However, more than 10,000 locals went along to CBS Arena to talk, listen and share ideas. There are many articles & stories about the event... here's a few:
High turnout shows Cantabrians care (includes pic of excellent 'munted' t-shirt)
Gehl Architects talk about the people
Cr Sue Wells on the day, and the day after
Dr Mark Quigley about avoiding 'wastelands', and Dr Rodd Carr on why UC won't be moving into town
Next weekend has two events lined up, and this time I will definitely be attending - both of them. One 'cos I've paid & the other 'cos I'm getting paid! First, on Saturday, is the TEDxEQChch event, with a host of speakers with different perspectives and ideas. Particularly looking forward to Art Agnos, former mayor of San Francisco - I've heard him being interviewed a few times and he has valuable opinions based on first-hand experience of post-disaster management & rebuilding.
Then, on Sunday it's time for a telethon. No, not like these ones...
Vid from NZ On Screen (chur bro)
Well, hopefully it won't be quite so painful... at least technology's improved a bit since then. Fashion certainly hasn't. We're seeing that awful 80s crap all over again!!
<ahem> sorry. back on track...
This time the Telethon's an international, 21st century effort - official site here - that even has a sniff of royal interest... Lady Gaga's donated some shoes! In all seriousness though, one of the other royals is going to graciously send us a message. I'll be working at the event... smiling, talking, helping. There's an auction site too, if you're interested. Donate. Buy. Help. We need it.