About the project

Thank you to everyone who took part in Red Zone Stories. The information you shared is helping the city reflect on what the red zone now means to people, and helping researchers understand the many different ways local residents and manawhenua (Māori who have rights over the land) respond to this place. You have also helped urban planners understand what parts of the red zone are important to people and why.

Red Zone Stories was part of a University of Canterbury research project, which looked at how people feel about the red zone bordering the Ōtākaro Avon River. The project is reaching its end, so we've stopped collecting stories now, but you can still explore the map.

If you found 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 was 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


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. The research is independent from Regenerate Christchurch, but was developed in consultation with them, and with the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Development support was provided by Catalyst IT.

Contact the Project Team:

You can contact us by email on redzonestories@canterbury.ac.nz.

Contact the Researcher:

Associate Professor Donald Matheson
email: donald.matheson@canterbury.ac.nz
phone: +64 3 369 5849

Contact the Arts Digital Lab:

Jennifer Middendorf, Lab Manager
email: jennifer.middendorf@canterbury.ac.nz
phone: +64 3 369 2104