Greater Christchurch 2050

Greater Christchurch 2050 will describe the kind of place we want for our children and grandchildren, and the actions we need to take to make it happen.

Greater Christchurch PartnershipIt will establish a vision for Greater Christchurch, which consists of Christchurch city and nearby areas within the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts ‑ from Rolleston to Rangiora.

Led by the Greater Christchurch Partnership, it will provide a basis for Central Government and private sector confidence to invest here.  Key to this will be building on our region’s economic strengths to grow and attract the industries, employment and investment which will provide prosperity for our next generations.

Greater Christchurch 2050 will consider the impact of climate change on our environment and communities, and set out agreed actions as we move towards being a zero-carbon economy.

Decisions made through Greater Christchurch 2050 will help inform the development of partners’ long-term work programmes and budgets, and will ensure the community and economy are best placed to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. This work will also help reposition the urban area for a more prosperous, inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

Main elements of work

  • A vision and plan to achieve intergenerational wellbeing that responds to climate change, and moving towards a zero carbon economy, noting the opportunity to reset that responding to COVID-19 provides.
  • Stronger partnerships with mana whenua and iwi to ensure aspirations and outcomes for Māori are tangibly integrated into strategy and delivery.
  • An Urban Growth Partnership between the Greater Christchurch Partnership and Central Government.
  • Integration of the Partnership’s objectives for a sustainable urban form that aligns land use and transport, and enables an integrated and efficient public transport system, including mass rapid transit.

Environment Canterbury was the first of the partners to formally consider and agree the Partnership’s work programme and associated funding arrangements. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council and Selwyn District Council are now set to consider the Partnership's recommendations over the coming weeks.


Focus for the next 12 months reports will be considered by the following agencies