Te Mahere Rautaki Kaurera - Our Draft Long Term Plan 2021-31

Our Long Term Plan 2021–31 is our game plan for how, and what, we plan to spend over the next 10 years.

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 12 March 2021 to 18 April 2021

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Consultation has now closed

Consultation on the Draft Long Term Plan 2021 has now closed. People were able to provide feedback from 12 March to 18 April 2021.

During this time we heard from over 2300 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback(external link) as part of the various Hearings Panel agendas from 5 May onwards.

The Council will make a final decision following deliberations. Meeting minutes will be available on our website(external link) approximately three working days following the final Hearings Panel meeting.


We want you to have a say on what we should focus on. Have we got it right?

This budget is a turning point for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula and we’re investing in our future. We’re focusing on delivering the basics and doing it better – water, roads and transport – while keeping rates increases affordable. This comes at a time when we’re responding and adapting to climate change and COVID-19.

Read the full consultation document [PDF, 3.7 MB]

Our $13.1 billion budget

We’re proposing a $13.1 billion budget over 10 years. We’ve set our core spending on infrastructure and facilities at $1.26 billion for the first three years of our Long Term Plan, ensuring we can do all the work we want to deliver in the timeframe we’ve set. By locking this in, we’re giving certainty to the construction and other sectors, and stimulating economic activity.

Day-to-day spending

We’re also spending $5.6 billion on day-to-day services the Council provides over the next 10 years. We’ve identified savings of $52 million to these operational costs – $18 million in this financial year alone, and additional savings of $34 million in 2021/22. Over the whole period of the Long Term Plan, we’re proposing to save $329 million of operating costs.

Rates increase

We’re aiming to keep rates rises as affordable and sustainable as possible. Your rates help us pay for all the services that keep our city running – for example, your water, your sewerage, your roads and your kerbside collection. We’re proposing a residential rates increase of 5% for an average-valued house ($508,608) for the 2021/22 financial year. This comes to an extra $142.25 a year or $2.74 a week. Over the 10 years, the average annual rates increase for all ratepayers will be 4%. The cumulative rates increase over the 10 years will be 47.8%.

Read more about our Draft Long Term Plan 2021-31.


Our budget search tool 

This budget tool(external link) illustrates how much money we are spending on projects over the next ten years, and where.

If you are using a laptop or desktop you will see each project as a bubble - the bigger the bubble, the bigger the cost.

For all devices, the search function lets you explore our costs using any keyword, including location, project name or project description.

Find out where our money goes(external link)

If you are more interested in where our money comes from, including fees and charges(external link), please visit our website

Drop-in sessions*

If you would like to discuss the Draft Long Term Plan with the team, please join us.

TSB Space, Level 1, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square

  • Tuesday 23 March 11.30 am to 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 31 March 4.30pm to 6.30pm

This is a shared session with colleagues from the Draft Climate Change Strategy(external link)Representation Review Initial Proposal(external link), and the Draft Development Contributions Policy(external link), so you can find out more and have your say about all four proposals.

* Please note, these sessions may need to be postponed or cancelled if the Covid alert level changes.

Can’t make these meetings?

If there is a community meeting you would like us to attend, please let us know. You can also phone any time to speak with us directly about the project. Katy McRae, Engagement Manager, phone; 03 941 8037

Community Board events 

There are no more community board events but you can also contact your local Community Board directly.

Your details

Submissions are public information

We will require your contact details as part of our submission - it also means we can keep you updated throughout the project.

Your submission, name and address are given to the Council to help them make their decision.

Submissions, with names only, go online when the decision meeting agenda is available on our website.

If requested, submissions, names and contact details are made available to the public, as required by the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. 

View the Christchurch City Council Privacy Statement 2020(external link).

If there are good reasons why your details and/or submission should be kept confidential, please contact our Engagement Manager on 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 (Banks Peninsula).

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