AvON Blog

Official blog of the Avon-Otakaro Network

SUCCESS OF THE 'ADOPT THE AVON' RIVER CLEAN UP SIGNALS INTENSE COMMUNITY INTEREST IN FUTURE OF RED ZONE WATERWAYS

The huge success of Saturday’s Adopt the Avon part of the Mother of All Clean Ups is an indication of the tremendous community interest in the future health of the Avon River red zone according to Evan Smith of Avon-Otakaro Network which coordinated the Avon River event. [More]

REFORESTING NEW ZEALAND COULD START IN THE RED ZONE

Christchurch’s Avon River red zone could kick-start an ambitious national goal of creating 1.3 million hectares of new forest to improve health, wealth, and wellbeing, say Christchurch red zone campaigners. [More]

Saturday 7 May: The Mother of All Clean Ups - Adopt The Avon!

On 7 May - the day before Mother's Day - the Mother of All Clean Ups will take place on the edges of the Avon-Ōtākaro, the estuary Ihutai and the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote. Avon-Ōtākaro Network is coordinating the Adopt the Avon effort on the Ōtākaro Avon River from Barbadoes St bridge to Bridge St bridge. ... [More]

Monday 22 February 2016: River of Flowers

River of Flowers - part of the 5th anniversary commemoration with Healthy Christchurch, Alright? Campaign and Flourish.  This year's event promises to be a big one - join us at one of the 15 riverside sites throughout Christchurch.

February 2016: Bloom Festival @ Canterbury Museum

Part of the 5th anniversary commemoration, we are partnering with Flourish, Healthy Christchurch & Poetica in this initiative as part of this year's River of Flowers Commemoration.

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

Join us this year in a Naturewatch Survey workshop at the Mahinga Kai Exemplar site in Anzac Drive Reserve (meet at Matariki Gardens at 2pm).  Then follow this with a BBQ at Travis Wetlands and enjoy a guided evening walk around Travis.  Times to be confirmed.

Sunday 30 January 2016: Whaka Inanga Straw Bale Set Up

We need fit volunteers to assist with this research project working with UC and EOS Ecology in Lake Kate Sheppard.  You will be placing straw bales at the spring tide mark using warratah stakes and binding wire.  This provides temporary inanga (whitebait) spawning sites to compen... [More]

Another step forward in restoring the red zone

School students from local primary and secondary schools will plant another thousand native seedlings at Anzac Drive Reserve this week while environmental artists Martin Hill and Philippa Jones create a life size sculpture on site. Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) who want to turn the Avon River red zon... [More]

Community to commemorate restoration of Poppies sculpture with a ceremony and planting

 The “Poppies over Gallipoli” sculpture at the corner of Anzac Drive and Travis Road has been restored and moved to higher ground in time for the centenary commemorations of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli. The sculpture was originally commissioned by the Burwood-Pegasus Community... [More]

Old Neighbours Gather by the Rivers to Reconnect and Reflect

Old neighbours from communities decimated by the earthquakes will meet up again on Sunday at gathering places along the waterways of Christchurch.  Every year people come together and reflect on the anniversary of the 22 February earthquake as part of the River of Flowers community commemorati... [More]