District Regeneration

The 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes caused unprecedented and widespread damage to greater Christchurch. In Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki about 100 hectares, over one fifth of the total residential areas, were classified as ‘residential red zone’. This was part of Central Government’s emergency social policy response to the earthquakes and the urgent need to assist people in the worst affected areas.

In 2015, we prepared a Draft Recovery Plan to identify the longterm uses for the 5 residential red zone areas, referred to as ‘regeneration areas’. After significant public engagement and involvement by all those affected, the Recovery Plan was approved in December 2016.

The agreed uses for the 5 regeneration areas include greenspace, mixed-use business, rural and private lease, all intended to facilitate recovery from the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes and support regeneration of the district and communities. Implementation of the Recovery Plan will support a strong and resilient greater Christchurch and help make the district a better place for current and future generations.


Regeneration Work Programme

We’re proposing to increase our budget up to $20 million to deliver this work programme over the next 10 years, at a rate of $40 per property per year. The rate includes construction costs and debt servicing. Some of the capital projects and budgets are shown below.




Spending $20 million over 10 years to deliver the majority of the work programme within the next 3 years, because this will

  • continue to demonstrate progress in our recovery planning
  • meet our affected community’s expectations
  • create community and recreation spaces for communities who were affected by the earthquakes


We could defer the work programme by completing $10 million of the proposed works during 2018 to 2028, with the balance of the programme completed from 2028 onwards. This would not meet community expectations or accelerate earthquake recovery. However, this option would lower the cost to $20 per property per year over the next 10 years.