Shaping the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor

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

Regenerate Christchurch is now in the process of developing a regeneration plan for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor.


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

Regenerate Christchurch is now in the process of developing a regeneration plan for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor.


  • Design Jam

    4 months ago
    Designjam
    Design Jam saw architectural, planning and design students and young entrepreneurs develop design ideas for parts of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area.

    Supported by industry professionals and mentors, over 40 young people collaborated in teams to create ten design concepts for various parts of the 600 hectares of former red zone land connecting the city to the sea along the Ōtākaro Avon River.

    Design Jam saw architectural, planning and design students and young entrepreneurs develop design ideas for parts of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area.

    Supported by industry professionals and mentors, over 40 young people collaborated in teams to create ten design concepts for various parts of the 600 hectares of former red zone land connecting the city to the sea along the Ōtākaro Avon River.

  • Integrated Assessment process

    5 months ago

    Integrated Assessment is an internationally recognised process to help assess and inform the preparation of plans and strategies. It normally involves a workshop or series of workshops with a diverse group of people who have relevant knowledge about the resources, communities, location or objectives, together with professionals from a range of disciplines, and those involved in producing the plan.

    As part of the Integrated Assessment process, a draft assessment criteria based on the plan’s vision and objectives, is created and confirmed or amended by Integrated Assessment participants.

    Feedback on the Integrated Assessment draft criteria has now closed.

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    Integrated Assessment is an internationally recognised process to help assess and inform the preparation of plans and strategies. It normally involves a workshop or series of workshops with a diverse group of people who have relevant knowledge about the resources, communities, location or objectives, together with professionals from a range of disciplines, and those involved in producing the plan.

    As part of the Integrated Assessment process, a draft assessment criteria based on the plan’s vision and objectives, is created and confirmed or amended by Integrated Assessment participants.

    Feedback on the Integrated Assessment draft criteria has now closed.

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  • Vision and objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor

    6 months ago
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    The draft vision for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor has been shaped by thousands of ideas from Christchurch people about how the area can be transformed into an attractive and exciting legacy for our community.

    The draft vision and objectives identify the contribution the 602 hectare Ōtākaro Avon River corridor will make to the future of Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand. It will be the foundation for all future use decisions.



    The draft vision for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor has been shaped by thousands of ideas from Christchurch people about how the area can be transformed into an attractive and exciting legacy for our community.

    The draft vision and objectives identify the contribution the 602 hectare Ōtākaro Avon River corridor will make to the future of Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand. It will be the foundation for all future use decisions.



  • Your ideas for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor

    6 months ago
    Kids putting up ideas

    Thanks for all the ideas!

    Between March and May 2017 Regenerate Christchurch conducted community engagement to understand the needs of Christchurch communities and seek ideas for how the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor could meet these needs.

    Ideas were gathered online, from an Open Day at Haeata Campus, through a range of stakeholder engagements and a roadshow across Christchurch libraries and the civic offices. Ideas and proposals received since 2013 by Regenerate Christchurch and other agencies were also collated.

    All this information was included in a thematic analysis report. In total there were 5,569 distinctive ideas.


    Thanks for all the ideas!

    Between March and May 2017 Regenerate Christchurch conducted community engagement to understand the needs of Christchurch communities and seek ideas for how the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor could meet these needs.

    Ideas were gathered online, from an Open Day at Haeata Campus, through a range of stakeholder engagements and a roadshow across Christchurch libraries and the civic offices. Ideas and proposals received since 2013 by Regenerate Christchurch and other agencies were also collated.

    All this information was included in a thematic analysis report. In total there were 5,569 distinctive ideas.


  • Community Needs Assessment

    6 months ago

    As part of our regeneration planning for the Ōtākaro Avon Rivercorridor, we need to develop a Community Needs Assessment.

    The Community Needs Assessment helps us understand what the community thinks is important for the regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor. We want to make sure that we understand community needs, so that regeneration planning for the river corridor helps meet these needs.

    We surveyed Christchurch residents to ask them which community needs are most important and should be prioritised.


    As part of our regeneration planning for the Ōtākaro Avon Rivercorridor, we need to develop a Community Needs Assessment.

    The Community Needs Assessment helps us understand what the community thinks is important for the regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor. We want to make sure that we understand community needs, so that regeneration planning for the river corridor helps meet these needs.

    We surveyed Christchurch residents to ask them which community needs are most important and should be prioritised.


  • Documents

    6 months ago

    From time to time throughout the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor regeneration planning process we will have documents available for comment. We will also have documents that we want to release publically. This is all part of our commitment to our engagement principles - principles that include being brave, honest, resourceful, visible and respectful, and promoting equity and accessibility.



    From time to time throughout the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor regeneration planning process we will have documents available for comment. We will also have documents that we want to release publically. This is all part of our commitment to our engagement principles - principles that include being brave, honest, resourceful, visible and respectful, and promoting equity and accessibility.



  • Avon Trail

    7 months ago
    Cropped logo design competition

    An exciting 12 kilometre transitional trail along the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River will open in stages from spring.

    Work to prepare the Avon Trail is underway and you will be able to walk, run or cycle sections of the trail from Barbadoes Street to Pages Road in New Brighton from later this year. The full trail is expected to open in early 2018.

    The hunt is on for a logo that will shape the identity of the Avon Trial . . .

    An exciting 12 kilometre transitional trail along the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River will open in stages from spring.

    Work to prepare the Avon Trail is underway and you will be able to walk, run or cycle sections of the trail from Barbadoes Street to Pages Road in New Brighton from later this year. The full trail is expected to open in early 2018.

    The hunt is on for a logo that will shape the identity of the Avon Trial . . .

  • Community Reference Group

    7 months ago

    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.

    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.

  • Technical and Community Advisory Group

    7 months ago

    The Technical and Community Advisory Group acts as a sounding board and discussion forum to support Regenerate Christchurch through the development of the draft Ōtākaro/Avon River Regeneration Plan.

    The Technical and Community Advisory Group acts as a sounding board and discussion forum to support Regenerate Christchurch through the development of the draft Ōtākaro/Avon River Regeneration Plan.

  • Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan

    7 months ago
    Image of outline

    The Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan sets out how Regenerate Christchurch will determine the best mix of well-integrated uses for more than 600 hectares of land, including the former residential red zone along both sides of the river from Barbadoes Street to Bexley.

    The Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan sets out how Regenerate Christchurch will determine the best mix of well-integrated uses for more than 600 hectares of land, including the former residential red zone along both sides of the river from Barbadoes Street to Bexley.