Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board

Fendalton Waimairi Harewood Community Board

Sign up to the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board newsletter

Also, check our Council Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening in your community.

The Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board hold regular meetings that you’re welcome to attend. Anyone can ask to speak to the board about a local issue, activity or project. 

The board's main roles are to:

  • Represent and act as an advocate for the interests of our community.
  • Consider and report on all matters referred to us by the council, or any matter of interest to the board.
  • Maintain an overview of services provided by the council within the community.
  • Communicate with community organisations and special interest groups within the community.

The Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board generally meets on the first and third Monday of
each month at 4.30pm at the Fendalton Service Centre on Clyde Road.

These meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to speak at a board meeting please contact the Community Board Advisor on 03 941 6728.

The Community Board offers grants to assist local groups to undertake small community projects.

More information on community funding(external link).


Funding boost helps club play on

A funding boost from the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood and Waipapa/Papanui-Innes community boards helped the Marist Albion Rugby Club tackle a tough financial situation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like many other organisations the rugby club found itself unable to access its usual revenue streams during lockdown and the following months.

“While we’d usually be the scene of sport on a Saturday morning, the Covid-19 shut down was a challenge for our club,” says club secretary Chris Batchelor.

“Like many amateur Sporting organisations, we faced major uncertainty and challenges operating our club this year due to Covid-19. We faced a very real concern about meeting our operating costs without having the same level of revenue from our usual revenue streams.”

A flow-on effect of this uncertainty resulted in the club having lower player subscriptions and a lower appetite of commitment from sponsors. This was compounded by a smaller pool of funding available from traditional trust funders.

Thankfully, through the funding support of both Community Boards, Chris and his club were able to cover operational costs such as their insurance and website maintenance, so they could keep the club open for play.

“This was the first time that we have applied for funding from the Council and as the representative of the club to apply, I was very impressed and grateful for the support that we received,” Chris says.

While off the field, things have been tough, their on-field performance has been on point, with their under 20’s Colts and Women’s team both making the semi-finals. Their division 3 team won their final, while their division 1 team made it to the finals for the first time in 17 years, narrowly losing to Lincoln University by one point.

To find out more about the Marist Albion Rugby Club, visit their Facebook page(external link), and learn more about community funding(external link) on the Council website.


Burnside Bowling Club bowled over by funding grant

A shot at hosting the world championships for disabled bowling presented both an opportunity and a dilemma to the Burnside Bowling Club.

The largest club in the South Island was no stranger to hosting prominent events – but they needed to upgrade their toilet facilities to cater for more disabled players.

Club president Brenda Turner says her club jumped at the chance to host the 2020 IBD (International Bowls for the Disabled) World Bowls Championships but lacked the funding to upgrade the club’s facilities.

“The previous toilets were built in 1975, so a facelift was well overdue,” she says.

“When we found out we had to upgrade the toilet area, we approached the Council for a grant, and Lisa Gregory (from the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board governance team) guided us through to the correct fund.”

“She was brilliant to work with and guided us through the application process and Council meeting.”

The club received $52,000 from the Council’s Capital Endowment Fund towards building their new accessible toilets.

While the championships are now on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brenda hopes the club, which began in 1963 and currently has around 240 members, will attract more wheelchair users.

“It’s a great outdoor sport, you meet lots of great people so it’s a good social activity. You can be as competitive as you want and play as much you want – or just come along for a chat,” she says.

Club member Snow Reardon, former New Zealand representative checking out the refurbished toilet area.


Funding boost for Riccarton House

Riccarton House

Thanks to a little help from the community, a special part of Christchurch’s heritage will be preserved for current and future generations to enjoy.

The Riccarton Bush Trust received a funding boost from the Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton and Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board to develop a plan to improve the management of maintenance and repair on the historic Riccarton House.

Manager Shona Willis says the Trust applied for discretionary funding from their local community boards to commission a condition report and cyclical management plan for Riccarton House.

“This report will enable us to improve the way we manage maintenance and repair on the House so that she will still be here in another 120 years,” she says.

