What needs does Christchurch have that could be met by the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor

As part of our regeneration planning for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, 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 River Corridor, 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.


  • 79% identified the safety of communities living in and around or visiting the regenerated areas as an important need

    over 1 year ago

    Essential priorities:

    • Buildings and infrastructure are resilient against natural hazards (eg. earthquakes, flooding) - 63% said this is essential.
    • People are safe from crime - 59% this is essential.
    • Injuries and risks to public health are minimised - 37% said this is essential.

    Essential priorities:

    • Buildings and infrastructure are resilient against natural hazards (eg. earthquakes, flooding) - 63% said this is essential.
    • People are safe from crime - 59% this is essential.
    • Injuries and risks to public health are minimised - 37% said this is essential.
  • 75% indentified the protection and enhancement of unique landscapes and indigenous wildlife and plants as an important need.

    over 1 year ago
    Red zone greenery

    Essential priorities:

    • The quality and quantity of ground water is protected (eg. drinking water that is sourced from underground aquifers) - 83% said this is essential.
    • Water quality in river, streams, lakes and wetlands is improved - 72% said this is essential.
    • Native plants and wildlife are protected and attracted - 46% said this is essential.
    • Landscapes and natural features are protected and enhanced - 40% said this is essential.
    • The land and water supports the production of food for residents now and in the future (eg. mahinga kai) - 31% said this is essential.

    Essential priorities:

    • The quality and quantity of ground water is protected (eg. drinking water that is sourced from underground aquifers) - 83% said this is essential.
    • Water quality in river, streams, lakes and wetlands is improved - 72% said this is essential.
    • Native plants and wildlife are protected and attracted - 46% said this is essential.
    • Landscapes and natural features are protected and enhanced - 40% said this is essential.
    • The land and water supports the production of food for residents now and in the future (eg. mahinga kai) - 31% said this is essential.
  • 66% identfied an attractive and well-designed urban environment as an important need

    over 1 year ago
    Bnz centre lunchtime 2

    Essential priorities:

    • Urban areas are well designed and form a hub for the community - 23% said this is essential.
    • Streetscapes, public open spaces and public buildings enhance the look and function of the area - 22% said this is essential.

    Essential priorities:

    • Urban areas are well designed and form a hub for the community - 23% said this is essential.
    • Streetscapes, public open spaces and public buildings enhance the look and function of the area - 22% said this is essential.
  • 64% identified the transport system meeting the needs of the community living in and around or visiting the regenerated areas as an important need.

    over 1 year ago
    Autumn cycling in hagley park

    Essential priorities:

    • An increased proportion of journeys are made by active transport (eg. cycling, walking, running) - 23% said this is essential.
    • The transport system provides people with access to economic, social and cultural activities - 20% said this is essential.
    • An increased proportion of journeys are made by public transport - 12% said this is essential.

    Essential priorities:

    • An increased proportion of journeys are made by active transport (eg. cycling, walking, running) - 23% said this is essential.
    • The transport system provides people with access to economic, social and cultural activities - 20% said this is essential.
    • An increased proportion of journeys are made by public transport - 12% said this is essential.
  • 54% identified community connection and participation as an important need.

    over 1 year ago
    Pool park

    Essential priorities:

    • All people have fair and equitable access to parks, open spaces and recreational activities in the regenerated areas - 44% said this is essential.
    • There are places for people to meet and gather - 26% said this is essential.
    • People, places and spaces make it easier to have a good quality family life - 26% said this is essential.
    • There is increasing participation in recreation and sporting activities - 20% said this is essential.
    • People are actively involved in their communities and local issues - 16% said this is essential.
    • ...

