The Latest on Southbrook Road

28 June 2015

Southbrook

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

The New Ashley Bridge is Open!

21 February 2015

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The new bridge over the Ashley-Rakahuri north of #Rangiora is now officially open, although traffic won’t be on it until later next week. An important new connection for #Waimakariri.

Ashley Bridge Opening on Saturday!

18 February 2015

All are welcome to the opening of the bridge on Saturday morning.  The event starts at 11.00am.

Find out more at http://waimakariri.govt.nz/services/roads_transport/ashley-bridge-opening-ceremony.aspx

The new bridge and current bridge side by side.

World War I Horses Remembered at Glentui

15 February 2015

World War I Horses Remembered at the Birch Hill Cemetery

Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/566810542170324993?s=09

Pegasus Residents Pose Lots of Questions

10 February 2015

At one of the periodic public meetings called by the Pegasus Residents Association tonight, plenty of questions were asked of Todd Properties Ltd and Waimakariri District Council staff.

Strong themes included swale maintenance, Pegasus Lake, the commercial centre, traffic speed and street trees.

From my point of view, it was a very useful meeting. Not all of the town is in Council hands yet but progressively this is coming to pass.

Trousselot Park’s new Mouse House!

7 February 2015

Check out @AyersDavidL’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AyersDavidL/status/563191290326573057?s=09

Help Bring Fanfare to Canterbury!

29 September 2014

Fanfare, by renowned sculptor Neil Dawson, was originally hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a feature of the 2005 New Year Celebrations.  It has now been gifted to Christchurch by the City of Sydney and Scape Public Art are raising funds to install it at Chaney’s Corner.  It will be an amazing sight – as we in North Canterbury come off the Waimakariri Bridge, it will be right there – it will also be prominent as we drive on the Main North Road from the old bridge.

look on it as a symbol of Canterbury’s revival from the trauma of the last four years.

You can find out more at http://scapebiennial.org.nz/Bring-Fanfare-Home 

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The Canterbury 100 Project: Share Your Family’s World War I Stories

29 September 2014

Go to: http://www.canterbury100.org.nz/

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Ph4 Collective – Photography in Rangiora’s Chamber Gallery

29 September 2014

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Ph4 (photography tutors from CPIT) are currently exhibiting at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library.  An interesting range of styles – pop in and have a look!

 

Work Proceeds on the Junction (Robbies) Facade

9 August 2014

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Much of the façade has now been shotcreted on the back. The concrete you can see has a lot of steel in it.  Once some temporary bracing has been put in place, the rest of the building can be demolished. The bracing will be removed when a new building is constructed by new owners.

Have Your Say About the Red Zones

3 August 2014

There will be a number of ways people can have their say on the future of the Residential Red Zones in Kaiapoi, The Pines and Kairaki.  The Waimakariri District Council and CERA are leading an ideas programme to hear what you, the community, would like to see.

This is really important for the future of Waimakariri – I believe of historic importance.

One easy way is to put you thoughts on-line – that way your thinking can be seen by others. Anonymous entries are absolutely fine.

It’s simple: just go to …

https://www.canvasredzone.org.nz/

Rangiora Players to Stage “Death and Taxes”

30 July 2014

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Community to be Asked About Future of the Waimakariri Red Zones – Great!

30 July 2014

Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today that a community engagement is about to start with regard to future of the Red Zones in Kaiapoi, The Pines and Kairaki.

The process will be run jointly by the Waimakariri District Council and CERA and will be conducted on a variety of fronts: a website, public meetings or workshops, schools, etc.

Note that this is only for Waimakariri – the Christchurch engagement will happen later.

We encourage people to talk with the families, neighbours and friends and send their thoughts in.

Obviously people in our community have been talking and asking about the red zone future for the last three years, and a lot of suggestions have been made already.  An example has been the work done by The Pines and Kairaki Beaches Association.  All of that thinking will be fed into the mix of ideas that is going to emerge.

The full text of today’s media statement can be found at: http://cera.govt.nz/news/2014/first-chance-to-help-shape-red-zones-future-30-july-2014

 


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