Minister Poto Williams, Regenerate Christchurch CE Ivan Iafeta, Minister Megan Woods, Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Minister Eugenie Sage

Regenerating the river

by Ann van Engelen

The regeneration of Christchurch, and the transition to local leadership continues with the announcement of the Otakaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan being approved.

Developed by Regenerate Christchurch, the plan provides a vision and objectives for short, medium and long-term future land uses and opportunities for the 602-hectare area.

“I am very happy to approve the plan, which has had huge community input and marks a significant step in getting Christchurch back to local leadership,” said Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Megan Woods.

“How often does a city have the opportunity to consider the development of an area of 602 hectares so close to its centre? It is a once in a lifetime chance.

This area is special for many reasons but mostly because it was once home to more than 5,000 households. It is so important that the future use of this land reflects its value and is a fitting tribute to what Christchurch has been through. “One of the key areas this plan had to address was how will it support positive outcomes for the people of Christchurch, and how will it provide certainty and confidence about the ongoing regeneration?”

Minister Woods says by setting a clear vision for the future of the area, the intergenerational project is a chance to leave a legacy for the future.

“Realising the plan will require sustained and coordinated effort by the public sector, mana whenua, the community and investors. I would like to acknowledge the work and passion that has gone into the Regeneration Plan process, from the community, Regenerate Christchurch, and many partners for their input, and feedback during the process. Most importantly, I would like to thank the community — many people were involved in contributing to the vision and objectives.”