23 August 2019

The Regeneration Plan for 602 hectares of red zone land in Christchurch’s Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC) has been approved.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods made the announcement today at a red zone site in Avonside surrounded by a number of community groups – many of which contributed to the plan developed by Regenerate Christchurch.  

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has managed the OARC, and other residential red zone sites, on behalf of the Crown since December 2015.

LINZ’s new chief executive Gaye Searancke says the plan is a “milestone moment” for the people of Christchurch.

“Eight years since the Canterbury earthquakes left this land red zoned due to significant damage, the approval of this plan provides certainty for the community about how this taonga (treasure) will be used in the future,” says Ms Searancke.   

While new to the chief executive role, Ms Searancke says she is well aware of the extensive work LINZ staff have carried out in the red zone to ensure they fulfil their duty as kaitaiki (guardians) of the land.

Ms Searancke says LINZ is proud of the regeneration work it has done in the area – keeping it tidy, safe and secure, as well as facilitating transitional land use requests.

“We’ve felt privileged to help people bring their ideas for residential red zone land to life by facilitating its temporary use for everything from beehives to community gardens and a pump track.

“We look forward to continuing to look after the residential red zone as we work with the Christchurch City Council to protect it for the benefit of Cantabrians, New Zealanders and visitors, both now and for generations to come.”

To view the Regeneration Plan, visit dpmc.govt.nz/OARCplan.

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