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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.


Sand Morris

Big Crowd at Waikuku Beach Sand Castle Competition

5 January 2014

140105 Waikuku Sand Castle Competion 2 (500x375)Today’s Waikuku Beach Sand Castle Competition drew a big crowd.  The judges (of whom I was one) had a difficult task. It was a wonderful hot day and a lot of people were enjoying themselves.

Well done to Waikuku Artists Incorporated (WAI) for organising this event.

WAI’s annual exhibition for local artists is coming next month – watch out for it!

140105 Waikuku Sand Castle Competion 5 (500x375)

New Houses Still Coming Thick and Fast in Waimakariri

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77 consents for new dwellings were issued in June 2013, which is 7 more than for June 2012.  For the year to date 631 consents for new dwellings have been issued compared with 495 for the first 6 months of 2012.


In June 9 consents were issued for new dwellings in the Silverstream subdivision as compared with 11 elsewhere in Kaiapoi, principally in the Sovereign Palms subdivisions.


The distribution for consents for new dwellings for the Rural Zone for 2013 is:

19       UDS area east of Two Chain Road and South of the Ashley River/Rakahuri

47       West of District

18       North of the Ashley River/Rakahuri

Last Day for Rangiora Photographic Society’s Exhibition

1 April 2013


Rangiora Photographic Society Exhibition

Rangiora Photographic Exhibition Coming at Easter – in Waikuku!

28 February 2013


Schools Announcements for Waimakariri – Nothing New

19 February 2013

The Government’s announcements yesterday added nothing to what is already known for Waimakariri.

Kaiapoi Borough School can remain on its current site. The future of the school was not in question, but there was a question over the land, given its close proximity to the Kaiapoi River. The land isn’t great, especially close to the river, but there is room to rebuild further away on the same site if necessary. All this is good news, because another site in Kaiapoi isn’t obvious.

Waikuku School will move to Pegasus and presumably change its name accordingly. This has been on the agenda for something like 15 years – it was just a question of when Pegasus had grown to a point that would justify the move. The Waikuku School community is pleased because their current site on the Main North Road (State Highway 1) is not great. Building of the new school should start soon.

The Government has also signalled that a new school will be built in western Rangiora at some time in the near future. Again, there has been talk about primary school provision in Rangiora for close to ten years, but clearly Rangiora’s current growth spurt has concentrated minds in the Ministry of Education!  Council structure plans for west Rangiora already have a suggested site for  a school, but this is more conceptual thn real, so no actual site has been chosen.


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)


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.

The School Announcements and Waimakariri

14 September 2012

The schools announcements by the Minister of Education have certainly got Christchurch going.  I attended four Christchurch schools and three of them are either gone or have question marks over them.

As for Waimakariri, two schools featured.

Kaiapoi Borough School is to get further land investigation done and it was further signalled that the Waikuku School would be transferred to a new site in Pegasus.

Neither was new information.

North Canterbury Kapahaka – a Lot to Celebrate!

12 September 2012

It was a busy day at the Rangiora Baptist Church today as a lot of our local schools took part in the North Canterbury Kapahaka Celebration. I was sorry I couldn’t stay all day, but I was able to watch groups from Kaiapoi Borough, Waikuku, Tuahiwi and Rangiora High.

Waikuku School Perform


The 1953 Ashley Flood at Waikuku

9 April 2012

In January 1953, the Ashley broke out north of Rangiora and headed across country.  Old-timers (defined as people who have lived here a long time and are at least 10 years older than me) often use that as the bench-mark of the Ashley’s capabilities.  I recently came across these photos of my mother’s – at the time she  was a young widow with two small boys in tow.

I was a five-year-old at the time, on holiday in Waikuku (in Pine Avenue on the south side from the Lagoon) from Christchurch. The water headed towards Waikuku and broke the bridge that used to cross the lagoon.  The water filled up the low ground to the south for a considerable distance and was eventually released by bulldozing out the sandhills where the surf club now sits.

Those of us on the south side were trapped, although not in any danger. As a little boy, I found it quite exciting!  I can well remember the churning water heading out to sea once it was released.  I can also remember air-drops of food being made to the store on the other bank – very few helicopters in those days!

Once the water had subsided the men set to work building a footbridge across the remains of the road bridge.  This gave us access to the store.

