Latest update 28/03/2019

Contractor secured for Metro Sports Facility

March 2019
Construction of the Metro Sports Facility will get underway in May with Ōtākaro Limited awarding a $221m contract for the construction of the facility to CPB Contractors Limited.

Latest update 07/03/2019

Health Precinct bus shelter construction starting next week

March 2019
Work to construct two large bus shelters and six dedicated bus bays on Tuam Street, between Hagley Avenue and Antigua Street, will begin on 12 March.

Latest update 04/03/2019

Mana Motuhake installation in Victoria Square beginning soon

March 2019
The installation of a new art work in Victoria Square – Mana Motuhake – will begin later this month.

Latest update 19/02/2019

Internationally renowned operator appointed to manage Te Pae

February 2019
Ōtākaro Limited has appointed AEG Ogden, a leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch.

Latest update 06/02/2019

New cultural centre for Christchurch

February 2019
Waka tours on the Avon River are set to become a new central city attraction with Ōtākaro Limited divesting the site at 794 Colombo Street to Ko Tāne, for the development of a $3.5m riverside cultural

Latest update 21/12/2018

Preferred developer selected for Madras Residential site

December 2018
Ōtākaro Limited has selected the Ōtautahi Urban Guild as the preferred developer for the 8000m2 Madras Residential site in central Christchurch.

Latest update 18/12/2018

SSC Inquiry into the Use of External Security Consultants

December 2018
The letter in response to a request by the State Services Commission inquiry into the use of external security consultants by Government agencies.

Latest update 14/12/2018

Hospital section of Oxford Terrace open next week.

December 2018
A new pick-up and drop-off area on Oxford Terrace, between the Hospital and Christchurch Outpatients, will be open from Wednesday 19 December.

Latest update 26/11/2018

City Promenade open

November 2018
Central Christchurch’s new waterfront is now complete with the opening of the City Promenade.

Latest update 21/11/2018

City Promenade opening event this weekend

November 2018
Christchurch’s new City Promenade will be officially opened this Sunday at 10am.

Latest update 06/11/2018

First year of Te Pae construction completed

November 2018
One year on from the first concrete being poured for Te Pae, Christchurch’s new convention and exhibition centre is taking shape.

Latest update 23/10/2018

City Promenade scavenger hunt to mark opening

A $5,000 Discover Travel voucher and range of other prizes will be on offer to mark the opening of the City Promenade on Sunday 25 November 2018.

Latest update 17/10/2018

Kahikatea Common open in South Frame

October 2018
The fourth and final gathering space in the South Frame – Kahikatea Common – is now open to the public in the block bordered by Montreal, Durham, St Asaph and Tuam Streets.

Latest update 15/10/2018

Conditional agreement reached on 200 Armagh Street

October 2018
Ōtākaro Limited and developers Box 112 have reached a conditional agreement for the sale and purchase of the former Municipal Electricity Department (MED) Building at 200 Armagh St, Christchurch.

Latest update 31/08/2018

Metro Sports Facility groundworks underway

March Menard Joint Venture has today begun installing the first of around 8000 in-ground stone columns to prepare the site for main construction work to begin in 2019.

Latest update 14/08/2018

Take a virtual tour around Te Pae

August 2018
A virtual tour around the outside of Te Pae is now available to assist with the international marketing of the convention centre.

Latest update 03/08/2018

New trees vandalised

August 2018
Ōtākaro Limited is asking the public to keep an eye out for vandals around the new trees and shrubs in the central city, as dozens have been intentionally broken or pulled out over the past few weeks.

Latest update 24/07/2018

Lunchtime bites

July 2018
Free 30 minute central city walking tours during August.

Latest update 20/07/2018

Home developers – here’s your chance.

July 2018
Developers who want to make their mark with a residential development in central Christchurch are being asked to register their interest in the 8149m2 Madras Square site.

Latest update 13/07/2018

Metro Sports Facility groundworks starting next month

Work to prepare for construction on the Metro Sports Facility site on the corner of Moorhouse Ave and Antigua St will begin next month (August).

Latest update 02/07/2018

Let’s talk about some development opportunities

June 2018
Ōtākaro Limited is inviting parties interested in two prime development opportunities in Christchurch’s South Frame and Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct to a discussion about their future.

Latest update 22/06/2018

New Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive appointed

June 2018
Senior construction industry executive John Bridgman has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Ōtākaro Limited.

Latest update 30/05/2018

Christchurch Convention Centre name unveiled at MEETINGS 2018

May 2018
Te Pae has been selected as the official name for the Christchurch Convention Centre opening in 2020.

