AvON Blog

Official blog of the Avon-Otakaro Network

AvON asks council to create wetlands in residential red zone

Creating and restoring wetlands within the Avon River red zone will greatly improve the quality of the Avon River, says the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON). [More]

AvON co-chairs urge minister to reconsider residential red zone policy

Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) is extremely disappointed at the policy forbidding interim use of residential red zone lands, and urges Minister Gerry Brownlee to reconsider. [More]

Exciting projects to reinvent the red zone

Kiwi returning to Christchurch, wetland reserves filtering the city’s storm water and a marine reserve off the entrance to the Estuary.

These are just three exciting possibilities the public can explore at an all-day “Projects Forum” hosted by the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON).
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Public barbecue to celebrate World Wetlands Day

The public and media of Christchurch are invited to a nature walk and barbecue to celebrate World Wetlands Day, on Saturday, February 2. [More]

Regenerating 'urban forest' a shot in the arm for Christchurch

The speed at which native bush is regenerating in the Avon River red zone is a real shot in the arm for Christchurch, says the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON). [More]

Statement on Gerry Brownlee's suggestion of a "less bendy" Avon River

AvON welcomes Gerry Brownlee’s comment that decisions on future recreational uses of red zone land are for the wider community to make. As an organisation with more than 200 individual members and 50 member organisations, and having gathered more than 18,500 signatures on its petition to Parliament, AvON is pleased to have the support of a very large part of that community. [More]

River park ‘a lifeline’ for eastern suburbs’ recovery

The proposed Avon-Otakaro River Park will be a lifeline for the eastern suburbs and form the backbone of their recovery, says the group campaigning to turn the Avon River residential red zone into a river park and reserve. [More]

AvON delighted by Minister's response to petition

Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) is delighted with the comment by Acting Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Amy Adams, that the Government will consider the proposal to turn the Avon River red zone into a reserve and river park, and says it looks forward to working with the Government to make this happen. [More]

Greens support creation of Avon-Otakaro River Park

The Green Party is calling on the Government to commit to building an Avon-Otakaro River Park, after more than 18,500 people have signed a petition in support of the Park. [More]

Petition takes symbolic journey up Avon River to Parliament

Scores of Christchurch people will take the petition asking for a park on the Avon River red zone land on a symbolic journey up the Avon River on its way to Parliament next week. [More]