Looking Forward

The Canterbury earthquakes have provided an unprecedented opportunity to rethink, revitalise and renew the city of Christchurch.

Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

On 30 July 2012, the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was released. The plan, developed by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU), includes input from residents, community groups and various government authorities charged with the task of developing the vision for the new Christchurch.

We have a plan and a vision to make Christchurch strong, vibrant and liveable.

Bob Parker, Mayor of Christchurch, 2007-2013

The vision is for central Christchurch to become the thriving heart of an international city. Drawing on our rich natural and cultural heritage, and the skills and passion of our communities, to embrace opportunities for innovation and growth.

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan aims to not only restore pre-quake Christchurch, but create an even better city. This includes improving the social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing of greater Christchurch and its communities.

Features of the new Christchurch

The plan proposes to significantly shrink the size of the CBD making it a more compact, people-friendly space framed with parks. The banks of the Avon River will be central to this vision allowing people to make the most of the city's scenic waterway. Public artworks chosen for Ōtākaro Art by the River will be inspired by or related to the river's history, ecology or geography. 

We can build the area back better than it was before – increasing its social and cultural value to greater Christchurch, Canterbury and the rest of New Zealand. It is an opportunity too good to pass up.

Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, July 2012

Included in the plan is the proposal for a new convention centre that will cater for up to 2,000 delegates and will also include two hotels and retail. It will be located on a prime site in the heart of the city allowing easy access for delegates.

A proposed new covered stadium with natural turf will replace the earthquake damaged AMI stadium. It will be able to seat 35,000 people and is designed to host major concerts and sporting events. It will be within walking distance of the convention centre and the city hotels. For those more eager to participate in sports rather than watch them, a Metro Sports Facility will house a competition size swimming pool with seating for up to 1000, leisure pools and nine indoor courts with 2500 retractable spectator seats.

New venues also will be built to cater for performing arts and music once again allowing Christchurch to showcase the city's talents in this area.

Additional precincts including innovation and health anchored by the current hospital will be developed as part of the overall plan.

An earthquake memorial will also feature in the new city vision to commemorate those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Completed projects

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground and Bus Interchange are up and running and are drawing families and visitors back into the central city.

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