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From Mayor Dan Gordon From Mayor Dan Gordon

It is great to be at Level 1. This past weekend has seen a number of community events. I would like to commend the event organisers for putting on such a wide variety of activities for our community to enjoy. The Light and Sound Festival in Victoria Park was excellent. Unfortunately the weather on Sunday saw both the Rangiora Festival of Colour and Kaiapoi Party in the Park postponed. We are lucky to have community ...

Taking the girl out of the country… Taking the girl out of the country…

You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl. Former Silver Fern captain Julie Seymour was raised on Ashgrove St, in Rangiora. Sitting down to a cup of tea on a promising Canterbury spring morning, Seymour is reflective and philosophical about her 16-year national netball career, which earned her a Member of the New Zealand Order Of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2003. This workaholic mid-courter played ...
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Council Submits $10m Water Infrastructure List for Govt. Approval Council Submits $10m Water Infrastructure List for Govt. Approval

Waimakariri District Council this week finalised a $10m+ list of projects which will see residents benefit from upgraded Three Waters infrastructure.     The funding is part of a stimulus package made available to the Council in return for signing up to the first stage of the Government’s Three Waters (drinking water, wastewater and storm water) Reform programme. See more about the water reforms below. This funding will allow a number of projects which were planned for future years ...
Martin Pugh says TimeBank is re-connecting people within their community.

“Before you can share, you need to connect” “Before you can share, you need to connect”

TimeBank Waimakariri’s vision continues to reverse the disconnect and lack of sharing within local communities. Martin Pugh, who shares Timebank’s coordinator role with Jennifer Penwell, said life had happened to many communities in a way that had made neighbours and communities strangers. Volunteering time through TimeBank Waimakariri has instead given the community a proactive platform to connect, re-connect, and also to give back. “That sharing already does happen in our community, but a lot less now than it did years ...

Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book

Burwood Kindercare’s early childhood teacher and Kaiapoi resident, Shannon Barker decided in high school that one day she would write a children’s book.  Today she gathers her preschool kids in a circle and reads to them her book Shadow and Willow - The Mouse Hunt. Shannon admits it felt exciting and kind of weird to read her own book to the children she teaches, but says they enjoyed it, asking for the book to be read ...

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