While the year 2050 may seem like a long time away, when I look around the city today, I can imagine that future even though I won’t be here to enjoy it. But that, in itself, is the wake-up call we need.
If we are to meet the needs of future generations, we need to start planning now and we need to work with our neighbours, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Lincoln and Rolleston.
And that is what Greater Christchurch 2050 is all about.
The opportunity of Greater Christchurch has not always been well understood – as a place to live, work and invest, and as a significant contributor to national wellbeing – locally, nationally, internationally.
We are at a pivotal point in our post-quake journey – it’s time to look ahead, to set a confident vision for the future.
Working in partnership with mana whenua and iwi, Greater Christchurch 2050 will help us build on our region’s economic strengths, which in turn will enable us to grow and attract the industries, employment and investment that will provide prosperity for our future generations.
At the same time, we know we need to ensure an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future. Councils can’t do this for their communities. And that’s where you come in.
We want you to help shape a vision for the future of Greater Christchurch.
There is a quick on-line survey at www.greaterchristchurch.org.nz and it’s open until November 8. It should take around five minutes to provide some feedback. I hope you do.