Acknowledge my fellow councillors Sara Templeton. Pauline Cotter, Mike Davidson, Anne Galloway,
ECan Chair Jenny Hughey and councillors
It is great to be here to reinforce our council’s commitment to working with the community, businesses and the Government to reduce our district’s greenhouse gas emissions.
We have a 2030 goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of the baseline we established in 2016/17.
As you know, the transportation sector is a key source of the district's emissions, estimated at over 50%. On-road petrol and diesel transportation make up 36% of our emissions.
So, it is not surprising that transportation is the key target for our emissions reduction planning.
We have already been doing a lot of work through encouraging mode shift through our investment in a network of major cycleways, and the connecting routes.
And we have invested in “Take Charge Christchurch”, which encourages the uptake of battery electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
The two battery electric truck projects being launched today are the sort of collaboration we absolutely need to see. They both demonstrate commitment and innovation from a number of sector stakeholders.
I would like to congratulate the nine companies who have invested in these two projects for their leadership and collaboration as well as their financial investment.
I acknowledge and thank the Civil Construction and Maintenance Services Project companies - Citycare Property, Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction, Higgins Contractors and Isaac Construction.
And the four delivery companies in the Shopping District Battery Electric Truck Delivery Services Project - Bidfood, Hall’s, PBT Transport and Toll New Zealand.
I would also like to thank Northlands and Northlink Shopping Centres and Christchurch Airport for their involvement in the shopping district project.
And finally, I want to thank FUSO NZ, EECA, EROAD, Mercury NZ and the TR Group for your significant involvement and support.
This model of collaboration is how we will reach our emission reduction targets.
And now it is my absolute pleasure to officially launch the Civil Construction and Maintenance Services Project and the Shopping District Battery Electric Truck Delivery Services Project.
Well done and thank you once more.
MP Dr Duncan Webb
Glenn Livingstone, Rata
Can I acknowledge Tūranga – this amazing place that enables events like this. The Canterbury Somali Association and the amazing artists – eight women with an age range from 20 to 70, who have created Gurigeena Our Home – Ō tātou Kāinga. And also Janet Molyneaux, a wonderful artist and art teacher, who has nurtured the talent we see on display.
The story that sits in behind this extraordinary exhibition is why I wanted to be here today.
We have had a Somali Community in our city for over 30 years, as our Refugee Resettlement Service reached out to help the international effort to support people displaced by the civil war. A significant number left after the earthquakes and we are seeing some return now, alongside the refugees we are again welcoming here.
This exhibition is a turning point for the community and has enabled these women to connect with the healing Power of art.
Gurigeena is our home – our home Somalia and our home Ōtautahi Christchurch.
This exhibition is a beautiful expression of home – our home together.
Congratulations! And now it is my pleasure to officially open Gurigeena Our Home – Ō tātou Kāinga.
Welcome to Ōtautahi Christchurch.
You will not believe how excited we are to be welcoming you here since the first time we hosted this event 14 years ago.
A lot has happened in those 14 years.
We have experienced more than our fair share of the challenges nature and life can throw at a city. But we have become known as a city defined by its response to those challenges rather than the crises we have had to confront.
And that’s why I can stand here and welcome you to a new and ever-evolving environment that embraces opportunity in a way we would not have done the last time you were here.
And that’s what makes this place special.
We have proved ourselves open to new ideas, new people and new ways of doing things – a place where anything is possible.
We have embraced our pre-European history in a way I would not have imagined even 14 years ago.
We have embedded that history into our natural and built landscape – from our world-class convention centre Te Pae to Turanga - our amazing new central city library designed by the people it was for – note the stairs and the hat tip to Harry Potter.
Victoria Square was once Market Square where local Maori traded with the early settlers – today Queen Victoria is flanked by Mana Motuhake, a new element that offers balance to the bicultural narrative of our city - a celebration and reflection of our shared cultural heritage - creating opportunities for understanding our past but more importantly our shared future.
Everywhere you look you can see the progress we have made as a city.
While you’re here at MEETINGS, you’ll hear the team talk about Finding. Your Space, and this couldn’t be easier in this city.
Take time to explore everything that is on your accommodation’s doorstep: the event venues, the open green spaces, the riverside restaurants, and bars. Everything you could need as a visitor, and a delegate, is conveniently close. Forget long bus rides or Ubers across big cities – here in Christchurch everything is within reach.
