Community Notices

Click here to view Halswell Hornby Riccarton Community Updates on 16 August, 2018

Update (March) from Community Board member Catherine Chu

What a month it’s been!

Mother of All Clean Ups

On the 12th of May we had the annual Mother of All Clean Ups event. 45 community groups registered to collect discarded rubbish for proper disposal on the banks of Avon and Heathcote rivers and the Estuary edge. We did a good two hours of cleaning and even found 3 tyres!

Keep Christchurch Beautiful Community Awards Ceremony

16th of May we held the Keep Christchurch Beautiful Community Awards Ceremony at the Old Government House. It was a great event to recognise the efforts of the community who strives to make a difference and keep Christchurch beautiful!

Annual Planting

The Annual Planting at Charlesworth Wetland Reserve was held on the 20th of May. Hundreds of plant seedlings needed to be planted in this restored wetland. It was great to see so many people from different backgrounds all coming together for the same initiative. It was a great family event where children got to learn how to plant a tree properly and understand the value in doing so!

Christchurch Youth Council

I also spoke at the Christchurch Youth Council on the 22nd of May. I talked about my journey to becoming part of the community board and how young people can connect with their community board and their wider community. It was great to see so many young people taking interest to making a difference and being involved in the community.

Harrington Park Public Toilet

I was also very proud to have moved the motion for the Harrington Park Public Toilet to go ahead. Hoping this is constructed in June/July and finally our residents will be able to have this long awaited facility!

ROADWORKS ON RICCARTON ROAD especially between Harakeke Street and Matipo Street

CENTRAL RICCARTON RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION INC submission for the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board meeting on 27 February 2018 at which this item was considered.

Given the disastrous impact of the roadworks along Riccarton Road, west of Hagley Park, still unfinished after a year and a half of serious disruption, we see in prospect a similar situation developing between Harakeke and Matipo Streets.  There is little in the staff report to suggest otherwise. 

Our submission is as follows:

  1. All businesses and any residents along and near this route must be made aware of these additional works in prospect so reasoned submissions can be made.   This has NOT yet happened.   The extent to which these works will cause disruption to traffic along Riccarton Road and the expected impact on businesses has NOT been well quantified.  It needs to be quantified.


  1. Once started the work must be completed quickly to a published timetable.  With that in mind more consultation is required (particularly with businesses). Our Association believes that only Option 6 together with the implementation of Variation 1 (working 24/7) is viable.


  1. Residential streets in the area need protection while work is underway.  To that end, the council need to actively prevent traffic from using non-designated detours into residential streets.

(Our submission  was almost exactly the same as that of the Riccarton Kilmarnock Residents’ Association Inc which covers the area north of Riccarton Road.)

Further information from CRRA Inc on the Riccarton Road Upgrade – (The 3 Waters Project)

Presented orally by CRRA Inc at the Community Board meeting

  1. Notification to residents and businesses – P37 of the meeting document states that “For local residents and businesses the focus will be on timely communications, face-to-face engagement, methods to minimise business disruption and efforts to activate the area to offset more limited access”.

The CRRA submission is that the stated communication strategy has not taken place.

The CRRA has commenced a survey of the businesses in the Riccarton Road asking the following questions:

  1. Have you been contacted by the Council regarding the sewer upgrade in Riccarton Road?
  2. What was your response when you were contacted?
  3. Do you have concerns as to whether your business will survive months of disruption?
  4. Have you any other feedback?

Of the 23 business surveyed so far, 22 answered No.  The one business that stated yes to contact from the Council was the High Street Medical Centre. 

When told the construction period was originally estimated at 26 months, one business owner said “that’s ludicrous.  I understand it could be months but not 26 months! Residents and businesses will become the collateral damage.  No customers no business.  What accountability does the council put in the contract for the contractors to meet specific deadlines? I am a small business owner/operator.  I have invested a huge amount of capital.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars.  I have no safety net.  I feel as a business rate payer the Council has to act efficiently.  The impact is huge for everybody – it needs to be set up efficiently to minimise the collateral damage.”

We have yet to interview the manager of the newly opened Nobanna restaurant. It will be interesting whether the consenting process included information about the disruption and the barriers his customers will face.

  1. Time frame for the proposed disruption – how is the impact on the businesses measured? During the earthquake businesses which had business interruption insurance were able to claim as the premises of the business were damaged.  When there is no damage to the premises and the lack of customers is due to there being no parking or easy access into the premises, will that qualify for insurance companies to be paying business interruption insurance?

The report identifies Riccarton Road as one of the busiest roads and transport corridors in the city. We have questions for the Board to consider following Stage 1:

    • Why did it take so long?
    • What went wrong?
    • Why was the work so poorly executed for Stage 1?  Poorly executed in that it is still not finished – the road is in a terrible state. Did the outcomes of the contract not include a well formed road?
    • What improvements have been made to ensure Stage 2 is efficient? How can we be assured it will be effectively managed to prevent months extending to years of disruption for residents, businesses, motorists and visitors?
    • If we compare the time-frame for the seriously damaged Kaikoura coast road and what was achieved in 11 months surely Riccarton residents and businesses can expect a shorter time-frame for this project?
    • Is the Council being generous in not setting firm deadlines because they don’t know what might be discovered when holes are dug?  What has been learnt from Stage 1 of the process to ensure what lurks beneath has been identified?
    • The budget for the upgrade does seem insignificant compared to the cycle ways which do not have the complexity of engineering required for this project.
    • Both Catherine Chu and Helen Broughton stated in their election pamphlets concerns for the intensified living/density of population, traffic and parking congestion for Riccarton.  What are our elected representatives doing to ensure this very major disruption is efficiently and effectively managed?  What is the plan to manage the impact on daily life if already there are stresses from intensified living, traffic and parking congestion for Riccarton residents?
    • Night work will cause noise and added disruption for residents.  However if it results in a much shorter time-frame for the project and it is well-notified in advance we will survive. Unlike the detrimental effect of long delays on businesses.
  1. It is one of the busiest roads and transport corridors in the City. Where is the traffic management Plan? 
    • What will be the impact on residential roads?
    • Where will the buses be re-routed?  Is there money in the budget to repair the residential roads damaged by re-routing buses and heavy traffic?
    • How will residential streets that are not the official alternative be protected from motorists looking for alternative ways round the disruption?
    • Will the traffic management plan be circulated for consultation?
    • Will maps showing access and parking for the various businesses be available?  How will people learn about the parking in behind the businesses on Riccarton Road?
    • There cannot be one size fits all.  The traffic management plan must inform customers of all their options for access and parking within reach of the small businesses or there will be no customers.

In conclusion:

The Board must ensure the Council employs contractors who can complete the project to set deadlines in the shortest time-frame possible.  The community and businesses cannot survive a disruption that takes years. The longer it takes the more soul and business destroying it will be.  The Government has pledged to move people out of poverty.  This project seems likely to bankrupt businesses and therefore put more people into poverty.  Business owners cannot sustain a business with no customers.  Business closures on the Riccarton Road cannot not be an outcome of this project.

Or will the death knell for businesses be when all street parking is removed to create the cycle and bus lanes and make room for trees?

A written reply was received from the Board as follows: 

The Board decided to recommend that the Council resolve:

1. The combined project approach for the Bus Priority Scheme and the Underground Pipe Upgrade on Riccarton Road continues from Harakeke Street to Matipo Street to the end of construction prescribing either Option 5 or 6, with variations where appropriate, as outlined in clause 4.7 of the staff report.

2.  To note that post the infrastructure repairs, the Riccarton Road Corridor Plan as fully consulted on in 2015, will be implemented.

3.  To request that the infrastructure repairs be carried out as quickly as possible and for ongoing communications to occur between affected residents and businesses; it being noted that the local community is requesting that the works be carried out as much as possible during evening/night time hours.

