People feel a greater sense of belonging and pride in their city when they feel their culture and heritage is celebrated.

Changes to our Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities

The Council approved a new 2020 strategic framework on 19 December 2019 and this is currently part of the consultation document on the annual plan.

Information on our revised Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities is currently being developed.

Arts, culture, heritage, and sport play an important role in the life of the city. They benefit both residents and visitors. It is essential that links with the past are identified and conserved as the city continues to grow and its built environment changes.

As tangata whenua, Ngāi Tahu have rich cultural associations with many places and resources in the district, including settlements, transport routes, gardens, urupā (burial grounds), and places of importance for mahinga kai (food and resources).

What this means for our district

  • The city's heritage and taonga are conserved for future generations.
  • Arts and culture thrive in the city.
  • Sites and places of cultural significance to tangata whenua are respected and preserved.
  • Cultural and ethnic diversity is valued and celebrated.

How we are contributing

We support various cultural and sporting events throughout the district. A Multi Cultural Strategy – Our Future Together has been developed to help guide Council and the community towards achieving a diverse, inclusive and welcoming city. We are currently working with the community to develop a new comprehensive Heritage Strategy to ensure our culture and heritage are preserved and valued. 

How you can help

Take your friends and whānau along to arts and cultural events, get involved with a sports club, learn about your local neighbourhood's history and heritage, including any sites and places of cultural significance to tangata whenua.