Announcing the Otakaro Orchard – Community Garden and Food Hub

Posted 13 Feb 2016 by GovtCCDU Featured Popular
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A new community facility has been launched in Christchurch, with the announcement of the Ōtākaro Orchard.
This community garden and food hub will be based on Crown land for five years in the North Frame, and the garden will be run by the Food Resilience Network.

This facility will become a central city place for place for people to gather and socialise, which was one of the key principles of the Blueprint that was launched in 2012.

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The role of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) is to lead the rebuild of Christchurch central. CCDU is part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). CCDU is delivering the vision in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan for a distinctive, vibrant and green 21st century city.

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Design features

The North Frame comprises an area between Colombo St and Madras Streets. The Promenade on the Oxford Terrace side of the river will continue until Manchester St while a cycle path will complement grassed areas on the northern bank. 
Key features of the North Frame will include:

  • a beautiful pedestrian bridge to improve accessibility
  • a community garden and orchard reflecting the principle of healthy mahinga kai
  • landscaping on the PGC site in consultation with bereaved families
  • residential development on the eastern side of Manchester Street

Community Garden

The Community Garden is the first of these projects to get underway and an agreement has been signed to make this land available to the Food Resilience Network. The garden will be known as Ōtākaro Orchard: community garden and food hub.

Announcing the Otakaro Orchard – Community Garden and Food Hub

RT Hon John Key, Prime Minister, announcing the Ōtākaro Orchard – Community Garden and Food Hub, 13 February 2016.

This community garden will provide a sustainable haven in the city and be a place for all people to relax and rest and to share a productive green space, one of the key principles of the Blueprint that was launched in 2012.

Artists impression provided by Steffan Kraberger (WOOD Ltd)

The garden reflects and embodies the Ngāi Tahu pepeha (saying) from Peter Te Hori, Upoko, Kāi Tūāhuriri Rūnaka (1861) “Kia atawhai ki te iwi – Care for the people”. This is a guiding principle in the rebuild of the city.

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