Newsletter 28 August 2020

Kia ora everyone, 

Spring is nearly here! It’s great to see blossom coming out. 

As we are at Alert level 2, the decision has been made to cancel the September 4 Happy Hour event. At the August event we had 30 people, which was fantastic. We even had an appearance from a bright blue haired rather wicked angel in keeping with the midwinter Christmas theme of the night. It was great to have Kevin Hay talk about his work conserving heritage variety apricot trees. Part of what was once the Redcliffs Community Garden main bed will be converted to an apricot tree nursery (small trees as opposed to selling them), with permission from the Port Hills Uniting Parish. Thank you Kevin and thank you to the Port Hills Uniting Parish for making this space available. As many of the regulars at Happy Hour are over 80 years old, we felt it was important to put their health first. If we are back to Alert level 1 in October we will definitely be continuing Happy Hour then. 

It’s that time of year again: Sumner Bays Union Trust will be holding its 2020 AGM on Wednesday 25 November at 5pm. This is likely to be upstairs in the foyer at the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre around the big table. 

The 2020 edition of the Bays Area Community Directory is due to be published following the election. This has required a significant amount of work, including updating, but it has been made so much easier because I was able to use much of the emergency information Robin Arnold collated two years ago. Thank you Robin. 

Loopy Tunes is going well, though with an understandable drop in numbers during Alert Level 2. Following resuming sessions on 21 July, we had as much money donated by parents/caregivers as we did in the first half of the year. I suppose it equated to a similar number of active sessions (February – mid March). We are still keen to have someone to support the Sumner session. 

The Learning Exchange is in the process of starting up, with its launch in the next couple of months. We are seeking 4-5 volunteers from across the Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant, Heathcote Valley and Woolston areas to act as coordinators for learning events. The job description is here:  LE Volunteer Role Description This will take the burden off existing paid community development staff, and should be quite enjoyable for the volunteers themselves. Eve is doing a great job getting the Learning Exchange set up. 

Don’t forget that if you are using public transport, from Monday you will be expected to be wearing a mask. If you haven’t downloaded the NZ COVID-19 tracer app you can find it on Google Play Store and the Apple App store. Links are on this website:  https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0eP6j6a86wIVBqqWCh2cTwe2EAAYASAAEgINOPD_BwE

Every business, community organisation, church, or other public-facing entity is required to have the QR codes displayed. I admit I got overexcited and did one for our office before being told that if you’re in a building which already has them, you don’t need to display your own ones, but it was an interesting – and easy – process to go through. 

From Sumner Redcliffs Anglican Parish via Redcliffs Residents’ Association website: 

Question the Candidates – 1st September
Whatever the date of the election, we know who our local candidates will be. So come and ask them the difficult questions! This session will focus on a Q&A format so send your questions to curate@sumred.org.nz by 28th August or ask on the night. Then come to Matanui (Main Hall) Redcliffs School on Tuesday 1st September, 7pm to 8.30pm. 

Nga mihi,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader