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The February/March issue of St Albans News has a botanical theme to it. We mark the passing of a well-known and loved local identity Bill Sykes, one of the people behind Packe St Park’s foundation and the centre pages are given over to a photo feature. The world seems to be heading towards roads full of electric vehicles so we profile a couple of locals who have ditched petrol for electric vehicles. All this and more in the February/March issue, now available online by clicking on the image to the right (and, if you live in St Albans, will be delivered to your letterbox soon).

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Antony Wright’s eulogy for Bill Sykes

(Delivered at Botany Bill’s funeral in Christchurch on January 9, 2018)

   Bill’s botanical roots started very early. He was born in the County of Suffolk in East Anglia and grew up in the village of Wyverstone. We have his mother Miriam to thank for the fact that we could understand him.
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Noticeboard in the heart of St Albans refurbished

Thank you to all the people in the community who contributed their time freely.

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Participating in bike event pays off for family

Visiting all the participating businesses on the Biketoker Passport paid off for one family, with Mum winning a Bailies Voucher and her son winning a Tannery Voucher, which he graciously shared with his sister. Marie Hudson pictured here receiving her voucher from Amy, the manager of Bailies Bar.
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Christmas issue of St Albans News now online

In the Christmas issue of St Albans News, we reveal that the supermarket is about to change its livery – from Supervalue to Fresh Choice and the city council is plotting some new rules about street parking. All this and more in the December/January issue is available online (and, if you live in St Albans, to your letterbox soon). Click on the image to the right.

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St Albans News October/November issue now out

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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

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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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