Council’s new multicultural strategy to help residents thrive

Did you know that nearly a quarter of Christchurch citizens were born overseas? The city council is recognising the diverse makeup of the city with a strategy to make everyone feel welcome and as Jimmy Chen says “thrive” in the city they have chosen to make their home. Find out more here: multicultural strategy

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St Albans News – first issue for 2017

janfeb2017 It looks like the transitional community centre will be heading to Shirley later this year when work begins on the permanent centre. But what will happen while the centre is being built? We find out that nothing is certain yet, the date this is happening has not been decided and where activities that happen in the centre will go in the interim is still being discussed behind the scenes. Have you thought about buying an electric bicycle to get around town – we talk to two St Albans residents who say it has changed their lives. All this and plenty more in the December/January issue of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.

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Southern Response withholds Council refunds

The Labour Candidate for Christchurch Central, Dr Duncan Webb has discovered that Southern Response owes homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds.
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St Albans News deadline

The February/March edition is being produced this month. If anyone has any news they would like considered, the deadline is January 16. Email

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December edition of St Albans News

dec2016cover_page_01 The December/January issue has a focus on Christmas and business. The residents association is about to start fundraising to purchase exercise equipment for a kind of “outdoor gym” at Malvern Park and Abberley Park is about to get a Friends group to look after its interests. All this and plenty more in the December/January issue of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.

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Friends of Abberley Park group being set up

A meeting to set set up a new group to look after residents’ interests in Abberley Park is being held at the St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St at 6.30pm on Monday, October 3. All welcome to attend.

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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: 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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