To establish "The Styx" as a place to be through maintaining and enhancing the special character and identity of the area.

Key Actions

  1. Recognise, highlight and enhance the unique landscape character of the Styx River system through:
    • Improving public access, visibility and the growing of large trees along its margins
    • Promoting major road crossings of the Styx River as gateways into the city through signage, green corridors and other features
    • A series of markers along the Styx River to be based on the word ‘Styx' and the theme of ‘sticks'
    • Protect and accentuate the stories of the land, its drainage and vegetation patterns, cultural patterns, cultural features and landmarks
    • Allow people to express their relationship to the area through consultation and participation
    • Develop and promote a design guide for all public land that will eventually be part of the urban national reserve, so that the smaller existing reserves are seen and recognised as being part of something bigger. This is particularly important for features that will occur regularly throughout such as signage, fencing, seating, rubbish bins, paths and artworks
  2. Promote the locality through:
    • Regular newsletters
    • Media articles
    • Publications
    • Websites of the various organisations involved
    • Videos, documentaries
    • Unique branding and identity based on the copyrighted Styx logo - the white heron
  3. Stage a series of events that will enhance this area as a ‘place to be'.
  Photographer   Antony Shadbolt 
Date   February 2009  © Christchurch City Council
Harakeke (flax) off cuts from the pa harakeke
© Christchurch City Council

Photographer  Antony Shadbolt
Date  February 2009

10, June 2009
 Artwork and entrance way to pa harakeke, Janet Stewart Reserve 
Photographer  Unknown 
Date  2009  © Christchurch City Council
Artwork and entrance way to pa harakeke, Janet Ste
© Christchurch City Council

Artwork and entrance way to pa harakeke, Janet Stewart Reserve

Photographer Unknown

Date 2009

04, August 2009