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What do you think should be our main focus for spending and service delivery?

Should we focus on the long-term progress and future of our city, even if it means that we will need to spend more? Or on reducing spending and rates increases, even if it means that we will need to make changes to or reduce some of our services? Or simply on maintaining what we already have before we add anything new?

How do we balance the needs of today's residents with tackling the challenges our children will face?


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Our Strategic Priorities

On 5 April 2023, the Council adopted the new draft Strategic Framework for the purpose of informing the development of the 2024–2034 Long Term Plan.

Ngāi Tahu has rangatiratanga over its takiwā - the Council is committed to partnering with Ngāi Tahu to achieve meaningful outcomes that benefit the whole community.

The Strategic Framework provides the foundation for our long-term plan and guides the allocation of effort and resources. The new framework has changes to both the community outcomes and strategic priorities.

Community outcomes are required by the Local Government Act (LGA). This year they have been reshaped to show a clearer alignment to the four aspects of wellbeing as set out in the LGA (economic, cultural, social, environmental).

These high-level outcomes don't change greatly over time, but our immediate priorities can. Our Council has adopted a set of six strategic priorities it wants to focus on this term.

These priorities reflect key issues for our communities, where councillors want to see a change in approach or an increase in focus.

Our focus for this term (2022 - 2025)

  • Be an inclusive and equitable city which puts people at the centre of developing our city and district, prioritising wellbeing, accessibility and connection
  • Champion Ōtautahi-Christchurch and collaborate to build our role as a leading Aotearoa New Zealand city.
  • Build trust and confidence in the Council through meaningful partnerships and communication, listening to and working with residents.
  • Reduce emissions as a council and as a city, and invest in adaptation and resilience, leading a city-wide response to climate change while protecting our indigenous biodiversity, water bodies and tree canopy.
  • Manage ratepayers' money wisely, delivering quality core services to the whole community and addressing the issues that are important to our residents.
  • Actively balance the needs of today's residents with the needs of future generations, with the aim of leaving no one behind.

A collaborative confident city

Our residents have the opportunity to actively participate in the community and city life, have a strong sense of belonging and identity, and feel safe.

A green, liveable city

Our neighborhoods and communities are accessible and well connected, supporting our goals to reduce emissions, build climate resilience and protect and regenerate the environment, especially our biodiversity, water bodies and tree canopy.

A cultural powerhouse city

Our diverse communities are supported to understand and protect their heritage, purse their arts, cultural and sporting interests, and contribute to making our city a creative, cultural and events 'powerhouse'.

A thriving and prosperous city

Our city is a great place for people, business and investment where we can all grow our potential, where enterprises are innovative and smart, and where together we raise productivity and reduce emissions.

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Phone 03 941 8999 (0800 800 169)