Voting papers are sent out from Friday 20 September, and election day is 12 October, so now’s a great time to spread the word through the community. Please share the messages below in your newsletters along with any of the attached images. Please note: the information and images provided by the Council can only be used to promote the elections themselves, not to support electioneering for any candidates.
The local elections are being held on Saturday 12 October 2019, where Christchurch will elect a Mayor, 16 councillors and 37 community board members.
Elections will also be held at the same time for Environment Canterbury and the Canterbury District Health Board.
The people we elect will make decisions – big and small – on our behalf for the next three years. Some of those decisions will shape the city for generations. This year’s local body elections are a great opportunity for you to have a say in the decision-making and to get your views heard.
Candidates – who can I vote for?
There are 143 nominations for spots on Christchurch City Council. The list of candidates for the Christchurch City Council elections is available on the Council website:
A candidate profile booklet with the details of all candidates will be posted out with voting papers from 20 September.
Many candidates will have a profile in the community, or be on social media. Community groups around Christchurch may be holding meet-the-candidates events and may be promoting these locally.
The Celect mobile app makes picking your favourite candidates easier
The Council also has Celect, a free mobile app that lets you browse candidates, shortlist the candidates you’re thinking about voting for, find out what ward you live in, and find information on when and how to vote. It’s free from the App Store and Google Play. Read more here:
How to vote
The elections are held by postal vote. If you’re enrolled to vote, your voting papers will be delivered by New Zealand Post from Friday 20 September.
The papers include your voting form, a candidate booklet and a prepaid return envelope.
Read the instructions, fill out the voting paper with your choices, put it in the Freepost envelope provided and put it in the mail.
To make sure your completed vote is received before voting closes, post it no later than 5pm on Tuesday 8 October. You can also deliver your vote by hand. Completed voting papers can be returned to the Christchurch City Council Civic Offices at 53 Hereford Street, or any open Council library or service centre, before noon on Saturday 12 October.
Anyone who is not able to complete a postal vote independently due to disability is invited to contact the Electoral Officer. The candidate profile booklet can be provided in larger text on request.
It’s not too late to enrol to vote!
If you’re not already on the electoral roll or aren’t sure your details are up to date, you’ll need to enrol or check first. Visit www.vote.nz, call 0800 36 76 56, freetext your name and address to 3676, or visit any PostShop.
If you aren’t on the electoral roll or haven’t received your voting papers by Wednesday 25 September 2019, you may need to cast a special vote to have your say. We can post them to you, or issue them to you from selected Council facilities. Read more here: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/how-the-council-works/council-elections/voting/
To request special voting documents to be posted out you can phone or email the Electoral Officer on 03 941 8681 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Progress results for the election will be available on the Council website, www.ccc.govt.nz/Elections, soon after voting closes at noon on Saturday 12 October.
Final results will be available between 18 and 20 October on the Council website and published in The Press.
If you have any questions about the elections please contact the Electoral Officer, Jo Daly, by email to email@example.com or phone on 03 941 8581.
Information about the elections is available at: www.ccc.govt.nz/Elections
Christchurch City Council Electoral Officer
03 941 8581
027 236 9052
THE ARTISIAN LAB – Narielle A’Court opened her Little River Gift Store The Artisian Lab last Wednesday full of local NZ made gifts. The shop stocks hats, socks, gloves and capes made by “Wild: A Cosy Knitwear range of wild wool and opossum from Wainui Bay, Parry Soaps made from Colostrum milk and Manuka Honey, delicious Honey collected from the local Bays and surrounding Country Side of Banks Peninsula and Forsyth Gems and Glass her own handmade range of jewellery and much more.
Her store is a collaboration of NZ Made Handmade products that are produced locally by people who are skilled in their field and produce quality products for you to enjoy. Pop in when you are next in town.
You will find her behind the green hedge, opposite the Little River Gallery at 4020 Main Road, Little River Hours 10 to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday, 1 – 4 Monday and Tuesday. Phone 021 041 6703
MAINTENANCE AT THE STATION
Please find attached the notice of works starting at the Little River Railway Station. The works are due to commence Thursday 5th September and are due for completion mid-November, 2019. Read full notice Little River Railway Station – Exterior Maintenance & Painting
The Craft Station will remain open whilst the Exterior repairs and maintenance is carried out. It will be great to see it like new again.
Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.
REFUGEE SETTLEMENT TEAM – Great news! I have been accepted by the Red Cross as a volunteer with their Refugee Settlement Team. I will be supporting people from the Horn of Africa who arrive in Christchurch in early October.
