Village Planning

Village Planning was initiated in 2011 as part of revitalisation of community functions after the 2010-2012 earthquakes. SPRIG (Stoddart Point Regeneration Ideas Group) was established to support the post-earthquake recovery of our community. It was instrumental in gathering ideas into the document ‘Getting to the Point’ and for initiating summer concerts and sculpture.
View ‘Getting to the Point’ and other historic documents

Community Board makes recommendation on proposed DH Land Use

​On April 22, the Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula Community Board considered submissions made about the Diamond Harbour proposed land use project for a fire station and designated character school and heard from staff and submitters who wished to speak.

Submissions and the staff report are available online:

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Of the 428 submitters, 208 were from locals (DH, Church Bay, Charteris Bay, Purau and Pt Levy).

298 of all submitters were fully or somewhat in favour of the school, with 116 against.

99 of local submitters were fully or somewhat in favour of the school, with 100 against.

The new fire station was overwhelming supported by all submitters.

Submitters also had the opportunity of providing arguments for and against the two proposals and a frequently expressed concern of locals was the potential impact the new school might have on traffic (already an issue for daily commuters to Christchurch).

Representatives for the proposed school attempted to allay these concerns by providing a low impact example of how transport (both road and ferry) might be managed, involving staggering arrival and departure times.

They also pointed out that school traffic is unlikely to increase existing problems faced by road and ferry commuters because school traffic (both morning and evening) will be going in the opposite direction.

In its minutes the board noted the concerns about increased traffic and requested staff to provide information on potential impacts and report to the Community Board and Council.

After considering all the feedback, the Community Board recommended that the Council conditionally sell the blocks of land on land for both a new fire station and the designated character school.

This recommendation will now be presented to the Council to make a final decision on whether to support either or both of these two conditional sale agreements.


Keep Diamond Harbour is in the CCC Long-Term Plan

The city council has recently been in deliberations to put a draft Long-Term Plan (LTP), the city’s 10-year budget, out for public consultation. The consultation is period from 18 March to 21 April.

$600,000 for Diamond Harbour Village Improvements was inexplicably removed from an earlier draft, but reinstated as a result of the efforts of Tyrone Fields (Christchurch City Councillor for Te Pātaka o Rakaihautū).

But it is still only a draft plan – and the $600,000 for Diamond Harbour Village Improvements could yet be dropped or significantly reduced in the final LTP Plan.

So it is up to local residents, to let the council know how important this is to our community.

Submissions are open from March 18 to April 21.

Go to and have your say!


Proposed Land Use – Talk to the team

Staff will share information on the project and be available for questions –
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2024
Time: Presentation starts 7pm until approximately 8:30pm
Location: Diamond Harbour Community Hall, 2 Waipapa Avenue

Can’t make this meeting?
If there is a community meeting you would like us to attend, please let us know. You can also phone any time to speak with us directly about the project.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please email me, or give me a call.

Ngā mihi,
Danielle Endacott
Engagement Advisor

+64 3 941 5306 / 027 784 0011


Proposed Land Use – Have your say

CCC has received proposals (one for a fire station the other for a school) for two different parts of the 39 hectare council-owned block of land at 27 Hunters Rd and 43 Whero Ave.

Fire Station proposal

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) wishes to replace the current Fire Station which is earthquake prone and has outgrown its current site. Rebuilding on the current site is not feasible.

Under the proposal, the brigade would move to a new station to be build on a 0.5 hectare block between 90 and 110 Marine Dr (on the eastern side of DH school).

The new station would include decontamination facilities, a standby generator, a training room, a PPE locker room and a helipad.

School proposal

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke wants to establish a second campus for the designated character school Te Pā o Rākaihautū (Te Pā), which was established in 2015 on a temporary site in Richmond before moving to another temporary site in Linwood. It has been looking for a permanent site in the city for the past 10 years.

If the proposal is approved, Te Pā would operate over two sites – a city site (location yet to be determined) and the Diamond Harbour site.

Designated character schools (in this case a Māori medium school) are state schools that, alongside the national curriculum, develop their own aims and objectives and teach to values that align with their philosophy or culture.

The Diamond Harbour site holds cultural and historical values that align with Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke’s vision for an integrated learning village centred around education, health, wellbeing, culture and the environment.

Have your say

If you would like to provide your feedback to Council on these two proposals it can be done quickly and easily on the CCC website.

Go to where you will find further details and a form at the bottom where you can state your preferences and provide further comments.

Submissions close on February 19


Council land for disposal in Diamond Harbour

There are two properties in Diamond harbour that the Council Property Section is seeking approval to dispose of through the 2023/24 Annual Plan.

One is the Old Post Office site in the main Village area. It is described as 2h-Waipapa-Ave. Here is the link to its description.

The other is a 2705 sqm block behind the existing medical centre. It has mature trees and the driveway also provides access to No’s 8-14 Purau Avenue. The Council description is that it is ‘perfect for outdoor activities as it is adjacent to parks and recreational areas’. It has the potential for a variety of community uses as it is next to existing community facilities (the hall and medical centre).  It is described as 2m-Waipapa-Ave. Here is the link to its description.
Here is the link to the property disposal section of the annual plan.
Here is the description of the annual plan process and how to make a submission.
The Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2023/24 is open for public feedback until Monday 10 April 2023, and proposes what they’ll spend on projects and day-to-day services over the next financial year and how they’ll be financed.