Make a submission to Regenerate Christchurch
Regenerate Christchurch wants your feedback on its Red Zone Futures exhibition.
The Greening the Red Zone committee have gone through both the physical and online exhibition information and summarised our feedback.
This is the final round of feedback and THE MOST IMPORTANT! As a city we need as many people as possible to submit their feedback to Regenerate Christchurch as THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE to have our say on what happens (or what doesn’t happen) in the Red Zone. You need to submit not only what you like but also what you don’t like! This will help Regenerate Christchurch understand exactly what the public want and want they don’t want.
You can also read our full submission here.
How to submit
- In the first field below, write your own thoughts.
- Copy and paste our suggested text, or the sections you support, into the second field. We encourage you to edit and personalise it if you want to. (You may find it easier to copy and paste the points you agree with into a separate text document, edit them how you wish, and then copy and paste that into the second field.)
- Type the captcha code into the box that says "Enter code".
- Click the button that says "Send to Regenerate Christchurch". Do this before 3pm, Saturday 30 June.
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Suggested text (copy and paste into the second field):
- I SUPPORT the vision to create a restored river ecosystem, and an urban green space that inspires, heals and joins communities, through greater connection with nature, exploration, play, learning, and recreation.
- THE Green Spine should be at least 150m either side of the river where possible and dedicated to native ecological restoration and improving water health.
- THE Ōtākaro-Avon is the blue spine of the Green Spine. Restoring the health and ecology of this iconic waterway is key to the success of the green space we want to create, and to the greater recovery of Christchurch.
- ACTIVITIES within the green spine should have minimal impact on the environment – such as the landings, bridges, cycleways, walkways, viewing platforms, natural playgrounds, art and culture trails etc. Other more intrusive or engineered projects should be outside this area, and on the fringes of the red zone Reaches, e.g. large built structures, community gardens, carparks, housing etc.
- SUBSTANTIAL native forest (as opposed to 'a little bit') is required for self-sustaining, breeding bush birds to return to the city. Forest is also required to meaningfully contribute to water storage and ground structure to prevent erosion. In 2009, using pre-quake elevations NIWA projected sea-level rise of 40 cm by 2040 in Christchurch
- NATIVE forest is excellent at storing carbon. Christchurch has committed to being carbon-neutral by 2050. Let's plant some of the Government's One Billion Trees!
- EIGHTY hectares of wetland for storm-water treatment and habitat is excellent. I applaud the decision to remove the out-of-river lake project, and to instead protect and prioritise Horseshoe Lake for the health and recovery of our environment and our three-waters infrastructure.
- THE Green Spine provides connectivity from the city to the sea, the paths, landings, and footbridges tie it together, but we must ensure projects in the reaches and surrounds also fit the overall vision – being light on the landscape and working with nature, not against it. I like the idea of a range of paths and cycleways on either side of the river, from all-access to more adventurous.
- ESTABLISHMENT of an over-arching land management plan, in terms of pest species control, is required before transitional and/or official uses start dividing it up and splitting responsibility.
- I SUPPORT the Waitākiri Ecosanctuary project. Travis Wetland is perfectly placed to become a significant wetland ecosanctuary, if you extend it into the Burwood Red Zone, and provide high ground for forest and a safe zone for wildlife during flooding. It should be fully predator-fenced to allow the introduction of iconic, vulnerable species. The 'halo effect', would be significant, especially in conjunction with a bush sanctuary elsewhere, perhaps as part of the Port Hills regeneration or on Banks Peninsula.
- I SUPPORT the WHoW Aqua Sports Park as a 'wow factor' recreational attraction that can sustain itself financially and be a great community asset too.
- I SUPPORT the Red Zone Dark Sky Park project, which aims to introduce nature-friendly lighting into the red zone, providing an exemplar for safe, functional urban lighting that places human and ecological health at the centre of decision making. For example, fully shielded amber lights are safer as they reduce glare, and have fewer negative impacts on humans, plants, and wildlife at night.
- I SUPPORT the nature playgrounds proposal and would not like to see plastic play structures in the regeneration zone.
- MOVING back the stop banks means less engineering of the environment and provides the river with more floodplain, especially in the lower reaches. We must however carefully preserve and protect pockets of higher ground for tall native trees, and future-proof as much as possible new and existing built structures and infrastructure – the ecosanctuary, essential roadways, existing housing for example – for at least the next 100 years.
- COMMUNITY gardens should be near communities that will look after them, on the fringes of the red zone, not taking up large swathes of ecologically valuable land in the Horseshoe Reach.
- I SUPPORT innovative and experimental forms of housing, including one or two tiny house communities, so long as they are on the red zone margins, and on land that does not impede the ecosanctuary or the formation of forest.
- The Eden Project appears to heavily encroach on the Green Spine and be a large-scale engineered structure. I fully support an educational facility of some sort but would rather a local initiative, perhaps in conjunction with DOC and the ecosanctuary. For me, the Green Spine is its own Eden Project! And a free-to-enter one.
- INCREASING accessibility for flatwater sports is important, but not to the detriment of the overall vision. I favour the Kerrs Reach Expansion, i.e. the slight widening, lengthening and dredging of the river, not to over-engineer it, but to work with what is there and make it fit for purpose: a training facility that can accommodate all codes, and that has the ecological benefits of removing the yellow flag iris that is taking over the banks, along with the rubbish and silt clogging the river bottom.
- I STRONGLY support Regenerate Christchurch's decision to remove the out-of-river lake or 'East Lake' option due to the reasons stated in their feasibility studies.
- I DO NOT support the 'Christchurch on a Plate' concept in any of the reaches as there are already so many food enterprises in Christchurch. Small-scale pop-up vendors may work.
- We DO NOT think the 'Take in the View' gondola will work in the flat landscape of the river, and think it will bring a lot of intrusive infrastructure.
- I DO NOT support the 'Need for Speed' project, but would rather encourage and enhance the wind-carts, bmx tracks, skate park and watersports already happening there.