About the project

Red Zone Stories is part of a University of Canterbury research project, which looks at how people feel about the red zone bordering the Ōtākaro Avon River.

The information you share in Red Zone Stories will help the city reflect on what the red zone now means to people. It will help researchers record the many different ways local residents and manawhenua (Māori who have rights over the land) respond to this place. It will also help urban planners understand what parts of the red zone are important to people and why. The research is independent from Regenerate Christchurch, but has been developed in consultation with them.

If you choose to take part in this research, we'll ask you to use the app to record your movements around the red zone. You can take photos of anything that's meaningful to you, record your stories on video, and mark important places. You can choose whether you want to make these public or only show them to researchers. If you make them public, we'll add them to the map on the Red Zone Stories website. If you can't get to the red zone, you can still share your stories on this website by uploading photos or videos, or writing about a place.

If you agree, then the Red Zone Stories team may contact you later in the project to invite you to take part in an email survey.

Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw from this research at any time without any consequences. You can choose to upload as little or as much as you like. If you change your mind about anything you've uploaded, or if you want to withdraw completely from the project, you can ask us at any time to delete what you've uploaded by emailing redzonestories@canterbury.ac.nz.

For each story you record you can choose whether it will be seen by the public or just by researchers. Anything you choose to be public will be displayed on the Red Zone Stories app and website until the project ends.

Anything you upload will also be stored in the UC QuakeStudies Digital Archive. UC QuakeStudies is an archive that preserves and shares information and stories about the Canterbury earthquakes. Only things you have agreed to be public will be displayed in UC QuakeStudies. Anything you make public might also be displayed on the UC CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive  and DigitalNZ websites. UC CEISMIC is a website that shares information about the Canterbury earthquakes gathered from many different websites. DigitalNZ is part of the National Library of New Zealand. They help make New Zealand's digital content easier to find and more useful.

If you tell us that something should only be seen by researchers, then the Red Zone Stories team will only make it available to other researchers we work with (including researchers at the University of Canterbury, other universities and in government agencies).

If you record something that talks about the knowledge or traditions of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, those who hold manawhenua in this area, then please tag it with 'Ngāi Tūāhuriri' when uploading. Material of this nature will be shared with the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.

Red Zone Stories has been developed following the current best practices in database, web, and app security. Both the app and website have undergone security reviews by external providers. However, the University of Canterbury and individual researchers involved in the project cannot accept responsibility for any damage to your device or loss of data experienced through use of Red Zone Stories.

If you see any content in this app or on the website that you think is inappropriate or culturally offensive, please email us at redzonestories@canterbury.ac.nz. The Red Zone Stories team will look at it and decide whether to remove it.

If you are using the app, your phone will save the material you record, letting you upload it later. Uploading your recordings while in the red zone could use a lot of your mobile data, so we suggest you wait until you are in a wifi zone before tapping 'upload journey'.

There can be dangers in the red zone such as uneven ground, unleashed dogs, and magpies. Please wear sensible shoes and keep an eye on where you are going. Also, please don't trespass on private land – not all of the red zone is public land.

If you find the process of using the app or website distressing there are people you can talk to. The Quake Support and Counselling Services Helpline 0800 777 846 can offer practical support, information or advice on quake related issues, including counselling.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee, and participants should address any complaints to The Chair, Human Ethics Committee, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch (human-ethics@canterbury.ac.nz). Approval 2018/102

If you agree to participate in this research, please complete the sign up form and read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.


The app and website were created by the Arts Digital Lab at the University of Canterbury through funding from Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, part of the government-funded National Science Challenges. It was designed in consultation with the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and Regenerate Christchurch. Development support was provided by Catalyst IT.

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