Newsletter 8 September 2017

Hello everyone,

Spring is springing! It’s great to see trees in blossom, and daffodils coming out. Good not to be in the path of large hurricanes and tropical storms too – with emergencies like this on a large scale in other parts of the world, this means our community preparedness project continues to be highly relevant.

With the closure of the temporary community centre in Wiggins Street, our Tea & Talk group, which meets each Monday morning from 10.30 – 11.30 am, is moving. A big thank you to Gareth Davies, manager of Fuse Youth Centre, for welcoming our group onto their premises on Wakefield Avenue. The facility is warm and comfortable, and this will be a great place to host this group. To be clear – the group remains open to all ages regardless of the fact we will be meeting in the youth centre. During school holidays we will have to find a different location, but during term times we will be at Fuse.

Coffee & Conversation is going very well at the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall on Augusta Street. It meets at 10.30 am each Thursday and everyone is welcome. We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of people attending this group since Maree McGovern started as our Older Persons’ Worker. A recent highlight was when Robin Arnold, Community Preparedness facilitator, came along to talk about emergency preparedness.

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Sumner Theatre Group show, including the STG cast themselves, everyone who purchased tickets and attended the show, and Maree McGovern, Robin Arnold, Jules Lee, Jon Harcourt and Baden Melhuish who helped set up. Robin even came back the next day (a Saturday!) to finish the clean-up – thank you!

We are almost completely settled into our new premises at the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre. If you’re looking for us, we are in a room on the ground floor, just to the left of the lift doors in the foyer, with wooden double doors (which I believe came out of the old centre). A big thank you to Tomo, Kate and the other Sumner library staff for making us feel so welcome. Thank you to Paul McKeefry, Dyane Hosler, Jane Benton, Tania Hayward, and Matt Cummins for assisting us to settle into our new space. It’ll take time to get used to working in a shared office space, but it’s great to have regular contact with Liza Sparrow, Tanya Michaels and the rest of the team from the Sumner Community Residents Association in this space. We will soon have our internet connected so that we can plug our phones back in here. If you’ve been trying to get hold of us, our phone is in a cupboard awaiting the internet being connected. It has been more complicated than usual, but we’re getting there. Your best chance of contacting me right now is via email or my mobile number.

The Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is a beautiful facility and we are certainly enjoying being located here in the very heart of the village. We can see the pedestrian crossing out our office window, and below the window nearest my desk seems to be a popular place for people to tie up their dogs. If you know me well, you would understand the appeal.

Mini Music’s Sumner session has moved into the new centre, meeting upstairs in what is temporarily known as Activity Room 1. This is located at the Wakefield Avenue end of the hall, to the left as you come up the front stairs or out of the lift into level 1 (not the ground floor). This continues to run at 9.30 am each term time Tuesday.

Maree is organising outings and movie afternoons for seniors each month. The next movie afternoon is being held at 1.30 pm on Thursday 21 September at Hollywood Cinemas. Purchase your tickets early after 12.30 pm.

Contact Maree on or by mobile 027 327 4493 (at least until our phone is back up and running) for more information. The movie is Victoria and Abdul.

Our Bridge2Rocks TimeBank coordinators Jules Lee and Robin Arnold have been busy. From their newsletter:
Welcome to Autumn  … well no, of course not, it’s spring! Just wanted to ensure you were paying attention. It is often hard to engage through an e newsletter, particularly when we all have so much communication coming at as. One can but try and be inventive!  We are enjoying working out of our new space (albeit on a temporary basis), the ‘Blue Room’ in the Mt Pleasant Centre Car Park, 3 McCormacks Rd. Sharing office space with two other community organisations i.e. Community Preparedness and the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust is proving to be great for connecting and sharing of resources. The Estuary Trust have a huge pile of Field Guides that they would like to give to anyone that wants them. Called ‘Exploring an Estuary”. A fantastic resource and with spring on our shores grab the guide, pack a picnic and get the family out exploring. You can pick these up from The Blue Room on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. However, we have also a pile in the Mt Pleasant Centre as well.

: Sunday September 24th, 10am – 3pm
WHERE: Mt Pleasant School, 82 Major Hornbrook Road.
Local community response teams from Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs and Sumner are getting together to share knowledge/ information and learn from each other, as we continue to develop local community preparedness and response plans across the Bays. Is this something you would be interested in getting involved with?
We will be discussing community response activation, likely roles and responsibilities, communications, community based emergency kits, and learning more about Neighbourhood Support and how this works in emergencies.
Please contact Robin Arnold at if you would be interested in attending or would like more information.

From the CANTERBURY MEN’S CENTRE: The All Right Campaign focused on Canterbury men recently.


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 practice 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.

Term Three: 1st August to 27th September
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.

In the majestic Cathedral setting of Christchurch’s first Church, take a seat and soak up the joy of Women in Harmony singing music that circles the world. Clap with us, maybe sing with us and you’ll also be making a significant contribution to benefit the families who are being supported by Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group in Christchurch.
The night promises a celebration of the energy that women bring to life and music with vibrant modern interpretations of the traditional arranged by our dynamic musical director Mary Ruston, evocative melodies, humour and imagination interspersed with solo performances from within the choir, Eileen Reid, Kristina Godfrey and Judi Smitheram who will bring their rich, authentic depth to the evening.

We would love to see you there!

Women in Harmony is a fun, dynamic community choir singing music from all over the world, remembering that community is the most important aspect. We make the best music as a group of expressive and quirky individuals making sure we’re having fun and enjoying one another’s company more than anything else.
Many of our members have dabbled in music all their lives; others have embraced singing for the first time in this choir. With our fantastic choir director Mary Ruston, the atmosphere is relaxed, SO THAT WE ENJOY SHARING our love of music through singing.

Admission $15 Concession $10

Finally, congratulations to Redcliffs School, which has now had its future secured, with the Christchurch City Council agreeing to sell Redcliffs Park to the Ministry of Education. Well done! It has been a battle hard fought with many challenges along the way.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes