Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy

The draft strategy is our continued commitment to how we will work with others to build a healthy, happy and resilient Christchurch. We want to hear your thoughts on it.

Project status: Open for feedback
Open for feedback: 10th September 2021 - 25th October 2021

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Since the Strengthening Communities Strategy was first launched in 2007, our city has changed dramatically, with much of this change as a result of adversity. These challenges have tested even the strongest of us but have also been the catalyst for creativity, innovation and collective action. 

This refreshed draft strategy – renamed Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy 2021-2031 [PDF, 2.4 MB] – was developed to better align with current and anticipated community needs and aspirations. As our city grows and changes, so do the needs of our diverse communities – including the most vulnerable amongst us. The strategy reflects our continued commitment to building, in partnership with others, inclusive, safe and resilient communities.

Key priority focus areas

We’ve specifically identified the following high-priority areas that we intend to focus on over the next five years, based on what communities have told us is important to them. As a result, we intend to:

  • Work to better understand what excludes people from fully participating in their communities and across Council services. We will improve the capture of consistent and relevant data, set clear targets and partner with communities and others to ensure more equitable and inclusive opportunities for all.
  • Increase positive perceptions of the central city after dark. Encourage community-led activities that increase volunteering in local neighbourhoods to increase inclusion and a sense of belonging.
  • Ensure that the community’s priorities, values, aspirations and concerns are incorporated at all levels of the organisation through policy development, planning, decision making, service delivery and review. By reframing our engagement practices, we will increase trust and satisfaction that people and communities can authentically shape and influence their futures.
  • Support and enable communities to respond to the impacts of climate change and emergencies with a particular emphasis on underrepresented or vulnerable communities.


Our draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy contains a clear vision, pillars of work, objectives and actions that will help guide the work we do in enhancing communities through partnership with others over the next 10 years. We’ve developed the following four overarching pillars and 16 objectives, focusing on specific areas, to help achieve active and connected communities.

 Objectives and Actions

The city actively promotes a culture of equity by valuing diversity and fostering inclusion across communities and generations.

We support and help build connections between communities and their places and spaces to foster a sense of local identity, shared experience and stewardship.

Residents and groups in the wider community are socially and actively engaged and are able to initiate, influence and make decisions that affect their lives.

People feel safe in their communities and neighbourhoods and work together to understand, adapt and thrive in the context of change and disruption.

Come and talk to us

Staff will be available to discuss the Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy at the following drop in sessions. 

  • Tuesday 21 September, 3–5pm Rārākau: Riccarton Centre, 199 Clarence Street, Riccarton, Christchurch 8053
  • Wednesday 22 September, 4–6pm New Brighton Community Board Room, Corner of Bereford and Union Streets, New Brighton, Christchurch 8061
  • Thursday 23 September, 12–2pm Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckleys Road, Linwood, Christchurch 8062
  • Thursday 23 September, 4–6pm Woolston Community Library, 689 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch 8023
  • Friday 24 September, 3–5pm Akaroa Four Square, 72 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520
  • Saturday 25 September, 10am–12pm Lyttelton Market, London Street, Lyttelton 8082
  • Tuesday 28 September, 4–6pm Fendalton Library, 4 Jeffreys Road, Fendalton, Christchurch 8052
  • Wednesday 29 September, 4–6pm South Christchurch Library, 66 Colombo Street, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
  • Wednesday 13 October, 4-6pm John Wardle Room, St Albans Community Centre, 1049 Colombo Street, St Albans, Christchurch 8014 

* Please note, these sessions may need to be postponed or cancelled if COVID alert levels change.

 Can’t make these meetings? If there is a community meeting you would like us to attend, please let us know.

Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy (Word) [DOCX, 1 MB] - a reader-friendly Word version, which is an easier format for individuals who use software to help accessibility. This will assist our visually impaired and English as a second language communities. 

Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy Consultation Document [PDF, 712 KB]

Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy Consultation Document (Word) [DOCX, 48 KB] [DOCX, 48 KB] - a reader-friendly Word version, which is an easier format for individuals who use software to help accessibility. This will assist our visually impaired and English as a second language communities.

Strengthening Communities Strategy 2007-2017 Evaluation Report [PDF, 6.1 MB]

Strengthening Communities Community Engagement Summary Report [PDF, 601 KB] - views captured during our consultation between August and October 2020

Strengthening Communities Strategy 2007-2017

Council committee to consider draft strategy prior to consultation - 25 August 2021

The draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy (formerly called the draft Strengthening Communities Strategy) was considered at the Council’s Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee meeting(external link)(external link) on Wednesday 25 August 2021, where it was approved to go out for public consultation.

At this stage, public consultation is due to start on Friday 10 September 2021

Community Engagement Summary Report and next steps - 2 July 2021

Thank you again for your feedback during early engagement on a new Strengthening Communities Strategy for Christchurch.  Views, received between August and October 2020, are summarised in the Community Engagement Summary Report [PDF, 7.5 MB] and have now been included in the draft Strengthening Communities Strategy. This will be considered by the Council’s Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee at the end of July.  We then expect to consult on the draft strategy in September and early October.

During the consultation period, information sessions will be held at various locations so that you will be able to discuss the draft strategy with members of the project team. Proposals, aimed at providing an action plan to build strong, resilient communities, will also be discussed by Council staff at regular network meetings with local organisations.

Early engagement feedback on Have Your Say - 4 November 2020

We received 60 responses through Have Your Say during the early engagement phase from 7 August to 14 September 2020. Feedback from 42 community groups and 14 individuals was analysed. [PDF, 16 KB] (One further submission was late and another three were anonymous so were not included.)

Next steps

In addition to Have Your Say, feedback from workshops, discussions and input from a diverse range of groups and individuals across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula is now being collated for a pre-engagement summary report which we will send to you in early December.

We then plan to take the draft Strengthening Communities Strategy refresh document to the Council’s Sustainable Community Resilience Committee meeting on 28 February 2021, prior to consultation. This is expected to take place in April and May 2021.

Consultation - 7 August to 14 September 2020

We're not starting from scratch. We're building on our existing strategy and what we've heard from residents and communities over the past decade. 

Over the next month, we want you to tell us how we should make the most of our biggest opportunities and challenges to build strong communities over the next 10 years.

Workshops and discussions are being organised by staff in Community Board areas this month.  Feedback is also being gathered by a wide range of community groups including rūnanga, the City Mission, Canterbury Youth Workers Collective, Age Concern Canterbury and the Social Equity and Wellbeing Network.

Questions prepared for the workshops are below for any residents and groups who would like to contribute during
this early engagement stage.

All feedback will be considered for the draft Strengthening Communities Strategy that will go out for consultation early next year.

We’d like to know if you think we’ve got it right. Is there anything we’ve missed? Do you have any feedback on how we should develop and deliver the action programmes within the strategy to help drive change?

Save your progress and resume your submission at a later time.

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Have your say


Hearings are planned (subject to change). 

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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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Who to contact

Hannah Ballantyne,
Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Open for feedback