. In this PechaKucha talk Tatyanna will talk about her journey through the Canterbury landscape collecting and sampling local materials which she uses to create a unique paintbox of colour and texture that grounds her forms integrally in the local landscape.

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Conservation of Living Traditions

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Kuva Zakheim grew up with and was trained in art conservation and eastern spirituality in the heart of Hollywood. His conservation achievements range from relocating Banksy murals from buildings about to be demolished using revolutionary techniques, to conserving through reviving the traditional hand-block printed namawalli in India. Kuva immigrated to New Zealand three years ago after living in India as a ‘first-world refugee’ due to the 2008 US economic collapse. Hear his story as he relives his discovery of the opulence of simplicity in Indian villages and the joy of reviving a traditional Indian art form which expresses his passion for conscious living and love for sustainable handmade village textiles.

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Spoon Medicine, axe carving and slöjd

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Alex Yerks is a full-time green woodworker and photographer, carving spoons in the tradition of sloyd or as he calls it “kitchenalia”. while traveling globally to teach. He’ll be sharing thoughts on “Spoon Medicine”, the therapeutic aspects of carving. Alex is a photographer, outdoorsman, musician, and last but not least, a greenwood worker—maker of simple and rustic items utilizing trees and other raw natural resources with just axe & knife. Dedicated to all things wooden, his skills and attention focus on learning the ways of yesteryear and examining their compatibility with the modern world. He believes we all have a connection with our natural environment and can enrich our lives if we surround ourselves with simple items crafted from the forest.

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Craft as Work and Image

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Justyn Denney is a New Zealand based photographer with 15 years professional experience in commercial, fine art, and documentary photography. This PechaKucha explores her experience documenting New Zealand craftsman as well as the relationship between the work and craft in image as a tool for both appreciation and preservation.

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The Necessary Art of Not Leaving Economics to Economists

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

After spending enormous energy raising awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for several years only to have the hoped-for change-of-government support the toxic deal, Gen de Spa is taking the Bucky Fuller quote to heart - 'Build the alternative system that makes the old system obsolete'.

She is currently initiating a remnant native forest restoration and biodiversity education project at her home in Staveley, completing a Masters in Wellbeing Economics and teaching and actioning Wellbeing Economics in Christchurch and Mid-Canterbury.

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Materials and Process First

@ VOL 38 ON NOV 08, 2018

Steven Junil Park started his label '6x4' during his study at Elam School of Fine Arts as a response to the lack of everyday practicality he saw in art objects. He produces everything under the label himself: clothing, shoes, and accessories, with the conviction that materials and processes are more important than the intention of the maker. His pieces are one-offs and often feature handmade buttons, recycled and repurposed textiles, natural dyes, and hand-sewn finishing. He is intent on listening to the memory of materials and doing them justice by crafting them into long-lasting, practical items with integrity.



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’.