Canterbury-Chatham Islands

Canterbury-Chatham Islands covers the central-eastern part of the South Island and includes Christchurch, New Zealand’s third largest city. Smaller towns and cities such as Timaru, Ashburton, Rangiora, Rolleston, Lincoln, Kaikoura and Twizel are also spread throughout the region. The Chatham Islands are located about 800km east of Christchurch.

Size and growth

Following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, there has been rapid growth in some areas of Christchurch. The population of Selwyn District is expected to increase from 58,000 in 2018 to 81,000 in 2030. High growth is expected in Halswell and Rolleston, and steady growth in Lincoln and Ashburton.

Catchment Plans within the National Education Growth Plan

The Canterbury, Chatham Islands region has four individual catchment plans within the National Education Growth Plan.

See the Canterbury, Chatham Islands region catchment plans.

What’s been happening in Canterbury, Chatham Islands

Christchurch Ongoing Innovating education in greater Christchurch following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes Shaping Education(external link)  
Christchurch Schools Rebuild Programme
Use of vacant sites in Christchurch

Christchurch schools rebuild programme 2013–2022
(external link)

How are we using vacant school sites in Christchurch

2018 Avonside Girls High School and Shirley Boys High School
Consultation on enrolment scheme home zone
Redcliffs 2018 Redcliffs School
Relocation of the school to Redcliffs Park to provide room for growth, support the long term educational needs of the community and offer potential options for creating shared facilities to benefit the whole community
Belfast 2018 Belfast Primary School
Consultation on establishment of a new campus for this school. Survey responses are being analysed by the school’s community engagement facilitator. Once completed, the report will be considered by the Board of Trustees who then make their recommendation to us.
Halswell 2017 Halswell West and Halswell North
Consultation on primary education as a response to rapid growth

Halswell residential college information release
(external link)

Halswell community engagement on proposed new primary education provision

Rolleston 2017 Lemonwood Grove School
New school opened
Wainoni 2017 Haeata Community Campus
New school opened
New Brighton 2016 Rawhiti School
New school opened
Rawhiti school opening  
Waitakiri 2016 Waitākiri Primary School
New school opened after two schools merged (Burwood School and Windsor School)
Waitākiri Primary School opening
(external link)
Lyttleton 2016 Lyttleton Primary School
New school opened after two schools merged (Lyttleton West School and Lyttelton Main School)
Lyttelton Primary School opening  
Rangiora 2016 Fernside School
Building of roll growth classrooms
Marshland 2016 Marshland School 
$10 million school rebuild project
Marshland School  
Rolleston 2016 West Rolleston Primary School
New school opened
West Rolleston Primary School
(external link)
Halswell 2015 Halswell School
Primary school rebuild
Halswell School rebuild
(external link)
Pegasus Bay 2014 Pegasus Bay School
New school opened
Pegasus Bay School opening  
Rangiora/Pegasus 2007 Waikuku School
Relocation of school onto new site to respond to population growth and increased demand as a consequence of new development in the area
Rangiora/Pegasus area strategy  

Your say matters

Our communities are changing all the time. When we work with School Boards to come up with options to meet the demand of students in particular areas, we look at the whole network rather than individual schools. 

Planning for future growth, identifying where the best use of space will be, and ensuring all local children and young people can attend their local school, underpins our decisions on options.

Your say in this matters. Sharing your views and listening to each other’s ideas, suggestions and feedback on options through engagement and consultation helps ensure the network of schools is in the best shape to offer quality education opportunities – now and into the future.

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