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

FEEDBACK ON CHCH RED ZONE SUPPORTS ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION

Feedback on the future of Christchurch's red zone shows clear support for turning much of the area back to nature, but mixed support for re-establishing houses on the earthquake-damaged land.... more

THE BATTLE OF CHCH'S PROPOSED RED ZONE LAKES

Algal blooms could prove troublesome for proposed flatwater lakes in the Christchurch red zone, but advocates are adamant they can be managed... more

What's On

For a list of our primary events in 2018 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