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

Bid to get Red Zone for a Dollar (Pegasus Post)...

Groups want the government to sell the residential red zone to an independent trust for a dollar...... more 

Time to loosen Christchurch's Victorian corset

When our European forebears crested the summit of the Bridle Path, they looked down upon a swampy, scrubby plain "ripe for development".....more 

What's On

02/01/2016Monday 22 February 2016: River of Flowers

02/01/2016February 2016: Bloom Festival @ Canterbury Museum

02/01/2016Sunday 31 January 2016: MKE Naturewatch Survey Workshop & World Wetlands Day BBQ and Walk at Travis

01/01/2016Sunday 30 January 2016: Whaka Inanga Straw Bale Set Up

Our Media Releases

28/07/2015Another step forward in restoring the red zone

20/04/2015Community to commemorate restoration of Poppies sculpture with a ceremony and planting

20/02/2015Old Neighbours Gather by the Rivers to Reconnect and Reflect

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


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.