2015 October, November
Eyes on the City is Back! Everyone’s favourite portable grandstand is hitting the streets of Christchurch again. Each Wednesday at 12:30 you’ll find the Grandstandium parked up at a different central city site, replete with commentary box, commentator, scoreboard and – new this season – an on-field roving reporter. We’ll bring you all the day’s site-specific action, with edgy commentary and the best guest interviews we can muster.
Please check the Gap Filler Facebook page for locations each week).

Week 1, 28 October, 12.30-1.30pm: cnr of Manchester and Lichfield Streets
“Role of spirituality and places of worship in our regenerating city.” Andre from Majestic Church, CDHB Public Health Specialist Dr Lucy Daeth and Aaron Hapuku, Maori health promoter for community and public health at Canterbury DHB, join us for this spiritual moment at the former Majestic site.

Week 2, 4 November, 12.30-1.30pm: Worcester Boulevard
“Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be.” This week we’ll be parked up near the CERA offices and the Christchurch City Council building, to talk about what’s going to happen when CERA ceases to be, and what’s going to take its place.

Week 3, 11 November, 12.30-1.30pm: corner of Manchester and Tuam Streets, opposite the new Environment Canterbury building“Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” This week our special guest commentator is Dr Colin Meurk, senior ecologist at Landcare Research, the NZ government research institute specialising in the characterisation, understanding and sustainable use of terrestrial resources. His special interests are biogeography, ecological restoration and design, landscape dynamics, urban ecology and conservation biology. He is also the dude behind the 135km Christchurch 360 Trail, that opened a month ago.

Week 4, 18 November, 12.30-1.30pm: corner of Manchester and Armagh Streets“Play Time – will New Christchurch be Family-friendly?” As the young people of today are our future city-dwellers, what role have they had in shaping the rebuild of Christchurch? Is the new city going to be family-friendly? Please join us outside the under-construction Margaret Mahy Family Playground. We will discuss the importance of a playful city as well as meet with the students whose design won the Amazing Place playground competition, and one of the project’s site managers.