The Belgians Have Not Forgotten – Passchendaele Exhibit in the Council Chambers, Rangiora

11 September 2017

 

The Belgians Have Not Forgotten, an exhibition that reminds us of the huge sacrifices that our country made in the Battle of Passchendaele in October 1917 is on display in the Council Chamber in Rangiora.  We have been fortunate to get it near the end of a tour of Australia and New Zealand, between its Christchurch and Dunedin appointments.

This, of course, is the battle’s centenary year.  The Passchendaele battlefield is within the Municipality of Zonnebeke, which has a twinning relationship with Waimakariri.

All are welcome.  It is open during office hours.

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Night Market in Kaiapoi

15 July 2017

Big crowd tonight enjoyed food stalls, fire dancing and this afternoon’s ice sculptures.

Ice Sculpture in Kaiapoi

15 July 2017

Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/886085310924242944?s=09

The Sefton Tug of War Pulls in the Crowds – Again

21 May 2017

Sefton Remembers ANZAC

24 April 2017

Sefton Tug of War is Back!

21 April 2017

2017 Poppy Day

21 April 2017

New Library and Service Centre Replaces Earthquake-prone Building

21 April 2017

Changes to Speed Limits around Southbrook

17 January 2017

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Christmas Tree Festival in the Council Foyer Again!

5 December 2016

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Classic American Machinery at Pegasus

6 November 2016

Today was the annual Classic American car show at Gladstone Park, Pegasus. There were lots of Mustangs, Corvettes, Impalas and the like, but this 1934 Ford V8 pickup really appealed to us.

Bouncy Castles Gather at Kaiapoi North School!

6 November 2016

Kaiapoi North School staged a fundraiser today in the form of a car boot sale. As you can see, there were things for the kids too!

Thank-You!

9 October 2016

​Thank you to all who have sent messages via different media. If you had asked me six years ago, newly elected to this position and one month after the September quake if I would have survived into a third term, I would have expressed my doubts. However, a unified Council and community have returned much the same council for three terms in a row and for this we are grateful for your support. 
The next three years will be dominated by the recovery of the regeneration areas in Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki, by a variety of water issues and by planning for current and anticipated growth. Fortunately we have a Council that has one of the soundest financial footings in the country. 
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working together as a Waimakariri District to meet our challenges.

FUnd-Raising Breakfast for Karanga Mai

4 October 2016

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Lesley Elliott Tells Her Story

3 October 2016

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This event is happening in Kaiapoi and Oxford next week. Lesley Elliott tells the story of her daughter Sophie’s relationship with Clayton Weatherston and the signs of abuse that friends and family did not recognise. Lesley has travelled all over New Zealand speaking to raise awareness of the signs of abuse in hope to avoid another tragic death like Sophie’s.

Oxford is Full of People Springing In!

2 October 2016

Classic cars have poured into #Oxford for Spring into Oxford – all ages, all makes. The town is buzzing with markets too!

84th Woodend Flower Show

2 October 2016

The amazing variety of daffodils that are out there were on full display at this year’s #Woodend Flower Show. A big crowd turned out for the premier flower show in #Waimakariri.

Council Services Affect You All Day, Every Day

30 September 2016

This comes form the NZ Herald and is about Auckland, but it actually applies to the whole country.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=97&objectid=11719192

 

Canterbury Provincial Brass Band Champs in Rangiora Town Hall 

24 September 2016

On all afternoon and into the evening using the new removable extension to the stage. 

The Birds Are Back in the Ashley-Rakahuri

12 September 2016

birdsThis is the time of the year when endangered birds like the wrybill, black-fronted tern and black-billed gulls return to the Ashley-Rakahuri to breed.  Local primary schoolchildren have made their own birds – currently they are on the front lawn of the Council building in Rangiora, but expect the flock to land elsewhere in the district in the coming weeks!

Breeding areas are usually marked, so keep well away, and don’t let dogs off the leash.  The wrybill nests are isolated almost impossible to see, but the terns and gulls nest in colonies.

 

Six years on … the World Has Changed

4 September 2016

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Six years ago today, a defining moment in our history occurred. In this part of Canterbury, our communities often talk about things as before or after the earthquake.

