Each year we ask for your feedback on the central city. More than 3000 of you gave us feedback about the central city in 2018, here is a summary of what you told us.

2018 results

Living in the central city

Moving to the central city

Around 30 per cent of respondents said that they would consider moving to the central city. For those who would not consider moving, lifestyle factors were the primary reason given. 

“I fully appreciate the advantages of living in the city and find it appealing. However, living on the Port Hills offers recreation and exercise and I ultimately prefer this.”

Housing in the Central City

Around a third of respondents agreed that there is a range of housing and well designed housing available in the central city, however around half disagreed that there was affordable housing. 

“There needs to be less shoe boxes built and multi-dwelling apartments built. I’d love shops on the ground floor like cafes etc and then be living on the upper floors like wellington apartments.”

Terraced housing and low-rise apartment buildings are the preferred housing options for the central city. Almost 60 per cent of respondents would not consider living in medium-rise apartment buildings.

“I would live in an apartment block if it was well connected to public transport and had good shared utilities areas like a communal laundry, good storage for bikes and sports equipment, and was surrounded by green space.”

Things to do in the central city

Less than 30 per cent of respondents had not visited the central city at least once a month for recreation, shopping or eating out in the past 12 months.

Respondents most frequently visited the central city to: 

  • Eat out (50 per cent).
  • Go shopping (43 per cent).
  • Visit attractions (34 per cent).

More than half of respondents agreed that the central city provides a range of things to do for all people, while over 60 per cent agreed that there is a range of things for families and children to do in the central city.

“I go into the city to explore the different types of shops from the malls and love going to the different types of eating places. Little High a firm favorite.” 

Look and feel of the central city

Over half of respondents were satisfied with the look and feel of the streetscapes and open spaces in the central city. 

Around 60 per cent of respondents agreed that the central city is safe for pedestrians, around 40 per cent think that is it safe for people on bikes. Both an improvement from the 2017 results. 

The top three features that respondents thought made Christchurch's central city distinctive and unique were: 

  1. The Botanic Gardens.
  2. Hagley Park.
  3. Rivers and streams.

"There needs to be more green spaces, and not just along the streets. Pockets of garden, lawn or trees tucked in between buildings would be great."

Transport in the central city

The main mode of transport across all activities in the central city continues to be the car. Around 20 per cent of respondents are cycling to work and social and recreational activities in the central city, whilst 20 per cent are using the bus to get to social and recreational activities. 

Across all modes of transport, there was an improvement in perceptions around the ease of travelling within the central city when compared to 2017.

  • 30 per cent of respondents agreed that it is easy to travel by car in the central city (22 per cent in 2017).
  • 36 per cent agreed that it is easy to travel by bicycle in the central city (29 per cent in 2017).
  • 70 per cent agreed that it is easy to get around the central city on foot (64 per cent in 2017).

"The cones are a part of life. Sometimes a pain but to me they signal things are happening. While we have road cones we have progress."

Feeling safe in the central city

Around 90 per cent of respondents said that they feel safe in the central city during the day, however less than 50 per cent feel safe at night. 

The main reasons for respondents feeling unsafe during the day were: 

  1. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  2. Begging.
  3. Homelessness.

The main reasons for respondents feeling unsafe at night were: 

  1. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  2. Anti-social behaviour.
  3. Isolated areas.

“I felt 100% safe in Tokyo at night with millions of people but in Christchurch when there are not many people around it feels less safe. Generally I've not had problems with begging nor homeless people although there are an increasing number which gives the city a poor image to those visiting the city.”

The full set of results from the survey can be found in the 2018 central city Summary Report [PDF, 1.2 MB]

2017 results

More than 2,700 people responded to the central city survey in 2017. The majority of respondents reported that they had visited the central city in the past 12 months; more than half of all respondents had visited for non-work purposes. While people reported feeling frustrated about transport issues, they were still visiting the central city.

The results will help inform future planning and policy decisions as we develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to live and visit. More information about the results can be found in the full report. [PDF, 365 KB]

More information about the questions asked can be found in the questionnaire [PDF, 436 KB]