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-Ōtākaro Network (AvON) wants to make the vision of a beautiful park and reserve in the Christchurch red zone around the Avon River a reality. You can read all about who we are and what we're aiming for in our charter  And you can find out how we are organised from our structure.

Latest News

Extend clean up to more of Avon, residents urge

The government has just finished cleaning up a 3km stretch of Christchurch's Avon River, but many say the job is only half done...more  or listen here

What's On

14/01/2015World Wetlands Day Tour 2015

30/11/2014Summer Starter

20/11/2014Public Forum: Fauna of the Red Zone

06/11/2014Another green blitz on the red zone to cap off Conservation Week

Our Media Releases

06/11/2014Another green blitz on the red zone to cap off Conservation Week

09/07/2014Community invited to provide feedback on proposals for the recovery of the east

24/06/2014Matariki planting signals the first step in greening the red zone

20/06/2014Lets get stuck in and start making a difference in the red zone - Matariki planting day


The most widely recognised Maori name for the Avon is Ōtākaro meaning place of the game, however it is also known as Ōtakaroro meaning home of the karoro, or black-backed gull.

We wish to acknowledge the generous funding support of Canterbury Community Trust, Christchurch City Council, Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust & Foodstuffs Community Trust.


About the banner
This photo of kotuku on the Avon River, taken by John Stewart, represents our present and our future. Beautiful and rare wildlife such as kotuku and bittern are now choosing to inhabit the places people have had to leave.