Archive for October, 2010

Day One …

12 October 2010

The first day in the job had a couple of highlights.

A group of Japanese local councillors visited as part of a study tour to NZ and Australia.  They were here for about an hour, with CEO Jim Palmer taking them through a presentation about the structure of local government in New Zealand.

As well as the usual exchange of symbolic gifts, the delegation presented a contribution to the earthquake recovery fund.

In the evening, we had the second of a series of meeting with Kaiapoi business people about the future development of the central business centre there.  The preparation of a Kaiapoi Town Centre Strategy, which has been going on for over a year, is being fast-tracked to ensure that the rebuilding of the central area after the earthquake doesn’t compromise what the community wants long term.

The meeting was very well attended and more are planned.


10 October 2010

To all of you who voted for me in the elections … a very big thank-you.  The numbers are quite overwhelming.

We have a good council team elected and I am sure that, working with the whole community, we can meet the very real challenges that face us.

Alfred Street Closed Again …. for a Soap-Box Derby!

10 October 2010

The inaugural Our Town Rangiora Soap-Box Derby was going well until the rain came down.  The kids (and the adults) were having fun – an event to rival Bathurst.

Sorry no photos – the battery on my camera went flat.

The Results (2) …

10 October 2010

Waimakariri District Council

2010 Triennial Elections


The preliminary result for the Waimakariri District Council elections held on Saturday 9th October is as follows.

Mayor Votes Received

AYERS, David 7,666

KEATING, Ron 4,409

COLE, Elaine 1,129

WAKEMAN, Peter Keith 403

LEARY, Andrew 286



Oxford-Eyre Ward (2 vacancies) Votes Received

FELSTEAD, Kevin 1,574

GORDON, Dan 1,502

DOODY, Wendy 1,308

SMALLEY, Angela Independent 809



Woodend-Ashley Ward (2 vacancies) Votes Received

FARRANT, Peter 1,703

BARNETT, Kirstyn 1,549

COLE, Elaine 1,120



Rangiora Ward (3 vacancies) Votes Received

AYERS, David 3,570

GERARD, Jim 2,613

BRINE, Robbie Independent 2,415

ALLEN, Peter 2,043


STIRLING, Sharleen 1,097



Kaiapoi Ward (3 vacancies) Votes Received

BLAIR, Roger Independent 2,748

ATKINSON, Neville Independent 2,271

MEYER, John 1,814

STEWART, Sandra 1,755

BRENNAN, Ben Independent 833




Kaiapoi Community Board (6 vacancies) Votes Received

MEYER, John 2,569

RYDER, Steve 2,567

STEWART, Sandra 2,390

FAASS, Caroline 1,993

WALLACE, Robyn H 1,985

WATSON, Jackie 1,783

BRENNAN, Ben Independent 1,612

HENDERSON, Lee 1,340



Woodend-Ashley Community Board (6 vacancies) Votes Received

BARNETT, Kirstyn 1,889

LUNDY, Duncan 1,535

NORTHMORE, Mike 1,465

ENSOR, James 1,458

NELSON, Keith Independent 1,255

CABLE, Rick 1,173

PRICKETT, Chris 400



Rangiora Community Board (6 vacancies) Votes Received

GERARD, Jim 3,049

ALLEN, Peter 3,013

BRINE, Robbie Independent 3,008

CLARKE, Murray 2,341

HOULT, Judith 2,102

STIRLING, Sharleen 1,890

GALLOWAY, Keith Independent 1,676

MILLER, Greg 1,560

SMALLEY, Angela Independent 1,260

RATHGEN, Warwick Independent 1,253

CALDWELL, Alf 1,121



The voter return was 41.95%, being 14,133 voting papers, excluding special votes.

Warwick Lampp

Electoral Officer

Waimakariri District Council

9 October 2010

Election Results (1)

9 October 2010

…. will be available later today at

Kaiapoi Concert Coming Up

7 October 2010

Why the Portacom Village?

6 October 2010

Why have portacoms suddenly sprouted around the Council building in Rangiora?

They are to provide a base for new short-term staff being taken on to deal with the earthquake recovery.

Most of the cost of these new staff, who will be engineers and the like, will be covered by insurance.

Community Events Spring with Spring!

3 October 2010

With the arrival of warmer weather, community events spring to life like the lambs that have been around for two or three months. 

Kaiapoi Anglican Parish’s Bazaar

Kaiapoi Anglican Parish held their Bazaar at St Bartholmew’s on Saturday, attracting a good crowd. What was significant was the signalling of a returning to a little normality in the Cass Street area, one of the hardest-hit areas in the earthquake. 

And, as usual, the wider Waimakariri community was there to help, with members of the Rangiora Anglican Parish staffing some of the stalls. 

To my inexpert eye, it looks like St Barts survived the earthquake quite well – considering that it has virtually no foundations! – an ongoing concern for the Parish, who are working on rectifying that.  The church was moved to its present site on rollers in the 19th Century and just dropped on the ground surface, more-or-less. It is Kaiapoi’s highest-rated heritage building. 

Woodend Spring Flower Show

This had to be moved to the Rangiora Rugby Club rooms at the Showgrounds because the Woodend Community Centre was closed for earthquake repairs (it’s now open again).  The usual Woodend market was also there. 

The change of venue didn’t seem to affect the number of visitors, because there ws a steady stream of them all day. 

I don’t know a good daffodil from a an indifferent one, but I know a good community event when I see it! 

Oxford Menz Shed Fundraiser

A group in Oxford are raising funds for a Menz Shed, which will be the first in the District (a group in Rangiora has just started to 

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investigate).  They organised a Classic Car Rally (boys’ toys!) and the Oxford community got out with stalls and BBQs and raffles – the whole nine yards.  With the monthly craft market in the Town Hall, an outdoor market in the reserve beside Emma’s, the weekly farmers’ market, the Rangiora Brass Band and all the usual attractions, Oxford was full and buzzing.  The place to be today! 

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1968 Ford Corsair - yes. it's ours!

Wouldn’t it have been great …?

3 October 2010

… if the North Canterbury radio station had been functioning on 4 September?

Compass FM is trying to raise the last bit of funding it needs – but in the current economic climate, it is not easy.

The Earthquake – Priorities

3 October 2010
Williams Street outside Corcoran French building, 4 Sep 2010

There are two main priorities:

1. Doing everything necessary to get people back into their homes, whether repaired or   replaced, as soon as possible.

2. Getting Kaiapoi business going again.

Not everything is totally in the Council’s hands.  Much is under the control of the Government, its agencies and the insurers.  What the Council can do is to do its utmost the have the voices of the people of Kaiapoi, The Pines and Kairaki heard.

Getting the sewer and water back on and the roads repaired, etc. can be seen as steps towards achieving the two priorities above.

We are, in effect, in the business of rebuilding communities, both residential and commercial.

Pegasus: My Position

3 October 2010

I was opposed to the Pegasus proposal when it was first mooted, an opposition that was well publicised at the time.  I submitted against it at the hearing.

Pegasus is now a fact, however.  People are moving in and they are now Waimakariri residents.  The owners of properties there are Waimakariri ratepayers.

It is in the interests of the District for the Pegasus development to succeed.  Failure would bring about a significant social cost to the wider community.

The development of the relationship between Pegasus, Woodend and Waikuku is going to be something that the three communities and the wider District are going to be working on for a number of years.

Rural Subdivision: My Position

3 October 2010

The spread of 10-acre (4ha) blocks across the Waimakariri landscape concerns a lot of people, including me.

One needs to remember, however, that the rural economy outside of dairying remains very difficult.  For many farmers, subdivision has become about the only way they can make something out of their land.  We also need to acknowledge that there has been, at least until recently, market demand for these “lifestyle” blocks.

A further defence is that some of these small blocks are actually very productive.

However, their spread has driven up the cost of neighbouring farmland and has swallowed up much of the District’s productive capacity.

Before 4ha became the minimum standard for rural lots in the District Plan, the Resource Management Act made it very difficult to resist subdivision anyway.  The subdivisions usually ended up being granted but with the applicants being put to the extra cost of seeking resource consents.  Before the RMA, subdivision also still happened, but with lawyers and consultants making money out of proving”economic use” of the proposed lots.

I belive that we can help limit the spread of 4ha blocks by making more provision for rural-residential developments where the average size of lots is 0.5 or 1 hectare.  Examples already exist in places like Fernside. Hopefully, this will soak up some of the demand.

Going back to past subdivision standards will be very difficult because once such a move is signalled, a huge amount of hurried subdivision is likely to result.

Local Government Reform in Canterbury: My Position

3 October 2010

Having already been on the Local Government scene for six years when the 1989 restructuring took place, I know how difficult the process can be.  The successive amalgamations of Rangiora Borough and Rangiora District, then the new District with Eyre County, and then that new Rangiora District with Kaiapoi Borough, Oxford County and part of Hurunui County to form Waimakariri were all done differently.  Even in the space of three years, history didn’t repeat itself!

The replacement of the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) with commissioners suggests that Canterbury is in for another shake-up.  I doubt that ECan will return in its former guise.  I am prepared to work constructively with the Government, the commissioners and neighbouring councils to review the future functions of territorial councils like Waimakariri.  It could well be that district councils will take on some of ECan’s current functions.

We need to make sure, however, that this works to the advantage of ratepayers and residents.

I do not believe that anything would be gained by amalgamations unless there was widespread public support – nor do I think that such moves are likely from the Government.

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