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July 2017 Chatter from the Waimakariri District Council

Thursday, June 29, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, services

Kia ora koutou and a warm welcome to the July edition of Chatter.

The shortest day or Winter Solstice has passed and Matariki celebrations across the country are also coming
to an end. Both festivals focus on a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate
the present, and to plan for the future.

And speaking of plans, Council is looking for public submissions on our draft District Development Strategy
– looking forward 30 years to 2048!! This a key opportunity to influence decision making about how our
District will grow. More information inside.

Last week we welcomed St John of God Hauora Trust as a new provider of services into the District, - their
staff, whom I hope to profile soon, are based at the Rangiora War Memorial Hall and will be supporting the
North Canterbury Children’s Team.

School holidays are looming and yeah, KIDSFEST is back – there are many events on locally plus the booklets
are free for families, so do check it out soon as children will need to book into some events - visit the
website at

The annual Kaiapoi Art Expo and Festival is on from the 12th to 16th July and goes from strength to strength.

The holidays also see the return of other events like the Big Splash which will now be part of the local
Winter festival - this year it is being planned over 4 days July 27-30th, and is expected to attract a lot of
visitors. A bouquet to the organisers for the combined effort that has gone into this and great for our local
economy as well.

There are alterations being made to the Kaiapoi Community Centre in Sewell Street in order that more
community groups can have a base there. The changes will reduce the size of the meeting venue so I have
found an alternative space for the next Kaiapoi Community Networking Fora on Tuesday 11th July 12noon,
at the Kaiapoi Baptist venue, 67 Fuller Street. The updated meeting schedule is inside.

Our supply of free windscreen cloths and scrapers went in a flash - do clean windscreens, go safely on the
roads, and drive to the conditions. Until next month...

Ka kite

Read the July 2017 edition of Chatter online [PDF].

Chatter is a free monthly newsletter produced by the Council's Community Team. Chatter is written for the community and not-for-profit sector in the Waimakariri District. Its purpose is to support information sharing across the District and with other partners in government agencies.

Chatter is available either electronically or in hard copy.
Contact Madeleine Burdon if you would like to be on the email list to let you know when the latest Chatter is on the website (madeleine.burdon[at]

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