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Rehua marae brings in community


Whanau members, community workers and local musicians made for a great night when the marae hosted carol singing on the evening of December 6.

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Carol singing in the rain

Doug Lamb from St Albans Choir and Peggy Kelly report on the Carol singing at Packe Street Park, which got rained on but not rained out. Scroll down or view next page for Peggy’s report.


The choir were singing the lyrics, ‘let it snow’ but the weather was most definitely rain – and lots of it. The St Albans Community Choir held their annual Christmas Carol Concert on Sunday 8th December. This year it was a little different due to heavy rain starting 30 minutes before the concert. The choir and audience quickly needed shelter and this was kindly provided by Peggy Kelly, who lives nearby.

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Spring River Festival – this weekend

image002The festival promises something for all ages and is organised by Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON), the group advocating for the Avon River red zone to become a river park and reserve.

This year the festival will follow the journey of the specially-carved waka huia as it makes its way downstream.

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St Albans Tennis Club Community Day

Location: 37 Dover St (near the Edgeware shops)
Time: November 9 12:00 – 4.30 pm
Description: Courts will be open to the St Albans community with sausage sizzle and lolly scramble for children and social tennis for adults. The first 90 minutes focus on children and adult tennis features from 2-4pm.

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St Albans Swimming Club AGM

Location: Shirley Intermediate School staff room
Time: October 21 at 7:00
Description: St Albans Swimming Club is holding its AGM and planning for the future.

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Reel Tour features St Albans home movie

Location: St Michael’s and All Angels Church, 84 Oxford Tce
Date: September 14. Christchurch showings are at 4pm and 7.30 pm
Description: A home movie made at 10 Berry Street in 1910 is one of a number of historical Canterbury films being shown during a Film Archive Tour. The oldest home movie in the Film Archive collection shows the Hinge family enjoying time together in their home and garden. Other historic films from throughout Canterbury (Mt Cook and Bill Hamilton’ jet boat) make up the Reel Tour. Screenings are being organised in seven Historic Places Trust registered heritage buildings. Local historians will introduce each screening and live accompaniment to the silent films will be provided by musicians Jan Preston and Mike Pullman. Door sales only, $5 per seat. The programme of 17 short movies runs for 75 minutes.

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Reflections from the Fukushima Disaster

Location: St St Alban’s Uniting Church (Corner of Nancy Avenue and Knowles St, Mairehau)
Time: August 14, shared supper at 6pm, speaker at 7pm
Description: Crossways Church is hosting former intermediate school teacher Shinya Kawane from Saitama in Japan who educates citizens on the dangers of radiation. He undertakes research on the topic and has recently spent time in Belarus studying the effects on residents’ health nearly 30 years after Chernobyl.

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Stand up for Youth

Location: 129 Cambridge Tce
Time: Wednesday, July 10 5.30pm -8.30pm
Description: Listen to guest speaker, musician Tiki Taane and become part of a movement to create positive social change to reduce New Zealand youth unemployment, bullying and suicide. Learn about a new model of corporate opportunity.

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Social inequality in western societies

Location: University of Canterbury, A3 Lecture Room
Time: July 12 4-6pm
Description: New Zealand is facing a crisis in social equality as are other western societies. New Zealand-born London of School Economics Professor Robert Wade will talk about social inequality in western societies with capitalist systems. Joint lecture organised by the University of Canterbury’s School of Social and Political Sciences, Bridget Williams Books and the Fabian Society. Supper follows.

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Energy Awareness Weekend

Location: Air Force Museum, Wigram
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Time: May 17-18 10am to 6pm
Description: Electric cars and electric bikes are some of the items on display at the Energy Awareness event. Lots of seminars, workshops and demos to help people become more aware of their energy use and explore alternatives to oil and coal-based energy sources.

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Bee Project

Location: St Albans Transitional Community Centre, 1049 Colombo Street
Time: Monday, April 22 at 7.30pm
Description: Find out more about Aaron Keown’s urban Bee Project that will see more bees in the city and honey production on rooftops. Tel 359 7898 or 021 822 766 for more information.

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Rights around rebuild

Location: Oxford Tce Baptist Church Lounge, corner of Madras St and Oxford Tce
Time: Saturday, April 13 at 10:00am till lunchtime
Description: Find out more about the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and discuss (democratic) rights around the rebuild. Maurice Gray will talk about Tiriti and rights around the rebuild of Christchurch

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