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December 2020 The Model Railway
Lots of events inside
Christmas Trees - at the Town Hall
this Chatter edition Community Profile
Services - Programmes
Training Professional Development/Courses
Cover photo: Pegasus Beach
Chatter is compiled by Waimakariri District Council Community Team
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from the Editor Kia ora koutou The massive tree has been assembled on the Council lawn, local businesses are rolling out the Christmas music and there’s a lovely lady painting Christmassy designs on the shop fronts. The yuletide season in the Waimakariri has arrived! This time of year is rather special. I’m so looking forward to December 1st - getting the decorations down, soaking the fruit to make the Christmas Cake. Then Christmas Eve - egg nog and turkish delight, midnight church with carolling by candlelight, before a day in the kitchen and time with the people I love. That said, not wanting to be the Grinch who Stole Christmas, there is a downside. It is hard not to get caught up in the rush, the shopping and the pressure that everything must be done before Christmas Day! All too often the simplicity, the love, hope and joy of the Christmas nativity is lost amongst the commercial; and while all the magic of the yuletide season is wonderful, this time of year can present undue stress, financial pressure and family discord. It can also be very lonely for some. If nothing else, the COVID event highlighted the value of getting back to basics and taking time for the things that form our core values.
Gosh we saved some money, didn’t we? We got plenty of exercise and people looked out for those in their street who were isolated or challenged. Perhaps this year we could take those learnings and apply them to our Christmas preparations. Change it up. Invite someone new to the table, so they’re not sitting at home alone. Give home made presents, or donate to a charity. Have Christmas away from the table. Throw a picnic together and head to the beach. Volunteer. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time on the couch or in a chair talking and listening really enjoying the people around you. However you do it, I hope that you have a blessed and special Christmas and a well earned break! - and don’t forget to pop into the Town Hall and have a look at the fabulous Christmas Tree Festival. Noho ora mai.
Welcoming a new team member Martin Pugh
I live in Rangiora with my young family, where my daughter attends primary school. I was born at the original Rangiora Hospital (the old building beside the new health centre) and have enjoyed returning to such a lovely landscape, after living and working elsewhere. I bring to the Community Team my experience working with government agencies, health and community services in a variety of customer facing and people management roles.
I also work part time as the TimeBank Waimakariri Coordinator, supporting the TimeBank Waimakariri members and the ongoing development of the organisation. I am excited to work in a role where I can use my people skills to support people to become connected and engage with other members of their community in a mutually positive way. Outside of my work life, I enjoy spending time with my young family, sports and gardening. I look forward to meeting you all and working together to support our community. Feel free to contact me between Tuesday to Friday 8.30amâ€“ 4.30pm on email@example.com or 0800 965 468.
FRIENDLY FRIDAY Friday 11 December 2020 9am-11am at the Rangiora/ Woodend Methodist Parish, King Street, Rangiora. Come and join us for the last Friendly Friday of the year! On sale we have plants, produce, jams, baking, books and some Christmas gift ideas. Free morning tea is provided. All welcome
North Canterbury Model Railway Club Inc
The Model Railway Christmas Grotto A Christmas Grotto like never before in New Zealand, or, anywhere else in the world. We have a G scale Christmas train running around the Christmas tree with Santa on board. For the children we have a layout with Thomas the Tank Engine helping Santa deliver wagon loads of special presents from Santaâ€™s toy factory in the North Pole to the children on the Island of Sodor, AND we have a special Christmas tree with 3 different model railway trains running around it. There has never been a Christmas tree like it. To visit the grotto it will be only $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the children
they will have a 4 minute drive of Thomas and Friends on our large layout and get a special Merry Christmas ticket from Thomas and Friends. The main part of our clubrooms, with three layouts working, will be open to visit. The Grotto will be open from 10am to 4.30pm daily from Sunday 6 December to Thursday 24 December. Santa will be there as well on Sunday 13 to Thursday 24 December. The Model Train Christmas Grotto is at 13 Blake Street, Rangiora, beside the Blake Street carpark.
Aviva at Christmas Aviva’s family and sexual violence crisis line will remain open 24/7 throughout the Christmas period. Call 0800 28482 669. Aviva will also be collecting brand new, unwrapped gifts for the families we support until Friday 11 December 2020. If you can afford an extra gift this year, please bring to Aviva at The Loft, Eastgate Mall, Linwood. If you would like to bring a gift to our North Canterbury office, please give us a call; we will let you know when someone will be there to take delivery. The Loft walk-in service will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December and reopen 9am Tuesday 5 January.
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Aviva Goodloans – no and low interest loans for people on low incomes Christchurch-based charity Aviva offers no and low interest loans, which can be used for a variety of purposes, including essential items and technology. Coming into the new year, these loans might be helpful for families needing to buy devices for the new school year.
