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Cashmere News Diary: 12 August 2015 - Christchurch Representation Review

* 13 August, Thursday 9.30am - Christchurch City Council meeting to confirm Representation Review proposal for consultation - see www3.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/August/ and councillive.ccc.govt.nz/tag/agenda-item/representation-review-2014-15 for previous debate; watch live at councillive.ccc.govt.nz/live-stream

* 19 August, Wednesday 7.30pm - Cashmere Residents' Association committee meeting, all input welcome - contact CRA Chair. We are starting work on the October newsletter and AGM plans; also District Plan Review submissions; etc.

* 26 August, Wednesday - Christchurch City Council Representation Review - formal consultation on new ward boundaries begins (six-yearly duty). The 16-ward initial proposal would increase the city councillor number from 13 currently to 16, from the October 2016 elections. Three wards would combine to make a community board area increased in size by 14%, upon our current Spreydon/Heathcote ward, adding a new Woolston ward in this proposal. The board councillor number would then increase by 50%, from two to three, growing their influence over community boards. The community board members would also increase by one, from five to six, or 20%. One whole community board, Hagley-Ferrymead would be scrapped in this proposal. Every local community in Christchurch would have its influence diluted, and face greater competition for board support, in enlarged community board areas. Many suburbs will become spread over two wards, and sometimes two board areas, dividing their representation problematically. So clearly the intention is to shift decision-making capacity out of communities and into the council chamber. - Should Council do better than this? - Will Christchurch communities instruct them to? - What does city council's "Strengthening Communities" policy actually mean? ... Watch this space and have your say: ccc.govt.nz/the-council/have-your-say/whats-happening-now/representative-review/ Ref. stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/70417628/city-councillors-favour-upsizing

* 28 August, Friday 5pm - Neighbourhood Week 2015 Applications Close - Neighbourhood Week is about bringing people together, so why not organise a small get-together or local gathering to get to know your neighbours? It could be a BBQ, street party, progressive dinner, monster garage sale or even a sports day. The Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board is making small subsidies available towards Neighbourhood Week gatherings in the ward. For an application form and guidelines, as well as invitations and ideas on planning and organising your gathering, please visit the Council website ccc.govt.nz/neighbourhoodweek. Printed copies are available from Council service centres. Email to: neighbourhoodweek@ccc.govt.nz OR Post to: Neighbourhood Week, Christchurch City Council, c/o PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154.
Please Note: Subsidy reimbursements are paid after the gathering, on presentation and approval of receipts. Subsidies are not available for alcohol, fireworks, or paid entertainment. If your gathering is to be held in a public space such as a local park or reserve, you will need to contact Council Bookings on 941 8888 to check availability and make a booking for your chosen venue.
Kind regards, Wendy Gunther, Community Support Officer - Spreydon/Heathcote Phone: 941 8999.

* September, Cashmere Representation Review workshop run by CRA - details in next News Diary.

* 9 October, Friday 5pm - public submissions on CCC Representation Review close.

* 27 October, Tuesday 7pm at Cashmere Presbyterian Church - provisional date for CRA AGM - to be confirmed.

Notices

* Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - CREST - Cashmere Community Response Plan cashmere.org.nz/CREST - Enquiries and contributions via any of the three partner organisations listed. Thank you. Stay safe, ref. getthru.govt.nz

* Garden City 2.0 - company provides a not-for-profit service in Christchurch, delivering fresh, locally grown organic produce. Recently set up a pickup point on Cashmere Hill at the Emperor's New Clothes Cafe. gardencity.org.nz + facebook.com/GardenCity2.0

* A very big thank you to all Cashmere Residents and CREST community partners: Cashmere Primary School, Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch City Council Strengthening Communities / CDEM, Canterbury Neighbourhood Support, Kidsfirst Cashmere Kindergarten, Kaizuka Eatery and Garden Bar, Cup Cafe, Emperors New Clothes Cafe, Cashmere Super Dairy, Cracroft-Chase Vineyard, Quick Stop Liquor, Swanlake Lotus at Siam Healthcare Spa emergency spring-water source, Out in the Wild cordials of Hanmer, and to all our local volunteers and supporters - Thank you very much!

* Past CRA email news is indexed, FYI, near page-top here: http://www.cashmere.org.nz

* CRA Subscriptions 2014/15 - Association membership and renewals, at the household rate of $10 per year, can be made via our Kiwibank a/c 389005.0688810.02 - Donations help increase service and are very much appreciated. Please notify deposit by email, for confirmation by our Treasurer, and a receipt will be issued if requested: info@cashmere.org.nz. Or post to CRA Treasurer, 82 Hackthorne Road, Christchurch 8022.

Stay warm this winter. Anything CRA can do to help, please let us know. Kia kaha.

Kind Regards

Rik Tindall

CRA Chair
332-1069 or 027-406-0077
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