City identity and landscape

Christchurch has experienced major change in recent years, largely as a result of the 2010-2011 earthquakes. Residents' experiences of living in the city are varied.

Christchurch is recognised as New Zealand’s garden city.

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Pride in the look and feel of the city Increasing trendIncreasingTrend Respondents' sense of pride in the city has improved from a post-earthquake low of 33% in 2012 to 44% in 2018. Further information.
Experiences of living in Christchurch Snapshot
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In 2018, 44% of respondents agreed that Christchurch is a city where it is easy to explore new ways of living. Further information.
'Garden City' identity Snapshot
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In 2018, over 90% of respondents feel that our 'Garden City' identity is largely due to heritage gardens and parks, street trees and gardens, Hagley Park and/or neighbourhood parks. Further information.
Satisfaction with Botanic Gardens No trend discernible
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Respondents are consistently satisfied with both the appearance and condition of the Botanic Gardens, at 99% and 92% respectively in 2019. Further information.

Sense of pride in Christchurch

Between 2002 and 2010, respondents' sense of pride in the look and feel of Christchurch City had decreased from 84% to 68% (Quality of Life survey).

Unsurprisingly, the earthquakes had a significant impact on people's sense of pride, with only 33% feeling a sense of pride in the city in 2012.

This proportion has since increased to 44% in 2018, and the proportion who disagreed or strongly disagreed has declined from 44% to 27%. Nationally in 2018, 60% of respondents felt a sense of pride in their city, with 16% not feeling a sense of pride in their city.

Experiences of living in Christchurch

The 2018 Life in Christchurch survey (Communities and Neighbourhoods) asked residents on their experiences of living in Christchurch and how they viewed the city's identity.

Residents were asked whether they agree that Christchurch is a city where residents are encouraged to appreciate the history of our city while enjoying the present and future. Half of respondents agreed, while 16% disagreed.

Over 60% of respondents agreed that the city provided opportunities that encouraged work life balance, and 36% agreed that the city has connected and inclusive communities.

The survey also asked whether it is easy to explore new ways of living in Christchurch. Around 44% agreed, while 19% disagreed.

Garden City identity

The 2018 Life in Christchurch survey asked respondents about Christchurch's Garden City identity, and the importance of key aspects contributing to this identity.

Around 94% of respondents indicated that heritage gardens and parks contributed either a great deal or a fair amount to our Garden City identity. Street trees and gardens, Hagley Park and neighbourhood parks were also identified as being important by over 90% of respondents.

Almost all (95%) of respondents to the 2018 Life in Christchurch survey agreed or strongly agreed that having areas of native bush, tussock land and wetlands is an important part of the identity of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

Over three quarters strongly agreed, while 19% agreed. Fewer than 1% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Botanic Gardens

Christchurch's Botanic Gardens are considered a key feature of Christchurch and are a major central city attraction for both locals and visitors to the city. The Annual Residents survey has found that residents have consistently high levels of satisfaction with both the appearance and the condition of the Botanic Gardens.

In the 10 year time series dating back to 2010, an average of 96% of respondents have been satisfied with the condition of the Botanic Gardens, in terms of maintenance and upkeep. In 2019, this fell to 92%, which is the lowest in the 10 year time series and only the second time satisfaction has fallen below 95%.

There are similar levels of satisfaction with the appearance of the Botanic Gardens. Appearance includes things such as the layout and type of plantings, and the layout and style of facilities.

In 2019, 99% of respondents reported being satisfied with the appearance of the Botanic Gardens. Since 2010, satisfaction has remained at over 95%.

Further information

Please email monitor@ccc.govt.nz for further information.

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