Films and conversations about the future of our city.

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About the Project

Christchurch Dilemmas is a new series from Frank Film, the creators of When a City Falls. Funded by NZ On Air and created with assistance from Radio New Zealand, the six-part series examines the major decisions facing Christchurch 5 years on from the earthquakes that devastated the city.

This interactive documentary encourages and empowers both residents of Christchurch and those interested in her fortunes to engage with the shifting landscape of the city. Made by, for and of Christchurch locals, our aim is to energise residents to participate in their own recovery.

Five years on from the earthquakes, Christchurch is building not just a new city, but a new social fabric. Communities are reforming physically, economically and emotionally. The problems faced by the city are manifold: insurance woes, mental health decline, and stretched rebuild budgets. But innovation, too comes in many forms - from re-inhabiting Red Zone land to new types of housing, mental health recovery to urban planning.

All our stories are about local characters and their visions. For the last 5 years Frank Film has been collecting stories - our hope is that hearing these voices will re-ignite the passion we all have for our city and inspire us to play our part in building the future we want.

Episodes will screen weekly here, and www.rnz.co.nz.

Director: Gerard Smyth
Editor: Gaylene Barnes
Website: Make Collective/Sons & Co
Producer: Gerard Smyth
Production Manager: Jo Ffitch,
Researcher Tess McClure
Audio Post, Chris Sinclair

A Frank Film production
Funded by New Zealand on Air
Distributed by Radio New Zealand

1/. Red Zone — What is its future?

  • Sustainable food production

    Public vote

    Let's reclaim land & river for mahinga kai

  • Sports and recreation lake

    Public vote

    A lake provides fun for everyone

  • Eco-tourism

    Public vote

    Generate funds and help the environment

  • Urban native forest park

    Public vote

    Let nature have its way

  • Nature sanctuary

    Public vote

    Protect our charismatic wildlife

2/. Mental Health — Do we have a crisis?

  • Loss of social networks?

    Public vote

    Click to vote

  • Dealing with EQC or insurance issues

    Public vote

    Click to vote

  • Living in a damaged city?

    Public vote

    Click to vote

  • Loss of access to facilities?

    Public vote

    Click to vote

  • Transport-related pressures

    Public vote

    Click to vote

3/. Central City — Is it what we dreamed of?

  • Mixed Use

    Public vote

    We need the right balance

  • Family Friendly

    Public vote

    Get it right for families first

  • High Street

    Public vote

    Stay local and boutique

  • Arts Centre

    Public vote

    Save our heritage

4/. Housing — How can we make it affordable?

  • Co-op housing

    Public vote

    Shared infrastructure to keep costs down

  • Housing Foundation

    Public vote

    Building for low income families

  • Prefab construction

    Public vote

    Off-site production of warmer homes

  • Social housing

    Public vote

    Charities stepping in to fill the gap

5/. Governance — How do we involve the people?

  • Christchurch City Council

    Public vote

    Involving the people in decision making

  • New Brighton

    Public vote

    Listening to people

  • Adelaide

    Public vote

    Council and community working together

  • Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

    Public vote

    Statutory partners in the rebuild

6/. Our Money — Are we spending it wisely?

  • Saving heritage

    Public vote

    Restore historic buildings

  • Child and youth

    Public vote

    Make the city better for young people

  • An Urban village

    Public vote

    Rethinking the convention centre

  • The East

    Public vote

    Healthcare and housing for families in the east