Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 1: Introduction

Scenic photo of the Otakaro Avon River

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.


Mihi – Ngāi Tūāhuriri

E ngā iwi o ngā waka nō ngā hau e whā kua tau nei ki Ōtautahi, naiā te ōwhā ki a koutou.

Tēnei te Rautaki Whakarauora nō Te Kōwatawata hei koha ki a koutou.

Welcome to all the people from the four winds who have made Ōtautahi/Christchurch their home. Greetings to you all. Regenerate Christchurch is pleased to present the draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Regeneration is about people, place and prosperity. For Ōtautahi/Christchurch, it’s about creating a vibrant city that has opportunities for people to grow, connect and thrive.

Nau mai, tauti mai.

Aerial view of the Regeneration Area


Foreword

As a new and vibrant central city emerges, the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor represents a transformational opportunity of local, regional and national significance that will create even greater prosperity for generations to come.

The Regeneration Area is a vital part of our city identity - shaping how we view our city, with an enduring connection to the environment that links the city, the river and the sea.

This draft Regeneration Plan presents a bold Vision for the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, that balances the needs and aspirations of current and future generations, iwi, and the wider public and private sectors. It has been shaped by all those who have given feedback as the plan has developed. We acknowledge the significant interest, engagement and feedback we have received from the community to date.

Achieving the Vision will require long term investment and commitment from multiple parties. The Crown and Council as current landowners will need to decide:

  • who will govern and have accountability for realising the Vision
  • future ownership of the land
  • how and when funding commitments will be made
  • which significant elements or projects should attract early investment and commitment
  • which elements of public sector funding are essential to encourage investment by the private, philanthropic, community and not for profit sectors
  • how enabling actions, such as land title amalgamation, will occur in the short term

As these decisions are made the community will have greater certainty about the pace of regeneration; in particular, when they can expect to see development begin and the scale of that development.

Regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor requires a champion to ensure that momentum does not falter – and it must continue to ensure the community has an ongoing role and ownership of the future of this area.

The public notification of this draft Regeneration Plan is your chance to influence the future of this area. We invite you to share your views and thank you for your ongoing contribution to this process.

Sue Sheldon photo- Sue Sheldon

Chair, Regenerate Christchurch


Regenerate Christchurch acknowledges the people who have lived and worked in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, as well as those who will always remain connected to this land.

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.


Mihi – Ngāi Tūāhuriri

E ngā iwi o ngā waka nō ngā hau e whā kua tau nei ki Ōtautahi, naiā te ōwhā ki a koutou.

Tēnei te Rautaki Whakarauora nō Te Kōwatawata hei koha ki a koutou.

Welcome to all the people from the four winds who have made Ōtautahi/Christchurch their home. Greetings to you all. Regenerate Christchurch is pleased to present the draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Regeneration is about people, place and prosperity. For Ōtautahi/Christchurch, it’s about creating a vibrant city that has opportunities for people to grow, connect and thrive.

Nau mai, tauti mai.

Aerial view of the Regeneration Area


Foreword

As a new and vibrant central city emerges, the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor represents a transformational opportunity of local, regional and national significance that will create even greater prosperity for generations to come.

The Regeneration Area is a vital part of our city identity - shaping how we view our city, with an enduring connection to the environment that links the city, the river and the sea.

This draft Regeneration Plan presents a bold Vision for the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, that balances the needs and aspirations of current and future generations, iwi, and the wider public and private sectors. It has been shaped by all those who have given feedback as the plan has developed. We acknowledge the significant interest, engagement and feedback we have received from the community to date.

Achieving the Vision will require long term investment and commitment from multiple parties. The Crown and Council as current landowners will need to decide:

  • who will govern and have accountability for realising the Vision
  • future ownership of the land
  • how and when funding commitments will be made
  • which significant elements or projects should attract early investment and commitment
  • which elements of public sector funding are essential to encourage investment by the private, philanthropic, community and not for profit sectors
  • how enabling actions, such as land title amalgamation, will occur in the short term

As these decisions are made the community will have greater certainty about the pace of regeneration; in particular, when they can expect to see development begin and the scale of that development.

Regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor requires a champion to ensure that momentum does not falter – and it must continue to ensure the community has an ongoing role and ownership of the future of this area.

The public notification of this draft Regeneration Plan is your chance to influence the future of this area. We invite you to share your views and thank you for your ongoing contribution to this process.

Sue Sheldon photo- Sue Sheldon

Chair, Regenerate Christchurch


Regenerate Christchurch acknowledges the people who have lived and worked in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, as well as those who will always remain connected to this land.

  • The process we used

    8 months ago
    Low exhibition

    This draft Regeneration Plan has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Act 2016 and the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

    This draft Regeneration Plan has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Act 2016 and the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

  • The plan in context

    8 months ago
    Geographical context

    The river and surrounding land have played many roles in the history of Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Creating a plan for the future starts with understanding these stories of the past.

    The river and surrounding land have played many roles in the history of Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Creating a plan for the future starts with understanding these stories of the past.

  • About this plan

    8 months ago
    20181009 introduction

    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.

    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.