Another step forward in restoring the red zone

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular
Posted in Environment , Positive

School students from local primary and secondary schools will plant another thousand native seedlings at Anzac Drive Reserve this week while environmental artists Martin Hill and Philippa Jones create a life size sculpture on site.

Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) who want to turn the Avon River red zone into a city-to-sea eco-reserve and multi-purpose river park are collaborating on the event with Sustainable Coastlines, Phoenix Organics, Ngāi Tahu, Department of Conservation and Christchurch City Council.

“Its great to have everyone working together on this – when it comes to re-inventing the red zone it showcases both what can be done and how we can do it.

“We have already planted over two thousand native plants and a small community garden and orchard as part of the Mahinga Kai Exemplar.  It’s great to have an organisation like Sustainable Coastlines recognise the importance of this work and include it in their national programme,” says Evan Smith Co-Chair of AvON.

Commissioned by Phoenix Organics, the sculptors will create their exhibit from organic materials in the waterway alongside Anzac Drive as part of The Love Project.

“The Love Project is all about developing new solutions to help clean up and maintain waterways throughout New Zealand.  Our mission is to inspire, educate and help Kiwis of all ages to look after the rivers and beaches we love,” says Sam Judd, founder and CEO of Sustainable Coastlines.

The event will take place from 10am on Friday 31 July and include students from Shirley Boys and Avonside Girls High Schools and Waitākiri and Cotswold Schools along with corporate and local volunteers.


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 greater Christchurch. We aim to create a place of hope and inspiration for the people of Christchurch by restoring health and vitality to our river and its lands.”




empty breezes wander

streets where the windows

of silent houses gaze

without any expectations

there was no time

for farewells only the

hurried leavings come

quickly don’t turn back

nothing is left here now


yet around abandoned

playgrounds children’s laughter

lingers making an invitation

to come plant grow picnic

forage among the stories of

those who stayed growing

swimming singing roosting

through sunshine rains and mist

filling the breezes with hope


Teoti Jardine, 29/05/14


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