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]

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]

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]

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]

AvON ‘over the moon’ with funding announcement

The Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) is “over the moon” $15m has been committed to connect the city to the sea, along the Avon/Otakaro River corridor. [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]