Amenity and activation

Activities that bring interest and vibrancy to the Central City.

We've listed the projects relating to amenity and activation along with the current status below. You can find out more in the full Central City Action Plan [PDF, 1.5 MB].

Our progress

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Our projects

Completed or ongoing

Activity Lead agencies
Roles to curate, support, promote everyday street activities ChristchurchNZ/Council
Waive fees for events spaces (Cathedral Sq, City Mall) Council
New online portal promoting event spaces Council
Clear the streets - coordinated purge of cones/signs, cleaning of streets Council
Barrier Sites Programme (Ongoing) Council
Enliven Places Programme activities (Ongoing) Council/Community
Balancing user/visitor comfort and construction space needs (Ongoing) CTOC (Council/NZTA)
Updated visitor mapping online, printed (Ongoing) Council/ChristchurchNZ/Ōtākaro
Refresh/add wayfinding, information signage in Central City (Ongoing) Council
Street upkeep, prioritise local/strategic renewals, encourage new investment (Ongoing) Council
Cathedral reinstatement: engagement and participation (Ongoing) Cathedral JV
Extend/realign trading hours to bridge work and hospitality opening times (Ongoing) Retailers/CCBA


Activity Lead agencies
Major 'landmark' lighting/projection installations DCL and sponsors
Small scale lighting projects to improve perceptions of safety, add interest after dark (Ongoing) Council
Interim repaving of south and east Cathedral Square Council
Free wifi expansion beyond Cathedral Square Council
Future policy, planning, operational recommendations for vacant sites Regen Chch/Council
Review, simplify event host processes, costs Council


Activity Lead agencies
Landscaping / temporary uses fringing Cathedral Sq/Convention Centre Otakaro