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City News - May 2018

It has been a very busy time over the last couple of months and we have been proactive on a few fronts. In particular, the Business Association's submission into the Christchurch City Council's Long Term Plan and working on a collective approach to reduce the increasing Beggar and Homeless issue in our city.


The Business Association has never shied away from tackling the hard issues and in particular begging and homelessness. We have been working on a multi agency approach to this issue with Safer Christchurch. It is complicated issue and we do not want to just move the problem somewhere else, so we are looking at strategies that will provide a positive long term outcome for these people.

Ambassador Programme

We have asked that the council provide funding support to re-introduce the Ambassador programme, which we established back in late 2007. The Ambassadors are security trained registered guards who assist with the many issues that happen on the streets daily, whether it be helping a visitor find their way around, attending a security issue within one of our city businesses or acting as they eyes and ears for the police. This would be a powerful resource for the city. 

Enhanced Parking Warden Role
We came up with an idea to broaden the council's parking wardens role, so rather than just writing out tickets all day every day, provide them with additional training so they are able use their enforcement powers to assist controlling the many other public realm issues the city has to deal with on a daily basis. Their role would also encompass assisting visitors finding their way around the every changing and dynamic city landscape. 

Homes First Programme

The Government and Council have co-funded the Homes First Programme which is a targeted approach to dealing with the homeless issue. They will provide a full wrap around service to help long term homeless citizens gain access to a home and help them stay housed by providing a wrap around service to ensure they are able to maintain a life off the streets. 

CCBA Facebook Forum

CCBA Members Facebook Forum
We have set up a members private community discussion Facebook page where you will be able to discuss issues and share ideas with other city centre business people. We would love to get to know our members better so we will be running regular polls and discussion forums so the CCBA Executive can understand how best to serve your needs.

This is a private community discussion page just for retail and hospitality business owners and managers who are members of the Central City Business Association. 

You can only see the content if you have joined the page, and we anticipate it will grow to become a community page where we can discuss issues and concerns that affect our members, and working together to help our city businesses flourish and grow.

Completion Dates for Major Road Works

It is always of great interest when road works are going to finish. Below are the confirmed completion dates for the streets key access streets.
Having normality return to Manchester and Durham Streets will bring an end to the access issues faced by the many businesses who have suffered during this repair programme. 

Colombo / Armagh around Victoria Square : June 2018 
Manchester Street Kilmore to Lichfield Street : July 2018 
Durham Street Kilmore Street to Tuam Street : May 2018
Hospital Corner: Tuam - Durham to Antigua Streets : Antigua - St Asaph to Oxford Tce : St Asaph - Antigua to Hagley Ave : July 2018
Oxford Gap Antigua- Hagley Ave / Riccarton Road : End of 2018

Access and Parking Made Easy!
Below we have updated our easy to understand map of the major off street car parking buildings in the Retail Precinct and how your customers can access them. Please note the two way change to Durham Street from Tuam to Lichfield to enable easy access to the Lichfield Street car park. Please feel free to download this map and share it on your social media networks. 

It is easy as they are all located on two streets, Lichfield and Hereford Streets 


More Hospitality Opening On The Terrace

The Terrace Development has had more of its hospitality offerings open over the last few months. First to open was Botanic then Craft Embassy and followed closely by Terrace Tavern.

Now, the long awaited return of The Bangalore Polo Club and their new offering, Amazonita, which open last Friday. Later this week Amaterrace a Korean Teppanyaki restaurant will open along with Fruit Fusion juice bar on Hereford Street. 


CCBA Member Events

Discover Travel invites you to Wild Earth Travel’s 2018 PONANT information evening. Come and learn about the amazing voyages from one of our major travel partners and enjoy some delicious food and drinks (not to mention, the exclusive event offers for attendees!)  Full details are on the attached invite.  

Event Date: Tuesday 15 May 6pm for 6.30pm start
RSVP to by Tuesday 8th May as numbers are limited, so please reply as soon as possible to reserve your place! 

City Events

Events bring more people and with more people you have more opportunities to capture their spend. 

Christchurch Art Gallery 15th Birthday Party 
Friday 4th May from 7.30pm 

Consider this your invitation to join us for a FREE party of epic proportions celebrating not only the Gallery’s fifteenth birthday, but also the opening of Tony de Lautour’s exhibition US V THEM.

Live music from Into the Void, Astro Children, Motte and heaps more. Celebrate the occasion by spray painting a Tony de Lautour design on your own t-shirt, (remember to BYO) or get a Tony inspired airbrushed (temporary) tattoo!
Cakes by Anna will be bringing the birthday vibes with a cake stall. Tommy Taco and the Vagabond Chefs will also be serving up some delicious eats and the pop-up bar will be stocked with Three Boys Beer, Greystone wine and Karma Cola.


ASB Christchurch Marathon
Sunday 3rd June 2018

ASB Marathon is a flat, fast and scenic tour around iconic Christchurch landmarks such as Cathedral Square, Hagley Park, the Avon River and the Red Zone.

They are expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 competitors and supporters. The event village is located in Cathedral Square but may cause some access issues for your sutlers on the day of the event. They are expecting all competitors to be past the CBD by the time you open. 

The event organisers will be providing substantial support with information to the public across a number of media channels to let people know the best way to access the city during the event. However, with this amount of people in the city, there will be opportunities for the city businesses to lever sales opportunities. 


Game of Three Halves 

10 August 2018

It’s good news for Christchurch rugby fans – the All Blacks are coming to the city in 2018.

The All Blacks will play against Canterbury and Otago in a Game of Three Halves on Friday 10 August 2018 – in a South Island first. The popular event is used to prepare the All Blacks for the Investec Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks will play 40-minute matches against Canterbury and Otago, who will also play a 40-minute match against each other – a total of 120-minutes of entertainment. The matches are not being broadcast on TV, so the only opportunity fans will have to see the All Blacks play in the city this year will be live at AMI Stadium in Addington.

Canterbury Rugby Football Union, ChristchurchNZ, V-Base and the Christchurch Stadium Trust have worked together to secure the event for the city. There are no All Black test matches scheduled in Christchurch in 2018 and 2019 – making Game of Three Halves the only concrete opportunity for locals to see the All Blacks play in the city for at least the next two years.

Ticket prices have been kept low – at traditional pre-season levels – to ensure the game is affordable and to make sure everyone has the chance to see the All Blacks in action.

All three teams will meet with fans for autographs and photos after the final whistle blows.

• Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and will go on sale to the public from Monday, 30 April at




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. 



Paul Lonsdale
Central City Business Association 

Mobile: 021 2233 963