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Directions: Turn left when driving in off Riccarton Avenue and follow the signs for the Emergency Department. Emergency drop-off and accessible parking is available out front. Please keep the Emergency Department for emergencies only.
8 Age-friendly Facilitator November updates Waikuku Beach presentations - a partnership “Key Services and support for older adults” was the focus of a community meeting at the Waikuku Beach Hall on 11 November. This was organised by the Age-friendly community facilitator in response to concerns about the health and well-being of older residents. There seemed little knowledge of what services were available and how to get in touch with them - whether it be a medical allowance, transport to services or emergency alarms. In response to the concerns noted by the local shop owner, only key services were asked to present at the meeting and to be available for any “one-on-one” afterwards. Also people offering to help unsupported and vulnerable older adults were equally uninformed, which is not surprising with busy lives or never having had to access services before. A small group met in October to organise a session at the beach hall. We realised a daytime meeting might exclude the people wanting to help in the community, but considered we should make a time when the people experiencing the difficulties were more likely and/or able to attend. The response from agencies invited was very positive - a number of them have representation on our local Access Group and the Age-friendly and Health Advisory Groups. Partner agencies were very generous in making themselves available, including staff from the Pegasus Medical Centre and Pegasus Health,
Presbyterian Support, the Ministry of Social Development (Seniors’ Advisor), the Police, Grey Power, Budget Services North Canterbury and Citizens Advice Bureau. Other groups sent resources from Age Concern and Senior Chef, and a Library staff member brought information about what is available for older residents. We provided a resource table with many other printed resources people could take away. Local volunteers and the shop owners supported with the leafletting and promotion. It was also important to ask what were the difficulties being experienced both in staying well and in being connected in the community. We had a “bright ideas box” for activities that might help, which elicited ideas for a regular cuppa tea and a picnic. In evaluating how we met the goals of the session, we asked “How useful/helpful was this information session for you?” On a scale of 1-5, 1 not useful at all to 5 being very useful. The majority response from both participants and presenters was very positive - 20 gave us a 5 and 1 person a 3 – plus two people said “brilliant”. Not everyone who attended did the feedback, but we appreciate those who did.
9 Housing Sub-Group Members are focussed on the actions in the age-friendly plan and have had 8 meetings to date. They group have drafted a Terms of Reference to identify their role and relationship to the Age-friendly Advisory Group. Most recently they participated in a meeting with the CE of Abbeyfield. This housing concept offers an affordable option and companionable living for 11-14 residents with their own units, shared dining with a live-in housekeeper preparing lunch and dinner. Sites of the complex are chosen for easy access to amenities and shops and all costs are under the weekly superannuation allowance. Valda Reveley has undertaken coordination of the impetus to establish a local Abbeyfield. Submission on Climate Change Policy The Waimakariri Age-friendly Advisory Group has made a submission to Council regarding the Draft Policy on Climate Change. This aligns with the theme in our age-friendly plan about actions to enhance the health and well-being of older adults, now and in the future. Accessibility and a presentation to Elder Care Canterbury Network Elder Care Canterbury has a North Canterbury Rural Health network which meets three times a year at Presbyterian Support in Rangiora. This provides a wonderful opportunity to speak with and hear from a wide range of organisations including businesses, who are providing services to older adults locally and nationally. In early November, the Age-friendly facilitator updated the meeting about the Waimakariri Access Group and progress
on the Accessibility Strategy. The strategy is due for renewal after June 2021, so the current action plan Council has signed off on, will be audited over the next few months. Just as importantly, consumers will also be invited to comment on how the Council is doing with progress on the action plan.
Advice to Council staff Members from the Waimakariri Access Group and the Chair of the Age-friendly Advisory Group met with Tori Stableford from the Council Greenspace Team in mid-November. The group undertook a walkabout of the Good Street arcade to share information about current hazards and ideas for improvement. It was really helpful to have input from people with lived experience of physical impairment, Karen has vision impairment and uses a cane, and Phil has been in a wheelchair for 36 years or so. Phil was also meeting with Paul from the Building Unit to check over the plans for some new builds in Kaiapoi. There will be a follow up toward the end of the year when a draft concept plan has been pulled together.
