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Regenerate Christchurch Branding

Regenerate Christchurch took over from CERA (the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) in April 2016 and is tasked with overseeing the city’s regeneration. We were asked to develop the brand strategy and visual identity for this new organisation.

Jointly funded by government and the Christchurch City Council, the pressure and scrutiny to develop an appropriate yet meaningful brand was high.


Developing The Brand.

As well as a stylised form of the Avon, the identity also has a simplified koru at its heart, symbolising new life, growth, strength and peace.

The aesthetic is organic and friendly. It speaks of parts coming together as a whole, progression, cycles, development, step change. While it's open-ended and flowing in both directions to convey the flow of information and ideas between residents and Regenerate Christchurch.

Colour wise, we again drew inspiration from the geography of the area. For the central city it’s a mix of the rich greens from Hagley park with the deep charcoals and blues in the infrastructure and built forms. As you enter the residential areas everything opens up into green spaces, grass, trees, the sky. Then as the Avon reaches the beach suburbs, golden tussocks, sand and sun become prevalent.

These critical aspects of the identity all fed into the development of the brand proposition TE KŌWATAWATA. Clearly the foundations of the brand are grounded in the geography of the land and the betterment of its people. This proposition echoes that sentiment. It is based around the notion of ‘From here flows the rejuvenation of our land, people and city’.

There are two main uses of the term kōwatawata. 1. Dawn and 2. To shine or gleam when used to describe the beauty of the day. The shared meanings combine to reflect the new approach for the rebuild, and the wish to regenerate a great city with an engaged community that can be held with pride by those both in the community itself, and external to it.

With the organisation now fully operational, we're looking forward to rolling the new identity out across the city and using it in innovative ways to engage with the people of Christchurch.

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