Emergency Mobile Alert test this Sunday

If your phone supports Emergency Mobile Alerts, be aware that you’ll likely receive a test message this Sunday 28 May between 6pm-7pm. Click through for more information: https://getready.govt.nz/en/prepared/stay-informed/emergency-mobile-alert/nationwide-tests/

📲The Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) system is being tested Sunday 28 May between 6 and 7 pm. The nationwide test is a necessary part of making sure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well.

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Hine Atawhai – a Sisters of Mercy chapel in Papanui

Have you seen this chapel on Windermere Road? It’s one of the last remnants of Loreto College, a Sisters of Mercy boarding school for primary-aged boys which opened in 1930. There’s now a community organisation on the site, and the chapel remains in use as a youth and community space while awaiting funding for repairs and improvements. Today the chapel carries the name Hine Atawhai, acknowledging and preserving the link to the Sisters of Mercy.

A few photos of the school can be found at this link:

11 May Community Board meeting outcomes

On Thursday 11 May, the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board:

  • received six public forum presentations and one deputation;
  • received correspondence on vehicle speeds on Rutland Street;
  • approved Greening the East tree plantings and associated parking changes for Worcester, Cashel, and Hereford streets;
  • recommended the Council approves an outdoor dining licence for C1 Cafe;
  • approved stopping and parking restrictions outside Christchurch Adventist School;
  • laid a funding application to support the Edmonds Factory Garden Party on the table pending further information, and approved an application from the St Albans Residents Association;
  • adopted the Board’s plan for 2023-25;
  • received an Area Report on issues and initiatives current within the Board area;
  • and exchanged information on matters of interest.

The Board will next meet on Thursday 15 June.

Click through for the full minutes: https://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2023/05/PCBCC_20230511_MIN_9115_AT.PDF

Green light for Northern Line cycleway crossings and missing sections

Today the Christchurch City Council has approved the detailed design of incomplete sections of the Northern Line major cycleway route. Staff have advised that construction of missing sections north of Northcote Road can start next month, and crossing upgrades at Harewood, Langdons, and Sawyers Arms Roads in late 2023. (Pictured: the crossing at Barnes Road, showing the cycleway continuing north along the railway line towards Main North Road.)

Agenda for 11 May Community Board meeting

The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board will meet at 4pm on Thursday 11 May at the Phillipstown Community Hub. The agenda includes:

  • public participation;
  • Greening the East tree plantings on Worcester, Cashel, and Hereford Streets;
  • an outdoor dining licence for C1 cafe;
  • parking changes for Christchurch Adventist School (pic);
  • two applications to the Board’s Discretionary Response Fund;
  • a recommendation to adopt the Board’s Plan for 2023-25;
  • and an Area Report on initiatives and issues current within the Board area.

Members of the public can attend the meeting in person, and it will be livestreamed on the Board’s YouTube & Facebook pages. Click through for the full agenda:

Foodstuffs silent on Papanui PAK’nSAVE opening date, Oil Changers impact

“Coming soon!” says the stickman on the hoarding on Main North Road, as a new PAK’nSAVE supermarket rises from the ground at the Northcote Road corner.

Detailed building plans sighted by Think Papanui show the supermarket will have a ground floor footprint of 6,263m2, and offices and staff facilities on a mezzanine floor above.

An extract from the plans for the Papanui PAK’nSAVE. The footprint of the existing Oil Changers building can be seen on the left, with the text “existing building to be demolished near the end of the project.”

The consented building plans also indicate that the adjacent Oil Changers building will be demolished “near the end of the project”. Think Papanui first reported a year ago that Oil Changers might be demolished to make way for supermarket car parking. At that time, and again in recent weeks, Oil Changers’ owner Geoff Smart has advised Think Papanui that he has no plans to shift.

The Papanui PAK’nSAVE building site in April 2023, with the Oil Changers building visible on the right.

It is not yet clear when the project is due for completion. Sources have suggested several dates ranging from late 2023 to mid 2024, but at this stage no official word has been forthcoming.

Another view of the Papanui PAK’nSAVE building site in April 2023

Think Papanui has repeatedly asked grocery giant Foodstuffs for comment on the supermarket’s opening date, on the impacts on the adjacent Oil Changers business, and on future plans for the current PAK’nSAVE site at Northlands Shopping Centre. To date the only response received did not address these questions.

13 April Community Board meeting outcomes

On Thursday 13 April, the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board:

  • received three public forum presentations;
  • approved parking and stopping restrictions for Dorset Street and the Dawson Street / Kilmore Street Intersection;
  • approved four applications to the Board’s Discretionary Response Fund;
  • and received an area report on issues and initiatives within the Board area.

The Board will next meet on Thursday 11 May at the Phillipstown Community Hub. Click through to read the full minutes: