Results from the 2017 Life in Christchurch central city survey are now available.
More than 2700 people responded to the survey. 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 report feeling frustrated about transport issues, they are still visiting the central city.
Living in the central city
- Only six per cent of respondents were living in the central city but another 2 per cent were actively looking to move into the area.
- Eleven per cent said they planned to move into the central city in the next year or two. Another 17 per cent said they would consider a move into the central city once the rebuild was complete.
- A further 15 per cent said they would consider living in the central city once their children had left home.
- One of the main concerns people had about a move to the central city was the lack of affordable housing options.
The range of services and facilities in the central city
- Around 65 per cent thought there was a range of things in the central city for families to do and more than 80 per cent agreed there was a range of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Central city environment and identity
- The survey revealed residents see the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground as the key things that make the central city distinct and unique.
- Quizzed about other aspects of the central city, around half of respondents said they were satisfied with the look and feel of the streetscapes and open spaces while 63 per cent said they were satisfied with the look and feel of the new buildings.
- Around half of respondents think that the central city provides a safe environment for pedestrians. However, only 30 per cent think that it is safe for cyclists.
- A little over 90 per cent of respondents said they felt safe in the central city during the day. Common reasons why people did not feel safe were anti-social behaviour and people under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
- Close to 65 per cent of respondents who had travelled to the city centre in the past 12 months did not think it was easy to get there by car, largely due to road works and road closures.
- Close to 20 per cent of respondents reported travelling to the central city by bike for work related trips.
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].