The ownership and management of Crown-owned red zone land in greater Christchurch is being progressively transferred from the Crown to Christchurch City Council as part of supporting the city’s regeneration.

Aerial image of the OARC area

OARC Red Zone aerial image. Credit: CCC Newsline

In late 2015 as the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) wound down, we took over responsibility for managing Crown-owned red zone land and the Crown’s land acquisitions for Christchurch anchor projects.

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Red-zoned land in the Port Hills, Brooklands, Southshore and South New Brighton, along with the historic Bill Sutton House, are now owned by the Council.

Ownership of Crown-owned Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor land is transferring progressively in phases as the 5,500 property titles are reconfigured. Christchurch City Council has operational management responsibility for this land, including the consideration of using it for temporary projects and events.

Contact the Council for all red zone management enquiries, including ideas for temporary projects and events:

The land transfer is part of the September 2019 Global Settlement Agreement, a contract between the Crown and Council to finalise the remaining costs and responsibilities for Christchurch’s earthquake recovery and regeneration.

Read about the Global Settlement agreement

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Progress Timeline

Date Activity
Oct 2021 Christchurch red zone – final demolition completed out in the red zone, signalling the end of this massive 10-year clearance programme.
June 2021 Canterbury Multi-Use Arena - we acquired final land required for this anchor project.
Land acquisitions for Christchurch anchor projects
May 2021 Port Hills red zone - we transferred ownership of about 80ha of Crown-owned land to the Council.
Mar 2021 Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zone - we gifted red-zoned house to Richmond Community Gardens Trust to run on behalf of the wider community.
Dec 2020 Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zone - we worked in partnership with the Council to develop 29 scheme plans for the property title reconfiguration.
Dec 2020 Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre we acquired final land required for this anchor project.
Nov 2020 South Frame Anchor Project - we brokered agreement for final land acquisition.
Sep 2020 Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zone - we gifted fully renovated historic Sutton House to the Council.
Aug 2020 Brooklands, Southshore/South New Brighton red zone - we transferred ownership of 70ha of Crown-owned land to the Council.
1 Jul 2020 Brooklands, Southshore/South New Brighton and Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zones - we transferred management of 6,000 Crown-owned properties to the Council.
May 2020 Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zone - we completed review of 16,300 interests in nearly 5,500 property titles.
May 2020 Te Tira Kāhikuhiku - Community-based consultative group established by the Council and LINZ to provide recommendations on red zone temporary land-use applications.
Te Tira Kāhikuhiku
Mar 2020 Performing Arts Precinct - Te Whare Tapere - we acquired final piece of land needed for this anchor project.
23 Sep 2019 Global Settlement Agreement signed between the Crown and Council, focusing on the transition to local leadership.
Aug 2019 Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor - Regeneration Plan approved. 
May 2019 The Pines Beach and Kairaki - we lead the transfer of about 5ha of Crown-owned land to Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust.
Apr 2019 Residential Red Zone Crown offers close.
Mar 2019 Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki - we lead the transfer of about 80ha of Crown-owned land to Waimakariri District Council as part of delivering the Waimakariri Recovery Plan.
Aug 2018 Final Residential Red Zone voluntary Crown offer announced.
Jun 2018 Kaiapoi, Kairaki and The Pines Beach - Land transfer agreements signed for about 65ha of Crown-owned land.
Dec 2016 Waimakariri Residential Red Zone - Recovery Plan approved.
Apr 2016 Wind-up of CERA – full transfer of management responsibilities to Toitū Te Whenua for Crown-owned red zone and central city land.
Dec 2015 CERA operational responsibilities start transferring to Toitū Te Whenua.
Jun 2011 Voluntary Crown offer process starts for the worst-affected earthquake-damaged areas, known as the residential red zones.
Apr 2011 Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) established.
22 Feb 2011 Magnitude 6.3 Canterbury earthquake, centred on Christchurch.
4 Sep 2010 Magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake, centred near Darfield.
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