Latest update 29/05/2018

Heaviest lift of Christchurch Convention Centre construction completed

May 2018
The heaviest crane lift to be undertaken as part of the Christchurch Convention Centre’s construction has been carried out today.

Latest update 08/05/2018

Health Precinct development opportunity

May 2018
Ōtākaro Limited wants to hear from parties with the ability and passion to deliver a top-quality health-related development on the high-profile Health Precinct site at 36-44 Oxford Terrace.

Latest update 03/05/2018

Additional north-bound lane opening on Durham Street

May 2018
A new single north-bound lane on a small section of Durham Street will be open to traffic from 9 May, to make it easier for people to access the city centre’s shops.

Latest update 30/04/2018

Oxford Terrace roadworks starting soon – road temporarily closed

April 2018
Work to transform Oxford Terrace between the Christchurch Hospital and Outpatients building starts on 7 May 2018.

Latest update 24/04/2018

Christchurch Convention Centre ready for operator

April 2018
With construction of the Christchurch Convention Centre on track for completion early in 2020, Ōtākaro Limited is looking to partner with an experienced venue operator to run this world-class facility

Latest update 09/04/2018

Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive stepping down.

April 2018
Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive Albert Brantley has advised the Crown company’s Board of Directors that he will be stepping down from his position around June 2018 to focus on other national and overs

Latest update 05/04/2018

Time capsule placed in Victoria Square

April 2018
Students from The Cathedral Grammar School in Christchurch have helped place a time capsule in Victoria Square to mark the recently completed restoration work.

Latest update 03/04/2018

Victoria Square market this weekend

April 2016
A one-off artisan market will be held this weekend in Victoria Square to celebrate the reopening and recognise its history as a trading place.

Latest update 09/03/2018

Victoria Square restoration work complete

March 2018
Australasia’s first illuminated electric fountain, the Bowker Fountain, is back to its colourful best with the restoration of Victoria Square now complete.

Latest update 21/02/2018

Former CTV site open to public from 22 February

February 2018
The newly landscaped former site of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building will be open to the public from 22 February.

Latest update 13/02/2018

Temporary closures coming for major central city streets – expect delays.

February 2018
Three major central city intersections will be rebuilt over six weekends, half an intersection at a time.

Latest update 23/01/2018

Rauora Park free family fun day this Sunday

January 2018
It’s Rauora Park to the rescue for those looking for ways to entertain the kids at the tail end of the school holidays, with a range of free family-friendly activities on offer in Christchurch’s newes

Latest update 12/01/2018

Cambridge Terrace/Durham Street night works

Cambridge Terrace/Durham Street closes for four nights from Tuesday 16 January for final road sealing and line marking between Worcester Boulevard and Lichfield Street as part of the Central City Tran

Latest update 17/12/2017

Christchurch gets a new park for Christmas

December 2017
Rauora Park, the new public space at the heart of the East Frame, will be open for the public to enjoy from Tuesday, 19 December.

Latest update 13/12/2017

Evolution Square opening Friday

December 2017
A community-led ‘house-warming party’ will mark the official opening of a new gathering space in the South Frame - Evolution Square - this Friday from 4.30pm to 10pm.

Latest update 05/12/2017

Huge comic strip on Convention Centre site

113 metre long comic strip brings elements of Christchurch's past and future to life.

Latest update 04/12/2017

New CBD youth space for Christchurch

December 2017
Located on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield streets, the space is the start of an initiative aimed at activating parcels of vacant land within the East Frame.

Latest update 28/11/2017

One block of Colombo Street temporarily one lane from next Wednesday

November 2017
Colombo Street will temporarily be one-way, north-bound only, from Armagh Street to Kilmore Street from Wednesday 6 December 2017.

Latest update 21/11/2017

Metro Sports Facility Early Contractor Involvement Agreement Terminated

Ōtākaro to complete the design as currently planned while there is a parallel review of whether all or part of the facility could be combined with the proposed Multi Use Arena.

Latest update 21/11/2017

South Frame Development Opportunity - 169-171a St Asaph Street

November 2017
Ōtākaro Limited wants to hear from parties with the ability, concept and finances to develop the South Frame site at 169-171a St Asaph Street.

Latest update 04/11/2017

Christchurch Convention Centre construction underway

November 2017
Construction is underway on the Christchurch Convention Centre with the first concrete being poured for the foundation.

Latest update 20/10/2017

Developer for 224 Cashel Street confirmed

October 2017
Ōtākaro Limited has selected Studio D4, led by Patrick Fontein, as the preferred developer for the building at 224 Cashel St (former IRD building) and the Cashel Chambers and carpark.

