The Northern Community Market will run both Saturday and Sunday this weekend (27 & 28 May), from 10am-1pm at the Redwood Hotel, 340 Main North Road. See the market’s Facebook page or northerncommunitymarket.co.nz for more information.
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.
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.)
This Sunday 7 May at 10am St Paul’s Anglican Church, Papanui will hold a service in honour of the coronation of King Charles III. All welcome – dress in your Sunday best & enjoy morning tea afterwards.
“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.
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.
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.
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.