Local government plays a lead role in developing strategies for the arts and culture sector within each region.  Councils own much of the core infrastructure and administer funding pools to support the sector.  

Christchurch City

The CCC Arts team is developing an Arts Action Plan which will set out key strategic directions for Council work in the arts and cultural sector of the city for the next 3-5 years, as well as defining key relationships across the sector with government and arts development agencies. 

CCC is also developing Master Plans for Christchurch suburban centres that suffered damage from the earthquakes.  The CCC’s Suburban Centres Programme provides co-ordinated planning and assistance to help with the rebuild and recovery of suburban commercial centres as focal points for the local community. A number of these Plans include cultural projects.  Master Plans for Lyttelton, Sydenham, Linwood Village, Selwyn Street Shops, Ferry Road, Sumner Village Centre, New Brighton Centre, Main Rd (Sumner Bays - Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs, Monks Bay, Sumner) and Edgeware Village have been adopted or are currently under development.

Waimakariri District

WDC has prioritised the repair and re-opening of three cultural facilities in the district (the Kaiapoi Library/Service Centre, the Rangiora Town Hall and the Oxford Town Hall).  Details of these projects are included in the Fit-for-purpose venues and facilities section.

Selwyn District

SDC is working with the Selwyn Arts Trust to develop an Action Plan for the arts in Selwyn.   The Council has recently secured Canterbury Community Trust funding for a District Arts Co-ordinator role to promote arts opportunities, particularly for the large numbers of new residents moving into the district who are looking for ways to connect and contribute to their new communities.  The Arts Co-ordinator will also support emerging and professional artists/arts organisations and help facilitate communication across the arts sector and raise awareness of funding and training opportunities.

The new part-time District Arts Co-ordinator will be housed and supported by the SDC.  A Memorandum of Understanding between the Selwyn Arts Trust and SDC will recognise this partnership.

Updated on 23rd July 2015