PKAKL58 is Postponed

March 16, 2020 on 1:07 pm | In News | No Comments

POSTPONED: We are super sorry to say that the speakers and staff of PKAKL have together decided to postpone PKAKL58. We talked about the fact that MoH guidelines don’t require events of our size to cancel. But that’s not the main point. Our community has a wide range of concern levels. We need to be mindful of them… a pause is just the right thing to do.

Here’s what we’re going to do:

  • Reschedule the event, and hold it as soon as concern levels are comfortable again
  • Present the same great speaker lineup… most of the presentations are already done (and they’re looking great!)
  • Let you know the rescheduled date within 30 days (we have put a placeholder date of 20 May on the listing, the final date may end up being a bit sooner or later dependong on how things go)
  • If you don’t want to wait for the new date, refunds are available. Just email us at and we’ll make it happen :)
  • Otherwise, you don’t need to do anything… just keep your ticket and we’ll see you there!

If you have a ticket, you’ll have got an email from us on Monday 16 March with more info. Don’t see it? have a look-see in your spam ;)

PKAKL#58: 20×20 Vision

February 17, 2020 on 9:57 pm | In News, dates, Auckland | No Comments

PK kicks off again, celebrating the year of the 20×20 format! Our 2020 programme will feature two away events, but we begin at home base again with a stellar cast of photography, architecture, art and thinking. We’re joined by a Kiwi designer smashing it in Copenhagen, and may even have a special guest.



  • Simon Devitt (Architectural Photographer)
  • Rosabel Tan (Satellites)
  • Erika Pearce (Artist)
  • Mark Buntzen (The Distillery)
  • Chris Tate (Chris Tate Architecture)
  • Mike Collinge (BOLD Copenhagen)
  • Ryan Youens (Composer and Arranger)
  • Ben Morreau (ROAM Digital)

and a special belated guest!

Instagram: @pechakucha_auckland

PKAKL57: “Creative Abundance” (Sold Out)

October 22, 2019 on 6:39 am | In News, Auckland | No Comments

Date: Wednesday 20th November
Venue: Designer Rugs Event Space, 1 Grosvenor St, Grey Lynn
Time: 6.30pm


Our last PK for 2019, “Creative Abundance” celebrates the range of Auckland’s creative talent from architecture to photography to industrial, and two wildly multidisciplinary art directors. We’ll also feature a new segment where Kiwi designers smashing it on the international stage dial in to share their journey.

Jason Whiteley (Matheson Whiteley, Herzog DeMeuron)
Emma Kaniuk and Tana Mitchell
(Studio AKIN)
Jamie McLellan (Allbirds, Tom Dixon, Resident)
Juliette Wanty (Homestyle, Juliette Wanty)
Garth Badger (ThieveryStudio)
Liam Hindley (aka GASP)
Karl Sheridan (MonsterValley)
Karen Ishiguro (Karen Ishiguro Photography)

Instagram: @pechakucha_auckland


PKAKL56: A wonderful reboot.

August 15, 2019 on 9:43 pm | In News, dates, Auckland, past events | No Comments


Pechakucha Auckland kicked off again with an amazing re-start at PKAKL56 last night.

Huge thanks to Designer Rugs for hosting us and shouting the drinks. To all our speakers… Zoe Ikin, Dajiang Tai, Nathan Goldsworthy, Cindy Tan, Rufus Night, Henry Crothers, Lakshman Anandanayagam, and Byron Coll… thank you for sharing your work, thoughts and dreams with us.

Instagram = @pechakucha_auckland
… for extra content and video from the night.

Next edition to be announced soon.

PKAKL56: “Familiar & Fresh” (Sold Out)

July 22, 2019 on 10:18 pm | In News, Auckland | No Comments

Aaaaand we’re back!After a long absence PechaKucha Auckland returns, building on our strong run of
 55 events over 10 years!

Date: Wednesday 14th August
Venue: Designer Rugs Event Space, 1 Grosvenor St, Grey Lynn
Time: 6.30pm


The inaugural reboot event features masterful designers across the disciplines. They’ll talk about their own work, as well as choosing one emerging designer that they admire to show their own.


Zoe Ikin (ALT Group)
Dajiang “DJ” Tai
(Cheshire Architects)
Nathan Goldsworthy (Goldsworthy)
Rufus Knight (Knight Associates)
Lakshman Anandanayagam (Creaturepost)
Cindy Tan (Cindy Tan Projects)
Byron Coll (Byron Coll Photography)
Henry Crothers (LandLAB)

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new PKN team Auckland

July 10, 2019 on 9:38 am | In News | No Comments

update: a new Pecha Kucha team Auckland is forming, so keep your ears and eyes open for new adventures to begin..

PechaKucha Auckland update

January 22, 2018 on 4:11 pm | In News | No Comments

Dear PechaKucha lovers,

Happy New Year to everyone! This post does not announce our next event.

It has been 10 years since I started PechaKucha in New Zealand with Auckland as the first city.

Personally, I never forget the moment at Galatos, back in 2007, on the first PechaKucha Night in New Zealand, when sparkling eyes followed presentations of local creatives who presented their passion and work in the 20 x 20 format. From then it moved like a wave through the country and it was great to help many other New Zealand cities to set up their own PechaKucha Nights.

10 years is a good time to start something new and so I decided to stop curating and organising this event series in Auckland.

Over the last 10 years I met the most inspiring people and can truly say, creativity is one of the big expertise in New Zealand.
It has been full-filling to showcase the amazing skills that are here at our doorsteps.

Particular in the hidden spots outstanding talents can be found and great things are happening.
It was good to get some of them on a stage they deserved.

My approach to change venues as often as possible, open topics to other disciplines so they can benefit from one another and trying to stitch our ever growing Auckland together creatively has impacted noticeable on the city.
To enable interdisciplinary conversations letting the images be a platform in which to stimulate ideas and actions was always at the core of my doing. Also to give the quiet achiever a chance to tell their story. It was always about the human spirit and the passion within each of us.

PechaKucha Auckland was never a one man band, therefor deep respect and many thanks to all the helpers along the way, here just to name a few:
Joachim Stein, Robin Martin, Tim Coster, Anet Kuhla, Andrew Barrie, Jane Zimmermann, Will Littlejohn, Rachel Manning, The BizDojo crew and many others.
Also the support from PechaKucha headquarters in Tokyo was alway there when we needed it. Thanks to the Astrid Klein, Mark Dythham and their team.

A big thumps up goes out to YOU, the audience, who sometimes had to wait in queues out in the cold. Without you nothing would have had happened. Thanks for the support!

After 10 years of a PechaKucha it is time for me to move on.  My whanau is going overseas for some time to reunite with our extended whanau and  to spend more time researching  Design & Art  trends. When back, you will hear from us from our new project, an experimental design facility in Whakapara/ Northland.

Keep an eye open for PechaKucha Nights in Auckland surely being organised in the future.

Take care and Aroha nui,
Luka Hinse

PKN_AKL_55 // 7 Sept 2017 // Navy Museum // Courage

August 23, 2017 on 8:41 am | In News | No Comments

Pecha Kucha Night Auckland vol.55 // a collaboration between The Navy Museum, Depot Artspace and Pecha Kucha // topic: Courage // 7 September 2017 // 64 King Edward Parade, Torpedo Bay, Devonport, Auckland //doors open 6.30pm // start 7pm // free entry, please register here

List of speakers(order might change):

  • Larry Robbins // former commanding officer of HMNZS MONOWAI // Rescue in the Pacific
  • Belinda King // designer and activist // “Where Shall We Call Home?” the exhibition
  • Alodia Bourke // female manager in a male dominated industry // “challenges and benefits”
  • Fiona Jameson // Executive Officer of the warship Te Mana //
  • Jermaine Reihana // visual artist // on the Kakano Project
  • John Lyall // artist // Sarajevo Zima, the winter festival, soon after the war
  • Michael Holmes // teacher, Takapuna Primary School // the courage of learning te Reo Māori as a Pākehā
  • Boba Markovic Baluchova // responsible development journalist // “postponing my career for being a mother”

PKN_AKL_54 // 25 July 2017 // UNITEC

July 6, 2017 on 11:59 am | In News | No Comments

Te Puna – Unitec Institute of Technology // Building 180, Entry 4, Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland // Doors open 6.30pm, Presentations start 7.00pm // free entry // please register as seats are limited // sold out

part 2 // Vision, Strategies and Solutions of Urban Design, Housing and Infrastructure in Auckland

List of presnters (order will change):

  • Tony van Raat // Chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZIA, NZ Commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014/2016 // on ”Alternative Social Housing”
  • Rachel De Lambert // landscape architect // Auckland needs density – being bolder in the face of change
  • Tim Gummer // designer // “Cohousing - Right here, Right Now”
  • Verney Ryan // co-leader, Beacon Pathway // ‘assessing medium density and neighbourhoods’
  • Frith Walker // Manager Placemaking // All the Park’s a Stage  (what theatre has taught me about placemaking) //
  • Justin Kean // Assett Management Director, WLC // Unitec and Wairaka – The Secret Source
  • Mark Fraser // General Manager Precinct Renewal, HLC // “Auckland’s surprising about face on density - housing typology and density changes this market cycle”
  • Greer Rasmussen // about Women and Cities
  • Tim Robinson // Principal Architect, JASMAX // “CODs, TODs & TOCs”
  • Andre de Graaf // Director - Isthmus // Small house - Great city?

PKN_AKL_53 // 22 June 2017 // UNITEC

June 1, 2017 on 12:13 pm | In News | No Comments

Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae – Unitec Institute of Technology // Building 178, Entry 3, Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland // Welcome to the Marae 6.00pm, Presentations start 6.30pm // free entry // please register as seats are limited

part 1 // Vision, Strategies and Solutions of Urban Design, Housing and Infrastructure in Auckland

List of presenters(in this order):

  • Darren Davis // Transport & Land Use Integration Manager // Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council // “A short history of public space in Tāmaki Makaurau”
  • Liam McRoberts // Architectural graduate, Gen Zero // future housing
  • Sasha Borissenko // VICE Journalist and Simpson Grierson communications specialist // A New Zealand Renter’s Paradise
  • Matthew Bradbury // Associate Professor Landscape Architecture, Unitec // Auckland, the Linear City
  • Chris Harris // Urban Historian // Auckland as it Might Have Been
  • Jeremy Hansen // Paperboy editor // the 10 best urban things happening in Auckland right now
  • Jessamine Fraser // Principal Architect, Fraser Architects // the neighbourhood as a habitat for humans
  • Christian Pistauer // Workplace strategist, workplace and product designer // How the future of work can help to solve Auckland transport
  • Anna Wallace // Development Manager - Waterfront //
  • Julie Fairey // Local government politician // “Five Ways to (Community) Wellbeing”
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