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The Belgians Have Not Forgotten – Passchendaele Exhibit in the Council Chambers, Rangiora

11 September 2017

 

The Belgians Have Not Forgotten, an exhibition that reminds us of the huge sacrifices that our country made in the Battle of Passchendaele in October 1917 is on display in the Council Chamber in Rangiora.  We have been fortunate to get it near the end of a tour of Australia and New Zealand, between its Christchurch and Dunedin appointments.

This, of course, is the battle’s centenary year.  The Passchendaele battlefield is within the Municipality of Zonnebeke, which has a twinning relationship with Waimakariri.

All are welcome.  It is open during office hours.

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New Library and Service Centre Replaces Earthquake-prone Building

21 April 2017

Changes to Speed Limits around Southbrook

17 January 2017

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Christmas Tree Festival in the Council Foyer Again!

5 December 2016

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Thank-You!

9 October 2016

​Thank you to all who have sent messages via different media. If you had asked me six years ago, newly elected to this position and one month after the September quake if I would have survived into a third term, I would have expressed my doubts. However, a unified Council and community have returned much the same council for three terms in a row and for this we are grateful for your support. 
The next three years will be dominated by the recovery of the regeneration areas in Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki, by a variety of water issues and by planning for current and anticipated growth. Fortunately we have a Council that has one of the soundest financial footings in the country. 
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working together as a Waimakariri District to meet our challenges.

Still a Lot of Work to be Done in Kaiapoi-Pines-Kairaki Regeneration Areas

14 August 2016

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.

Waimakariri Experiences an Outbreak of Democracy

12 August 2016

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. 

Belgian National Day Recognised in Waimakariri 

22 July 2016

A pity the wind didn’t blow yesterday but the Belgian flag flew to commemorate Belgium’s national day. Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the municipality of Zonnebeke on the Passchendaele battlefield.

Kaiapoi’s Darnley Club – 25 Year’s Service

22 May 2016

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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.

They’re Gone!

24 February 2016

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The temporary shops are gone from #Rangiora. They’ve served High St businesses well but new buildings have made them unnecessary.

The roadway will get a temporary seal so that High and Durham Streets can reopen to 2-way traffic.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

The Temporary Shops are Leaving #Rangiora

18 February 2016

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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.

Kaiapoi Toy Library in Permanent Home

12 May 2015

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.

 

Another Earthquake Recovery Project Completed

6 March 2015

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The Rangiora Town Hall is about to reopen. The hopeless pre-earthquake backstage and foyer facilities are no more and the building has been strengthened to over 67% of New Building Standard. There are now two boutique movie theatres and a performance space that will often be used for movies. The latter will seat 150, although for movies it will be 93.

The auditorium is the same size as before but has been refurbished.

Final Touches to Rangiora Town Hall

28 February 2015

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

Another Job Finished: West Eyreton Memorial Arch

23 February 2015

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The West Eyreton War Memorial Arch has been completely rebuilt. It and that at Cust were the two war memorials that needed extensive repair.

The New Ashley Bridge is Open!

21 February 2015

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The new bridge over the Ashley-Rakahuri north of #Rangiora is now officially open, although traffic won’t be on it until later next week. An important new connection for #Waimakariri.

Ashley Bridge Opening on Saturday!

18 February 2015

All are welcome to the opening of the bridge on Saturday morning.  The event starts at 11.00am.

Find out more at http://waimakariri.govt.nz/services/roads_transport/ashley-bridge-opening-ceremony.aspx

The new bridge and current bridge side by side.

Pegasus Residents Pose Lots of Questions

10 February 2015

At one of the periodic public meetings called by the Pegasus Residents Association tonight, plenty of questions were asked of Todd Properties Ltd and Waimakariri District Council staff.

Strong themes included swale maintenance, Pegasus Lake, the commercial centre, traffic speed and street trees.

From my point of view, it was a very useful meeting. Not all of the town is in Council hands yet but progressively this is coming to pass.

Have Your Say About the Red Zones

3 August 2014

There will be a number of ways people can have their say on the future of the Residential Red Zones in Kaiapoi, The Pines and Kairaki.  The Waimakariri District Council and CERA are leading an ideas programme to hear what you, the community, would like to see.

This is really important for the future of Waimakariri – I believe of historic importance.

One easy way is to put you thoughts on-line – that way your thinking can be seen by others. Anonymous entries are absolutely fine.

It’s simple: just go to …

https://www.canvasredzone.org.nz/

Community to be Asked About Future of the Waimakariri Red Zones – Great!

