Tell New Zealand’s government: Christchurch rebuild must lead the world in sustainability
  • Petitioned Gerry Brownlee

This petition was delivered to:

Earthquake Recovery Minister, New Zealand Government
Gerry Brownlee
Mayor, Christchurch City
Bob Parker
Incoming Chief Executive, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
Roger Sutton

Tell New Zealand’s government: Christchurch rebuild must lead the world in sustainability

    1. Lou Warren
    2. Petition by

      Lou Warren

      Diamond Harbour, New Zealand


Christchurch was severely damaged on February 22nd by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. As plans develop for its rebuild, the NZ authorities must ensure that its re-development implements the very best of sustainable urban design.


Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city, with a population of 390,000. The February 22nd earthquake claimed over 180 lives, wrecking whole suburbs and devastating the central business district where a third of buildings are expected to require demolition. Christchurch people are hurting badly and will be so for many months to come, no matter how the city is rebuilt.

While this is a time of devastating loss, it is also however one of opportunity: an opportunity to re-think the city, to gather local and international expertise in sustainable design and to re-develop Christchurch as a safe, prosperous, world-leading showcase for urban sustainability. It’s an opportunity to deliver energy- and water-efficient new buildings, seamlessly integrated transport systems and green spaces that are accessible, productive and bio-diverse - in short a world-leading example of the very best in modern city living, benefiting its citizens, strengthening its communities, nourishing its businesses and supporting its unique natural environment.

The many other competing agendas that the rebuild must consider (heritage building preservation, speed of demolition and rebuild, cost) are more likely to be balanced wisely and addressed transparently and comprehensively within a cohesive and unified sustainable planning framework.

This is an opportunity to establish Christchurch in the long term as an international destination synonymous with green living, environmental sensitivity and a great quality of life – a Garden City that Kiwis the world over can be truly proud of.

It’s time to send this message to

- Christchurch City Council

- the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

- the NZ Government:

We, the people of Canterbury, the people of New Zealand and our friends internationally, want you to deliver a well-planned, environmentally sustainable re-build of Christchurch.




Picture courtesy of Mark Lincoln,

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Liadain Aiken SANDYMOUNT, IRELAND
      • over 3 years ago

      I lived in Christchurch for 2 years and it is my 2nd home. I loved how the river meanders through the city, Christchurch was already a beautiful city but its beauty was hindered by ugly small malls in the city centre that were soulless and grimey and many ugly grey buildings. These should be replaced with energy efficient designs that will take in the city and surrounding buildings so that the people can thrive in their use. Now is the time to listen to DESIGNERS, not some businessman who has a nephew that's creative. Take advantage of being able to get the best people to do the work, ones that are actually qualified and won't pimp the city in a disgusting manner. Be Green, Be Sustainable and Be Beautiful.

      • over 3 years ago

      Kia ora

      This is an opportunity to apply design systems like permaculture, based on ecological principles, to urban planning. Let's not miss the chance!

      Hei kōnei rā

      Danyl Strype

      • over 3 years ago

      Keep NZ green.

    • Corinne Andrson MAALOT, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      I lived in beautiful Ch-ch in the 80's with my family.

      hopefully it will rebuild &develop fast and very well ' as you can do it.

      we are with you the people of Ch-Ch.


      • over 3 years ago

      The only upside of going through what we're still going through is having such a rare chance to build a sustainable, environmentally sound city. There are so many things that can be done so easily as we rebuild - PLEASE TAKE THE BEST ADVICE & DO THEM - don't let us down!!


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