42 days ago

Poll: Do you think the controversial Harewood Rd cycleway should go ahead?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

The final design of Christchurch’s most controversial cycleway will not be confirmed until next year as the council makes several changes following unprecedented community feedback.

Christchurch City Council plans to build a $19 million 4.5-kilometre cycleway on Harewood Rd has attracted 1348 submissions – more than any other cycleway in the city so far.

Plans released in January showed the council proposed to reduce Harewood Rd from four lanes to two to make way for cycle lanes, and install eight new traffic lights, including at the Breens/Gardiners intersection and at each end of the Bishopdale roundabout.

Do you think the cycleway should go ahead?

Do you think the controversial Harewood Rd cycleway should go ahead?
  • 13.6% Yes - we need it
    13.6% Complete
  • 84.7% No - it's unnecessary
    84.7% Complete
  • 1.7% I'm undecided
    1.7% Complete
177 votes
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1 day ago

Billions of litres continue to be lost from leaky Christchurch water pipes

The Team Reporter from The Press

Picture your bathtub filled with water. Now picture it in the world’s largest warehouse next to another 82 million water-filled bathtubs.
That is how much water is estimated to have leaked out of Christchurch’s drinking water pipes in the last financial year.

In 2020-21 the city, excluding Banks Peninsula, collectively used 57.1 billion litres of water. From this, the council estimates about 13.1b, or 23 per cent, was lost to leakage.

Pipe renewals have been postponed in recent years due to post-quake work and wellhead repairs in a bid to remove chlorine, the council said.

The new water loss data comes as the Government tries to push on with controversial water infrastructure reforms – which, if they go ahead, would take control of the pipes, reservoirs and other infrastructure away from councils and give it to large independent regional entities.

The council’s water boss, Helen Beaumont, said the council was hitting a point now where different pipe materials, installed at different times, were reaching the end of their usable life. A significant number of pipes would require renewal over a short period, she said.

Read the full story here.

13 hours ago

Create/write a Christmas cards to help combat loneliness this Christmas

The Team Reporter from The Press

Mental health charity Voices of Hope has launched its annual holiday campaign - Unite Against Loneliness - which involves sending thousands of cards to members of the older generation through Age Concern.

Many older people already feel isolated and lonely and the Covid-19 pandemic has only added to that, the charity says.

"The art of sending a card to someone at Christmas seems to have been lost over the years, we are encouraging people to revive the tradition of sending someone a nice card in the mail," Voices of Hope co-founder Genevieve Mora says.

"This could be a family member, neighbour, someone you know of or mail it to us, and we can make sure it gets out to someone in need of a bit of cheer. Hopefully this will help someone feel a bit less lonely this Christmas,."

Cards can be sent to: PO Box 90202, Victoria Street West, Auckland, 1142.

The deadline for sending cards is November 11. Find out more here.

12 hours ago

No tricks, only treats at our Red Cross Shops!

The Team from Red Cross Store Manchester St

Whether you need last minute costume ideas, or would just like to browse through some spooky knick-knacks, pop into your Red Cross Shop near you this Halloween!