• 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: Green spaces reduce health costs

It’s been estimated that an eco-park in the Avon River Residential Red Zone would save $50.3 million a year in health spending, based on 2013 costs. These savings are made up of: $16.1 million from cycling;  $32.7 million from walking $1.5 million from jogging. Read more...

Milky Way banner photo: Fraser Gunn, Lake Tekapo

How much of the red zone needs to go green to support native birds?

At Greening the Red Zone we often get asked this question: "Why do you want so much?" But it's not what we want that matters: It's what our wildlife needs. Read more...

What is about to happen to the red zone?

Six years after the earthquakes, Christchurch can finally start to consider what should happen in the residential red zone. Read more...

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