Council controlled organisations

The following organisations are owned or partially owned by the Christchurch City Council.


Christchurch City Holdings logo

CCHL is 100% owned by the Council. It holds shares in various trading companies and monitors other trading companies and their subsidiaries.

The subsidiary companies are:

  • Orion New Zealand Ltd
  • Christchurch International Airport Ltd
  • Enable Services Ltd
  • Lyttelton Port Company Ltd
  • RBL Property Limited
  • City Care Ltd
  • EcoCentral
  • Development Christchurch Ltd.

For more information visit the Christchurch City Holdings Ltd website(external link).

Annual reports

Statements of Intent

ChristchurchNZ logoChristchurchNZ Holdings Ltd came into being on 1 July 2017, bringing together Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism (CCT), Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC), International Education, the Convention Bureau and the Christchurch City Council’s Major Events team.

Annual reports

Statements of Intent

For further information please see the ChristchurchNZ(external link) website.

DCL logo imageDevelopment Christchurch Ltd (DCL) was established to collaborate in the regeneration and redevelopment of Christchurch.

DCL is Christchurch's urban development agency – a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (CCTO) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL), the Council’s commercial holdings company. 

We work for Council and alongside Regenerate Christchurch, Ōtākaro and other agencies and stakeholders.

Statements of Intent


EcoCentral is a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (CCTO), 100% owned by the Council.

Working to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and finding ways to ensure Christchurch is a leader in recycling.

Annual reports

Statements of Intent

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch logo

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd was established under the Port Companies Act 1988 operating the Port of Lyttelton. The Council has 100% shareholding in the company.

For further information please see the Lyttelton Port Company Ltd(external link) website.

Annual reports

Statements of Intent

Orion logo

Orion New Zealand Ltd is an energy network management company in which Council has an 89.3% shareholding.

Orion owns the electrical contracting business Connetics Ltd(external link).

For further information please visit the Orion New Zealand Ltd website.(external link)

Annual reports

Statements of Intent

RBL Property Limited is a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (CCTO) 100% owned by the Council.

In December 2020 Red Bus Limited changed its name to RBL Property Limited.

Annual reports:

Statements of Intent:

Te Kaha Project Delivery Ltd is a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).

One hundred per cent owned by the Council, it is the delivery company for the new Canterbury multi-use arena to be constructed over the next few years.

Transwaste is a joint venture between local authorities in the region and Canterbury Waste Services Limited (CWS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management NZ Limited, with Council owning 38.9%.

The purpose is to own and operate a non-hazardous regional landfill in Canterbury.

For further information please see the Transwaste Canterbury Ltd(external link) website.

Annual reports



CPWT website

Established by the Christchurch City and Selwyn District Councils to facilitate sustainable development of Central Canterbury’s water resource.

CPWT owns the resource consents 'take' water and holds these for use by Central Plains Water Limited, for use in the proposed Canterbury Plains Water Enhancement Scheme.

Central Plain Water Trust website(external link).

The Mayor's Welfare Fund was established in 1897 as the Mayor's Coal and Blanket Fund. The fund provides assistance to families and individuals in our community who are in extreme financial distress.

The fund works with other helping agencies in the city and can provide assistance on a one-off basis where real need can be shown. The fund is a last resort measure when people have exhausted other appropriate sources such as Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).

Annual reports

Riccarton House and Bush Trust logo

Riccarton House and Bush Trust manage a 6.4 hectare native bush remnant gifted to the people of Canterbury in 1914.

The trust manages Riccarton House and its 5.4 hectares of grounds including Deans Cottage, the first house built on the Canterbury Plains.

Annual reports

Statements of Intent

Rod Donal Banks Peninsula Trust Logo

Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust (RDBPT) is a charitable trust and was created by the Council on 12 July 2010

The Trust was established to honour the memory of Rod Donald and his commitment to Banks Peninsula. The Trust exists for the benefit of the present and future inhabitants of the Banks Peninsula and visitors to the region.

The Trust’s long term vision is to restore the Banks Peninsula to its traditional status as Te Pataka o Rakaihautu – the storehouse that nourishes. In pursuit of this vision the Trust promotes the sustainable management and conservation of the natural environment of the Banks Peninsula.

Rod Donald Trust website(external link)

Annual reports

Statements of Intent