Read the Draft OARC Regeneration Plan

The front cover of the draft Regeneration Plan

This draft Regeneration Plan presents a bold vision for the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. It emphasises a strengthened connection between people, the river and the land.

Shaped by public engagement, the Vision is one of a restored natural environment, creating experiences that link our city to the sea.

The Ōtākaro/Avon River forms an enduring foundation of life in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. As a source of mahinga kai for early Ngāi Tūāhuriri and colonial pioneers, and as a transport system, the Ōtākaro/Avon River binds our memories, and our futures together.

Following on from the devastation of the earthquakes, the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, set in the heart of east Christchurch, provides the opportunity to support the regeneration of the land, river and communities.

The draft Regeneration Plan provides guidance about the future of the Regeneration Area. In particular:

  • Residents living within and near the Regeneration Area need to understand how the land will be used in the immediate future and in the long term.
  • Manawhenua need to know how their interests are provided for, including the exercise of tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga.
  • Infrastructure providers, including the Christchurch City Council, need to be able to plan for effective and efficient repair and improvement of infrastructure.
  • The wider community, including the private sector, not for profit sector, social enterprise and philanthropists, need to know what the Regeneration Area might look like so they can make investment decisions.

The draft Regeneration Plan has been developed using the best available information on the challenges and opportunities of the existing environment. It enables future uses to be considered alongside broader regeneration, infrastructure, hazard avoidance and mitigation requirements.

The broad vision for the Regeneration Area is to provide opportunities for multiple uses within a predominantly natural environment and show how those opportunities can create a new, integrated ecosystem. Foremost, it is a place of connection with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.

Section 29 parties' concise statement of views

In accordance with Section 33(2) of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCRA), Regenerate Christchurch must, in developing the Draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan, seek the views of each party specified in Section 29(1) of the GCRA.

Section 34(c) of the GCRA requires Regenerate Christchurch to ensure a concise statement recording the views under Section 33 is made publicly available.

You can download a concise statement recording their views here, or click the link in the document library on the right-hand side of the page.


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This draft Regeneration Plan presents a bold vision for the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. It emphasises a strengthened connection between people, the river and the land.

Shaped by public engagement, the Vision is one of a restored natural environment, creating experiences that link our city to the sea.

The Ōtākaro/Avon River forms an enduring foundation of life in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. As a source of mahinga kai for early Ngāi Tūāhuriri and colonial pioneers, and as a transport system, the Ōtākaro/Avon River binds our memories, and our futures together.

Following on from the devastation of the earthquakes, the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, set in the heart of east Christchurch, provides the opportunity to support the regeneration of the land, river and communities.

The draft Regeneration Plan provides guidance about the future of the Regeneration Area. In particular:

  • Residents living within and near the Regeneration Area need to understand how the land will be used in the immediate future and in the long term.
  • Manawhenua need to know how their interests are provided for, including the exercise of tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga.
  • Infrastructure providers, including the Christchurch City Council, need to be able to plan for effective and efficient repair and improvement of infrastructure.
  • The wider community, including the private sector, not for profit sector, social enterprise and philanthropists, need to know what the Regeneration Area might look like so they can make investment decisions.

The draft Regeneration Plan has been developed using the best available information on the challenges and opportunities of the existing environment. It enables future uses to be considered alongside broader regeneration, infrastructure, hazard avoidance and mitigation requirements.

The broad vision for the Regeneration Area is to provide opportunities for multiple uses within a predominantly natural environment and show how those opportunities can create a new, integrated ecosystem. Foremost, it is a place of connection with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.

Section 29 parties' concise statement of views

In accordance with Section 33(2) of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCRA), Regenerate Christchurch must, in developing the Draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan, seek the views of each party specified in Section 29(1) of the GCRA.

Section 34(c) of the GCRA requires Regenerate Christchurch to ensure a concise statement recording the views under Section 33 is made publicly available.

You can download a concise statement recording their views here, or click the link in the document library on the right-hand side of the page.


Provide written comments

The period for written comments has now closed. Thanks for your feedback.