55 days ago

ECan proposed $41m rail and tourism hub in Christchurch, but Govt wasn't keen

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

A draft business case prepared for Environment Canterbury (ECan), which laid out a Rangiora to Rolleston passenger train service on existing train tracks, with potential to expand to Timaru in the future.

The summary determined establishing a passenger rail service would cost $41m, including $10m for a new central Christchurch station and tourist hub. Annual operating costs were projected to be about $5m.

But ECan chairwoman Jenny Hughey​ said Government officials advised it would be difficult to get Provincial Growth Fund money for the proposal, despite the summary outlining how it fulfilled eight of the 10 PGF objectives.

Read more here.

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1 day ago

Razor blades in the walls....

Kylie Klein Nixon Reporter from Homed

Has anyone ever seen something like the image below in an older Kiwi home? Does anyone remember them from their childhood? These strange slots allowed you to rid yourself of an old razor and never think of it again...but it also meant, years down the track, that someone renovating would be in for a nasty, rusty surprise.
I'm certain I've seen something like this here in Aotearoa-NZ, but can't for the life of me recall where. It was in the back of the medicine cupboard. Let us know if you've seen, had - or have - one in your home.

3 hours ago

Canterbury council grants consent for 24-hour petrol station in residential zone

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

Neighbours of a new 24-hour petrol station in central Rangiora are angry the plans were kept from them for a year.

Construction is now under way at the site, on the corner of Edward and Ashley streets, for what will be the town’s second NPD self-service station.

Yet despite the development being a stone’s throw from several residential properties on both streets, only the two immediate neighbours were considered an affected party. Read more here.

2 hours ago

The Becoming an Age Friendly Business Implementation Guide

The Team from Office for Seniors

Hi Neighbours!

The Becoming an Age Friendly Business Implementation Guide is now available on our website, providing practical guidance for businesses, services and communities interested in putting an age friendly business programme in place in their city or stores.

If you are thinking about developing an Age friendly Business programme or have more questions about how to get involved, get in touch with us at osc@msd.govt.nz.