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Rangiora Trinity Methodist Church
at 176 King St is hosting a
community fun day on September
8 from 11am to 2pm. On site will
be a bouncy castle, face painting,
candy floss, sausage sizzle,
balloon twisting, YMCA archery,
giant games, relaxing massage for
adults and more. Contact Philo
Kinera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kaiapoi Promotions
Association is hosting a golfing
fundraiser for the Halberg
Disability Sport Foundation on
Friday, October 11 at the Kaiapoi
Golf Club. Teams are invited to
register for $60 per team of four.
Prizes will be given for closest to
the pin, longest drive and Halberg
Haggle Hole. RSVP by October 4
to: email@example.com or
phone Jane Seddon on
03 3279442 or 0220620785.
Kaiapoi's William St will once
again host the Kaiapoi Carnival
and Santa Parade. The parade on
December 7 will continue along
Hilton St from Countdown, right
into William St, over the bridge
and right into Charles St.
The public meeting of the
Waimakariri Zone Committee
scheduled for Monday, September
2, has been cancelled. The next
public meeting for this committee
will be on 7 October.
The Government will appeal
against a High Court ruling against
the Crown's compensation offer
for red-zoned land in Christchurch.
Nearly 50 residents sought a
judicial review of the offer to buy
uninsured properties and empty
sections at 50 per cent of the land
valuation. On Monday, Justice
Panckhurst ruled that the offer
was not made according to law
and should be set aside.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee and
CERA chief executive Roger
Sutton were ordered to reconsider
Solutions needed for housing
By CATE BROUGHTON
HOUSING STRESS in greater
Christchurch, including Waimakariri,
will worsen next year, with a supply
shortfall of up to 16,000 dwellings,
according to a recent report.
The prediction was made in a June
report on the Greater Christchurch
housing market, prepared for the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE), the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Authority
(CERA), and UDS partners.
According to the report, a shortfall
of between 5000 and 12,000 dwellings
accumulated in the area between
2011 and 2013.
The Waimakariri District Council
housing working group (HWG), a sub-
group of the earthquake recovery
committee, has found a paradoxical
situation exists in the district, with
both the highest ever level of house
building and increased housing
stress. The HWG reports the supply
of house and land packages less
than $350,000 is limited, while those
less than $300,000 is negligible the
Rental housing stock is declining,
evidenced by an 11 per cent reduction
in the number of registered, active
bonds between mid-2011 and 2013.
Social agencies such as Wellbeing
North Canterbury continue to report
increased housing stress, such as
overcrowding, discrimination, declin-
ing affordability and occupancy of
The MBIE Key Canterbury
Housing Indicators report for July
2013 shows over the last year average
weekly rents have increased by
13 per cent in Waimakariri, compared
with 12 per cent in Christchurch, 10
per cent in Selwyn, and just six per
While the Government has sig-
nalled its intention to rely more on
third party providers of social
housing, the community housing sec-
tor in the district remains very small,
the HWG report says.
The council may need to play a
leadership role in establishing a
community housing trust to serve
Recommendations from the report
include consulting with the com-
munity about what role the council
should play in addressing the afford-
able housing shortage and consider-
ation of a housing accord in conjunc-
tion with the Government.
Housing New Zealand has commit-
ted to replacing 27 houses lost from
Kaiapoi s red zone and a spokes-
woman said they would consider
adding to their housing stock in line
with the demand.
The housing working group reports
strong interest from several develo-
pers to deliver more affordable
housing for purchase.
Run and fun on Sunday
FUN RUN: Niall Thompson and Joe Piggott at the event last year.
ORGANISERS OF the North Loburn
School Fun Run in the Ashley Forest
are expecting a busy day this Sunday.
In 2012, just under 300 people took
part in either the half-marathon run
or the 10 kilometre run/walk, and the
school is hoping for an even better
turnout this year.
Some fathers will be celebrating
Father s Day by dusting off their run-
ning shoes to take part.
It is the fourth consecutive year the
school has hosted the event as a
major fundraiser. Last year, it col-
lected more than $5000.
Organisers say there is something
for everyone on the day.
The 10km run/walk is along for-
estry roads, and although friendly for
the walkers, a good climb in the sec-
ond half of the course is guaranteed to
elevate everyone s heart rate.
The half-marathon course follows
the 10km course before heading fur-
ther into the forest for the long
descent -- which is naturally followed
by a long climb. The runners then re-
join the 10km course for the last 4km
to the finish line. Overall, the half-
marathon provides a good challenge
for participants in a relaxed and
Walkers and runners will be
rewarded with panoramic views of
Pegasus Bay, the Port Hills and the
snow-clad mountains of the North
Canterbury high country.
Registration forms and location
details are available on: northloburn
.school.nz. Adults $20; entrants under
18, $10; and families $40. Entries on
the day from 8.30am for a 10am start
-- add $5 for entries on race day. A
sausage sizzle will be available.
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