VIVA Bus Trip and Workshop

Come and join us on 18 June 2017 to visit some potential Viva Sustainable Village sites, and talk about them.

Sunday 18 June 1.15-6.30

We will travel by bus to see two city sites, potential for our sustainable urban village, followed by a workshop & then dinner for those who want to stay.
1.15pm Meet at Pegasus Arms. 14 Oxford Street.
1.30      Bus Leaves to visit two possible sites
4-6.30   At Pegasus Arms for Workshop
6.30      Dinner at Pegasus Arms

Cost for bus trip and Workshop  $20
book by 10 June
RSVP to Jane Quigley 0274 592 371
All Viva Members and friends welcome!

Site visits: We will be visiting the City Bowling Club in Salisbury Street and another in Bunyan Street Waltham
Workshop: Architect Mitchell Cole has generously offered to create a very initial concept plan for both sites.  We will discuss the financial implications of developing each site, working up a decision whether and for which site we want to make an offer.

Dinner For those staying for dinner please order and pay prior to the bus departing. $23 roasts are available but need to be ordered by Thursday 15 June. Call 366 0600 or email
Drinks & bar food will be available for purchase at anytime.

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.

Join our Design Workshops with Jasmax

Our last design workshop in May with Tim, Richard and Bernadette from Jasmax was a great success.  The designers went away buzzing with ideas from the enthusiastic community involvement in the design process.  The result was a much improved idea of the diversity of living and working options that the community is looking for, which will be worked into the next level of the design.

Next workshop:

Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 7:00pm at Te Puna Wānaka at CPIT


We’re now focusing on the most exciting aspect of the design – what should it look like?!  If you’d like to contribute your ideas we’d love to see you.  Again we’re looking for a diversity of ideas to combine with Jasmax’ design skills to create a model for sustainable urban living in Christchurch.

If you’d love to live in an affordable, sustainable urban village in Christchurch, but don’t yet know how or whether you can commit, then please come anyway. We’re working hard to make it accessible to as diverse a group of people as possible, including rentals and social housing.  We’re especially interested in input from young people and families. What is it that would make a great city home for you? Come and share your ideas!

Invitation: Workshop and action group formation

You are invited to a workshop for people interested in living in and/or investing in the Viva Project’s first sustainable urban village. This is an opportunity to –

  • meet each other as prospective residents and investors
  • review/discuss a shared vision (largely developed at previous Viva network workshops)
  • form “Study/Action Groups” to begin detailed planning of multiple aspects of the village.

When: 6:00 – 8:30pm Wednesday 8th May

$10 for pizza (standard, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free) or BYO food; hot drinks provided

Venue: CPIT Wharekai in Te Puna Wanaka Building, Coventry St – off Barbadoes St

Facilitator: Helen Telford – “is a highly recommended facilitator working with many NGO’s to harness and build effectiveness in organizations and teams, providing outcomes that exceed expectations”.  Sounds like just what we need!!

The groups will work on the steps needed to create a vibrant successful village – vision development, publicity, marketing / recruitment, decision-making procedures, communications, group agreements and processes for community living, stages and levels of commitment, design, finances and legal structures.

RSVP – to attend & pizza orders to Jane by Monday 6 May

Viva/Jasmax Workshop Summary – October 2012

(Additions to Viva Workshop July 2012)

On Tuesday 30 October, Viva and Jasmax introduced their combined entry in the “Breathe” New Urban Village competition for Christchurch (

They also hosted a group discussion into what the people of Christchurch might want in such an urban village. The outputs from this are below.

Many thanks to everyone who participated and shared their visions for our city.

• Edible walls and roofs
• Common use of water – storm water

• Different styles of homes
• Lighting to enhance outdoor spaces
• Vastu Design

• Public notice board during building development
• Learning environment in public space

• Zero energy
• Recycling systems – composting etc
• Close to amenities

• One neighbourhood
• Community connected/integrated to outside
• Boarding house
• Importance of good balance of personal/individual space with public space
• Anchor tenant – such as Health Centre
• Community & public space to include gardens; shared meeting places; chickens etc
• Affordability – Ability for low income to own their own home
• Diversity – mix of social housing; owner occupied and rental
• Meditation space/room
• Consideration of elderly – mixed cost/owner; smaller; orientation; indoor & outdoor; community space
• Children’s space
• Disability access
• Shared land ownership
• Simplify list of wants
• Cultural exchange spaces