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Greater Christchurch Regeneration

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Greater Christchurch is entering a new and exciting phase. As it moves from recovery to regeneration, local and central Government are focusing on creating new partnerships and supporting the shift to local leadership.

Christchurch is currently undergoing the biggest and most inspiring urban renewal opportunity in New Zealand’s history. 

The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 provides the legal framework to support the regeneration of greater Christchurch over the next five years.

Agencies involved with the greater Christchurch regeneration

Christchurch City Council and its strategic partners – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, and neighbouring territorial authorities, the Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils – will progressively take over leadership of the regeneration of greater Christchurch.

However, the Greater Christchurch Group and three other new agencies Regenerate Christchurch, Development Christchurch Limited and Ōtākaro Limited have specific roles in the regeneration. They are committed to working together, and with the City Council and its strategic partners. 



Greater Christchurch Group

Ōtākaro Ltd

Regenerate Christchurch

Development Christchurch Ltd
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Christchurch City Council (50%)
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Description A business unit within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Crown company, capitalised and funded by the Crown, and responsible to the Crown for delivering on its stated objectives Established and governed through the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCR Act)

A council controlled trading organisation for the purposes of the Local Government Act 2002

Established by Christchurch City Council through Christchurch City Holdings Limited
Who Director: Kelvan Smith

Chief Executive: Albert Brantley

The Board:
Chair: Ross Butler
- Peter Townsend
- Miriam Dean
- Corinne Haines 

Chief Executive: Ivan Iafeta
(appointed June 2016)

The Board:
Chair: André Lovatt
- Bill Dwyer
- Ross Butler
- Jen Crawford
- Manaia Cunningham
- Richard Holden
- Humphry Rolleston

Chief Executive: Rob Hall (appointed June 2016)

The Board:
Chair: Bill Dwyer
- Dr Jane Gregg
- Peter Houghton
- Fiona Mules
- Darren Wright

  • Leading the coordination of central Government’s ongoing involvement in regeneration work across the regeneration agencies and inheriting agencies (of CERA functions)
  • Providing advice to the Government and ministers including around the future use of residential red zones in both Christchurch and the Waimakariri district
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress on overall regeneration progress for greater Christchurch
  • Delivery of key anchor projects and precincts, and divestment of Crown land
  • Projects include:
    • Residential demonstrator
    • Retail Precinct
    • Innovation Precinct
    • Convention Centre Precinct
    • Metro Sports Facility
    • Avon River Precinct
    • Earthquake Memorial
    • East and North Frames – residential and public realm
    • South Frame.
  • Leading on regeneration planning and engagement including preparation of regeneration plans
  • Focus on working with the community, including local groups, business and iwi, in partnership with the Government and Council to stimulate regeneration in key areas
  • City-wide focus on urban regeneration.
  • Three initial key areas:
    • Central city
    • Residential red zone
    • New Brighton.
  • Attracting and facilitating local and international investment
  • Undertaking development projects such as the Christchurch Adventure Park
  • Contributing to the implementation of Suburban Master Plans eg. New Brighton
  • Providing commercial and strategic advice to Christchurch City Council  as requested
  • Committed to meaningful stakeholder participation
Established 1 March 2016 First quarter of 2016 19 April 2016 July 2015
Likely length of life Expected to be significantly smaller by 2018 Likely to be wound up following completion of anchor and precincts projects Due to expire, along with the GCR Act on 30 June 2021, after which time it will transition into a solely Council owned organisation No restrictions on its lifespan