St Albans News October/November issue now out

October2017

It looks like Duncan Webb has taken the Christchurch Central seat (of which St Albans is a large part) but the party vote at the preliminary count was close. We can only wait patiently while the parties negotiate to decide who will actually govern. The elections, the community picnic in Abberley Park and the new buildings at St Albans School are among the items featured in the October/November issue, which you can download to read by clicking the image on the righthand side.

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Election stats

According to statistics on the elections.org.nz website an estimated 79.32 per cent of voters in the Christchurch Central electorate that encompasses St Albans, have registered to vote as at September 17. The percentage is an estimate as the population figures are based on the 2013 census. Enrolment levels are highest amongst those aged 70+, with 95.1 per cent enrolled on the general roll for Christchurch Central. Those aged 35-70 also were highly likely to be enrolled (80%+) but numbers dropped down to a disappointing 53 per cent amongst 18-24 year olds. That age group contributed the largest number of enrolled voters in the Te Tai Tonga (or southern Maori) electorate living in Christchurch with 388 of the 1823 total voters from all age groups already signed up.

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Handful of places offer early voting

Few places have been authorised to offer advanced voting and none of them is in St Albans. The closest place to vote early in the Christchurch Central electorate is at the Central Library in Peterborough St, which you can do between 9am and 6pm until Friday September 17. Voting cards are not needed (they just speed up the process for the election officials) and if you have not already enrolled can do so and vote at the same time. Advanced voting is proving popular with numbers voting early up on 2014. Many people who won’t be in their electorate on voting day (September 23) or who will be working while the polling booths are open, choose to vote early.

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Community board opposes funding reduction

The Papanui-Innes Community Board is contesting the reduced amount it is receiving in Christchurch City Council funding to allocate for spending in the community. And they have written to the mayor about the reduction to voice their concerns.

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Cycling features at St Albans Residents AGM

SARA’s AGM on September 10 will feature Robert Fleming, a member of SPOKES who will talk about cycleways (Papanui Parallel in particular), recreational cycling v cycling for transport and the work that SPOKES does to promote cycling. AGM starts at 10am at the St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St. All welcome especially those willing to lend a hand making St Albans the best place in Christchurch to live.

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Special election issue of St Albans News

Election issue 2017
Young people could be the deciding factor in the 2017 election, if they bother to vote. That’s the intro to the Special Election Issue. Find out who have signalled plans to stand as candidates in the Christchurch Central electorate or in Te Tai Tonga, the Maori electorate that pretty much covers the South Island and a batch of smaller islands. Which party should we vote for? We won’t be telling you who to vote for but read contributions penned by old political hands and those aspiring to knock them off their perches. You can also follow some of the links to party websites and try out tools designed to help match your values with those espoused by the parties. And there’s a tiny bit of room left for some non-political news at the end. Click on the image to download.

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Get the scoop in St Albans News for August/September 2017

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Edgeware is getting a new cafe and bakery. It’s called the Edge and you can find it in the old Mitre 10 building sometime in Spring, right next to the Supervalue supermarket. The new cycleway may not be finished but it has been officially launched. Find out more about an old school in Springfield Rd that no longer exists but was built as a WWI war memorial and read Daph Parkin’s memories of St Albans School in the 30s and 40s. Find out more in the August/September 2017 edition of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.

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St Albans News June/July edition – now available to read


The transitional community centre is soon to transition to a park in Shirley but what will happen to community groups using the community centre in the meantime while the new centre is being built. The residents association (SARA) and the tennis club in Dover St have come up with a possible solution that is a win-win for both groups. If you have regrets about that tattoo you got when you were a teenager and want it removed you might be interested to know there is a place in Springfield Rd that will help you do just that. Find out more in the June/July edition of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.

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St Albans News April/May 2017


Want to know what issues concern St Albans: the cycleway, what is happening downstream from the northern arterial (i.e.: Cranford St and Sherborne St), the community centre rebuild, and Abberley Park to name but four. These are ongoing stories. But you’ll also hear about what is happening in schools and preschools, in our streets and parks in the April/May edition of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.

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Packe St park planning for the future

The Packe St Park and Community Garden will be doing a bit of strategic planning at the AGM, so if you are interested in the future of the 21 year old community garden, attend the meeting which is being held at the St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St on Sunday, March 12 starting at 5.30pm. Supper provided. Parking is a bit tricky on Colombo St with the cycleway being installed but the centre has a car park accessible from Caledonian Rd and of course there is plenty of parking in that street as well.

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Friends of Abberley Park meeting

The Friends of Abberley Park group has been set up to make sure St Albans residents and other users of the park’s interests are taken into account in any planning moves and changes by the park’s owner, the Christchurch City Council. The Friends’ next meeting is at Abberley Park Hall on March 30 at 6pm.

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