No doubt you came through Christchurch Airport on your way here. This international hub is of particular pride to our city. It is one of the most sustainable airports in the world with plans to become even more so.
Our venues are world-class, spacious and high-tech. We are confident in our business events offering, from hangars filled with vintage planes, to flexible convention centres catering to the smallest and biggest of events and here our Christchurch Town Hall – its restoration has brought back something that is truly special.
Pair these venues with high quality accommodation and a city centre filled with hospitality and visitor offerings – Christchurch just makes sense.
It gives me great confidence talking about the people here on the ground that can help you deliver your event. From the team at ChristchurchNZ, to the vast business network ready to support you, you will feel welcomed here.
So please, while you’re here – find your space, explore our venues, meet our people.
We are a city on the up and up and would love to host you.
It’s who we are.
Mā te pohewa mā te auaha hoki, ka whakapuaki ngā kura e huna ana.
With imagination and creativity a hidden jewel can be revealed.
This whakataukī refers to the Ngāi Tahu relationship with pounamu, a unique treasure of the South Island, Te Waipounamu.
And it is very relevant to tonight.
Boost Ōtautahi is an opportunity to grow the opportunities for hidden jewels to be revealed, building on our reputation as a place of experimentation and artistic risk taking.
Over the past decade or more we have seen what arts and creativity have made to healing, to entertaining, to challenging, and to enriching our city and communities.
We are seeing the results of mentoring programmes for screen, music and shortly for stage.
Boost Ōtautahi is an opportunity to diversify and increase investment in the arts.
New funding relationships for artists and arts organisations, and new donors and audiences are some of the outcomes we believe can come from this modest but important investment.
As attendees at this Boosted Ōtautahi event you are also part of raising awareness of local creativity, you are champions and cheerleaders for our city and the arts.
Thank you for the invitation to be here today.
I would like to acknowledge Sir Richard and Lady Diane Hadlee, Stephen and Heather Boock, Canterbury Cricket Trust Chair Lee Robinson, Councillors Mike Davidson, Jake McLellan and Phil Mauger.
I have been looking forward to this day when we see our cricketing future secured by our cricketing legends, for the benefit of our cricketing of the future.
The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre joins the Hagley Oval as a world-class asset for our city. I know I have referred to the Hagley Oval as the jewel in the crown of post-quake Christchurch, so this must be the gold that forms the crown that holds the jewel.
The Centre will welcome young people, many of whom will go on to represent their region and their country joining the Canterbury teams, Black Caps and the White Ferns in the future.
Until now, our lack of an indoor cricketing facility has made it harder for our teams to train to the best of their ability, and this has been putting pressure on the facilities in Lincoln and Rangiora.
Now we have the best training facilities in the country – number 1.
And I want to acknowledge those who have worked hard - sometimes against the odds – to make this happen. Stephen and Heather Boock who started the ball rolling. And Sir Richard who lent his name and his mana to the campaign.
$4.65M was raised with donations from the New Zealand cricket community:
Major donors included The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust, Sir Stephen Tindall, Glenn and Lynne Ritchie and Mark Stewart and completes the Hagley Oval Cricket Precinct which has fundraised approximately $20 million in total since 2014.
I want to pay tribute to Lee Robinson – his leadership throughout has been inspiring. His record of delivery is what inspires the confidence that our generous philanthropists rely on. His ability to respectfully negotiate with those who didn’t see eye to eye with the development of the Oval has strengthened the relationships. And the fact that Ngai Tuahuriri was here is a measure of the respect with which he is held.
To all those who have championed this project, thank you. Thank you for your passion, commitment, and vision.
Thank you for your tireless work to develop a precinct that will benefit this community today and tomorrow with the future of cricketing secured for generations to come. What you have achieved here is remarkable.
And on that note, it is my honour to invite Sir Richard Hadlee to join me in cutting the ribbon as we declare the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre officially open.
Nō reira Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa
Hon Megan Woods
Ngai Tuahuriri representatives
Venue clients and suppliers
I was invited to give the first official speech here at Te Pae five months ago, almost to the day – 17 December 2021.
It is not surprising I feel this year has been slipping away. It’s a shared experience.
I went back to my speech notes from last year and thought I would repeat some of them.
I remember when the government released its blueprint for the rebuild of our central city; it was hard to imagine the scale of a convention centre that could connect Victoria Square to Cathedral Square.
