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City News - January 2018

It seems that the year has only just started and we are already half way through the first month. This is going to be a very big and exciting year with many new projects coming to fruition, including the central city roadworks coming to a welcome end.

We are looking forward to working with you and advocating on your behalf again this year to ensure your business has every chance of success. We encourage you to make contact with us if you have ideas or issues that you feel need attending to.

Warm Regards, Paul Lonsdale


CHCH Central Facebook

We are always looking for content for our Facebook so we encourage you to use it. If you have promotions or something special coming up, please let us know. Send me through the details including any images, so we can help you promote your business. My details are listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

CHCH Central Website

We would also like to remind our members that we offer the opportunity for you to update the content on your webpage. You may have new seasonal images or new product that you want to promote. Again, please send me the information so we can update your page and keep it fresh. 

World Buskers Festival starts next week 

This is the return of street shows in Central City instead of Hagley Park. Eleven performance platforms are spread evenly around the city centre to ensure all businesses get the best opportunity to benefit from the extra people these show will bring. This is the celebration of 25 years of World Buskers Festival so there will be more people coming into the city. 

With over 55 artists, 250 free day shows, held in 13 different performance spaces - there is something for everyone. 

Check out the performers and timetable for the World Buskers Festival

Golden Oldies Sports Event - April 2018

For the first time ever all 10 Golden Oldies sports will be held in the same city and in the same month. The Sports are; Basketball, Cricket, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby, Softball and Squash.

This event will bring approximately 5,000 participants plus their support crews and followers. Do not under estimate the spend this will bring to the city. 

Urban Sheep For Use 
In Central City Shop Window Displays

The City Council has offered the remaining Urban Sheep for central city shops to use in their window displays on a temporary basis.

The sheep were initially used as traffic stopping devices (see above photo of High St). Additional urban sheep were recently installed near transitional central city projects as signposts for fun, temporary activities in the city. There is now an additional opportunity to use the remaining urban sheep for fun window displays in the central city.

The offer:
The urban sheep will be provided for free on a temporary basis but they must be returned to CCC and displayed appropriately/tastefully. 

Colours available are green and yellow, and have approximately 15 sheep available for loan. Each sheep is approximately 44cm tall x 65cm long x 30cm wide.

What will be provided:
Information will be provided about the Urban Sheep and the other locations where they can be found in the Central City. This can be displayed in the shop windows along with the Urban Sheep.

Photos for promotional purposes:
Once the sheep have been displayed in several central city shops, it would be great if the owners/managers could send Monica (details below) photos of your window display for their records and for display on the Councils website.

Who to contact:
Monika Markova- Assistant Planner, Urban Regeneration
Ph.: 03 941 6302

Its going to be a big year ahead...

Here's just a few reasons to start getting excited about what 2018 will bring for the Central City...

  • The Terrace
    Antony Gough's $140m riverfront development The Terrace will open by March
  • Hoyts Cinema Complex
    The three-level Hoyts complex which will have a food precinct on the ground floor with 16 dining outlets, two large cinema screens and two screens featuring luxury seating and food and drinks service is due to open later this year. 
  • Victoria Square
    A popular green space in the central city, Victoria Square, will reopen in March following a $6m restoration programme, managed by Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro Ltd.
  • New Central Library, Turanga
    Work is progressing on Christchurch's new $92 million central library, Turanga, which is on track to open mid-year.
  • Shands Emporium & Trinity Church
    Shands Emporium and Trinity church are expected to open in February. These are located on the corner of Worcester & Manchester Streets
  • The Town Hall
    Christchurch's Town Hall is undergoing a $133m-plus restoration. The bulk of the work was expected to be completed later this year but a purpose-built facility for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra would not be complete until early 2019.
  • The Farmers Market
    Riverside Market, expected to be completed by November and will house an indoor daily farmers market, an international food hall, eating and drinking places, fashion shops and offices.
  • Road Works
    It is expected that all main road works in Central City will be completed by May this year. This will give a clear run for the coming summer period.


Paul Lonsdale
Central City Business Association 

Mobile: 021 2233 963