Bristol Street programme

Ara Poutama – Department of Corrections wants to establish a residential programme at 14 Bristol Street, St Albans, Christchurch. This will be a violence-prevention programme for men to learn skills to stop them from using violence and engaging in other offending. It will be modelled on a well-established residential programme in Hamilton called Tai Aroha, which has been operating successfully for ten years.

We have applied for resource consent and the Christchurch City Council has decided that public notification is required. This means that anyone can make a submission to the council about the proposed programme, once the council publicly notifies it.

We will be updating this page throughout our community engagement. We will publish a social impact assessment  and video content here. Click on the button below if you would like to be added to a mailing list for us to let you know when we upload new information.

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Frequently asked questions

Visit the frequently asked questions page for more information about the programme.


We are undertaking public engagement from 16 November. We are currently door knocking nearby dwellings to listen to your thoughts and questions.

Community information sessions

We will be holding community information sessions at Rehua marae between:

  • 4.00-8.30 pm Wednesday 2 December
  • 12.00-8.30 pm Thursday 3 December.

The sessions are for people to meet with us in person and talk more about the programme. These will be scheduled sessions, so you will need to book one with us in advance. If you want to attend, please contact us through the information below.

Public enquiries

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or feedback about the proposed programme.

Social impact assessment

We have contracted Beca to provide a social impact assessment on the proposed programme. This will be an independent assessment of the potential positive and negative social impacts of the programme on the community. We will publish the social impact assessment here in mid-January.