Environment Canterbury is currently seeking the community’s views on its draft Annual Plan 2019/20, and some of its supporting documents. As part of that process, we are proposing a new targeted rate. The Long-Term Plan 2018-2028 signalled that Environment Canterbury would investigate the feasibility of expanding the Banks Peninsula Community Initiative Programme possum rate to cover all properties, a greater geographic area and a wider range of pests.
As a result, Environment Canterbury’s draft Revenue and Financing Policy proposes a new Pest-Free Banks Peninsula rate to replace the possum rate. We are now seeking feedback on the proposed new Pest-Free Banks Peninsula rate.
The proposed new rate would apply to all rateable properties in the Port Hills, Banks Peninsula and Kaitorete Spit. A detailed map can be seen here.
This rate (and a similar contribution from general rates across Canterbury) would enable Environment Canterbury to contribute towards the Pest-Free Banks Peninsula initiative, at a combined total cost of approximately $600,000.
Pest Free Banks Peninsula is a community-led, agency-supported, landscape scale initiative, working towards the Peninsula being effectively free of animal pests by 2050. Over the first five years, the focus will be on eradicating feral goats, and controlling pests such as possums, feral cats, mustelids (ferrets, stoats and weasels) and rats. Environment Canterbury along with other agencies, community groups and local Papatipu Rūnanga agreed to collectively support the initiative late last year, acknowledging the significance of Banks Peninsula as a biodiversity hotspot.
Some examples of the annual cost of the proposed rate:
- 800m² property in Sumner, $455,000 land value: $22.85 p.a.
- 1000m² property in Lyttelton, $240,000 land value: $12.09 p.a.
- 980m² property in Akaroa, $315,000 land value: $15.84 p.a.
- 95 hectare property in Little River, $600,000 land value: $91.97 p.a.
For information on other proposals being made through the Annual Plan process, please see Environment Canterbury’s consultation website: https://haveyoursay.ecan.govt.nz/annualplan
How to provide feedback:
- The feedback period is open until 5pm 19 March 2019
- Feedback can be submitted either:
o by post – print out this form, fill it in and send it back (freepost); or
o online – complete this form.
- You can also present the feedback you have submitted at a hearing on 30 April 2019.
Please forward this email to any members of your group or network that would be interested in the proposed changes.
Register by 6 March for the 2019 HUI FOR HEALTHY GREATER CHRISTCHURCH – Join us to hear presentations given at the International Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference held last year in Wellington. Our speakers all delivered presentations at last year’s conference, and this is an opportunity to hear these presentations again here in Christchurch. Cath Savage & Helen Leahy – Whānau wellbeing through self-determination. Paul Dalziel – An overview of Wellbeing Economics: The capabilities approach to prosperity. Ciarán Fox, Lucy D’Aeth and Sue Turner – All Right? – Growing population literacy and agency in mental wellbeing. Kirsty Peel – The Canterbury Wellbeing Index. Check out the programme Healthy ChCh Workshop
We will also provide an update about the expansion from Healthy Christchurch to Healthy Greater Christchurch, and there will be time in the afternoon to connect with other signatories over whatever thoughts or projects you choose. Please see the attached final programme for details. Once again we’re looking forward to a dynamic community event – please register on-line here by Wednesday 6 March to reserve your place.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Quigley is the Coordinator for Okuti Valley and Reynolds Valley his address is as follows – 175 Okuti Valley Road, Phone 980 1071, email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.