Vision and Objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor

The Vision and Objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area will play a critical role in the identification, assessment and evaluation of potential uses and activities for the Area, and provide the overarching framework for the Area for years to come.

The draft Vision and Objectives were developed through a series of public engagement activities, including a Community Day on 25 March 2017, a roadshow, and a postcard initiative with schools. There were online activities and information too. We also held a series of 19 targeted stakeholder workshops, conducted a Community Needs Survey and developed community profiles.

Our Community Reference Group, Technical and Community Advisory Group, key partners and Board also provided input into the development of the draft Vision and Objectives, as well as the Christchurch City Council and the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. Additionally, Regenerate Christchurch attended a hui at the Maahunui II Marae in Tuhiwi on 5 May 2017, when a whakataukī to include in the vision statement was put forward by Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

On 12 May 2017 we published our draft Vision and Objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area and asked for your feedback. During the public feedback period, workshops were held with children from Banks Avenue and Waitakiri Schools to gather their views.

Feedback closed on 2 June 2017. We received comments from 85 groups and individuals. The majority of the feedback was positive or neutral with the majority of submitters commenting on the importance of the natural environment. We have made some changes as a result of this feedback. The summary of feedback, which includes a table of comments and recommended amendments, is in the document library on the right of this webpage. The final Vision and Objectives that will guide regeneration planning are below.


Our shared Ōtākaro Avon River vision


The river is part of us and we are part of the river.

It is a living part of our city.

A place of history and culture

where people gather, play, and celebrate together.

A place of learning and discovery

where traditional knowledge, science and technology meet.

A place for ideas and innovation

where we create new ways of living and connecting.

Our vision is for the river to connect us together -

with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.


Nōku te awa. The river is mine.

We all share in the future of this river.

Ōtākaro Avon River, together we thrive.


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

Objectives

For Christchurch

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

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

For New Zealand

  • Develop the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor 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.


The Vision and Objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area will play a critical role in the identification, assessment and evaluation of potential uses and activities for the Area, and provide the overarching framework for the Area for years to come.

The draft Vision and Objectives were developed through a series of public engagement activities, including a Community Day on 25 March 2017, a roadshow, and a postcard initiative with schools. There were online activities and information too. We also held a series of 19 targeted stakeholder workshops, conducted a Community Needs Survey and developed community profiles.

Our Community Reference Group, Technical and Community Advisory Group, key partners and Board also provided input into the development of the draft Vision and Objectives, as well as the Christchurch City Council and the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. Additionally, Regenerate Christchurch attended a hui at the Maahunui II Marae in Tuhiwi on 5 May 2017, when a whakataukī to include in the vision statement was put forward by Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

On 12 May 2017 we published our draft Vision and Objectives for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area and asked for your feedback. During the public feedback period, workshops were held with children from Banks Avenue and Waitakiri Schools to gather their views.

Feedback closed on 2 June 2017. We received comments from 85 groups and individuals. The majority of the feedback was positive or neutral with the majority of submitters commenting on the importance of the natural environment. We have made some changes as a result of this feedback. The summary of feedback, which includes a table of comments and recommended amendments, is in the document library on the right of this webpage. The final Vision and Objectives that will guide regeneration planning are below.


Our shared Ōtākaro Avon River vision


The river is part of us and we are part of the river.

It is a living part of our city.

A place of history and culture

where people gather, play, and celebrate together.

A place of learning and discovery

where traditional knowledge, science and technology meet.

A place for ideas and innovation

where we create new ways of living and connecting.

Our vision is for the river to connect us together -

with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.


Nōku te awa. The river is mine.

We all share in the future of this river.

Ōtākaro Avon River, together we thrive.


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

Objectives

For Christchurch

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

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

For New Zealand

  • Develop the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor 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.