Newsletter 12 August 2016

Hi everyone,

It’s a tad chilly, isn’t it? At least we’ve had some sunny (if a little cool!) days lately. Spring is not far off now – I’ve seen some trees in blossom.

A big thank you to our funders. This time of year we see the results of the funding applications coming through, and an especially big thank you to United Way New Zealand for providing a significant boost to Bridge2Rocks TimeBank funding. To keep our wonderful coordinators Liz and Robin doing what they do so well for the TimeBank, we are always keen to get donations from the general public. They are incredibly produce on a very small number of paid hours (14 in total) and it would be wonderful to be able to increase those hours so that we can see  the TimeBank  flourish further. It hit 101 members recently, which is a significant milestone.

Thank you also to the Christchurch City Council and the Community Organisation Grants Scheme. We look forward to hearing the outcome of other funding applications in the not too distant future. Without the generosity of the abovementioned funders as well as the Rata Foundation, Lottery Community, Pub Charity, and the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation, we would not be able to carry out the work that we do in our community. Thank you to Redcliffs Developments Limited for a generous donation towards the Sumner Silver Band.

Would you like to donate? Sumner Bays Union Trust is always willing to accept donations from the general public (individuals, families, and businesses) and because we are a registered charity, we can provide receipts for tax purposes.

Some of you will be aware that the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force in April 2016. As a result, Sumner Bays Union Trust is undertaking a major overhaul of existing health and safety policies and procedures. If you are involved in an activity that runs under the aegis of Sumner Bays Union Trust, this will affect you. What this involves is largely input from you about how the activity you are involved with works and, in particular, what health and safety risks could arise.

The Trust has a duty under the Act to take all steps that are reasonably practicable to assure the health and safety of people involved in any of its activities.

It isn’t as scary as it sounds, although the legislation will be strictly enforced. Basically, if you have any concerns about health and safety matters, please tell us as soon as they arise. We will be seeking information from the various projects about health and safety issues and how they might be managed, and by law the Trust is required to actively engage with people involved on an ongoing basis. This means two way communication is vital. You tell us what risks you identify during the course of the activity you are involved with, and we’ll take note of them. We will also be asking what you are doing to manage those risks. Most of these things will hopefully fall in the ‘no brainer’ category – for example, community garden volunteers will need to ensure that power tools are used properly and responsibly. It’s not rocket science most of the time. The legislation is pretty clear that the buck stops with everyone – not just the Trust board, not just paid staff, and not just the people leading particularly projects.

Next steps: If you are involved in a project that runs under the umbrella of Sumner Bays Union Trust, please talk with those around you who are also involved and identify what health and safety issues relate to what you are doing. I’ll be starting to chase people for this sort of information soon, so the more information you can provide me so that we can develop a health and safety policy that works well for each project, the better.

The Linwood College Legacy Project has been going very well. Well done to the staff and students of Linwood College for the outreach you did out in the community over May and June – some really high quality information was collected as a result. It has been a privilege to work on this project with my colleagues in the various community organisations involved as well as with the Board of Trustees, the staff, especially Richard Edmundson, John Strong, and other staff with whom we’ve worked closely. Our project manager Sandra James has been fantastic, and the reports she has been producing are full of high quality data which will inform the work of the community/school partnership going forward. We are coming to the end of this part of the project, but a strong community partnership with the school will continue into the future. Again, immense thanks must go to the Ministry of Social Development for funding this phase of the project.

It is exciting to see the respective rebuilds of the Redcliffs Public Library and the Sumner Community Centre underway. The Mt Pleasant Community Centre looks like it will be a great facility.

Some notices from the community:

From the Sumner Community Hub:

Working Bee – Flax cage removal this Saturday 13th August 1-3 pm:

Meet on Clifton Terrace near intersection with Panorama Road / Revelation Drive.  Join the Team on Clifton Hill to remove the plastic cages from around the flax plants. The gully between Clifton and Richmond Hills is planted up with flax and they have outgrown their cages so we will be removing the cages so that their growth is not impeded. It could be a bit chilly so bring warm clothes, a jacket and a hat. Wear gumboots or sturdy footwear.

For further information please get in touch with Vanessa: 021 0255 6918,

The Redcliffs Public Library is holding its 102nd AGM on Wednesday 31 August at 10 am at the library’s current premises at the Redcliffs Tennis Club, 75 Main Road, Redcliffs.

From the Redcliffs Residents Association:

Redcliffs Pavilion – plans for rebuild

Could this be the best value property in town? That forlorn building hidden behind the undergrowth at the edge of Redcliffs Park is planned to be sold to the community through the Residents Association, and to be re-piled, repaired and restored to a usable condition.  The Council own the land and are responsible for the building and have agreed to put it back on its foundations and make it secure, so the community can then work together to bring it back into use. A Memorandum Of Understanding is currently being formulated to make this happen.  Any volunteers who are interested in being part of this project will be warmly welcomed and should contact the community project manager, Chris Doudney, on 03 384 2263.

Environment project in Drayton Gully Reserve

We are all getting a great sense of achievement from clearing weeds and now planting some of the original native trees which used to grow in our local area. Inevitably more native birds, lizards and insects will follow and we will monitor how quickly this happens. There is lots to do and everyone is welcome to be a part of this, our local native forest. I hope you can join us on 27th August.  FUTURE WORK DAYS — Please diary these Saturdays 2-4pm :  Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26, Dec 17. If you want to volunteer any time or resources to this long-term community project, contact Dave Bryce 021363498 or email:


From The Muse:

Wala – The Spirit of Ghana: Workshop Join Odai, Abli and Ago in an exciting workshop exploring music and dance from Ghana. Participants will explore song, dance and rhythm with the opportunity to perform in the concert with Wala in the afternoon if they choose to.

Sunday 4th September 1.00pm-2.30pm

Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road.

Suggested donation: $20

For further details phone 0800 THEMUSE (0800 843 687) or email

Wala – The Spirit of Ghana: Concert!

Wala are a three piece dynamic group on tour from Ghana. Drumming, dance, percussion and soaring vocal harmonies blend to create a stunning experience for all ages. Surrounded by about twenty drums played with hands, feet and sticks, Wala bring their instruments to life as they share a fusion of traditional Ghanaian music and dance depicting the life and soul and rich heritage of their ancestors, blended with their own refreshingly contemporary and original compositions.

Sunday 4th September, 3.30pm-4.30pm Cathedral College, 62 Ferry Road (map) Cost: $10 adults, $5 children Concessions available, phone 0800 THEMUSE (0800 843 687) or email

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes