Cashmere News Diary: 25 February 2014 - community events
* 22 Feb 2011. As we pause to remember the enormous sad losses of the Canterbury earthquakes, our work goes on supporting a community under stress. Cashmere Residents' Association is running more meetings this year, to work through the unexpected changes together. The first of these is tomorrow, for residents of one location, by direct invitation. Where CRA can be of assistance, we will extend local community organisation and information supply. See http://www.ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/civildefence/chchearthquake/porthillsgeotech/index.aspx for the most up-to-date council land classification responses, or subscribe to Port Hills e-newsletter via email@example.com. Note than Cashmere contains several Class II or III land areas, "where mass movement has taken place. ‘Mass movement’ is slope instability from significant volumes of soil and/or rock having moved together as a single mass." The work required around these discoveries is extensive and is going to take quite some time to progress, amongst the large range of local authority duties. Please be patient. The new Christchurch will be a far more resilient one. Kia kaha.
* 25 February, Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm - Christchurch City Council's District Plan review public meeting, at the Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo St - concerning the Barrington commercial hub, transport, housing etc. http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/policiesreportsstrategies/districtplanning/districtplanreview/index.aspx
* 2 March, Sunday 12-3pm - Community Picnic run by Somerfield Residents' Association at Swan Lake, 9 Ernlea Terrace, on Children's Day - entertainment includes X-files Duo, some stalls, BYO food & drink, etc. $5 family tickets (six people max) available from Julie Tobbell, SRA Chair - 3324092 / 027-272-1063 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Poster attached.
* 7 March, Friday 4.30-7.30pm - Twilight Fair at Cashmere Primary School, 135 Hackthorne Road - artisan and farmers' market, produce, foodstalls, crafts, jewellery, etc. Support our most important local facility's fund-raiser, get yourself a bargain and have some fun! Always a well-attended event. Poster attached. See you there :)
* 9 March, Sunday 3pm - Cracroft-Chase vineyard tour, 110 Shalamar Drive - $10 per head for tasting & nibbles. Please reply to book your places in the CRA group by Friday 7 March, or via Rik on 332-1069. All welcome. Wine orders for a bulk purchase discount can be placed via Leona on 337-2051. Selections can be viewed here: http://www.cracroftchase.co.nz
* 18 March, Tuesday 7.30pm - Bus issues / public passenger transport advocacy group, at Whareora Community House, 8 Athelstan St in Spreydon, opposite Barrington Mall - a new initiative to try and improve the services and facilities in south Christchurch. All welcome. http://www.facebook.com/events/680238678707528/
* 26 March, Wednesday 7.30pm CREST - Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - our local preparedness group next meets at Cashmere Presbyterian Centre hall, 2 Macmillan Ave. This is CREST's first evening meeting - usually at 1.30pm on the last Wednesday of each month except December. Local volunteer skills and resources inter-network. All input very welcome.
* 8 April, Tuesday 8pm - Cashmere Vision and Values, phase 2 workshop facilitated by Mary Richardson, at Cashmere Presbyterian Centre hall. 7pm drinks, nibbles and conversation. 7.30pm an update from Margaret Sweet on Dame Ngaio Marsh House. 8pm V&V workshop: how should CRA maintain itself, especially its internet communications and portfolios etc, into the future? - for meeting the goals agreed and set out in 2009: http://www.cashmere.org.nz/cashmere.pdf.
Updates & Notices
* Rock wall repairs - CRA has its eye on these as the rebuild process accelerates, in light of a Special Amenity status - SAM 17a: "Stone retaining walls are very much a part of the character of these older hillside suburbs and may be considered a first choice if a fence or wall is needed" http://www.ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/goaheadbuildingplannings00/formsandguides-s07/sams/cashheathcoteopawasumner/sam17and17a.aspx - Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board has been asked for more information re the lower Hackthorne Road wall repair project. Awaited with interest!
* Village Green - there are council moves afoot, to protect the ground and roots under the westward line of trees from vehicles. It has been good for CRA, meeting the affected residents there.
* Home for sale - Gorgeous, sun filled 2 double bedroom townhouse at 1 Longhurst Terrace. Located at the foot of Victoria Park, with excellent views of the city to the Alps. Open home Sunday 2 March 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Deadline sale 4pm Tuesday 18 March (unless sold prior). Further queries, see the Trademe listing or call Heidi on 021-816-102.
* "Hi CRA. Thanks for the updates. I'm wondering if you or someone else can fill me in on any previous work done by CRA on boy racers and advocacy for enhanced safety measures on Dyers Pass Road. I am the new owner of XX Dyers Pass Road, where the fence has been wrecked by boy racers. I was underwhelmed by the Police response and want to follow this up as there are obviously public safety issues here as well as property. There are a number of concerned parents at Cashmere Primary School who would potentially support some measures. However, I don't want to re-cover ground that you or others may have already pursued. Perhaps you could let me know who I could talk to in order to become more informed?" Thank you. Email is Cc'd to Neighbourhood Support for a start - we will publish their reply [none to date - Dave W pls?]. Yes, we often hear similar concerns about road use. CRA committee needs a volunteer to pick up 'the transport portfolio', as defined by the 2009 Vision and Values Project here, to focus our efforts around them. There is always more that can be achieved, through greater organisation. Can anyone help progress this please, by leading a CRA roads sub-committee perhaps?
* Cashmere area Book Club info - contact Daphne Russell on 337-4261, or CRA committee member Joan Earl on 942-4523.
* Kaizuka Cafe - www.kaizuka.co.nz - Manager Aaron Scott has made contact with CRA and updated us on the community hub role Kaizuka has been able to play, through rough earthquake circumstances, for many residents in the Bowenvale area. Watch this space for cooperative work CRA will undertake with Kaizuka. Thank you Aaron and Kaizuka staff, for all you are doing.
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A Happy New Year to one and all.
CRA Chair, 332-1069
Cashmere Residents' Association (CRA)
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