A vision for the Avon River red zone

Welcome to our vision, changing Christchurch's Avon River red zone from a place of trauma and heartache to a land of fun and natural beauty!

We seek to turn the Avon-Ōtākaro red zone into:

A MULTIPURPOSE CITY-TO-SEA RIVER PARK THAT MEETS DIVERSE COMMUNITY NEEDS eg for environmental regeneration and restoration; recognition of cultural & community heritage; play, recreation and sport; food production; arts and entertainment; learning, training, employment, small business and tourism.

And while allowing for multiple uses as above, THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE RESTORATION OF NATIVE ECOSYSTEMS, to enhance water quality, biodiversity and environmental resilience which in turn support mana whenua aspirations for restored mahinga kai values.

 

Latest News

CLEAN UP EVENT SWITCHES TO OUR OWN BACKYARDS

The Mother of All Clean Ups, an annual riverside rubbish clearing effort is adapting to lockdown life and staying close to home this year.... more

OUT OF TRAUMA COMES HOPE AND NEW LIFE, SAYS AvON'S PETER BECK

I have the privilege of living close to the Ōtākaro-Avon River in Richmond. Most days in lockdown my wife and I walk or cycle along the river trail which winds alongside the river from the city centre to the sea. ... more

What's On

For a list of our primary events  click here, you can also get up-to-date information on all our events on our Facebook page.


The most widely recognised Maori name for the Avon is Ōtākaro meaning place of the game, however it is also known as Ōtakaroro meaning home of the karoro, or black-backed gull.

We wish to acknowledge the generous funding support of the Rata Foundation and the Tindall Foundation

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Australasian Bittern adapted from a photograph of Wayne Butterworth