Process - findings

This image shows a Regenerate Christchurch representative in discussion with a member of the public at an engagement event.

As mentioned, community engagement around 10 possible combinations of land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area was primarily an opportunity to test both the process to get to this point and the information underpinning the process. However, the number of respondents who specifically mentioned the process and/or information was relatively low.

Only 15.3% of comments (285) mentioned the process Regenerate Christchurch has taken to get to this point, or the information considered. Of those 285 comments, it was almost evenly split between positive and negative (144 positive, 141 negative), with seven of those respondents providing both positive and negative comments on different aspects of the process, information or engagement.

The vast majority of comments, both positive and negative, were short observations of the process, the information provided, the engagement undertaken or the functionality of the website. Fewer than 40 people and groups provided detailed responses or additional information for consideration.

Positive comments were mostly words of encouragement or thanks for the work done to date.

Negative comments often focused on the sheer volume of information and its technical nature as a barrier to engagement. However, people equally commented that the information did not provide sufficient detail, particularly around funding, timing and governance.

“Fantastic plans. Clearly a lot of research has already been put into this project, and with good people behind it and the support from public we really hope it happens.”

“Where are the budget costs, revenue estimations, completion times etc? What do visitor attractions and productive uses actually entail?”

“Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the team at Regenerate Christchurch. You are doing an amazing job. Every little bit of progress takes so much planning. It is appreciated by the great silent majority.”

“I personally feel that for the 'average' person to give feedback is near impossible. To navigate through all of THAT is not something I can do . . . Please look at simplifying your communications.”


See all findings from engagement on 10 possible combinations of land uses.

As mentioned, community engagement around 10 possible combinations of land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area was primarily an opportunity to test both the process to get to this point and the information underpinning the process. However, the number of respondents who specifically mentioned the process and/or information was relatively low.

Only 15.3% of comments (285) mentioned the process Regenerate Christchurch has taken to get to this point, or the information considered. Of those 285 comments, it was almost evenly split between positive and negative (144 positive, 141 negative), with seven of those respondents providing both positive and negative comments on different aspects of the process, information or engagement.

The vast majority of comments, both positive and negative, were short observations of the process, the information provided, the engagement undertaken or the functionality of the website. Fewer than 40 people and groups provided detailed responses or additional information for consideration.

Positive comments were mostly words of encouragement or thanks for the work done to date.

Negative comments often focused on the sheer volume of information and its technical nature as a barrier to engagement. However, people equally commented that the information did not provide sufficient detail, particularly around funding, timing and governance.

“Fantastic plans. Clearly a lot of research has already been put into this project, and with good people behind it and the support from public we really hope it happens.”

“Where are the budget costs, revenue estimations, completion times etc? What do visitor attractions and productive uses actually entail?”

“Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the team at Regenerate Christchurch. You are doing an amazing job. Every little bit of progress takes so much planning. It is appreciated by the great silent majority.”

“I personally feel that for the 'average' person to give feedback is near impossible. To navigate through all of THAT is not something I can do . . . Please look at simplifying your communications.”


See all findings from engagement on 10 possible combinations of land uses.