Archive for the ‘Recreation & Sport’ Category

Sefton Tug o War the Event of the Day!

22 May 2016


The annual Sefton Tug o War is on again! A bit slippery underfoot but the cool day is probably helping the many teams from #Waimakariri and beyond! A fund raiser for the Sefton School.

Kaiapoi to Rangiora Fun Run and Walk

13 March 2016


The annual #Kaiapoi to #Rangiora fun run/walk climbs the stopbank after crossing under the Skew Bridge. Great day with a new route. Well done to the Lions for organising this event which links our two main towns.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

New Pegasus Playground Popular

16 January 2016


The new playground at Pegasus is proving to be a huge hit with local and visiting kids!

Kids’ Fishing Competition in Kaiapoi

15 March 2015


About 160 kids and their families enjoying a lovely #Kaiapoi day. The Kaiapoi Club have been doing this for 33 years!

Final Touches to Rangiora Town Hall

28 February 2015


External painting on the Rangiora Town Hall, one week to opening day.

Baynons Brake a Welcome New Recreational Facility

2 October 2013

130921 Baynons Brake Riding Trails (300x225)Baynons Brake is a series of horse riding trails that have been established by Environment Canterbury Regional Council on the northern Waimakariri river banks in the Clarkville area.

They are part of the Waimakariri River Park and have tidied up and given purpose to an area that had been misused in the past by hoons in 4-wheel drives and the like.

Space has been put side for parking horse floats and fencing has been put in.

The area includes the stopbank in places and signposted trails that give riders a variety of choices in the area between the stopbank and the river.

The facility was recently opened (in the rain!) despite the fact that the recent storm had done a lot of damage.

Well done to David Owen and the crew at ECan!

Rangiora’s Soapbox Derby is Returning! – to Southbrook This Year

12 September 2013

Soap Box Derby Come to event Poster 2013 FINAL

Good Meeting in Clarkville on Kendall Park Astroturf

8 May 2013

Kendall Park is the main football ground in Waimakariri and is the headquarters of the Waimak United Football Club.  The Council proposes to install an astroturf surface there to enable practices to be undertaken regardless of the weather. Currently, the demand for practice and match usage of grounds by rugby, football and league could mean the community will have to buy more land. Astroturfs are more cost-effective than buying land.

Residents in the vicinity of Kendall Park at the meeting learned that the astroturf pitch is unlikely to have much impact on them.  There are, however, real traffic safety concerns in Island Road and continuing problems with drainage around the park.  There will be further meeting to talk about these matters, as well as to give an update on the astroturf progress.

The astroturf will be able to be used for football and for training by league and rugby teams – especially if their grounds are “out” because they are too wet.

I Think the Kaiapoi-Rangiora Run / Walk is a Great Event!

27 March 2013

I think the annual Kaiapoi to Rangiora (or vice versa!) Fun Run / Walk is a great event. It caters for all ages and abilities, links our two main towns together and gives yet another opportunity for our community to get together.

I enjoyed the slightly changed route this year – along the Main Drain stopbank instead of Skewbridge Road – safer, and the view was much better!

The route alternates its starting point each year – last year, Kaiapoi Borough School, this year Southbrook Park.

Well done to the Lions Clubs of Rangiora and Kaiapoi, the Pakeke Lions and the Lionesses for getting together to organise it – and also thanks to sponsors such as the Rangiora and Kaiapoi New Worlds, the Northern Outlook, Mill Orchard, Enterprise North Canterbury and Thermatech for getting behind it.

130310 Rangiora to Kaiapoi Walk (300x225)

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.

New Waikuku Paddling Pool Opened: Another Step on the Way to Recovery

20 October 2012

A beautiful day, a crowd of kids and the new whale pool in Waikuku is open!  I did the honours with a little boy called Tom.

The pool was up for a major upgrade in 2010 when the September quake finished it off.

It wasn’t well publicised, but Waikuku Beach sustained quite a lot of damage in that quake: to dwellings, underground pipes, the hall and, of course, the paddling pool.

