Papanui Library scheduled to re-open Monday 31 October

It’s looking like Papanui Library is on track to re-open this coming Monday 31 October following a six-week closure for refurbishment.

Head of Libraries and Information Carolyn Robertson says “When Papanui Library reopens, visitors will find a rearranged layout that will make things easier for customers, new flooring, roofing and bathrooms, internal and external painting, a renewed air conditioning system and landscaping.”

Papanui Library closed for refurbishment from Sunday 18 September 4pm, scheduled to re-open Monday 31 October 9am


Community Board inaugural meeting outcome

At the inaugural meeting of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board this morning Emma Norrish was elected chair and Simon Britten deputy chair. The first ordinary meeting of the Board will be held on Thursday 10 November at 9am in the Papanui boardroom. Thanks to the St Albans News for further details:

The new Papanui Innes Central Community Board was sworn in on Friday morning (28 October), minus one of the successful Innes candidates who resigned before the first meeting. The board has not publicly announced the resignation yet but a postal by-election is on the cards for early 2023 -these things take time to organise. A similar sort of thing is happening on the West Coast – it requires a byelection rather than taking the next person closest in voting, which was Mark Wilson. Back row Papanui councillor Victoria Penstock, Papanui community board member and deputy chair Simon Britten, central city councillor Jake McLellan, central community board member John Miller and Innes community board member Emma Twaddell. Front row Central community board member Sunita Gautam, board chair Emma Norrish and Innes councillor Pauline Cotter. Emma Norrish and Simon Britten’s names were drawn from a black cap for the chair positions after votes were 4-4 with Sunita Gautam missing out on the draw. by CEO Dawn Baxendale.

Image credit: St Albans News


Papanui Community Toy Library seeks new space

Papanui Community Toy Library is looking for space in north Christchurch to run the Library on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and store their toys.

The Library is a not for profit organisation and their sole purpose is to assist parents with the physical and social development of young children through play. Their aim is to reduce the impact on the environment and improve play in children. They rely heavily on community grants, fundraising and volunteers to run the group.

If you’ve got some spare space and are keen to help out a community group at an affordable price, please let them know!

They have to move on from their current spot due to the sale of the site, and can provide an excellent reference. Size of space needed approximately 60-100sqm.
Please contact or message via the Papanui Community Toy Library Facebook Page.


Inaugural meeting: Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board

The Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board will hold an inaugural meeting at 9am on Friday 28 October in the Papanui boardroom. Board members will be sworn in, a chairperson and deputy chairperson will be elected, statutory requirements will be explained, and a date will be set for the Board’s first ordinary meeting. The meeting is open for the public to attend, and will be livestreamed on the Board’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Click through for the full agenda:


Halloween Community Kids Event at St James Park

There is still space available at the Halloween Community Kids Event hosted by Ray White Papanui and Rotary Club of Papanui. This is a free event but registration is required to manage numbers.
Calling all ghouls and boys please join us in St James Park, Papanui on Halloween for our free community kids event. This year the witches have taken over and to receive your goodie bag you’ll need to find all the magic potion ingredients around the park, frogs legs, ravens feathers and mermaid hair included! Dress up in your favourite costume!
What? Free community kids Halloween activity proudly hosted by Ray White Papanui and Rotary
When? Monday 31st October 2022 from 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Who? Kids under 12 years accompanied by an adult
Where? St James Park, Papanui
Rotary will be running a fundraising sausage sizzle so please bring change.

Halloween | Community Kids Event | Hosted by Ray White Papanui & Rotary


Neighbourhood Trust Light Party: 31 October

The Neighbourhood Trust will be running their annual Light Party on Monday 31 October from 4:30pm-7pm, with free family entertainment, including:
Massive inflatable playground
Kids’ jeeps
Face painting
Pre-schoolers playroom
Black light disco
Kids’ entertainers
Live music
Sausage sizzle
There’ll also be a coffee cart, Mr Whippy & shaved ice available to purchase.
See the Facebook event for more details.