Questions & Answers

1. Regeneration Areas

What is District Regeneration?

2. Stormwater Management

There has historically been flooding in Kaiapoi East,  how are you dealing with this?

3. Remaining Roads

When will Cass Street, Charles Street and Jollie Street be repaired?

Will there still be access to the Askeaton Park boat ramp?

4. Honda Forest

What is the Honda Forest?

How long will it take to plant the Honda Forest?

Can I be involved in planting the Honda Forest?

Will there be walking tracks through the Honda Forest?

5. Sports Fields

When will the sports fields and softball diamonds be ready to use?

Can I use the sports fields?

Will you plant more trees around the sports fields?

Will there be public toilets in the reserve?

6. Rural area

What will happen in the rural areas in Kaiapoi East and Kaiapoi South?

I would like to purchase/lease land to set up a business/construct a building in the rural area - what do I need to do?

7. Mixed-use Business Area

What does mixed-use business mean?

What is the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan - 2028 and Beyond?

I would like to purchase/lease land to set up a business/construct a building in the mixed-use business area - what do I need to do?

When will the motor caravan park open?

8. Reserves

How will the reserves be developed?

What is the Heritage and Mahinga Kai Area?

Will the public have access to the Heritage and Mahinga Kai Area?

What is happening to the land where the old community hall was located in The Pines Beach?

9. Recovery Plan

Why was a Recovery Plan prepared?

What was the process for preparing the Recovery Plan?

When was the Recovery Plan approved?

What does approving the Recovery Plan mean for Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki?

Does Council have to do what the Recovery Plan says?

Can I buy back my land to build a house on?

What does the Recovery Plan mean for private property owners in the Regeneration Areas?

10. Implementing the Recovery Plan

Who will implement the Recovery Plan?

What is land divestment?

When will the Crown transfer the Regeneration Area land to Council?

How long will it take to implement the Recovery Plan?

What projects will Council start first?

What is this all going to cost and how will it be funded?

Can I be involved in the implementation of the Recovery Plan?

How can I keep up to date on what is happening in the Regeneration Areas?

11. The Pines Beach and Kairaki

Has Te Kōhaka o Tῡahaitara Trust said what they will do with the land proposed to be amalgamated into the Tῡhaitara Coastal Park?

Can anyone lease the private lease land at The Pines Beach or is it exclusively for those who lived there?

1. Regeneration Areas

What is District Regeneration?

This is the transition from red zone recovery to regeneration within the District. It is about the renewal and redevelopment of those areas affected by the earthquakes for the long-term benefit of the Waimakariri District.

The regeneration areas are the areas which were zoned red after the Canterbury earthquakes. There are five regeneration areas in the Recovery Plan: Kaiapoi West, Kaiapoi East, Kaiapoi South, The Pines Beach, and Kairaki.

There are three general land uses proposed for the Council land in the regeneration areas:

  1. mixed-use business,
  2. green space,
  3. and rural.

The green space land use includes sport and recreation reserve, heritage and mahinga kai, recreation and ecological linkages, and a memorial garden (ashes-only cemetery).  There is also some land proposed for private lease at The Pines Beach. This will be for low-intensity uses and non-permanent structures.

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2. Stormwater Management

There has historically been flooding in Kaiapoi East, how are you dealing with this?

A stormwater management area has been constructed on what was once known as Beswick Street. A series of swale drains have been constructed across the reserve to carry stormwater to this new stormwater area.  Raising the land level in some places also enables ‘positive drainage’ where the stormwater moves from high points to low points under gravity.

The stormwater management area is required to regulate and treat the stormwater flows into the Kaiapoi River.  The stormwater will move through a wetland before entering the Kaiapoi River.  The wetland area will be planted with native trees and shrubs and surrounded by the Honda Forest.

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3. Remaining Roads

When will Cass Street, Charles Street and Jollie Street be repaired?

We are currently upgrading Cass Street, Charles Street and Jollie Street. [ back to top ]

Will there still be access to the Askeaton Park boat ramp?

Yes, you can still use the Askeaton Park boat ramp. Askeaton Park boat ramp is due for minor repairs and an upgrade. [ back to top ]

4. Honda Forest

What is the Honda Forest?

The Honda Forest is a partnership between Council and Honda New Zealand to plant approximately 15,000 native trees and shrubs around the stormwater wetland area in Kaiapoi East.  This will create a two-hectare forest (about the size of two rugby fields), which will, over time, enhance native biodiversity and bring back native birds. There will be walking trails through the forest for all to enjoy.

The Honda Forest is funded by the Honda TreeFund, a fund which has planted over 650,000 trees to date. The TreeFund was inspired by the philosophy of the Honda founder Soichiro Honda, who had a vision ‘to leave blue skies for our children’.[ back to top ]

How long will it take to plant the Honda Forest?

