Recap: the week ended 31 May

Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten rounds up stories from the past week:

I’ve been asking both the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Christchurch City Council for information on aspects of the Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) project. One thing I wanted to understand was the detail behind the benefits that are being claimed for the CNC project, and my article on this was shared last weekend.

On Monday the Council announced that two new e-scooter companies have received permits to operate in Christchurch. With fleets of 300 scooters each adding to Lime’s existing 1,000, this will bring the total number of commercially hired scooters in the city up to the current cap of 1,600.

Top post of the week was the Nor’West News article on Northcote School’s ‘Bikes in Schools’ project, which will provide a sealed cycle track at the school, along with helmets and a fleet of 50 bikes.

At the opening of the 2019 Polyphony youth voice art exhibition at the Papanui Library

In last week’s recap I mentioned the opening of the Polyphony youth voice art exhibition at Papanui Library. I’ve compiled a brief video with some highlights from the opening, and if you visit the library you will now see the new artworks up on the windows. (On a related note, I would like to make more use of Think Papanui’s YouTube channel, so if you’d like to join the early adopters in subscribing, I’d be very grateful.)

I’ve written up a summary of the minutes from last Friday’s meeting of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board.

By the time this recap is published, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board will have met jointly with the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board to discuss the finalised plan to manage traffic downstream of the CNC. Having attended the meeting, I’ll aim to publish a summary over the weekend.

Plenty of people participated in Thursday’s public meeting on proposed changes to the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection.

On the back of frustrations from residents who felt they weren’t being heard, Councillor Aaron Keown arranged a public meeting to discuss proposed changes at the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection. The meeting was well attended and I have to say in a much improved mood compared with the previous week’s sessions.

I’ve shared a couple of progress photos of the Windermere retirement village construction, taken from the Condell Avenue side of the site.

Papanui High School has shared the news that further industrial action by teachers is commencing next week, with no classes for year 9 on Tuesday 4 June.

On Wednesday 5 June the community can participate in a planting and weeding day at Papanui Bush on Langdons Road. The event will be cancelled if it’s raining.

Having examined the benefits of the project, I followed up with an article examining the cost to construct the Christchurch Northern Corridor. Is spending on track? Probably? What is the Council’s share of the cost? I really can’t even tell how much Council expected to pay.

Closing soon:

Voting papers should be out by now for school trustee elections. Voting closes at noon on Friday 7 June 2019.

Coming up:

I’m not a football follower, but apparently there’s a big game this Sunday morning? If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the Champions League Final on a big screen, it’ll be live at Papanui Baptist Church. Arrive from 6:30am with a contribution for a breakfast BBQ, and the match will start at 7am. I’ll be on duty behind the espresso machine.

Feedback is always welcome on Think Papanui’s content, either on Facebook or Instagram, or directly to me.
With warm regards
Simon Britten

Calculating the cost of the Christchurch Northern Corridor

Following the previous article on the Christchurch Northern Corridor’s benefits, this one examines the cost to construct the project. Click through for details.

Calculating the cost of the Christchurch Northern Corridor

Analysis: The construction of the Christchurch Northern Corridor is nearing completion. It was described as a $240 million project at the time that the construction contract was awarded in 2016. No…”


Further strike to impact year 9 students: Tue 4 June

Papanui High School year 9 students (and your parents & caregivers): please note you won’t have classes next Tuesday 4 June due to further industrial action. (This will likely impact other state secondary schools too?)

Notification of Further PPTA Strike Action.

The PPTA have informed us today, 30th May 2019, that they are now giving notice (Pursuant to Section 74AC of the State Sector Act 1988) that teachers who are members of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) and who are bound by the Secondary…”


Further PPTA Strike Action – Principals Welcome – Our School – Papanui High School


Harewood/Gardiners/Breens public meeting: 6pm Thu 30 May

Were you left frustrated by the lack of a town-hall style open discussion forum at the recent Harewood/Gardiners/Breens consultation meetings? That's the headline in this week's Nor'West News. In response to residents' requests, Councillor Aaron Keown is hosting a public meeting this Thursday 30 May at 6pm at the Bishopdale Community Centre. The Council's proposals are open for feedback until Monday 10 June.


Community Boards will meet to consider CNC traffic plan, residents prepare to ‘peacefully rebel’

The St Albans Residents Association is rallying the community to ‘peacefully rebel’ outside the Council chambers this Friday ahead of the joint Community Board meeting to consider the Christchurch Northern Corridor Downstream Effects Management Plan.

Staff have recommended that the Boards: receive and endorse then plan; recommend to Council to endorse the plan; and note that Council staff will commence design & consultation on the first stage of the proposed interventions.

(Note that this joint meeting will also consider no stopping restrictions for North Avon Road, which is on the boundary between the Innes and Central Wards.)

Follow the link below for the online version of the agenda, which includes a full copy of the final downstream plan and other supporting information. It’s a big document, and there is also a PDF available for those who find that format more manageable to read.…/JM-LA_20190531_AGN_3…


24 May Board meeting outcomes

At their meeting on 24 May, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board: approved one application to the Board's Discretionary Response Fund and deferred decisions on two others; approved two applications to the Board's Positive Youth Development Fund; and received an area report covering initiatives and issues current within the Community Board area. The Board also asked staff to follow up on the possible installation of traffic lights at the Langdons/Greers intersection – as has been covered on Think Papanui, lights at that intersection are a resource consent requirement for the final stage of the Langdons Rd retail development, but aren't funded in the Council's budget and aren't required prior to Kmart opening on the site. The board will next meet on 14 June. Click through to read the full minutes:…/PICB_20190524_MIN_32…


Northcote School plans project to get kids on bikes

In this week’s Nor’West News you can read about Northcote School’s ‘Bikes in Schools’ project, which will include an asphalt track on the school grounds and a fleet of up to 50 bikes. The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board has granted $8,000 towards the $90,000 project. The full digital edition of the paper can be found at:…/v…/62674055/norwest-news-may-28-2019