Networking Meeting 25 August, Pegasus Arms, 5:30 to 7:30pm

North Entry ViewYou are invited to join us on Monday 25 August 2014 to hear inspiring speakers and be involved in discussions to promote sustainable developments in the rebuilding of Christchurch.

VENUE: Pegasus Arms, 14 Oxford Terrace (near the hospital) … access is off Tuam St or Oxford Tce (map)
TIME: 5.30 – 7.30pm
DATE: Monday, 25 August 2014


  • Context Architects ( – How do we build in Christchurch in a way that benefits future generations, ensuring developments are economically sustainable and robust enough to withstand inevitable social, economic or climatic changes?
  • Specialist in Prefabrication – speaker to be confirmed. Exploring the opportunity prefabrication provides in the Christchurch rebuild.  What can we learn from European, Scandinavian & North American systems regarding affordability and sustainability?

Drinks & bar food will be available for purchase. Call 366 0600 or email for dinner reservation following the meeting.

RSVP to Jane Quigley by Friday 22 August.  Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Look forward to seeing you there.

AGM 22 September

People_AGMYou are warmly invited to our inaugural AGM on 22 Sept 2014. Please note that this is new date, to comply with the notification period in our constitutional rules.

VENUE:  Upstairs Room, Pegasus Arms, 14 Oxford Terrace (near the hospital). Access is off Tuam St & Oxford Tce (map).
DATE:    Monday, 22 September 2014
TIME:     5:30 – 7:30pm

Before we get into the more formal part of the AGM, we have a real treat for you! Tony Moore (Principal Sustainability Advisor at the Christchurch City Council) will present the highlights from his recent study tour to Europe:


The Resilient Cities Study Tour took place between 18 and 29 May 2014, visiting The Hague, Lille, London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Bonn. A delegation of five New Zealand based researchers, an MBIE official and two officers from Auckland and Christchurch Councils took part. The tour also included two conferences.  The Urban Areas Under Change in Hamburg and ICLEI World Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn. This presentation will be Tony’s reflections on the tour and conferences attended.

Jane and Rex have seen Tony’s presentation and it is fantastic!


In accordance with the ‘Viva Sustainable Urban Village Project’ constitution (section 12.4), nominations for the committee roles of Co-Convenor, Secretary, Treasurer and core committee members were invited on 23 June 2014.

We received nominations for the positions of Co-convenor (Jane Quigley – since Lin Roberts is stepping down, another co-convenor is required) and core committee members (David Guthrey, Ruth Walcoff, Lin Roberts, Rex Verity and Jürg Hönger).  According to our constitution, our committee can be up to 12 people, so we would love another three people joining the committee!

Please consider being nominated for a position!  Here is a nomination form for you to download, fill in and return to Jane (  Verbal nominations will also be accept at the AGM.  If you wanted a conversation about either of these roles, don’t hesitate to call either Jane (0274 592 371) & Jürg (021 633 130).


1. Welcome
2. Brief Reports on Progress last year, and Finances
3. Nominations and Elections
4. Membership
5. Conclusion

Here is our constitution for your reference.

The AGM promises to be both interesting and ground-breaking for the society’s role in creating a vibrant future for Christchurch!  We invite you to be part of this!

RSVP to Jane Quigley ( by Wednesday, 17 September.

Shared Values and SUV Planning Workshop, 14 June 2014, 1 to 5pm


Invitation: To those of you who want to be involved in creating our first Sustainable Urban Village – we are holding a ‘Values & Planning’ workshop on Saturday 14 June 2014, 1 to 5pm!

At a successful kick-off session on Tuesday 13 May we determined that the next step was to establish our shared values, and start drafting an action plan for the development of the first inner city Sustainable Urban Village.

If you have aspirations to live in and be a part of actively creating this village then this workshop is for YOU!

Chris Mene is a professional facilitator with extensive experience working with communities. He will help us explore and identify:

  • Our shared values
  • Our definition of ‘affordability’ and ‘sustainability’
  • An emerging vision for the first Sustainable Urban Village
  • Barriers and constraints that could slow us down or stop us achieving our vision
  • Enablers and supports that could help and accelerate us towards our vision
  • An action planning framework and initial actions.

