Do you want Christchurch to be an even better place to live, work and play?

Life in Christchurch is an annual survey series that asks residents for feedback on a variety of key aspects related to Life in Christchurch. 

The Central City survey for 2017 is seeking residents feedback on a variety of aspects relating to the Central City, including: 

  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Facilities, services and attractions
  • Safety

You will be able to give feedback until Friday 31 March 2017 and should take between 5 and 10 minutes.

We want as many residents as possible to give us feedback and encourage you to pass this page onto your family, whānau and friends.

Life in Christchurch 2017 : Central City

This is the first of four opportunities to give feedback on different aspects of life in Christchurch in 2017. 

Your feedback will help us better understand what makes Christchurch a great place to live and work for you, your family and whānau, and communities. It will also help inform future planning and policy decision making.

For more information, please email the Monitoring and Research Team at monitor@ccc.govt.nz

2016 Life in Christchurch Results

Results from Life in Christchurch 2016 [PDF 5.6MB] are now available. More than 3000 residents from the city and areas surrounding the city completed the survey over a four week period in June this year.

The results provide a good insight into resident’s behaviours, their sense of belonging and their views about a range of aspects of their neighbourhoods and the city in the midst of the rebuild.

Key findings

  • A surprising number of respondents (45%) had participated in Council decision making in the last 12 months; around 20% of respondents reported that they are dissatisfied with the opportunities provided to participate in decision making. 
  • Around 30% of respondents are satisfied with the recreation, shopping and socialising opportunities available in the central city; around the same number reported that they are not satisfied. 
  • Of those respondents who reported that they travel by car, 60% agreed that it was easy to travel around the city via car. Cyclists and public transport users were more divided with almost as many disagreeing that it was easy to cycle as those who feel it is easy to cycle around the city. However, generally most respondents agreed that it is easy to walk places in the city. 
  • More than 70% of respondents still believe that the garden city image is an important component of Christchurch’s identity. Hagley Park, the Port Hills and the Botanic gardens all rated highly as features that contribute to making Christchurch a distinctive and unique city.
  • When asked to provide one word that describes Christchurch, “Home” was the word most commonly provided by respondents.
  • More than 80% of respondents agreed that they enjoy living in their neighbourhood; neighbourhood parks and green spaces were the main reason cited. Less than 10% of respondents disagreed that they enjoy living in their neighbourhood, however for those that did, crime and safety issues were the most common reason reported.
  • More than 90% of respondents agreed that it is important that the Council continues to work to protect and enhance indigenous biodiversity in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. 

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 5.7MB].

A range of posters [PDF 8.1MB] that summarise the 2016 results are now available.

The Community outcomes

The community outcomes describe what the Council aims to achieve in meeting the current and future needs of our communities; this includes things such as providing good quality local infrastructure, local public services and regulatory functions.

The outcomes cover five key areas: 

  • Good Governance
  • Liveable City
  • Strong Communities
  • Healthy Environment
  • Prosperous Economy

Everything the Council does is focused on making progress towards achieving our community outcomes. We do this by aligning all of the activities that the organisation undertakes with the community outcomes; all expenditure is directed towards delivering a level of service that is designed to help achieve the outcomes either now, or at some point in the future. 

We track the progress we make towards achieving the outcomes through the use of a range of measures and indicators. The information you will or have provided through telling us about life in Christchurch will help us further understand how we are progressing towards achieving the outcomes, and where we could be doing better. 

For more information on the community outcomes and how the council is tracking towards achieving them, check out the community outcomes monitoring pages

About the survey

During June and July 2016, the Council conducted its first annual 'Life in Christchurch' survey. 

If you would like to participate in next year’s survey, please email the Monitoring and Research Team and you will be contacted during the 2017 survey period.

Life in Christchurch 2016 asked for residents' feedback on a variety of key areas, including:

  • Community & culture
  • The central city & local neighbourhoods
  • Moving around the city
  • Leadership & decision making
  • Our natural environment

The feedback collected will help us to better understand what makes Christchurch a great place to live and work for you, your family and whanau, and communities. 

It will also help inform future planning and policy decisions as we develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to be.