A DVD made in Dunedin,
which shows the progress Christchurch is making following the
2011 earthquakes, has given the Duchess of Cambridge ''goose
The six-minute presentation was made by Animation
Research Ltd and was the centrepiece of the lunch for William
and Kate, during their Christchurch visit yesterday.
It showed the resilience and strength of the Christchurch
people helping with the rebuild, and aimed to help people
understand the scale of the opportunities that lie ahead for
Animation Research Ltd/Virtual Eye chief executive officer
Ian Taylor said the presentation was wrapped up in the story
''It begins with an animation of Aoraki's waka crashing on
the rocks and turning into the South Island.
''And then our focus was on the people we never hear from -
the people who are passionate about their city and determined
to make it something special.
''It is no accident that there are no officials in this
story. As Sir Mark Solomon's quote says: the city is the
people, the people, the people.''
Mr Taylor said the presentation received a great response
from the Royals.
''It was really lovely. [Catherine] apparently said it gave
her goose bumps.
''He [the prince] was really impressed by it. I was fortunate
enough to be sitting at his table - he thought it was just
''I could see the [duke and duchess] watching it. Their eyes
never came off it.''
The presentation received a ''really wonderful'' response
from the people of Christchurch, as well, he said.
The DVD was made at the request of Canterbury Employers'
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend, and the
Animation Research Ltd team started working on it last
Mr Taylor said there were several sleepless nights as the
team worked to finish it, completing the task at 1am
''It was quite nice to make it from the outside looking in,
because you look at it and you see some really amazing things
that have been done ...
''They are still suffering, but I hope the video does give
them something to hold on to and to celebrate.''
The presentation has since been sent to media organisations
around the world.
When Prince William learned the company was based in Dunedin,
he told Mr Taylor he had had a wonderful day in the city.
''People think that they leave the town and forget,'' Mr
''But he just said to me at the table, 'Dunedin, we had a
great time'. He raved about it.''