Archive for June, 2012

The Rangiora Hub Grows by the Day! Toyworld is Setting Up.

19 June 2012

Toyworld staff were busy unpacking boxes and stocking the shelves today in the biggest store to open yet. Their PaperPlus colleagues are still a couple of weeks away in the building on Durham Street..

Together, the PaperPlus/Toyworld Shop (Conway’s to old-timers) was one of the biggest foot-traffic generators in the town. The temporary shops will help keep the centre of the town, provide locals with the shopping opportunities they seek and help support the businesses that have remained open by keeping up the foot-traffic. It is important, therefore, to keep the activity in High Street.

Sure, the temporary shops are not great to look at, but the landscaping has only just started, and there are some designers and artists in the town who are thinking about ways of jazzing them up.

New Events Can Quickly Become Iconic – Go Sefton!

19 June 2012

Sometimes someone gets a bright idea for a local fundraiser and it becomes an essential date on the calendar almost immediately – like the Ohoka Garden Tour or the Pegasus Fun Run – or using the Pegasus lake for dragon boating.

An excellent example is the Sefton Tug of War.  The organisers have taken an old idea and have turned it into something that should be sustainable – making a healthy proft for the Sefton School in the process.

Rangiora Borough Kids Cheer Up a Cold Day

16 June 2012

Yesterday, teacher Barbara Clarkson brought the Rangiora Borough School junior choir down to the town centre by the new retail hub and entertained passers-by – to celebrate the re-opening of shops and cheer us up on a very cold day. Great stuff, kids!

Running for Rangiora

15 June 2012

Local real estate agent Michelle Nelson is training to run in her very first marathon: in Wellington on 19 August.

ALL money raised will go to Enterprise North Canterbury who will use the funds to continue promoting Rangiora businesses who have been affected by the recent earthquakes.

Let’s support Michelle and local business!

Rangiora Quake

15 June 2012

There was a 2.7 magnitude earthquake under Rangiora (Johns Road area) at 1.46 this afternoon.



“Average” Rates – Don’t Jump to Conclusions!

13 June 2012

The media likes to keep numbers simple. That is why they always want the amount of a change to rates to be expressed as a single percentage.

This is almost always less than useful for the individual ratepayer, especially in Waimakariri’s case.

In Waimakariri, there are lots of targeted rates, i.e. special rates for different areas. The Rangiora water charge, for instance, is far higher than Kaiapoi’s.  This reflects the cost of building and running the new water scheme that brings reliable and safe water into the town from Kaiapoi. Or again, some areas pay drainage rates, and they vary from area to area, and other areas pay none – but the latter only get drains along their roads and no other service.

An increase in any one of these targeted rates raises the average rate, but only affects the targeted areas.  Tuahiwi is about to get a water supply  and the rate increase there is part of the average increase.

Another factor is that many Waimakariri rates are actually uniform charges where properties pay exactly the same amount.  Some are levied across the whole District, e.g. the library charge, others in targeted areas, e.g. the Woodend sewerage charge. When a uniform charge changes, the mathematics means that different properties may have different percentage changes to their bottom lines.

The change to capital value rating is also going to mean considerable variation from property to property.

So … when the media tells you that there is going to be a 5.1% rate increase in Waimakariri, remember that it is only an average – some will be higher, others lower

First Temporary Rangiora shop is Open

12 June 2012

Graeme Smith’s Unichem Pharmacy was opened for business in the new temporary hub outside the council building in Rangora yesterday.

Graeme has been operating out of the back of his old shop since the building he was in was closed as a dangerous earthquake risk.  That’s the one with containers protecting us as we walk or drive past.

The council has decided to build the temporary shopping village (hub?, mall?) to keep businesses in High Street so keep the the foot traffic up as much as we can.  We can’t have the centre of the town dying.

Not much seems to be happening with the closed buildings – frustrating for both the Council and the community.  It appears that the hold ups are being caused by disagreements between building owners and insurance companies. If they don’t sort themselves soon, we will be looking at what powers CERA might choose to use.

“Kaiapoi Shakes”

10 June 2012

This neat little book was launched in Kaiapoi on Friday night.  Edited by Stan Darling and Jackie Watson, Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki people tell about their experiences during and after the September quake – and on past February. There was, of course, a wide variety of experience but all drawn together in the event that shook everyone up.

We all have stories to tell (haven’t we recounted them many times since then?) so it is good to have some of them written down.

And as a suggestion, write your own stories down for your family and descendants.  I wonder if I will follow my own advice?

The book is available from Kaiapoi Take note for $20.00. The propoprietor there, Phillipa Watkins, is also one of the story-tellers.

After a Break, the Blog is Going Again!

10 June 2012

What with a quick trip to Sydney to see our grand-daughter – now a year old – (alright, son and daughter-in-law too!) and then deep into Long Term Plan deliberations, the blog has been on holiday for a while.  Yes, I know … excuses! excuses!

And in the meantime, winter arrived.  Really?

Rangiora 6 June 2012

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