October is a Busy Month for Waimakariri Community Events

17 October 2012

The weather starts to pick up and so do local community events;

A couple of weekends ago, the Rangiora Soapbox Derby (run by Our Town Rangiora), the Woodend Flower Show and the Pegasus Fun Run and Walk were all on.

It’s Spring (I Think!) and the Community Events Start Rolling Out

16 September 2012

Mid-September and the community events around our District intensify.  Bowling Clubs are opening (I was at Rangiora’s yesterday) and the school fairs start to pop up.  Woodend’s is today and St Patrick’s Kaiapoi (pictured) was yesterday.  It was good to see the Kaiapoi (and beyond) folks out supporting one of their local schools.  It was a rare event for me – I actually won something on a chocolate wheel!

Rumours I Have Heard 4: the Council is Going to Close the Kairaki Motor Camp

28 August 2012

Not true.

A geotechnical report has just come in from Tonkin and Taylor which says that the higher ground at the Kairaki Motor Camp is able to be developed.  The Council’s Earthquake Recovery Committee tonight decided to reconvene a working party to look at what needs to be done there.

Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre Repair Starts Next Week

27 August 2012

Repair of the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre is due to start next week.  It suffered damage in the September earthquake, was opened again in December 2010, then had to be closed again because of damage to the roof structure in the February 2011 quake.

I think I have had more questions about the pool from Kaiapoi than just about anything else. People also care about the library, but at least there has been a temporary library operating.

Getting started has required quite  a few ducks to be lined up.  The existing roof’s weaknesses had to be identified and then new designs had to be done – it wasn’t enough to simply repair what was there. Funding from the Earthquake Appeal Fund had to be obtained, and Prime Minister John Key recently come to Kaiapoi to announce it. And (surprise! surprise!) there were negotiations to be undertaken with the insurance company.

The temporary pool at the Kaiapoi Rugby Club will be operating again this summer.  It’s not really big enough for recreational swimming, but has been a great help for the learn-to-swim programmes for the Kaiapoi primary schools – and for the odd school from beyond Kaiapoi.

In repairing the pool, the opportunity will be taken to improve the entrance way and the changing rooms. Women have been complaining that their existing changing rooms were too small so we need to do something about that.

New Kaiapoi BMX Track Comes One Step Closer

21 August 2012

The Kaiapoi BMX track was destroyed by the September quake.  Deep inside the Red Zone, the dropping of the land has meant that it has had to be found a new home.

This afternoon, the Council’s Community and Recreation Committee, following on from the Kaiapoi Community Board’s approval last evening, agreed to the BMX CLub moving to Rinaldi Reserve at Pines Beach.  This is subject to resource consent being obtained.

While the Council is officially responsible for the Resource Consent, this afternoon’s decision, plus the fact that the Reserve is Council-controlled, means that the Consent hearing will before an independent commisisoner.

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 Bowling Club Pavilion Recognised as Landmark

15 April 2012

The Rangiora Bowling Club Pavilion has been recognised as a “Landmark”. At a short reception last Thursday, Annette Golding, a grand-daughter of one of the original builders, unveiled the plaque.  This follows the refurbishment of the building by the Club to turn the lower storey into a more usable lounge for members.  The work included earthquake-strengthening to bring the 100-year-old building up to code.  The pavilion is a Category II historic place

I can think of few buildings in Rangiora that are more worthy of the the term “landmark” than this one.  It occupies a prominent place on the corner of Blackett and Good Streets, which would be one of the town’s busier intersections.

The Landmarks project has been ongoing over a number of years, starting as an inititaive of Our Town Rangiora, the Rangiora and Districts Early Records Society and the Council. The aim is to recognise the work of owners to preserve their heritage buildings in the centre of the town  and to inform people of the history of those buildings. The programme has been more recently extended to Kaiapoi. Other recent plaques have gone on the Kaiapoi Band Rotunda and the the former Parrott’s grocery store in Rangiora (now Rangiora Eyecare).

