Community Reference Group

The Community Reference Group has been established to provide strategic advice to Regenerate Christchurch on the community engagement process supporting the development of the draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Three Avonside Girls' High school students are on the Community Reference Group

The role of the Community Reference Group

As well as providing strategic advice on community engagement, the Community Reference Group will:

  • Build the community’s knowledge of regeneration planning processes to enable them to participate in community engagement, consultation and decision-making processes.

  • Build Regenerate Christchurch’s knowledge of the needs, interests and aspirations of the different communities within and across Christchurch.

  • Create opportunities for communities to initiate their own engagement tactics.

  • Provide specific advice on ways to engage more effectively with specific groups, such as young people and ethnic groups.

Note: this is not a decision-making group. Members have no powers of veto – the process is an information-sharing experience only.


Members of the Community Reference Group

BJ Clark, Jill Borland, Molly Behan, Ria Ellin and Maddy Teape, Nigel Ripley, Chris Cole, Rex Neville Gibson and Jane Harrison.

The independent facilitator is Ruth Jones.

A Technical and Community Advisory Group has also been established.
Find out more about the Technical and Community Advisory Group.


The Community Reference Group has been established to provide strategic advice to Regenerate Christchurch on the community engagement process supporting the development of the draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Three Avonside Girls' High school students are on the Community Reference Group

The role of the Community Reference Group

As well as providing strategic advice on community engagement, the Community Reference Group will:

  • Build the community’s knowledge of regeneration planning processes to enable them to participate in community engagement, consultation and decision-making processes.

  • Build Regenerate Christchurch’s knowledge of the needs, interests and aspirations of the different communities within and across Christchurch.

  • Create opportunities for communities to initiate their own engagement tactics.

  • Provide specific advice on ways to engage more effectively with specific groups, such as young people and ethnic groups.

Note: this is not a decision-making group. Members have no powers of veto – the process is an information-sharing experience only.


Members of the Community Reference Group

BJ Clark, Jill Borland, Molly Behan, Ria Ellin and Maddy Teape, Nigel Ripley, Chris Cole, Rex Neville Gibson and Jane Harrison.

The independent facilitator is Ruth Jones.

A Technical and Community Advisory Group has also been established.
Find out more about the Technical and Community Advisory Group.