Vision for central city living released

The public is being invited to have its say on the vision for inner city living in Christchurch.

Today the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) released the Draft Residential Chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan – A Liveable City - which puts forward the vision and framework for residential development within the city’s four avenues, and initiatives to stimulate development.

“It was always clear to us that the recovery of the central city hinged on the return of residential as well as commercial development,” says CCDU director Warwick Isaacs.

Site confirmed for Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

The formal memorial for the February 2011 Earthquake will be built on the edge of the Ōtākaro/Avon River.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee made the announcement today, alongside Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Kaiwhakahaere for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Tā Mark Solomon.

CBD gaps filling fast as Crown returns

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the notion of a donut effect in the Christchurch CBD – with new developments on the fringes but few buildings in the centre – is being rapidly dispelled.

Public Notice: Amendments to the Christchurch City Council's District Plan

Pursuant to section 27(1)(a) of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011, the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery gives the following notice:

The Christchurch City Council's District Plan is amended from the publication of this notice by:

Construction begins on Bus Interchange

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the successful contractors for Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange will take control of the site today.

New start for Re:START Mall

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today launched an exciting new phase for Christchurch's Re:START Mall by opening a new site for the iconic container shops.

"The mall has been a fantastic drawcard for bringing people back into the central city after the closures brought on by the earthquakes," Mr Brownlee says.

Public to have say on noise standards and South Frame planning

The public is being invited to give its views on proposed changes to noise standards in central Christchurch, and proposed planning rules relating to the city's new South Frame.

Performing Arts Precinct off to an exciting start

Confirmation that the Music Centre of Christchurch will soon begin construction of a new $12.5 million facility in the Performing Arts Precinct is a significant step forward, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Centennial Pool making way for new generation family playground

Contractors are setting up on site at the Centennial Pool complex in central Christchurch today in preparation for the demolition of the facility beginning next week.

Avon River restoration programme an exciting opportunity

Intensive landscape enhancement that would normally take up to 20 years to complete will be undertaken in less than four years as part of the Te Papa Ötäkaro / Avon River Precinct development.



Feature Project

The Earthquake Memorial
The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will be a thoughtfully designed space where small groups or individuals can pay respect on the banks of Ōtākaro/Avon River.
Bus Interchange
Excellent public transport and car parking are essential to a vibrant city centre. The Bus Interchange will be the hub of a passenger-friendly network that grows over time to serve Christchurch's needs.
Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct
Te Papa Ōtākaro will include Victoria Square and be part of the central city’s spiritual and aesthetic identity. The visual contrast between the curving river and the linear grid of the streets is a key element of the city’s distinctive urban form.
Retail Precinct
Central Christchurch will offer destination retail in vibrant, pedestrian-friendly settings.
Health Precinct
A world-class hub for health education, research and innovation will be established next to Christchurch Hospital.
Justice and Emergency Services Precinct
The Justice and Emergency Services Precinct will bring together Police, Courts, Corrections, and Justice as well as related emergency services St John Ambulance, NZ Fire Service, and civil defence.
Innovation Precinct
A new Innovation Precinct will be a catalyst for creativity, increased exports and productivity. Working with projects like the EPIC Innovation Campus, and drawing on best practices from around the world, the Precinct aims to become a critical part of New Zealand’s thriving, knowledge-rich innovation ecosystem.
Central Library
Christchurch needs a new, much larger central library. Integrating with the Square and the Convention Centre, the facility will be a community hub of knowledge, research, and heritage.
Cricket Oval
Cricket in Hagley Park is a glorious Christchurch tradition. The enhanced Oval will give the central city an international test-level venue with facilities that can be used by everyone.
Te Puna Ahurea Cultural Centre
Te Puna Ahurea will be a world class centre for celebrating Ngāi Tahu and Māori culture, and acknowledging Christchurch’s place within the Pacific.
Performing Arts Precinct
The Performing Arts Precinct will offer facilities for theatre, music, dance, and other expressive forms.
The Frame
The Frame will reshape central Christchurch. By defining a central city Core, and providing new green space alongside a range of commercial and residential development opportunities, it brings cutting-edge urban design solutions to issues of land supply and diversification.
The Stadium
Sports! Concerts! Fun! A large multi-purpose entertainment venue will bring spectacular events to central Christchurch.
Convention Centre Precinct
A world-class Convention Centre will attract business, events, and conferences to Christchurch. Supported by hotels and public transport, and co-ordinating with facilities in other cities, this precinct will help grow the economic base of the region.
Residential Demonstration Project
A diverse residential population in central Christchurch will help drive business and foster thriving city life. ‘Breathe’, the new urban village project, will create a showcase development near Latimer Square.
Metro Sports Facility
The Metro Sports Facility will be a world-class venue and centre of excellence, accessible to people of all ages, abilities and sporting skills.
The Square
The Square will once again be the civic heart of central Christchurch.
Government Accommodation
Thirteen government departments and Crown agencies will occupy new office space in the CBD. Retail is available on the ground floor of each development. The remaining office space will be tenanted by other businesses making the developments vibrant and multi-purpose.

Progress Map

Opportunity Document

Ideas to Remember

Ideas to Remember - Canterbury Earthquake Memorial.

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