Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture & Heritage is working to renew greater Christchurch’s unique identity and its vitality expressed through sport, recreation, art, history, heritage and traditions. Click on the above menu on the right-hand side to learn more about the Recovery Strategy.

The Festival of Transitional Architecture ‘The Future Will Be Live’ event
The Festival of Transitional Architecture ‘The Future Will Be Live’ event

The Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch is the key reference document guiding the reconstruction, rebuilding and recovery of greater Christchurch under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery (CER) Act 2011. Its vision is that "Greater Christchurch recovers and progresses as a place to be proud of – an attractive and vibrant place to live, work, visit and invest, mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us."

The Recovery Strategy includes three cultural recovery programmes:

Cultural recovery is part of the Recovery Stategy for Greater Christchurch and includes sport, arts and culture, and heritage building and places.

The goals for cultural recovery are set out in the Recovery Strategy and aim to:

Renew greater Christchurch’s unique identity and its vitality expressed through sport, recreation, art, history, heritage and traditions – by:

  • acknowledging and celebrating the rich and diverse Ngāi Tahu, colonial and other heritages and connections
  • resuming cultural, community and sports events and activities
  • encouraging participation in a range of entertainment, cultural, recreational and sporting activities
  • restoring historic buildings, where feasible, for the benefit of the community, and
  • acknowledging losses and creating spaces to remember, while embracing necessary changes to the city’s character and urban form.