4. To request that the Project Team engage with the Riccarton Bush/Kilmarnock Residents’ Association and Central Riccarton Residents’ Association before the works commence and take all practical steps to minimise traffic diverting onto adjoining residential streets.

5. To request that the Project Team communicate regularly on project progress with the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board.

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Halswell Hornby Riccarton Community Updates on 16 August, 2018


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This week’s information:

Apply for Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board Funding

Neighbourhood Week 2018-19 – Let’s Get Together This Summer

KiwiSport Regional Partnership Funding

Community Internship Programme

Ethnic Communities Development Fund

Children and Families Research Fund

Free glasses for children

Community Notices and Events

–          Age Concern Feedback Meeting (New)

–          Mokaa – the Land of Opportunity Exhibition (New)

–          Nigel Latta’s Adventures in Parent Land (New)

–          Community Planting Day

–          Word Christchurch Festival 2018

–          Volunteering Canterbury Annual General Meeting

–          Suffrage 125th Anniversary Celebration Launch Event (New)

–          Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Suffrage 125th Celebration and Fundraiser

–          Give Gear Get Great

–          Bylaws Open for Consultation

Community Education and Wellbeing

–          Know How We’ll Grow – Christchurch District Plan

–          WEA Presentation – Reducing Alcohol and Drug-Related Harm in New Zealand (New)

–          Neighbourhood Week themed Get Set Go Express Workshop

–          Volunteering Canterbury Workshops

–          Love Food Hate Waste Masterclass

–          Canterbury Children’s Team Orientation Training (New)

–          Strengthening the Youth Sector Hui 2018

–          UC Connect Public Lectures

–          CWEA Social Issues Soap Box Series

Job and Volunteer Vacancies

–          Star Jam Workshop Volunteers Wanted (New)

–          Voluntary Board Members – Pregnancy Help Canterbury (New)

Useful Links & Updates

Council Consultations currently open

Government Consultations currently open



Apply for Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board Funding

Youth Development Fund – Each year an amount of money is set aside to fund young people aged between 10 and 25 in the local community. Applications can be for a variety of activities including educational and cultural studies, representation at events, recreational development, capacity building and social enterprise. Applications can take up to six weeks to process, so please allow time for this.

Discretionary Response Fund – Applications are invited from eligible not-for-profit groups whose activities provide opportunities in the areas of community, social, recreation, sports, arts, environment or heritage to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton community. Applications can take up to six weeks to process, so please allow time for this.  Applications are made on line for the Discretionary Response Fund and to view criteria and other details, go to the apply page on the Council website Community Development Advisers Karla Gunby and Marie Byrne, and Community Recreation Adviser Emily Toase are available to provide advice on making applications, including assisting with filling in the forms. (See our contact details below).

Off the Ground Fund  – If you have a small idea that can make a big impact, the Off the Ground Fund is designed for quick turnaround applications of up to $400. Decision making is within two weeks and applications can be made by groups or individuals.


Neighbourhood Week 2018-19 – Let’s Get Together This Summer

Neighbourhood Week is now all summer long! from 27 October 2018 to 31 March 2019. Are you wanting to organise a Neighbourhood gathering this summer?  Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to put on a potluck for the whole street. Applications open on Monday 30 July until 7 September at 5pm. Find out more by heading to


KiwiSport Regional Partnership Funding

KiwiSport RPF Applications for 2018-2019 KiwiSport funding is now open until Monday 3 September 2018 at midday. This will be the only round of funding available for the 2018-2019 funding period. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact or


Community Internship Programme

Applications for the Community Internship Programme are now open. Over $200,000 in grant funding is available, allowing not-for-profit community organisations to pay the salaries of skilled staff from the public, private or community sector. Interns will work with their organisation for three to six months, with part-time internships of up to 12 months will also be considered. Applications close on 5 September 2018.  For more information click here.


