Talking Heads

The team behind the book Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch are proud to present Talking Heads, a series of talks that explore the current state of play in Christchurch and expand upon some of the themes and issues discussed in Once in a Lifetime.

Talking Heads Recovery Clinic

Smash Palace/Brick Farm, High Street, 12-6pm Saturday July 25

The public (and Once in a Lifetime editors) in conversation with Raf Manji (council), Lucy D’Aeth (public health specialist) Gerard Smyth (film maker), Rosemary Goodyear (senior housing analyst) and many more!

Below are listed the approximate time slots authors will pass by:

12-2pm Wil McClellan (EPIC co-founder)
12-2pm James Dann (activist, scientist, editorial team)
12-2pm Rosemary Goodyear (senior analyst in housing at Statistics NZ)
12-4pm Ryan Reynolds (Co-founder Gap Filler, editorial team)
12-6pm Johnny Moore (Press columnist and publican)

1-3pm Raf Manji (Christchurch City Council)
2-4pm Lucy D’Aeth (public health specialist)
4-6pm Gerard Smyth (film maker)
4-6pm Gary Franklin (LIVS trustee, technologist)

The team behind the book Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch, the first substantial critique of the government’s recovery plan, invites the public to participate in a recovery clinic on Saturday July 25 in the lead up to the submissions process on the government’s draft Transitional Recovery Plan.

The book’s editors and authors encourage the public to join them at Brick Farm/Smash Palace, where they will hold a rolling conversation around a table from 12-6pm.

People are invited to bring their questions and thoughts about the current state of play in Christchurch and issues that need consideration in light of the government’s draft Transitional Recovery Plan.

The aim is to inspire some good chats and even some submissions (submissions on the draft plan close 30 July). Most of all, we wish to encourage a locally led recovery process.

As the book’s authors come from a range of backgrounds, from journalists and designers through to publicans and public health specialists, a range of perspectives and aspects of city-building can be covered. Individuals and authors will be there in shifts – we will list times and names.

Freerange Press will also be selling copies of Once in a Lifetime at a special price to encourage more people to read the important critiques, the range of national and international perspectives on post-disaster recovery and the alternative approaches to city-building.

So make sure you come down to Brick Farm on Saturday 25 July. Pull up a chair at the table, have a drink and a chat.

Talking Heads No. 2: Is there a housing crisis?

Switch Espresso New Brighton, 6-7pm Wednesday June 24

Anna Langley, Dr Alistair Humphrey and Garry Moore in conversation with Barnaby Bennett

Around thirty people gathered out east at Switch Espresso in New Brighton for a panel discussion looking at the question ‘Is there a housing crisis?’.

The panel participants opened up the conversation to look at some of the many issues that feed into housing: affordability, health and wellbeing, how the crisis affects those most vulnerable, the quantity and quality of housing and so on.

Barnaby Bennett, one of the book’s editors and architecture PhD student, hosted the event and fielded questions from the floor.

Anna Langley is on the board of Tenants Protection Association and is a facilitator of a community hub Te Puna Oraka which works with families and vulnerable children. Dr Alistair Humphrey is the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health and Garry Moore is a former mayor and runs the not-for profit Your Home, which buys houses in the east and moves them to sections elsewhere in Canterbury in an attempt to provide affordable housing to lower income families.

Talking Heads No.1: Asset Sales

5.30-6.30pm Thursday 23 April, BNZ Lounge at EPIC, 96-106 Manchester St

Raf Manji in conversation with James Dann


Around twenty people joined us for a discussion with contributing author and councillor Raf Manji in a talk about how the council reached its decision to include selling assets as part of its response to Christchurch’s current financial situation (submissions for which closed on April 28). James Dann, one of the book’s editors, hosted this event and fielded questions from the floor. This was a great first foray into constructive discussion on the big issues at play in Christchurch.