“Riccarton House & Bush/ Pūtaringamotu is such a special place. The contribution, and support, from the community boards, helps the Trust to protect and conserve it so that future generations will understand the story and enjoy the beauty and grandeur.”

The Trust has also used community board funding to purchase a defibrillator for community use and audio-visual equipment to provide displays and educational resources for visitors.

Built in three stages from1856, Riccarton House(external link) re-opened to the public in 2014, following extensive earthquake repairs.  

Situated behind the homestead, Riccarton Bush boasts extensive native bush forest featuring Kahikatea trees, some up to 600 years old, and is home to thriving populations of native birds, wētā and geckos.

Community boards administer various funds to support the local community, with assistance available for community groups, sports teams and individual projects.

Find out more about community funding (external link)or email communitygrants@ccc.govt.nz for more information.

Use these details to contact your Community Board:

If you need to report a problem or issue in your area, you can do this online.

Report a problem(external link)

If this is urgent, please call us on 03 941 8999, anytime.

Meet the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board

Your community board are your local representatives. We work to help meet your local needs, goals and aspirations.

Aaron Keown

Councillor for the Harewood Ward

PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154
021 822 766
aaron.keown@ccc.govt.nz
 

Community Board member for the Fendalton Ward

PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154
027 698 6383
bridget.williams@ccc.govt.nz
 

About Bridget

How would your closest friends describe you? 

Positive, passionate and has a penchant for creativity. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

I'm lucky to have many and grateful, many of been positive. Being elected as President of the Student Volunteer Army during my time at university was certainly one - making the decision to leave law and start-up my own social enterprise and of course, meeting my partner, Luke. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

On the slopes Mt Hutt skiing with my family. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

Would love to learn Te Reo Maori and speak it fluently - it's important we keep it alive for not only is it one of our official national languages, it's vital to Aotearoa's history and culture. It's also a very beautiful language. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

My beloved cat, Dorian! Glasses (I have extremely poor eyesight and couldn't be without them), my bike (my key mode of transport), my laptop and phone (naturally). 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

During my time as President of the Student Volunteer Army, I experienced first-hand the importance of active citizenship and empowering young people to make a difference in their community. It was a natural step to apply this passion and commitment to the community by standing for the Community Board. I bring a mix of experience and enthusiasm and being one of the younger representatives, I naturally bring a youthful perspective. I hope to bring positivity, passion and commitment to make our community and Ōtautahi a place where we can all thrive.

 

Community Board member for the Fendalton Ward

PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154
027 496 5977
david.cartwright@ccc.govt.nz
 

About David 

How would your closest friend describe you? 

Approachable and always willing to help others. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

Many moments - from completing the Coast to Coast to being elected to Chair of the Board; form being a dad to starting a business that employees 17+ staff. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

In the garden. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

A foreign language. It makes travelling and engaging with others much easier. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

  • My library card for books and music 
  • My BBQ so that I can continue to entertain friends
  • Nelly, my dog 
  • My favourite pair of running shoes
  • A sense of humour

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

I felt it was time to 'give back' to my community. I believe I bring a 'can do' attitude and like to find solutions to issues. 

 

James Gough

Councillor for the Fendalton Ward

PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154
027 231 4393
james.gough@ccc.govt.nz
 

About James

How would your closest friends describe you? 

Good-natured, good-humoured, persistent and somewhat short! 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

Definitely becoming a father. Twice. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

Spending quality time with family. Usually taking our kids to the local playground or enjoying a coffee with my wife in-between walks around Mona Vale or the Botanic Gardens. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

Impeccable stock-market prediction could be useful. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

Photo albums, wedding ring, my father's old watch, iPhone and our home. 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

I was keen to add value and contribute constructively to decision-making in my local community and city. After being elected to the community and city. After being elected to the community board in 2007, I was then elected to council in 2010. I have always been more interested in finding ways that things can happen, not reasons why they cannot. I bring a business-lens with a people focus that puts our community and city's future at the heart of decision-making. 