If you want more information about the Age -friendly or Accessibility Plans, please contact either Joanne Gumbrell (Age-friendly Chair), Chris Greengrass (WAG chair) or myself. email@example.com or 021 480 851
10 Age Friendly Update Kia ora Koutou He waka eke noa We are all in this together. What a great catch phrase for the Waimakariri – He Hoa Ahakoa Tau – The Age-friendly Plan. The Office for Seniors defines “An age-friendly community as a place where you can stay connected, healthy, active and respected, whatever your age”. It is that sense of “belonging” we as humans need to live well, particularly as we age. Respect and Social Inclusion is how it is worded in the Plan. A member of the Age-friendly Advisory Group and some of our volunteers met to think about how our district could look. They realise that not everyone wants to go to meetings or be involved with groups. Some can’t afford to or have health or disability issues, are not confident or don’t have transport, or don’t know what is available. Others don’t like to ask. The Waimakariri District Council have a great pamphlet called Staying Socially Connected which lists activities generated by the community. You can pick one up at the libraries, service centres, Citizens’ Advice Bureau or contact Rachel Thornton at the Council Community Team 0800 965 468 firstname.lastname@example.org Social connection belongs to all of us. We humans are social animals meant to
live in community. I grew up in a three generational household and we knew all our neighbours. My husband and I are fortunate to live on a lifestyle block with great neighbours who support each other. There are families in the neighbourhood too; one did our shopping during Lockdown. A member of our Age-friendly Advisory Group lives in a retirement village. They have what he calls “Cabin Fever” get togethers. On Sunday afternoons in the winter, several of the residents meet for afternoon tea. It can be as simple as that. It takes an effort to be a “community” yet the rewards are great. How many people in your street or area do you know? The end of the year is a great time for community get-togethers, perhaps a potluck picnic in a nearby park. We can do this in Aotearoa where Christmas is in the summertime. Have fun. Haere ora Haere pai (Go with wellness, go with care) Joanne Gumbrell Chair, Waimakariri Age-friendly Advisory Group
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15 Introducing the Hapai Access Card to the NGO Sector For almost 20 years the Christchurch City Council has run the KiwiAble Card. The scheme was started as a pilot programme with the aim of “getting more people with a disability involved in sport, recreation and leisure by breaking down barriers to participation” through providing a discount at participating businesses, which included all CCC’s parks and recreation organisations. It was always intended that the scheme be migrated to the community, but in the 20 years to date no alternative body was found to run it. On 17 November a new card, based on one already established in the UK, will be launched in New Zealand with the aim of improving accessibility for people with a disability. The Hāpai Access Card provides a way in which people with a disability can simply communicate to businesses the barriers that they face as customers, and for businesses to provide a reasonable response to either lowering, or removing those barriers - the figure below shows the full range of barriers and for an explanation of them go to www.hapaifoundation.org.nz/ Like the KiwiAble Card, businesses registered with the scheme are encouraged to provide a discount, and most do. The Hāpai Access Card is a nationwide scheme, but is being launched first in Canterbury. It is also an international scheme with the card being accepted in the UK, and in the future Germany with other European countries to follow. The Hāpai Access Card will cost NZ$30 for three years, which is in line with the yearly rate of the Mobility Parking Scheme.
Provision has been made for those whose financial circumstances mean that the card is not affordable. Due to the larger number of businesses that are part of this scheme, card holders are expected to recoup the cost many times over. Feedback in the UK shows the level of savings vary from NZ$200 to NZ$2,000 over the three years. As the Hāpai Access Card offers superior benefits to people with disabilities the elected members of the Council voted that the KiwiAble Card scheme will be sunset, and existing card members and businesses be encouraged to join the Hāpai Access Card.
What does this mean to existing KiwiAble Card holders? Firstly, the KiwiAble Card will continue to be recognised by CCC’s facilities and participating businesses. What changes with the Hāpai Access Card is that there will be a larger number of businesses in that scheme and those businesses will have committed to working to remove the barriers faced by people with a disability. Secondly, no new membership applications will be accepted, and neither will cards be renewed. Existing applications have been passed to the Hāpai Access Card team and they will be in communication with the applicants about getting a Hāpai Access Card. All requests for renewal will be
16 automatically directed to the Hāpai Access Card website. Thirdly, the new card will cost NZ$30 for three years. As shown from the data gathered from current card holders in the UK, the savings that can be made far exceed the initial cost of the card. However, in recognition of some applicants finding it unaffordable, CCC is making a grant available to the Hāpai Access Card for the provision of a number of free cards. In addition, businesses and corporations are being approached to sponsor cards for their customers and for people with a disability in the community.
Differences in the Hāpai Access card application process. Because each Hāpai Access Card shows the particular barriers that the card holder has, the application process is more extensive than the KiwiAble Card. For information about the barriers go to www. hapaifoundation.org.nz/. KiwiAble Card holders do not have to provide proof that they are disabled, they just need to state that they have the card and provide the reference number. However, all applicants are required to provide evidence that justifies the inclusion of a particular barrier symbol. This can be done in one of three ways:
1. By getting a doctor to complete the “additional evidence” form that is available for download on the website. The doctor may make a charge for doing this, but some will do it as part of a standard visit. 2. By getting the NGO that supports the applicant to complete the “additional evidence” form. The NGO will need to be registered with the Hāpai Access Card, the criteria being that the NGO is able to make to make an informed view on which barrier symbols are appropriate, based on their experience of applicants 3. MSD/ACC can be approached to complete the “additional evidence” form, or provide a letter of support which states which barriers apply. Where an applicant is unable to apply by one of the three methods above, they can contact the Hāpai Access Card team via email@example.com and they will receive assistance in applying. NGOs and other organisations that wish to know more about the card, and how to become registered should book to attend a presentation via Eventbrite searching for “Hapai Access Card”. Presentations will be run online and face to face.
