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

MATARIKI RISES AGAIN IN THE RED ZONE

Matariki, the constellation of stars that signals the Maori new year, rises over the red zone again this month and will be marked by the return of Matariki in the Zone on 25 June.... more

REIMAGINING THE AVON RIVER FOR RECREATION AND NATURE

There is no doubt that a large water body in the red zone could address many unmet needs for recreation in the east of Christchurch... more

AVON-ŌTĀKARO RIVER TRAIL TAKING SHAPE

What’s it going to look like?  The new transitional cycle and walk trail along the banks of the Avon-Ōtākaro River will be marked with -  a footprint ... more

What's On

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For a list of our primary events in 2017 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

About the banner
Kereru were seen in Avonside the day the red zoning of large tracts of land along the lower Ōtākaro/Avon River was announced...