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CCBA December Update

The CCBA has set up a marketing committee to work with ChristchurchNZ in a marketing co-operative. It will be the role of both organisations to work together to further promote the Central City offering to the people of Christchurch. Both organisations have committed $25,000 and a further $25,000 in-kind funding from ChristchurchNZ, bringing the fighting fund to $75,000. This is a start and our aim is to seek additional partner funding from other Central City Businesses wishing to contribute to promoting what we have to offer to the people of Christchurch.

On that note:

CHCH Central Unwrapped is here! 
Every day this month we (the CCBA) are offering a behind-the-scenes look into what makes the people of Christchurch central tick.  Our daily Q&As will be with central city business owners, workers and city champions. These features unwrap the best businesses and places that make Christchurch city unique, from the people who know it best, and with a bit of Christmas spirit. 

A BIG THANK YOU goes to The Crossing, Shaun Stockman Group, Riverside Market, ANZ Centre and BNZ Centre for their vital contribution in making this campaign a reality. As well as championing the city’s people and places, the campaign will allow us to grow CHCH Central’s audiences and further strive towards the future of supporting the central city. 

If you're interested in being involved, you are more than welcome to contribute a prize, and we'll include it within the social media promotion. We just need to know before Tuesday 10th Dec. 

Please contact if you have any questions, comments or prize you’d like to include in our campaign.' 

ChristchurchNZ have a bold vision that Christchurch will own 2020 so let's all get behind that proposition. They have created new video content to help set that direction in motion!


Central City has made some great progress again this year and too often we look at the things that we haven't done to really stop and celebrate the things we have done well and the wins they bring... Below are just a few of those wins below we can celebrate and feel proud of! 


SALT District has been awarded the Major Place Project Award by Place Leaders Asia Pacific. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence in place leadership across the Asia Pacific, so this is a very special recognition for what they have achieved together as a neighbourhood through learning about placemaking and collaborating on various things over the last two years.

Pictured above is SALT Collective's Mike Percasky accepting the award in Canberra on behalf of their amazing neighbourhood!! 


Avon River Precinct is the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in New Zealand, and has won the country's top landscape architecture award. The George Malcolm award at the NZ Institute of Landscape Architect Awards.

Margaret Mahy Family Playground, which was the first of the Anchor Projects to be completed and has been voted the 'Best Family Day Out' in the Avenues Magazine A-list awards, which are decided by a local public vote.

CHRISTMAS AT THE CROSSINGThe Crossing has installed a large Sleigh with flying Reindeer in their centre court. 

They are inviting visitors (and anyone working in the city) to come and jump in the sleigh and take a Christmas photo. If they uploading their photo to Instagram and #christmasatthecrossing they will go into a draw to win one of 10 $100 The Crossing gift cards.

FreshChoice CityMarket are also extending their trading time from 9pm to 10pm closing (7 days per week).

Therefore Open from 7am to 10pm everyday from 2nd December 2019. (Only closed on Christmas Day)

Nice work! 


‘Dahlias’ is designed and manufactured by Frontal Lobe, a sustainable design Christchurch company! This is a significant art work standing 5.7m tall and will cover a 6 x 6m area on the corner of Colombo and Lichfield Streets. 

The installation features seating and seven oversized dahlia sculptures made out of sustainably sourced materials and internally lit. The site will be landscaped, initially this will involve tidying up the site and adding further bark to the surface. This will create an enjoyable space along Colombo Street for people to view and sit. 

Work will begin in early December to landscape the site. Installation is expected to be completed in early-mid December. We anticipate that Dahlias will be in place for 12 months; the timing of this will reflect any redevelopment plans for the site. 

The project is part of the Council's Enliven Places Programme which delivers a series of placemaking projects that seek to create an attractive, fun, interesting and welcoming environment. The installation will support visitor engagement and activity, thereby supporting the regeneration of the Central City.

The new Spark building signage went up this week

Even Better News

Last week I gave you the numbers of parking spaces available in the central city. It appears some of the information supplied from council was not quite accurate. 

Of note, the figures we received only included on-street carparks with restrictions, and obviously there are far more on-street carparks in the central city.  The overall numbers of publicly available carparks in the central city are around 15,000 (this includes on-street and off-street), with a customer demand at about 10,000.  These numbers move around a little, but that’s generally been the case for the last few years.  So at a broad level there is plenty of supply, and its comparatively cheap.  However, there are obviously some hotspots in the central city, where demand exceeds supply, eg, the hospital. 

Please feel free to use the map we created below to assist your customers finding a suitable place to park or you can send them this PARKING LINK so they can view the wide range of parking options available so they can plan their trip.

Approx: 15,000