AvON Blog

Official blog of the Avon-Otakaro Network

“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]

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]