18 Cancer Society North Canterbury Centre – Update for December 2020 Recycle Runway Pop-up Shop is OPEN – go to our Facebook page or contact us directly for shop hours. There is still much more gorgeous clothing for sale, come and grab yourself a bargain! If you have a group that would like to get together to come shopping just contact us to arrange a time. Rangiora Santa Parade – We are super excited to be involved in this year’s Santa’s Parade – it is going to be huge; we cannot wait to celebrate with you all. The centre will also be open on the day with the pop-up clothing shop, fundraising calendars, Cancer Society sunscreen for sale or just drop in and have a chat. tranz alpine Scooter Safari, Saturday 7 November 2020 - 250 scooterists did conquer the Southern Alps by riding 250 gruelling kilometres, coast-to-coast from Rangiora to Hokitika and raised an excess of $300,000!! A massive effort by all those involved, we thank them all so very much. Relay 4 Life Waimakariri, Saturday 10 April 2021, Dudley Park - We are looking to establish the R4L Event Committee and would like to invite members of the community with great organisational skills and connections to a variety of organisations, clubs and groups who can get on board with this event. There will be a meeting on Monday 14 December at 5.30pm to learn more about this event. We welcome all those interested to attend. Please contact Tiff on 021 139 4909 for further information.
Groups & Events November to December 2020 Newly Diagnosed: Group for Patients and Carers - First Wednesday of each month: 2 December, 10am-12 noon. Meet in a safe, warm, friendly environment.
North Canterbury Craft Group - Xmas Decorations, Friday 11 December, 10am– 11.30am with Barbara. The above groups and workshops are available for patients and carers, meeting at the Cancer Society North Canterbury Centre, 143 Percival Street, Rangiora. Please register by calling Gabrielle on 021 904 907 or 0800 226 695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rangiora Support Group - Meet weekly on a Tuesday for a walk and coffee. 9.30am: Meet at the Jewellery Stand in The Warehouse for a walk around Northbrook Waters. 10.30am: Artisan Café, purchase your coffee and meet upstairs. Oxford Support Group – Third Wednesday of the month (18 Nov and 16 Dec), 10am at Café 51, High Street, Oxford. Facilitated by Ans Fonteyn. All patients and carers most welcome. Therapeutic Art Class – Weekly on Mondays, 11am–1 pm with Sandy Gottemeyer. Held at The Gospel Hall, 22 High Street, Rangiora for Cancer Patients. Cost $5.00. Parking in the front, access building through back entrance. Phone 021 904 907 to register. Look Good Feel Better, Thursday 3 December, 10am–12.30pm - This free two hour class is for any person facing cancer, at any time in your treatment to help you feel a sense of control and normality. Learn about looking after your skin during treatment, tips and make up techniques, relaxation skills, advice for those experiencing hair loss. For more info and to register go to www.lgfb.co.nz or contact NC Cancer Society to register.
Together We Can Through Volunteering 5 December is International Volunteers Day (IVD). Be part of this year’s worldwide moment to thank volunteers and celebrate their efforts despite all the challenges at hand. Over the last months, as the COVID 19 pandemic has ravaged across the world, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. As UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed reminded us in opening the GTM2020 in July, “the efforts of 1 billion volunteers is an important foundation at a pivotal moment for development to enable us to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The blue heart emoji will be associated with the IVD2020 and contribute to building the campaign image that conveys a positive feeling, solidarity, and compassion toward volunteers. Check out www.unv.org/Door-pages/ International-Volunteer-Day-2020 for some simple ways to show your support.
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Services & Programmes
Life Unlimited Charitable Trust
“Don’t Let Hearing Loss Limit You” Life Unlimited is a Charitable Trust offering a national service that provides FREE Aural Rehabilitation/Hearing Therapy services to NZ citizens and permanent residents aged over 16 years.
• Discussion on funding options, including ACC, Veterans Affairs, Hearing Aid subsidy that may be available to clients.
Our service includes: • Hearing evaluation – including Pure Tone Audiometry screening and hearing needs assessment, with onward referral when appropriate.
• Workshops – organise and run workshops for people with hearing impairment and/or their communication partners. As well as informational talks to groups and organisations.
– Hearing therapists do not fit hearing aids, but liaise with audiologists to support hearing aid fittings. • Improving communication skills – in family, work, recreation and social situations.
• Meniere’s disease – information and practical help.
