Noise management rules approved for Canterbury Multi-Use Arena


The noise management rules recommended by Christchurch City Council for the Canterbury Multipurpose Arena have been approved, giving businesses and neighbors in the venue certainty about the number of concerts and major events that can be held there .

The new rules include:

  • Introduction of noise limits for concerts and public address systems.
  • A concert end time at 11 p.m. (except for New Year’s Eve, when concerts could go until 12:30 a.m.).
  • A cap of six louder concerts and nine quieter concerts per calendar year to give residents certainty about the maximum frequency of events.
  • A requirement for a noise management plan, real-time compliance monitoring, a noise liaison committee to be established and a modified sound insulation rule for new buildings in the region.

New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Finance Dr Megan Woods endorsed the plan changes recommended by the Council under existing legislation to help regenerate the city.

Christchurch City Council’s Head of Strategic Policy and Resilience David Griffiths said the new rules would strike a balance between catalyzing the regeneration of Christchurch and giving nearby residents certainty about how many events could be organized.

Griffiths said “Approved noise limits and a cap on the number of loud events provide certainty and allow the half-billion dollar arena to boost the economy and vitality of Christchurch, while effectively managing the amount and frequency of noise for neighbors. .

“The approved changes will now be made to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the Christchurch District Plan. “

There will be no limit to the number of sporting events or concerts producing less than 65dB outside the Arena.

The 30,000-seat indoor arena is the latest anchoring project in Christchurch’s central revival plan and its capacity to host All Black tests, FIFA World Cup qualifiers, major concerts and other events will stimulate the economy and the vitality of the city, and will help to improve sporting activity and cultural identity.

The preliminary design of the CMUA will be submitted to the Board for approval next month, with the developed design expected in April 2022.

For more information and regular updates on CMUA, visit

Image courtesy of Christchurch City Council

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