Eventually those on the south side got their cars out by driving in convoy along the beach to Kairaki.  We were third in line but my mother’s little Austin 7 couldn’t keep up with the first two, so the rest of the convoy had to go out our pace! The photo below shows our arrival at Kairaki.

Rangiora Photographic Society’s Exhibition is on this Weekend

24 February 2012

Waikuku Artists Incorporated – 2012 Exhibition on this Weekend at Waikuku Mill

10 February 2012

The Whale is Saved! Waikuku Rescue Hits the Headlines!

3 February 2012

Good on WAI

3 January 2011

Good on WAI (Waikuku Artists Inc) for organising the sand castle competition yesterday.  I didn’t know it was on – but it’s already in my diary for next year!

Watch out for their exhibition on 12-13 February – to be held this year at The Mill in Waikuku Village on the Main North Road – because the Waikuku Beach Hall will still be closed for earthquake repairs.

Pegasus: My Position

3 October 2010

I was opposed to the Pegasus proposal when it was first mooted, an opposition that was well publicised at the time.  I submitted against it at the hearing.

Pegasus is now a fact, however.  People are moving in and they are now Waimakariri residents.  The owners of properties there are Waimakariri ratepayers.

It is in the interests of the District for the Pegasus development to succeed.  Failure would bring about a significant social cost to the wider community.

The development of the relationship between Pegasus, Woodend and Waikuku is going to be something that the three communities and the wider District are going to be working on for a number of years.

Compass FM’s Test Transmissions

20 June 2010

From time to time you might hear test transmissions coming 104.9 FM.  At the moment, the North Canterbury Radio Trust is using a low-powered transmitter from its Rangiora studios.  Eventually, when the station is operational, transmissions will be beamed from Mount Grey with repeaters to service areas like Hanmer and Cheviot.

At the moment you will hear just music and the occasional promotional message – and the station only reaches the area around Rangiora. 

Compass FM will be a Community Access station that will transmit the Voices of North Canterbury.

Better Beaches – Access to Ours

4 May 2010

For a number of years, probably at least ten, the Waimakariri Council has been trying to find a solution to competing views on access to our beaches.  These include the mouth of the Waimakariri at Kairaki, Pines Beach, Woodend Beach, Waikuku Beach, the estuary and mouth of the Ashley-Rakahuri and Asworths Spit north of the Ashley mouth.  In addition, a swimming beach is proposed for Pegasus.

I don’t regard many of the views I have heard as extreme, but there is a point where compromise becomes unlikely.  Many of those who swim at our beaches or walk along them do not want motor vehicles and/or horses on the beaches.  Horse riders and trainers want to have access, as do whitebaiters with motor vehicles in the season.  Fishers want to be able to take the vehicles out to the Waimakariri mouth.  A lot of people are concerned about the damage motor vehicles do to the dunes and to wildlife and plant life, especially in the Ashley-Rakahuri estuary.  This estuary is of national importance for its birdlife.

Over the last few months, the Council has been trying to bring all the talk to a conclusion with a change to the District Plan and a By-Law.  In a very long session this afternoon, it did just that.

As a result of decisions this afternoon:

  • Motor vehicles are banned in the inter-tidal zone between Woodend Beach and the Ashley mouth, except that in the whitebait season they may access the river mouth through a locked gate (keys will be issued) at Waikuku.  The access of the latter must be along the inter-tidal zone on the seaward side of the spit.
  • Motor vehicles are permitted in the inter-tidal zone from Kairaki to a point 400m south of Woodend Beach.  Their only access is at Kairaki.
  • Motor vehicles are permitted in the inter-tidal zone on Ashworths spit.
  • Horses are permitted in the inter-tidal zone.
  • Further consultation will be undertaken to find a horse-unloading area and an access track for horses at Waikuku.
  • A horse unloading area and access track has been confirmed for Woodend Beach at the southern end of Ferry Road.
  • Tangata whenua access to reserves in their ownership is protected.

Note that motor vehicles are already banned from dunes (except along a marked route at Waikuku in the whitebaiting season) and on the soft-sand areas of the beaches.

I think this is only one stage along the way.  We will hear a lot more community discussion about our beaches for some years to come!

Tsunami Warning Sirens

21 April 2010

I’ve had a few people talk to me about using the Volunteer Fire Brigade sirens to warn people of a tsunami coming.  Obviously, our river-mouth communities at Waikuku and Kairaki are particularly vulnerable to tsunami, not to mention people who happen to be on the beach at the time.

