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.
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.
The Darnley Club is celebrating 25 years providing day elder-care for the community of Kaiapoi and beyond. A huge number of volunteers have helped over the years: as carers, cooks, drivers, committee members and so on. For most of that time they have operated 5 days a week in the Council-run Kaiapoi Community Centre.
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.
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.
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 the work going on in Southbrook Road, including some likely dates for future completions, can be found at:
The photo above is not the new supermarket! – but it is a familiar sight.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.