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We’re thrilled to present PeckaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 40, a dynamic exploration into our burgeoning Christchurch food scene. Join the best of the best for a celebration of local produce and innovative practice, brought to you by the daring foodies who make it happen. With an array of talking points that will get you thinking (and salivating), we’ll be unpacking the circular economy created by a vibrant local food scene. Come and support the local businesses making waves across the country with their bold vision and outstanding fare. Introducing PechaKucha Nicht Christchurch – Feast Ōtautahi.

This event is a collaboration with The Narrative Co. and Brown Bread as part of The Christchurch Food Chase month and celebration of North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival. 

WHEN: Thursday 1 August (6:30pm doors open, 7:30pm event start)

WHERE: Welles Street (44 Welles Street)


Tickets and speakers announced soon!


PechaKucha is devised by Klein Dytham.


Featured Presentation

Visualise yourself in the future, standing in a street, new buildings all around you. Do you remember what used to be here? Or have you taken for granted the urban environment that surrounds you. Maybe you’ll start to wonder what this space looked like before this building was here? What did it look like mid-project? Who were the people that built it?

Award winning photographer Olivia Spencer-Bower, of Project Story, captures images that answers all of these questions. Inspired by the iconic 1930’s New York construction photographs, Olivia focuses her creative eye on construction of the built environment. Her photography aims to do more than showcase the physical progress of construction. It seeks to document the human qualities to show that these projects don't just happen or appear. The images capture what is unseen and sometimes forgotten.The images are part of a community's past, present and future. They are timeless, and maybe one day even iconic.

In this PechaKucha, Olivia will take you inside the Christchurch Town Hall Conservation Project, sharing her journey and why it’s important to document our emerging and constantly changing built environment.

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Looking Back to Now

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Andrew Boyd Barber is an urban designer, ideas-man and photographer. He believes that any problem can be solved with a sketch.
Growing up in a regional Australian town of 700 people, Boyd quickly developed a love and intrigue for cities. Living, studying and exploring in Canberra, Melbourne, London and Edinburgh before landing in Ōtautahi Christchurch 2 years ago.
Fascinated by the diversity and backstories of listed heritage items today, Boyd will ponder what quirks of the rebuild might accidently be heritage listed in some distant future.

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Finding Emily Phillips

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

The 1893 Women's Suffrage petition provides rare access to the previously silent stories of ordinary women’s lives in 19th century New Zealand. By researching one signature, Christine Whybrew will unravel a story of extreme hardship and extraordinary wealth that takes us on a tour of Canterbury's historic places. Christine ’s early career was spent working with historic photograph collections in museums and art galleries. Since 2009 she has worked for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga where she is now Area Manager for the Canterbury/West Coast region. Christine’s focus is on discovering and sharing the stories of historic places and archaeology.

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Miasmas and Malaises

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Katharine Watson is an archaeologist, currently doing her PhD at UC. She loves houses and people's life stories and - oddly - isn't talking about either of those things in this PechaKucha, but is instead focusing on the landscapes that have shaped the lives and health of the people of Otautahi/Christchurch. In her spare time, Katharine is the president of the New Zealand Archaeological Association.

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Tangata Tiriti: The Hidden Story of the Importance of te Tiriti to You

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Ko Whakaari te maunga. Ko Kaikarae te awa. Nō Ōtepoti ahau. Ko Ngāti Pākehā rāua ko Ngāti Tonga ōku iwi. Ko Abby Suszko ahau.
Dr. Abby Suszko is tangata tiriti, whose ancestors hail from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Pacific. Currently Abby works as a Kaiārahi Māori at the University of Canterbury, where she facilitates and supports the implementation of bicultural competence and confidence across degree programmes. Charged with this mahi, Abby helps both students and staff upskill on their knowledge and application of te Tiriti o Waitangi, information often missing from their educational experience and work practice. She approaches these conversations, not as an outsider describing a historical Crown-Māori relationship, but as a person whose very identity is founded on te Tiriti. In this Pechakucha, Abby shares a story often hidden from non-Indigenous New Zealanders, that when te Tiriti is rightly understood, it is the very reason they can call Aotearoa home. The intention of this kōrero is to provide listeners with the understanding that with belonging there are responsibilities to our tangata whenua Treaty partner. And that rather than harbouring the suspicion that fully honouring te Tiriti will see them expelled from this paradise, te Tiriti can be embraced as the basis for an enduring and equal partnership.

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London and Paris House: a Touch of Fancy in the Frontier City

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Jessie Garland is an archaeologist and artefact analyst, specialising in the material culture of nineteenth century New Zealand. Originally from North Canterbury, she spend six years working with and sharing the vast quantity of archaeology discovered in Christchurch after the earthquakes. She now lives in Melbourne, where she is pursuing a PhD in archaeology, exploring the ways in which the availability and use of goods in historic Christchurch contributed to the development and identity of the modern city. Jessie is fascinated by the relationship people have with things and the ways that we use them to construct our own worlds, as individuals and as a society. In this PechaKucha, she explores aspects of that relationship in early Christchurch through the hidden archaeology of the fancy goods stores and other shops that once stood to the north of Cathedral Square.

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How ‘Our Stories Project’ is Turning Oral History Into an Experience

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Kris Herbert is a journalist and storyteller. Through her most recent work, she is exploring the ways that stories connect people and places. Kris started Our Stories Project in 2016 in Lyttelton. Primary school children have interviewed people who grew up in Lyttelton and those interviews have been recorded, curated, edited and mapped to places. The first 13 story experiences are now available via the Our Stories Project app. In this PechaKucha, Kris shares some of the stories she has encountered through this project and some things she has learned along the way. It is a journey of empathy, connection and the power of storytelling.

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A Bone With an Unusual Story

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Clara Watson is an archaeologist at Underground Overground Archaeology. She completed her master's degree at the University of Otago, where she looked at the archaeology of the New Zealand Temperance Movement, before moving to Christchurch to work as an archaeologist. Her role at Underground Overground Archaeology is as an artifact specialist, where she catalogs and researches the many interesting artifacts found at archaeological sites in Christchurch. Clara enjoys examining the various weird and wonderful objects used by nineteenth-century New Zealanders and finds it fascinating learning more about Christchurch’s early residents. In her talk, Clara will be speaking about an animal bone that was found on a central Christchurch archaeological site. What at first seemed to be just another sheep bone turned out to be from a completely different species, one with an interesting history on its origins in New Zealand.

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Photography: A Tool for Social Change

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Janneth Gil is a Colombian-born, New Zealander. She started drawing and painting at a young age however, the social instability, poverty and cultural beliefs of her birth country led her to follow an Electrical Engineering and Project Management career. She now has the opportunity to completely dedicate her life to what she is most passionate about, art through the eye of a lens. She is currently studying a Master of Fine Arts, majoring in Photography at the University of Canterbury.

She truly believes in helping others with her skills and uses her photography as a tool for social change to empower, teach, or simply help people to better understand others. Through her photography, Janneth depicts people and their interactions with others and their environment, exploring cultures, societal norms and the conflict between perceptions, emotions and reality.
Her own social photography-based projects include Our Voices www.ourvoices.co.nz depicting the life stories of a group of people living with disability in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, and Void. Void is largely drawn from Janneth’s autobiographical narratives exploring themes and ideas about identity construction and transculturalism in the context of immigration. More of her work can be found at www.jannethgil.com.

In this PechaKucha Janneth shares how she has used photography as a tool for social change. She encourages exchanging our hidden stories with the hope we would recognise similarities with the “other” therefore, contributing to create a more accepting, tolerant and inclusive society despite our differences.



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’.