A Draft Strategy for Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 15th May 2019 - 17th June 2019
14 May 2019

Consultation has now closed


Consultation on Toi Ōtautahi Christchurch Arts has now closed. People were able to provide feedback from 15 May to 17 June. During this time we heard from 44 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback [PDF, 1.6 MB] and a summary of submissions [PDF, 46 KB]. A staff report was considered by Council on Thursday 22 August and you can (external link)read the minutes(external link), and their decision that the Council:

1. Endorse Toi Ōtautahi.

2. Endorse continued work with funding partners and the sector to ensure robust leadership, implementation and monitoring of Toi Ōtautahi.



Mā te pohewa mā te auaha hoki, ka whakapuaki ngā kura e huna ana.
With imagination and creativity a hidden jewel can be revealed.

This whakataukī (proverb) refers to the Ngāi Tahu relationship with pounamu, a unique treasure of the South Island. To the untrained eye, the exterior of the pounamu looks like any other stone in the river, but with skillful crafting, a treasure is revealed.

Generations of Māori wore trails across the Southern Alps as they sought this highly prized commodity. It was crafted into fine works of art, used for tools and weaponry, and was a valuable trade item.

The South Island became known as Te Waipounamu - The Waters of Greenstone. Ōtautahi Christchurch and Canterbury became significant trading centres.

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city founded in a dramatic landscape. From the Pacific Ocean to the braided rivers, from the rugged mountains and glaciers of the Southern Alps to the fertile plains. From the earliest days, this place has shaped the creativity of the people who live here.

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Botanic Delights, Christchurch City Council Event 2018

We believe that if we can skillfully craft a strategy that supports the arts in Ōtautahi Christchurch, many more treasures will be revealed from our creative landscape.

The arts have always been an important part of our lives. This strategy builds on our strong creative roots, which have shown Ōtautahi Christchurch to be a place of experimentation and artistic risk taking.

Events in Ōtautahi Christchurch have created an opportunity for us to think differently - now we want to take that momentum forward.

Street art

Street art, Rone, Worcester Blvd, Rise Festival 2014

Ngā Mihi ki a Koutou

Ngā mihi nui ki ngā kaiāwhina.

We thank all those who have contributed to the development of this strategy and look forward to an ongoing dialogue.

La tafe toto ou ala aua lou taleni i mea taulima ma tusi ata!

Tuturu whakamaua, kia tina, haumi e, hui e, taiki e!

As-salāmu ʿalaykum.

Talk to us

Come along to one of our drop in sessions for an informal chat about the strategy.

Wednesday 5 June, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Little River Board Room,
4238 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Little River

Thursday 6 June, 5pm-6pm
Tūranga Central Library,
60 Cathedral Square, Central City

Wednesday 12 June, 4.30pm-5.30pm
New Brighton Library
213 Marine Parade, New Brighton

Or, if you cannot make one of these sessions, you can contact us anytime: ArtsAdvisors@ccc.govt.nz or 03 941 8999.