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Looking forward to PARK(ing) Day on September 18 this year

Looking forward to PARK(ing) Day on September 18 this year

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

PARK(ing) Day is your chance to transform a small public area in the city from a car-parking space to an active public space! PARK(ing) Day is a daylong global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces. Now an annual event, the project began in 2005 when […]

CHCH SOUP Winter 15

CHCH SOUP Winter 15

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:13 p.m. by GapFiller

With an almost full moon shining over The Arcades the Gap Filler and Ministry of Awesome teams were joined by 50 guests to celebrate our first CHCH SOUP.  Seven awesome ideas were pitched for the pot (which reached $700!) making voting very difficult. However, Lorna and Keishana’s Opti-Mum project won. Opti-Mum aims to deliver holistic antenatal courses to empower NZ […]

Strategic Action Points April 2014 – March 2015

Strategic Action Points April 2014 – March 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by GapFiller

This pictogram looks back over the past year at our achievements.  Our values are central to all our projects, bringing locals and visitors into the city to engage in recreational, cultural and political activities.

Outputs and Outcomes: our vital statistics, April 2014 – March 2015

Outputs and Outcomes: our vital statistics, April 2014 – March 2015

Sunday, 9 August 2015 11:38 p.m. by GapFiller

An overview of all our activities from April 2014 to March 2015.

Congress on Adaptive Urbanism report

Congress on Adaptive Urbanism report

Friday, 17 July 2015 9:36 a.m. by GapFiller

On 23-24 October 2014, in the days leading up to Christchurch’s unique Festival of Transitional Architecture, a bevy of architects, planners, activists, developers, government officials, academics, artists and community advocates gathered in Christchurch to join forces at the first International Congress on Adaptive Urbanism.

Reflections from Copenhagen – The End

Reflections from Copenhagen – The End

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 3:37 p.m. by GapFiller

Well, I’ve been back home in Christchurch for just a few days, but already Copenhagen (and summer) feels like a bit of a distant memory. So I’d better get my final thoughts down now before they fade completely…   The first things I’d like to share are some of the projects our students completed. These […]



Friday, 10 July 2015 4:37 p.m. by GapFiller

CHCH SOUP picks up on past shared meals we held in the Pallet Pavilion – Autumnal Social Soup, Spring Feast, Summer Feast – and adds a new element – a pitch for the pot. Five ideas for new projects to benefit the city will be put to the audience over the course of the evening. […]

A Truffle Dish for the Commons People

A Truffle Dish for the Commons People

Thursday, 9 July 2015 11:01 a.m. by GapFiller

Ever wondered what Truffles taste like? As part of New Zealand’s first, Canterbury Truffle Festival, Alex Davies Chef will be cooking truffled jacket potatoes matched with cold coffee for the ‘commons’ people. It will cost only $10 to try one of dining’s most prestigious ingredients, stuffed into a buttered baked potato, there will be a […]

Gap cache is live!

Gap cache is live!

Friday, 3 July 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

Take your kids on a treasure hunt in the inner city these holidays A cross between the outdoor hobby of Geocaching and its retro-equivalent Letter Boxing, Gap Cache is a treasure hunt, which involves visiting six inspiring gaps in the inner-city where you can enjoy gardens, make music, play sport and fix bikes whilst in […]

New community-run, pop-up café looking for someone special …

New community-run, pop-up café looking for someone special …

Friday, 3 July 2015 12:10 p.m. by GapFiller

Te Ao community café located at 93 Stanmore Road, in Linwood Village are looking for a special person to work on a six month fixed term contract for 10-12 hours a week and applications close this Sunday, 5 June 2015. This is a project we have been proud to support.   

About Gap Filler

Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the September 4, 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and revised and expanded in light of the more destructive February 22, 2011 quake. It is now administered by the Gap Filler Charitable Trust.

Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects for community benefit, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city.

Gap Filler will see vacant sites – awaiting redevelopment as a result of the many earthquakes or otherwise – utilised for temporary, creative, people-centred purposes. We work with local community groups, artists, architects, landowners, librarians, designers, students, engineers, dancers – anyone with an idea and initiative! We lower the barriers, by handling the legal contracts and liability insurance, to help ideas become a reality.
Gap Filler is temporary in nature, seeking to activate vacant sites for relatively short periods, to demonstrate that the city can grow in important ways without large capital expenditure or major construction. Gap Filler projects can pop up as spaces become available around the city. All projects will be able to occupy or vacate a site quickly.

With smaller-scale temporary projects, the community gets to try out new ideas and create a dynamic for experimentation. Together, we can work out what works by actually doing it, not just talking about it. Some projects might disappoint, but an unsuccessful project on this level costs relatively little time and money, and can help avoid a much costlier failure in the city rebuild. So, in addition to enlivening and enriching the cultural life of the city, these projects are utterly practical.

We seek to involve members of the community and volunteers in our projects at any stage, from suggesting ideas to the design, preparation, installation and maintenance of sites. In this way we hope to help connect people with their city and provide opportunities to have a stake in the city right now.

Christchurch needs our help! There are wonderful ideas for the future city, but that’s a long way off and many people need reasons to stay now. Gap Filler gives everyday people a way to contribute to the city’s regeneration instead of passively waiting for the professionals to do the job. Site-specific projects can help us celebrate, mourn and criticise all that we’ve lost; can help us play, experiment and toy with ideas for the future; can make otherwise empty areas active; and can ultimately pave the way in the revitalisation of the city (without using pavement).

People, People, People – it’s all about people who make things happen!

The Gap Filler Trust Board is Dr Ryan Reynolds (chair), Lance Edmonds (treasurer), Andrew Just, Ciarán Fox, Lydia Baxendell and Martin Trusttum.

Gap Filler now has 2.5 paid staff, after starting as an entirely voluntary initiative. This is as a result of funding that has come from:
Christchurch City Council, Creative New Zealand, Canterbury Community Trust, Todd Foundation, Tindall Foundation, Te Whanau Trust, Community Arts Funding Scheme, Christchurch Creative Communities and various donations (including $10K plus from Urban Paving’s SILTY fundraiser). WE THANK YOU!

The Gap Filler team:
Coralie Winn – Gap Filler Co-Founder and Creative Director – full-time
Trent Hiles – Project Coordinator
Hannah Airey – Administration and general miscellaneous tasks!


Our Values:

Community Engagement

We believe in encouraging and promoting community spirit, growth and awareness by assisting people to experience and participate in artistic projects.  We believe that vacant land and buildings present opportunities; through developing and investing in gap sites, communities will recognise the value of social/cultural activities and communal endeavour in building social capital and resilience, stimulating economic development and creating connectedness. We feel that ‘community spirit’ is necessarily related to the idea of ‘the public good’: communities are strongest when working for public benefit, social capital and a flourishing environment. 


We value trying out new things and not repeating ourselves, taking calculated risks to lead by example with high productivity and turnover of projects. We want to draw on the opportunities presented by each site, neighbour, business, community and individual involved.


We believe in leadership, expressing our values through fearless implementation – bydoing. We want to celebrate playfulness, hope, critique and positivity.  We are living out our values in, and contributing to, a flourishing city.


We esteem the spirit of innovation, exploring new ways of engaging, creating and realising ideas, honouring and promoting the arts and artistic practice and process.


We understand and value resourcefulness as meaning both adaptability and a commitment to re-use, re-purpose and recycle wherever possible.


We believe in seeking out partners to implement ideas together, as well as co-operating to realise others’ ideas. We feel that collaboration unlocks creative potential.

Mission Statement

To establish a distinct and vibrant culture of innovation and creativity in activated urban space.