About

Smart Christchurch's vision is to promote Christchurch as an exemplar open and connected city, showcasing solutions that make life better and are replicated by others.

our purpose

To trial technology and approaches that accelerate Christchurch becoming a city of opportunity for all – a city where anything is possible.

our vision

To promote Christchurch as an exemplar open and connected city, showcasing solutions that make life better and are replicated by others.

our mission

Making it better for people in Christchurch by delivering rapid proof-of-concept projects that promote the power of:

  • Open data, open platform, open city.
  • Aggregating and visualising real-time data.
  • Leveraging the collective genius around us.
  • Removing barriers to access.
  • Inspiring fresh thinking.

our values

  • Be brave – take risks.
  • Fast is better than slow.
  • We make it better for people.
  • We’re proud to put our name on it.
  • We keep it real and operate with integrity.
  • We take responsibility and know when to pivot.

our principles

  • Benefits without borders; we share our solutions with whomever can benefit from them.
  • Perfect is the enemy of good; innovation moves too quickly to focus on perfect – we get the job done.
  • Collaboration is better than competition; we respect our colleagues and help them achieve their goals.
  • Think globally act locally; wherever possible we choose local partners to solve Christchurch problems.
  • The city keeps the farm; we appreciate the value of digital assets and maintain ownership in the city.
  • Efficiency over bureaucracy; right-size processes support rapid delivery and accelerate innovation.
  • Fail well; if we never fail we’re not trying hard enough, so we own our failures and salvage what we can.
  • What gets recognised gets repeated; celebrating success encourages high performance and motivation.
  • Fun is our fuel; in every job there is an element of fun – a sense of play helps us do serious stuff better.