Long Term Plan 2018 to 2028 – Our plan

Repairing our pipes and roads remains a high priority. We need to keep the city running and provide libraries, community facilities and events we enjoy.

Rates are our main source of income. To prioritise essential infrastructure work we proposed a 5.5 per cent increase to the average rate in the 2018–19 financial year with a gradual decline in the rate of increase in the following years.

Key projects

With your feedback in mind, Councillors have made some big decisions regarding the repair, replacement and maintenance of essential infrastructure in the next 10 years.

Our infrastructure provides essential services to the city, including water supply, wastewater, stormwater, transport, facilities, parks and solid waste.

Community facilities

Our portfolio includes community centres, statues and jetties through to large buildings such as the Town Hall, Art Gallery and Tūranga knowledge centre.

Drinking water

Groundwater aquifers are the source of high quality drinking water for urban Christchurch, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour and Governors Bay.

Parks and heritage

Christchurch has a network of more than 130km of walking and mountain biking tracks.

Stormwater and flood protection

Parts of Christchurch have always been prone to flooding, and the earthquakes have only made the flood risk worse.


Christchurch residents have identified roading as their top priority.


Wastewater is the used water that leaves our homes and businesses – from kitchens, laundries, bathrooms and toilets.