• Our NZQA qualified Hearing Therapists are credentialed assessors for EMS (Equipment Management Services) for Ministry of Health funded assistive devices.
• Tinnitus management information and practical help.
• We support clients pre and post fitting of cochlear implants who require further assistance with aural rehabilitation.
• Hearing aid management – helping clients to manage and use their hearing aid(s) more effectively.
We have an excellent team of therapists located in Christchurch, with regular clinics in Christchurch and Rangiora.
• Assistive devices – demonstration and information eg: amplified telephones, TV and radio listening devices, specialised smoke alarms, etc.
Referrals are not required. To make an appointment phone 0800 008 011 or complete the online form available on our website: www.hearingtherapy.co.nz
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The meeting for OA North The meetingisfor OAon North Canterbury held each Canterbury is held4pm-5pm on each in Sunday between Sunday between 4pm-5pm the Plunket Rooms, War in the Plunket Rooms, War Memorial Building, 6 Albert Memorial Building, 6 Albert Street, Rangiora. Street, Rangiora.
24 Coming up to Christmas and after it there are often questions and we’re here to help you with those.
They can include: • Can my employer force me to take annual leave between Christmas and New Year, or during that period? • My boss said to me that I have to work on Christmas Day to be a good employee. Am I obliged to work? • What happens if I can’t afford any food for my family? • What is an extended warranty and do I need to buy one? • My Christmas gift broke and I want to return it, but the retailer is only offering to fix it. What are my rights? • My neighbour’s holiday celebrations are too loud. What can I do? • The online deal looks good, but can I trust it to be legitimate? We can help you with information. Our website has lots of questions and answers and is easy to navigate. Why not try it? www.cab.org.nz We know that cost is a big barrier for people accessing services they need. That’s why it’s really important to us that our service is freely available. For FREE, confidential, independent information and advice about your rights and services available in your community, come and see us at the Trevor Inch Memorial Library, 141 Percival Street, Rangiora, or you can phone us on 03 313 8822 or 0800 367 222, or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office will close for the holidays at 3pm on Tuesday 22 December and reopen at 9am on Monday 11 January 2021. All of us at CAB North Canterbury hope you have a fantastic summer and wish you Meri Kirihimete.
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We provide free confidential budgeting assistance to individuals, families and whānau of the Waimakariri and Hurunui communities.
December office closure We’re taking a well-earned break over this Christmas holiday season. The office will be closed from midday, Wednesday 23rd December and re-opening on Monday 11th January 2021. Our Committee, Volunteers and Staff wish you a stress free Christmas. Don’t spend more than you can afford. Stick to your shopping list. Spend time with family and friends.
Covering the Waimakariri and Hurunui districts Phone 03 313 3505 anytime Email: email@example.com www.bsnc.org.nz Affiliated member of the National Building Financial Capability Charitable Trust. Registered Charity Number: CC10710
Bereaved by Suicide? WAVES
A Bereaved by Suicide Group This grief education programme is for adults (18+) who have been affected by the suicide of someone they know. The group allows members to: • • •
share their thoughts and feelings around what’s happened discuss the nature of suicide gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide
The group is facilitated by professional social workers and/or trained facilitators and runs over 8 weeks. Next programme: Place: Rangiora Day: Thursdays Dates: 18 February 2021 - 8 April 2021 Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
To register your interest in attending please contact Supporting Families in Mental Illness at Phone: (03) 366 9284 or 0800 87 66 82 Text: 022 639 3582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RELATIONSHIPS - CONNECTION - PURPOSE & DIRECTION - HOPE
Have drugs or alcohol been causing you problems? Do you need support? Are you sick of relapsing? WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A CHANGE?
The Hope Community Trust in partnership with Drug-ARM invite you to our drop in service 2.30pm â€“ 4.00pm Friday afternoons Rangiora Baptist Church Foyer Come along for a cuppa and enjoy some supportive community connection. Qualified staff available if you want something more.