Ethnic Communities Development Fund

The fund will open for requests on Wednesday 15 August and close midnight Wednesday 26 September. There is one funding round per year. The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2019. There are three funding priorities: leadership development, social cohesion, and cultural events.  Detailed information about this fund and how to apply is available online.


Children and Families Research Fund

Each year the Government awards up to $750,000 in funding for social policy-relevant research focused on further investigation of the information gathered through the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study. The Fund supports researchers to undertake research that informs the priority policy areas. It is open to applications from academics, government agencies, public and independent research organisations and non-government organisations. Applications for the 2018/2019 funding round are open until Friday 31 August 2018.  To find out more information including how to apply for funding and research that has received funding to date, click here.


Free glasses for children

The newly-launched Eye Institute Trust will provide 400 children at risk of permanent eye impairment with free glasses over the next year. Trust co-chair professor Helen Danesh-Meyer says lack of treatment in childhood can lead to lifelong problems with vision. Families who don’t qualify for a government subsidycan’t necessarily afford the cost of treatment. To find out more, check eligibility and apply:


Community Notices and Events


Age Concern Feedback Meeting

Monday 20 August, 10am, 24 Main North Road, Papanui. Age Concern invites community sector people to a community meeting to gather feedback for the Government “Strategy for an Aging Population” consultation. Cuppa, followed by the meeting at 10.30am. RSVP required to 366 0903.


Mokaa – the Land of Opportunity Exhibition

125 years of Indians in Aotearoa Exhibition , 13 – 24 August, Civic Offices Foyer, 53 Hereford St. True stories with over 100 compelling and rarely seen photographs of NZ Indian settlement. From the first Indian presence to pioneering settlers to established communities in New Zealand. Open Monday to Friday, free admission.


Nigel Latta’s Adventures in Parent Land

Tuesday 21 August 2018, Isaac Theatre Royal.  Cystic Fibrosis Canterbury Fundraiser In this entertaining, and unflinchingly honest evening, Nigel will deal to some of the myths about raising children, and offer some ideas for a kinder, simpler, more enjoyable approach to parenting. He’ll take the audience on an entertaining journey into the heart of Parent land, to show us all how we can survive the first ten years of raising children with the least amount of stress that’s humanly possible. Tickets $47.50 available here.


Community Planting Day

Otakaro Orchard, Saturday 25 August, 10am – 2pm, 227 Cambridge Terrace. All ages, friends and whanau welcome, tea & coffee on site, RSVP appreciated: or email Peter:


Word Christchurch Festival 2018

The Word Festival is back on 29 August to 2 September. The biennial festival will see more than 120 writers and speakers taking part in nearly 100 events across Christchurch.  Headliners include Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, Scottish writers Shaun Bythell (The Diary of a Bookseller) and Denise Mina, and top international thriller writer A. J. Finn.  More than a quarter of events are free to the public, and there is plenty for children and families.  Tickets can sell out quickly.  For more details visit


Volunteering Canterbury Annual General Meeting

Volunteering Canterbury’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 August at 4.30pm at Christchurch Community House.  For agenda details (including changes to the Trust Deed) contact Glenda Martin on or 366 2442.  Nominations are also open for Volunteering Canterbury Board members.


Suffrage 125th Anniversary Celebration Launch Event

Celebrate the launch of 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand commemorations at this special event hosted by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Councillors.  Keynote speaker Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, will also lead a special questions and answers session with young women leaders from secondary schools throughout Christchurch.

Thursday 13 September 4:00 – 5:15pm at Isaac Theatre Royal.  Tickets $10 with proceeds going to  WCA Christchurch – Emergency and Transitional Accommodation.  Tickets available here.


Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Suffrage 125th Celebration and Fundraiser

The Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust is celebrating the 125th Suffrage Anniversary with Ngai Tahu Wahine Toa – Maori Women and Suffrage on Wednesday 19 September.  Guest speaker will be award winning film-maker, producer and director Gaylene Preston.  Mayor Lianne Dalziel will also present the Kate Sheppard Memorial Award scholarship to a deserving woman. For more details including ticketing (from $25)  click here.