Latest update 18/10/2017

Landscaping of CTV site to begin soon

October 2017
Landscaping of the former site of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building will begin next week.

Latest update 07/09/2017

East Frame public space named

September 2017
Christchurch's third largest public space has been given its name - Rauora Park.

Latest update 10/08/2017

Main works underway for Christchurch Convention Centre

August 2017
The Government has awarded a $240 million contract to complete the design and construction of Christchurch Convention Centre.

Latest update 03/08/2017

Avonside Girls create Whāriki artworks

July 2017
Avonside Girls' High School recently learnt about Nga whāriki manaaki, the mats of welcome along the Avon River. Students created their own artworks to express their school story.

Latest update 13/07/2017

CBD Rediscovery Walking Tour

Saturday 5 August 2017 9am, 11am or 1pm.
There are new places to discover in the CBD, come and see exactly what’s happening and what is still to come. Book by calling on 3576300 or email

Latest update 26/06/2017

South Frame home to NZ’s first ‘Raining Poetry’

June 2017
When completed the South Frame will be an exciting and dynamic area spanning seven city blocks — its pavements and laneways bustling with markets, events, entertainment and dining.

Latest update 09/06/2017

Next section of Avon River Precinct works starting soon

June 2017
Work on the next stage of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct will begin on 12 June along the section of Oxford Terrace between Hereford and Worcester Streets.

Latest update 08/06/2017

Take a virtual tour of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

June 2017
Anyone who has not yet visited the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial can now do so online with Google Street View.

Latest update 19/05/2017

Convention Centre Urban Design and Landscaping

May 2017
Outline plan for urban design and landscaping around the Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Latest update 04/05/2017

Take a walk around the new central city

When you want to look at the exciting developments in the central city, it can be difficult to know where to start. There is a new map you can download now to give you some ideas.

Latest update 28/04/2017

Watch - Victoria Square restoration FAQs

April 2017
Answers to some common questions about the Victoria Square restoration.

Latest update 19/04/2017

Start of construction of East Frame homes rounds out first year for Ōtākaro Limited

April 2017
Construction beginning on the East Frame Residential Anchor Project means there is physical work happening on all committed Crown-led projects in Central Christchurch.

Latest update 05/04/2017

Christchurch Convention Centre design inspired by South Island landscape

April 2017
Ōtākaro Limited has today released preliminary design images of the Convention Centre which show how it will enhance the heart of the city.

Latest update 24/03/2017

Developer for 224 Cashel Street wanted

March 2017
Ōtākaro Limited wants to hear from parties with the experience, finances and vision to purchase and redevelop the building at 224 Cashel Street, Christchurch (former IRD building).

Latest update 09/03/2017

First stage of Durham Street back to two lanes

March 2017
Durham Street between Kilmore Street and Worcester Boulevard has today returned to two lanes with the bulk of the road works on this portion of the An Accessible Project now complete.

Latest update 06/03/2017

Next portion of riverside promenade construction starting mid-March

March 2017
Work on the next stage of the central city riverside promenade will get underway mid-March between Antigua and Durham Streets as part of Te Papa Otakaro/Avon River Precinct.

Latest update 03/03/2017

Watch - Ōtākaro Limited - Traffic Projects

March 2017
Ōtākaro is doing a lot of work that affects people using the roads in the central city. Here are answers to some of the questions Ōtākaro often gets asked about roadworks.

Latest update 28/02/2017

Watch - Victoria Square restoration underway

February 2017
More than 150,000 new pavers will be laid in the square and many of the old ones will be reused in The Commons on the corner of Kilmore and Durham Streets.

Latest update 27/02/2017

Next phase of earthworks on Convention Centre site underway

February 2017
The section of Gloucester Street running through the Convention Centre site will soon be removed as the next stage of earthworks gets underway.

Latest update 24/02/2017

Western end of St Asaph and Tuam Streets to be upgraded

February 2017
Work to upgrade the few remaining blocks of St Asaph Street, Tuam Street and Hagley Avenue will get underway on 27 February as part of An Accessible City.

Latest update 23/02/2017

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial unveiled

February 2017
The sixth anniversary of the February 22 earthquake is a significant moment for Cantabrians and all those affected by the devastating events of that day in 2011.

Latest update 17/02/2017

A Place to Remember

Sunday 19 Feb, TV1, 11:55am
Follow the selection and construction of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial in this new documentary.

