Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 2: Vision and Objectives

Artist impression of the river with landings and walkways

The purpose of the Vision and Objectives is to articulate what regeneration would look like in the Regeneration Area and to inspire, guide and shape its future.

The Vision and Objectives have driven the development of the draft Regeneration Plan and will continue to provide overarching direction and guidance to shape the regeneration of the area.

Informed by over 5,000 ideas from the public and input from key partners, the Vision and Objectives identify the priorities for the Regeneration Area.

The Objectives recognise the value and opportunity the Regeneration Area provides to both the residents of Christchurch and all of New Zealand.

For Christchurch, the Objectives acknowledge the importance of ecological restoration and connected communities, along with opportunities for community participation and greater prosperity. From a wider perspective, they acknowledge the unique opportunities the Regeneration Area provides as a visitor destination and as a living laboratory for demonstrating innovative responses to climate change and natural hazards.

As the needs of the city and communities change, the activities that make the best use of this land may also change. The Objectives will be the touchstone against which future decisions can be made and will ensure there is a clear aspiration for the Regeneration Area while still allowing flexibility to adjust to a changing future.

Objectives for Christchurch

Create a restored native habitat with good quality water so there is an abundant source of mahinga kai, birdlife and native species.

Support safe, strong and healthy communities that are well-connected with each other and with the wider city.

Provide opportunities for enhanced community participation, recreation
and leisure.

Create opportunities for sustainable economic activity and connections that enhance our wellbeing and prosperity now and into the future.

Objectives for New Zealand

Develop the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area as a destination that attracts a wide range of domestic and international visitors.

Establish a world-leading living laboratory, where we learn, experiment and research; testing and creating new ideas and ways of living.

Demonstrate how to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by natural hazards, climate change and
a river’s floodplain.

Our Vision is for the river
to connect us together
with each other, with nature
and with new possibilities.

Nōku te awa.1 The river is mine.

We all share in the future
of this river.

1. Nōku te awa: Wiremu Te Uki addressing the Smith-Nairn Commission, 1880

The purpose of the Vision and Objectives is to articulate what regeneration would look like in the Regeneration Area and to inspire, guide and shape its future.

The Vision and Objectives have driven the development of the draft Regeneration Plan and will continue to provide overarching direction and guidance to shape the regeneration of the area.

Informed by over 5,000 ideas from the public and input from key partners, the Vision and Objectives identify the priorities for the Regeneration Area.

The Objectives recognise the value and opportunity the Regeneration Area provides to both the residents of Christchurch and all of New Zealand.

For Christchurch, the Objectives acknowledge the importance of ecological restoration and connected communities, along with opportunities for community participation and greater prosperity. From a wider perspective, they acknowledge the unique opportunities the Regeneration Area provides as a visitor destination and as a living laboratory for demonstrating innovative responses to climate change and natural hazards.

As the needs of the city and communities change, the activities that make the best use of this land may also change. The Objectives will be the touchstone against which future decisions can be made and will ensure there is a clear aspiration for the Regeneration Area while still allowing flexibility to adjust to a changing future.

Objectives for Christchurch

Create a restored native habitat with good quality water so there is an abundant source of mahinga kai, birdlife and native species.

Support safe, strong and healthy communities that are well-connected with each other and with the wider city.

Provide opportunities for enhanced community participation, recreation
and leisure.

Create opportunities for sustainable economic activity and connections that enhance our wellbeing and prosperity now and into the future.

Objectives for New Zealand

Develop the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area as a destination that attracts a wide range of domestic and international visitors.

Establish a world-leading living laboratory, where we learn, experiment and research; testing and creating new ideas and ways of living.

Demonstrate how to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by natural hazards, climate change and
a river’s floodplain.

Our Vision is for the river
to connect us together
with each other, with nature
and with new possibilities.

Nōku te awa.1 The river is mine.

We all share in the future
of this river.

1. Nōku te awa: Wiremu Te Uki addressing the Smith-Nairn Commission, 1880