We have lost a number of heritage buildings in the District because of the earthquakes and others have been closed to the public because they have been assessed as dangerous.  It is great, therefore, to have a good-news story!

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Riding for the Disabled Launched in North Canterbury

27 March 2012

Riding for the Disabled was officially launched in North Canterbury on Sunday with an enjoyable opening by Hon Kate Wilkinson MP.

The location is behind the North Canterbury Community College on Rangiora High School land. Des Moore and his team have done an impressive amount of work in getting to this point and it was great to see the enthusiasm of the riders. Also outstanding was the long list of sponsors and commercial and community supporters who have helped to make this a reality. Once again, this community has shown its ability to get behind a worthwhile cause.

Rugby World Cup Comes to Kaiapoi Rugby Club – just as they are having to deal with temporary facilities

27 March 2012

The Rugby World Cup came to the Kaiapoi Rugby Club yesterday – along with the rest of the NZ Rugby Union’s silverware, like the Bledisloe Cup, the Womens RWC, the Sevens Trophy and the trophies against South Africa and England.

Lots of kids around – a good crowd.  Thanks to the the NZRU and the Canterbury Rugby Union for doing it.

Meanwhile, the Kaiapoi club has had to close its changing rooms because of earthquake risk.  They have a containerised shower unit already in place, and the Council is arranging for portaloos.

If it’s not one thing, its another!

Our Two Largest Towns Linked by People Having Fun

11 March 2012

Today was the day for the thirteenth Kaiapoi to Rangiora Fun-Run and Walk. To be exact, this year, from the Mafeking Bridge in Kaiapoi to Southbrook Park.  On alternate years it runs in the opposite direction – downhill!

Thanks for the Lions Clubs of Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Woodend, plus the Pakeke Lions and the Rangiora Lionesses, who along with Visit Waimakariri organised the event – also to major sponsors, the Northern Outlook and Kaiapoi & Rangiora New Worlds – plus a number of others.

It was good weather – warm but overcast.

I walked!

Fernside an International Sporting Venue?

29 February 2012


This week, the North Canterbury Clay target Association’s range plays host to the Australia/New Zealand Police, Defence and Emergency Services Clay Target Championships.

It is part of a larger sports tournament, most of which is taking place in Wellington.

It is good to be able to play host to such an event here, given the help those Australian services gave Canterbury after 22 February.

$65 000 Raised for New Kaiapoi Rugby League Pavilion

20 February 2012

Last Friday, the Kaiapoi Rugby League Club, which because they now incorporate Rangiora, play as the Northern Bulldogs, ran a highly successful fund-faising luncheon at the Kaiapoi Workingmen’s Club.

As you can see in the heading, they raised an amazing $65 000 from ticket sales, an auction (mainly of Rugby League memorabilia) and donations.

The guest speaker was Ricky Stuart (pictured) – ex-Canberra Raiders, ex-Kangaroo, ex-Kangaroo coach and now coach of the NSW State of Origin team. His was an entertaining talk, full of insights about the game.

Sir Peter Leitch (aka the Mad Butcher) came down from Auckland, and there were a number of ex-Kiwis present.

A great afternoon!

Residents Angry About BMX Proposal

17 February 2012

Existing and soon-to-arrive residents of the Sovereign Palms subdivision at Kaiapoi made their feelings well-known last night at a public meeting called by the Council.  They clearly do not want a BMX facility near them.  The proposed track will replace the one destroyed on the Kaiapoi riverbank by the September earthquake.  The original site cannot be used – changes in the land level have meant that it is now often under water.

The meeting was part of the consultation being undertaken prior to a resource consent application being made by the council on behalf of the BMX Club.

As with the proposal to relocate the Riverside Bowling Club to Hinemoa Park, the Council is in a very difficult position.  We are anxious to get community facilities and clubs up and running in Kaiapoi again.  Finding places to put them that are close enough to Kaiapoi so that residents (including children) can get to them easily but which don’t have neighbours living nearby is next to impossible.