As you are aware, people fleeing war, famine and persecution have few possessions, so when setting up a home in our beautiful city, they will need a range of homewares and pantry items to provide a comfortable safe environment for their families.
I invite you to join me in welcoming these newcomers to New Zealand by contributing any surplus items you have from the attached list. I can be contacted in 0272750733 to arrange collection. You can also help by spreading the word and forwarding this email to your family and friends.
Me rongo / In peace View list of Household Items required Homewares List
30 September Monday – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am to 12.30 I
Always good to read what the Community Board are doing. Read their September Newsletter here
Contact Liz Carter, Community Board Advisor, Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,firstname.lastname@example.org
LITTLE RIVER PARKING CHANGES – Information Notice. We are working with Little River Community Trust to implement some improvements to the existing parking and traffic movements outside Little River Railway Station. These improvements are part of the Little River Development Plan created by the community. What are we doing?
Realign the existing bus park outside the Railway Station and change the bus parking restriction from P30 to P15 to allow for more buses to pick up and drop off. Realign the other bus park from opposite the Railway Station to behind the café. Extend the existing P120 parking restriction opposite the Railway Station. Widen and improve the pedestrian access around the Railway Station. Improve the parking area behind café including painted parking bays. New planter boxes outside the Railway Station and the Café. Re-paint the one way arrows on the road outside the Railway Station. The Little River Community Trust have funding to also paint 3D markings on the road outside the Railway Station to support traffic calming. For notice of changes and maps read Little River parking changes Contact Sam Sharland, 03 941 8793 . ccc.govt.nz
Computers for the community
As a result of the Christchurch City Council’s replacement programme we have some personal computers and a limited number of laptops surplus to our requirements. As part of our commitment to the community and in recognising the value of community organisations, rather than selling these computers we would like to offer them free of charge to not-for-profit community groups who would use them to support their local community. For more information please email email@example.com. Please find attached an application form.
Safely dispose of unwanted batteries
Wanting to dispose of unwanted batteries safely? Check out the Christchurch City Council’s free battery recycling scheme available from 13 May 2019.
Why recycle batteries?
Batteries contain numerous components that are bad for the environment. If put in wheelie bins, batteries can potentially harm staff and members of the public. Batteries deteriorate if not in use and can become hazardous. Collecting batteries before they deteriorate means they can be recycled appropriately, saving valuable components for reuse and reducing the risk to people and the environment.
For more details please see attached or visit https://www.ccc.govt.nz/services/rubbish-and-recycling/disposal/batteryrecycling/#12/-43.5308/172.6363
5 June – Wednesday – A Strategy for the Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch 2019-2024 – – In 10 years, we want Christchurch/Banks Peninsula to have a reputation as the best place in Aotearoa to live and be creative. How do we make this happen – Come along and chat with staff about Toi Ōtautahi, a draft strategy for the arts.
Little River Drop in sessions – Wednesday – 5 June – 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Little River Board Room, 4238 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Little River
Go here to read full notice.
The full Draft Strategy for the Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch consultation is open for feedback until 17 June 2019. Go online to ccc.govt.nz/artstrategy to read the strategy and have your say.
A sincere thank you to everyone who supported Izzy’s Mexican Quiz night fundraiser we raised a total $2,575.00 dollars, fantastic!
Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of our community, wonderful friends and neighbours. Thank you again to those that went above and beyond giving their time, energy and expertise it is very much appreciated.
Izzy has shown amazing dedication in her training adding up a total of an extra 60 hours private tuition time to prepare for the event! Izzy is excited, inspired and honoured to be attending the Alana Haines Australasian Awards in Wellington this Easter.
Thank you for helping make this possible.
Hot weather prompts fire restrictions – Fire restrictions are being put in place across the greater Christchurch region as the hot summery conditions push up the fire risk. As of midnight tonight, anyone wanting to light a fire outside in the Christchurch City area, including Banks Peninsula, or in the Selwyn, Hurunui and Waimakariri districts will need to first obtain a permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). Go here for full details or People can apply for fire permits online at checkitsalright.nz(external link) or call FENZ on 0800 658 628.
Little River School – Environment for Learning. During the year we’ve been working on prioritising what we’d like our school to be outside of the buildings.
We have an opportunity to improve the function and aesthetics of these spaces and make the most of what is essentially our largest classroom.
