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]


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.


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]

Matariki planting signals the first step in greening the red zone

Singer Tiki Taane and TVs ‘bugman’ Ruud Kleinpaste will be among the celebrity guests joining community volunteers to take the first steps in greening the red zone this Saturday. [More]

AvON welcomes Government announcement on residential red zone lands

“It is great that at last there is some forward traction on future use of the Avon River residential red zone lands, it is time we started to heal the wound that runs right through the east,” says Evan Smith Co-Chair of Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON). [More]

New Mayor to open this year’s Spring River Festival

Newly elected Mayor Lianne Dalziel will officially open the Spring River Festival at Kerr’s Reach on November 2 as one of her first ceremonial duties since taking office. [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]

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]