The Honda Forest will cover about two hectares and will have about 15,000 native trees and shrubs. Planting the forest will be staged over five years.  This began in May 2019.  [ back to top ]

Can I be involved in planting the Honda Forest?

Yes, you can be involved through community planting days. These will be advertised locally. [ back to top ]

Are there walking tracks through the Honda Forest?

Yes, there are walking trails through the Honda Forest along with park benches. [ back to top ]

5. Sports Fields

When will the sports fields and softball diamonds be ready to use?

The softball diamonds are in their design phase and it is anticipated they will be completed by September 2020. The fields will be ready for play in 2020, once grass has established.  [ back to top ]

Can I use the sports fields?

Yes, when the fields are not being used for organised sport they can be used by anyone for informal sport and recreation. [ back to top ]

Will you plant more trees around the sports fields?

Yes, we are planning to plant more trees around the sport fields and softball diamonds once construction is finished. [ back to top ]

Will there be public toilets in the reserve?

Yes, there will be public toilets in the reserve.  This will be combined with changing rooms for the sports fields and softball diamonds. Construction is now underway.  [ back to top ]

6. Rural Area

What will happen in the rural areas in Kaiapoi East and Kaiapoi South?

Rural activities could include agriculture, pastoral farming, and/or horticulture.  The rural zoning will include setback buffers and restrictions on the types of activities in the rural areas.  These restrictions will help to prevent intensive farming (such as poultry farms) and other activities that have the potential to create adverse impacts on surrounding neighbourhoods.  The rural areas will also house infrastructure such as pump stations and stormwater management areas.

The Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board will decide on the future activities for this space. A community studio hub is currently under consideration during 2020. [ back to top ]

I would like to purchase/lease land to set up a business/construct a building in the rural area - what do I need to do?

At this stage it is too early to confirm the process for leasing or selling land in the regeneration areas.  Any purchase or lease of land, and any activities, will need to be consistent with the land uses defined in the Recovery Plan.

If you wish to discuss a proposal for the rural area please contact Council’s Regeneration Property Manager, Rob Hawthorne 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV).[ back to top ]

7. Mixed-use Business Area

What does mixed-use business mean?

Mixed-use business areas are proposed in the Kaiapoi West, Kaiapoi East and Kaiapoi South Regeneration Areas.  Mixed-used business activities could include commercial and retail developments, potentially combined with some residential development, car parking, and a motor caravan park (in Kaiapoi East).

Activities in the mixed-use business areas would need to appropriately address natural hazards, and support the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan – 2028 and beyond.[ back to top ]

What is the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan - 2028 and Beyond?

The Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan promotes a vision of a vibrant Town Centre that embraces the river, attracts visitors and new businesses and creates enjoyable public spaces.  The Plan provides a framework for the future of the Kaiapoi Town Centre. The community, Waimakariri District Council and other stakeholders will be able to use the Plan to guide and make positive changes.

It also includes master plans for the mixed –use business areas within the regeneration areas. The plan outlines a number of projects that will help achieve the renewed vision and continue to shape the future of the town centre. Read more about the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan - 2028 and Beyond[ back to top ]

I would like to purchase/lease land to set up a business/construct a building in the mixed-use business area - what do I need to do?

At this stage it is too early to confirm the process for leasing or selling land in the regeneration areas.  Any purchase or lease of land and any activities will need to be consistent with the land uses defined in the Recovery Plan and the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan - 2028 and Beyond.

If you wish to discuss a proposal for the mixed-use business area please contact Council’s Business and Centres Manager, Simon Hart on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV).[ back to top ]

When will the motor caravan park open?

We are still talking to the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association about locating a motor caravan park in the mixed-use business area in Kaiapoi East.  We are unsure of when the park will open, as we need to work through land tenure arrangements with the Association.  [ back to top ]

8. Reserves

How will the reserves be developed?

The development of the new reserves is guided by the Kaiapoi Reserves Master Plan.  This plan allows a purposeful and integrated design approach, creates better places, and avoids ad-hoc outcomes. The plan includes general layout plans for the new reserves including the sport and recreation activities and key pathway linkages. Read the Reserves Master Plan[ back to top ]

What is the Heritage and Mahinga Kai Area?

The Heritage and Mahinga Kai Area is a public reserve that will provide space for traditional mahinga kai activities, cultural and social activities including natural play, education and learning. It will be a unique recreation area with walking and cycling trails.  [ back to top ]

Will the public have access to the Heritage and Mahinga Kai Area?

Yes, this will be a public reserve. [ back to top ]

What is happening to the land where the old community hall was located in The Pines Beach?

This land is shown in the Recovery Plan as reserve. In the future, we will work with the local community to prepare a concept plan for the site. [ back to top ]

9. Recovery Plan

Why was a Recovery Plan prepared?

