Papanui in Pictures – share a photo from the Papanui area

Closes 21 July 2019: share a photo from the Papanui area and be in the draw for a $50 gift card courtesy of Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui.
Entry link:
What's your favourite thing about the Papanui area? Take a photo anywhere in the Papanui Ward in Christchurch, New Zealand and submit it to Think Papanui through the online form. Selected photos will be shared on Think Papanui, and one person will be drawn at random to receive a $50 gift voucher, courtesy of Mitre 10 Mega Papanui. This promotion will run until the end of the July school holidays – 5pm on 21 July 2019. See the promotion rules at the bottom of the entry page for terms & conditions.
Link to a gallery of submitted photos:

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Te Wai Ora o Tāne Draft Integrated Water Strategy

Are you looking for more information on the draft Christchurch City Council integrated water strategy? On Wednesday 3 July there's an information session at Belfast School from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Click through for more information, including times/locations of other information sessions:…/consultations-an…/haveyoursay/show/245

Te Wai Ora o Tāne Draft Integrated Water Strategy

We'd like your feedback on an integrated water strategy for Ōtautahi Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula. The draft strategy covers Christchurch's water supply, wastewater, and stormwater.


Recap: the week ended 28 June

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

Last Saturday students from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School were at Northlands Mall, fundraising for our local Plunket.

Papanui High School’s production ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr’ ran from Wednesday to Saturday last week. I shared a photo of the set as I waited for Saturday’s performance to begin.

These weekly recaps of local news are now also available in video form – see Think Papanui’s channel on YouTube for regular updates of video content.

Earlier this week the City Council met to finalise the Annual Plan/Budget for the coming year. I shared some information and links, and in the comments on the Facebook post also a follow-up link after the meeting.

The Nor’West News kindly mentioned Think Papanui’s ‘Papanui in Pictures’ photo promotion, which runs through until 21 July. I’m really enjoying the photos that are being submitted by members of the community – see this link for a gallery that will continue to be updated.

Environment Canterbury also finalised their Annual Plan recently. Unlike the City Council, ECan’s rates will rise more than had been forecast.

If you’re interested in following construction progress on the Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) project, top post of the week on Think Papanui was a share of the NZTA’s new drone flyover video.

On Tuesday police held a training exercise at the Helene Curtis building on Main North Road.

I shared some information on the agenda for the 28 June meeting of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board. The Area Report for this meeting includes an update on the previously-raised issue of the state of the paths through St James Park.

On Tuesday I attended the first of two Candidate Information Sessions being run by the City Council in the lead-up to the local body elections. I’ve published a video with a summary of the content of the session. The second info session is on Thursday 4 July.

On Wednesday afternoon there was a road closure and detour at Wairakei Road / Ilam Road due to a water main blowout. This was resolved by the end of that day.

On Wednesday evening I attended this month’s Papanui Business Community Networking Meeting in my capacity as the owner of Think Papanui. Thanks for the invite 🙂

When I picked up my produce this week from the vege co-op at Northgate Trust I heard that they’ve had a few new customers sign up since last week’s post on Think Papanui – thanks for joining in!

Closing soon:

Coming up:

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

Marshland, Spencerville & Kainga area speed management plan

Reminder: the Christchurch City Council proposal for a speed management plan just east of Papanui Ward is open for feedback until Tuesday 2 July. Click through for details and a feedback form:

Marshland, Spencerville & Kainga area speed management plan

We’re working with the Police and NZTA to find ways to make the roads safer in this area. This includes lowering a number of existing 80 km/h and 70 km/h speed limits to 60 km/h.”


Christchurch Elections 2019: attending a candidate information session

Think Papanui attended this week’s candidate information evening. See this video for a recap, and note that there’s a second info evening on Thursday 4 July – for more on that, see:
Facebook event:


Growth in vege co-op customers

It’s great to hear that Northgate Trust has some new vege co-op customers after last week’s post on Think Papanui. See this photo for the contents of this week’s bag:

Vege bags have arrived, with two Butternut Squash, two Broccoli’s, Pears, Apples, Bananas and Kiwifruit. If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for!! We also add a recipe for those more obscure vegetables. This weeks recipe Stuffed & Roasted Squash. Email for…”



26 June: road closure & detour near Papanui Ward (since resolved)

Edit: two-way traffic was restored by 5:10pm on the 26th

There’s a road closure & detour just on the edge of Papanui Ward – take care if you’re in the vicinity of Aorangi/Ilam/Jeffreys Roads, and follow Transport for Christchurch for updates.


A water main has blown out on Ilam Rd, a No Entry has been installed westbound into Ilam Rd.

Motorists wishing to access Ilam Rd from Wairakei Rd should use Idris Rd and Jeffreys Rd or Aorangi Rd. ^JP”


Agenda of Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board – 28 June 2019

The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board will meet this Friday at 9am in the Charles Upham Room at the Papanui RSA. The agenda includes: a Stop sign and no stopping restrictions for Nyoli Street at Sawyers Arms Road; a revisit of the funding application from Aratupu Preschool for support with a mural (laid on the table at the Board’s 24 May meeting); another application to the Board’s Discretionary Response Fund, and one to the Board’s Positive Youth Development Fund; and an Area Report covering initiatives and issues current within the Community Board area (including a staff report on the prospect of asphalting footpaths in St James Park). Click through to read the full agenda:…/PICB_20190628_AGN_32…

Agenda of Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board – 28 00 2019


25 June: Police training exercise

Police are undergoing a training drill today 25 June at the Helene Curtis building (Main North Road near QEII Drive / Northcote Road). This is an emergency simulation that will involve police staff both in uniform and in plain clothing. Thanks Papanui High School for the heads-up! Click through to read more:…/police-training-exercise-ou…

Police training exercise in our area.