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Christmas Newsletter 2020

Meri kirihimete! Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and season’s greetings. 

We’re into our last few days of our working year, and there are some dates to give you. 

Final Tea & Talk session: Monday 21 December, 10.30am in the upstairs foyer of the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre. 
Office closes: Midday Tuesday 22 December 2020. 
Office reopens: 8am Monday 11 January 2021
First Tea & Talk session of 2021: Monday 11 January, 10.30am
First Coffee & Conversation session of 2021: Friday 15 January, 10.30am, Port Hills Uniting Parish Church hall, Augusta Street
First Happy Hour of 2021: Friday 5 February 2021, 4-6pm, Port Hills Uniting Parish Church hall/grounds. 
Loopy Tunes Sumner resumes at 9.30am, Tuesday 9 February, Puoro-raki, upstairs in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
Loopy Tunes Redcliffs resumes at 10.30am, Tuesday 9 February, Port Hills Uniting Parish hall, Augusta Street

And, looking well ahead: Sumner Community Carols will be held on Thursday 9 December 2021. 

A safety notice from the Christchurch City Council: https://newsline.ccc.govt.nz/news/story/rockfall-prompts-closure-of-cave-rock-entry-point  

A safety notice from Fire & Emergency New Zealand: Fireworks ban around Christchurch and Canterbury in restricted fire season

We hope you have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable holiday season, and get an opportunity to relax and enjoy yourselves. Here’s hoping that 2021 is a much better year all round!

Ngā mihi nui,
Eddie Hayes 
Community Development Team Leader
Sumner Bays Union Trust


Newsletter 23 September 2020

Kia ora everyone, 

It’s almost summery here today. After a challenging year, it’s good to see the warmer weather, and we’re at Alert Level 1. 

Happy Hour
Happy Hour is back on as of 2 October. It runs between 4-6pm and the speaker will be Mark Gibson. Mark will be talking on the topic of “Around Our City in Nine Amazing Days – our path less travelled; the 360 Christchurch Trail”. 

A big thank you in advance to Deirdre and Susan who will be looking after the refreshments for this session as Liz and I will both be away. 

Loopy Tunes
Loopy Tunes is back on Tuesday 13 October for term 4.

As the room we usually use in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre will be used as a polling booth that week, we are moving our Sumner session to Redcliffs as a one off. 

Both 13 October sessions will be held in the Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Church hall at 4 Augusta Street, Redcliffs. 

First session: 9.30am (replacing our regular Sumner session)
Second session: 10.30am (our usual Redcliffs session).  

There will be morning tea and a play time for the children immediately following each session. 

From October 20 onwards, our 9.30am session will return to Puoro-raki in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre until the end of term 4. 

Our Community Carols is coming up on Thursday 10 December 2020. I am seeking volunteers for two aspects of this event:

  1. Leading the singing. Rosemary Neave did a wonderful job last year but is unavailable this time around. If you enjoy singing and have the confidence to lead the massed singing, acting as MC and host, I would like to hear from you. 
  2. Sound. We need someone who can collect the sound system from the Sumner Hub, set it up, operate it throughout the event, and then return it to the Hub afterwards. Paul Bolger volunteered to do this for us for some years but sadly we lost him earlier this year.

If either of these roles suits you, please let me know as soon as you can. 

Did you see the article in today’s Bay Harbour News about the Bays Area Seniors’ Project? If you haven’t it’s on page 14. You can visit the digital edition here https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/64349215/bay-harbour-september-23-2020   or pick up a copy from collection points around the area. 

Also featuring in today’s Bay Harbour News is a lovely photograph on page 2 of Sumner Bays Union Trust board member Lydia MacKinnon and one of our regulars, Brian, at Redcliffs Coffee & Conversation. 

Ngā mihi,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader



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





Newsletter 10 June 2020

Kia ora everyone,

Hope you’re keeping warm and well! A few updates:

  • Sumner Silver Band resumes rehearsals tomorrow 11 June at 7pm at the Redcliffs Mt Pleasant Bowling Club
  • Coffee & Conversation resumes this Friday 12 June at 10.30 am in the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street. 
  • Our Loopy Tunes sessions resume on the first Tuesday of term 3: July 21 at 9.30 am in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre and 10.30 am in the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street. 
  • Our Happy Hour resumes on Friday 7 August, 4-6 pm in the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall. 

