Restoring nature: Man’s mission to return a Christchurch reserve back to bush

There’s coverage on Stuff today of Papanui Bush, and in particular the work of Denis McMurtrie. A community planting day is coming up on Friday 27 May if you’d like to help out. Click through to read more:

Restoring nature: Man’s mission to return a Christchurch reserve back to bush


Watch out for a traffic signal fault at the QEII / Main North / Northcote inters…

Watch out for a traffic signal fault at the QEII / Main North / Northcote intersection this morning. (If the lights are now working please comment so I can update the post, thanks ^SB)


The traffic signals at the intersection of SH74M Main North Rd/Queen Elizabeth II Dr/Northcote Rd are now operational, however, the contractor is still on site. ^JP

6:15 AM

Due to a fault, the traffic signals at the intersection of SH74M Main North Rd/QEII Dr/Northcote Rd are currently in flashing. Motorists are advised to slow down when approaching the intersection and apply the Give Way rule. This is may cause delays in the area until the fault has been fixed and people should allow extra time for their journey. ^JP


Community Board agenda: Wed 18 May

The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board will meet next Wednesday 18 May at 9:30am. The agenda includes: public participation; consideration of Community Service Award recipients; and an area report on initiatives and issues within the Board area. Meeting attendance is only possible via an Audio/Visual link or by viewing a live stream on the Board’s YouTube channel or Facebook page. Click through to read the full agenda:


Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui: hardware retail store of the year

Congratulations to Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui!

📣Breaking news 📣
Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui has just WON for the second year in a row NZ Hardware Journal’s retail store of the year!! That’s not only beating every other Mitre 10 in the country but our competitors as well! We’re so thrilled to be recognised as a standout in our industry. Fair to say GM Josh Tasker (and our whole team) is feeling pretty stoked… 🥳🥳


Papanui Bush maintenance on Friday 13 May

On Friday 13 May from 9:30am to 12:30pm there’s an opportunity to join Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and the Rotary Club of Papanui in weeding and releasing plantings at Papanui Bush, behind Bridgestone Reserve on Langdons Road. BYO gloves, boots/shoes, water bottle and sunhat. Tools supplied, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Click through for details:


Board to consider submissions on plan change proposals

The submissions committee of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board will meet this Friday 6 May at 11am to consider making submissions to the Council on draft plan change consultations, including the draft Housing and Business Choice and Heritage plan changes. The meeting will be held by audio/visual link.

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PAK’nSAVE Papanui: design change could impact Oil Changers

Oil Changers has been trading on Northcote Road for close to twenty years and employs 10 staff. The building housing the business, however, has been proposed to be demolished by Foodstuffs to make way for supermarket car parking. News that the wrecking ball could be hanging over Oil Changers came to light recently in a variation to Foodstuff’s Resource Consent for the PAK’nSAVE supermarket under construction on the corner site. Oil Changers’ owner, however, has no plans to leave the site.

When originally consented in January 2020, the design for the PAK’nSAVE supermarket on the busy Main North Road / Northcote Road corner featured an underground car park, a fuel station, and promised to “…function as a lifeline hub in an emergency, distributing goods including food, fuel and drinking water and accommodating Civil Defence.” (Stuff, October 2018).

Both Oil Changers and also the former Mad Butcher building were retained in the original design.

In an amendment granted in June 2021 however, “as a result of geotechnical investigations” the basement car park has been removed from the design, and the commercial buildings on the corner site are set to be demolished to provide replacement parking spaces. The proposed fuel facility has also been removed from the design. Continue reading “PAK’nSAVE Papanui: design change could impact Oil Changers”

29 April Community Board meeting outcomes

At the 29 April meeting, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board: received public forum presentations from Delta Community Support Trust and on the state of public toilets in the Shirley area; approved safety improvements for the Marshland/Turners intersection; approved road names at 20 Mills Road; and received an area report on issues and initiatives within the Board area. The Board will next meet on Wednesday 18 May.

Click through to read the full minutes: