What we do

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

Our purpose is to support a vibrant thriving Christchurch that has economic, social and lifestyle opportunities by:

  • Taking a leadership role
  • Engaging and advocating with communities, stakeholders, and decision makers to achieve our purpose
  • Collaboratively working with others in achieving regeneration.

The organisation is overseen by a board of seven, with three members appointed by Christchurch City Council and four members appointed by the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, one of whom is nominated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

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.  

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 is outcome focused and actively identifies opportunities for Regenerate Christchurch and its strategic partners to achieve regeneration through using the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to its full potential.


Regeneration Planning

The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and the central city are the initial focus of our regeneration planning.
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Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor 

The formal regeneration planning process for the area is now underway. An Outline for the area was released in March 2017.

The Outline for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan is the first mandatory step in the statutory regeneration planning process. It sets out the process for developing the draft Regeneration Plan.


Map of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor

This is the area covered by the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.

A map of the Otakaro Avon river corridor regeneration area

The process and timing

This diagram shows the main steps towards developing a regeneration plan. 

 how we will develop the regeneration plan

Download a copy of the PDF (222KB)


Regeneration planning for the Cathedral Square and surrounds

Revitalising Cathedral Square and the surrounding area is crucial to Christchurch’s overall regeneration. Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre and at the moment our centre needs some attention. While there has been plenty of progress across the central city as a whole, the area around Cathedral Square hasn’t seen the same level of activity or private investment.

We all acknowledge that we can’t do it alone – it’s going to take collective agreement on a vision and some actions, including investment and redevelopment, to kick-start redevelopment. Regenerate Christchurch is working with its statutory partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown and Ngāi Tahu – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy and action plan for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area (broadly, the area between Hereford, Cambridge, Kilmore and Manchester Streets).

See what's proposed in the draft concept for Cathedral Square and the surrounding areas and tell us what you think.


Regeneration planning for residential red zone land in Southshore and Brooklands

The work of Regenerate Christchurch covers the entire residential red zone. The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor is just one focus of our planning and engagement with communities.

We will continue to work with the Southshore and Brooklands communities to better understand their priorities and determine an approach for regeneration planning in these areas. We recognise that these areas have unique circumstances and are likely to need a different approach to that proposed for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.

We need to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of the Brooklands and Southshore areas including further information about coastal influences.

We will continue to be open, visible and respectful with these communities as we progress regeneration planning in these areas.


Regeneration planning for residential red zone land in the Port Hills

The release of technical information for the residential red zone in September 2016 does not include the Port Hills. Regenerate Christchurch's initial priorities are the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, Brooklands and Southshore. Technical information for the Port Hills will be collated and released at a later date.

Some useful information about land in the Port Hills is currently available: