Christchurch City Council regularly publishes responses to Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) requests that are considered to be of wider public interest or relate to a subject that has been widely requested.

LGOIMA compliance and practice at Christchurch City Council

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier reviewed the Council’s Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) compliance and practices between October 2018 and July 2019.

His investigation included consideration of the Council’s supporting administrative structures, leadership and culture, process and practice – including information management, public participation, and proactive release of information.

The Chief Ombudsman found that while there are areas of good practices, some do not support openness and transparency.

For a summary of the report visit Newsline.(external link)

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Public excluded reports

A list of reports that are currently publicly excluded. These may become public in the future.

Previous responses

To protect the privacy of individuals, we will not generally publish personal information about individuals, or information that identifies individual requesters.

We will publish the LGOIMA response along with a summary of the request.

Anchor projects and infrastructure


Culture, community and events

  • 10 January 2024: Kōtui library services [PDF, 111 KB]
    Query regarding why council libraries do not use Kōtui library services, and whether they intend to use them in the future.

Environment, parks and gardens

  • 1 September 2016: Hazard mitigation data [PDF, 45 KB]
    A number of questions relating to coastal suburbs, including requests for information on hazard mitigation.
  • 26 September 2016: Estimated cost of Waimairi Stream flow improvements [PDF, 99 KB]
    Request for a breakdown of the estimated cost of augmenting the flow of the Waimairi Stream.
  • 20 April 2017: Infrastructure affected by climate change [PDF, 445 KB]
    Request for a list of infrastructure that could be affected by climate change in the future, as well as any reports from the past five years on this.
  • 19 September 2017: Port Hills Fires [PDF, 18 MB] 
    Combined responses to requests for correspondence between 13 and 17 February, regarding the Port Hills Fires, to and from the Mayor; the CEO; the Civil Defence Controller; and the Head Ranger Port Hills & Banks Peninsula.
  • 26 February 2018: Statistics on water-related illnesses from the Christchurch water supply [PDF, 106 KB]
    Request for information on illnesses which are directly attributable to Christchurch drinking water since the September earthquake in 2010.
  • 18 April 2018: Proposed water bottling plant consents [PDF, 12 MB]
    Request for information on consents and Interested Party notifications for a proposed water bottling plant in Belfast, Christchurch.
  • 23 April 2018: Foreign substances placed in Council fountains [PDF, 157 KB]
    Request for information about what happens when a foreign substance is placed in a Council fountain.
  • 18 October 2019: Weed spraying [PDF, 122 KB]
    Request for information on the Council's roadside spraying.
  • 3 August 2021: Recycling contamination [PDF, 297 KB] 
    Request for information regarding recycling contamination. 
  • 16 September 2021: Adaption Preparedness 2020/21 Baseline [PDF, 648 KB]
    All information provided by the Council to the Ministry for the Environment as part of its adaption preparedness 2020/21 baseline report.
  • 23 September 2021: Glyphosate use at Council [PDF, 672 KB]
    Request for information regarding the usage of glyphosate. 

Finance and commercial

 The Council publishes a monthly report detailing staff credit card (P Card) purchases.

  • 1 March 2016: Legal costs associated with insurance settlement [PDF, 20 KB]
    Request for all legal costs associated with the Council's global insurance settlement for outstanding earthquake damage to Council assets.
  • 22 July 2016: Average residential cost of rates [PDF, 22 KB]
    Request for the average residential cost of rates for 2014/15 and 2015/16, and what levies comprise this figure.
  • 26 July 2016: Outstanding rates [PDF, 13 KB]
    Request for information relating to outstanding rates as at 30 June 2016.
  • 28 October 2016: Advertising spend [PDF, 20 KB]
    Request for the total cost spent on advertising for the last financial year, and how much of this was spent on advertising on Youtube, Google and Facebook.
  • 19 December 2016: Council's spending on gifts [PDF, 17 KB]
    Request for the Council's spending on gifts (including staff gifts and corporate gifts) for the financial years 2010 - 2016.
  • 18 April 2017: Communications spend [PDF, 21 KB]
    Request for the total communications cost for 2015/16 and 2010/11 and associated information.
  • 1 June 2017: Various questions [PDF, 603 KB] 
    A number of questions, including ones on Council spending, rates and Elected Member remuneration. 
  • 29 June 2017: Costs of engagement and consultation [PDF, 18 KB]
    Costs of consultation and engagement relating to Long-Term Plans and Annual Plans, 2011/12-2015/16 (and budget for 2018-28 Long-Term Plan).
  • 6 October 2017: State housing [PDF, 8.5 MB]  
    Various information regarding the government's proposed sale of state housing.
  • 5 February 2018: Average residential rates [PDF, 301 KB]
    Information on the average residential costs of rates.
  • 5 February 2018: Council spending and controls [PDF, 203 KB]
    Information on the Council's Chamber of Commerce subscription, Council-owned housing, and audit and risk oversight. 
  • 28 March 2018: Parking facilities and parking lots [PDF, 197 KB]
    Information requested on parking on land owned or administered by the Christchurch City Council.
  • 25 May 2018: Ilex cafe [PDF, 29 MB]
    Information on the leasing process of the Ilex cafe.  
  • 13 July 2021: Diesel leak Christchurch Arena  [PDF, 71 KB] 
    Financial breakdown of the money spent on the diesel leak at Christchurch Arena. 

Policy and strategy

  • 28 April 2016: Fit for Future restructure [PDF, 23 KB]
    Questions around redundancy payments, number of new/disestablished positions, cost of consultants and budget savings.
  • 4 May 2016: Sustainability Energy Policy [PDF, 15 KB]
    Questions relating to the Sustainable Energy Strategy 2008 - 2018.
  • 5 April 2017: Somerfield Intensification [PDF, 6.3 MB]
    Request for information regarding the intensification of Somerfield following the District Plan Review.

Regulatory services and compliance

  • 16 January 2024: Noise limits in category two areas [PDF, 125 KB]
    Request for the official noise limit levels in category two areas in Christchurch as stipulated by the district plan.