Regenerate Christchurch releases red zone vision statement

An aerial view of the Avon River and Christchurch's residential red zone.
Iain McGregor

An aerial view of the Avon River and Christchurch's residential red zone.

"Our vision is for the river to connect us together with each other, with nature and with new possibilities."

This is Regenerate Christchurch's vision for the residential red zone.

The organisation, which inherited some of the responsibilities of the defunct Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority last year, has released a document outlining its objectives for its "Otakaro Avon River" project.

The project encompasses most of the red zone bordering the Avon River.

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"It is kind of that eclectic aspirational statement," Regenerate Christchurch chief executive Ivan Iafeta said. 

He said it would usually be kept out of the public eye until a project was finished.

"We've published the vision because we want to be transparent about the approach."

He thought most people would agree with the vision, which underpinned the organisation's priorities.

The priorities – gleaned form public surveys, workshops and submissions – focussed on four main ideas, Iafeta said.

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They were "opportunities to connect", improving the environment, dealing with natural hazards and creating "economic outcomes" that benefited locals and visitors.

Iafeta said if anyone had an "allergic reaction" to the vision, it was important Regenerate Christchurch heard their views before it shaped future work.

He said the vision was just one piece of the organisation's work.

"There's lots of moving parts, and we're working on a lot of it at the same time," he said.

"Nothing that we're doing at the moment... is slowing down the other work that we're doing."

In the next two months, Regenerate Christchurch would run design workshops and release a shortlist of options for red zone uses. 


 - Stuff


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