A clear focus is required to support the central city over the coming three years. Without a vibrant central city, the wider city will struggle.

What this means

A clear focus is required to support the central city over the coming three years. Without a vibrant central city, the wider city will struggle.

There has already been significant public and private sector investment in the central city. The actions below are intended to promote alignment and maximise available resources to achieve greater impact.

How we will get there

Promote the central city as a great place to live.

Make the central city a more interesting and fun place to be - attract events to the central city; coordinate a cross-agency Central City Promotion Group; complete Community Events Implementation Plan.

Improve the condition, safety and accessibility of streets and public spaces in the central city.

Coordinate marketing and promotion of the central city as a great place to visit, work, invest and live.

Coordinate a programme to promote, support and build social innovation and social enterprise.

How we are doing

People living in the central cityMixed Results

In June 2017, there were 5,860 people living in the central city. This is two thirds of the pre-earthquakes population of 8,280.

Since the low point after the earthquakes in 2014, the population in the central city has increased by an estimated 800 people.

Visitors to the central cityPositive Result

Over the year to March 2018, 78 per cent of respondents to the Life in Christchurch survey visited the central city at least once a month for non-work purposes.

In 2016  the proportion of people visiting the the central city more than once a week for non-work purposes was 12 per cent.  This increased to 19 per cent and 18 per cent in the year to March 2017 and 2018 respectively.