And here it is Te Pae, Ōtautahi Christchurch, the place where people will gather together for conventions, conferences, business events, trade exhibitions and meetings.
I said the other night that I was attending a conference in Sweden this week, and I am. I can manage the mornings – 7pm – 10.15pm, but not the afternoons. The advantage is that I can play back the sessions I am interested in, but what I love about conferences no Zoom experience can give me.
It's not the keynote speakers – I can watch them online – it’s the spaces in-between – it’s where you bump into someone you want to meet – it’s the chat about the keynote speaker – it’s the exploration of ideas that start to swirl when we are listening – listening together – and that’s what makes the magic of a conference.
And that’s what Te Pae is inviting here and all of you who are suppliers and contributors in one shape or another help make the magic happen.
The commitment to local produce and local suppliers – that’s what creates a unique experience that is ours and that we invite the world to share.
When I spoke at the earlier opening, I said people who come here will see our past meet our future – the juxtaposition between the two squares that now also reflect our pre-European history – and the outlook to our river as familiar to us today as Ōtākaro – the place of play – as it is the River Avon.
This place is already known as Te Pae – as is Tūranga across the road – our extraordinary city library.
And across the other side of the river on Conservation Land, we see the last remaining example of the seat of Provincial Government in New Zealand – a category 1 heritage building. Its reinstatement will add enormous interest to the area.
And all around us we see the new architecture of our city, alongside that which we have been able to preserve, with an incredibly diverse and rich range of dining and venue experiences all within walking distance of here.
Our oldest city by Royal Charter is now our newest city as well.
It really is an exceptional location.
Our international airport means we are also a gateway to our region and the whole of Te Waipounamu.
This means that Ōtautahi Christchurch is now the complete package with today’s opening of Te Pae, the first new generation convention centre in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Coming together to celebrate not just the opening, but this time the operating of Te Pae, is an enormous pleasure.
I look forward to seeing Te Pae and our city go from strength to strength.
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa
Arapata Reuben, Rex Williams, Antony Shadbolt, Representatives from Christine Heremaia’s Family and Trustees of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust past and present.
I originally came here today, because as Mayor of Christchurch I wanted to acknowledge the significance of the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Styx Living Laboratory and the incredible partnership it has represented with the Council and all those with a passion for Pūharakekenui.
I wanted to congratulate you on all your achievements of the past 20 years and everyone who has contributed along the way. The phrase it takes a village to raise a child comes to mind – because for me, it takes a community to restore a river.
I knew that the Christine Heremia Field Centre was to be officially opened today as part of the celebration, but I didn’t know her or enough about her. To have a facility named for a council staff member means she had brought more to the place than her work.
And that wasn’t just the strategic approach to getting council to purchase the land in parcels. Christine was the one who introduced into Council the integrated planning approach when it came to land drainage and stormwater management - built upon values such as landscape, ecology, recreation, heritage and culture - that we now take for granted today. A councillor who was quoted at the time said, "This is the kind of planning that I hoped would occur with local government reform".
It saddens me to say that it has taken another set of reforms – not all three waters – but stormwater and its role in restoring ‘te mana o te wai’-that has opened my eyes to the significance of the leadership of people like Christine, and why we need to work hand in hand with mana whenua. Understanding what this place meant for Ngai Tuahuriri has been key to creating the vision for the future.
Protecting this precious ecosytem - Ki uta ki tai – from source to sea –the Living Laboratory it offers to present and future generations – a place to be - and when we come together, that is the promise that this place holds for you and me.
2040 seemed a lot further away when the Styx Vision 2020-2040 was written, but it is even more relevant today.
The Trust was established 20 years ago to develop the 'Living Laboratory" that focuses on learning and research in the Styx River catchment. It goes without saying that knowledge about the Styx River ecosystem and the impacts on it is essential to protecting the river's values.
If we we writing a report card, this wouldn’t be an achieved, it would be an excellence.
But even though I say this, this is not where it ends. This is an inter-generational commiment that we must ensure is passed on.
So today, we are not only celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust, we are also celebrating 20 years of commitment of communities partnering with mana whenua and all the experts, so that there is a sharing of traditional knowledge, local knowledge and technical, scientific and ecological skills and expertise.
And I can’t think of a better way to do this than for the Trust to open the Christine Heremaia Field Centre today.
Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us.