Kaiapoi to Rangiora Fun Run and Walk

13 March 2016

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The annual #Kaiapoi to #Rangiora fun run/walk climbs the stopbank after crossing under the Skew Bridge. Great day with a new route. Well done to the Lions for organising this event which links our two main towns.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

I’m Standing Again

1 March 2016

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I have decided to stand for re-election to the Waimakariri mayoralty later this year.

It has been a privilege to serve in Waimakariri’s response and recovery after the earthquakes.  Our community and council have showed tremendous unity of purpose and have agreed on the priorities that we needed to set.  While we are not out of it yet, the way community groups, business and property owners, council staff and my elected colleagues have worked together has taken us a long way forward.

Over the last two council terms since the earthquakes a number of major repair and replacement projects have been completed by the Council, including the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre, the Rangiora and Oxford Town Halls, the Rānui Mews housing for the elderly complex in Kaiapoi, the former Rangiora Borough Council Chamber and the Trousselot Park playground and skate park, also in Kaiapoi.  Major repairs have also been carried out on war memorials in Cust and West Eyreton and on many pavilions and community buildings.  While not earthquake-related, a new bridge across the Ashley has been completed.

Within the next few months, major upgrades of Williams Street Kaiapoi and High Street Rangiora will be completed, following a long period of keeping town centre business alive through the use of temporary buildings, particularly in Rangiora.  There is a strong sense of anticipation in both towns.

In looking forward over the next three years, I see a continuation of the flood remediation work started in the second half of 2014 which should bring greater security for such areas as Fernside, Mandeville, Ohoka, Rangiora and Kaiapoi.

All of this has been against a background of unprecedented population and housing growth caused mainly by the red-zoning of about 7000 residential properties in Christchurch and Kaiapoi in the latter part of 2011.  While our underground infrastructure has been able to cope, there has obviously been a lot of traffic congestion. This has been caused by the unanticipated red-zone population shift getting ahead of planned motorway building in Christchurch.

I see at least two areas of work that will continue into the next Council term.  Staff and contractors have made great progress in repairing infrastructure and that will continue and should be helped by the finalising of the Red Zone Recovery Plan currently out for consultation. Working with the Government on that Plan is another major piece of work and is likely to continue into the new term.  I want to be part of that.

I have found the last five-and-a-half years working with our community a tremendously rewarding experience on a personal level. While many have been through very tough times, and in some cases still are, I am one of the many who feel that they have been able to make a contribution. I don’t feel that I have finished yet.

They’re Gone!

24 February 2016

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The temporary shops are gone from #Rangiora. They’ve served High St businesses well but new buildings have made them unnecessary.

The roadway will get a temporary seal so that High and Durham Streets can reopen to 2-way traffic.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

Flowers in the Avon

23 February 2016

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I hope the dropping of flowers into the Avon/Otakaro on 22 February continues into the future. We won’t always have the earthquake-caused road cones for them.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

The Temporary Shops are Leaving #Rangiora

18 February 2016

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Each night this week the temporary shops have been disappearing from Rangiora. Since mid-2012 they have been helping to keep High Street alive by providing spaces for dislocated retailers. Now, with the new shops being built, they are no longer needed. Most are to be used as sports ground facilities.

Waitangi Day in #Waimakariri

8 February 2016

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The weather was great and a good crowd celebrated our national day at Trousselot Park, #Kaiapoi.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

Toddlers’ Big Day Out a Great Community Gathering in #Rangiora

31 January 2016

Buskers in #Rangiora

21 January 2016

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A good crowd on a lovely day in Victoria Park!

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

New Pegasus Playground Popular

16 January 2016

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The new playground at Pegasus is proving to be a huge hit with local and visiting kids!

Waikuku was the Place To Be Last Week

16 January 2016

With the annual sand-castle competition and the a visit by the national Morris Dancers Tour to the Mill, there has been a lot happening in Waikuku this summer!  And it’s not long until the Waikuku Artists Incorporated exhibition.

 

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Conway Lane Development Impresses | Waimakariri District Council

17 November 2015

http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/your-council/media-and-news/2015/conway-lane-development-impresses

Great News for Kaiapoi

16 August 2015

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The former BNZ in Kaiapoi is now vertical,  having been on a lean since the September 2010 quake. Well done to the new owner,  John Shivas, for rescuing this Category 1 heritage building. Canterbury has lost a lot of its heritage, so it’s great to have this one survive.

The building is now being strengthened.

The Latest on Southbrook Road

28 June 2015

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The latest on the work going on in Southbrook Road, including some likely dates for future completions, can be found at:

http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/Libraries/Roading/WDC10608_Southbrook_Rd_Improvements_advert_NO_UPDATE_FA.sflb.ashx

The photo above is not the new supermarket! – but it is a familiar sight.

 

Super City?

12 June 2015

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Street sign not too far from the centre of the 4 million urban conglomeration known as Melbourne. No sign of a super city there!

If You Use the Blue Buses …

22 May 2015

The following is a media release from ECan and CERA.  Note the change to the Blue Line route.

  

Media Release – 21 May 2015

 

 

New opening date for Bus Interchange

 

 

Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange will open to the public, and services will begin operating from it, on Monday 25 May.

 

The $53 million facility was originally meant to become operational on May 18, and although construction was on schedule, a software issue meant the system was not reliable enough for the facility to open. This issue is now resolved.

