AvON Blog

Official blog of the Avon-Otakaro Network

Lincoln study values benefits of a red zone river park at around a billion dollars over ten years

A new study by researchers at Lincoln University has valued the benefits of a city-to sea reserve in the Avon River residential red zone at around a billion dollars over ten years. [More]

Avon River expected to be feature of a world-best city park

Christchurch’s Avon River expected to be feature of a world-best city park, visiting expert says [More]

AvON welcomes Roger Sutton’s idea to save red zone houses

The group campaigning to create a reserve and river park in the Avon River red zone has welcomed Roger Sutton’s comments that some houses could be saved as memorials. [More]

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]