Monthly Archives: April 2017

A Fire Service Initiative – coping with a house fire.

The New Zealand Fire Service is proud to present a new interactive online project, called Escape My House, which will give us, a true understanding of what it’s like inside a real house fire. It’s been carefully developed to show us why an Escape Plan and an agreed Safe Meeting Place are so important should a fire happen at our place. So, please take the time to visit and prepare to survive.

Once you’ve tried the experience there’s also a mobile-friendly Escape Planner tool we’ve built, which we think is essential for all New Zealanders to use. If you’re looking for the best and easiest way to ensure your whole household knows what to do in the event of a fire, go to Escape My House. It really is simple to use, takes just a few minutes, and is a great way to protect the ones you care about most.

Please take the time to prepare to survive. Plan your escape by visiting Escape My House.

Chris Kennedy, NZ Fire Service

Hazards of the Hills

The Cashmere Residents’ Association, at their autumn meeting on Thursday 27th April has arranged a presentation on the natural hazards of the hills.

Speakers include:

  1. Peter Kinsbury, Principal Advisor, Natrual Hazards, currently leading the Christchurch City Council’s coastal hazard assessment and liquefaction mapping projects.
  2. Ian Wright, Principal Geotechnical Advisor
  3. Grant Pearce, fire scientist, SCION Research

The meeting begins at 7pm at the Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Dyers Pass Rd and MacMillan Ave.  Drinks & Nibbles provided.


Opawaho / Heathcote River clean-up

The cleanup is set for May 13th, the day before Mother’s Day on the 14th May.  Once again we will get together to clean up our stretch of the river.  Our earlier bost had indicated 2pm as a time to gather, however, we need to be finished by 1pm so that City Care can collect our rubbish that day.  Consequently, we will meet at the bridge opposite Zeroes at 11-30am  in order to be finished soon after 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring gardening gloves. rubbish bags will be provided. See you there. Further information will be provided closer to the time.  Thanks for your community support.


These pictures were taken last year at the first cleanup.  The picture on the left shows the beautiful river bank as it wason the day.  The other two pictures show the rubbish we collected from that beautiful river!  help us keep the river cleaner!