Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Feedback

“Our Shared Ōtākaro Avon River Vision
The river is part of us and we are part of the river.
It is a living part of our city.
A place of history and culture
where people gather, play, and celebrate together.
A place of learning and discovery
where traditional knowledge, science and technology meet.
A place for ideas and innovation
where we create new ways of living and connecting.
OUR VISION IS FOR THE RIVER TO CONNECT US TOGETHER –
with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.”

Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Proposed Places/Visitor Experiences
In the Draft OARC Regeneration Plan, based on “Our Shared Ōtākaro Avon River Vision” above, do we have a balanced Plan?
– Are there enough places/visitor experiences for history and culture?
– Are there enough places/visitor experiences for learning and discovery?
– Are there enough places/visitor experiences for ideas and innovation?
– Are the proposed places/visitor experiences adding to the “Garden City, City of Exploration” theme?

Below is my feedback on the Draft OARC Regeneration Plan:
https://engage.regeneratechristchurch.nz/40555/documents/92778
Supporting Information:
Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: “Tell Our Stories” Post
Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Visitor Experience Post
Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Community Needs Post

Vision And Objectives/Tō Tātou Tirohanga (Pg 22)
– Feedback: Support in Part. I don’t think there are enough places/visitor experiences that relate to the Vision: history and culture, learning and discovery, ideas and innovation.
Practising mahinga kai/Hei mahi: Mahinga kai (Pg 24)
– Feedback: Support, Te Pa o Rakaihautu School, more learning spaces/centres, opportunities for visitor participation with creativity needed.
– Opportunities: https://www.getcreativechristchurch.nz/maori-heritage-park/, Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: “Tell Our Stories” Post, Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Visitor Experience Post Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: ‘Our People, Our Places’ Māori Wardens
Regenerating nature/Hei oranga taiao (Pg 26)
– Feedback: Support, CCC “Consider adding a community-led plant nursery to connect and involve communities in restoration efforts through growing and supplying the plants required.”
– Opportunities: involve Dallington/Horsehoe Lake/Burwood residents, SkillsShare between retired gardeners and teenagers wanting to learn, Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Visitor Experience Post Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: ‘Our People, Our Places’ Park Rangers
– “SAP” Program: ‘Sponsor A Plant’, interactive web based sponsorship program, any one in the world can help with the replanting of the Corridor, selecting from a range of plants, yearly sponsorship fee includes: photo updates and location of planting so visitors can find ‘their’ plant in the Corridor, incentive to come to Christchurch and see ‘their’ plant in person.
Connecting and involving communities/Te whakahono me te whakauru hapori (Pg 28)
– Feedback: Support.
– Opportunities: Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: “Tell Our Stories” Post and Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Community Needs Post
Creating prosperity/Te whai rawa (Pg 30)
– Feedback: Support.
– Opportunities: https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/think-christchurch-with-hila-oren/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/planning-a-bright-future-for-richmond/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/idea-to-make-stanmore-rd-an-international-smorgasbord/
A destination for all/He wāhi mō te katoa (Pg 32)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Oppose: Whitewater facilities, International Ecotourism, Hotel and Christchurch on a Plate.
– Opportunities: see Ōtākaro Loop Reach/Te Mātāwai o Ōtākaro (Pg 50) & Horseshoe Lake Reach/Te Mātāwai o Ōraka (Pg 52).
Living with water/Ngā tikanga wai (Pg 34)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Better planning and engagement needed for communities affected by earthworks for stopbanks, and heavy trucks using local streets, after damage to Richmond roads (10-15 years rebuild budget/plan), affecting the mental health/wellbeing of Richmond residents, and disruptions to Richmond businesses income.
– Opportunities: https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/dudley-creek/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/river-bank-centre/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/kerrs-reach/
Living Laboratory/Hanga taiao ora (Pg 36)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Adapative Housing, may be too soon for those Red Zone residents forced to sell/move from this area.
– Opportunities: https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/river-bank-centre/

