St Albans Residents’ Association AGM

Location: St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St
Time: September 25 from 4pm
Description: Find out what the residents’ association has been doing on your behalf. Begins with performance by StarJam. Come along and hear about the exciting grassroot developments SARA is involved in St Albans and help elect a new Management Committee to lead the organisation through 2017. To conclude, SARA will be cooking our special recipe burritos for our guests to enjoy together.

Please RSVP for catering numbers to Sandra on 021 317 584 or SARA@stalbans.gen.nz

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St Albans News with election special

october2016coverAbberley Park may be getting a bigger playground but will it have an impact on other users such as family games, community gatherings and dog owners? Find out about the outcome of the hearing on the BP Edgeware extension, the redesign of the proposed community centre (partly in response to feedback, but there are other reasons), a new cookbook. Oh, and a whole bunch of stuff about the elections. All this and plenty more in the October/November issue of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.

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Youth focus local elections

Hear aspiring community board members and councillors views on youth issues at two events this coming week:
September 26 5-8pm at University of Canterbury Undercroft
September 27 5-8pm at St John of God Waipuna
These events have been organised by the Christchurch Youth Council

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Red Electrical are champions

Red Electrical, the colourful store at the corner of Innes Rd and Cranford St came up tops in the Champion Awards when they won the Infrastructure/Trades small enterprise section held recently. The company, which has only been in business for about five years, finds and supplies electricians for Christchurch and beyond (re) builds. They were one of three finalists in their group, beating HireKing and LSDC 2011 for the top spot.

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Canterbury District Health Board candidates

Twenty two candidates have put their hands up for the Canterbury District Health Board election but only eight are required. Voting takes place shortly by post and closes on October 8. Please check out their statements (along with photographs) on the dhb website: http://www.cdhb.health.nz/About-CDHB/Who-We-Are/Governance/Documents/CDHB%202016%20final.pdf. Materials from candidates for the board will be added to this page later. The candidates are as follows:

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Environment Canterbury candidates

Here are profiles of the candidates for the regional council for the Christchurch constituency so far.

You can also view profiles and photos of the candidates on the Environment Canterbury website.

Four need to be elected. Voting by post starts soon and closes on October 8.

If you want to talk to the candidates there are a couple of meetings being held in South Christchurch and Mt Pleasant. The Mt Pleasant meeting is on September 19 at 10.30am in the temporary Mt Pleasant community centre at 3 McCormack’s Bay Rd. The following day, September 20, there is a candidates meeting at St Marks Hall on the corner of Barrington St and Somerfield at 7.30pm (along with the city council candidates for that area).

We are having some technical difficulties on this site that is affecting some of the candidates’ images.

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Moving poetry

Martin Cooney, who recently operated his healing practice (plus counselling and meditation teaching) in the old maternity shop in Edgeware Rd, has upped sticks for 701 Barbadoes St, opposite Ristretto. He wrote this short poem about his shift…

The Time Has Come, the Healer said …

The time has come, the healer said,
to talk of many things;
Of shifts – and shops – and gearing up –
getting more bell rings;
Madras and Edgeware now too loud –
Let’s see what my probe brings.
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Poems and politics

dorapoemfenceShe may be a budding politician but Dora Roimata Langsbury also writes poetry. This one about her father is one of the poems published on boards in Victoria St.

My Father’s Footsteps

I can see you up ahead of me
I am following
in your footsteps
no matter how fast I walk
I cannot catch up
your footsteps are bigger than mine
but they were warm
and safe to step in
you turn around
and smile encouragingly
then return to your journey
thank you for your footsteps
when I can no longer see you
they will always be here
pointing me in the right direction

Dora Roimata Langsbury
27 June 2009.

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Lindon Boyce – Central Ward candidate

Lindon Boyce is a candidate for the Central Ward who grew up in St Albans. He wrote a long piece for inclusion in St Albans News, too long, so it had to be severely trimmed. Here is the full version of what he wrote:

My name Is Lindon Boyce. Some people get this confused with Brendon so just call me “Boycey”.
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Dora Roimata Langsbury, Central Ward candidate

doracopyDora Roimata Langsbury is an Independent candidate standing for a position as councillor (and also for the community board) for the Central Ward in the forthcoming elections.

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St Albans Art Society Exhibition on at Eastgate

If you head down to Eastgate Mall in Linwood before August 21 you can catch the St Albans Art Society exhibition between 9am and 6pm. The society holds art sessions at the St Albans Community Centre on Friday mornings.

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