All eyes on Christchurch – the quake, the rebuild, the people. Beneath the media spotlight on this shaky city, we’ve found life on the ground is different – challenged like never before yes, grateful for support they’ve received, optimistic about moving forwards and in many cases just ‘getting on with it’.
Above, Joshua Kurene from Aranui High took part in a workshop we ran in Christchurch last year just after the big February quake. As Josh puts it, last years workshop is where it all started – the spark – that urged him to get involved in the Youth 2050 Visioning Project, co-facilitate climate leadership workshops & events around the Pacific with 350 Aotearoa, and win a youth leadership award. As well as take part in this year’s workshop as a young filmmaker, Josh also presented his journey over the past year. It’s been amazing to watch this young leader grow!
The past few days have been an amazing experience connecting with Cantabrians young and old. The filmmaking workshop at Avonside Girls High had 20 students from five different schools, short presentations from three local ‘changemakers’, and support from two young industry professionals Richie Sewell & Renee Parsons.
Lyttelton Film Screening!
Time in Lyttelton is humbling. You only have to walk around to see how much this beautiful place has been affected by the quakes. Brave faces behind every shop front greet you with a smile. There’s a strong sense of community here – different from most other places we’ve visited on this road trip so far.
Here’s one of the films we screened – a short piece by young filmmaker & friend James Muir.
Considering we only confirmed it a few days before, we were blown way by so many friendly locals coming along to the film screening event. Thanks to Lyttelton Main Primary for hosting the evening. Another huge thanks to Wendy from the Info Centre, and Sue-ellen from Project Lyttelton for your support spreading the word, and to Brindi Joy from the YHA for sharing your musical talents at intermission. To everyone who came along, thanks for an amazing evening guys!
Pheuw… the South Island leg of this road trip has been incredible, just one stop left in Blenheim before prep-time back in Wellington then launching into the North Island. Feeling very grateful to have had these opportunities, to our tiny core team – Lu Davidson, Alana Barber, and our volunteers Kavi, Owen, Danielle & Komako for your support in making this possible. MASSIVE!