Red Zone Futures news and videos

Artist's impression of a scene in the Otakaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area

As part of Christchurch’s regeneration, we have an unprecedented opportunity to plan the future of the land along the Ōtākaro Avon River that includes the area known as the ‘former Residential Red Zone’.

The following videos explain what the future of this landcould look like, and the huge benefits it could have for both Christchurch andNew Zealand.”


The Green Spine

The Green Spine is an 11km open corridor that follows the Ōtākaro Avon River from the city to the sea. This video explains more about what this open space could look like.


Water in the future

The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area provides us with an incredible opportunity to explore ways to address climate change, sea level rise and stormwater treatment.


Mahinga Kai

Explaining the principle of mahinga kai (foodand resource gathering) and its importance in the future of the Ōtākaro AvonRiver Corridor.


Strengthening communities

Regeneration offers an incredible opportunity to bring communities together to enhance whānaungatanga, in new places and spaces that foster increased wellbeing.


Stories from our past

Looking at how we can honour the memories of residents and communities that used to call the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area home.


What children and young people want

The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area is going to be enjoyed by generations to come. We spoke with children andyoung people to find out their dreams for the area.



As part of Christchurch’s regeneration, we have an unprecedented opportunity to plan the future of the land along the Ōtākaro Avon River that includes the area known as the ‘former Residential Red Zone’.

The following videos explain what the future of this landcould look like, and the huge benefits it could have for both Christchurch andNew Zealand.”


The Green Spine

The Green Spine is an 11km open corridor that follows the Ōtākaro Avon River from the city to the sea. This video explains more about what this open space could look like.


Water in the future

The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area provides us with an incredible opportunity to explore ways to address climate change, sea level rise and stormwater treatment.


Mahinga Kai

Explaining the principle of mahinga kai (foodand resource gathering) and its importance in the future of the Ōtākaro AvonRiver Corridor.


Strengthening communities

Regeneration offers an incredible opportunity to bring communities together to enhance whānaungatanga, in new places and spaces that foster increased wellbeing.


Stories from our past

Looking at how we can honour the memories of residents and communities that used to call the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area home.


What children and young people want

The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area is going to be enjoyed by generations to come. We spoke with children andyoung people to find out their dreams for the area.



  • Doors ready to open on Red Zone Futures exhibition

    3 months ago
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    The doors of 99 Cashel St, Christchurch will open for Regenerate Christchurch’s Red Zone Futures exhibition tomorrow, 26 May, providing physical and virtual glimpses into the future of the Otakaro Avon Corridor Regeneration Area.

    The interactive exhibition, which includes a virtual reality kayaking experience, is part of a five-week public engagement as Regenerate Christchurch seeks feedback on the refined shortlist of land uses for the 602-hectare Regeneration Area, including the former residential red zone.


    “This exhibition is an exciting opportunity for people to help shape one of the largest geographical areas in Christchurch,” says Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta.

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    The doors of 99 Cashel St, Christchurch will open for Regenerate Christchurch’s Red Zone Futures exhibition tomorrow, 26 May, providing physical and virtual glimpses into the future of the Otakaro Avon Corridor Regeneration Area.

    The interactive exhibition, which includes a virtual reality kayaking experience, is part of a five-week public engagement as Regenerate Christchurch seeks feedback on the refined shortlist of land uses for the 602-hectare Regeneration Area, including the former residential red zone.


    “This exhibition is an exciting opportunity for people to help shape one of the largest geographical areas in Christchurch,” says Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta.

    “We have previously announced that a Green Spine – an open public space of restored native habitat with small-scale community and commercial facilities and a network of paths – will follow the course of the Otakaro Avon River from the city to New Brighton.”

    Outside the Green Spine and wetland areas, there are three reaches (areas) within the River Corridor where land uses are combined into themes of Food and Culture, Experiencing Nature, and Activity and Play.

    • The Otakaro Loop Reach between Stanmore Rd and Gayhurst Rd contains land uses relating to “Activity and Play”
    • The Horseshoe Lake Reach from Dallington to Avondale holds “Food and Culture”-themed activities
    • The Eastern Reaches from Burwood to Bexley becomes an ecological haven with its “Experiencing Nature” land uses.

    Mr Iafeta says the aim of the Red Zone Futures exhibition is to give the public the chance to share their thoughts on the activities in the Three Reaches and the Green Spine.

    “To maximise our reach into the community and provide as many opportunities as possible for people to have their say, a travelling exhibition will visit public places, spaces and events around greater Christchurch,” says Mr Iafeta.

    “We’ll also have a online version of the exhibition so people can offer their thoughts and access the same information as the Cashel St exhibition from their computer, tablet or mobile phone.”

    The feedback Regenerate Christchurch receives during the exhibition will help shape the draft Otakaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

    The Red Zone Futures exhibition will run from 26 May to 30 June at 99 Cashel St, Cashel Mall, Christchurch. Doors are open daily 10am-3pm and 7pm Thursdays. Children are welcome and the venue is accessibility friendly.

  • Regenerate Christchurch announces public exhibition

    3 months ago
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    Regenerate Christchurch has confirmed details of its public exhibition of the refined shortlist of potential land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area. This includes the area previously known as the residential red zone.

    The “Red Zone Futures” exhibition will run from Saturday 26 May to Saturday 30 June 2018 at 99 Cashel St in Cashel Mall. There will also be an online exhibition and mobile exhibitions at public spaces around Greater Christchurch.

    “We’ve listened to the significant feedback received so far,” says Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta. “We’ve considered the findings of Nielsen’s community needs assessment...

    Regenerate Christchurch has confirmed details of its public exhibition of the refined shortlist of potential land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area. This includes the area previously known as the residential red zone.

