The New Brighton Centre Master Plan aims to re-establish the centre as the heart of the community and be the key activity centre for the eastern suburbs. A revitalised, vibrant centre will attract people to ‘live, work and play’ in New Brighton.

New Brighton Mall concept

Indicative concept of the Brighton Mall upgrade looking west.

The process to identify stakeholders, key issues, community aspirations and develop the New Brighton Centre Master Plan began in April 2012. After technical expert workshops and community consultation, the master plan was endorsed by the Community Board before being adopted by the Council in March 2015.

Vision, goals and actions

new brighton artist vision

Artist’s impression showing future vision for the New Brighton Centre.

The New Brighton Centre Master Plan contains a strategic vision to reinvent New Brighton as Christchurch’s eastern playground.

The vision is supported by twenty-three goals and four big-picture themes, which are to be delivered through nineteen detailed implementation actions.

These encourage Council, private sector, community and government-led decision-making to align and move forward together in a logical sequence.

The vision, goals and actions are described in detail on pages 20, 23 and 26 of the New Brighton Centre Master Plan [PDF, 4.1 MB].

Progress on implementation of actions

In the years following the adoption of the New Brighton Centre Master Plan, actions have been implemented where possible. The context for these continues to change and this has influenced decisions by the Council, other organisations and private individuals.

In 2015, the Council asked Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) to undertake the staged implementation of the New Brighton Centre Master Plan.

Since 2017, ChristchurchNZ has been tasked with leading the revitalisation of New Brighton, inheriting master plan implementation.

Progress on implementation of New Brighton Centre Village Master Plan actions can be viewed below, under the themes with which each action aligns.

Streets and public spaces (A)

  • (A3) New north-south corridor: The Council has begun work towards the Oram Avenue extension through New Brighton Mall to Hawke Street, including creating a dedicated retail and hospitality space if possible.

Land and development (B)

  • (B1) New residential development: ChristchurchNZ is supporting a housing development project by DGM Group which is underway within walking distance of the commercial centre. This project will see 74 townhouses built on the former Central New Brighton School site. Phases One and Two have sold out and further stages have been brought forward. A further housing project located on three vacant sites along Beresford Street will see more housing for New Brighton built over the next two to six years. Once completed, these combined developments will add at least 200 new residents to the area.

Recovery together (C)

  • (C1) A stronger, active business association: ChristchurchNZ, a number of local businesses and an emerging collective have met, resulting in a number of initiatives being considered in support of the commercial core.
  • (C3) Transitional projects and events: ChristchurchNZ is supporting a number of transitional projects, including working with Life in Vacant Spaces, who are managing a pilot project to test the feasibility of a creative community hub in the former Roy Stokes Hall. A second tenant moved in early in 2022. ChristchurchNZ has also been supporting placemaking activities in the area, including working with Watch This Space, New Brighton Outdoor Arts Foundation and Ngāi Tahu to develop unique experiences that encourage locals and visitors to explore New Brighton and the completed regeneration projects.

Streets and public spaces (A)

  • (A1) Foreshore connections: DCL completed foreshore attractions, including the beachside playground and splash pool and He Puna Taimoana (an award-winning combination of open-air hot pools, sauna, steam room and public beach-facing facilities), in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
  • (A2) Marine Parade upgrade: The Council completed a full streetscape upgrade of Marine Parade between Hawke and Beresford Streets, including wider footpaths, street lighting and connection to the new hot pools, in 2020.
  • (A5) General streetscape enhancements: The Council completed this, as part of the Marine Parade streetscape upgrade, in 2020 – see (A2) above.

Land and development (B)

  • (B4) New pedestrian links: The Council completed a pedestrian crossing, as part of the Marine Parade upgrade, in 2018.

Recovery together (C)

  • (C2) Economic development incentives: DCL supported the re-establishment of the New Brighton Business and Landowner Association and the Creating Momentum Regeneration Fund, which supported projects like the Carnaby Lane Revitalisation Project and a number of business start-ups, in 2017.

Streets and public spaces (A)

  • (A7) Materials and planting palette implementation: DCL completed a materials and planting palette in 2017/2018, which is subsequently incorporated across a number of New Brighton Centre Master Plan actions, including the Marine Parade revitalisation and foreshore attractions.

Land and development (B)

  • (B6) Design code implementation: For the property owners to implement through careful consideration of building design and orientation when redeveloping.

Recovery together (C)

  • (C1) A stronger, active business association: DCL supported New Brighton Business and Landowner Association between 2015 and 2019, with ChristchurchNZ currently working to support some form of an active business association in the long-term. See ‘Current projects’ above.
  • (C3) Transitional projects and events: The Council and community completed transitional projects, including the Tiny Huts, Recreate, Re:Activate and Pump Track, since 2015. See ‘Current projects’ above.
  • (C4) Graffiti removal: The community with Council assistance, has and continues to provide this since 2015.
  • (C5) Case management: The Council has and continues to provide assistance since 2015.

The following New Brighton Centre Master Plan actions have commenced and/or been completed in part to the extent noted:

Streets and public spaces (A)

  • (A3) New north-south corridor: The Council has allocated funding for land purchase and subsequent delivery in FY2021/22 and FY2026/27 to FY2028/29 respectively.
  • (A4) Brighton Mall upgrade: The Council has allocated funding for delivery in FY2026/27 and FY2027/28, although intends to install short-term temporary improvements of seats and cycle stands in FY21/22. These assets can be relocated and reused once the Oram Avenue extension is implemented.

Land and development (B)

  • (B1) New residential development: The DGM Group commenced housing development projects in 2021, with the former Central New Brighton School site cleared for the 74-townhouse Seaview Development and marketing of its first two stages underway.
  • (B4) New pedestrian links: Private landowners and the Council may incorporate further links into private development and/or as part of the intended north-south corridor respectively.

Streets and public spaces (A)

  • (A6) New open space and public toilets: The Council has allowed for a new public toilet and open space in association with the land purchase for the new road corridor (although the open space may be limited depending on the extent of land ultimately acquired), but has yet to fund this action.

Land and development (B)

  • (B2) Relocation of the supermarket: The supermarket owner is still considering options for its future.
  • (B3) New bus interchange: The Council has provided for a bus superstop in the scheme options for the new north-south corridor as an interim measure, but has yet to fund this action.
  • (B5) Car parking improvements: For the property owners to implement through the maintenance of and improvements to the use, layout, security/safety and appearance of existing private car parking areas.

Recovery together (C)

  • (C6) Council customer services: The Council has considered this, through its wider customer services programme, and discounted it.