Reinventing the red zone Inspiring Projects from Communities and Science

Posted 14 Mar 2013 by AvonOtakaro Popular
Posted in Events , Environment , Positive

Eco-sanctuaries, urban forests, wetlands, recreation lakes, cycling facilities, gardens, heritage trails, boatshed cafes, community memorials and putting the “New” back into Brighton, all feature in an all-day “Projects Forum” hosted by the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) this Saturday.



“AvON members have so many great ideas for Avon-Otakaro River Park and now it’s time to start building support and working out how to make them happen,” says AvON co-chair Evan Smith.


“That’s why we’re holding this forum on March 16 — so those who are promoting plans can connect with supporters and really start making progress.”


24 presenters will be outlining their vision in the morning with a chance to meet them and find out more details in the afternoon. The day will be rounded off with presentations that draw all the threads together into the bigger picture.


“We want people who are enthusiastic about these or any other plan to come along, throw their support behind their favoured project and help to make it happen,” says Mr Smith.


“If we all work together on the things that enthuse us as individuals, we can really reinvent the red zone, and turn it into something all of Christchurch can be proud of.”


WHAT: Avon-Otakaro Network Projects Forum
WHY: To connect people and ideas to reinvent the red zone
WHEN: Saturday, 16 March, 9:30am-4pm
WHERE: Christchurch City Council function room, Worcester Boulevard



For further information contact Evan Smith, ph 029 739 9796, email


Notes for editors

AvON is a not-for-profit group. Its vision is to “establish a community-driven science-informed living memorial to rejuvenate and nurture the long-term environmental, economic, community and spiritual wellbeing of the eastern suburbs and of those living throughout greater Christchurch. Our aim is to turn a tragedy into an opportunity, a polluted drain into a vibrant river system, and exhaustion and despair into hope and inspiration.”


Here’s how the day will work:

View the presentation PDF here


9:30 Tea & coffee supplied

9:50 Welcome & introduction to AvON

10:15 Plenary: Project proposals Session 1

Each project proposer will have three minutes to deliver a short one-slide presentation that defines the project and its objectives, followed by a two-minute Q&A opportunity.

10:50 Morning tea – tea & coffee supplied

11:00 Plenary: Project proposals Session 2 as above

11:40 Morning tea – tea & coffee supplied

11:50 Plenary: Project proposals Session 3 as above

12:30 Lunch: Bring your own or eat out – tea & coffee supplied

1:15 Women in Harmony followed by open space workshops

Each project will have a breakout space/stall – you can meet with others interested in the project, learn more, offer support, join project development teams, develop project proposals, and explore linkages with other projects. This session will include 3 x 20-minute meetings with a specific project group and 20 minutes to circulate and explore other projects

2:45 Afternoon tea – tea & coffee supplied

3pm Plenary: The big picture presentations:

AvON Living Strategy concept: AvON

Eastern Vision: Introducing the Fact Map: Humphry Rolleston, Eastern Vision

GIS-Mapping: David Colyer, Geography Dept, UC

Natural Environment Recovery Plan: Chrissie Williams, ECAN

Apex Site: David Cross, AvON

4pm Closing


View the presentation PDF here


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