Do you want Christchurch to be an even better place to live, work and play?
Results from Life in Christchurch 2016 [PDF 5.6MB] are now available. More than 3000 residents from the city and areas surrounding the city completed the survey over a four week period in June this year.
The results provide a good insight into resident’s behaviours, their sense of belonging and their views about a range of aspects of their neighbourhoods and the city in the midst of the rebuild.
- A surprising number of respondents (45%) had participated in Council decision making in the last 12 months; around 20% of respondents reported that they are dissatisfied with the opportunities provided to participate in decision making.
- Around 30% of respondents are satisfied with the recreation, shopping and socialising opportunities available in the central city; around the same number reported that they are not satisfied.
- Of those respondents who reported that they travel by car, 60% agreed that it was easy to travel around the city via car. Cyclists and public transport users were more divided with almost as many disagreeing that it was easy to cycle as those who feel it is easy to cycle around the city. However, generally most respondents agreed that it is easy to walk places in the city.
- More than 70% of respondents still believe that the garden city image is an important component of Christchurch’s identity. Hagley Park, the Port Hills and the Botanic gardens all rated highly as features that contribute to making Christchurch a distinctive and unique city.
- When asked to provide one word that describes Christchurch, “Home” was the word most commonly provided by respondents.
- More than 80% of respondents agreed that they enjoy living in their neighbourhood; neighbourhood parks and green spaces were the main reason cited. Less than 10% of respondents disagreed that they enjoy living in their neighbourhood, however for those that did, crime and safety issues were the most common reason reported.
- More than 90% of respondents agreed that it is important that the Council continues to work to protect and enhance indigenous biodiversity in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
The results will help inform future planning and policy decisions as we develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to live and visit. More information about the results can be found in the full report [PDF 5.7MB].
A range of posters [PDF 8.1MB] that summarise the 2016 results are now available.