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: 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. Continue reading
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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”. Continue reading
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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
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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. Continue reading
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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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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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Latest St Albans News now available

AuguststancoverThe council planner has recommended that the BP expansion go ahead, but with some conditions and nearby residents are not happy about the limited consultation and the continuing encroachment into a residential area but the commissioner is yet to make a decision. Other things are happening in the community - the consultation for the new community centre was completed in July, video stores are closing down all over including the two in Edgeware Village, Mainland Football want to get more women involved in football and the police have some suggestions on how cyclists can get on better with vehicle drivers. All this and plenty more in the August/September issue of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.
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SCIRT roadworks in St Albans

The intersection of Westminister St, Roosevelt St and Courtenay St is closed while an intersection upgrade is carried out, including removal of the roundabout. Please use Cranford St, Innes Rd and Rutland St to detour around the worksite. Warrington St is one-way heading east for road repairs for one more week. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Edward Ave. The intersections of Warrington St and Frances Ave and Warrington St and Flockton St will be closed. Edgeware Rd, between Hills Rd and Geraldine St, is one-way eastbound. Traffic going west from Hills Rd is being detoured into Edward Ave and Barbadoes St. The one-way is expected to end in August.
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