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Cashmere News Diary: 19 March 2017 - council-community plans

A great many thanks to all emergency responders at the Port Hills fires. You did amazing work to keep our suburb safe. With deep condolences for your loss, Cashmere meets on 27 April and we invite you to partake of some hospitality here, in commemoration and appreciation. Kia ora.

* ? March - Environment Canterbury Annual Plan 2017/18 draft "available to the community from March", but where? - ... (see 21 April)

* 20 March, Monday - Christchurch City Council (CCC) Draft Annual Plan 2017/18 consultation opens, a special focus on intersections is included and rates are now proposed to rise 5.5% - + - for detail see or link from or see 28 Feb Council agenda content here: and try the Budget Balancer

* 4 April, Tuesday 9am-4pm - CCC Draft Annual Plan drop-in day at Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo St, Cashmere.

* 21 April, Friday evening - Environment Canterbury Draft Annual Plan 2017/18 "written feedback deadline" - "As the proposed annual plan does not include significant or material differences from the content of the current Long Term Plan (with service levels remaining unchanged and rates slightly lower than predicted), the Local Government Act 2002 does not require Council to consult on the plan" - Council Meeting agenda 23 Feb'17 pp.129-131 - CRA is likely to submit comment, at the least on bus services. Any local views? - Update c220317 - see for ECan plan input.

* 23 April, Sunday 5-8pm - Fund-raiser for Ngaio Marsh Heritage House, at Christ's College Old Boys Theatre - 5-6 pm Wine and Nibbles, 6-7pm talk by Ray Berard, who was the winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Crime Novel 2016. 'Inside the Black Horse' was described by judges as a 'lucid and potent portrait of good people and gangsters that is unmistakably Kiwi in flavour and tone, a fine crime story with considerable depth'. A not to be missed event for advocates of crime fiction and Dame Ngaio Marsh. Tickets: $25 available at Paper Plus, Merivale. Information: Phone Jane 021 0240 5979 or email + see + see

* 27 April, Thursday 7.30pm - 'Hazards of the Hills' Cashmere Community Meeting - wine & cheese social from 7pm at Cashmere Presbyterian Church Hall, corner of Macmillan Avenue and Dyers Pass Road. 7.30pm CCC hazard-mapping presentation and discussion on local plans etc, CRA fire response especially.

* 28 April, Friday evening - CCC Draft Annual Plan consultation closes.

* 17 May, Wednesday 7.30pm - next full Cashmere Residents' Association committee meeting, resident input invited - contact CRA by reply email.

Notices / updates

* CRA April Newsletter - being assembled now - if you can help with an item or delivery, please reply to this email.

* Cashmere Hills Church, emergency barbecue on 19 Feb - sausages kindly donated by Lower Cashmere Residents' Association; thank you very much LCRA!

* Christchurch Adventure Park letter 7Mar17 - Dear Neighbours, Just to let you know that the farm at the front of Adventure Park has been sold. CCL will be doing some work onsite ahead of the potential sub division that may go in. You will see more trucks and work being undertaken closer to the gate. We are meeting with CCL next week so will update you on their construction plan and contact details. Kind Regards, Anne Newman, Christchurch Adventure Park - + Also ref. +

* Cashmere Tennis Club sports lighting - CRA welcomes feedback on how the newly-lit club grounds are performing.

* Predator Free Port Hills - Cashmere's volunteer pest-trapping group launched on 29 Nov. Traps will be made available so if you want one, please say which type in reply. Rat/stoat boxes in one-in-five gardens is a standard we might want to meet, at least on the Cashmere periphery. Those already started trapping, please create a login by "Request membership" on our Pest Trap NZ GIS page - add as much data as you can - trap type, location, bait & catches etc. The more input results we can list, the better will become resource support. More PFNZ project info is listed as a Community Notice for PFPH on home page, FYI. N.B. Port Hills Webcam - - thank you Summit Road Society for co-ordinating PFPH!

* Cashmere Residents' traffic sub-committee - an update on Cashmere Road traffic survey will be available soon.

* Engineering For Fun - local author John Clark has a new book out - flier:
John Clark book flier Jan'17

* Letter from CCC - Hi there, This is just a quick note to let you know that the council's 'Life in Christchurch' survey went into field for 2017 this week. We ran this for the first time last year, and after the outstanding response we had, we have decided to make it an annual survey. This year instead of one really long survey, we have split it into 4 smaller surveys that will go out throughout the year:
1. Central City
2. Transport
3. Neighbourhoods and Communities
4. Natural Environment
The Central City survey is in field currently, and we would appreciate it if you could please distribute it amongst your residents association members? We rely on word of mouth to get a good response rate for Life in Christchurch, and are looking for as many residents to fill it in as possible.
The feedback collected will help us better understand what makes Christchurch a great place to live and work for you, your family and whanau, and communities. It will also help inform future planning and policy decision making.
The survey can be found here: and more information about Life and Christchurch and last year's results can be found here: Please let me know if you have any queries, and thanks in advance for your help.
Aimee Martin
Assistant Research Analyst
Monitoring and Research Team
DDI 03 941 8010
Christchurch City Council
Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch
PO Box 73012, Christchurch, 8154

* Hot-water cylinder problems - holds all CRA's information on this - more feedback from residents or engineers is invited for adding new blog posts. Anomaly of a high pH was discovered in 2016 at the Dyers Pass Road water reservoir, which may affect some houses.

* Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - CREST - Cashmere Community Response Plan - see for digital copy. Enquiries via Cashmere Presbyterian, Cashmere School or Cashmere Residents' Association. The 14 November earthquake and tsunami alert, then the mid-February wildfires, all showed the benefit of preparing a local hub to assist evacuees when necessary. We have costings for the electrical and water-store upgrades needed for emergency supply purposes at the Cashmere Presbyterian Centre - over $10,000 will be required. So we have begun fund-raising under Cashmere Residents' Association management at 38-9005-0688810-03 should anyone like to contribute. Receipts for tax-exemption of donations can be returned. See and stay safe, ref.

* A very big thank you to all Cashmere Residents and CREST community partners: Cashmere Primary School, Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch City Council Strengthening Communities & Civil Defence Emergency Management, Canterbury Neighbourhood Support, Kidsfirst Cashmere Kindergarten, Cashmere Cuisine, Cup Cafe, Emperors New Clothes Cafe, Cashmere Super Dairy, Kaizuka Giftshop, Una Bakery, Quick Stop Liquor, Swanlake Lotus at Siam Healthcare Spa emergency spring-water source, Computer Help NZ, and to all our local volunteers and supporters - Thank you very much!

* Past CRA email Cashmere News is indexed near page-top here, FYI:

* CRA Subscriptions 2016/17 - Association membership and renewals, at the household rate of $10 per year, can be made via our Kiwibank a/c 38.9005.0688810.02 - 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: Or post to CRA Treasurer, c/o 112 Hackthorne Road, Christchurch 8022. CRA-Member-Application-Form.pdf

Thanks again for your support of CRA and its work. Enjoy every last day of extended summer.

Kind regards

Rik Tindall
332-1069 / 027-406-0077
Chair pp CRA Committee

Cashmere Residents' Association (CRA)

Cashmere Residents' Association

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