On the first evening of No8 Wire Week St Peter’s Hall was decked out for a banquet and was soon packed with people. This warm Winter community soiree was the brainchild of Jenny Rahman whose vision was to bring people together to share food and stories. With support from the Sustainable Communities Coordinator Jenny went about creating an event as part of the No8 Wire Week - she both pulled together a programme of speakers and lead the cooking of a community banquet which fed over 120 people.
Obtaining a licence to run an official Pecha Kucha event linked Food For Thought into a global network of speakers evenings that have been happening across the planet since the concept originated in Japan in 2002. Pecha Kucha is Japanese for 'chit chat', the concept is that speakers are required to present twenty slides and speak for twenty seconds to each of them
The evening began with a vegetarian curry, once appetites were satisfied MC Julia Truscott began to introduce the speakers who bravely took up the Pecha Kucha challenge. The audience were entertained both by their images, discussion and the thrill of seeing how artfully the speakers managed to fit their commentary into the twenty seconds per slide format. If timing was not perfect they had no option but to speed through their words because their time ran out, or wait out pregnants pauses before the next slide appeared. Some had to spontaneously cope with having their slide ordered muddled. All the speakers delighted with both personal and political stories tackling substantial issues - plastic waste, new forms of economics, speaking te reo Māori, environmental biodiversity, climate change, social justice, ethnicity, culture, community development and art.
The speaking programme:
● Rachel Benefield: No Plastic Living
● Deirdre Kent: New Economics
● Tamsin Leigh: Keep Calm and Korero
● Andy Mackay: Enhancing Biodiversity on the Kāpiti Coast
● Joe Simmonds: Ape Man
● Jake Roos: What would Gandalf do?
● Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince: Waste Not Want Not: Bridging the gap between social and environmental justice through zero waste.
● Ramila Parbhu: Creating the new normal
● Mark Amery: The role of new forms of art and community development