23 Aug 2019

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods has approved an intergenerational plan for regenerating the red zone land along the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.

An artist's impression of the Green Spine.

A Green Spine will be created either side of the Avon River and stretch from the central city to New Brighton.

Regenerate Christchurch developed the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan(external link) following extensive community engagement.

It provides a vision and objectives for the short, medium and long-term use of 602 hectares of red zone land in the east of Christchurch.

Key to the regeneration plan is the creation of a ‘Green Spine’ that will run either side of the Avon River and stretch 11km from the central city to New Brighton.

The Green Spine will incorporate walking paths, nature trails, cycleways, community spaces such as playgrounds, picnic spots, and barbeque areas, as well as large areas of ecological restoration and wetlands.

Dr Woods says the regeneration of the Avon River corridor represents a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“This area is special for many reasons but mostly because it was once home to more than 5000 households. It’s 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?

“I believe it achieves these things by setting a clear vision for this area’s future. This is a generational project – our chance to leave a legacy for the future,’’ the Minister says.

She says realising the plan will require a sustained and coordinated effort by the public sector, mana whenua, the community, and investors.