Puaka-James Hight Building Featuring in Open Christchurch Festival 2021

11 May 2021

Celebrating all things Puaka-James Hight

  • Open Chch PJH 2021

The Puaka-James Hight Building has been chosen to be part of Open Christchurch festival of exceptional architecture in 2021.

Open Christchurch is a free, one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture. It is open to everyone in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 15 and 16 May (UC is participating on Sunday 16 May only). Find out more about the Open Christchurch festival at https://openchch.nz/.

What's happening in Puaka-James Hight?

We'll be holding an open session from 11am - 2pm on Sunday 16 May for people to explore our 53-metre-tall beacon of brutalism.
We'll be offering on demand guided tours, as well as self-guided tour sheets for those who wish to explore on their own.

A display showcasing the architecture, construction, and library history, featuring archival material from our Macmillan Brown Library, will be up in the space between the lifts on level 2 (main entry) of the library.

Pick up one of our Puaka-James Hight postcards (featuring badges and stickers made in our Te Rua Makerspace) as a souvenir of the event.

Can't make it to the event?

Check out our online collection of Puaka-James Hight themed items from our archives on Ka kohika, our art and archives catalogue.


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