About us



The Viva! Project is its community – a group of over 400 people passionate about the idea of building sustainable urban villages for Christchurch.  This network of building and design professionals, academics, sustainability experts, government body officials, investors, as well as enthusiastic and creative people from all walks of life are the powerhouse behind our design workshops, networking meetings and other events.

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Central to Viva! is a number of enthusiastic individuals involved in The Viva Project core team.  The team helps to coordinate activities of the community and for the community.


Jane Quigley

Jane Quigley.Jane loves Christchurch and has a business providing accommodation to internationals who largely work with the Christchurch rebuild. She is inspired and in action around the enormous opportunities Christchurch people have to recreate “our city” as a leading edge, internationally renowned sustainable city. Jane is committed to making a difference.

Lin Roberts

Lin Roberts teaches Leading Sustainable Enterprises in the MBA programme at Canterbury and Otago universities, and is an adjunct senior lecturer in environmental management at Lincoln University. For the last 18 years she has been helping companies and other organisations develop and implement sustainability strategies. Past roles have included board member of the Environmental Risk Management Authority and The Natural Step New Zealand, senior manager at Ministry for the Environment and entomologist in DSIR.

Jürg Hönger

Jurg Honger.In his day job, Jürg works as a programme manager at Tait Communications, currently leading the interior design and fit out of new large collaborative technology campus development. He is always looking for synergies and opportunities in all situations, listens for the greatness in people and passionately helps them to bring it to life with creativity and compassion. He enjoys the thrill of achieving outstanding results with any team he is part of.

David Guthrey

David Guthrey.David Guthrey owns Health 2000 shops at Barrington, Merivale and Avonhead Shopping Centres. David and his naturopathy and homeopathy staff have operated health shops in Christchurch for over 26 years. David has also worked in tourism overseas and enjoyed years of farming and Permaculture activities including 3 years at Lincoln College studying farm management , economics and marketing.



Rex VerityRex

In his day job, Rex is the environmental manager at CPIT, advocating for sustainability and facilitating strategic and cultural change. He has been a nurse, teacher, organic farmer, researcher, activist and politician, a founding organiser of the Values, Green and New Economics Parties.

Ruth Walcoff

Ruth Walcoff.Ruth has a BS in Environmental Engineering, and she is very interested in sustainable eco friendly design. Ruth is excited about the VIVA project because she believes we have a responsibility and an opportunity to explore and implement sustainable environmentally sound technologies for the Christchurch rebuild.