Pick up (by arrangement) from Kaiapoi and Amberley
10:00 Day out to Warwickz Farm ($5.00) - bring your own lunch
10:00 Coffee Morning
10:00 Coffee Morning
10:30 Craft with Rachel - Christmas Wreaths ($2.50) or 10:30 Book Club - bring a favourite read to share
10:30 Member Staff Liaison Meeting 11:15 Meals on Wheels
12:00 Bring your own lunch
12:30 Bring your own lunch
1:00 Pool and Darts at the RSA or 1:00 Petanque game in Matawai Park
11:00 Christmas Day Lunch at Stanmore - BBQ, salad and dessert ($4.50)
Step Ahead Closed
1:30 Walk at Whites Road Reserve or 1:30 Swim at Dudley Pool ($2.50)
86 Victoria Street, Rangiora BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone 0800 688 732 or txt 022 173 1673
STEP AHEAD – RANGIORA MONDAY – DECEMBER 2020
STEP AHEAD – RANGIORA WEDNESDAY – DECEMBER 2020 Pick up (by arrangement) from Kaiapoi and Amberley
10:00 Coﬀee Morning
10:00 Coﬀee Morning
10:00 Coﬀee Morning
10:00 Coﬀee Morning
10:30 News and Views
10:30 Day out at Spencer 10:30 Newsletter and Park - bring your own lunch, Programmes for mailing hat, sunscreen & water bottle. Game of Mini Golf ($2.00) optional
11:15 Meals on Wheels 12:30 Bring your own lunch
12:00 Bring your own lunch
1:00 Op Shopping in Rangiora
1:00 Coﬀee out for Volunteers
Wednesday 30th 10:30 Day out to Ashley Gorge with Stanmore and Puriri Members
10:30 Day out to visit Pataka Christmas Shop and the Christmas Hut at Bring your own lunch, hat, Northlands - bring your own water bottle and sunscreen. lunch to have at Nunweek Walks and Games Park
11:00 Christmas Day Lunch at Stanmore BBQ, salad & dessert ($4.50)
War Memorial Hall, Cnr Albert St & High St BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone 0800 688 732 or txt 022 173 1673
Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund A new $40 million lottery fund has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in the wake of COVID-19. This fund opened on 28 October 2020. Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund will provide one-off grants for community or social initiatives that increase the strength and resilience of communities that are responding to the impacts of COVID-19. This Fund will support hapū, iwi and community organisations that have lost funding or have an increased demand on their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and community or social initiatives that strengthen community resilience and respond to the impacts of COVID-19. www.communitymatters.govt.nz/ask-us/view/1696
Waimakariri Libraries Funding Databases As a first port of call we recommend you check out the database available free from our District libraries. If you are not sure how to use the database, please ask a librarian – if you have a pin number on your local library card you can access it remotely. Through our library website, you can access databases to help you find funding for your community group or for your personal study. GivUs lists potential funders for community groups and organisations. GivMe lists providers of grants for personal study. Step 1: go to the library website libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz Step 2: Under eLibrary choose Community eResources Step 3: Choose GivUs or GivMe as required Step 4: You’ll be asked for your library card number and PIN (don’t have one? Ask at your library) Step 5: Fill out your information according to the on-screen instructions – the better your details, the closer your results will match your needs. You will get a list of possible funding providers with information on how to apply.
31 Information on the Regional Business Partner Network Fund Small to medium North Canterbury businesses experiencing negative impacts due to COVID-19 can now apply for funding from the Government’s Regional Business Partner Network Fund to access professional advice and support. The funds are distributed by Regional Business Partners around the country who discuss each business’ needs with the applicant and then connect them to relevant professional support from trusted providers. ENC is the Regional Business Partner for North Canterbury. The fund covers one-on-one advice and support in the following areas: • HR • Health and wellness • Business continuity planning • Finance and cashflow management To be eligible for funding, businesses will need to have registered on the RBP Platform* https://app.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz/Business/SelfRegister An ENC Growth Advisor will then make contact with the registered business. Funding will be at the discretion of the Growth Advisors with the aim to provide funds to as many eligible businesses as possible. In addition to registering on the RBP platform, businesses will need to meet the following criteria: • Have fewer than 50 full time equivalent employees • Be registered for GST in New Zealand • Be operating in a commercial environment • Be a privately owned businesses, or a Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership. If your business meets the above criteria and you wish to apply for the RBP Covid-19 Advisory Fund your next step is to register on the RBP Platform or, *if you have already done so, email email@example.com to request an appointment with an ENC Business Growth Advisor. For more information on the Regional Business Partner Network visit their website https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/page/regional-business-partner-network
Negotiating Multiple Identities Intersecting identities and wellbeing among Māori, Pacific, Rainbow and Disabled young people A Youth19 analysis
LUNCHTIME SEMINAR Monday 7 December 2020 The Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey is the latest in the Youth2000 series, These are rigorous surveys carried out by Adolescent Health Researchers from multiple Universities. Youth2000 surveys include over 36 000 adolescents from 2001 to 2019. In this seminar Youth19 co-leaders Associate Professor Terryann Clark and Associate Professor Terry Fleming will focus on recent analyses regarding health and wellbeing of Youth19 Rainbow Rangatahi Māori, Pacific Rainbow young people, Rangatahi with a disability or chronic condition, Pacific young people with a disability or chronic condition and Rainbow young people with a disability or chronic condition.
SEMINAR DETAILS: Time:
Monday 7 December 2020
Manawa, Room 102, first floor, 276 Antigua Street, Christchurch
Free to attend, but registration is required.
