AvON Blog

Official blog of the Avon-Otakaro Network

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

For quite a while our community have been wondering when public can have real access to the Christchurch Residential Red Zone and what is going to happen with this large tract of damaged land. As part of the Breeze Walking Festival starting this Saturday, Avon-Ōtākaro Network, the group advocating t... [More]

24 Sept - 9 Oct: SIX RED ZONE TREKS IN THE BREEZE WALKING FESTIVAL

24 Sept Saturday 2pm–4.30pm Riverside Heritage
28 Sept Wednesday 6pm–8pm Bexley Past & Future
1 Oct Saturday 2pm–4pm Mahinga Kai Sanctuary
2 Oct Sunday 2pm–4pm Avonside Eden
7 Oct Friday 6.30–8pm Southshore Sunset
8 Oct Saturday 2pm–4.30pm Dallington Horseshoe Lake

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“Massive” support among electoral candidates for city-to-sea river park and eco-reserve in Ōtākaro/Avon River Red Zone

“Massive” support has been found among Christchurch’s local and regional electoral candidates for a multipurpose city-to-sea river park and eco-reserve in the Ōtākaro/Avon River red zone. [More]

GREEN DREAMS FOR CHRISTCHURCH'S RED ZONE

On a Saturday morning, a roomful of community representatives are gathered at Christchurch Bridge Club for Joining the Dots – a go at figuring out a common plan for the Avon River residential red-zone organised by Eastern Vision. As convenor and former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Rev Peter Beck, says at the start of the day, the city's recovery has had a rather top-down "done to us" feel about it so far. But what the Government does next with the 5500 sections and 430 hectares it red-zoned in July 2011 – an area two and half times the size of Hagley Park – is now meant to be a "done with" exercise. The concern hanging in the air is the Government is still determined to get part of its money back by fixing land and flogging it off.
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WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE AVON RIVER RED ZONE?

The Avon-Otakaro river red zone is 450 hectares of bending, fertile, inspiring uncertainty. An extraordinary opportunity that simmers in the back of the minds of Christchurch folk. Will it become the place that defines our city? Or will it become another lost opportunity? [More]

29 & 30 July: LOVE YOUR WATER: ANZAC DRIVE RESERVE PLANTING DAYS

The Avon-Otakaro Network is lovingly overlooking the restoration of Anzac Drive Reserve, as the Mahinga Kai Exemplar, in partnership with Ngai Tahu, and support from Ngai Tuahuriri, Department of Conservation and Christchurch City Council. [More]

THE APPOINTMENT OF IVAN IAFETA AS THE NEW CE OF REGENERATE CHRISTCHURCH GAINS ENTHUSIASTIC APPROVAL

“We are very excited by today’s announcement of the appointment of Ivan Iafeta as Chief Executive of Regenerate Christchurch,” says Rev Peter Beck, convenor of Eastern Vision. [More]

COMMENT ON COMMUNITY MEETING ON RED ZONE PLANNING

It was an interesting meeting organised by Mark Gibson on Wednesday 25th May evening. [More]

20 May: WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY - WAVE BYE TO WHITEBAIT

Come wave goodbye to whitebait as they start on their journey as hatching eggs then heading downstream out to sea. [More]

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]