This link will take you to a very short survey we’d like our community to complete to help us with our plans for 2019.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3YQ8PPVThis survey will remain open through to the beginning of February.
LOCAL WALKS – Little River has a number of local walks for you to enjoy. On a hot day walk in the shade up the Montgomery Track, or a shorter walk under the canopy of regenerating bush in the Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve.
More exposed walks are the Hilltop Hike from Okuti Valley Reserve to French Peak, Saddle Hill and the Te Oka Bay Walk downhill from Bossu Road. The Rail Trail can be hiked or biked in stages and a nice evening stroll would take you from Little River township to the Little River Hotel for a meal. An enjoyable evening out.
Pick up a brochure from the Little River Information Centre.
With sadness we farewell our Chief Fire Officer David Irving whom officially has stood down his position.
David has been our Chief for 10 years and before that he was Deputy Chief Fire Officer for 10 years.
David has made a massive contribution to the Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade over the last 25 years, he was also one of the orginal members that created our Emergency Services cadets programme which is still going strong today.
We wish you all the very best David and thank you for all your hard work and long hours you have given to the Brigade and the Community.
SWIMMING – Keys to the Little River School Swimming Pool are available to anyone in the Community and can be purchased from the School Office for $60.00 plus a $20 bond. email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3251 004.
REPORTING ISSUES TO THE COUNCIL – There are a number of ways to do this. Go to the CCC Report Section here You can continue to lodge issues by calling Council on (03) 941 8999, or visiting one of our Service centres.(external link)
The Snap Send Solve app works by identifying the location the photo is taken using the phone’s GPS data. It sends an email to the Council from your email address, including the incident type, notes, address of incident, photo, and contact details.
The report is then allocated to the relevant Council department. The more information provided, the better we can help isolate and investigate the issue.
Download the app and start reporting – Download:Apple(external link) | Android(external link)
If you are viewing this page on your computer, simply visit the Play store (Android) or the App store (Apple) on your smartphone and search for ‘Snap Send Solve’ to download the App.
A Bereavement Notice
It is with great sadness in our hearts that we have to advise that Pollyann Panirau passed away, Sunday 20th January 2019. Pollyann was a loved Mum, Tāua, tau tau and Aunty Pol to her many children, moko, great moko, nephews and nieces.
Pollyann dedicated her life to service of Maori, and in particular Rehua Marae and her home Wairewa. Those of us who knew her are shocked at her departure from our lives so soon, we all thought she was one of those kāumatua that would live forever. “But at the end of the day it is what it is”
She left a lasting impression on all those who met her and she will be dearly missed.
Pollyann will be laying at her home at 128 England Street, Linwood from this afternoon until Thursday morning 24th January. For anyone, who wishes to awhi her, you are welcome to either go to England Street, otherwise, she will be taken to Wairewa Marae on Thursday and her Tangi will held at 1pm on Friday 25th January 2019 at Wairewa Marae.
Arohanui, Te whanau o Pollyann Panirau (nee Robinson)
Timebanking has arrived in Little River and surrounding areas and we hope you’ll join us. We have become a Neighbourhood within the Selwyn Timebank.
Timebank is a way of trading skills, knowledge, loan equipment and goods. Instead of dollars, time credits are used as payment. You earn time credits for the work you do and then spend them to buy another members time to get the goods and services you need. Imagine someone else doing those jobs you dislike so you have more time for enjoyable activities. You don’t owe anyone in particular and you can spend your time credits whenever it suits you. Individuals, families, schools, clubs and organisations can be members of a Timebank.
Timebanking is a great way to get to know people in our community – to connect, contribute and belong.
If you are keen to join (cost free) go to www.selwyntimebank.net.nz to register or phone 03 423 0456.
Local contacts are Virginia Brownlee 0272750733 and Sandra Tuckwell 3251970
COUNCILS FREEDOM CAMPING BYLAW – CCC has a proposal to amend the Council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw. The Hearings Panel has finished deliberations and will be recommending Christchurch City Council amend the bylaw to ban freedom camping in all but one area in Akaroa.
Freedom camping in certified self-contained vehicles would still be allowed in the existing Akaroa Freedom Camping Area (with a maximum stay of two nights in any 30-day period), and changes would see a slight increase in freedom camping parking spaces (from 16 to 18 spaces).
The recommendations of the Panel will be considered by the Council at its November meeting, and if the Council accepts the Panel’s recommendations, the changes would be in place in time for summer (by 1 December).