 

Community Board member for the Harewood Ward

PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154
021 257 0433
jason.middlemiss@ccc.govt.nz
 
 

About Jason

How would your closest friends describe you? 

Reliable and not afraid to speak up. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

Supporting my wife through the birth of our son. 

Where we are most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

Playing with my son in the backyard/ironing shirts and preparing for the work week ahead.

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

Learn to play guitar because my parents were musicians but I never learned as a kid. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

My running shoes, my whoop fitness tracker, family photo, BBQ, pen and paper. 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

A genuine desire to make good decisions on behalf of my community without an underlying agenda. I hope to bring my ability as an effective team member from a lifetime of team sports and my perspective of having a young family who's invested in the prosperity of my community. 

 

Community Board member for the Harewood Ward

PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154
027 844 9087
linda.chen@ccc.govt.nz
 

About Linda

How would your closest friends describe you? 

I asked a few of my friends and this was the summary of what they came up with: 
"Generous, empathetic and sincere. Most people think you are quite reserved and quiet but once you get to know the 'real' Linda, you are funny, outspoken, don't have much of a filter and can be brutally honest. You always look out for those you care about and know how to see the fun side of life."

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

I have gone through a few ups and downs in life that have all defined who I am. If I were to choose one it would definitely have to be the moment I became a mother. I know it sounds very cliché, but being a mum has truly changed me as a person and reshuffled my priorities in life. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

We are always out and about with the kids so there is no "one place" we go to in particular. Both my husband and I are very family orientated so we are always together as a family. We love supporting local businesses so we are either out experiencing the fun things Christchurch has to offer or relaxing at home as a family. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

I would love to have the ability to be able to learn other languages easily. I am bilingual (fluent in English and Korean) but I would love to be fluent in Spanish and Mandarin. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

My phone, TV (with Netflix subscription), the slow cooker, the bed and my coffee machine (I think this pretty much sums me up as a person). 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

After my husband and I moved to Harewood, I wanted to be able to do my part for the community to ensure the resident's voices were heard. Now that I have a family of my own, I am passionate about the safety of our roads and quality of our parks. I believe my background in economics and banking will benefit the community when it comes to making sure we are smart with our budget and don't waste our ratepayer's money. 

 

Community Board member for the Waimairi Ward

PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154
021 269 1378
mike.wall@ccc.govt.nz

About Mike

How would your closest friends describe you? 

Loyal, honest, reliable and always willing to help. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

Meeting my wife, and the birth of our daughter. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

Relaxing at our favourite cafe with family. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

Learn a second language.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

My car, photos, family history and my home. 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

I believe in making decisions and not delaying the inevitable. I bring knowledge from over twenty years in local government. 

 

Councillor for the Waimairi Ward

PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154
027 333 9215
sam.macdonald@ccc.govt.nz
 

About Sam

How would your closest friends describe you? 

They would probably describe me as a workaholic, someone who is pretty hopeless at domestic chores but also someone who enjoys a good laugh. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

I don't think there has been one particular moment. It would be more a collection of moments. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

Usually at home reading my Council papers for the week. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

I wouldn't need five, just my iPhone and charger - effectively a mobile office. 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

I stood for election after becoming frustrated with the Council. As a Chartered Accountant, I bring a financial skill set to Council. 

 

Community Board member for the Waimairi Ward

PO Box 73020, Christchurch 8154
03 357 9228 / 021 246 0308
shirish.paranjape@ccc.govt.nz

About Shirish

How would your closest friends describe you?

 A person who has his heart in the right place. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life? 

Immigration New Zealand approving the residence visa for my family under the skilled migrant category. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 

At a community event or spending quality time with friends and family members. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why? 

Te Reo. Perhaps easier to learn Te Reo than the 3rd official language in New Zealand - NZ sign language.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? 

Good memories created over many years. Everything else is superficial.  

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table? 

To make a positive difference in the community which allowed my family to call Christchurch our home. I hope to bring the voices of the people who elect me, together with my varied skill set to the table.