A View For The Future/He Kitenga Mō Te Wāheke (Pg 40)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Adapative Housing/Edge Housing: may be too soon for those Red Zone residents forced to sell/move from this area.
East–West road bridge: New Brighton Road is our only scenic route from City to Sea, we need to be enhancing this area by the river, the bridge would detract from the Garden City theme, and Christchurch East residents need their earthquake damaged local roads fixed first.
Landings: need to only offer the basics, not retail shops, detracts from the Garden City/Exploration theme, plenty of retail shops already in this area (The Palms, Eastgate, Richmond Village/Stanmore Road, New Brighton).
The preferred land uses/Ngā tikanga mahi whenua i mariu ai (Pg 42)
– Feedback: Support in Part. More could be done to align: the Vision and Objectives for the area, reflecting community aspirations, being technically suitable for the land and sympathetic to environmental conditions, with the Garden City/Exploration theme.
The Greenprint/Te Tākākāriki (Pg 45)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Issues with Ōtākaro Loop and Horseshoe Lake Reach.
Green Spine/Te Tuarā Kākāriki (Pg 48)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Landscape plan needs plants/trees at different heights and different spacings for visibility throughout the Corridor, to make sure the area is safe for visitors.
– Opportunities: To deter anti-social behaviour, lighting and security cameras are needed throughout the Corridor, Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Visitor Experience Post Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: ‘Our People, Our Places’ Park Rangers & Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: ‘Our People, Our Places’ Māori Wardens.
Ōtākaro Loop Reach/Te Mātāwai o Ōtākaro (Pg 50)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Oppose: International Ecotourism (visitors come to NZ to see our natives, visually doesn’t fit with nature in a “predominantly natural landscape”, looks ‘man made’, “The attraction becomes an island in east Christchurch and is not integrated into the community or creates gentrification or displacement in east Christchurch”, Cultural/Archaeology/Heritage site), Hotel (already CBD, Bealey Ave, Airbnb) and Christchurch on a Plate (already The Palms, Eastgate, Richmond Village/Stanmore Road, New Brighton).
– Opportunities: Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Community Needs Post (Shirley/Richmond, new Community Centre at 10 Shirley Road opposite Shirley Primary School, includes Shirley Library, Learning Spaces, Service Centre, sell Shirley Library building at The Palms), Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: “Tell Our Stories” Post (William A. Sutton, James Arthur Flesher, Cora Wilding, Richard Bedward Owen, Elsie Locke, Rod Donald),
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/avebury-house/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/kai-town/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/street-art/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/river-road-park/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/suttons-place/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/river-bank-centre/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/retreat-road-park/
Horseshoe Lake Reach/Te Mātāwai o Ōraka (Pg 52)
– Feedback: Support in Part. Oppose: Whitewater facilities (wrong climate in Christchurch for this facility, concerns over Christchurch water supply, “The attraction becomes an island in east Christchurch and is not integrated into the community or creates gentrification or displacement in east Christchurch”, Cultural/Archaeology/Heritage site),  and East–West road bridge (New Brighton Road is our only scenic route from City to Sea, we need to be enhancing this area by the river, the bridge would detract from the Garden City theme, and Christchurch East residents need their earthquake damaged local roads fixed first).
– Opportunities: Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Community Needs Post (Dallington/Burwood/Avondale, new Community Centre at 255 New Brighton Road close to All Saints Church, includes Coastal-Burwood Governance Unit more central to their residents, small Meeting/Learning spaces with kitchen, Service Centre, Volunteer Library similar to Redcliffs Village Library, sell Shirley Library building at The Palms), Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: “Tell Our Stories” Post, “Community, education and culturally based activities, founded on the principles of kaitiakitanga, tikanga, traditional ecological knowledge and practices, kāinga nohoanga and ki uta ki tai, would enable Ngāi Tahu to reaffirm their enduring relationship and cultural association with this locality”, and would compliment the Te Pa o Rakaihautu School.
Eastern Reaches/Ngā Mātāwai Rāwhiti (Pg 54)
– Feedback: Support.
– Opportunities: https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/kerrs-reach/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/woodham-park/, Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: “Tell Our Stories” Post (John Deans, Richard Bedward Owen, Alexander William Bickerton, Cora Wilding)

Transformation Over Time/Mā Te Wā Ka Puāwai Te Kaupapa
– Phase 1: Create the platform/Mata 1: Hanga te atamira (Pg 62)
Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Community Needs Post (Dallington/Burwood/Avondale new Community Centre at 255 New Brighton Road & Shirley/Richmond new Community Centre at 10 Shirley Road), Draft OARC Regeneration Plan: Visitor Experience Post Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: Website & App, Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: Cultural Trail, Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: ‘Our People, Our Places’ Park Rangers, Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor: ‘Our People, Our Places’ Māori Wardens, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/richmond-village/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/suttons-place/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/avon-otakaro-cycle-route/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/river-road-park/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/retreat-road-park/
– Phase 2: Welcome people in/Mata 2: Te whakatau tāngata (Pg 66)
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/dudley-creek/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/avebury-house/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/kai-town/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/street-art/, https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/woodham-park/,
– Phase 3: Secure the future/Mata 3: Te whakawhita wāheke (Pg 70)
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/river-bank-centre/,
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/kerrs-reach/