Past Christchurch Event: VOL 39

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A Rainbow Gone Mad: Protecting and Conserving the Patrick Hanly Mural at the Town Hall

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Emily Fryer is an objects conservator working and living in Christchurch. Emily has worked on a number of earthquake remediation projects including Scott's Statue and the Logie Collection at the University of Canterbury. In this PechaKucha Emily will take you through her journey with the mural 'Rainbow Pieces'.

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Telling Architecture (the Hidden Stories of Buildings)

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Writer and Registered Architect Abigail Hurst founded her own local practice in 2018, Tell Architecture Ltd, in order to combine her architectural education and training with her passion for writing. Abigail aims to design buildings that tell stories and write stories that Tell Architecture to help people comprehend, discover and connect to spaces, buildings, and cities. Abigail will relate a series of buildings personal to her, and the stories of how they have shaped her life. This journey will lead you to her practice today, and a proposal for a fresh way of telling the hidden stories of architecture, through the intersection of two disciplines: drawing and writing, to bring meaning and richness to our lives.

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A 'Top Secret' Hole in the Ground and Other Hush Hush War-Time Construction in Selwyn

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Robyn Burgess is a built heritage surveyor and historian. She has had the great fortune to have had many years working in the field of heritage identification and management, in both public and private sector roles. In New Zealand she has held senior heritage positions at the Department of Conservation and Opus International Consultants, and currently works for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga as a heritage advisor covering Canterbury and the West Coast. Her favourite roles overseas have been to record at-risk historic buildings for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and, in three brief but glorious stints, surveying ancient archaeological sites in Greece.

Robyn is living proof that if you study what really interests you, then chances are you can thrive in a career working in that field too. She studied history, art history and philosophy the University of Canterbury, museum studies at Massey University and, as a mid-career professional, has had the joy of hands-on heritage conservation training in Italy and China.

In this PechaKucha Robyn will enlighten us about a former ‘top secret’ World War Two construction effort in the Selwyn District. 

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The Avon River - What Lurks Below

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Nicholas Cable is a professional archaeologist with over 17 years experience in New Zealand archaeology. He has worked throughout New Zealand as project archaeologist on major infrastructure projects and has been involved the various recovery and rebuild programmes across Christchurch since 2011. More recently, Nick was involved in Kaikoura as the project archaeologist for NCTIR, responsible for reopening SH1 and the Main North Line. In this PechaKucha, Nick shares his experiences on the Avon River Precinct project, focusing on the results of archaeological work during the clean up work that occurred along the inner city section of the Avon River.

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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 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

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.

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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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Every Project Has a Story to Tell

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Katharine Watson
in Christchurch
Robyn Burgess
in Christchurch
Emily Fryer
in Christchurch
Christine Whybrew
in Christchurch
Clara Watson
in Christchurch
Abby Suszko
in Christchurch
Abigail Hurst
Architect & Writer, Tell Architecture in Christchurch
Janneth Gil
Photographer/Engineer, Self-employed in Christchurch
Jessie Garland
Archaeologist/Student in Christchurch
Nick Cable
Archaeologist, WSP-Opus in Christchurch
Olivia Spencer-Bower
Photographer in Christchurch
Andrew Boyd Barber
Urban Designer, Christchurch City Council in Christchurch