For more information or to register visit: www.collaborative.org.nz/whatson
33 Upcoming Workshops Personality Disorders: The Impact on Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour Date: Tuesday 8 December 2020, 9:00am - 1:00pm Facilitator: Dr Chris Taua|Cost: $129 per person ($109 subsidised) The word ‘personality’ refers to the pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that makes each of us the individuals that we are. How we think, feel, and behave depends on the situations we are in, the people with us and many other factors. This workshop will provide comprehensive information on conditions that affect personality which are so often misinterpreted and misunderstood.
Mental Health Legislation: Understanding the Law, Client’s Rights and Privacy Date: Wednesday 9 December 2020, 9:00am - 1:00pm Facilitator: Dr Chris Taua|Cost: $129 per person ($109 subsidised) This workshop will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant health-related legislation to protect your client’s rights. Aotearoa has several pieces of legislation that impact access to mental health services and influence the care and treatment provided by these services. You will explore the legislation in place to protect the rights of those accessing services and how those laws give power to the state in particular circumstances.
Anxiety Disorders: Understanding and Providing Effective Support Date: Tuesday 26 January 2021, 9:00am - 1:00pm Facilitator: Dr Chris Taua, Paula Rountree|Cost: $129 per person Gain a fundamental understanding of the various types of anxiety issues that sit within the umbrella term of Anxiety Disorders. These include generalised anxiety, phobias, panic, PTSD, OCD, and other specific issues such as social anxiety. An overview of effective, recommended responses and supportive strategies will be overviewed to guide participants in supporting individuals who experience anxiety.
Semester One 2021 Programme Out Now View January - June 2021 Workshops at mherc.org.nz 0800 424 399
Register at mherc.org.nz
Trade Training and Fitness Courses 2021 Learn to Weld Basics of welding technique
Gym technique and fitness short courses Workout skills, Body movement, Gym equipment health and safety Includes rowing, cycling, boxing, circuit training. Small group sessions run by a Champion Body Builder and Personal Trainer Courses are run in our custom-designed Gym and Workshop
SMALL GROUP NUMBERS Course costs are very competitive and run over 6 weeks Part-time – short sessions – twice per week We also have a modern multi-purpose space available for meetings, workshops and recreation which includes a small kitchen, outdoor recreation yard and onsite parking Speak to us about a custom-designed course or programme for your group! KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES TOO!
Apply online www.ydot.co.nz or text Dave 0272291126.
Waimakariri Events 12
5th: Woodford Glen South Island SuperStock Champs 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Woodford Glen Speedway. Don’t miss SuperStock action at its best with the winner to be crowned South Island SuperStock Champion. Tickets start from $10, children FREE.
5th – 8th: The North Canterbury News Christmas Tree Festival 10am – 6pm, Rangiora Town Hall, Rangiora. Peruse Christmas trees decorated by the community and vote for your favourite tree. Gold coin entry.
13th: Oxman 7am – 3pm, South Eyre Road. Take up the challenge of a preChristmas event where there is something for everyone. With individual and team options for kids from aged 5 and up to elite athletes test yourself on this scenic country course. Entry from $39.
8.30am – 12.30pm, Pegasus Town. Pegasus will host the Canterbury Half Marathon and 9km Run and Walk. There will be a walking section in both the half marathon and 9km, and a hybrid in the half marathon. From $79.
13th: Strawberry Fair 11am – 3pm, Kaiapoi Food Forest, 32 Cass Street, Kaiapoi. Everything strawberries from fresh fruit, cake, ice cream, ciders and everything in between! Sideline Swing Band, bouncy castle for the kids and Christmas shopping area. This is a zero-waste event, please bring a plate and cup.
9.30am – 3.30pm, Williams Street, Kaiapoi. Free family fun! Santa Parade 1.30pm. Kaiapoi Carnival from 9.30am
10am – 4.30pm, 13 Blake Street, Rangiora. A Christmas grotto like never before! Experience a grand scale Christmas train with Santa on board, Thomas the Tank Engine layout, special presents from Santa and so much more! $2 per adult and $1 per child.
12th: Toot N Croon Music Night 7.45pm – 10.15pm, Rangiora RSA, Victoria Street, Rangiora. A band with harmony singing bring an evening of entertainment with a dash of Christmas flavour, along with many of your favourite songs. $10 per entry.
10am – 3pm, Mandeville Sports Centre, 431 Mandeville Road North Canterbury’s idyllic market festival featuring a wide range of top-quality arts and crafts stalls, food marquees, live music and entertainment. $5 per adult, children FREE.
13th: Canterbury Half Marathon
5th: Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade
6th – 24th: The Model Railway Christmas Grotto
6TH: MANDEVILLE CRAFT FESTIVAL
16th – 24th: Oxford Christmas Wonderland Varied opening hours, GP Hall, Showgate Drive, Oxford. Back this year with a new venue. It will be a fantastic event for the whole family - make sure you check it out! $2 entry.
