Richmond is a minor suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Situated to the inner north east of the city centre, the suburb is bounded by Shirley Road to the north, Hills Road to the west, and the Avon River to the south and east.

Richmond Village Green

Richmond Playground

Richmond Neighbourhood Cottage
This charming cottage is a smaller venue suitable for small group meetings and activities and children’s birthday parties. The cottage is situated next to Richmond Village Green where there is a children’s playground. Address: Corner London & Pavitt Streets, Richmond, Christchurch.

Richmond Village History
On 1st November 1890, Richmond joined the Greater Christchurch and came under the care of the C.C.C. It was the first borough to do so outside the main Town Belts (our main four Avenues).
Hungarian settler, Morice Bing bought 200 acres just north of the Avon River (near Stanmore Road) in the early 1860s. He turned his land into a sheep farm and became an expert at classing wool at the Addington Stockyards. When Bing began to sell off his land, the area became known as Bingsland – the term first appearing in the papers in 1869.
Bingsland resident, Joseph John Anderson was a civil servant who also served as a member of the Christchurch East School (pictured) Committee. When this new educational district opened, a name change to ‘Richmond’ was suggested by Anderson as the name was more ‘…high-sounding and classic…’ than Bingsland. The name change became official on 28 June 1882.

Richmond Neighbourhood Improvement Area CCC Report 1987
1987 CCC Report: “Richmond Neighbourhood Improvement Area”
“This report was prepared by the Christchurch City Council and published in 1987. The document consists of nine sections and includes descriptions of the Richmond area as it was in the late 1980s, as well as suggestions for improving the appearance, function and traffic flows in and around the area. So, it is an interesting snapshot of Richmond as it was thirty years ago as well as an insight into the thinking at the time, of people seeking to improve the area.”

Heritage New Zealand | Regenerate Christchurch
Heritage New Zealand | Initial Heritage Assessment for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
Heritage New Zealand File No.33002-278 | 23 February 2015
“Heritage New Zealand’s advice does not represent a full assessment of Māori heritage and other values and we strongly recommend that direct consultation is undertaken with Te Runaka o Ngai Tuahuriri and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.”
“There are currently seven archaeological sites recorded in the New Zealand Archaeological Association site recording scheme (Archsite) in the area of the Richmond Residential Red Zone.”
“The streets and houses of the Richmond residential red zone were arranged around the Avon River/Otakaro which is therefore an integral element of the area’s history and landscape.
The river has high historical significance for supporting transport, industry and recreation, and as a food resource for Maori and Pakeha settlers.”
“Prior to the Canterbury Earthquakes Richmond had special character for its streetscapes of nineteenth and early twentieth century cottages, villas and some substantial houses, as well as later villas and bungalows.”
“Heritage New Zealand recommends that:
– consultation is undertaken with Te Runaka o Ngai Tuahuriri and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu to ascertain their views and provide input into the redesign of their cultural landscape;
– landscaping and redevelopment plans incorporate views to and from the Avon River/Otakaro and the river corridor as a measure of acknowledgement that the river remains a key feature of the area’s Maori and Pakeha heritage;
– consultation is undertaken with the Avon Otakaro Network and other relevant community groups;
– the W. A. Sutton house and garden at 20 Templar Street is repaired and retained in its current location. To support this recommendation Heritage New Zealand will consider inclusion of the
W. A. Sutton house and garden in the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero;
– CERA supports and encourages the Christchurch City Council, as owners of the Glade Avenue and Templar Street pumphouses, to repair the buildings and retain them in situ;
– the stories of the Richmond, its demolished heritage places and archaeological features/records are incorporated in landscape development and rebuild plans.
Heritage New Zealand can supply further information and content to support this recommendation;
– landscaping and redevelopment plans are sensitive to the scale and heritage values of Avebury House, situated adjacent to the residential red zone at 9 Evelyn Couzins Avenue;
– current and future owners be made aware that work affecting archaeological sites is subject to the archaeological authority process under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.”