VENUE: ‘Council Room’, L233, CPIT, Madras St, Christchurch (map or refer below for instructions on how to find it)
DATE: Saturday 14 June 2014
TIME: 1pm – 5pm
BYO: Snacks to share for afternoon tea (drinks provided)
RSVP: to Jane (, by Wed 11 June 2014

SUGGESTED KOHA: $20 to $40
(we are fortunate to have Chris as the facilitator and want to pay him)


How to find the Venue – The ‘Council Room’ L233 is on the second floor of CPIT’s Library Block, eastern end (map).

  • Entering via the main entrance off the Madras St car park, go straight ahead, take the stairs to the second level, turn left and L233 is on your right down that dark corridor.
  • Entering via Te Puna Wanaka, take the stairs or lift to the second level, head west over the ‘air bridge’ and L233 is the first room on your left.

News and April Networking Meeting Invitation


We are very happy to announce that The Viva Project, along with Whyte Construction, have submitted an Expression of Interest for a plot of land to build a sustainable urban village on the East Frame of Christchurch City!


Our Next Networking Meeting – Monday 28 April

You are invited to join us on Monday 28 April 2014 to hear inspiring speakers and be involved in discussions to promote sustainable developments in the rebuilding of Christchurch.

VENUE: Pegasus Arms (upstairs room), 14 Oxford Terrace (near the hospital). Access is off Tuam St & Oxford Tce (map).
DATE:    Monday 28 April 2014
TIME:     5:30 – 7:30pm

  • Greg Thomson of True Green Homes ( – specialists in passive, affordable and low energy home construction. The homes are based on the German Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency in building.  Construction practice is rigorously measured and assessed to achieve this standard.
  • Karen Overendour legal representative from Duncan Cotterill ( and specialist in property development will speak on appropriate legal structures for developing our sustainable urban village.  This will lead into a general discussion of thoughts and ideas for our new village in the East Frame.  We will be establishing a working party of keen members who want to be actively involved in creating this village.
  • Robert Whitehead – Post Grad student University of Canterbury, has recently worked on our website, (for which we are very grateful). He will give a brief presentation of the Viva! website redesign process.

Drinks & bar food will be available for purchase. Call 366 0600 or email for dinner reservation following the meeting.

RSVP to Jane Quigley by Friday 25 April.
Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Results of Breathe Urban Village Competition

The Viva! Project was absolutely delighted to be a finalist in the Breathe Urban Village Competition, and congratulate the winning team, Rome-based Anselmi Attiani Associated Architects who teamed up with the Cresco Group and Riccarton-based Holloway Builders, for their outstanding effort in creating a design for leading-edge residential living in Christchurch.


The Viva Sustainable Urban Village Project is an exciting development initiated by a group of like-minded Christchurch people who are passionate about their city and are committed to making a real difference following the devastating earthquakes.

Guided by our vision ”To create a vibrant urban village – an innovative and inspiring example of sustainable design and connected community”, the core community team including a number of volunteer design professionals have run numerous integrated design workshops with hundreds of passionate Christchurch people.  The outcomes from these workshops have been tightly aligned with many ideas coming out of the CCC ‘Share an Idea’ initiative and helped set the benchmark of what is wanted by people living in the new Christchurch.

As an example, a central ‘heart’ space as part of a site layout supports a strongly connected community and is designed as a contrast to the urban context.  Our Breathe entry features numerous other strong social, environmental and affordability innovations.


We thank the competition organisers and our partners Jasmax, Arcus Developments, WT Partnership, eCubed Building Workshop and MLB Consulting for the extraordinary opportunity that the collaboration on the Breathe Urban Village competition provided.

Together we will create a beautiful, ‘people-led’ Christchurch that is viable, liveable, innovative and distinctly sustainable!

For more information please contact:
Jane Quigley (Ph 0274 592 371,
or Jürg Hönger (ph 021 633 130,