So much has changed and we found ourselves going in directions we never thought we would. Some of those things have been for the better. Yesterday’s fantastic day in Rangiora, following the pain in the town centre, would never have happened (nor would have the pain). We, like other districts and towns in New Zealand, would be arguing over the strengthening of commercial and public buildings.  Not Kaiapoi or Rangiora. Not Oxford.

But we haven’t finished yet and some of what lies before us is exciting.  The plan for the regeneration areas of Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki await final ministerial approval, but there will be a lot more to do as a community when we get down to the detail.  I look forward to that!

The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting NOW!

17 August 2016
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The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting NOW!

 

Our Purpose is to protect life and property Our focus is on Fire Safety, Fire Prevention, Fire Extinction and Rescue You could be part of an essential emergency service in the Rangiora Community where you will be part of a team of enthusiastic, committed people who ensure the safe and wellbeing of our town. Your employer has indicated they would support an employee joining the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade. We are however realistic in that we cannot have everyone join but dependent on the number of interested people we would conduct an interview process to select the candidates that would best fulfill the role. More detail to explain about the process of joining the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade would be provided to the individual applicant to ensure they are well informed of what is required.

Below is some of the criteria required:

  • Applicants need to live and work in the Rangiora township
  • Strong commitment with values and integrity
  • Works as part of a team and has respect for the organization
  • Pass a medical and security check
  • Sense of humour and enjoy comradeship
  • Points of interest about our Brigade
  • We train every Monday night excluding Public Holidays and the Xmas / New Year period
  • Our values in order are Family, Employment and the Fire Brigade
  • Being a Volunteer Fire Fighter is an extremely rewarding role
  • You learn and develop a number of skills which also can assist within your employment environment
  • We have a strong social focus with particular emphasis on family

Our complete focus is to ensure we provide a professional Emergency Service for our community and to enjoy what we do. If you are interested please contact Chief Fire Officer Hamish Peter on 021 793 383 or email Hamish.peter@fire.org.nz or Deputy Chief Fire Officer Kerry Ealam on 021 814 758 or email Kerry.ealam@fire.org.nz Kind Regards Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade.

 

Still a Lot of Work to be Done in Kaiapoi-Pines-Kairaki Regeneration Areas

14 August 2016

The draft plan that Minister Brownlee has issued for comment (after being prepared by our community) is, in the common jargon, “high level”. The next doing stages will require more detailed engagement with community and planning. I think that is something we can all enjoy.

Waimakariri Experiences an Outbreak of Democracy

12 August 2016

Well, nominations have closed and we have elections for all positions except the Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivision of the Oxford-Ohoka Community Board  where there are three nominations for three positions.

It’s great to see a large number of people putting themselves forward to serve our community. 

Check the Council website for the names. 

Ice Sculpture at Blackwells: #Kaiapoi Arts Week

23 July 2016

A good crowd watching amazing work on a warm nor’west day.

The Fences have gone from the Junction: an Earthquake Survivor in #Rangiora.

23 July 2016

The facade of the former Junction Hotel  (later Robbies) has been saved and the construction fences have now gone. Great to have the old lady back! 

Kids Fest Rounds Off with the Annual Kids’ Market

23 July 2016

Lots turned up for the annual kids’ market at Rangiora Borough School yesterday. Toy boxes and wardrobes all over the Waimakariri District must be feeling emptier!

Kaiapoi Art Expo is on This Weekend

22 July 2016

One of the main arts events of the year in Waimakariri is on this weekend in Kaiapoi. A great range of talent is on display, including work from schools across the Waimakariri District.

Belgian National Day Recognised in Waimakariri 

22 July 2016

A pity the wind didn’t blow yesterday but the Belgian flag flew to commemorate Belgium’s national day. Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the municipality of Zonnebeke on the Passchendaele battlefield.

Jeff Bell Caricatures at Chamber Gallery

20 June 2016

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Home  town caricaturist Jeff Bell is exhibiting his first solo exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in #Rangiora. Some well-known people!


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