Cashmere Vision and Values

Cashmere News Diary: 27 October 2017 - Port Hills Fires review, Twilight Fair, CRA AGM etc

* 31 October, Tuesday 4pm - deadline for submitter comments on the independent operational review to the Port Hills Fires 2017 - draft report feedback.

* 3 November, Friday 5pm - Life in Christchurch Communities and Neighbourhoods Survey closes -

* 10 November, Friday 4.30-7.30pm - Twilight Fair, Cashmere School - artisan market, foodstalls, entertainment etc, poster:
Cashmere School Twilight Fair 10Nov17

* 15 November, Wednesday 7.30pm - next Cashmere Residents' Association committee meeting, resident input invited. Contact CRA by reply email.

* 5 December, Tuesday a.m. - Christchurch Adventure Park reopening, off Worsley's Road - pricing released on November 1, when sales and bookings start: +

* 17 December, Sunday 5pm onwards - Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church Carol Service, by the Cashmere Green - any musicians who might be available please contact the church.

Notices / updates

* CRA Annual General Meeting update - held 17 October at Cashmere Presbyterian Centre. Chair's and financial reports presented, with our AGM 2016 minutes.
* A huge thank you to all those helping to deliver CRA Newsletter! You are heart and soul to the community.
* Eve Harding, Carolyn Scandrett, Joan Earl and Murray Wards have stood down from the committee, with a great many thanks for their many combined years of service to community. Kristin Hoskin has joined the remaining committee, of Leona Murahidy, Ralph Roden, Anne Hodge, Jan Webster and Rik Tindall. Thank you Kristin for stepping up and new committee members are always welcome to join at any time. Roles are decided at the November committee meeting.
* Alan Wills from The Malthouse Theatre gave an enthralling talk re - one of Christchurch's very oldest buildings. CRA wishes to take up the invitation of a tour through this historic place, so please reply if you are interested so that we can work out a date to go. CRA members suggest a coffee meet-up at Red Cafe in South Library, ahead of starting the tour. Let us know if you'd like to join in. Thank you very much Alan!
* Gordon Ogilvie's new book, Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills, is available at a discount to Cashmere residents - please contact the CRA Secretary, Leona Murahidy, for a voucher.
* [Sad condolences to Gordon's family and many friends, for his passing this week.]
* Rev Sylvia Purdie from the Cashmere Church would like to organise a regular exercise class for older people in the church hall and asks if a list of exercise classes available locally could be completed. Can anyone help please?
* A resident asked for investigation into the Hackthorne / Dyers Pass Road intersection, considered dangerous for pedestrians and motorists. A motion was raised from the floor to have the Council report back to the CRA on the safety of this intersection and for any further plans for its upgrade. (Cc to Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board chair, staff and councillor.)
* Cashmere buses - a return of more service is essential for the less mobile, so CRA proposes a new local circuit for a small bus (as at city north-west) connecting Dyers Pass Rd and Kidson Tce, Landsdowne Tce and Bowenvale Ave with Beckenham and Somerfield to Barrington hub, then west as another loop to Hoon Hay, Rowley, Westmorland, Cracroft, Lower Cashmere, Somerfield and Spreydon-Barrington again. A working party has begun on this, has numbers already and invites your participation. Please contact Jan Webster 3322893 or reply by email to show support. Thank you.
* A resident asked what community entertainment use could be made of the Sign of the Takahe, now repaired and empty. Any advice or statement of interest is welcome. The City owns it and still seeks a lessee, as far as we know.
* Congratulations to the new government formed since AGM. We look forward to every improvement you can bring.

* If you have any local news to add, please send it in to CRA in reply.

* Preschool Music Group - Thursday mornings at Cashmere Presbyterian Church is a fun and learning space for all babies and preschoolers. 10am for a half-hour music and movement session, followed by morning tea. Gold coin donation. Come along to check it out! For more information phone 332 7129. Volunteers needed to help with holding babies and making coffee.

* Volunteers needed for Foot Clinic - If you like making people's day, come join the team at Foot Clinic. This is a special and much appreciated service provided by Cashmere Presbyterian Church every 6 weeks. No experience necessary, but nurses are particularly needed. For more information phone or pop in to the church office: 332 7129.

* Predator-Free Port Hills, Cashmere project - thank you to the Summit Road Society and all residents who have volunteered help with pest trapping. Further inquiries welcome where pests are encountered, via - To participate in the project, please register and "Request membership" on the Pest Trap NZ, Cashmere GIS page noting what you'd like to do and if you need help. Then contribute by adding data: trap type, location, bait & catches etc. This scheme is going well and will be stepped up for summer. From listing effort and results, increased support will become available. More Predator-Free NZ project info is indexed as a CommunityNotice for Predator-Free Cashmere on home page, FYI.

* Hot-water cylinder / gas unit problems - a flood of reports are being logged this winter, invitation to share experience - holds all CRA's information on this widespread fault; feedback from residents anywhere in Christchurch, or from more engineers, is welcome for writing further blog posts that note every known way of resolving hot-water supply faults.

(CCC notices)
* Penina o le Pasifika Event - Friday 27 October, 6pm - 8pm, Auditorium at Haeata Community Campus, 240 Breezes Road, Wainoni. Free food and entertainment from Tangata Atumotu Trust (Fuzhun & Y Not), with speakers sharing mental health journeys. Host Survivor NZ's Sala Tiatia.

* Smokefree Seminar - Tuesday 7 November, 12.15pm - 1.15pm, Community and Public Health, 310 Manchester St. 'Setting the Scene for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025' Link to book online Welcome to bring lunch earlier and have a hot drink.

* Ladies Health Day - For ladies over 16 years from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Friday 1 December, 9.30am - 2.30pm, Aranui Wainoni Community Centre, 31 Hampshire St. To register contact: Jo Fasheun, Christchurch Resettlement Services 335 0311 ext 23, or 027 623 4950 or email

* Christmas Community Choir - All ages and stages nearby local communities welcome to join the South West Baptist Church Christmas choir for 2017. To join the list and receive information:

* Spreydon-Cashmere Edible Garden Awards - Nominations open now, can now be made from now until 12 February (ask first if you want to nominate someone else or a group, as an assessment visit in March is involved). All types and stages of edible garden welcome - anyone who is having a go. To find out more and get a nomination form online:

* Accessible Survival Kits - An Addington initiative to provide residents of all incomes with the option to assemble an emergency survival kit in case of a personal, local or national disaster. The kit and contents can be purchased incrementally from as little as $1 per week. For more information and to register with Founder Amanda Wallis, go to: (end of CCC notices)

* Hazard App - a free life-saving app for smartphones and tablets. The app helps individuals and communities identify, prepare and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app is pre-loaded with information about hazards including floods, earthquakes, tsunami, fire, weather, epidemics and biosecurity risks. Users receive official emergency warnings and alerts according to their locations and those of family and friends. To learn more and download:

* Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - CREST - Cashmere Community Response Plan - see for digital copy. Public event/s planned at the response hub, to progress our plan, in the warmer season ahead. Thank you Red Cross for project support (Cc). CREST enquiries via Cashmere Presbyterian, Cashmere School or Cashmere Residents' Association. 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, Canterbury Neighbourhood Support, Kidsfirst Cashmere Kindergarten, Cashmere Cuisine, Cup Cafe, Emperors New Clothes Cafe, Zeroes 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 2017/18 - 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. Stay warm and safe, enjoying spring!
Kind regards

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

Cashmere Residents' Association (CRA)

Cashmere Residents' Association

Back to CRA link hub / home page