Council consultation reminder: Representation Review initial proposal

The Council is seeking feedback on its Representation Review initial proposal. The Representation Review is a process the Council completes every six years, to review things like how many elected members will represent you, Ward boundaries and the make-up of Community Boards. Part of the reason for doing this is to ensure each Ward represents a similar number of people, with a need to adjust boundaries to account for population changes throughout the city.

The Council’s initial proposal is to keep the current system of 16 Wards each electing a single Councillor, and to reduce the number of urban Community Boards from six to five, with each comprising three Wards. Under the current proposal, the Papanui-Innes area would be represented by a new Community Board comprising of the Papanui, Innes and Central Wards. Click through for more information and to give feedback:


Development underway in Papanui for Māori youth and whānau

When you walk down the quiet and leafy streets of Papanui, you might be surprised to see a big green sign directing you to a new Whare on Windermere Road. The sign belongs to Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi, who you may also be surprised to learn have been supporting rangatahi (young people) and whānau (families) in Ōtautahi for almost 40 years.

The 40 kaimahi (staff) of Te Ora Hou’s specialist team have supported thousands of Māori and Pasifika in Ōtautahi to complete the journey from Tamariki tū Rangatahi tū Rangatira (childhood into adulthood) in a safe and healthy way.

The aim is to begin a process of intergenerational change, disrupting negative cycles and helping to guide young people to realise their own potential – as good neighbours, employees, parents, family members and valued members of the wider community.

Te Ora Hou can represent a final chance for some rangatahi to take control of their own destiny, and carve out a path free from crime, violence and abuse and no one knows this better than seventeen-year-old Manahi, who states “I literally would be in jail right now if it wasn’t for Te Ora Hou – I know that.”

Manahi Kororareka-Heta (left) with Te Ora Hou staff member Sala Tiatia

Manahi started getting in trouble at a young age and was on a bad path. “The way I was heading, getting in trouble every day, my mentality was I’m just going to end up in jail. The majority of people in my family were in and out, and I just wanted to be like them.” Continue reading “Development underway in Papanui for Māori youth and whānau”

16 April Community Board meeting outcomes

At the 16 April meeting, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board:

    • heard from residents impacted by traffic calming measures being trialled downstream of the CNC;
    • requested a report with advice concerning the name ‘Gulati Lane’ for a development in Hills Road;
    • received a briefing from St Albans School students on their Innovating Streets Project;
    • approved four grants from the Board’s Discretionary Response Fund;
    • and received an area report on issues and initiatives within the Board area.

The Board will next meet on Friday 7 May.

Click through to read the full minutes:


St Albans community meeting to discuss urban development

Around 60 people turned out to Kohinga St Albans Community Centre tonight to hear from Duncan Webb Labour MP for Christchurch Central on housing and urban development in Christchurch, and specifically the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD). The Council is legally required to give effect to the NPS-UD, and it is anticipated that the community will be formally consulted next year on any proposed District Plan changes in relation to building heights and density. The NPS-UD stipulates that any plan changes need to be publicly notified for submissions by August 2022. Tonight’s meeting was hosted by the St Albans Residents Association.


Term 2 classes at Papanui High School Adult and Community Education

Term 2 classes with Papanui High School Adult and Community Education are open for enrolment now. See the link in this post for more information on Food & Cooking classes, as well as Arts & Crafts, Music, Languages, and more:

Papanui High School is offering two Indian Cooking classes for Term 2 both taught by Radhika Naidu. There is an Indian Cooking Made Easy Course which will teach you easy budget friendly recipes to enable you to cook Indian Food in your own kitchen. The other class is focussed on Cooking Indian Street Food. For further information and enrolment in these classes please visit our website or email Barbara Roper or telephone our office on 0335207011



Time running out for Long Term Plan submissions

The period for public submissions on the Draft 2021–31 Long Term Plan ends at midnight on Sunday 18 April. “You don’t need to have an opinion on every issue – if there’s just one pet project you want a say on, or one idea you’ve had for how ratepayer money could be spent or saved over the next few years, we encourage you to let us know right up until Sunday,” the Mayor says. Click through to read more, and for an online submission form:

Time running out for Long Term Plan submissions