Posts Tagged ‘Community’

Sefton Tug of War is Back!

21 April 2017
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Christmas Tree Festival in the Council Foyer Again!

5 December 2016

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FUnd-Raising Breakfast for Karanga Mai

4 October 2016

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Lesley Elliott Tells Her Story

3 October 2016

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This event is happening in Kaiapoi and Oxford next week. Lesley Elliott tells the story of her daughter Sophie’s relationship with Clayton Weatherston and the signs of abuse that friends and family did not recognise. Lesley has travelled all over New Zealand speaking to raise awareness of the signs of abuse in hope to avoid another tragic death like Sophie’s.

84th Woodend Flower Show

2 October 2016

The amazing variety of daffodils that are out there were on full display at this year’s #Woodend Flower Show. A big crowd turned out for the premier flower show in #Waimakariri.

Council Services Affect You All Day, Every Day

30 September 2016

This comes form the NZ Herald and is about Auckland, but it actually applies to the whole country.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=97&objectid=11719192

 

The Birds Are Back in the Ashley-Rakahuri

12 September 2016

birdsThis is the time of the year when endangered birds like the wrybill, black-fronted tern and black-billed gulls return to the Ashley-Rakahuri to breed.  Local primary schoolchildren have made their own birds – currently they are on the front lawn of the Council building in Rangiora, but expect the flock to land elsewhere in the district in the coming weeks!

Breeding areas are usually marked, so keep well away, and don’t let dogs off the leash.  The wrybill nests are isolated almost impossible to see, but the terns and gulls nest in colonies.

 

Six years on … the World Has Changed

4 September 2016

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Six years ago today, a defining moment in our history occurred. In this part of Canterbury, our communities often talk about things as before or after the earthquake.

So much has changed and we found ourselves going in directions we never thought we would. Some of those things have been for the better. Yesterday’s fantastic day in Rangiora, following the pain in the town centre, would never have happened (nor would have the pain). We, like other districts and towns in New Zealand, would be arguing over the strengthening of commercial and public buildings.  Not Kaiapoi or Rangiora. Not Oxford.

But we haven’t finished yet and some of what lies before us is exciting.  The plan for the regeneration areas of Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki await final ministerial approval, but there will be a lot more to do as a community when we get down to the detail.  I look forward to that!

The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting NOW!

17 August 2016
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The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting NOW!

 

Our Purpose is to protect life and property Our focus is on Fire Safety, Fire Prevention, Fire Extinction and Rescue You could be part of an essential emergency service in the Rangiora Community where you will be part of a team of enthusiastic, committed people who ensure the safe and wellbeing of our town. Your employer has indicated they would support an employee joining the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade. We are however realistic in that we cannot have everyone join but dependent on the number of interested people we would conduct an interview process to select the candidates that would best fulfill the role. More detail to explain about the process of joining the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade would be provided to the individual applicant to ensure they are well informed of what is required.

Below is some of the criteria required:

  • Applicants need to live and work in the Rangiora township
  • Strong commitment with values and integrity
  • Works as part of a team and has respect for the organization
  • Pass a medical and security check
  • Sense of humour and enjoy comradeship
  • Points of interest about our Brigade
  • We train every Monday night excluding Public Holidays and the Xmas / New Year period
  • Our values in order are Family, Employment and the Fire Brigade
  • Being a Volunteer Fire Fighter is an extremely rewarding role
  • You learn and develop a number of skills which also can assist within your employment environment
  • We have a strong social focus with particular emphasis on family

Our complete focus is to ensure we provide a professional Emergency Service for our community and to enjoy what we do. If you are interested please contact Chief Fire Officer Hamish Peter on 021 793 383 or email Hamish.peter@fire.org.nz or Deputy Chief Fire Officer Kerry Ealam on 021 814 758 or email Kerry.ealam@fire.org.nz Kind Regards Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade.

 

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.

Ice Sculpture at Blackwells: #Kaiapoi Arts Week

23 July 2016

A good crowd watching amazing work on a warm nor’west day.

Kids Fest Rounds Off with the Annual Kids’ Market

23 July 2016

Lots turned up for the annual kids’ market at Rangiora Borough School yesterday. Toy boxes and wardrobes all over the Waimakariri District must be feeling emptier!

