Our engagement principles

We are putting people and communities at the heart of everything we do. Working with community members from diverse backgrounds and our strategic partners we have developed engagement principles that will underpin our work.

Our engagement principles are:

  • Put people and communities at the centre of what we do
  • Listen first, then act – start from where our communities are at
  • Utilise local expertise, knowledge and networks to help create collective responsibility and build momentum
  • Be brave, honest, resourceful, visible and respectful
  • Encourage a culture of inclusion and participation by reflecting diversity and promoting equity and accessibility.


Co-creating our engagement approach

Regenerate Christchurch held a workshop that was attended by approximately 70 people from community groups, the education and health sectors, third sector organisations, NGOs and regeneration partners on 5 November 2016.

The workshop’s main purpose was to help co-create an engagement approach for regeneration planning in the Ōtākaro Avon River regeneration area.

Participants were asked to come up with ideas and actions about how engagement with communities should happen.

Some of the ideas from the workshop were:

  • Go directly to where people are – work with them at their convenience, according to their preferences, cultures and needs.
  • Provide information in different ways and multiple times
  • Actively include the vulnerable, displaced or disempowered
  • Have regular check-ins during the process
  • Develop relevant and up-to-date technical information.
  • Provide regular access to information to enable people to be educated and informed.
  • Communicate what is possible and what the constraints, limitations and resources are – including technical, levels of influence, statutory process, time, budget. Ensure a quality engagement process.

The Workshop Summary, presentation and full notes are in the document library.


This workshop and subsequent meetings with community groups and networks, stakeholders, and individuals has helped us to weave engagement throughout the regeneration planning process.


We are putting people and communities at the heart of everything we do. Working with community members from diverse backgrounds and our strategic partners we have developed engagement principles that will underpin our work.

Our engagement principles are:

  • Put people and communities at the centre of what we do
  • Listen first, then act – start from where our communities are at
  • Utilise local expertise, knowledge and networks to help create collective responsibility and build momentum
  • Be brave, honest, resourceful, visible and respectful
  • Encourage a culture of inclusion and participation by reflecting diversity and promoting equity and accessibility.


Co-creating our engagement approach

Regenerate Christchurch held a workshop that was attended by approximately 70 people from community groups, the education and health sectors, third sector organisations, NGOs and regeneration partners on 5 November 2016.

The workshop’s main purpose was to help co-create an engagement approach for regeneration planning in the Ōtākaro Avon River regeneration area.

Participants were asked to come up with ideas and actions about how engagement with communities should happen.

Some of the ideas from the workshop were:

  • Go directly to where people are – work with them at their convenience, according to their preferences, cultures and needs.
  • Provide information in different ways and multiple times
  • Actively include the vulnerable, displaced or disempowered
  • Have regular check-ins during the process
  • Develop relevant and up-to-date technical information.
  • Provide regular access to information to enable people to be educated and informed.
  • Communicate what is possible and what the constraints, limitations and resources are – including technical, levels of influence, statutory process, time, budget. Ensure a quality engagement process.

The Workshop Summary, presentation and full notes are in the document library.


This workshop and subsequent meetings with community groups and networks, stakeholders, and individuals has helped us to weave engagement throughout the regeneration planning process.