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Christchurch Urban Waterway Walk

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Ōtākaro/Avon River

Margaret Mahy Playground

Armagh Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8013

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Join us for a walk along the Ōtākaro (Avon) to explore some of the history, current and future water stories of Christchurch.

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Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city founded in a dramatic landscape. From the Pacific Ocean to the braided rivers, from the rugged mountains and glaciers of the Southern Alps to the fertile plains. From the earliest days, this place has shaped the future of those that call it home. The district was largely one of swamps, the vegetation raupo and flax. The Otakaro (Avon) and the Opawaho (Heathcote) drained the swamps. As the city developed and became urbanised, the swamps were drained and over time many consumed into concrete pipes as part of the works that have created our fine city, delivered by the Christchurch Drainage Board.

Join us for a walk along the Ōtākaro (Avon) from the Margaret Mahy Playground to explore the history and future of urban water across Christchurch through to end at the Terraces, enjoying some great urban public realm delivered as part of CERA’s successful new waterfront delivery of Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct.

Along the way we will stop and hear from speakers talking about different aspects of this water story. The existence of the cultural significant Frees Creek (that has drained the old swamp that is now within St Albans) now piped through into the Avon Creek. The history of stormwater management in Christchurch including introducing the six values approaches and the recent successful consenting process, upcoming changes to the lower Avon Ōtākaro network and plans for the Residential Red Zone, all whilst showcasing some great examples of Water Sensitive Urban Design approaches starting to become more prevalent across the city.

After a quick stop to celebrate our cultural heritage as we pass through the historical location of the Puari Pā along the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon, we will continue to discover more on how to rebuild a city’s stormwater network post-earthquake and the role of the Council’s Land Drainage Recovery Programme.

The walk will finish at a central location where we will continue the kōrero with some drinks and nibbles.

This waterwalk is part of Our Water Landscape series being hosted by The Sustainability Society which explores what our water future should and could look like across New Zealand. This series has involved waterwalks around the country and webinar sessions with NZ and overseas water experts.

Thanks to our organisational member and event partner WSP Opus for their support of this waterwalk.

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Date and Time

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Ōtākaro/Avon River

Margaret Mahy Playground

Armagh Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8013

New Zealand

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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