Smart Christchurch Strategy

It's been six years since the establishment of the Smart Christchurch programme. It's now time for us to reflect on the progress that we have made and formalise our strategy.

Project status: Report available
Open for feedback: 23 June 2022 to 14 July 2022

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Consultation has now closed

People were able to provide feedback from 23 June 2022 to 14 July 2022. During this time we heard from 15 individuals and groups.

You can read their feedback [PDF, 481 KB] and staff responses to issues raised [PDF, 395 KB] and read the Council agenda(external link).

The Smart Christchurch Strategy will come into effect immediately after the decision.

For regular updates on the programme, we will be updating the Smart Christchurch page on our website with new ideas we are exploring and trialling. 

Smart Christchurch is a connector, focusing on opportunities to collaborate across the region. By tapping into the collective genius around us, we can help to inform and accelerate our city’s key strategies to support our community.

We set up Smart Christchurch in 2016 with the goal of promoting Ōtautahi-Christchurch as an open and connected city. The programme focuses on using new technology and innovative trials to make Christchurch a smarter, safer place to live, work and play. 

The programme has delivered a range of innovative projects;


It has also helped to shine a spotlight on the work of Christchurch innovators, by hosting a regular expo that is open to the public where emerging start-ups and entrepreneurs can demonstrate their smart technologies.

The strategy for the Smart Christchurch programme reflects the lessons learned over the past six years and the need for the programme to keep evolving. 

We have developed the strategy in consultation with stakeholders from across the city’s innovation sector. It maps out the next steps for the Smart Christchurch programme and sets the direction for the next three years.

We have also identified a number of areas that we want to focus on, including sustainability and climate change. These are major challenges facing all cities and are a key focus for our Council.

We want to get people’s feedback on the strategy and whether the direction we want to go in is the right one for our city.

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Who to contact

Sam Sharland,
Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Report available

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