Regenerate Christchurch works with the community, including iwi and local businesses, to drive regeneration.

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Regenerate Christchurch works with the community, including iwi and local businesses, to drive regeneration.

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About Us

Regenerate Christchurch was established in 2016 to lead the regeneration of Christchurch. 

Regenerate Christchurch is focused on achieving the regeneration of a city that residents, business owners and investors desire. This is a hugely challenging task that requires the consideration of competing opportunities and the balancing of aspirations with affordability to achieve sustainable regeneration outcomes.

Regenerate Christchurch represents a fresh approach to the next phase of Christchurch’s on-going development.  Fundamental to this, is testing conventional thinking and promoting different ways of doing things to optimise and achieve outcomes.  

As a leader of Christchurch, Regenerate Christchurch will work with the community, business organisations and its partners to achieve regeneration outcomes. Regenerate Christchurch will be outcome focused and actively identify opportunities for Regenerate Christchurch and its strategic partners to achieve regeneration through using the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to its full potential.

Our Vision

Regenerate Christchurch is at the heart of leading our city from recovery to regeneration. We want Christchurch to be a vibrant city that has opportunities for people to grow, connect and thrive. Our contribution will be through Regeneration Plans and leadership that will transform Christchurch.

Our Approach

Regenerate Christchurch is committed to working with communities and businesses. We will provide opportunities for genuine community input and meaningful engagement, and be open to feedback.

The support of the broader community is critical to the success of Regenerate Christchurch.

To support the achievement of its vision, Regenerate Christchurch will:

  • Be result driven
  • Lead the timely, focused and effective delivery of regeneration outcomes by:
    • demonstrating active leadership by working with others to develop, deliver and build understanding and broad support for regeneration strategies
    • using the statutory tools (Regeneration Plans) to facilitate, support and expedite planning and regeneration activities, and
    • providing information and advice on developing, advocating for and implementing strategies to support regeneration
  • Prioritise regeneration activities to ensure effort and resources are focused on those initiatives that will achieve the best regeneration outcomes for the whole city
  • Take a long term perspective to ensure we make a positive and lasting contribution for the future of the city
  • Build strong, collaborative and constructive relationships
  • Partner with the mana whenua of Ngāi Tahu hapu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri
  • Ensure advice and decisions take account of different perspectives and priorities.

Our Board

We are overseen by a board of five, appointed by the Christchurch City Council and the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration - one of which is nominated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Dr Thérèse Arseneau is the Chair of Regenerate Christchurch. She has extensive governance experience and currently chairs the boards of ChristchurchNZ, Ara Institute of Canterbury and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; and is a Director of J Ballantyne Company Ltd. Past governance roles include Director and Chair of Enterprise North Canterbury, Deputy Chair of the Family Help Trust and Director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Jen Crawford CMinstD is a lawyer with 20 years of national and international experience in project consenting and planning. She is the Independent Chair of Ashton Wheelans Chartered Accountants, a Director of Ngāi Tahu Seafood Limited and member of a governance group for the Canterbury Schools rebuild programme. Past roles include UC Foundation Trustee and Chair of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board.

Manaia Cunningham (Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga) is a qualified teacher and is currently employed by Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, the Māori settlement at Port Levy on Banks Peninsula. He also sits on the Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee. He was previously employed at Environment Canterbury as a strategic advisor.

Bill Dwyer is the Chair of Development Christchurch Limited (DCL), the Christchurch City Council’s development and investment agency. He is a commercial and corporate lawyer educated at the University of Canterbury and is an alumni patron of the UC Foundation. He is a former director of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL).

Hilary Walton is Chief Information Security Officer at Kordia Group Ltd, a State-Owned telecommunications and media company which is the major provider of television and radio broadcast facilities in New Zealand. It also operates in Australia. Hilary has a background in organisational psychology, risk management and security. Her international experience includes work with the MI5 intelligence agency and the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London. Hilary has governance experience in the transport and aviation sectors.

Our Role

Regenerate Christchurch will lead and contribute to regeneration outcomes for the future of Christchurch. These outcomes will transform the environment, give confidence that progress is being made and attract capital, in its broadest sense, for the long term success of our city.

The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 sets out our functions.

We are to:

  • Develop visions, strategies, and Regeneration Plans to assist in achieving regeneration
  • Make recommendations and provide advice to the Minister on the development, revocation and amendment of planning instruments and changes
  • Facilitate increased investment
  • Comment on regeneration outcomes and interventions and the contribution of Ōtākaro Limited and Development Christchurch Limited
  • Provide independent advice on regeneration activities to the Council and the Minister.

Regeneration encompasses reshaping the city to support the community's social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing and resilience, resulting in a vibrant city where current and future generations can grow, connect and thrive.

Regeneration Partners

Greater Christchurch is in a new and exciting phase - regeneration. The city is currently undergoing the biggest and most inspiring urban renewal opportunity in New Zealand’s history. We are just one of the organisations involved in regeneration.  Regeneration agencies (some new and some existing) have distinct projects and priorities. We are working together to make Christchurch an even greater place to be.