The purpose of the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan was to identify the long-term land uses for the residential red zone at Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki to enable recovery from the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Recovery Plans are provided for under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act (2011). [ back to top ]

What was the process for preparing the Recovery Plan?

The process that was used to prepare the Recovery Plan is set out in the diagram below. You can read more information about the development of the Recovery Plan from 2015 to 2016 on redzoneplan.nz.

Image of timeline showing the process for preparing the recovery plan
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When was the Recovery Plan approved?

The Recovery Plan was approved by the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration on 13 December 2016. [ back to top ]

What does approving the Recovery Plan mean for Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki?

The approval of the Recovery Plan is an important step in the regeneration of these areas. It provides some certainty over the future land uses and activities. It is also a key step towards enabling the Council to complete repairs to damaged infrastructure (roads and services).

Council is now working on the implementation of the Recovery Plan. This means putting in place the new land uses and activities (such as the new road links, walking and cycling paths, green spaces, business and rural activities). [ back to top ]

Can I buy back my land to build a house on?

No, the Recovery Plan does not include any provision for standard residential development in the regeneration areas. [ back to top ]

What does the Recovery Plan mean for private property owners in the Regeneration Areas?

Council recognises that there are some private property owners in the regeneration areas. The Recovery Plan respects the rights of these property owners to legal road access and water services. Council will work with these property owners when designing and planning Recovery Plan projects.

The Recovery Plan is a key step towards providing greater certainty for private property owners about what might happen in their neighbourhood in the future and enables the Council to complete repairs to damaged infrastructure. [ back to top ]

10. Implementing the Recovery Plan

Who will implement the Recovery Plan?

Council, working with the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board, will lead the implementation of the Recovery Plan. We will work with our key partners; the Crown, Te Rῡnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Ngāi Tῡāhuriri Rῡnanga, Te Kōhaka o Tῡhaitara Trust, Environment Canterbury, resident and community groups, and the community.

The Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board, and representatives from Te Ngāi Tῡāhuriri Rῡnanga, Environment Canterbury and Te Kōhaka o Tῡhaitara Trust, are part of the Regeneration Steering Group which will guide Council on the implementation of the Recovery Plan. [ back to top ]

What is land divestment?

Land divestment is the process of disposing of Crown-owned properties such as those purchased by the Crown in the regeneration areas. For the regeneration areas this involves transferring Crown-owned land to the Council and the Te Kōhaka o Tῡhaitara Trust, and is the responsibility of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). [ back to top ]

When will the Crown transfer the Regeneration Area land to Council?

Cabinet approved the land divestment plan in May 2018 and there was a ceremonial handover of regeneration land ownership in June. Final settlement and divestment of the land from the Crown to the Council and the Te Kōhaka o Tῡhaitara Trust is expected by the end of 2018.

An interim lease agreement for approximately 68 hectares was signed by LINZ and Council in July 2017, to enable key regeneration projects to be progressed by Council. [ back to top ]

How long will it take to implement the Recovery Plan?

The time-frame for the implementation of the Recovery Plan projects varies. Some projects can be done in the short to medium term (in the first one to five years); others will take longer (out to thirty years). [ back to top ]

What is this all going to cost and how will it be funded?

Funding of $18.6 million has been confirmed through the Council’s Long Term Plan 2018 - 2028, which was approved by Council on 19 June 2018. This will enable the completion of most of the Recovery Plan projects in the next three years.

There is also the opportunity for Council to explore alternative funding sources to help implement some of the projects in the regeneration areas. [ back to top ]

Can I be involved in the implementation of the Recovery Plan?

There are opportunities to work with Council on some projects in the regeneration areas, for example, native revegetation. [ back to top ]

How can I keep up to date on what is happening in the Regeneration Areas?

You can sign up for our e-newsletters and receive monthly updates. You can also keep up to date by checking the Council website; waimakariri.govt.nz/regeneration. We will also use our Facebook page as well the newspaper, newsletters and the signboard near the corner of Raven Quay and Williams St, Kaiapoi. [ back to top ]

11. The Pines Beach and Kairaki

Has Te Kōhaka o Tῡhaitara Trust said what they will do with the land proposed to be amalgamated into the Tῡhaitara Coastal Park?

The Recovery Plan requires that the land divested to the Te Kōhaka o Tῡhaitara Trust be managed in accordance with the Tῡhaitara Coastal Park Reserve Management Plan. The Trust has adopted the Concept Plan for The Pines and Kairaki Beaches regeneration lands. Information on the Concept Plan can be found on the Trust website. [ back to top ]

Can anyone lease the private lease land at The Pines Beach or is it exclusively for those who lived there?

The lease of this land will not be exclusive. The land can potentially be leased to anyone. There will be conditions attached to any lease, which are yet to be determined. [ back to top ]

FAQs updated: 14 Feb 2020