30 July 2014

Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today that a community engagement is about to start with regard to future of the Red Zones in Kaiapoi, The Pines and Kairaki.

The process will be run jointly by the Waimakariri District Council and CERA and will be conducted on a variety of fronts: a website, public meetings or workshops, schools, etc.

Note that this is only for Waimakariri – the Christchurch engagement will happen later.

We encourage people to talk with the families, neighbours and friends and send their thoughts in.

Obviously people in our community have been talking and asking about the red zone future for the last three years, and a lot of suggestions have been made already.  An example has been the work done by The Pines and Kairaki Beaches Association.  All of that thinking will be fed into the mix of ideas that is going to emerge.

The full text of today’s media statement can be found at: http://cera.govt.nz/news/2014/first-chance-to-help-shape-red-zones-future-30-july-2014

 

The Future of ECan

7 January 2014

On New Year’s Day there was an article in The Press on the future of Environment Canterbury, currently governed by Government-appointed commissioners.  I was quoted with a couple of lines from an interview that went for about ten minutes.

I strongly support a return to a fully-elected Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) but it seems to me that a mixture of elected (the majority) and appointed ECan members could be a way to go for the 2016 elections before getting back to a fully elected body in 2019.  I haven’t been a member of Amnesty International for 35 years to not believe in democratic rights.

People need to realise that of the current Canterbury mayors, only one (Kelvin Coe of Selwyn) was a mayor at the time the commissioners were put into Ecan in 2010.  There is now a very different group of people in place.

One problem that ECan has always had to deal with is that the major part of their work (water and land)  actually happens in rural areas and affects farmers in particular.  Individually, farmers pay substantial rates to ECan, although the total rates paid into Ecan mainly come from the urban area of Christchurch – it’s just that Christchurch has so many ratepayers, each paying a relatively small amount.  That also means that the voting power lies with Christchurch. In my observation, most of the opposition to the insertion of commissioners came from urban voters, because of the loss of democracy, and most of the support came from rural voters, because they felt that they had been having little say in how their rates were being spent.

I think the model of the Water Zone Committees, which are community committees jointly appointed by ECan and the relevant District councils (we have just one in Waimakariri, covering the whole District) has possibilities for the future.  These bring together farming, environmental and recreational interests and so far they are working well. If that model works, the greater voting power of urban Christchurch shouldn’t be an issue.

Minister Adams came to the last Canterbury Mayoral Forum and didn’t indicate any Government preferences.  It is entirely possible that the Government does not yet have a view, because she came to ask questions, not to tell us anything.  What is different from 2010, is that I will be doing my level best to make this discussion a public one that all Canterbury people have access to.

Despite what was said in the same article, I don’t detect a desire on the part of the mayors to do away with ECan.  Christchurch has long argued that they want to be a unitary authority, but I haven’t heard Lianne express a view herself.  Some of the other councils are arguably big enough to be unitary authorities (Waimakariri, Selwyn, Timaru, Ashburton) but others (Kaikoura, Hurunui, Mackenzie, Waimate, Waitaki) are probably not.  Talking about unitary authorities thus leads to a discussion about amalgamations, which I don’t think many in Canterbury want.  I certainly don’t.  There is the other problem that water is Canterbury’s big issue but the main rivers (Waimakariri, Rakaia, Rangitata, Waitaki) are all, for good community-of-interest reasons, District boundaries. Unitary authorities based on current boundaries would have trouble dealing with the rivers consistently.

One significant ECan function that could be dealt with at a District/City level is public transport.  Timaru is stand-alone anyway, and our main concern with the Christchurch system would be to make sure that Waimakariri and Selwyn have a proper say.

The issues are therefore Canterbury issues, not just Christchurch or even “Greater” Christchurch.

The Waimakariri District: Looking Forward to 2014

6 January 2014

For those who missed it, the following appeared in this week’s Northern Outlook. 

2014 should see progress in a number of areas over which residents have expressed frustration in 2013.

The future of the District’s residential red zones has been an issue since their announcement in June 2011. They are now in a very sorry state with their empty sections and abandoned houses – not a great environment for those still living there and nearby. The government and CERA now indicate they are willing to think about these zones’ future and they have agreed that the community and the Council will be involved in determining that future. I expect to see real progress this year along with developments on the Kaiapoi riverbank.

The Kaiapoi and Rangiora town centres have a lot ahead of them. I expect to see owners making decisions for the Rangiora rebuild early in the year as they engage tenants. Work should be getting under way soon on one of the Kaiapoi gaps and during the year final property purchases should enable construction to start on the Red Lion corner realignment and at least the design work by new owners for the Hansens site in Kaiapoi.

At the time of writing, the three main controversial “in limbo” buildings had not had their futures announced by their owners. The John Rhind (former BNZ) building in Kaiapoi (empty since September 2010) and the Farmers and Robbie’s buildings (both empty since March 2012) will soon have those decisions and hopefully reconstruction under way. Work should start on the West Eyreton memorial arch in the second half of the year.

By the end of 2014, much of infrastructure work, mainly in Kaiapoi, but also in Pines-Kairaki , Rangiora, Waikuku and Cust, should be completed. The recent cost-sharing agreement with the government is certainly a help there.

The major projects already started or with contracts awarded will be either completed or nearing completion: the Kaiapoi Library, Museum and Service Centre, the Ashley Bridge and the Rangiora and Oxford Town Halls.

This community has been facing the biggest natural disaster in material terms in NZ history. We are now on the way out with the biggest works programme ever undertaken in North Canterbury.

 

 

New to the Waimakariri?

24 September 2013

Drop-in 

Drop-in Lunchtimes

Are you new to the region?

Not sure where to go for information or advice?

 

Come to the Rangiora Library (by the New Zealand section) 141 Percival Street, Rangiora

Thursdays from 12noon – 1.30pm

 

Warning About Storm-Damaged Trees: They Are Dangerous – Media Statement From WDC

17 September 2013

Waimakariri District Council staff and contractors are mounting a campaign to advise people of the high risk attached in going into or near any treed areas, following an assessment this week of the scope and extent of damage after last Tuesday’s windstorm across Canterbury.

The beach access areas at Waikuku, Woodend and Pines Beach/Kairaki have been assessed as areas of extreme risk and the public is being asked to stay well away from any treed or forested areas. Contractors are currently working to mitigate the overhead risk by bringing broken branches to the ground. Following that work will start on exposed holes in the ground from trees being uprooted by the wind and also on exposed roots.

The gathering of firewood from tree damage by members of the public is strictly prohibited and presents an increased level of risk. The Council’s Rural Fire Officer Tim Sheppard says that a lot of the trees and branches are under strong tension and are likely to snap without warning. “Anyone going near these with a chainsaw is literally taking their life in their hands”, he said. “It might look like a fairly innocent fallen branch but if it breaks under tension it acts like a loaded spring

– the chances of very serious injury to anyone near these branches are very high”. Contractors are taping off risk areas this week and, until that work is complete, the public is advised to treat all treed parts of the area as extremely dangerous. Signage at entry and exit points is also being organised and the signs should be erected by the end of this week.

People with damage to fences from fallen branches and trees area are also advised against trying to clear up themselves. “There is also a risk of injury with that”, says Sheppard “and, while we need to work through the most at risk areas first, we will be attending to those as soon as possible”.

Contractors will be working along the 100 metre wide ‘protection forest’ down the coast from Waikuku to Kairaki, reducing the risk hazard as they go. Te Kohaka O Tuhaitara Reserve is closed to the public until further notice, although contractors are currently clearing a fire track through there to allow fire crews and equipment access to the reserve in case of fire.

While fire danger currently is not high, Rural Fire Officer Tim Sheppard says that situation could change with the onset of summer and drier, warmer conditions. “It therefore becomes vital that we attend to excess fallen wood urgently. We need to restore the forest areas to a state where they present the least fire risk during the summer”.

The Council is mounting a comprehensive public warning campaign about the risks of fallen trees in local newspapers, on radio, online and in a maildrop campaign, targeting neighbouring residents.

For more information contact: Rory Christie Communications Adviser Phone: 03 311 8900 or 03 327 6834 Email: rory.christie@wmk.govt.nz

Anyone going near these trees with a chainsaw is literally taking their life in their hands.

Another Heritage Building Demolished: the Ashley Masonic Lodge in Rangiora

17 September 2013

130917 Ashley Masonic Lodge Being Demolished (300x225)The Ashley Masonic Lodge has been demolished this week. It was damaged in the September 2010 earthquake and hasn’t been used since then.  It was a Category II building listed with the NZ Historic Places Trust and was on the Waimakariri District Council’s heritage list in the District Plan.

As with all heritage buildings, a lot of work went into seeing if it was practicable to save it, but the cost of doing so was simply beyond the means of the Lodge.

You can read a bit about the building at http://landmarks.waimakariri.govt.nz/heritageplaces_rangiora/masons_building.aspx

Two Good-News Housing Stories

15 September 2013
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Site preparation for housing-for-the-elderly units in Kaiapoi

There has been a lot going on in Williams Street in Kaiapoi, just north of Ohoka Road, recently.  A couple of old houses have been demolished and there has been earth-moving and compaction.

