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Welcome to our September newsletter

We've pulled together a selection of news and information for our Spreydon-Cashmere community. Enjoy your read and thank you for your continued interest in the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board.


First Muddy Adventure a splashing success

The first “Muddy Adventure” was held in Victoria Park as part of Kidsfest. 

Around 250 people took part and there was a planned route through the park with activity stations along the route. This included harakeke hut building, mud face painting, a balance beam, cave chalking, nature’s mud kitchen, a rope swing, cave exploring, mud-slinging and toasting marshmallows.  The children were encouraged to bring along their mugs so that they could have a free cup of soup.


The “Muddy Adventure” was a collaboration between the Pukeko Centre, Victoria Park Rangers, the Cashmere Volunteer Army and the Community Recreation Advisors from Spreydon-Cashmere and Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton and the Events Team.

This is the first nature play event to be held and supported by the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board.


Applications have now closed for a small funding subsidy for ‘Summer with your Neighbours’ (formerly known as Neighbourhood Week). Set up to bring people together, the funding covers neighbourhood gatherings to be held between 25 October 2019 and 29 March 2020. 48 applications have been received and are currently being processed for consideration by  the Board at its meeting on 3 September 2019.

Proposed puffin crossing on Wilsons Road first in Christchurch

Wilsons Road South could become the first site in Christchurch to embrace a new technology that uses detectors to sense when pedestrians are waiting or crossing the road. 


At it's August 16 meeting, the Board recommended Council install a three metre wide pedestrian crossing, controlled by traffic signals, on Wilsons Road South to link the two campuses of Hillview Christian School.


The minor arterial road carries an average daily traffic of 10,609 vehicles per day and school children cross the road from one site to the other throughout the day. 


The Board recommends a puffin crossing be installed, and, if approved by the Council at its next meeting on 12 September 2019, it will be the first of its kind in Christchurch. 


Puffin crossings are safer for pedestrians and better for drivers as sensors detect if pedestrians are waiting to cross the road and control the traffic lights, making sure people have time to cross the road safely. Senors also detect if people cross early or change their mind and walk away, so drivers won't have to stop or wait if there are no pedestrians.


About 45 tonnes of soft plastics are ending up at Christchurch’s EcoSort recycling plant each month because people mistakenly believe they will be recycled. Watch the video or read more on Newsline.

Seat installation for Remuera Reserve

People will be able to rest their legs once a new bench is installed in Remuera Reserve. 


A local resident recently pointed out that changed bus routes mean that the distances that people, including older persons, now have to walk to catch buses has increased and suggested that it would be helpful for there to be seating provided along routes in between bus stops in areas such as Thorrington. 


The Board requested staff to give consideration to the possible placement of benches in between bus stops. Staff undertook a site visit accompanied by the resident who made the suggestion and identified options for the placement of a bench.


After discussions, it was agreed that a bench would be sited in Remuera Reserve and procurement and installation of the bench is scheduled for the 2019-20 financial year.


Hundreds of messages and mementoes left as tributes following the 15 March mosque attacks will be displayed at Christchurch Art Gallery on the six-month anniversary of the tragedy. Tributes of Aroha will be open to the public from 5:30 Friday 13 September and during the weekend of 14 and 15 September. Read more on Newsline.

Rowley Canterbury Kids Coach Just Music programme

Small grants can make poweful impacts to community organisations, as shown when the Rowley Canterbury Kids Coach project shared a story about how a small amount of money granted by the Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board around seven years ago helped them set up a preschool music group called “Just Music”.


They used the money to buy musical instruments and stretched the money as far as it could go, buying dowel for the drum sticks and having them made by a family member. Another family member gathered milk powder tins and covered them with silver paper for drums. 


These instruments have since been replaced with proper drums and equipment, but the important point is the longevity of the project which started with that very small grant. The Just Music group for small children and their parents in Rowley is still going after seven years.

Council working towards meeting new drinking water regulations

Christchurch City Council is working closely with health officials to ensure Christchurch’s water supply network complies with the new drinking water regulations introduced by the Government.


While the Council works to meet the new requirements, some of the city’s water supply will continue to be treated with a low dose of chlorine. Read more on Newsline.


The Mayoralty and all 16 Christchurch City Council seats will be contested in October’s local body elections. There are at least two candidates for each Council seat and 13 candidates for the Mayoralty. Read more on Newsline.


Get ready to stride into spring by booking your spot for The Breeze Walking Festival.

Festival programmes will be available at Christchurch City Council libraries and Service Centres or online from 19 August.


Among this year’s festival highlights are several family friendly feature walks, including a Dogs’ Day Out in the Zone on 29 September, Gruffalo Explorers (2 October), The Generation Game at Travis Wetland (6 October), Pukeko Stomp (8 October) and Adventure on Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway (13 October).

Youth Development Fund

The following grants have been approved:


  • $250 to Maddison Moore towards the New Zealand Trampolining Nationals 2019 in Auckland from 1 to 6 October 2019.
Community matters

Kenilworth Street - Poposed No Stopping Restrictions - The Board has approved the no stopping restrictions on part of Kenlworth Street. The stopping of vehicles will be prohibited at all times.


Our district's emissions target – We've lodged a submission on behalf of the Board on our district's emissions target. 

Alcohol licence notification

Public notices for all applications in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula can be found here.

Have your say

Check here to have a say on proposals for the city.

Capital work update

All capital work information can be found here.

Next Meetings

Meeting start: 5pm.

Expected end: 7pm.

Location: Boardroom, Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham


Meeting start: 8am.

Expected end: 10am.



Location: Boardroom, Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street,



Contact the Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board

Karolin Potter

Spreydon Ward


03 335 0616
027 427 4671



PO Box 73021

Christchurch 8154


Melanie Coker
Deputy Chairperson

Spreydon Ward

03 669 0336
021 156 9281



PO Box 73021

Christchurch 8154


Helene Mautner
Board member

Cashmere Ward


03 337 0390
021 0277 3863



PO Box 73021
Christchurch 8154


Lee Sampson
Board member

Cashmere Ward



021 772 929




PO Box 73021

Christchurch 8154


Tim Scandrett

Cashmere Ward

027 693 5155



PO Box 73016

Christchurch 8154


Phil Clearwater

Spreydon Ward

022 394 1073



PO Box 73016

Christchurch 8154




If you’d like to get in touch with the Board or have any questions, please contact

Faye Collins – Community Board Advisor
(03) 941 5108 / 027 488 7626


Chris Turner-Bullock – Manager Community Governance
(03) 941 8233 / 027 255 9082

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