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 escapemyhouse.co.nz 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!

Autumn Thoughts

Autumn is here, not only in the trees changing colour but also the arrival of cooler weather and the welcome gentle rain.

Autumn is ‘clean-up’ time and so once again we look to tidy up our areas after summer growth as well as clear away debris and rubbish collected over the last few months.  Two dates for the calendar:

  1. Mother of all Cleanups” for the Opawaho/Heathcote River on May 12th, the day before Mother’s Day. The LCRA will cover the river from Barrington St to the end of Ashgrove Tce.  We will meet at the bridge by Zeroes at 2pm. Last year we had a large number of volunteers to clean our stretch of the river and we retreived a large amount of rubbish.  You will not need to go in the water,  Bring gardening gloves and sturdy shoes / gumboots.

  2. Cashmere View St park tidy-up and planting,  June 10th at 11-30am We have some replacement plants to put in, some new ones to add and we will also do a rubbish clean-up.  All volunteers are welcome to join us for a sausage BBQ when we finish and we invite the neighbours to join us.

This year we would like to highlight the Ashgrove Reserve as a jewel in our area.  More in our next newsletter.  If you have any anecdotes or stories to share please contact us.

Stay safe and stay warm.  Remember to make a family plan for emergencies.

Earthquakes remembered

This year, the National Wall of Rembrance opened in the city.  Various sites around the city were designated for ‘the river of flowers’ where people could gather to remember.

In our area we gathered as usual at the footbridge opposite TPMH.  After a few words of solemn reflection we paid our respects with two minutes of silence then proceeded to deorate the river with our beautiful flowers.  It was a very moving and eloquent tribute.

The arrival of rain . . .

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.

Fingers crossed!

Port Hills Fire

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.



February Happenings

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.


Neighbourhood Picnic

Very wet weather forced the postponement of the Neighbourhood Picnic in late October.   We are now holding it on Sunday 18th February, from 4pm – 6pm in the Cashmere View Park.  There will be free BBQ sausages, treats to purchase (for fundraising) and wonderful music from the Silverbacks, who have entertained us for the last three picnics.

ALSO, we are having a wonderful clown to entertain us all – kids as well.

Bring your picnic rugs and snacks and relax for a couple of hours in our beautiful park.  You are all very welcome.