This week we have the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, and Dr Te Maire Tau, Upuku of Tuahiwi Runanga. Their talk is about the OARC / Red Zone.
This week at the Tuesday Club Lianne Dalziel and Te Maire Tau will inform us what the structure might be. What co-governance might mean. How the future structure will be implemented by 31 December 2021 as promised a few moons back by CCC. We might even be given a revised and extended timeline, as seems to be the culture of regeneration.
Over 10 years ago the February 26th earthquake flattened Christchurch especially the East of the City. Eventually large parts of the East of the City, and parts of the Port Hills, were designated as unable to be lived on. All homes were purchased by the state and the area was initially referred to as the Red Zone. Then the name was changed to the Otakaro Avon River Corridor. But most people still refer to it as the RED ZONE – because it is like a bi stop light on progress.
This Red Zone is soon to be handed over to the Christchurch City Council. The Council has been deliberating over how this area should be managed for years. It will have a structure co-governed with the community and Ngai Tahu. Nobody knows what that structure will be, and despite numerous papers, recommendations, and seminars it remains a mystery. The area performs a role as a feeding area for massive lawn mowers. And ducks.
The time for talk is over. It’s action time. No more delays. Just action. That action includes providing a greater level of certainty for the many groups who have been developing projects for the Red Zone.
The Tuesday Club has had too many meetings considering what the Red Zone structure will be like. There have been masses of theories. There have been masses of hopes. People have died waiting for action.
Now let’s get on with it.
Come along on Tuesday night by zoom and finish the evening entertained and enlightened and filled with expectations of how this city really can do exciting things.