People suggest that we could use a different sound on the sirens, e.g. a continuous up and down sound.

There is a problem with this, however.  We need the Government to set a standard because different communities are doing different things, and not all beach communities have sirens.  If local radio stations broadcast a warning to evacuate on hearing a siren-sound that Christchurch has adopted, what do people in Kaiapoi do if their fire siren sounds for a fire?  It might start an unecessary evacuation.

So – some coordination and direction from the Government is needed.

What Are Our Beaches For?

3 March 2010

Currently I am sitting on a hearings panel that has been listening to submisisons on a proposed District Plan Change, By-Law and Management Plan for the Waimakariri District beaches.

Shags at the Ashworths side of the Ashley-Rakahuri mouth

 There are widely divergent views regarding beach access for motor vehicles.  Most seem to agree that the beach is a wonderful place – much of it a wilderness at our back door. Many would like to see no vehicles at all, but others see a legitimate use for people to get to fishing points, etc.  They would probably see the ATV below, used to pull a jet-ski to the beach in an isolated area, as such a use.

 Most, however, have expressed hostility towards the use represented below.  Unfortunately, however, young trail bike riders don’t usually appear before Council hearing panels! Incidentally, the rider in the picture used a route to the beach that is already illegal.

Community Groups Make Waimakariri a Community

13 February 2010

I often think that what makes the sense of community so strong in rural and small-town New Zealand is the huge number of community groups that are found everywhere.

The extent and depth of these groups within the community mean that locals make contacts and friendships that bind out communities together and contribute to a feeling of belonging and a regard for our neighbours that isn’t always found in our cities.

A listing of many of our Waimakariri groups can be found at .

Another WAI Exhibition Coming Up

1 February 2010

Another Waikuku Artists Incorporated 2010 Exhibition is coming soon –

Sat-Sun 13-14 February

Waikuku Beach Community Hall

Artists to be featured are on the right.

The Guest Artist this year is Waikari’s Sam Mahon – well-known nationally both as an artist with a quirky sense of humour and as an impassioned defender of the region’s water.

More Community Boards on the Way

11 January 2010

If you haven’t already picked it up, two more community boards will join the Kaiapoi Community Board at the end of the year: Rangiora and Woodend-Ashley.  These will replace the current Ward Advisory Boards for those two wards.  Community Boards are directly elected by the voters, Ward Advisory Boards appointed by the Council following a public selection process.

So – Rangiora and Woodend-Ashley voters will have something else to vote for this October.  Note that the Rangiora Ward will include much more of Fernside than at present.

The public consultation process last year unearthed no desire for change in the Oxford-Eyre Ward, so it will keep its Ward Advisory Board.

The powers of the two types of Board, as currently delegated by the Council are much the same.  Community Boards cost a lot more because the members are paid.

The membership of the current Ward Advisory Boards can be found in one of the pages on the right.

Corners of Waimakariri: Kaiapoi Pa

25 May 2009

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Kaiapoi Pa, in Preeces Road, Waikuku, is an important site for the Ngai Tuahuriri hapu of Ngai Tahu.

Given the name as the place where food was brought from afar (as the poi swings around the hand), the local area was rich in resources in its own right: the sea, the Rakahuri (Ashley River), forests and wetlands were all close by, all with their own kinds of food resources.  Pounanmu was brought here from the West Coast for working.

In the early 1830s, conflict with Te Rauparaha’s Ngati Toa iwi brought Te Rauparaha here on two occasions.  On the second, he managed to breach the pallisades and Kaiapoi was razed.

Today you can see a memorial erected since that time, but, more importantly, the uneveness of the ground indicating the sites of pallisades and buildings.  Willows in the distance mark the edge of the wetlands that once surrounded the pa on three sides.

The pa is located on the northern edge of Pegasus.  Exacavating for the new town has revealed further evidence that this was an important area of occupation before the arrival of Pakeha.

WAI Art Exhibition Open

13 February 2009

090213-waikuku-art-opening001aThe fifth annual Waikuku Artists Incorporated art exhibition was opened tonight by Jenny Harper, director of the Christchuch Art Gallery.

As you can see, there was a large crowd, but if you visit over the weekend I am sure you will find you will be able to see easier the works on display.  It’s well worth a visit to see work from the very active arts community in Waikuku – part of a significant Waimakariri scene.

The exhibition is in the Waikuku Beach Hall and is open for just two days – this Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 February.

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