Give Gear Get Great

The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board are proudly supporting the Give Gear Get Great initiative which recycles outgrown, used or unused sports equipment back to those who need it. The cost of equipment can often be a barrier to participating in sport and recreation and the Give Gear Get Great initiative aims to reduce this by donating unwanted sports equipment to individuals, schools, and organisations who provide recreational opportunities. Our Give Gear Get Great wheelie bins are currently stationed at the locations below for people to drop of their unwanted sports goods:

  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre (Halswell Rd)
  • Olympia Gymnastics Sports (Cnr Springs Rd & Corsair Dr)
  • Fendalton Library (Cnr Jeffreys and Clyde Road)
  • Halswell Community Hub (381 Halswell Rd)
  • La Vida Life Church (34a Hansons Lane)
  • Howzat Riccarton (4 Matipo Street)

If you would like to host a Give Gear Get Great bin for collection of goods, please get in touch  Once the bin is full, we collect it, inventory the items and return to you ready to go again. Or, if you know of a need for equipment within your community, please let us know and we will find out what equipment we have in stock.


Bylaws Open For Consultation

A number of Council’s Bylaws are open for consultation which have implications on the way public space in Christchurch is used. See below for the listing.


Community Education and Wellbeing

Know How We’ll Grow – Christchurch District Plan

Council is running a series of free public seminars in August to inform professionals, industry, and the wider public how the new District Plan provides for housing, business and other activities as we change and grow. Seminar venue is the Function Room, Level One, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford St:

Residential and urban Greenfields Tuesday 21 August, 12.45pm – 1.45pm

Commercial centres and commercial activitiesThursday 30 August, 12.45pm – 1.45pm

Any queries, contact


WEA Presentation – Reducing Alcohol and Drug-Related Harm in New Zealand

Hear Professor Doug Sellman outline evidence-based strategies by which the harm from recreational drugs can be reduced; speaking to both the rampant commercialisation of alcohol on the one hand, and the prohibition of cannabis and methamphetamine at the other extreme of the continuum.  Thursday August 23, 7:00 – 8:30pm, WEA, 59 Gloucester Street.


Neighbourhood Week themed Get Set Go Express Workshop

Thursday 6 September, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Fendalton Service Centre 4 Jeffreys Road

If you would like some assistance with planning your Neighbourhood Week event we would like to invite you to a free Get Set Go Express workshop. The workshop will focus on the four step planning process using straight forward planning sheets for budgets, promotions, and health and safety.  To register please send your name and contact details to email: or phone Jacqui Miller on 941 5333. If you aren’t able to attend this workshop but would like some event planning advice you can contact Emily Toase or one of the other Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton, Community Governance and Support team members (contact details below). Also click here for an affordable Recreation Equipment for Hire resource.


Volunteering Canterbury Workshops

 Volunteering Canterbury in association with Exult are presenting two workshops.

The Getting Started with Governance workshop will provide a practical guide to governance without all the fluff and jargon.  Thursday 13 September, 5.30pm – 8.00pm  $50 per person (Tonic Subscribers receive a 10% discount)

Growing Great Volunteer Teams.  Learn what drives people to volunteer and discover simple strategies for ensuring your volunteers get what they need to stay involved.  Friday 14 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm, $120 per person (Tonic Subscribers receive a 10% discount)

Both workshops will be held at Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street.  Email for more information and register here


Love Food Hate Waste Food Lovers Masterclass

At this workshop presented by Kate Meads, learn exciting and inspirational tips to reduce your food waste and save money at the same time.  Topics include meal planning, smart shopping, the first in first out approach, the difference between use by and best before and when all else fails the last resort options.

You will also receive a $100 goodie bag.