20th: Rangiora Christmas Festival 10am – 1pm, Victoria Park, Rangiora. Lots of kids’ activities including inflatables, rides, face painting, games and much more (all FREE), as well as a free BBQ, coffee and food trucks.
with Christmas at the Races! An action-packed day with ten exciting harness races, activities for the kids and on course entertainment for all the family. $10 entry.
24th: Sefton Christmas Harvest Market 8am – 1pm, 783 Marshmans Road, Sefton. A unique Christmas Eve farmers market where you can get your hands dirty digging your own new potatoes and picking fresh peas. BYO forks and buckets. Early bird entry 8-9am $5, gold coin thereafter.
MARKETS Kaiapoi Farmers Market
Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles St, Kaiapoi. Every Saturday 10am–12pm.
13th: Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade 12pm – 5.30pm, High Street, Rangiora. Party in the Park is in Rangiora’s Victoria Park from 12pm-6pm. Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade High Street 2pm.
13th: McAlpines Mitre 10 Mega’s Christmas Party in the Park 12pm – 5.30pm, Victoria Park, Rangiora. Featuring live music, children’s entertainers, food and craft stalls, animals, inflatables, face painting and fun activities for kids. Make sure you bring your family and friends along and join us to celebrate the magic of Christmas.
20th: Oxford 2020 Christmas Parade 12pm – 2pm, Oxford Township. “Who is your superhero?” Prize for best floats & fancy-dress. Food caravan along with free bouncy castle & face painting.
20th: Christmas at the Races – Rangiora Harness Racing Club 10pm – 5.30pm, Rangiora Racecourse, 312 Lehmans Road. Celebrate the season
North Canterbury Sunday Market
Rangiora Racecourse. Every Sunday 9am–2pm.
Ohoka Farmers Market
Ohoka Domain, Mill Road, Ohoka. Every Friday 9am–12.30pm.
Oxford Farmers Market
Main St, Oxford. Every Sunday 9am–12pm. Oxford Craft Market Oxford Town Hall, Oxford. First Sunday of each month, 10am-2pm.
Rangiora Sunday Market
Blake St Carpark, Rangiora. Every 2nd Sunday, 10am-2pm. *Please note markets are subject to Christmas holiday closures over the Christmas & New Years period.
MORE INFO AT: visitwaimakariri.co.nz/events or Kaiapoi i-Site Visitor Information Centre Ph: 03 327 3134 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting 1st Thursday of the Month (6pm-9pm) @ Rangiora War Memorial Rooms.
Contact Leon Chambers Ph. 021 059 8052 Games features on Facebook “Leon Chambers Twitter “Seftonian Battle-Sports”
The North Canterbury News
Christmas Tree Festival
Rangiora Town Hall Open to the public from 5th to 18th December, 10am – 6pm daily. Gold coin donation
Raising funds for St John Ambulance and Rural Support Trust North Canterbury 2335066
There will be heaps for the kids to do with inflatables, rides, face painting, games and much more (all free of charge), as well as a free BBQ. There will also be coffee and food trucks available to purchase from. This is a free community event brought to you by the combined churches of Rangiora. www.facebook.com/events/2877873105823159
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December Pearson Park Village Green, Main Street Oxford 7pm to 8.30pm Good old fashioned family Christmas Sing-A-Long Music provided by local talent Free Sausage sizzle, soft drinks and bottled water And a visit from Santa Sponsored by Oxford Butchery, Wayne Roberts Brought to the community by Oxford Promotions
If wet – Oxford Town Hall www.oxfordnewzealand.co.nz
THE HARMONIC RESONATORS
JENNY HANTLER (NEE BUNZ) ONE SHOW ONLY
Local Superstar Jenny Hantler a.k.a. 'The Matriarch' is returning home with her family band for a 'one only' show in her home town of Rangiora. Led by front man and son Jeremy let the Harmonic Resonators treat you to an unforgettable afternoon of Entertainment. Laugh, Sing and clap along to your new favourite band.
When: Sunday 10 January 2021 Where: Rangiora RSA 82 Victoria Street, Rangiora Time: 2.30 - 5pm Tickets: $20 available from RSA or Ros Steans - 0274 390 903 Limited Tickets Proceeds to Breast Cancer
J0IN US FOR A SPECIAL AFTERNOON AT THE RANGIORA RSA SUNDAY 10th January 2021 2.30 - 5pm
The Community Team! Wendy Howe Sam Redman
Youth Development Co-ordinator
Community Development Faciliator
Community Development Facilitator
Denise Wiggins Nicola Trolove Community Development Safe Community Facilitator
Age â€“ friendly Community Facilitator
Natalie Paterson Safe Community Facilitator
Serena Peychers Administration Support
Community Team Manager