Resilient Greater Christchurch Plan, Christchurch, New Zealand

City/Town/Village: Christchurch
County/Province/District (Name of): Canterbury
Sub-national State: n/a
Country: New Zealand
Language: English; Maori
Spatial Distinction: Urban
Level of Government: Municipality
Population: 381,500
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Type: Non-Binding Policies
Food Systems Sector(s): food acquisition, preparation and consumption; food processing and manufacturing; food production; food retail; food wholesale and distribution
Year of Adoption: 2016
Adopting Government Department(s): Christchurch City Council
Lead Implementing Entity: Canterbury Food Resilience Network
Supporting Entity: 100 Resilient Cities; The Rockefeller Foundation
Additional Supporting Entity: Canterbury District Health Board; Social and Health Association; EnviroSchools
Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Links: PDF-Original – Web
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Adopted in 2014, this plan is part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) global agreement, through which cities are provided support to develop resilient strategies to address their respective municipal challenges and, later, share lessons between other cities within the agreement. Christchurch's plan first gathered input from over one-hundred stakeholders to identify key challenges and opportunities within the area, before working with multi-agency working groups led by subject matter experts (i.e., local governance, local tribal leadership, community and academic groups, with support from 100RC) to identify specific goals and actions to build resiliency. Identified challenges include: community and social cohesion; housing affordability and accessibility; future of the urban form of Greater Christchurch; and natural hazard planning. In regards to food, Greater Christchurch seeks to increase sustainability through strengthening local community food systems rather than rely on global trade and supply chains. Further, the city also seeks to build capacity to source food from local and urban environments (i.e., rivers, public and private land, edible forests, etc.), which is expected to not only increase environmental sustainability, but provide opportunities for increase social cohesion and relationship building. Specific actions include developing an edible orchard and obtaining grants and supports to establish community gardens.

Policy Keywords: community; community garden; economic development; environment; food processing; food resilience; food supply chain; food system; health; local food; local government; resilience; sustainable; urban