Read more on Newsline.
Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week
The Okuti River Project was launched on the 26 August with a good turnout to Plant for the Future the 1000 trees and shrubs on Lewthwaite’s Road and Council land opposite the Okuti Valley Hall. The planting will help bank stabilisation and to beautify the area for the benefit of everyone. Big thanks to Allison and Marcus for their organisation of the event and project and everyone who turned up for the planting. The day was a great success . If you would like to be involved with the ongoing work for this project contact Alison Phone 3251 336.
For more information go HERE
WASTE PREVENTION BANKS PENINSULA – has a Facebook Page. Go HERE to read all the latest tips. Waste Prevention Banks Peninsula is a closed group whereby BP residents can find out more about the soft plastics recycling trial, but more importantly how to work on reducing plastics all together. Run by waste prevention educator and Little River resident Sharon McIver from Our Daily Waste, this will be a space for people to ask questions and show off their own waste prevention tips and successes.
Contact Sharon email email@example.com or 325 1290/ 021 2516 123 to show your interest and with any queries.
MILLION METRES STREAMS PROJECT – Million Metres is an online fundraising platform. We raise money for restoring the Banks of New Zealand’s waterways. Our goal is to raise funds to plant one million metres of waterways with native plants and trees. The initiative is led by the Sustainable Business Network, in partnership with the Department of Conservation. For further information go to the link here About Million Metres for project holders – 2 pager
Action Plan to Tackle Alcohol-Related Harm – The Christchurch Alcohol Action Plan (CAAP) a joint strategy led by Christchurch City Council, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and New Zealand Police – has been developed in response to community concerns about harmful alcohol use.
A city free from alcohol-related harm is the vision behind a new strategy launched in Christchurch. Read and share the full story online.
INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS – we have a supply of these for loan if you need. Wheeled walking frame, over toilet seat, shower stool, walking stick, nonslip shower mat, sock aid, long handled shoe horn, foam air ring and foam cushion. Contact Virginia Phone 0272750733 or (at the end of August) Jo 3251 939
21 August – Tuesday – BANKS PENINSULA WATER ZONE COMMITTEE MEETING. 4.00pm at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre. This meeting is open to the public. Follow the Link to Agenda HERE Contact Warren Brixton, Committee Advisor, 3251 386
Phone 021 2334 567 Go to website here
REVISED TIME FRAME FOR PLANNING OF THE MISTY PEAKS RESERVE AND TE OKA RESERVE MANAGEMENT PLANS – A notice to let you know of a revised timeframe for planning the Misty Peaks Reserve and Te Oka Reserve Management Plans, as follows:
Ø October 2018 – Proposed Banks Peninsula Community board approval for public release of the draft management plans and start of public consultation
Ø December 2018 – Close of public consultation after three calendar months
Ø Early 2019 – Hearings
Ø Mid-2019 – Community Board approval of the draft plans as the operative reserve management plans.
We apologise for the delay. We need more time to make sure we have all the specialist input to develop the draft plans. Information on the parks and plans for managing them can be found on the Council website by following the links below or searching on the website for each of the parks by name.
Misty Peaks Reserve https://www.ccc.govt.nz/parks-and-gardens/explore-parks/banks-peninsula-parks-reserves/misty-peaks-reserve/
Te Oka Reserve https://www.ccc.govt.nz/parks-and-gardens/explore-parks/banks-peninsula-parks-reserves/te-oka-reserve/
Thank you again for your interest in these reserves. We value your input so far, and look forward to receiving further feedback when we get back to you with the draft management plan for each of these reserves. Contact Philippa Upton, Christchurch City Council, Phone 03 941 8808
Generosity New Zealand
For community groups seeking funding, the givUS page can be accessed externally through the library website (log in with your library card number and PIN) – https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/e-resources/about-fundview/
For individuals seeking funding, givME can be accessed here: https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/e-resources/about-breakout/
Changes to Alcohol Licence applications
The Christchurch City Council is changing the way alcohol license applications are publicly notified. Instead of notifying applications in local newspapers (The Press and the Star), public notices will now be published on a dedicated webpage – www.ccc.govt.nz/alcohol
This is consistent with the requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Making this change will mean by consistently advertising all license application public notices on the same webpage, people will know where to go to look for information, including public objection start and end dates for an application. A history of recent notifications will also be viewable. It will also be easier and less costly for applicants and will assist with managing application processing timelines. Read poster here Alcohol Community Info DL – CON1562 – FINAL
The new Little River 20181 Local phone directory is out. This year the proceeds go to the Little River Support group for People with Cancer here in Little River, that covers the area from the Hill Top to Kaituna. We are a group of volunteers that generate funds locally for residents who may have cancer.
