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

MOTHER NATURE THE FOCUS OF CHRISTCHURCH CLEAN UP

Plastic bags, food wrappers, straws and bottle tops have been pulled from sites around Christchurch in a bid to address rubbish disposal methods... more 

FLAT WATER COURSE PROPOSAL "COULD BRING CITY 'MILLIONS'"

A group behind plans for an international open water course in Christchurch's residential red zone claims it could make the city $30 million to $50m a year ... more 

LOGO COMPETITION FOR AVON-ŌTĀKARO RIVER TRAIL

How do you rate your design skills? The hunt is on for a logo that will shape the identity for the new transitional cycle and walk trail ... more 

What's On

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...