About Us

Regenerate Christchurch, jointly funded by the Crown and Christchurch City Council, was established under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to lead regeneration, engage and advocate effectively with communities and stakeholders, work collaboratively with others and provide independent advice to decision makers.

The scope of our work has been broad, from extended, geographically-focused areas to the provision of key strategic advice on achieving regeneration outcomes. Over time, our focus has adapted to reflect Christchurch's evolving needs. We have identified opportunities to maximise the benefits of the significant private and public investment that has been made in Christchurch. While the Act under which we operate has specific powers, we cannot work in isolation and we collaborate to ensure visible, cohesive leadership across an aligned public sector.

In 2019 the Christchurch City Council and the Crown agreed it was time for Regenerate Christchurch to transfer its leadership role to the locally-based agencies that will have long-term responsibility for regeneration.  Christchurch City Council was confirmed as the inheriting agency and on 30 June 2020 Regenerate Christchurch was formally disestablished.  View our Transition Plan here.


Our Board as at 30 June 2020

We were overseen by a board of five, appointed by the Christchurch City Council and the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration - one of which was 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 Work 

Regenerate Christchurch’s work included:

  • Development of a Regeneration Plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, which is guiding and influence long-term decision-making for the area.
    The plan, which was approved by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration in August 2019, reflects the important history and heritage of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and sets out a bold aspirational vision for its future.
    Significant technical work informed Regenerate Christchurch’s development of the plan, as did extensive community engagement.

  • Advice to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration and the Christchurch City Council, including an assessment of the performance of the central city and a series of recommendations to increase regeneration momentum that led to the development of the cross-agency Central City Action Plan.

  • A long-term vision for Cathedral Square and advice on short to medium-term activation of the area.

  • Through our independent statutory role, supporting the Christchurch City Council in its development of a Regeneration Plan to realise Cranford’s potential for managing storm water, connecting open space and providing a variety of housing types.

  • Recommendations that Section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act be used to:
    • Provide for the development and operation of commercial film or video facilities in Christchurch
    • Amend the Christchurch District Plan to permit changes to the use and operation of Hagley Oval which would enable more international fixtures to be played at the venue
    • Enable Redcliffs School to be re-located to Redcliffs Park
    • Provide an exemption from the minimum on-site parking rule for developments in the Commercial Banks Peninsula Lyttelton Commercial Zone
    • Re-zone land for the Canterbury Sports Limited facility in Yaldhurst
    • Change the residential unit overlay in the Christchurch District Plan to provide greater clarity and certainty, particularly for people seeking to rebuild or extend their house, and contribute to the regeneration of the New Brighton, South New Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs areas