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Our regeneration partners

The Greater Christchurch Group and three other new agencies — Regenerate Christchurch, Ōtākaro Limited, and Development Christchurch Limited — have specific roles in the greater Christchurch regeneration. We are committed to working together, and with the Christchurch City Council and our strategic partners.

Who does what

Each of us is responsible for specific roles in the greater Christchurch regeneration.

Greater Christchurch Group

The Greater Christchurch Group (GCG) is a business unit within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. We were established on 1 March 2016. Our director is Anne Shaw.


We are responsible for:

  • leading the coordination of central Government’s ongoing involvement in regeneration work across the regeneration agencies and inheriting agencies (of CERA functions)
  • providing advice to the Government and ministers on the administration and use of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 and other areas such as the future use of residential red zones in both Christchurch and the Waimakariri district
  • monitoring and reporting on progress of overall regeneration across greater Christchurch.

Likely length of life

It is expected that GCG will progressively reduce in size through to 2021 as responsibility for regeneration shifts to local leadership.

Regenerate Christchurch

Established on 19 April 2016 under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016, Regenerate Christchurch is owned and funded by the Government and Christchurch City Council.

Its Chief Executive is Ivan Iafeta.


Regenerate Christchurch is responsible for:

  • leading on regeneration planning and engagement including preparation of regeneration plans
  • focus on working with the community, including local groups, business and iwi, in partnership with the Government and Council to stimulate regeneration in key areas
  • city-wide focus on urban regeneration.

Three initial key areas are:

  • Central city
  • Residential red zone
  • New Brighton

Likely length of life

It is expected that Regenerate Christchurch will transition into a solely Council owned organisation after the expiry of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 in June 2021.

Regenerate Christchurch website

Ōtākaro Limited

Wholly owned and funded by the Government, Ōtākaro was established in the first quarter of 2016. Ōtākaro Limited's Chief Executive is Albert Brantley.


Ōtākaro Limited is responsible for the delivery of key anchor projects and precincts, and divestment of Crown land. Projects include:

  • An Accessible City
  • Bus Interchange
  • Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
  • Christchurch Convention Centre
  • East Frame
  • Health Precinct
  • Justice and Emergency Services Precinct
  • Metro Sports Facility
  • Performing Arts Precinct
  • Retail Precinct
  • Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct
  • South Frame

Likely length of life

Ōtākaro Limited is likely to cease operations on completion of anchor and precincts projects.

Ōtākaro Limited website

Development Christchurch Limited

Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) was established in July 2015 by the Christchurch City Council and is wholly owned by its commercial holdings company, Christchurch City Holdings Limited. Its Chief Executive is Rob Hall.


Development Christchurch is responsible for:

  • attracting and facilitating local and international investment
  • undertaking development projects such as the Christchurch Adventure Park
  • contributing to the implementation of Suburban Master Plans eg. New Brighton
  • providing commercial and strategic advice to Christchurch City Council as requested
  • committed to meaningful stakeholder participation

Likely length of life

No restrictions exist on the lifespan on Development Christchurch Limited.

Development Christchurch Ltd website

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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