Redwood Library reopening delayed due to structural concerns

Redwood Library was scheduled to reopen next week following repairs and refurbishments. Investigations have found that the building requires more work than planned.

Christchurch City Council Acting Head of Libraries and Information Erica Rankin says that cracks have been found in the building’s concrete slab foundation around structural steel columns. Engineers need to assess the damage and determine the best way to carry out repairs.

A mobile library vehicle will continue visiting the Redwood Library car park twice a week on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am and Fridays from 3pm to 4pm, and at this stage a new opening date has not been announced.

See these photos for a peek through the windows at the current state of the building. More information at:…/redwood-library…/


Parenting Week 2019: starts 9 September

Parenting Week 2019 is coming up – there’s a programme of events to support families running from Monday, 9th September through to Thursday 19th September. Coordinated by The Neighbourhood Trust, there are opportunities to hear from: Pio Terei; Dame/Dr Sue Bagshaw; Mike King; Jax Hamilton; and many more. Click through for more information and a full listing of events:

Parenting Week – Neighbourhood Trust

Here at Neighbourhood Trust we are passionate about supporting families. Parenting has both it’s joys and it’s trials. With the help of parenting experts, advocates and agencies, from Christchurch and further afield, we have put together a programme of events over 10 days.”


Community Board votes for lights on Harewood Road

At the meeting on 17 August, the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board: heard public deputations on the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection; heard from staff who presented a report on the intersection, which included a summary of public feedback from the recent consultation, and an independent safety assessment; and then unanimously passed resolutions to recommend

  1. traffic signals at the intersection
  2. staff investigation of funding for traffic signals, and
  3. revocation of previous approvals and resolutions that would conflict with the implementation of lights (which includes a Council resolution passed in 2010 but never implemented, to reduce the road from two lanes to one lane in each direction).

The Board’s recommendations will go to an upcoming meeting of the Council’s Infrastructure, Transport, and Environment Committee, which in turn will make a recommendation to the full Council. The full minutes of the meeting are available at:…/FWHB_20190817_MIN_38…


Council staff recommend 30km/h zone for Papanui

Following public consultation in July, Council staff have recommended that a 30km/h speed zone be implemented for Sisson Dr, Restell St, Winston Ave, and part of Langdons Rd. The majority of public submissions on this proposal were in favour of the 30km/h limit, and only five out of a total of 49 opposed any form of speed reduction. A number of other suggestions were made by members of the public, including improvements to mall intersections. Mall intersection concerns ‘have been passed on to Northlands Mall management’ but no other action appears planned within the current project. Details can be found at item 9 in the agenda for this Friday’s meeting of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board:…/PICB_20190823_AGN_32…


Agenda of Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board – 23 Aug 2019

The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board will meet this Friday 23 August at 9am in the Papanui boardroom. The agenda includes: the proposed 30km/h speed zone for Sisson Dr / part of Langdons Rd / Restell St / Winston Ave (more to come in a separate post); funding allocations for board projects (garden awards, youth events etc); seven applications to the Board’s Youth Development Fund; and an area report on initiatives and issues current within the Community Board area. The meeting is open for the public to attend. Click through for the full agenda:…/PICB_20190823_AGN_32…

Agenda of Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board – 23 00 2019


Papanui Ward nominations for the 2019 local body elections

The final nominations for Papanui Ward in the 2019 local body elections are as follows:

For Councillor (1 Vacancy):

  • Davidson, Mike (Independent)
  • McCluskey, Nathan (The People’s Choice – Labour)
  • McDougall, Peter (Independent Citizens)
  • Stringer, John (Independent)

For Community Board (2 Vacancies):

  • Benaia, Merav (The People’s Choice – Labour)
  • Britten, Simon (Think Papanui)
  • McCluskey, Nathan (The People’s Choice – Labour)
  • McDougall, Peter (Independent Citizens)
  • Norrish, Emma (Independent)

A list of confirmed candidates for all Christchurch City Council positions can be found at the following link. More details will be shared on the Council’s website in the coming weeks. Voting papers will be delivered from Friday 20 September 2019, and voting closes at noon on Saturday 12 October.…/ELT60CH19_candidates.htm


Main North Road bus priority project delayed

Earlier this year the Council announced that construction of the Main North Road bus priority project was planned from July. There has been no sign of action yet, and Think Papanui has been advised by Council that NZ Transport Agency funding for the project is not confirmed. An update is expected to be sent to businesses and affected property owners this week.

Edit: 20 August update – the Council has confirmed that work on the Main North Road bus priority project will not commence until 2020 at the earliest. There is no confirmation if or when funding from NZTA will be made available for the project and no confirmed construction timeline.


St Vincent De Paul store reopens

There were long queues waiting in the rain for the reopening of the St Vincent De Paul store in Papanui on Saturday. Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Councillor for Papanui Ward Mike Davidson were on hand for the opening, in a new building constructed on the old Vinnies site at 19 Langdons Road.
The store had been located at Bishopdale Mall during construction. Shop manager Polly Fisher said that support had been wonderful, and that regulars as well as new customers had supported the store while at its temporary site.
The primary objective of the store is to provide clothing and other items at very reasonable prices, and income from sales goes into supporting needs in the community. All stock is donated, and there is always a need for more – goods can be left at the Society’s clothing bins, dropped off at the Papanui store, or free pickup can be arranged.
Store hours are 9am-4pm weekdays, and 10am-3pm on Saturdays.


Consultation closing on Cranford Street transport projects

Reminder: consultation on the Council’s proposed transport projects in the Cranford Street area closes on Monday 19 August. A range of projects are being proposed to assist in managing traffic flows resulting from the opening of the Christchurch Northern Corridor in mid 2020, including main road and intersection upgrades, traffic calming and turning restrictions, work on cycle routes, and more. A significant portion of the road network in the area is proposed to be restricted to 40km/h. For more information and an online feedback form, see:…/consultations-an…/haveyoursay/show/257

Transport projects in the Cranford Street area

These projects are planned to mitigate the effects of the Christchurch Northern Corridor opening.”