More soon!

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader

Newsletter Thursday 21 May 2020

Kia ora!

With life at Alert Level 2 now, Maree and I returned to working from the office this week. However, with the limit on gathering size and unavailability of some of our usual venues, life is far from normal.

Tea & Talk is on. This is subject to the group remaining below 10 and appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices in place. We ran it out of our office on Monday and everyone was told to bring their own refreshments. We hope to run it upstairs again this coming Monday at 10.30am upstairs in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre (if this is permissible by council) with the following safeguards in place:

  • Physical distancing where we sit at the table. This won’t be difficult to maintain as the table is large.
  • Only one person touches the coffee plunger and milk bottle and pours it for everyone without touching the mugs.
  • Everyone handles their own mug only.
  • Individual plates for biscuits and the like.
  • Use of instant hand sanitiser/regular hand washing.

Coffee & Conversation will not be resuming for a while yet. The Port Hills Uniting Parish’s Redcliffs Uniting Church venue will not be open to the public until it is possible for the church people to hold their services there once again. This is completely understandable and I acknowledge the effort their leadership is making to avoid putting their elderly parishioners at risk from COVID-19.

Loopy Tunes is online only at this point. Leah wrote:

“Siu and I have decided to not start up our sessions, for the rest of Term 2. It’s just going to be near impossible to keep the tamariki socially distanced during our session, but, also, we don’t want any of you to feel like we need to rush back into everything again. So, we are looking to get back into it in Term 3, all going well!!  We will touch base during the next school holidays to confirm we’re all go, but, yes, keen to get back into our face-to-face sessions, from then.

We have started an online music session, every Thursday morning at 10.30am, which we’ve been enjoying and has been a great way to stay connected with our families!  We’d love to get some advertising behind this session, as we are looking to continue them, even when we start our community sessions up again. I will pop the link down, below, and give you a quick run-down. 

** THURSDAY morning LIVE music session: Only $2 to join us for a fun, engaging and interactive session. All families need to do is sign-up to the platform (which is just an email address, name and password), then select the $2 option, enter credit/debit card details, and they’re in!  If they do this before the 10.30am Thursday session, then all they need to do on the morning, is log back in, and our music or faces will pop up on their screen! 

** On-demand video of the week’s LIVE session (available for a week, from Thurs afternoon to Weds evening): If you miss the live session, or if Thursday mornings don’t suit, we also have an option to watch a recording of each week’s LIVE music session, AFTER our live stream. The link to this is posted, every Thursday, on our Facebook page, and on our website, and is available for viewing, anytime, until the following Weds. Viewing this video is again, only $2, and all you will need to do is click on that particular link, log-in, and enjoy!!  ❤️ 

https://iframe.dacast.com/b/155365/c/538888 (only active on a Thurs morning)

The Sumner Silver Band, which is comprised of a primarily older demographic, is not rehearsing at present. Given that a roomful of musical instruments that require wind to operate is likely to spread droplets into the air, it’s a wise move. Research shows that choirs have been implicated in spreading the virus for a similar reason.

Learning Exchange
Eve is working on the framework for this, though COVID-19 has put a dampener on setting up in-person gatherings because of social distancing requirements. We will continue to work towards this goal.

Seniors’ Project
Maree is working on finding solutions to the problem of bringing together seniors for outings and movie afternoons that do not put them at risk. She continues to work closely with vulnerable seniors and this week was able to return to making home visits.

The Sumner Community Gardens team is back to holding regular Tuesday morning sessions, although strict social distancing measures are in place. For the next couple of weeks, they are asking for newcomers to hold off on coming until they are happy with how the social distancing measures are working.

Happy Hour: This won’t be happening for a while yet due to COVID-19.

A big thank you to everyone who supported their local seniors during lockdown and level 3.

Warm regards,
Eddie Hayes


Newsletter 13 March 2020

Hi everyone,

Today I would like to pay tribute to someone who has been one of our long-time supporters in both a voluntary and paid capacity.

Paul Bolger was our first Mini Music dad, bringing his younger daughter along to the Sumner session when we started this programme in October 2009. We got to know each other well as a result of this, and in the early days, a group of us used to go out for sushi after Mini Music each Tuesday morning. Paul would help with the clean up after the session each week, and eventually became the go-to person for doing the morning tea for the Sumner session until his daughter went off to school.

