The weather has spoken – our Neighbourhood BBQ /picnic has been cancelled again! We are glad for the fire ravaged areas of course. Thus we will find a way to have a neighbourhood get-together sometime soon. We will keep you posted!
The arrival of rain today helps to ensure the fires are almost out. The worst of the danger is over and the cordons are being lifted, so that is all good news. The rain will soak into the ground and help with managing the underground burning of tree roots. Once again our thanks go to all the people who fought so hard, supported the workers and all round offered support. We all pulled together to get through this nasty situation. Kia Kaha indeed.
The only ‘downside’ to this rain, is that once again our Nieghbourhood BBQ is under threat! We will make a decision Saturday at 1200 hours whether we will be going ahead or cancelling again. Notices will be posted at the Cashmere View park if the BBQ is cancelled and this website will be updated as to whether it is on or not.
The past few days have been a nightmare for our local esidents. The uncertainty of where the fire would go and the scope of the damage was unnerving, challenging our sense of security. Many ground fighters were working their hardest to contain the fire and the helicopters brought water to the scene, reassuring us that all things possible were being done to bring it all under control.
Our thanks go to all those involved for their committment and dedication to serve the community well. It must have been a very hard and difficult situation for you all. We are profoundly grateful for your efforts. It has all come at the heavy cost of a brave man’s life and many houses lost. Hundreds have been evacuated and many more of us wondering what would happen next. While the reassuring noise of the Iriquois beamed out, it meant that things we very grim.
The local communication channels seemed to work well. Updates came regularly from various sources: ‘Gets Ready’, Facebook and Stuff, RNZ and local radio stations, CCC website, TV station websites. Even if someone were not ‘on line’ there were plenty of sources of information available, which is very reassuring when things move fast. Thanks go too to our locl MP – Nuk Korako who has been ‘on the ground’ and checking in on progress. The LCRA received an update from him today including this fire map – very sobering! See the map below:
This situation reinforces our need to have good emergency planning. A family plan in an emergency is vital. Be aware also of the things you would need to grab if you had just a few minutes: medication, passports, pets, mobile charging cord, a plan of where you are going.
Please consider all of this in light of this emergency. We know about earthquakes; fires are a different story with different requirements. Stay safe everyone and once again, our profound thanks for all of those involved in dealing with this emergency. Kia Kaha!!
Thank you to all who attended our AGM. It is always nice for residents to meet each other and our elected representatives. We welcomed Nuk Korako MP, the Community Board members who were able to attend: Karolin Potter, Helene Mautner, Lee Sampson, Phil Clearwater. Apologies were received from Ruth Dyson, MP. Certainly there was a lot of chatting and mingling during the evening.
The meeting, chaired by Guy Field, showcased the work of the committee during 2016. The Report from the Chair canvassed the community work of the Association during the year. Karolin Potter, Chair of the Community Board was very complimentary about the Association and its contribution to the area. please read the report below:
We elected our 2017 committee. Several members were hapy to stand again and we also welcome Bruce Grimwood to the new committee. The committee had no elected Chair so will continue with a rotating Chair for the meetings. The Committee is as follows:
- Sue Bye (Secretary), Lyn Coulbeck (Treasurer), Julie Davis, Guy Field, Noel Collins, Bruce Grimwood.
Our Guest speaker was Mark Wilson, Principal of Cashmere High School. Ho reviewed the developemnts at Cashmere HS, with the replacement of older buildings and the development of the HS campus to meet the needs of the future. As an example, the performing arts facilities will be improved and enlarged to accomodate increased numbers of students. The Gym facilities are top knotch and older classrooms are being replaced. We found Mark’s presentation very interesting and enjooyed being able to peruse the plans.
Thanks go to Hohepa for the use of their facilities.
2107 is well underway and although we have had varied weather, we have had some sunny days and enough heat to have the feeling of summer in Canterbury.
This month we have our AGM on Feb 13th at Hohepa in Barrington St.
The meeting starts at 7-30, all are welcome to attend.
Our local MPs and Community Board members are attending so it is a good chance for us all to have quality input into caring for our jewel of a community.
Our Guest Speaker is Mr Mark Wilson, Principal of Cashmere High School, giving us an update of the school in 2017 and beyond.