Category Archives: The Future

Ensuring local food supplies

The Sumner Local Food Group is hosting a Local Food Resilience presentation by Robina McCurdy of Earthcare Education Aotearoa on August 20 at the Sumner Fire Station in Wiggins Street.
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Report suggests CCC communications changes

A communications audit carried out on the Christchurch City Council highlights shortcomings in its relationships with communities and individuals and suggests ways to improve this. The report was presented to the council in late July and made public.
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St Albans Conversation followup

CCC staff will be reporting back on Thursday, August 9 with a summary of the discussion about the future of St Albans held in April.
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Thirty year transport plan

Your feedback is required for the Christchurch City Council’s draft transport plan. But you have only a few weeks to have your say on the transport plan that will determine its development from 2012 to 2042.

Public sessions are being held at various venues around the city – but St Albans does not appear to be one of those sites. Submissions must be made to the Council by August 23.
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St Albans Conversation followup

A followup to the St Albans Conversation Meeting earlier this year is being held on August 9 at the Edgeware Bowling Club at 6pm.

If you were part of the St Albans Community Conversation held at the Scottish Society Hall in March this year you might be interested in the outcome. The City Council is presenting the Conversation report – which records hopes and aspirations of St Albans and collectively explores ways that key local organisations, businesses, residents, City Council staff and elected representatives can work together in the future – to the community.

The evening will be facilitated by Maria McEntyre and will be held on:

Thursday 9 August
6.00 – 8.30pm
Edgeware Bowling Club
6 Forfar Street
St Albans

Lashings of hot chocolate and refreshments provided!

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Tools for Place Making: Integrated Urban Design and Green Star Communities

Friday 29 June, 12:00 – 2:00pm Function Room, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street.

Integrated Urban Design

Tim Horton will present from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Tim Horton is the Commissioner of the Integrated Design Commission, South Australia. Tim has been appointed by the Premier of South Australia to be a bridge between Government and the design, planning and development sectors, to transform the urban environment and enhance quality of life through a multi-disciplinary, design led approach. Tim is a strong advocate of integrated design having the power to create adaptable, enduring, flexible and transformational built environments that balance long term value over first cost.

Tim will share lessons learnt from Australia in the creation of truly loveable places using collaborative and integrated design processes.

Find out more about integrated design(Integrated Design Commission South Australia).

Green Star Communities

Adam Beck will present from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Adam Beck is the Sustainable Communities Manager for the Green Building Council of Australia.  Adam has more than 13 years’ experience in environmental and social planning with a particular focus on developing and implementing sustainability tools for the built environment.  Adam has undertaken sustainability assessments for major public and private sector developments throughout Australia.

Adam will provide an overview of the Green Star Communities Rating Tool, provide case studies and the business case for its use to help create thriving neighbourhoods and green liveable cities.

Find out more about green star communities (Green Building Council Australia).

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Garden City 2.0 – a new project

The Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) would like to introduce you to a new project initiated by the Canterbury Community Gardens Association (CCGA):  Garden City 2.0

The CCGA wants to hear from people or groups interested or involved in community gardening and local food initiatives and how CCGA can support greater connectivity around the topic of ‘Community Food’, particularly in the east. This better understanding will help CCGA to coordinate ongoing support and organise successful events.

The vision for Garden City 2.0 is to activate a community food culture and practical learning opportunities in the local communities of Christchurch.

Share this message with any person or organisation you think should be informed.

Find more about Garden City 2.0 on Facebook. Find more about Garden City 2.0 on Twitter.

All your thoughts and ideas are welcome.

Bailey Peryman Project Worker – Garden City 2.0 (03) 326 6927 or 021 122 7638 Email Garden City 2.0

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The Recovery Strategy

Kia ora

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the Recovery Strategy for greater Christchurch – Mahere Haumanutanga o Waitaha developed under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 is now available to view on the CERA website

The Recovery Strategy represents a major milestone for the recovery of greater Christchurch.  It provides clear direction and coordination for recovery work and has been informed by hundreds of ideas and feedback, planning and discussions over nine months.

CERA has worked with government agencies, Te Rünanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils and Environment Canterbury to consider the input and develop the strategy. The relationships that have been developed and strengthened through this process are important and will be critical to the successful recovery of greater Christchurch.  Continue reading The Recovery Strategy

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What do you want in St Albans?

Complete the survey … and go into the draw to win a street party package for Neighbourhood Week worth over $300.


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Communities learn the good life can be a killer

Developers in the last half-century called it progress when they built homes and shopping malls far from city centers throughout the country, sounding the death knell for many downtowns. But now an alarmed cadre of public health experts say these expanded metropolitan areas have had a far more serious impact on the people who live there by creating vehicle-dependent environments that foster obesity, poor health, social isolation, excessive stress and depression.


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a vision for the Avon River red zone

Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON)

a vision for the Avon River red zone

Welcome to our vision, changing Christchurch’s Avon River red zone from a place of despair and tragedy to a land of beauty and joy.

AvON wants to make the vision of a beautiful park and reserve in the Christchurch red zone around the Avon River a reality.

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Inspirational global recovery speakers

A variety of inspirational speakers from around the globe, including the UK, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand shared their experiences relating to redeveloping cities and communities, in particular those which have been subjected to devastation – natural and human.

See the presentations and hear the videos from the series.

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