The St Albans Residents Association (SARA) is a proactive community organization working at the grassroots in St Albans, Christchurch.
SARA has been developing local resources and a local voice since its inception in the 1960s. It is a vessel for community activity that benefits the locality and residents of St Albans.
The 2018 AGM is being held on September 3 at 7pm and a new Management Committee will be voted in. With the stepping down of Renee Walker as Chair and Peter McDonald as Treasurer there is an opportunity for people who value community and want to have an influence on the development of our local resources to join the committee. Continue reading
Thank you to all the people in the community who contributed their time freely.
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.
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.
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.