We have a small fund which is available to provide some financial support for people with cancer or undergoing treatment by way of donations for petrol, meals and other needs. Inquiries to Fiona Waghorn 3290171 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we are not part of the Cancer Society their helpline is 0800 226 237. However we are always looking for volunteers on Daffodil Day (end of August) to make marmalade and help on our stall in Little River.
The Directories are $10 and are available from the Little River Service Centre and the Craft Station for $10.
The Stock on Roads Bylaw comes into force from 1 March 2018
Pre-retirement home Little River – Would anyone finding their present home and holding too large but wanting to remain in the Little River community for as long as possible, please phone 03 3434228 for an outline of a proposal for a retirement unit build at Little River. Developer is considering a 9 unit development with room for motorhome or caravans on 2ha lifestyle block and is looking for expressions of interest. Unit sizes 40 and 50m2. Price is not known yet but is expected to be around $200,000 for a shareholding in the company which will give exclusive use of a unit to the shareholder and the right to locate a caravan/campervan on a site without charge. Craig Mason, 31 Corsair Drive, Wigram, Christchurch 8042. Phone 03 343 4228. email email@example.com
DOUBLE DUTCH – Karin Bos and Tineke van de Heide are living the dream on Banks Peninsula. The registered nurses, originally from the Netherlands, are also volunteer firefighters at the Little River brigade, they breed horses and run a market garden that provides seasonable vegetables for the local community.
Listen to them speaking on Country Life on Radio NZ here
LTTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY – To listen to Allison Evans speaking on Country Life on Radio NZ about the Little River Trap Library, Pest Control and the Living Classroom concept in the Okuti Valley Reserve listen here
6 May – Saturday – LITTLE RIVER GYMNASTICS first term date. Will run for 9 weeks. Spaces are limited so please email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org Preschool class 2 – 4 years. 9.00am to 9.45am. $3.00Primary A Class 5 – 6 years. 10am to 10.45am. $5.00. Primary B Class 7 – 9 years 11.00am – 11.45am. $5.00.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGERS IN LITTLE RIVER
Little River Growers – are you interested in joining the Akaroa Farmers Market?
The Akaroa Farmers Market is open October to April every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 1pm in the Madeira Hotel car park in Akaroa. You can go every week or intermittent days depending on what produce you have available.
Minimal charge is 10% of your takings up to a maximum of $20. Currently this charge goes back into the Akaroa community via Heartlands. If Little River area joins then they will discuss letting the money from this group come back to our community.
You can share tables if there are a few of you who have small amounts, which would decrease your travel and time.
There are tables and chairs available for customers to sit and eat if they wish. At the moment there are crepes and white bait patties. An example of things sold is olives, smoked salmon, seasonal vegges, pickles.
If you want further info please contact Jan by email email@example.com
Tony Quigley is the Coordinator for Okuti Valley and Reynolds Valley his address is as follows – 175 Okuti Valley Road, Phone 980 1071, email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTCHURCH TO LITTLE RIVER RAIL TRAIL SURVEY
The Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail Trust have provided a ‘QR code’ poster for Rail Trail users to provide feedback after they have done the trail. Scan the code on the attached poster or go to www.getsmartglobal.com/nzcycletrails
DUCK SHOOTING SEASON OPENED 2 May and runs for three months. A License must be obtained from Fish and Game New Zealand every season . Restrictions apply. http://hunting.fishandgame.org.nz/content/hunting-licence-info
The Trust has just published its new walking resources which include the new website www.bpwalks.co.nz which gives a complete overview of all the walks available on Banks Peninsula.
A hard copy reference book with the same information and three brochures giving details of walks in the Akaroa area. This is the first time that all the information on walks on Banks Peninsula is available to walkers in one place and we are all extremely grateful to Suky Thompson and the Rod Donald Trust for this huge undertaking. You can purchase individual copies of the brochures, an A4 size copy of the reference book or view a large copy of the Reference Book at the Little River Visitor Centre located in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station. Email email@example.com . The Saddle Hill Walk just out of Little River is in the Greater Banks Peninsula Walks Brochure. $2.00 from the Little River Visitor Centre. Amazing 360 degree views from the trig Station at the top of the walk.