• Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.
  • Our city. Our legacy. Our forest park.
    Te takiwā, kā hua a Tāne, he taoka tuku iho.

Greening our red zone

After the earthquakes of 2010-2011, Christchurch has a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity to bring nature back into the  heart of the city. 

We can create a red zone forest and wetland park, that benefits not just a few, but ALL of the city. Just as our forebears left us Hagley Park so our legacy can be Avon-Otakaro Forest Park.

Watch the video and read the following pages to find out how creating a forest and wetland park in the Avon River red zone  will improve the health and wellbeing of our plants, animals, lands – and people.​

The whole city will benefit from returning the Avon River red zone to nature. Greening the Red Zone members explain their vision and hopes for a forest and wetland park for Christchurch

Get involved!

Join us on our campaign to green the Avon River red zone, to create a forest and wetland park that is our generation's ecological legacy for all of Christchurch.

Featured page: Our dark sky

Nature doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, it just gets more cosmic.

How wonderful it will be to lie down in a forest park clearing under a starlit sky, and see the whole vault of the heavens, the Magellanic Clouds and count shooting stars. Read more...

Milky Way banner photo: Fraser Gunn, Lake Tekapo

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Greening the Red Zone in the news

Slicing up the red zone

A first tentative step has been taken to address the future of Christchurch's vast residential red zone. Read more...

Eastern Rising – Red zone projects

As public consultation on the red zone kicks off, and not a moment too soon, we  consider the potential future of Christchurch's awaiting river red zone. Listen to the full radio programme...

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