 

“We have really appreciated people’s understanding and patience while we have worked through this issue,” says Christchurch Central Development Unit Acting Director Baden Ewart.

 

“I think those who use this facility will be impressed. It also means that the existing Central Station across the road can close, and work on the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct can proceed in that area.”

 

The Bus Interchange will open in two stages. Initially half of the 16 bus bays will be operational while construction continues in the second stage area. This second stage, including the remainder of the bus bays, some of the passenger lounge area, some retail areas and a bicycle lock-up area, will open this Winter.

 

The city’s bus network is operated by Environment Canterbury. Chief Executive Bill Bayfield believes customers will enjoy getting into the new building just in time for Winter.

“Our customers have been amazing over the past three years, using the temporary Central Station and just getting on with it,” he says.

“The new Bus Interchange, while still a work in progress, gets everyone under cover for Winter. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone there on Monday morning.”

The opening of the Bus Interchange means that inner city bus routes will change.  Buses are now designated to use Manchester Street, and so routes will change across the central city.

While all CBD bus routes are affected, those with the biggest changes are the Blue Line, the 17, 28 and 29.  Customers using these routes are advised to check route maps at metroinfo.co.nz.

 

For further information contact the CERA Media Team on (03) 354 2627 or media@cera.govt.nz

Kris Waldin Exhibition: “Peninsula” at the Chamber Gallery

15 May 2015

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A stunning exhibition of (mostly!) landscapes from local artist Kris Waldin is currently showing at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora library.  Mounted as loose canvases, I like the way the light seems to come out of the middle of the landscapes. This is her first solo exhibition and it is showing until 28 May.

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Kaiapoi Toy Library in Permanent Home

12 May 2015

Kaiapoi Toy Library Now Operating from a New Location – The Kaiapoi Toy Library has successfully moved from its previous location at Baker Park to the building behind the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre previously occupied by the Kaiapoi Temporary Library. The Kaiapoi Toy Library and North Canterbury Swim Club have a co share lease arrangement of the building.

Post-earthquake they needed to move from the former Memorial Building (where the new Trousselot skatepark and playground now are), first to Wylie Park and then Baker Park.

 

ANZAC Day 2015 Commemorated in Belgium

27 April 2015

The following link is from the blog of Freddy Declerck, a very good friend of New Zealand, and it records some of the events about the time of this year’s ANZAC Day.

http://thebelgianshavenotforgotten.blogspot.be/

The municipality of Zonnebeke includes the Polygon Wood and Buttes New British cemeteries which commemorate New Zealanders and Australians who died in this area near Ypres (Ieper) during World War I.

Freddy Declerck is a former Belgian naval officer and the recently-retired director of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum in Zonnebeke, which features a section on New Zealand.  He is, as you would expect, extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand’s involvement and is a wonderful guide.

Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the Municipality of Zonnebeke, the area of which includes the site of the Battle of Passchendaele and other battles at about that time.

Prosser Quirke Creative Arts Exhibition at Rangiora Borough School Hall

16 April 2015

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An annual event – but be quick because it is only until Sunday. Painting, photography, fibre art, floral art, pottery, woodcraft.

Pā Harekeke Unveiled at Tuhaitara Coastal Reserve

2 April 2015

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A lot of growing to happen but one day harakeke (flax) will be harvested here at #Woodend Beach.

Art on the Quay Shows Off Private Collection Pieces

2 April 2015

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Art on the Quay at the Ruataniwha Civic Centre in #Kaiapoi is showing favorite pieces from the collections of various locals. As you can imagine, there is quite a variety!

Kids’ Fishing Competition in Kaiapoi

15 March 2015

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About 160 kids and their families enjoying a lovely #Kaiapoi day. The Kaiapoi Club have been doing this for 33 years!

Another New Building in Kaiapoi

14 March 2015

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A new commercial building is arising on the corner of Williams and Charles Streets where the Post Office once was. A corner clock tower is incorporated in the design, a nod to past history. The Post Office originally had a clock tower but this was removed in the 1930s as a safety measure following the Napier earthquake.

Oxford Future Farmers

12 March 2015

Check out @COMPASSFM104_9’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/COMPASSFM104_9/status/575604158524358656?s=09

Another Earthquake Recovery Project Completed

6 March 2015

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The Rangiora Town Hall is about to reopen. The hopeless pre-earthquake backstage and foyer facilities are no more and the building has been strengthened to over 67% of New Building Standard. There are now two boutique movie theatres and a performance space that will often be used for movies. The latter will seat 150, although for movies it will be 93.

The auditorium is the same size as before but has been refurbished.

Swannanoa Country Fair Pulls in the Crowds!

3 March 2015

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A very warm summer’s day brought out the  crowds for the Swannanoa Country Fair today. This is the local school’s major fund-raiser and a lot of preparatory work is put on by the community, and more work on the day, to ensure its success.

Final Touches to Rangiora Town Hall

28 February 2015

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External painting on the Rangiora Town Hall, one week to opening day.

Another Job Finished: West Eyreton Memorial Arch

23 February 2015

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The West Eyreton War Memorial Arch has been completely rebuilt. It and that at Cust were the two war memorials that needed extensive repair.

Flowers on the Avon

22 February 2015

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Flowers float down the Avon in memory of those who died on 22 February 2011.

Four Years On …

22 February 2015

Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/569228675423412224?s=09


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