Kmart Papanui’s 2 April opening date has come and gone, but the retailer has joined others including The Warehouse, Briscoes, Noel Leeming, Mitre 10, and Warehouse Stationery in offering a limited range of essential items to online shoppers.
Think Papanui’s page tracking what shops and services are open has been updated – two more banks have been confirmed to be opening one day a week (BNZ at Northlands and also Kiwibank Papanui).
What’s open in the Papanui area?
“Note: the purpose of this page is to assist our community in accessing essential services during the COVID-19 lockdown commenced in March 2020. It is not intended to encourage people to go out more…”
The Christchurch City Council will hold an online meeting this Thursday 2 April. The Council has revoked delegations previously granted to Community Boards, so any matters specific to the Papanui area that need addressing in the short term will be dealt with by Council or the Council's Emergency Committee – there are no such items on this week's agenda, which is focused on COVID-19. The meeting will be streamed online and a recording will be made available after the fact. Click through to read the agenda for the meeting:
The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board has published a COVID-19 update. Click through for information including things to do from home, help with budgeting, and contacts for the Papanui-Innes governance team.
Garden City Produce is a wholesale supplier owned by a Papanui local, with approval to operate as an essential service including 'zero interaction' home deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables while we are in Level 4 lockdown. The best way to arrange an order is to send an email to the address in the post below. Click through to the Garden City Produce Facebook page for more info.
Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten rounds up stories from the past week (which has understandingly been dominated by COVID-19):
Top post of the week was the news last Saturday that all Council community facilities were closing until further notice.
The only non-COVID-19 story of the week concerned last Sunday’s night closure of QEII Drive.
I linked to a Newshub story on last week’s Community Board meeting.
The Council assured us that essential services would continue to be provided while the city is in a Level 4 lockdown.
I shared news from Northlands Shopping Centre as we approached Level 4.
The Council met on Tuesday to determine governance arrangements during the COVID-19 emergency period.
I shared outcomes, minutes, and the live video from last week’s Community Board meeting.
Think Papanui’s ‘subscribe for a chance to win’ mailing list promotion is continuing, although winners may have to wait to utilise their cafe-voucher prizes.
Think Papanui’s Facebook followers gave useful feedback on the proposed local “what’s open” page, and shortly thereafter the page was launched.
Northlands Shopping Centre has posted details of opening hours and access arrangements for essential services still operating under the Level 4 alert.
The ‘teddy bear hunt‘ underway around New Zealand has arrived in the Papanui area also.
Feedback is always welcome on Think Papanui’s content, either on Facebook or Instagram, or directly to me.
With warm regards
Has your household been on a bear hunt? Teddy bears have been spotted in windows around Papanui, providing a point of interest for children. (Remember, it’s okay to go out for fresh air, but keep to your bubble and keep close to home.)
Coronavirus: New Zealanders start teddy bear hunt for kids during Covid-19 lockdown
Northlands Shopping Centre has confirmed that Countdown, Life Pharmacy, and Pak’nSave are the three essential services that remain open, along with ANZ and BNZ ATMs (but not bank branches). See the Northlands post for details of access and opening hours.
What's open in Papanui? Think Papanui is trialling a page with information on essential services open in our local area, with the objective of assisting our community in accessing these services during the COVID-19 lockdown. This page will NOT include a listing of "what's closed" as the list would be too long. If you're aware of any errors or omissions, please send a message, keeping in mind this is a volunteer effort being maintained on a best-efforts basis.
What’s open in the Papanui area?
Note: the purpose of this page is to assist our community in accessing essential services during the COVID-19 lockdown commenced in March 2020. It is not intended to encourage people to go out more…
Question: as we go into Alert Level 4, would it be useful to have a “what’s open in the Papanui area” page on Think Papanui? It would be focused on local info, maintained on a ‘best efforts’ basis, and would not replace official Council and Government information sources. Please let me know your thoughts. ^Simon