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.

April 2018 Networking Meeting – Why did Breathe Fail?

Come and hear Lin Roberts discuss her recent paper:

The Breathe Urban Village Competition:
Why did it fail to deliver?

Monday 23 April 5.30 for 6pm
at Pegasus Arms 14 Oxford Terrace

Read the paper here

Lin is SENIOR LECTURER in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design
Department of Environmental Management at Lincoln.

She has also been a key member of The Viva Project from it’s inception.

Lin Roberts

December 2017 – Final Networking Meeting

Monday 4 December 6pm Visit Mitchell Coll’s prize winning home,

6.00 pm – 6.45 pm, 402 Madras St, Christchurch

Mitchell is a member of Viva and has just won  Visit his website

Mitchell was the Supreme Winner Residential Multi-unit Dwelling in the 2017 Design awards, and you are invited to see the stunning prize winning home.

Join us for Dinner afterwards at Speight’s Ale House, from 7pm, 263 Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Floating Houses an Option in the Red Zone

Kristina Hill – Floating options: Creative adaptation in cities

Thursday 20 July 2017, 6:00 – 7.30pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street

Doors, bar and coat check open from 5:00pm

Kristina Hill is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Urban Design at Berkeley.

Her current research focus is urban resilience in the changing global environment, particularly around climate change, sea level rise, and development to enhance a city’s ability to recover from disaster events.

Hill will discuss her recent work in the San Francisco Bay Area – a region that, like Christchurch, is challenged by a rising water table in a seismic zone.

She’ll share strategies for addressing these issues and describe recent engineering experiments used in geologic hazard areas in California.

How could Christchurch adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change? What new designs and responses might work for the red zone?

Watch a 25 minute YouTube video to learn more about Hill’s research.
Hybrid Edges: A Typology of Coastal Adaptation Strategies, June 2014(External link)

Read more here