Newsletter 27 October 2017

Hi everyone,

It’s grey today but it should improve over the weekend, and that’s great because of the events at Mt Pleasant tomorrow!

Community Preparedness Event

As we kick off into Neighbourhood Week, the NZ Fire Service are running an evacuation challenge at McCormacks Bay Reserve 11am-2pm Saturday Oct 28th to promote community preparedness. Come along, bring the family, should be fun.

Next door at the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market 10-12.30pm, Neighbourhood Support will be there answering questions and signing people up to Christchurchgetsready and there will also be info available on how to prepare yourself for an emergency.

AND … The Bridge2Rocks Timebank will be there – sharing how this works & what’s happening locally… alongside great food / coffee / flowers / music etc

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE … come and check out the Art Exhibition at the Mt Pleasant Center 10am-3pm. The weather forecast is looking fine – it should be a great day.

 Oral History Project

Check out our website to see the first of the four World War II memories videos online. . This one features Win Collins. A direct link to the video on YouTube is this: . To maintain a level of control on how widely this video is viewed, it is not available via YouTube’s search function. You may, however, share the direct link.

A big thank you to the Creative Communities fund for granting us a further $1,000 to record more stories. We will be carrying out more interviews over the next few months via Cat House Films. We have already identified potential participants for this next round of interviews.

Movie afternoon:

This time the movie is No Ordinary Sheila, which is a documentary on writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retracing a long life dedicated to sharing her love of NZ’s nature and history.

Date: Monday 30 October

Time: 2 pm. Note change of time.  Ensure that you have purchased your tickets by 1 pm as the queue can get quite long.

Cost: $10.00

From the Sumner Community Residents Association:

Sumner’s Neighbourhood Night – diary the date

Join locals for an outdoor meal al fresco style in the amphitheatre behind the library.  Grab a takeaway from your favourite restaurant and then dine in Sumner’s finest outdoor dining room whilst listening to music from local artists.

WHEN:                  4pm-8pm, Sunday 12 November

WHERE:                Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (behind the library)

COST:                    just the price of a takeaway meal

Sumner Bikery – calling for volunteers

Operating out of the Sumner Hub garage volunteers can assist to get your bike back on the road – or teach you how to do it yourself!  Come down and talk cycling with like-minded enthusiasts.  All ages and abilities welcomed.

WHEN:                  Mon and Fri, 4pm-6.30pm, Sat and Sun 9am-1pm

WHERE:                Garage behind the Sumner Hub, 57 Nayland St

COST:                    donation for parts

CONTACT:           Mark via or 027 518 4789

Future Sumner Community Meeting – diary the date

Let us know what’s bothering you: lack of action on red zone land? Crime? Delays in roading or the Sumner Master Plan?  Email us with issues you’d like addressed and SCRA will attempt to get them answered by those in the know.  Confirmed speakers are:  CCC, Land Information NZ, Civil Defence, Neighbourhood Support, Fire Brigade, and SCRA.  Community groups are welcome to promote themselves at this event.

WHEN:                  Thursday 30 November

Community Expo from 6.00pm, Public Meeting from 6.30pm – 8.00pm

WHERE:                Sumner School Hall

COST:                    Gold coin donation

CONTACT:  or Liza on 021 815 051

Sumner / Taylors Emergency Management Group – calling for volunteers

Working with Civil Defence Emergency Management the Sumner Hub aims to create an emergency plan for the communities in Sumner and Taylors so that we can plan how to best work together during/following a natural disaster.


Sumner Skate and Green – update

The temporary skate ramp remains out of use at 2 Wakefield Ave.  Sumner Green and Skate are working with council to obtain resource consent to move the ramp to a new site opposite the library.  This move is an interim measure until the Bays Area Skate Project delivers a permanent skate facility within the bays area.

WHEN:                  Expected opening, December 2017

WHERE:                opposite Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, Corner of Nayland St and Wakefield Ave

CONTACT: ; like ‘Sumner Green and Skate Area’ on Facebook

Neighbourhood Support – calling for volunteers

Working to make our homes, streets and communities safer, more caring places to live.  Become a street coordinator and help keep Sumner/Taylors better connected and at the same time enjoy meeting your neighbours!


The Scarborough Park Playground Renewal consultation

LUCKY US! Scarborough Park playground is due an upgrade and we have been invited by council to have a say on the look and feel of the play equipment and concept plans — which includes tree removal.

If you prefer a playground which is in keeping with the surrounding environment or one which has bright primary colours then come to Scarborough Park tomorrow and talk with council staff between 10am-12pm.  There will be a sausage sizzle for the kids.

Have your say

  1. on line (below)
  2. By filling in a form at the library or Sumner Hub
  3. Directly with council staff at the park 10am-12pm, Saturday

Sumner Bays Union Trust Annual General Meeting

This is being held on Wednesday 29 November at 7 pm in Puoro-raki (upstairs, nearest Wakefield Avenue side of building) at the Mātuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols

This is being held on the grounds of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, Main Road, Sumner, on Thursday 14 December, with massed singing beginning at 6.45 pm. Bring a picnic and your singing voices. This event will feature the Sumner Silver Band and a visit from Santa!

From the Sumner RSA:

Sumner/Redcliffs RSA Coffee morning.

Tuesday 7 November from 10.30am The Village Inn, Sumner.

The Sumner/Redcliffs RSA is holding a social coffee event for all members, their friends and anybody who may have an interest in the RSA. Come along for a chat and a bit of fun. Catch up with friends and maybe make new ones. We’ll even treat you to a free muffin!

From the Muse:

Rockers of Ages Choirs, on now

For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome)

Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn’t matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practise includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don’t need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS.

Cost by donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week)

Central: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown

North Canterbury: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, St John’s Church, 353 High Street, Rangiora

Sumner: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner

St Albans: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm, Forfar Courts, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans

Email or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes

Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust