Film Evening

5.30 for 6pm, Monday 29 October 2018
At Pegasus Arms

4 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central

The Secret of Living in Community
Runtime: 71 min

In a culture where individuals have come to feel increasingly isolated, how do we make deep connections with the land, with ourselves and with each other?  How do we resolve conflict and make difficult decisions?  Inspired by Aboriginal wisdom and with a beautiful backdrop of Australian landscape, Deep Listening learns what makes communities work and shows the path to a more harmonious way of being.

KOHA to cover purchase of the film.

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

RSVP to reserve your seat!  To Jane

Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Quietly honouring the rich diversity of the Australian landscape and featuring alternative-lifestyle pioneers such as David Holmgren, Carol Perry and John Seed, Deep Listening presents an insightful exploration of intentional communities across Australia from the Aquarius Festival to the present day.  Many of their ways of building community and making decisions resonate with the Aboriginal way of dadirri – a form of respectful connection to self, to the land and to each other.  Welsh film maker Helen iles creates a compelling account of a country with a story to tell.

June 2018 AGM & Networking Meeting

Annual General Meeting

5.30 for 6pm, Monday 18 June 2018
At Pegasus Arms

4 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central

Following a short AMG we will have architect Julie Villard speak to us about what she is passionate about. She grew up in France and will discuss the huge difference between warm and health homes in France as compared to standard housing in New Zealand.

She will also tell us about building her eco-friendly home here in New Zealand, and how she imported the CLT panels from Austria as the NZ suppliers let her down at the last minute.

Her presentation is here.


There will be a number of roles up for grabs on the Core Team for the Viva Project, including a co-convenor role!  You are cordially invited to join the team and contribute to the Viva and wider Christchurch communities.

Don’t hesitate to call either Jane (0274 592 371) or Jürg (021 633 130) for more information.

Minutes of last AGM 10 July 2017
Nomination Form
Viva constitution 

Next Networking Meeting

5.30 for 6pm, Monday 23 July 2018
At Pegasus Arms

4 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central

Claudia Kaltenstadler – director of Harakeke Consultants and sustainability adviser to the building industry will speak about the true costs of building sustainability.

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.