Good things came out of getting to know Paul. When we finally decided we needed a website, he was willing to host it for us, and in the early days did not charge for this. When he upgraded it to a WordPress based site, we began to pay a fee each year for his services, and he gave me a relatively free hand in customising it, rescuing me on a number of occasions when I broke the website. He’d say, “How did you manage to do that, Eddie?” with great amusement. For about half the years we’ve run the annual Community Carols events Paul set up and ran the sound system for us as a volunteer. His background in sound engineering came in very handy!

 Sadly, Paul died suddenly on Wednesday 4 March, leaving behind his wife and his 15 and 12-year-old daughters. As long as I’ve known him, Paul was the primary caregiver for his daughters. I considered Paul a friend and colleague and he will be very missed.Our condolences to his loved ones. 

Coffee & Conversation: Every Friday except the first Friday of the month, Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, Augusta Street at 10.30 am:
Upcoming guests:
Friday 27 March               John Goodrich, Summit Road Society
Friday 17 April:                 Hon. Ruth Dyson, MP    
Friday 15 May:                  Deborah Rhode: Mongolian history and culture.
Tea & Talk: Mondays, 10.30 am, upstairs in the Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Loopy Tunes
We’re still looking for a volunteer to assist with the Sumner session, particularly the morning tea and clean up afterwards.
Sumner: 9.30 am, Puoro-raki, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Redcliffs, 10.30am, Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street.
Each session costs $2 per child and is followed by morning tea and a playtime.

Happy Hour
Our third Happy Hour of the year will be held on Friday 3 April from 4-6pm at the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street. Refreshments are provided. We had 25 people at the last event, and it was great fun.

Warm regards,

Eddie Hayes
Community Development Team Leader
Sumner Bays Union Trust

Newsletter 27 January 2020

Hi everyone,

It’s nearly the end of January and people are starting to get back into their regular routines. Today looks like it’s going to be a warm one. I’m very grateful for air conditioning at this time of year!

Learning Exchange
Our coordinator Eve Wingerath has hit the ground running since she started at the beginning of the month. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and our soon-to-be launched Learning Exchange page on our website. It’s not up yet but it will be there in the not too distant future.
If you’re interested in running a learning event, let me or Eve know. Email Eve on learning@sumnerbays.org.nz

Loopy Tunes
Our preschool music sessions begin again on Tuesday 10 February.
Sumner: 9.30 am, Puoro-raki, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Redcliffs, 10.30am, Redcliffs Uniting Church hall, 4 Augusta Street.
Each session costs $2 per child and is followed by morning tea and a playtime.
Our most recent Sumner volunteer has gone and got herself a job (which is great for her but less so for us!). We need someone who can come in and set up the room, make sure everything is set up and cleaned up for morning tea, and clean up and pack away afterwards. It’s not hard work and saves me a lot of time. You get to meet lovely children and their parents/caregivers, and do something that is much appreciated by everyone involved. Let me know as soon as possible if you’re willing to help out. Ideally, we’d have a team of people who could be rostered on.

Coffee & Conversation
We have a guest speaker coming on Friday 14 February 2020. Her name is Glenda Martin and she is the outreach manager for Volunteering Canterbury. Come along and hear about what they do and how you can join in. Sumner Bays Union Trust is a member organisation of Volunteering Canterbury, and we’ve been fortunate to receive referrals of volunteers for various projects since we joined up.
Day & time: Fridays, 10.30 am, except first Friday of the month,
Location: Redcliffs Uniting Church hall.
If you have something interesting to talk about, you are invited to be a guest speaker at Coffee & Conversation. Let me know as I am organising the calendar for the year at present and would like to line up a range of interesting speakers and activities.

Happy Hour
Our first Happy Hour of the year will be held on Friday 7 February from 4-6pm  at the Redcliffs Uniting Church hall. At 4 Augusta Street. It’s a BBQ again. Refreshments are provided. The last two sessions have been great fun.

Movie Afternoon, Little Women, Wednesday 13 February at 1.30 at Hollywood Cinemas in Sumner
This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s well known novel Little Women has had excellent reviews.
Cost: $10 per person. Please book your tickets prior to 1 pm as the queue can be long close to the time.

Edit: If you need transport, contact our Older Persons’ Worker Maree McGovern on 376-4020

That’s all for now, folks,