Archive for January, 2013

Rangiora’s MainPower Oval Stars as a Venue – Pity Canterbury Lost!

6 January 2013

130106 Canterbury v Wellington Cricket, MainPower Oval 2 (640x480)

As you can see from the photo, a big crowd turned up at Rangiora’s MainPower Oval to watch the Canterbury Wizards take on the Wellington Firebirds in a Twenty20 match today. It is turning into an excellent venue and is Canterbury’s favoured home ground now that other suitable Christchurch venues are out of action because of the earthquakes.

It is a pity, from the perspective of a lifelong Cantabrian, that Canterbury could not match Wellington today. I have to admit they were outclassed and Wellington deserved their comfortable win.

Trousselot Park Consultation Another Step on the Way to Recovery

5 January 2013

The War Memorial Hall in Charles Street, Kaiapoi (formerly housing the Toy Library and one of the Kindergartens), is going to have to come down because of earthquake damage, although it is hoped that the clock tower can be retained and enhanced.

The community is being asked for feedback on proposals to install a children’s playgound and relocate the skate park there. The skate park,  further east along Charles Street, was, of course, lost in the September earthquake. The consultation closes on 30 January and submissions can be mde on-line.

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The kindergarten is now in temporary accommodation in Ranfurly Street and the Toy Library is at Baker Park in the SW part of Kaiapoi.

Demolition of Saddlery Building Under Way in Rangiora

4 January 2013

130104 Clark's Saddlery Being Demolished (640x480)The building that housed a saddlery for many years, as well Albany’s in more recent times (and John Blumsky’s bookshop for a while!), is currently being stripped out in preparation for final demolition.

I guess that’s progress, although in many ways real progress will occur when a new building starts to go up.

With the neighbouring former Northern Outlook building and two others a bit further east already down, the opportunities for an integrated approach to Rangiora’s rebuild are becoming even more apparent.

Let’s hope it can happen – but there is only so much that the Council can do.

Just in Case You Are Interested in our Biggest Insurer ….

3 January 2013

IAG raises catastrophe insurance to $5B January 03, 2013 10:01 AM

Insurance Australia Group Limited (ASX:IAG) has announced details of its Group Catastrophe reinsurance program for the 2013 calendar year.

The program’s protection cap has been raised to $5 billion from $4.7 billion last year.

CFO Nick Hawkins says the overall cost of the program is in line with the assumptions incorporated into the insurer’s FY13 insurance margin guidance of 11% to 13%.

Mr Hawkins says IAG’s reinsurance programme forms an integral part of the company’s approach to capital management.

IAG achieved a net profit of $265 million in the 2012 financial year.

In New Zealand, IAG owns such brands as NZI, State, AMI and Lantern. They are very big in Waimakariri.

End-of-Year Report on Waimakariri Earthquake Recovery

3 January 2013

You may have seen this latest report in the latest North Canterbury News. If not, you can find it on the Council website at…

It briefly covers such matters as infrastructure repair, the current status of community buildings and other facilities in Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Oxford, and where are at with red-zoned land in Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki.

Pipe Re-lining Work to Begin Early in New Year – Kaiapoi and Rangiora

3 January 2013

Pipe Re-lining Work is to Begin Early in the New Year in Rangiora and Kaiapoi

The following is a Council Media Release …

Work will begin early next year on re-lining earthquake damaged sewer pipes in Rangiora and Kaiapoi.

A number of sewer pipes were cracked and damaged as a result of earthquake activity but have retained their original shape. These pipes are able to be re-lined which means they can be restored to their original condition without having to be excavated. This work will also help to protect the wastewater network from further damage.

The process involves inserting a plastic (PVC) liner in the pipeline between two manholes. Where individual property lateral pipes join the main system, holes are remotely cut through the liner to allow access.

The impact on residents of the works using this process is minimal. Throughout the works property owners should notice no difference to their usual wastewater service and will be able to use toilet and washing facilities as usual. The contractors will ensure that residents will have access to their properties at all times.

Where the public sewer is on private property and access is required to a manhole on that property, owners will be individually contacted to agree a mutually convenient time for the works to take place.

Due to the mobile nature of the works and also the significant number of sites at which the re-lining is required, exact street dates cannot be determined. Work on the re-lining will take place between 8 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday.

Those people who have any concerns about the work are invited to contact the Project Manager, Rob Frizzell, at the Council – phone 03 311 8900 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 03 311 8900 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext 8877.

Further information:

Rob Frizzell
Project Manager
Phone: (03) 311 8900 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (03) 311 8900 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 8877

A Hot Nor’West Day and a Sand Castle Competition at Waikuku Beach

2 January 2013

Today was the annual Sand Castle Competion at Waikuku Beach, organised by Waikuku Artists Incorporated (WAI). There was some pretty creative stuff produced and a wide range of ages took part. It is a community event, of course, but also something for visitors, both day-trippers from outside the District and others staying at the Motor Camp or in local baches.130103 Waikuku Sand Castle Competition 6A (640x427)


Hunnibell’s (now Capone’s) is a Waimakariri “Landmark”.

1 January 2013

121218 Capone's, Rangiora (640x480)


Capone’s Restaurant, which started life as Hunnibell’s Boot Shop in the early 1870s, is a well-known building in Rangiora – in fact it is the oldest commercial building in the High Street.

At various times (after a long time as a boot shop), it has been an accountant’s office, a beauty salon and a bike shop – and the rooms upstairs, where the Hunnibells once lived, were let as a flat for a time.

Apart from the brick chimney which goes up the middle, the building appears to have survived the earthquakes well.

The Landmarks programme recognises heritage buildings in the town centres of Rangiora and Kaiapoi. Buildings that are being considered have to be well maintained and research is done into their history before they are approved. As much information as possible is put on to the plaque, but further information is also put on the Council website at .

121203 Hunnibell's (Capone's) Landmarks Plaque 2 (640x480)

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