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We haven't scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there's one you can attend!


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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Food, The Commons & Connection

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Michael Reynolds holds a vision of a Commons-based future that supports thriving communities. Food is one of those universal truths that bind us all...we all need to eat. However, our experience of food is determined by many factors - social, economic, cultural, physical, political...some are positive influences and some not as positive. In fact, our experience of basic humans needs, like food, is one of the most visible signs of inequity in the world. This needs to change and we can do this through a value shift and a present-day reimagining of The Commons. In this talk, Michael will share some of the joys and learnings from the unfolding journey of Roimata Food Commons, whilst also acknowledging influences from community-building work for Food Resilience Network Inc. We have the technology to invite the change we need, we have the climate crisis to motivate us..all we need now is the heart and means to step into that brave new world.

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Can Do

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Vicky Harris works for Laura Fergusson Trust(Canterbury) one of her roles in the organisation is the Operations Manager for Can Do Catering. In this PechaKucha, Vicky shares the story of some of the members from the catering team and the difference it has made to their lives.

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Working with Dinosaurs

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Jack Hill grew up on the vineyard of The Boneline. During this time he has witnessed and been involved with the family business of growing grapes and making wine. Jack tells the story of how The Boneline has evolved through a childhood of fossil hunting and best pet lead sheep competitions, bringing him to where he is today, back on the property working with his family.

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Journey to Reality

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Penelope Naish (Pen) owns with her husband and family, organic & biodynamic winery Black Estate in North Canterbury. She manages the business, including the Black Estate Restaurant, Cellar Door and B & B. Pen changed tack in life 9 years ago - from living and working in cities to living with the land. Living in North Canterbury, with its diverse foods & vineyards, strong community, mountains, rivers and sea has been an unforeseen privilege for her. In this PechaKucha, Pen shares her Black Estate story so far, how wine was the gateway to organics and her belief that real food & wine can connect people to nature and the truth.

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Sage & Seeds

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Kate Spence is a changemaker and leader, with a strong belief in the power of business to change the world. She is an entrepreneur, business and marketing-freelancer, coach, mentor who has co-founded two social enterprises. She believes people need more creativity, community and people have more power than they think. She loves connecting with people and thinks Christchurch is unlike any other city as the residents are focused on creating an eco-system that’s acting local and thinking global. Kate shares her story, explaining why she created Sage & Seed, through the art of making sourdough.

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Eat Local July

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Simone Bensdorp is an artist and teacher with a passion for food and sustainability. For the month of July, she has committed to only eating food grown and produced within 200 km of her home! Known as 'Eat Local July', this experiment aims to change personal eating habits, start real conversations about food, and celebrate local produce. In this Pechakucha, Simone will share what she has learnt this July, from the challenges to the triumphs.
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Vineyard Ferment

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Nik Mavromatis has cooked some food, drunk some wine and spent the last 7 years wandering the globe trying to convince unsuspecting wine drinkers that North Canterbury is one of the greatest places on earth. You may remember him from such places as Mediterranean Foods, The Bicycle Thief, The Real Sausage Co. Pyramid Valley Vineyards or Prince Albert Wines.
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For Cheeses sake!

@ VOL 40 ON AUG 01, 2019

Daniel Jenkins started Kaikoura cheese with no previous experience in cheese making or farming whatsoever. With a background in Rock climbing, Surfing and Skiing Daniel has utilised his recreational history to produce some of the funkiest cheeses in the world.




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’.