    Essential priorities:

    • All people have fair and equitable access to parks, open spaces and recreational activities in the regenerated areas - 44% said this is essential.
    • There are places for people to meet and gather - 26% said this is essential.
    • People, places and spaces make it easier to have a good quality family life - 26% said this is essential.
    • There is increasing participation in recreation and sporting activities - 20% said this is essential.
    • People are actively involved in their communities and local issues - 16% said this is essential.
  • 45% identified valuing Christchurch's culture and heritge as an important need.

    over 1 year ago

    Essential priorities:

    • Sites and places of significance to tangata whenua are protected and celebrated - 15% this is essential.
    • Cultural and ethnic diversity is valued and promoted - 14% said this is essential.
    • Christchurch's identity and heritage is enhanced in the development of new buildings and public spaces - 13% said this is essential.
    • The values and identity of those who occupied the land prior to the earthquakes are respected - 13% said this is essential.
    • Opportunities for participation in arts, culture and creative expression are provided - 7% said this is essential.

    Essential priorities:

    • Sites and places of significance to tangata whenua are protected and celebrated - 15% this is essential.
    • Cultural and ethnic diversity is valued and promoted - 14% said this is essential.
    • Christchurch's identity and heritage is enhanced in the development of new buildings and public spaces - 13% said this is essential.
    • The values and identity of those who occupied the land prior to the earthquakes are respected - 13% said this is essential.
    • Opportunities for participation in arts, culture and creative expression are provided - 7% said this is essential.
  • 47% identified that the regenerated areas should be a good place to work, visit, invest and do business.

    over 1 year ago
    Sitting outside ilex cafe christchurch

    Essential priorities:

    • Developments respond to the future challenges and opportunities of climate change (eg. protecting against rising sea levels, erosion and flooding) - 48% said this is essential.
    • Access to high quality education and training opportunities - 24% said this is essential.
    • Developments are designed for future use (eg. energy efficient, new technologies) - 20% said this is essential.
    • Improved employment opportunities, especially for young people - 23% said this is essential.
    • Development attracts the types of visitors and tourism that will help the region prosper - 20% said this is essential.
    • ...

    Essential priorities:

    • Developments respond to the future challenges and opportunities of climate change (eg. protecting against rising sea levels, erosion and flooding) - 48% said this is essential.
    • Access to high quality education and training opportunities - 24% said this is essential.
    • Developments are designed for future use (eg. energy efficient, new technologies) - 20% said this is essential.
    • Improved employment opportunities, especially for young people - 23% said this is essential.
    • Development attracts the types of visitors and tourism that will help the region prosper - 20% said this is essential.
    • Development encourages economic growth through new businesses and investment - 12% said this is essential.
    • Investor certainty ad confidence are achieved through the removal of barriers to business (eg. infrastructure, broadband) - 11% said this is essential.
  • 39% identified range and choice of housing as an important need.

    over 1 year ago
    448 avonside drive

    Essential priorities:

    • Housing is good quality (eg. well heated, energy efficient) - 45% said this is essential.
    • There are sufficient affordable housing options - 33% said this is essential.
    • The range of housing types meet the diverse needs of the communities (eg. different sized, different materials, attached/unattached) - 25% said that this essential.

    Essential priorities:

    • Housing is good quality (eg. well heated, energy efficient) - 45% said this is essential.
    • There are sufficient affordable housing options - 33% said this is essential.
    • The range of housing types meet the diverse needs of the communities (eg. different sized, different materials, attached/unattached) - 25% said that this essential.
  • The voice of young people aged 15-24

    over 1 year ago
    Young people in the red zone

    Young people want boldness, innovation and forward thinking in regeneration planning. They want opportunities to contribute their ideas and perspectives.

    Here are the main themes that emerged . . . . continue reading

    Young people want boldness, innovation and forward thinking in regeneration planning. They want opportunities to contribute their ideas and perspectives.

    Here are the main themes that emerged . . . . continue reading

  • Children are the future users, leaders and residents of our city

    over 1 year ago
    Kid's ideas for future of red zone small

    Listening to children's views and understanding their ideas is essential to our planning and decision-making at Regenerate Christchurch.

    Children from five schools, as well as a scout troop and Children’s Day participants were asked what they need from a ‘future’ Christchurch. Over 1000 ideas generated the following themes . . . continue reading


    Listening to children's views and understanding their ideas is essential to our planning and decision-making at Regenerate Christchurch.

    Children from five schools, as well as a scout troop and Children’s Day participants were asked what they need from a ‘future’ Christchurch. Over 1000 ideas generated the following themes . . . continue reading