Our hope is to use land that the Council already owns. We could buy land – assuming we can find a willing seller – but is there such a place that isn’t close to people’s houses?  Given the well-known pressures on the budget, buying land is not an attractive proposition from a community point-of-view.

Abandoned Red-Zone land is sometimes suggested. That is not an impossible idea but there are two difficulties. The first is that the Government has not decided what to do with the land (they are gradually taking it over as people move out).  That decision might be some time off.  The other difficulty is that the land has been classified as highly vulnerable to liquefaction and lateral spread.  It is one thing to put, say, a rugby field on it, quite another to put a facility that involves expensive buildings or earthworks.

We need ideas!

Boys’ Toys / Gear for Girls at Rangiora Showgrounds Coming 25-26 Feb

15 February 2012

Come to The Main Event – Rangiora 3 March!

13 February 2012

Rangiora Town Hall Proposals Announced

31 January 2012

The Council has announced its proposals for the earthquake-prone Rangiora Town Hall.  They are part of the Long Term (10 Year) Plan due to go out for public consultation and timed for the first year of that Plan, starting in July this year.

The proposal is as I signalled in an earlier post on this blog.  It involves strengthening the existing building to at least 67% of new building standard, part of that being brought about by building a new addition around the west and south of it.  The new addition will include a smaller performance space with a more versatile flat floor. The seating in it will not be fixed. The movie theatre will be brought downstairs and will also be more versatile in that it will be able to be used for other kinds of presentations as well as movies. It is proposed that there will be toilets and dressing rooms (the current dressing rooms are under the stage) for cast and crew, as well as practice rooms for music. There will be storage areas as well.

Part of the proposal is to enlarge the foyer along the front of the Town Hall, incorporating a new front door coming in off High Street. Upstairs, the area where the movie theatre was will be turned into a reception area.  The upper floor will, of course, be serviced by a lift.

It needs to be emphasised that this is not a final decsiion and there are, of course, alternatives.  The Long Term Plan will be out for public feedback soon.

The Town Hall was scheduled for a major revamp in a year’s time, but has been brought forward because of its current closure.

Men’s Sheds Are Coming!

31 January 2012

The Men’s Shed movement is spreading to Waimakariri.

Men’s Sheds are places where (usually) retired (usually) men can get together, use some of the skills they have gathered over the years and chew the fat. They are normally set up like workshops with the kind of equipment like lathes that people usually don’t have at home.  They can make stuff for themselves and their families or do small community projects like making park seating.

An Oxford group has been going for some time, fund-raising.  They have a brand new garage promised by a sponsor and a site identified in Pearson Park.  A Kaiapoi group  has also been looking at where they can go.

Another group in Rangiora has obtained a spot at the Showgrounds and is already open.  You can find out about it at

They will be open for visitors at the Boys’ Toys / Gear for Girls weekend at the Showgrounds on the weekend of 25-26 February.

Oxford Town Hall Proposal for Public Consultation

26 January 2012

As part of its Long Term Plan, the Waimakariri District Council is to consult with the wider community on the future of the earthquake-prone Oxford Town Hall.

One idea that will be discussed is whether to build a new one that would include the functions of the Pearson Park Pavilion, also earthquake prone. 

Relocated to the Pearson Park area, it would then be possible to combine the funding that it is proposed to allocate for earthquake-strengthening of both buildings: $2m for the Town Hall and $150,000 for the pavilion.

What’s Happening About the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre?

23 January 2012

As we all know, the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre was badly damaged in the 22 February earthquake.  The September quake damgaed the pool and the surrounds and these had been fixed by December.  The photo shows the pool full of kids on the reopening day. The February quake did major damage to the roof.

It seems that the cost of repairing the roof will be met by insurance.

However, many had complained in the past about the inadequacy of the changing rooms.  The Council would like to redesign these and the entrance area and is seeking funding from an outside earthquake-recovery source to pay for this.

Let’s put the pool back, but make it better!

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