Sustainable development means that we can continue to develop our infrastructure and economy to meet the needs of our society in the short term, without compromising our development in the long term.
Achieving sustainable development is grounded in enduring relationships and collaborative agreements with Ngāi Tahu, the region’s territorial authorities, key industry and community organisations. It's about working together to make sure Cantabrians have a great quality of life and beautiful green spaces and parks. Now, and in the future.
We speak up about the issues impacting our region by presenting submissions to central government and select committees. You can read our current submissions here.
Together in governance
We work closely with Ngāi Tahu, councils, health boards and other key organisations to provide cross-agency solutions to regional issues. Having a united regional voice ensures Canterbury is recognised in national decision-making and policy formation. That means we can make your voice heard when you engage with us about the issues that matter to you, whether they're on a regional or national level.
Canterbury mayors, their councils and chief executives continue to work together – to foster sustainable economic and social development for the region and its communities. We provide secretariat and executive support to the Canterbury Mayoral Forum, Chief Executives Forum and Policy, Corporate and Operations Forums.
Your opinions and needs help to shape and influence our priorities and strategic direction on key regional issues. We also provide comprehensive reporting and data on things like our population, economy, culture and environment, to help us keep track of how we're doing.
Collaborating with Ngāi Tahu
The Tuia programme was developed to encourage a strong relationship with Ngāi Tahu. It’s about relationships, mutual respect, shared understandings and shared values. Working in partnership means that we can work towards sustainable development for current and future generations – together.