Kaiapoi Art Expo is on This Weekend

22 July 2016

One of the main arts events of the year in Waimakariri is on this weekend in Kaiapoi. A great range of talent is on display, including work from schools across the Waimakariri District.

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.

Sefton Tug o War the Event of the Day!

22 May 2016

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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

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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

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.

Waitangi Day in #Waimakariri

8 February 2016

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The weather was great and a good crowd celebrated our national day at Trousselot Park, #Kaiapoi.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

New Pegasus Playground Popular

16 January 2016

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

Waikuku was the Place To Be Last Week

16 January 2016

With the annual sand-castle competition and the a visit by the national Morris Dancers Tour to the Mill, there has been a lot happening in Waikuku this summer!  And it’s not long until the Waikuku Artists Incorporated exhibition.

 

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The Latest on Southbrook Road

28 June 2015

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The latest on the work going on in Southbrook Road, including some likely dates for future completions, can be found at:

http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/Libraries/Roading/WDC10608_Southbrook_Rd_Improvements_advert_NO_UPDATE_FA.sflb.ashx

The photo above is not the new supermarket! – but it is a familiar sight.

 

If You Use the Blue Buses …

22 May 2015

The following is a media release from ECan and CERA.  Note the change to the Blue Line route.

  

Media Release – 21 May 2015

 

 

New opening date for Bus Interchange

 

 

Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange will open to the public, and services will begin operating from it, on Monday 25 May.

 

The $53 million facility was originally meant to become operational on May 18, and although construction was on schedule, a software issue meant the system was not reliable enough for the facility to open. This issue is now resolved.

 

“We have really appreciated people’s understanding and patience while we have worked through this issue,” says Christchurch Central Development Unit Acting Director Baden Ewart.

 

“I think those who use this facility will be impressed. It also means that the existing Central Station across the road can close, and work on the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct can proceed in that area.”

 

The Bus Interchange will open in two stages. Initially half of the 16 bus bays will be operational while construction continues in the second stage area. This second stage, including the remainder of the bus bays, some of the passenger lounge area, some retail areas and a bicycle lock-up area, will open this Winter.

 

The city’s bus network is operated by Environment Canterbury. Chief Executive Bill Bayfield believes customers will enjoy getting into the new building just in time for Winter.

“Our customers have been amazing over the past three years, using the temporary Central Station and just getting on with it,” he says.

“The new Bus Interchange, while still a work in progress, gets everyone under cover for Winter. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone there on Monday morning.”

The opening of the Bus Interchange means that inner city bus routes will change.  Buses are now designated to use Manchester Street, and so routes will change across the central city.

While all CBD bus routes are affected, those with the biggest changes are the Blue Line, the 17, 28 and 29.  Customers using these routes are advised to check route maps at metroinfo.co.nz.

 

For further information contact the CERA Media Team on (03) 354 2627 or media@cera.govt.nz

Kris Waldin Exhibition: “Peninsula” at the Chamber Gallery

15 May 2015

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A stunning exhibition of (mostly!) landscapes from local artist Kris Waldin is currently showing at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora library.  Mounted as loose canvases, I like the way the light seems to come out of the middle of the landscapes. This is her first solo exhibition and it is showing until 28 May.

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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.

 

Prosser Quirke Creative Arts Exhibition at Rangiora Borough School Hall

16 April 2015

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An annual event – but be quick because it is only until Sunday. Painting, photography, fibre art, floral art, pottery, woodcraft.

Pā Harekeke Unveiled at Tuhaitara Coastal Reserve

2 April 2015

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A lot of growing to happen but one day harakeke (flax) will be harvested here at #Woodend Beach.

Art on the Quay Shows Off Private Collection Pieces

2 April 2015

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Art on the Quay at the Ruataniwha Civic Centre in #Kaiapoi is showing favorite pieces from the collections of various locals. As you can imagine, there is quite a variety!

Kids’ Fishing Competition in Kaiapoi

15 March 2015

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

Another New Building in Kaiapoi

14 March 2015

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A new commercial building is arising on the corner of Williams and Charles Streets where the Post Office once was. A corner clock tower is incorporated in the design, a nod to past history. The Post Office originally had a clock tower but this was removed in the 1930s as a safety measure following the Napier earthquake.

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.


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