    The “Red Zone Futures” exhibition will run from Saturday 26 May to Saturday 30 June 2018 at 99 Cashel St in Cashel Mall. There will also be an online exhibition and mobile exhibitions at public spaces around Greater Christchurch.

    “We’ve listened to the significant feedback received so far,” says Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta. “We’ve considered the findings of Nielsen’s community needs assessment completed last year, and the technical analysis and expert advice. We’re now preparing to show Christchurch and New Zealand the opportunities within the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.”

    “The Regeneration Area is one of the largest geographical features in Christchurch and that’s what makes its transformation so exciting,” Mr Iafeta says.

    “I encourage everyone to visit the physical or online versions of the exhibition to see how strong common preferences that came through in the public feedback have created a vision for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area.

    “We have an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a legacy that will deliver benefits for Christchurch and New Zealand’s future generations. The online component of the exhibition will allow people from Christchurch and all around New Zealand to have their say before we finalise the draft regeneration plan for the area.”

    The exhibition will show how an 11-kilometre “Green Spine” from the city to New Brighton, that features walkways, biking tracks and wetland developments, will be complemented by other potential public and private uses.

    Regenerate Christchurch is responsible for developing the regeneration plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and has considered more than 5,000 ideas submitted by the community, as well as surveys, technical reports and studies.

  • Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor announcement

    3 months ago
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    In its selection of the refined shortlist of land use options for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area, Regenerate Christchurch is today announcing that a position of bold environmental leadership underpins its planning for the future use of the land, which includes the area previously known as the residential red zone.

    Water quality and public access to the natural environment are identified as priorities with a mix of naturally-occurring and new activities.

    The Chair of Regenerate Christchurch, Sue Sheldon, says an 11-kilometre “Green Spine” from the city to New Brighton, walkways and biking tracks, wetlands developments and a variety...

    In its selection of the refined shortlist of land use options for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area, Regenerate Christchurch is today announcing that a position of bold environmental leadership underpins its planning for the future use of the land, which includes the area previously known as the residential red zone.

    Water quality and public access to the natural environment are identified as priorities with a mix of naturally-occurring and new activities.

    The Chair of Regenerate Christchurch, Sue Sheldon, says an 11-kilometre “Green Spine” from the city to New Brighton, walkways and biking tracks, wetlands developments and a variety of other potential public and private land uses will provide a range of opportunities for private, not-for-profit and community investment and attract up to 1 million unique visitors annually.

    “Water quality in the area - which is nearly twice the size of New York’s Central Park and four times the size of London’s Hyde Park - has been a particularly strong consideration, with 83 percent of people surveyed by Nielsen in 2017 prioritising groundwater quality in the area and 72 percent prioritising water quality in its rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands,” Ms Sheldon says.

    Regenerate Christchurch is responsible for developing the regeneration plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and has considered more than 5,000 ideas submitted by the community, as well as surveys, technical reports and studies. Since the publication in October 2017 of 10 possible combinations of uses for the area, public feedback has identified strong common preferences, which have informed the development of a refined shortlist that will feature in an upcoming public exhibition.

    Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta says extensive analysis has identified how improvements to water quality and the environment could be achieved, creating genuine long-term social, cultural, environmental, educational, health and economic benefits for Christchurch and New Zealand.

    The Green Spine will be up to 150 metres wide on each side of the river with large areas of ecological restoration, wetlands, community spaces such as barbecue areas and coffee stops, and will support access to the river. Elsewhere, there are three significant areas suitable for a variety of potential public and private land uses reflecting themes of Food and Culture; Experiencing Nature; and Activity and Play.

    “These will create opportunities for school children and researchers to learn about the natural environment to better understand the challenges and opportunities within a truly living laboratory. Ecological, food, cultural and recreational experiences, sustainable agriculture and adaptable housing will be part of a unique urban environment,” Mr Iafeta says.

    One 31-hectare wetland area between Horseshoe Lake and New Brighton Road will treat stormwater run-off from as many as 10,000 properties and improve water quality in the Ōtākaro Avon River and Horseshoe Lake, which is culturally significant to Ngāi Tūāhuriri. A further 49 hectares of wetlands elsewhere in the corridor area will treat stormwater run-off from another 15,000 properties.

    “Implementation of the plan is likely to be the beginning of a 30-year intergenerational programme of work. But the decisions that public institutions, private entities and the wider community make today, will create the world that future generations will judge us on,” Ms Sheldon says.

    “In deciding the land uses for the refined shortlist we have determined that three potential uses previously considered will not be progressed any further. They are large-scale housing, a land-swap to enable the establishment of a golf course within the corridor area and a flatwater facility.”

    Regenerate Christchurch was required to assess the feasibility of constructing an open water course suitable for international events. Last year, three possible options were included in the 10 possible combinations of land uses: a 1.1-kilometre out-of-river flatwater facility, a 2.2-kilometre in-river flatwater facility and a 2.2-kilometre out-of-river flatwater facility.

    Mr Iafeta says extensive expert analysis determined that an in-river option would be subject to frequent algal blooms, and an out-of-river flatwater option would prevent the provision of stormwater treatment that would significantly improve the water quality in Horseshoe Lake.

    “In addition, expert analysis found that keeping a 2.2-kilometre out-of-river flatwater facility free of algal bloom would require 43 million litres of water to be extracted from Christchurch’s deep-water aquifers every day. That is about a third of the average amount currently used in the city every day for drinking water.

    “The water would need to go into the flatwater facility from the aquifers and then be flushed out into the Ōtākaro Avon River, increasing the flow of the river by about a third and causing greater flood risk and affecting the river’s banks and existing ecology.”

    Information about the refined shortlist of potential land uses will be released for public comment as part of a wider engagement programme, which will begin with a public exhibition. An announcement on the timing and venue will be made shortly.