Newsletter 9 September 2015

Sumner Bays Union Trust Newsletter 9 September 2015
Hello everyone,

Spring has appeared, and that means the year is rapidly heading towards its end.

Redcliffs Community Directory
The Redcliffs Community Directory, funded by Aranui Community Trust through the Neighbourhood Newsletter Grant, has been printed and will be distributed with the Redcliffs Residents’ Association’s next newsletter. Thank you to everyone who has kindly given and confirmed their group’s details and thank you to the Redcliffs Residents Association for being willing to distribute it with their newsletter. An electronic version is available at and this is searchable by category or alphabetical list.
This year we have limited it to the not for profit sector, with a couple of exceptions. I am very happy to discuss including local businesses, with a sponsorship or payment for advertising arrangement very much a possibility.

On a related note, the Redcliffs Residents Association have launched their new website, It’s looking good.

Sumner-Redcliffs Community Carols
Planning for this is underway now with the event scheduled for Thursday 10 December. Eddie Simon has agreed to lead the singing – thank you Eddie! – and the Sumner Silver Band will be providing accompaniment again this year. There may even be some ukulele players performing. Santa is sure to be a big hit too. Don’t tell the kids, but it is Stiggie Claus (AKA Stig Eldred) this year.

Sumner Bays Union Trust’s AGM is coming up on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30 pm. It will be held at the temporary Sumner Community Centre’s kitchen – the old school hall kitchen.

Don’t forget the Sumner Community Garden’s weekly Tuesday morning working sessions and the weekend sessions at the Food Forest. Contact Kathryn on 027 676 6100 for dates for the weekend sessions.

The Christchurch City Council Representation Review
Many of you are aware that the Christchurch City Council is undertaking a Representation Review. To put simply, it means that they are reviewing ward boundaries, the number of councillors, and the way in which we will be represented at council level in the future. As it stands, a couple of options for our area are on the table, and both are quite different from the existing situation. Essentially they are proposing to incorporate Sumner through to Heathcote Valley into a ward with Lyttelton. We would then share a single councillor with the whole of Banks Peninsula. It is a rather dramatic change from the current situation where we share two councillors with the rest of the Hagley-Ferrymead Ward. You can have your say by sending the Christchurch City Council a submission. Details on how to do a submission are on their website. Further information can be found at regarding the Representation Review. It is an important issue affecting all of us.

The Redcliffs Community Shed advises that their opening hours are Monday 9:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am-2:00pm, and Wednesday evening 6:00pm-9:00pm. There will be further opening hours to come.
Steve writes: “In the planning is a smart phone tech class hosted by Canterbury University. Suitable for the beginner and tech savvy. We expect this to fill quickly. You are welcome to pre-register your interest with ‘Smart Phone’ in the email subject line” to “You will be contacted in the coming weeks with confirmed times and outline of the class.”

I was pleased to note the “Recruiting Now” and “New World Redcliffs opening late October” signs up on Redcliffs New World. It has been a long time coming.

The Ministry of Education has delayed its decision on the future of Redcliffs School until term four. In the meantime, it has agreed not to close the school until at least the beginning of 2017 if that’s the way the decision goes.

The sharp eyed will have noticed that Kidsfirst Kindergartens has asked the Christchurch City Council for permission to expand the site it uses in McCormacks Bay from the original Mt Pleasant Kindergarten’s size so it can build a much larger kindergarten to serve the area from Redcliffs through to Heathcote Valley. This is particularly disappointing for Redcliffs families.

Tea & Talk at Sumner is held every Monday morning except for public holidays from 10.30 – 11.30 am. If you know anyone who might enjoy getting out and meeting some friendly people, please let them know. It is held in the Temporary Community Centre’s kitchen on Wiggins Street (the old Sumner School hall).

Mini Music is running in Sumner on Tuesday mornings at 9.30 am in the old school hall kitchen and on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall on Augusta Street.

Coffee & Conversation continues on Thursday mornings from 10.30 am in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Church hall.
If there are any other notices that I should have placed or could place in this newsletter, please let me know.

Congratulations to the Lyttelton Timebank on celebrating their tenth anniversary. Timebank inventor Edgar Cahn visited New Zealand and was interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio NZ National. The interview can be found here:

Our coordinators Liz Kerslake and Robin Arnold have been busy organising the branding and relaunch of the Bridge2Rocks Timebank.

Note that I am slowly phasing out use of in favour of

Farewell to Steve Marsh, Shed supervisor, who is now working directly for Redcliffs Community Shed rather than through Sumner Bays Union Trust.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Worker

Sumner Bays Union Trust
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