Residents at XCHC are 'makers' and come from a wide range of disciplines including, architecture, visual arts, performance, film, fashion, digital media, and more. Common among all residents is that they are creative in some way in their daily lives.


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Current Residents

Juliet Arnott Rekindle
Rekindle is a social enterprise aimed at supporting communities to utilise their waste fully and in doing so, maximize the  benefits of the purposeful work involved. Rekindle works to support creation of paid work and learning opportunities through community partnerships that actively enable people to engage with meaningful activity. We are a social enterprise strongly committed to the following values, and the majority of profits will go into development of opportunities that increase the impact of our work.

We believe in enabling:

i) Diversion of reusables from waste:
Shifting attitudes about consumption and disposal through demonstrating a viable alternative.

ii) Design & innovation:
Catalysing creativity that produces viable design solutions to counter the accumulation of waste in landfill. 

iii) Enterprise generation:
Enabling enterprise to be generated via the sale of high quality waste-based products. This enabling meaningful work opportunities via community partnerships.


Ohu team ~ Office for Holistic Urbanism
Ohu Development is a new business set up to build community by building buildings. 

As we transition into the creative century and out of the productive century we are seeing a growing demand for places where people connect with one another - this shift is blurring the boundaries between where people live, work and play. We believe the 21st Century city is a place where developments will be driven by cultivating meaningful relationships and growing social capital as much as providing a financial return.   

Ohu Development has three strands of work in progress: identifying and scoping community led property developments in Christchurch with the goal of supporting a select few to be investor ready by the Social Enterprise World Forum (Sept 2017, Christchurch). Second, we are building a network of aligned organizations in order to best serve a project’s successful development, making connections in order to leverage strengths. In parallel, we are researching and developing the legal and financial frameworks needed to support more equitable investment into property.

We are keen to meet people who have projects they want to develop with their community as well as people from organizations that would like to support community led property development.  

In my spare time I make collages and I write about food.

Lisa Tui
As a teacher, facilitator and singer songwriter Lisa Tui runs her private teaching studio from the XCHC. Included in her many sets of skills, Lisa is also is a Master Practitioner and trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming, coaching people towards their goals and through the mazes that have limited people in the past.  She is a facilitator of Appetite for Life - a Pegasus health programme, a conveyor of workshops and she directs and conducts 3 community choirs.

Janneth Gil
Janneth Gil is a Colombian-born, New Zealander who has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Canterbury University. She is currently a staff member of the Christchurch Documentary Project, Place in Time, and a resident at the Exchange Christchurch (XCHC)
Janneth started drawing and painting at a young age, however, the social instability, poverty and cultural beliefs of her birth country forced her to follow an Electrical Engineering and Project Management career. Now, she has the opportunity to completely dedicate her life to what she is most passionate about, Art.

She truly believes in helping others. Janneth uses her artwork to empower people, create awareness about social issues, educate or to help minorities to have a voice. Additionally, when developing a body of work, she considers different periods in history, cultures and societal norms. She uses these ideas and her personal experiences to depict taboos and the conflict between perceptions, emotions, and reality. These contrasts are portrayed figuratively through merging classical and contemporary techniques and materials within the different fine art disciplines such as photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Photo credit: Camilo Sabogal 

Alicia Erceg ~ Bunch Floral
We aim to do things differently, use seasonal produce and reduce waste. Our creations are unconventional, unpretentious and striking in their simplicity. Events, weddings, flower subscriptions, terrariums or a one off flower order we have it covered. Created with passion from a combination of wild and locally grown flora, each bunch is a unique piece of floral art inspired by nature for any occasion. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand we work from a studio space at the Exchange Cafe, with a small stall in Ballantynes Department Store, providing the CBD with fresh simple flowers and plants, if you're around, pop in and say hello.

Kerri Bennett
Fashion designer. Great smile! 

Sylvia Houston
Sylvia is a fashion designer who started the design label Craftwerk, now known as Think Fabric. She also does custom design for local theatre companies including Free Theatre. Visit Felt to view Sylvia's latest clothing.

Allen Carbon - Carbon Journal Photography
Photographer - "I will always be a sensitive soul excited by any beauty in its supreme development...honesty about my imperfect and flawed life is important life is as important as portraying beauty. This is me. 90% of my life. Sitting on my bed. Editing on my computer." - Allen

Mark Chirnside
Coffee expert and classically trained musician. 
"I built a coffee roaster in 2007, and have been roasting since. I am always looking for more interesting, tasty coffee (All ethically produced) to roast, from discerning sources... Join me in my coffee adventure, with fresh roasted specialty coffee delivered fresh to your door!"


Past Residents

Photo by Ramona Gastle

Photo by Ramona Gastle

Janneth Gil
12.2017 - 06.2017

Sharon Moreham
01.2017 - 05.2017
The Story Collective & The Cube

Brenda Knight
Become a Creative Giant

Sarah Chapman
10.2016 - 05.2017
Innocent Packaging.


Heather Milne
10.2016 - 04.2017
Takahe Marketing & Design


Amelia Pascoe
09.2016 - 02.2017
Jewelry Maker

Deb Robertson
11.2015 - 01.2017
Writer and Quilt maker

Liam Dangerfield
09.2015 - 10.2016

Louis Trerise
07.2016 - 10.2016

Bex and Peter
07.2016 - 09.2016

Veronika Hegedus-Gaspar

Alex Mann
11.2015 - 08.2016
Website designer

Kyungmi Kim
Choreographer - ZeroGravity&Co

Shengd Will Sun
09.2015 - 10.2015
Artist - Maker Spotlight

Eloise Pengelly
03.2016 - 5.2016

Justin Leadbetter
11.2015 - 05.2016
Leadbetter Carr Architects

Adam Hutchinson
07.2015 - 05.2016

Amanda Brooking
Printmaker and Textile Artist
Maker Spotlight


Dr. Zita Joyce
07.2015 -01.2016
Aotearoa Digital Arts


Barnaby Bennett
Freerange Press & Te Pūtahi

Alex Parsons
Web Designer

Charles Hannah
04.2015 - 12.2015
Charles Hannah Art & Design


Nick Sargent
04.2015 - 08.2015
Architectural Graduate

Tracy Smith
04.2015 - 01.2015
Miss Martini Corsets - Fashion Designer

Tatyanna Meharry
03.2015 - 12.2015
The Busy Finch - Ceramicist

Sebastian Beyrer
03.2015 - 04.2015
Video Creative


Ira Mitchel
03.2015 - 04.2015


Steve Brodie
Film Maker - Low Tech Films


Holly Ross
02.2015 - 05.2015

Adrienne Millwood
01.2015 - 02.2015
Visual Artist

Artist Studio.jpg

Gaby Montejo
Artist - The Social

Erica Austin
09.2014 - 05.2015  
Studio Christchurch

Bridget McKendry & Carl Pavletich
08.2014 - 02.2015
Fab Lab


Mark Chirnside
08.2014 - 02.2015
Chirny Coffee


Adam Hayward
08.2014 - 02.2015
Body Festival

Dr Jessica Halliday
08.2014 - 10.2014
Festival of Transitional Architecture

Julian Vares
Director and Cinematographer


Jonathan Hall
Greening the Rubble

Courtney Spargo
Sculpture and Installation Artist