Richmond Residential Red Zone | Regenerate Christchurch
Natural Environment:
– ‘supports At-Risk fish species including their migration routes, and supports indigenous vegetation and avifauna that is representative of the Low Plains Ecological District’.
– Located at the south western corner of Harvey Terrace and Templar Street is a Significant Tree (Black Locust)–identified as Tree ID No. T139 in Chapter 9 of the notified version of the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan.
Public Facilities:
– Avebury House is located within the adjoining Avebury Park.
– The tennis courts below Harvey Terrace at the western end of Area 15.
– Adjacent to Avebury Park, a Garden and Heritage Park (9,124m2) which has a significant cluster of mature trees, and is zoned Open Space Community Parks under the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan.
– Also adjacent to Richmond Park which is a sports park (37,529m2), and reserves alongside the river.
Mana Whenua / Ngāi Tahu Interests:
The whole of Area 15 is shown as a culturally significant zone and is part of a larger Ngāi Tūāhuriri takiwā area of interest. Mana Whenua and Ngāi Tahu strongly recognise the relationship of this area with Te Ao Tūroa (Natural Environment), ecological values and the water. This area also has significant Mahinga Kai values.
Archaeology and Heritage:
– New Zealand Archaeological Association: There are six recorded European archaeological sites, predominantly in Area 15B and the south end of Area 15A.
Five of these relate to historic house sites and one is not identified.
– Material evidence of Māori occupation has been found in this locality in the past. There is a recorded Māori archaeological site in the vicinity of Banks Avenue and there is an area of potential Māori archaeological sites near Dudley Creek. Accordingly, there is potential for further items or sites of archaeological value to be discovered.
Special or Other Features:
The house in Templar Street formerly owned by Bill Sutton, while not a listed heritage feature, is considered to have value for its association with an important Canterbury artist.
– Stanmore Road is a Collector Road.
– A Major Cycle Route (“Avon-Ōtākaro Route”) is proposed to follow a route on the true right bank of the Ōtākaro/Avon River, along Heywood/Draper/Swanns and River Rd (south of Swanns Rd)

Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area | Regenerate Christchurch
Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area – Refined Shortlist
Pg 3 CCC Cycleway (City to Sea Path – Major Cycleway)
Pg 4 Richmond Landing
Pg 7 Christchurch on a Plate, Cultural Experience, Heritage Trails, Ecotourism Ventures

Edgeware Village Master Plan
Pg 47 “Wayfinding Signage”
Pg 65 Edgeware Village Market
Pg 67 Building Signage/Canopy

Stanmore Road Pedestrian Crossing & Slow Speed Zone
Richmond resident Gillian Sheard has been engaging with the locals, Community Board and CCC regarding options to address pedestrian safety concerns throughout Stanmore Road.
Pg 3
Stanmore Rd Petition Gains Momentum
By Sophie Cornish and Georgia O’Connor-Harding
“Richmond resident Gillian Sheard has started a petition to address safety concerns at a pedestrian crossing on Stanmore Rd.”
Waikura – Linwood – Central – Heathcote Community Board
Pg 2
“4. Public Forum | Part B
4.1 Richmond Village
Gillian Sheard, local resident, addressed the Board requesting that the Council have the Richmond Village area streets swept more often.
Ms Sheard tabled photos showing the condition of the streets and kerbing around the Richmond Village area.
Ms Sheard advised that she is working with the Richmond Village businesses to upgrade the Richmond Village signage.
Ms Sheard further discussed with the Board her concerns regarding the pedestrian crossing adjacent to 331 Stanmore Road including a verbal suggestion of implementing a slow speed zone. As part of the presentation Ms Sheard tabled a petition with regard to the pedestrian crossing. (Refer to Clause 6 of these minutes).”
6. Presentation of Petition | Part B
That the Linwood – Central – Heathcote Community Board:
1. Note and receive the petition organised by Gillian Sheard. The petition was signed by 542 residents and the statement of the petition is as follows:
‘I agree that the Stanmore Road pedestrian crossing is dangerous. It needs improving as below (referred to the minute attachment below) or getting lights at the Avalon/Stanmore Roads intersection – much sooner than later, before we have a death.’

Christchurch Libraries | Maori History
“Maori History Website: Marae, Iwi and Hapu information, Significant Landmarks and Waterways in Christchurch. Also includes Pa sites, Organisations & Tangata Rongonui.”
Christchurch Libraries have a Maori Services Team who look after Programmes, Events & Learning, Telephone: 941 7923.

Christchurch City Contextual History Overview