Life in Christchurch is an annual survey series that asks residents for feedback on a variety of key aspects related to Life in Christchurch.

The transport survey is now closed. Thanks to all who completed it; the results will be available soon.

The transport survey for 2017 sought residents feedback on a variety of aspects relating to travel in Christchurch, including: 

  • Travel choice
  • Ease of travel
  • Transport safety
  • Journey satisfaction.

For more information, please email the Monitoring and Research Team at monitor@ccc.govt.nz

2017 Central City Results

Results from the 2017 Life in Christchurch central city survey are now available. 

More than 2700 people responded to the survey. The majority of respondents reported that they had visited the central city in the past 12 months; more than half of all respondents had visited for non-work purposes. While people report feeling frustrated about transport issues, they are still visiting the central city.

Living in the central city

  • Only six per cent of respondents were living in the central city but another 2 per cent were actively looking to move into the area.
  • Eleven per cent said they planned to move into the central city in the next year or two. Another 17 per cent said they would consider a move into the central city once the rebuild was complete.
  • A further 15 per cent said they would consider living in the central city once their children had left home.
  • One of the main concerns people had about a move to the central city was the lack of affordable housing options.

 The range of services and facilities in the central city

  • Around 65 per cent thought there was a range of things in the central city for families to do and more than 80 per cent agreed there was a range of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Central city environment and identity

  • The survey revealed residents see the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground as the key things that make the central city distinct and unique.
  • Quizzed about other aspects of the central city, around half of respondents said they were satisfied with the look and feel of the streetscapes and open spaces while 63 per cent said they were satisfied with the look and feel of the new buildings.
  • Around half of respondents think that the central city provides a safe environment for pedestrians. However, only 30 per cent think that it is safe for cyclists.

Safety

  • A little over 90 per cent of respondents said they felt safe in the central city during the day. Common reasons why people did not feel safe were anti-social behaviour and people under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

 Transport

  • Close to 65 per cent of respondents who had travelled to the city centre in the past 12 months did not think it was easy to get there by car, largely due to road works and road closures.
  • Close to 20 per cent of respondents reported travelling to the central city by bike for work related trips.

The results will help inform future planning and policy decisions as we develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to live and visit. More information about the results can be found in the full report. [PDF, 365 KB]

More information about the questions asked can be found in the questionnaire [PDF, 436 KB]

2016 Life in Christchurch Results

Results from Life in Christchurch 2016 are now available. More than 3000 residents from the city and areas surrounding the city completed the survey over a four week period in June this year.

The results provide a good insight into resident’s behaviours, their sense of belonging and their views about a range of aspects of their neighbourhoods and the city in the midst of the rebuild.

Key findings

  • A surprising number of respondents (45%) had participated in Council decision making in the last 12 months; around 20% of respondents reported that they are dissatisfied with the opportunities provided to participate in decision making.
  • Around 30% of respondents are satisfied with the recreation, shopping and socialising opportunities available in the central city; around the same number reported that they are not satisfied. 
  • Of those respondents who reported that they travel by car, 60% agreed that it was easy to travel around the city via car. Cyclists and public transport users were more divided with almost as many disagreeing that it was easy to cycle as those who feel it is easy to cycle around the city. However, generally most respondents agreed that it is easy to walk places in the city. 
  • More than 70% of respondents still believe that the garden city image is an important component of Christchurch’s identity. Hagley Park, the Port Hills and the Botanic gardens all rated highly as features that contribute to making Christchurch a distinctive and unique city.
  • When asked to provide one word that describes Christchurch, “Home” was the word most commonly provided by respondents.
  • More than 80% of respondents agreed that they enjoy living in their neighbourhood; neighbourhood parks and green spaces were the main reason cited. Less than 10% of respondents disagreed that they enjoy living in their neighbourhood, however for those that did, crime and safety issues were the most common reason reported.
  • More than 90% of respondents agreed that it is important that the Council continues to work to protect and enhance indigenous biodiversity in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. 

The results will help inform future planning and policy decisions as we develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to live and visit. More information about the results can be found in the full report [PDF, 5.7 MB].

A range of posters [PDF, 8.1 MB] that summarise the 2016 results are available.