Latest update 15/02/2017

Pounamu placed at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

February 2016
A significant kōhatu pounamu installation has been placed near the entrance to the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

Latest update 08/02/2017

Opportunity to provide feedback

Upcoming changes to the traffic network
Some of the projects being delivered by Ōtākaro Limited involve changes to the traffic network. Information is now available on these changes.

Latest update 03/02/2017

Horatio Street and part of Balfour Terrace to close

February 2017
Horatio Street and the bulk of Balfour Terrace from Antigua Street will be permanently closed from Friday 10 February to allow work to continue on the Metro Sport Facility Site.

Latest update 01/02/2017

SSC to investigate allegations against former CERA employees

January 2017
Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive Albert Brantley statement on State Services Commission investigation.

Latest update 24/01/2017

A Place to Remember to be dedicated next month

January 2017
The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial that will be dedicated next month has been shaped by many whose lives were most profoundly impacted by the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Latest update 21/12/2016

Students design 130 metre mural for East Frame

December 2016
Students aged between four and 15 from two Christchurch schools have designed a 130 metre mural to help bring to life the East Frame while construction of the public space is carried out.

Latest update 20/12/2016

Work on East Frame Residential Development to begin early 2017

December 2016
Construction of the first apartments in the East Frame Residential Development will begin in late March/early April 2017.

Latest update 19/12/2016

Earthworks to begin on Metro Sports Facility site.

December 2016
Land remediation work is about to get underway on the Metro Sports Facility site. Ōtākaro Limited is preparing the 70,000m2 site ahead of main construction work beginning in winter 2017.

Latest update 08/12/2016

PGC Site Completed

December 2016
Landscaping work is now complete on the former site of the Pyne Gould Corporation building, creating a new green public space in the North Frame.

Latest update 06/12/2016

Request for Proposal for North Frame Pedestrian Bridge underway

December 2016
Ōtākaro Limited has issued a Request for Proposal to design the North Frame Pedestrian Bridge in Christchurch’s central city.

Latest update 08/11/2016

Final inscribed panel placed on front of Memorial Wall

The title panel, which reads “Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial” gives people a sense of what the Memorial Wall will look like when it is dedicated for use on 22 February 2017.

Latest update 20/10/2016

Earthworks underway on Convention Centre Site

Substantial earthworks are now underway on the Christchurch Convention Centre site.

Latest update 18/10/2016

Early works begin for Metro Sports Facility

October 2016
Early works for the Metro Sports Facility will get underway this week with the site being prepared for construction.

Latest update 14/10/2016

First gathering space in Innovation Precinct complete

October 2016
The first public spaces in the Innovation Precinct and wider South Frame are now ready for use with Ōtākaro Limited having completed Vanguard Square, Nurseryman Lane, Poplar Street and Ash Street.

Latest update 11/10/2016

Work starting on East Frame public space

October 2016
This week Ōtākaro Limited begins work on what will be the third largest park in central Christchurch – the East Frame public space.

Latest update 07/10/2016

Work ramps up on Durham Street - expect delays

October 2016
Sections of Durham Street will be reduced to one lane between Kilmore and Tuam Streets from 17 October to April 2017 as part of the An Accessible City programme.

Latest update 01/10/2016

New Barbeque Area and Play Equipment for Margaret Mahy Family Playground

September 2016
The new community barbeque area at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground will be ready for family use this weekend thanks to the generosity of ANZCO Foods.

Latest update 25/09/2016

Transforming Manchester Street

May 2016
Work gets underway this week on the Manchester Street transport project, which is part of An Accessible City – the transport Chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

Latest update 25/09/2016

First Stage of The Terraces Officially Opens

June 2016
Christchurch’s new urban waterfront is beginning to take shape with the official opening of the first stage of The Terraces.

Latest update 24/09/2016

Piling Complete at Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

July 2016
A significant milestone on the construction of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial has been reached with piling work now completed.

Latest update 24/09/2016

Ōtākaro Limited’s Senior Management Team Complete

July 2016
Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive Albert Brantley is pleased to announce the Company’s senior management team is now complete.

Latest update 24/09/2016

Part of Gloucester Street to Close

July 2016
The section of Gloucester Street between Colombo Street and Oxford Terrace will be permanently closed from next Friday (5 August) to allow initial work to begin on the Christchurch Convention Centre.

Latest update 24/09/2016

Work to begin soon on Convention Centre site

July 2016
With early design and master planning stages successfully completed, Ōtākaro Limited is looking forward to taking the lead in an exciting new phase for Christchurch’s Convention Centre.

Latest update 24/09/2016

Preliminary Design of Metro Sports Facility released

September 2016
Ōtākaro Limited and the Christchurch City Council have today released preliminary design images of the Metro Sports Facility.