Newsletter 3 June 2016

Hi everyone,
Winter has arrived, and I’ve had to thaw my car each day since it officially began. If you see my office door shut but my car is in the driveway, it may well be because it is too cold to keep it open. I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry.

Consultation on the rebuild of Linwood College

In the middle of last years a collective of organisations, which had already been working together, for the most part, on a Ministry of Social Development funded capacity building project, began the second phase of the project. Also MSD funded, we (the Bays & South Christchurch Collective) identified the one thing common to all organisations in our collective – that Linwood College is the only co-educational state secondary school that our children can attend as of right. As it has been undergoing a very challenging time over the past few years, we decided to offer to help the school reconnect with our Bays & South Christchurch communities. Few children have gone off to Linwood College from Sumner and Redcliffs over the past few years.

We began the project in earnest in March, contracting Sandra James to manage the project. Over the last few weeks you may have seen advertisements in local newspapers with the tag line, “A new school is coming: Make it yours.” Linwood College’s new principal, Richard Edmundson began at the beginning of 2016 and March was an appropriate time for us to begin working in partnership with the school on this project. The school will be undergoing a complete rebuild from 2017 and this is your opportunity to – as the tag line suggests – make it yours.

Key Upcoming Events

Come and meet Linwood College’s new principal Richard Edmundson outside Sumner Supervalue. Wednesday 8 June 2016, 3.15 – 5.15 pm:

Attend a community workshop being held at the Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club on Wednesday 15 June from 7 – 9 pm. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard about the future of Linwood College.

For full information about the rebuild project, visit Follow the project on Facebook at

This project is much more than the rebuild of the buildings. It is about the very future of secondary schooling in our area. Linwood College has many well-known and well regarded past students and the project team would love to see the school become our communities’ school of choice again.

Other community workshops are being held in the school’s natural catchment area – see the website for details.

Other upcoming community events

The Sumner Community Residents Association is running a series of events to celebrate Matariki, Maori New Year, in Sumner over the next few weeks:
Friday 10 June: Lantern Making Creative Workshop, 4-6 pm, Old School Hall, Wiggins Street, $10 per person. Book a place.
Saturday 11 June: Fire performance & Lamb Spit Shared Kai, 5 – 7 pm on Sumner beach near the picnic table. Attendance free. Kai $7pp, veggie option available. Wrap up warm for this down to earth community gathering. Onesies welcome! Bring a lantern.
Sunday 12 June: 3D Star Decoration Creative Workshop, 2-4 pm. Old School hall, Wiggins St. $10 pp. Book a place.
Sunday 26 June: Cultural Astronomy Tour. With a laser beam and telescope, Mary Bell offers insights into star-lore of the pre-dawn sky. Weather permitting, we hope to have a view of Matariki rising just before dawn. Meet at the row on pines on Summit Rd at the top of Richmond Hill. 5.30 – 7 am. Bring a blanket, something to sit on, a thermos, and wrap up warm. $5pp, under 18s free.
Sunday 26 June: Seed Bomb Marking Creative Workshop, 2 – 4 pm, Old School hall, Wiggins Street, $10 pp, book a place.
Book a place: or 020 4003 1983

I will be on leave for the week beginning 6 June (Queen’s Birthday), returning on Monday 13 June.  All our usual regular activities will continue as normal (apart from Tea & Talk because Monday is a public holiday).

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker