We must find ways to ensure that the voices of the people of Christchurch are listened to. It is their lives, homes and city that have been shattered and need to be rebuilt.
Christchurch can be a model of a green city that delivers prosperity and protects the environment. The city can be designed to reflect 21st century values and technology. The principles of sustainable and accessible design for buildings, transport and green spaces can be used in the Christchurch rebuild.
We also need to future proof Christchurch and build in resilience to earthquakes, rising oil prices and environmental hazards.
Accessible Christchurch is a campaign calling for equal access for everyone everywhere within the built environment. Green MP Mojo Mathers has been working with the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group in Christchurch to petition the Government to take action to ensure access for everyone in the Christchurch rebuild. Have a read about the petition launch here.
The rebuild is an opportunity to get accessibility right for everyone, but too many new buildings are not meeting access standards. The Building Code access requirements are out of date, and a review is long overdue. We need action now from the Government to make this city accessible.
The petition was handed over to the House of Representatives on December 3rd 2013, to mark UN Day for Persons with Disabilities. The next stage of this campaign is for the petition to be assigned to a select committee, and then presentations to the select committee will begin. Green MP Mojo Mathers will be following this process, and keeping interested groups updated. Please let us know if you'd like to be updated on the progress of this campaign by emailing email@example.com
Reconnect Christchurch is about designing effective, smart, and sustainable, transport and urban design infrastructure for Christchurch. Based on our Transport Policy and Urban Policy it includes some specific asks for the rebuild of Christchurch.
We want a commitment to the cycleways proposal in Christchurch to encourage safe seperated active transport. We think Christchurch should be the "cycle city" of New Zealand, and encourage the new Christchurch City Council and Government to commit to ensuring this happens.
Here's a video we made with local Christchurch cycling enthusiasts, sharing the reasons for why they cycle.
We would also like to see bus lanes so public transport can operate efficiently, accessible design to enable everyone to be catered for, and a more compact Christchurch instead of poorly designed urban sprawl that will become increasingly unaffordable as fuel prices rise.
Loss of democracy
Suspension of elections in Canterbury
We have campaigned strongly against the removal of democracy in Christchurch. The extension of the appointment of Commissioners to the Canterbury regional council was done on a flimsy basis. This sets an unacceptably low benchmark for the removal of democracy.
- Discontent over this loss of democracy
- Letter to John Key from the rally for democracy
- Government abandoning Christchurch heritage
Report: The Future of Christchurch
Our report summarising the results of four public forums and feedback from individuals is available now:
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