This is the site for Kaiapoi’s new housing for the elderly that will replace the units between Hilton Street and Raven Quay, west of the town centre. These units were red-zoned by the Government in 2011 and for a long time the Council was looking for available land that was close to the town centre so that residents could get to the shops easily and which was large enough to contain about 25 units.

This was about all there was and fortunately it was made available to the Council.

On another tack, people have been pointing out that many of the red-zoned houses in Kaiapoi and Christchurch are perfectly sound and are able to be shifted away from their suspect land and reused elsewhere.  There has been a bit of such removal going on, but the availability of land has often been an issue.

In a welcome move, however, the Department of Corrections and Housing New Zealand have joined forces to bring houses out of the red zones and refurbish them at Rolleston Prison. The prisoners will learn skills that should be able to get them jobs when they are released and the houses will be taken over by Housing New Zealand for rental.

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Relocated houses being refurbished at Rolleston Prison

As everybody knows, housing supply is a real issue in Waimakariri and Christchurch. These are small steps along the way.

As an indicator of the shortage, the Waimakariri Council usually has about 30 on its waiting list for the 100+ elderly persons’ units it has in Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Oxford and Woodend. Since the earthquakes, that list has about trebled.

 

A Chief Executive – the Waimakariri Story

14 September 2013

While some council chief executives get into the headlines for unfortunate reasons, it needs to be remembered that most don’t – and for good reasons. The Hurunui District Council has just appointed a new one after their previous CE, Andrew Dalziel moved to the CE position at Ashburton District Council, and I am sure that all in North Canterbury will wish Hamish Dobbie well as he takes up his new post.

Meanwhile, you will probably have seen that the Waimakariri District Council has been pleased to reappoint Jim Palmer for a further five years. This will be his third five-year contract (the maximum allowable under the Local Government Act). Over the last three years he has worked with three mayors and the usual changes that occur amongst elected members and has done an outstanding job.

I can comment on the last three years particularly. This District has faced unprecedented challenges a result of the earthquakes. Christchurch and Waimakariri are the two Districts easily most badly affected, which is not to downplay what other Canterbury districts and Environment Canterbury have had to deal with. Jim led a Council team which responded magnificently in the immediate aftermath and which has also had to deal with the all the tasks and changed circumstances that have arisen in the recovery.

That recovery is by no means finished yet and we are very lucky that Jim will be at the helm over  few years.

 

 

Kaiapoi Railway Station & i-Site Now a “Landmark”

12 September 2013

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The Kaiapoi Railway Station is now on its third site in its lifetime. Originally on the railway line (of course!) near where the Countdown now is, it was moved to its second site on top of the stopbank near the Tuhoe wharf. The September 2010 earthquake put it on a spectacular lean, so it is now temporarily not far away on Charles Street. With the District’s i-Site now back in residence, it is performing its previous function.

Last month the Prime Minister unveiled the District’s latest Landmarks plaque on it.130902 Kaiapoi Railway Station 7 (200x133)

Rangiora High School Exhibition at the Chamber Gallery – Amazing Young Talent

11 September 2013
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Work by Kieran Straw, Year 13

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library displays work by Rangiora High School students.  The talent of these young people is certainly impressive.

You check out the programme, including more on this exhibition at http://libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz/community/chamber_gallery.aspx

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Rangiora Town Hall Contract Let – and Other Major Projects Getting Under Way

10 September 2013

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The contract for the strengthening and expansion of the Rangiora Town Hall has been let to Naylor Love. There is no specific start date, but expect it to be soon.  Site clearance has been carried out in preparation.

The tender was below budget, as was that of the new Kaiapoi Library, Museum and Service Centre.

The additions to the hall will assist in the strengthening of the existing part.

Other major projects are making good progress:

  • Work has started on the Kaiapoi library, service centre and museum.  This is the biggest of the post-earthquake projects.
  • Underground replacements and street works around the Kaiapoi bridge are progressing well.
  • The Oxford Town Hall strengthening and the rebuild of the A&P “hall” (part of the Town Hall) will go out to tender soon.
  • Design work is progressing well on the Cones Road Ashley Bridge (the only job here that is not earthquake related).
  • A Kaiapoi Community Board / Council working party has started work on the Kaiapoi riverbanks, including the wharf area.
  • Demolition of the Kaiapoi War Memorial building has commenced.  This will enable work to start on what will be the town’s central playground next to Trousselot Park.

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