Thursday 13 September 6:30pm – 8:30m.  Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (main hall)  Cost from $15 – $25 for more information and to book tickets visit


Canterbury Children’s Team Orientation Training

Friday 14 September, 9am – 4pm, Grand Central Building,161 Cashel St, (check in at Reception Level 2). One day training for all children’s workers to build understanding about the Children’s team practice, roles and processes, and an overview of Oranga Tamariki. Numbers limited, to RSVP contact Fiona:


Strengthening the Youth Sector Hui 2018

Friday 28 September, 9.30am – 2.30pm, Tait Technology Centre, 245 Wooldridge Road, Harewood. For all those working with youth, this year’s hui will build on forums held. An opportunity for the wider sector to come together to connect, learn, and be inspired. Free. To register: Strengthening Youth Sector Hui 2018 registration


UC Connect Public Lectures (free)

The UC Connect free public lecture series offers the community the opportunity to attend topical, interesting, educational lectures on a range of topics given by experts in their fields. Links to videos of previous lectures are also available on the website.  Upcoming lectures:

Law without lawyers: Does legal education have a future?  Wednesday September 12, 7:00pm – 8:00pm.

Presented by Professor John Hopkins, Professor of Law in the School of Law, College of Business & Law, at the University of Canterbury. Register Here


CWEA Social Issues Soap Box Series

CWEA holds a series of events with speakers presenting information to stimulate discussion and introduce new challenges.   Upcoming sessions;

Wednesday 29 August – Is tackling foreign control within our grasp?  Speaker: Murray Horton


Job and Volunteer Vacancies


Star Jam Workshop Volunteers Wanted

Star Jam runs 10 workshops in Canterbury that each need 2-3 dedicated volunteers to help supervise and support young people with disabilities with singing, dancing or playing an instrument. To find out how to get involved: Star Jam Volunteer


Voluntary Board Members – Pregnancy Help Canterbury

Pregnancy Help Canterbury are currently seeking volunteers for their Board of Trustees and Board Subcommittees.  People with various levels of experience are being sought with prior governance experience not necessarily required.  If you have an interest in Funding, Policy, Human Resources and Governance or Strategy and Communication and would be prepared to commit between 3 to 8 hours monthly, contact Manager Dahlia at



Useful Links & Updates


Council Consultations currently open

The following consultations are open for comment and submission:


  • Barrington Street safety improvements – Barrington Mall (closes 22/8/18)
  • A Strategy for the Arts (closes 27/8/2018)
  • Thomson Park car park enhancement and landscape plan (closes 27/8/2018)
  • Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 – Akaroa (closes 3/9/2018)
  • Proposed amendments to the Brothels Bylaw 2014 (closes 3/9/2018)
  • Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw 2018 (Closes 3/9/2018)
  • Public Places Bylaw and Policy 2018 (closes 3/9/2018)
  • Cemeteries Bylaw and Handbook review (closes 3/9/2018)
  • Review of Speed Limits in the Southern Central City (closes 4/9/2018)


To find out more details go to the Have Your Say pages on the Council website.  There you will find information about the project, how to have your say and timelines.


Government Consultations currently open

The following are some of the consultations that are currently being undertaken by various government ministries:


  • RMA National Planning Standards (Ministry of the Environment) closes 17/8/18
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) Amendment Bill (Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives) closes 17/08/18
  • Strategy For An Ageing Population (Ministry of Social Development) closes 24/8/18
  • Information sharing guidance for the family violence sector (Ministry of Justice) closes 5/9/2018
  • NCEA Have your say (Ministry of Education) closes 16/9/18
  • Identifying and selecting public archives (Archives New Zealand) closes 28/9/2018


To find out more about these, go to NZ Government Consultations listing page.  This lists all consultations being run by central government and local government authorities.



Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Governance Team

Community Support, Governance and Partnerships Unit


Gary Watson (Manager – HHR Community Governance Team) 941 8258

Peter Dow (Community Board Adviser) 941

Cindy Sheppard (Governance Support Officer) 941 6547

Karla Gunby (Community Development Adviser) 941 6705

Marie Byrne (Community Development Adviser) 941 6502

Emily Toase (Community Recreation Adviser) 941 5216

Noela Letufuga (Support Officer) 941 5008




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