Strong communities

Communities where residents join social activities, connect with others and take part in local decisions are happier, healthier and more productive. Providing residents and communities with opportunities to connect with each other and take responsibility for local decisions is a key focus for the Council.

The Council can't build stronger communities on its own. Working with central government agencies such as the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand Police, Creative New Zealand and Sport and Recreation New Zealand, and community organisations is important in building strong and resilient communities.

The monitoring information to follow provides an overview of how the council is doing in these areas. For more information about any of the the following email the Monitoring and Research Team at


Culture and heritage are valued

Sustaining a positive sense of continuity of culture and heritage is important to maintaining community well-being.


Community connections and participation

The concept of community is fundamental to people's overall quality of life and sense of belonging.

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Participation in a range of recreational activities

Recreation offers value to all parts of our communities and to all stages of life.


Communities are safe

Christchurch is vulnerable to a range of hazards, with the potential for significant harm to people and property.