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March 2017 Chatter from the Waimakariri District Council

Thursday, March 02, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, community engagement, services

Kia ora koutou and welcome to the March edition of Chatter.

We extend a warm welcome to some new folk working in the local community sector:

  • Rev Steph Wells based at the Kaiapoi Co-operating parish,
  • Rebecca Pugh at Big Brothers Big Sisters and
  • Captain Christine de Maine with the Salvation Army.

Rebecca Birthray has recently started with Social Services Waimakariri. She is scoping any changes for Term 1, to the pamphlet we have developed for services to Families with Children (sswfacilitator[at] or 03 909 0486).

The roll out of the Children’s Team for North Canterbury is fast approaching so we will endeavor to keep the community informed about how this will look and any major changes in the way services will be provided. We are looking forward to a visit next week from the Hon. Alfred Ngaro, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and Associate Minister for Children. We hope many of you can make the public meetings organised by our MP’s staff.

There are plenty of great events coming up including a first for Children’s day in Waimakariri - a free event on Sunday 5th March (noon to 3pm at Trousselot Park in Kaiapoi). See more inside for the March Waimakariri Events Guide.

Also Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa runs over 25th and 26th March. It provides a reminder about the benefits of connecting with and getting to know your neighbours.
You can go online to the Neighbours Day Aotearoa website for more information or resources.
You can also check out the Neighbours Day Aotearoa Facebook page.

A reminder that our next Community Networking Forum is in Oxford, at the Town Hall A&P room, on Tuesday 14th March (noon to 1pm) – any apologies or inquiries either to Jo Ealam (03 312 3006) or myself. The yearly schedule was in February’s Chatter and is also on our website.

Lastly, even though it is still summer, it’s a good time to be thinking about keeping homes warm and the terrific Curtain Bank service that we have access to via many local community agencies. It reopens in town this week under the auspices of Community Energy Action who are always keen to engage with community.

Ka kite

Read the March 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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