Kmart Papanui store confirmed

After repeatedly denying plans to open a Papanui store, Kmart has now confirmed that it will be relocating its Shirley store to Langdons Road in Papanui in early 2020. “The decision to relocate the store to Papanui is part of our vision to continue to grow our store network in Christchurch, and we are doing this by ensuring our stores are in the best locations to service our customers now and well into the future … We look forward to welcoming everybody into our new store in early 2020.” The full Kmart press release can be found at…


As at 6pm Monday Rutland St closed due to a falling power pole

As at 6pm Monday Rutland St has been closed between Weston Rd & McFaddens Rd due to a falling power pole. Follow Transport for Christchurch for updates.


Rutland St is currently CLOSED between Weston Rd and McFaddens Rd due to a falling power pole, Fire Services are currently on site until Orion arrive to cut the power and secure the line. ^JP”


Paddington Reserve feedback to go to Community Board

Consultation update: this week’s Nor’West News reports that public feedback on the proposed playground renewal at Paddington Reserve has been complied and a staff report will go to the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board in May or June.
The full digital edition of the Nor’West News can be found at:…/view/626…/norwest-news-april-30-2019
Public submissions on the playground renewal can be found at:…/consultations-an…/haveyoursay/show/228


Recap: the week ended 26 April

Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten rounds up stories covered over the past week:

Over this week I’ve seen a lot of backed up traffic on Main North Road southbound through Redwood, due to a lane closure at Prestons Road. These works are due to be completed before next Monday (but there’ll be some more works in the area during the July school holidays).

Last week I mentioned the contentious cost of a picnic table for the Shirley Community site, and there’s been a follow-up in the Nor’West News. I’ve also seen a few elected members and others in the community taking to Facebook to voice various views on the issue.

We’ve had good news for our environment and for the Cranford Basin area in particular, with up to 40,000 kahikatea trees to be planted there in an initiative funded by central Government. This was Think Papanui’s top post of the week. The Cranford Basin will also partially be developed for housing in the next few years, while a large area will continue to be used for stormwater management.

Starting this Saturday 27 April there’ll be a 6-day series of ‘sustainable living‘ events taking place at Papanui Library.

If your wheelie bins are normally collected on a Thursday or Friday you may have noticed by now that there’s been a change due to the ANZAC Day public holiday. Thursday’s collection moved to Friday, and Friday’s to Saturday.

On Think Papanui I have published a reminder that this is a local body election year, and shared City Council information on timing, enrolment, and more.

Closing today: nominations for Community Service Awards close at 5pm today. This is an opportunity to recognise individuals for significant voluntary community service.

Feedback is always welcome on Think Papanui’s content, either on Facebook or Instagram, or directly to me.
With warm regards
Simon Britten

Local body Elections coming up later this year

Local body elections are coming up later this year. All enrolled voters can cast a vote for their preferred Mayoral candidate, while Councillors and Community Board members will be elected by voters from the wards they represent. The current Councillor and Community Board members in Papanui Ward have confirmed they will be standing again, as will Think Papanui’s Simon Britten. Click through for more details:

Election year is chance to build the Christchurch you want

With local body elections only six months away, people in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are being encouraged to consider becoming a candidate and to make sure they are registered to vote.”


Wheelie bin collection changes

If your wheelie bins are normally collected on Thursdays, they’ll instead be emptied on Friday 26 April this week. Friday’s collection moves to Saturday. For more information, see the Christchurch City Council website or Facebook page.

With ANZAC Day coming up this week, Thursday 25 April’s bin collections will be moved to Friday 26 April, and Friday bin collections will be moved to Saturday 27 April.

Our EcoDrop will be closed on Thursday, but will be open the rest of the week. For more visit:

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Sustainable Living series at Papanui Library

The Sustainable Living Series at Papanui Library starts this Saturday 27 April with the ‘Great Stash Swap’ (bring and choose/take crafting supplies). On Sunday 28 April there’s a presentation on Tiny House Building & Living, Monday has a session on gardening, Tuesday the Community Energy Action Trust is presenting, Wednesday there’s an Upcycling Craft activity, then finally on Thursday 2 May an interactive ‘Love Your Rubbish’ session. Click through for details:

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living Series at Papanui Library – April and May 2019 Papanui Library is hosting free activities, demonstrations, information…”


40,000 kahikatea trees for Cranford Basin

This week’s Nor’West News reports that up to 40,000 kahikatea trees will be planted in the Cranford Basin as part of a Government initiative to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. It isn’t clear to Think Papanui exactly which part of the basin is to be planted. Last year it was reported that around 370 houses are planned to be built in Cranford Basin, with the first 40 expected by the end of 2020.