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September 2017 Chatter from the Waimakariri District Council

Wednesday, September 06, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, services

Kia ora koutou and warm greetings for the beginning of Spring.

Idea Services said farewell last week to Jackie Cronin from their team. Jackie is undertaking a 1 year stint with Volunteer Service Abroad in the Solomon Islands. Along with staff and service users, we will miss her great energy and enthusiasm.

We welcome Wendy Howe to the part-time position of Community Development Facilitator from 30th August. Wendy continues in her current Safe Community part time role until further notice.

A big thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey on activities across the district which foster Social Inclusion. The short survey was in August’s Chatter and on the Social Services Waimakariri website on the “working groups” page Groups are welcome to continue sending responses and we will publish the collated feedback next month.

In case you missed some Kaiapoi news, Clayton Cosgrove’s office has closed permanently from the end of August, and the Kaiapoi Community Support services have all moved into the Kaiapoi Community Centre at 24 Sewell Street. The Darnley Club space is being expanded at the Centre and the Club hope to be back on site in about 6 weeks. You We Me Us Trust is organising some wonderful events and keep an eye out for progress with the Kaiapoi Food Forest Trust, an exciting initiative.

On Thursday 7th September from 7 to 9pm, at the Rangiora Town Hall, Community Wellbeing NC Trust has organised an Election Community Forum which anyone is welcome to attend and ask questions of prospective parliamentary candidates.

An events sub-group of the Waimakariri Migrants and Newcomers Group organised a very successful half day of activities at Kaiapoi on Sunday last. About 120 people attended to celebrate cultural diversity in the District.

This term has seen the start of new computer training classes at the Kaiapoi and Rangiora Libraries on a range of topics from the ‘Stepping Up Digital Literacy Programme’, offered by the 2020 Digital Communications Trust.

A reminder that our next Community Networking forum will be at Oxford Town Hall, A&P Room on Tuesday 12th September from noon-1pm. All groups are welcome to attend and we can carpool from our Rangiora office, leaving by 11.20am.

Lastly, a hands up, that on 3rd October we are supporting a free workshop for any not for profit groups, with SEWN (Social Equity and Wellbeing Network). The focus is on being ‘prepared for the unexpected’ with Business Continuity Planning for Not-For-Profits and is being funded by the Red Cross to build sustainability in groups.

Ka Kite

Read the September 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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