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Cashmere News Diary: 20 April 2017 - fire, flood, feedback

* 21 April, Friday 5pm - Environment Canterbury Draft Annual Plan 2017/18 consultation and hearing bookings close - ecan.govt.nz/get-involved/have-your-say or see ecan.govt.nz/your-region/plans-strategies-and-bylaws/annual-plans - CRA is likely to submit comment, at the least on public transport. Any views you'd like stated, please reply to this email.

* 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 janeyryder@gmail.com + see facebook.com/events/1448429981876322/ + see ngaio-marsh.org.nz

* 25 April, Tuesday 5pm - feedback due in on the Port Hills Fire Recovery Plan Discussion Document by Christchurch City Council (CCC) Civil Defence Emergency Management - ccc.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Port-Hills-Fire-Recovery-Discussion-Document-April-2017.pdf - This deals more with the hills replacement plantings than how well community safety was managed during the fire? - Have your say, feedback form here: ccc.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Feedback-on-Port-Hills-Fire-Recovery-Discussion-Document-Form-April-2017.pdf

* 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 response included.
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 invites you to partake of some hospitality here on 27 April, in commemoration and appreciation. Kia ora.

* 28 April, Friday 5pm - Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan 2017/18 consultation closes, a special focus on intersections is included and rates are now proposed to rise 5.5% - for detail see ccc.govt.nz/annualplan + ccc.govt.nz/the-council/news-search/show/1427 + ccc.govt.nz/the-council/news-search/show/1442

* 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 - thank you to all our volunteer helpers - if you wish to assist with deliveries please reply to leonamay[at]nzplants.co.nz

* Cashmere Estates sub-division in the Cashmere Valley has just weathered Easter rains, less intense than three years ago, as the pictures below show. This indicates what CCL and council are up against with the valley flooding to manage. You can soon visit the new CCL construction site office to view the site plans. Cashmere residents are very keen to see river water quality improved.
Cashmere Valley in flood, 15 Apr'17 Cashmere Valley in flood, 15 Apr'17
See stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/90886084/new-owner-starts-work-on-380home-cashmere-estates-subdivision-in-christchurch + cclnz.com

* Predator Free Port Hills - thank you to all Cashmere resident subscribers who have volunteered help with pest-trapping. We await news, trap-supply and a next meeting from the Summit Road Society who are leading this initiative locally. Those already started trapping, please create a login by "Request membership" on the Pest Trap NZ, Cashmere GIS page trap.nz/project/251462/info and add as much data as you can - trap type, location, bait & catches etc. The more input and results we can list, the better will become resource support available. More Predator Free NZ project info is indexed as a Community Notice for the Predator Free Port Hills on cashmere.org.nz home page, FYI.

* Cashmere Residents' traffic sub-committee - an update on Cashmere Road traffic survey is expected soon.

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

* Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - CREST - Cashmere Community Response Plan - see cashmere.org.nz/CREST for digital copy. Enquiries via Cashmere Presbyterian, Cashmere School or Cashmere Residents' Association. The 14 November earthquake and tsunami alert, then the 15 February fire outbreak, 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 cashmere.org.nz/news/Cashmere-Emergency-News-15Feb2017 and stay safe, ref. getthru.govt.nz

* 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: www.cashmere.org.nz

* 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: info@cashmere.org.nz. 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. Stay warm and safe this autumn, we hope to see you next Thursday night.

Kind regards

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