Christchurch is a space for growth, a canvas that offers vibrant urban experiences and a place to grow great neighbourhoods. Find out how we're going at delivering our goals of a prosperous, vibrant, liveable central Christchurch.
Over the next 10 years our goals are to make central Christchurch:
To track our progress towards these goals, city agencies are collaborating with a focus on eight specific outcomes.
Christchurch is the South Island’s primary employment centre. Concentrating businesses and employment in Central City makes great use of the city’s transport network and builds an intensity of activity that helps drive innovation, job growth and higher-value activities.
To build future prosperity, we need to retain and attract young people through nurturing work opportunities, education and training.
Growing visitor stays and spending is important to ensure that Christchurch captures its share of South Island tourism flows as well as contributing to the vibrancy and international interest in our Central City.
The primary aim is to support efforts to grow visitor numbers outside of peak season, softening the seasonal impacts on the commercial investment in Central City.
A diverse, distinctive and broad-based offer is essential to keep Christchurch and Canterbury residents visiting frequently, and softening the impact of online trading.
Growing the range of evening and night-time activities is an important factor in helping attract residents and, in particular, the young people who will be the lifeblood of our city’s economy.
A number of factors contribute to ease of access to the Central City including the quality of streets and footpaths, location and frequency of public transport, availability of cycle facilities and car parks and information regarding getting around the Central City.
In 2018, the Council initiated the Central City Residential Programme(external link) (also called Project 8011) to grow Central City population.
Other initiatives focus on sustaining and growing its vibrant commercial and entertainment function, as part of attracting new residents.