People feel a greater sense of belonging and pride in their city when they feel their culture and heritage is celebrated.

Arts, culture, heritage, and sport play an important role in the life of the city. They benefit both residents and visitors. It is essential that links with the past are identified and conserved as the city continues to grow and its built environment changes.

As tangata whenua, Ngāi Tahu have rich cultural associations with many places and resources in the district, including settlements, transport routes, gardens, urupā (burial grounds), and places of importance for mahinga kai (food and resources).

What this means for our district

  • The city's heritage and taonga are conserved for future generations.
  • Arts and culture thrive in the city.
  • Sites and places of cultural significance to tangata whenua are respected and preserved.
  • Cultural and ethnic diversity is valued and celebrated.

How we are contributing

We support various cultural and sporting events throughout the district. A Multi Cultural Strategy – Our Future Together has been developed to help guide Council and the community towards achieving a diverse, inclusive and welcoming city. We are currently working with the community to develop a new comprehensive Heritage Strategy to ensure our culture and heritage are preserved and valued. 

How you can help

Take your friends and whānau along to arts and cultural events. Get involved with a sports club. Learn about your local neighbourhood's history and heritage, including any sites and places of cultural significance to tangata whenua.

How we are doing

Status What do we want to achieve? What has happened?
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Importance of protecting heritage in the city

Sixty two per cent of respondents to the Life in Christchurch survey in 2016 felt more should be done to support and protect the heritage in Christchurch. Further information.

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Culturally rich and diverse arts scene

The proportion of people who feel Christchurch has a rich and diverse arts scene has increased from 47 per cent in 2012 to 60 per cent in 2016.  Further information.

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Attitudes to Diversity

Over the past 10 years, around 60 per cent of people felt increased diversity made Christchurch a better or much better place. 

However, the proportion of people who think it has a negative impact has grown from 5 to 12 per cent. Further information.

Importance of protecting heritage in the city

Sixty two per cent of respondents to the Life in Christchurch survey in 2016 felt more should be done to support and protect the heritage in Christchurch, while a quarter of respondents felt the current level of support and protections was sufficient. Nine per cent thought there should be less effort put into supporting or protecting heritage.

Culturally rich and diverse arts scene

In 2012 and 2014, 47 per cent of respondents to the Quality of Life survey felt that Christchurch had a rich and diverse arts scene. In 2016 this increased to 60 per cent.

Subsequently, the proportion of people who disagreed or strongly disagreed has declined from 19 to 8 per cent. Interestingly these trends are similar to what is happening in the combined data from all cities involved in the Quality of Life programme, which means it is not likely to be a post-earthquake Christchurch issue.

Attitudes to diversity

Over the past 10 years, around 60 per cent of respondents to the Quality of Life survey felt Christchurch was a better or much better place as a result of a more culturally diverse population.

However, since 2008 the proportion who believe it has made the City a worse or much worse place has increased from 5 per cent in 2008 to 12 per cent in 2016.  Most of this growth has shifted from those who previously reported increased diversity made no difference to the City, which has been declining since 2004.