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Cashmere Emergency News: 15 February 2017 - two-district local State of Emergency declared from 6pm

Teena koutou Cashmere,

"Port Hills fire has crossed over into Victoria Park and residents living above the Sign of the Takahe are advised to self-evacuate"

"If people are worried about their safety they should to leave their homes. If widespread evacuation is needed, emergency services will inform residents directly."

"Residents who have been evacuated due to the Port Hills fires are able to seek help at Te Hapua Halswell Centre and, if needed, Nga Hau e Wha Marae will open as a second centre. Here's the latest information:" from

Mostly evacuees have been accommodated by family and friends, thus far.

Road closures
Traffic updates available directly from Transport for Christchurch

We are on watch for the safety of all Cashmere community.

If you need help or further advice, please phone 111, Council on 941-8999 or CRA on 332-1069 or 027-406-0077.

Many thanks to all emergency services and sincere condolences for your loss.

Stay safe, best wishes for this difficult night and the days ahead.

Kia kaha..

Update 16 Feb 2017
Further to this Emergency News message, Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Hub is open at the Cashmere Presbyterian Centre hall, 2 Macmillan Avenue at the corner of Dyers Pass Road. This activates our Cashmere Community Response Plan: Residents needing more information on local response or help with any concern, and volunteers to support them, are invited to call by to register needs, skills or any matter. - Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team

Updates 19 Feb 2017
Cashmere Community BarBQ
All welcome to the Green on the corner of Dyers Pass Rd and Macmillan Ave on Sunday evening, 19 Feb, 5.30pm. Bring and share food and drink to support each other after such an extraordinary stressful and dreadful week. In the Hall at Cashmere Presbyterian Church if wet.
Silvia Purdie
Minister, Cashmere Presbyterian Church

With the fire-ground "68% controlled" in this morning's report, we can provisionally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate our support of each other as neighbours, expressing very many sincere thanks to all responders who are still working very hard on our behalf out there on the hill valley risk. Very welcome to call by for a snarler if you can. Maintaining careful watch for any endangering change of wind conditions. Latest:
Best wishes
pp Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team
N.B. BBQ sausages have been kindly donated by the Lower Cashmere Residents' Association - thank you very much LCRA!

Dear Neighbours,
On behalf of the Christchurch Adventure Park we would just like to reach out to you and let you know that our thoughts have been with you over the last week.
What a very difficult week it has been. Our thoughts particularly go to those who have lost their homes and those who have been evacuated.
A big thank you to the fire crews and helicopter pilots who worked tirelessly to try and get the fire under control. Our thoughts especially go out to the family & friends of the helicopter pilot who lost his life.
The Park remains closed and is currently under the authority of the fire crew. As soon as it is safe for us to do so we will be able to go back in and do a full and proper assessment of the situation. While our village remained untouched by the fire we do know that the Park has significant damage. The extent of this and the timescales - it is too early to tell.
We are working closely with the authorities to ensure we secure the park and we are doing what we can to try and deter people from coming to have a look. It is unsafe and the last thing we want is people coming for a look and trying to enter. I'm sure as neighbours you also won't want people driving around your streets looking. If you see anything or are concerned please let me know as I have contacts within the council, fire, media etc that can put out communications on all our behalf.
If there is anything we can do or you have any concerns then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We would like to do something with our neighbours in due course but first we must get through the next stage.
Please feel free to pass this email onto any of your neighbours.
Kind Regards
Anne Newman | PR & Communications Director
+64 21 774 024
Christchurch Adventure Park
225 Worsleys Road, Cracroft, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Dear Cashmere Hills residents,
The issue of cordons and access has involved our Association in the local fire response, since the hazard got out of hand on Wednesday. There is more to this matter yet. Please help spread the Adventure Park safety word. Thank you.
pp Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team -
N.B. The western Port Hills recreation area is now widely closed to the public, for their own safety - see

Update 23 Feb 2017
Dear Cashmere residents,
Attached is digital copy of city council Civil Defence information for residents at the three evacuation street meetings being held tonight.
Less affected, Cashmere doesn't seem to be having one of these meetings. But please share this email attachment as appropriate. Hard copy will be distributed to Cashmere's affected streets tomorrow.
CCC updates: +
If there is anything you'd like further help with, contact details are on the attached Civil Defence flier. Or please contact CRA/CREST.
Thank you for all the calm support provided to each other and for the emergency services who have been helping us through the local crisis of the Port Hills fires.

Update 1 March 2017 - local State of Emergency lifted at 6pm
Port Hills fires: State of emergency to lift, hill residents on alert for flare-ups The Press 1.3.2017
Our CREST community response hub has consequently closed. Helpful further reading:
How to help yourself feel better "the 5 Ways to Wellbeing" CDHB et. al.
Kindness in disaster management: more important than ever Dr Sarb Johal blog 22.2.2017
Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow 'resilience' in Canterbury The Press 28.2.2017
Declared States of Emergency since 2002 - Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management - Canterbury & Chatham Islands 118 days
Be Prepared - In your Community Civil Defence Emergency Management Canterbury

Update 4 March 2017 - Crews confident fire under control at 4pm
Port Hills recovery team update Saturday 4 March 2017 Christchurch City Council

Kia kaha.

Kind regards

Rik Tindall
332-1069 / 027-406-0077
Chair pp CRA Committee &
Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team

Cashmere Residents' Association (CRA)

Cashmere Residents' Association

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