Redcliffs Residents Association

Information for Redcliffs residents

Redcliffs, Christchurch, New Zealand

News & Events

Here is a link to our latest newsletter - The Redcliffs Times.

This page is updated regularly - please contribute! To advertise your local organisation, event or activities on this website, contact n...@redcliffs.org.nz. Bookmark this page to keep up to date. Also see our Facebook page.


McCormacks Bay Enhancement Project needs volunteers

Now in its 7th year, the Estuary Trust and other local groups are working to enhance the important tidal wetland in McCormacks Bay. If you are around on the third Sunday of the month from 2pm to 4pm come and help weed, prune, mulch, plant and generally improve the area for both people and birds to enjoy. Tools and afternoon tea are provided. Dates: 15th August, 19th September, 17th October, 21st November and 19th December with BBQ.

Book Club at our library

Come to the new Book Club at Redcliffs Public Library,  no book buying involved - you borrow the library books. Welcome to bring your own tea or coffee. Club meetings will be held from 10.30 to 12.30 on the third Tuesday of the month.  91 Main Road.

Environment grant will be put to good use in Park

The Redcliffs Residents Association, on behalf of the Barnett Park Irregulars trapping group was delighted and grateful to receive the inaugural Environmental and Sustainability Award from the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation last week. They have given a very generous $3000 for buying a range of traps and equipment for volunteer pest control in the park. The efforts of this group are starting to pay off, with possums, mice and rats already falling victim to traps in the park but there is a very long way to go to get full coverage in the area. We hope that residents around the area, especially adjacent to the park and red zone land, will help too by trapping in their own backyards and gardens.  We expect to notice a real increase in bird life and in the long run should see a successful regeneration of native lowland forest habitat. Bringing back the birds!

Planting Day in Barnett Park - come and help create a new forest!

Call for volunteers to start the Regreening of Barnett Park.
Event: Barnett Park Restoration Planting – creating a lowland forest
Date: Saturday 31st July
Time: 1 – 3pm
Meeting place: End of Bayview Road
What to bring: planting spade, gloves, sturdy footwear, warm clothing, rain gear if needed as the event will go ahead in all weather. Tools can be provided if you don't have your own.

This project will start with planting native fire resilient species at the west side of the dog exercise area. Organised by Council Regional Parks and supported by Trees for Canterbury and the Redcliffs Residents Association. All welcome.

Regreening Barnett Park

Here is news of a really great project to improve the ecology and environment in Te Awa Kura Barnett Park.  Already a popular area for walks and exploration, and really significant in our Maori and European history, no visitor could fail to notice that it has become badly neglected and overrun with weeds, with only tiny remnants of the original native vegetation and wildlife. An enthusiastic group has got together to work on restoration of the habitats in the park.  They have a new Facebook page and will be looking for volunteers to help work in the park over the winter, initially planning to tackle invasive weeds such as boneseed. For information, go to the new Facebook page for the Park here. If you are not on Facebook, please contact Rosemary Neave directly by email: r.......@spiritednz.com.  Watch out for notices of working bees and weeding days.

Regular events

Farmers Market

Every Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm at Mount Pleasant Community Centre, McCormacks Bay.
Your local market needs your support. New cheese stall too.
Delicious fresh food, coffee, plants, stalls, live music. For market enquiries phone: 021 239 8946.
Second Saturday of the month, look for the Predator Free Port Hills stall for advice and subsidised traps for backyard trapping of rats, possums, stoats etc so you can help with the area-wide project.

Predator Free Redcliffs Project

Redcliffs has a local group working as part of the wider Predator Free Port Hills initiative. The Predator Free Redcliffs Group encourages everyone with a garden to get involved with trapping and baiting in the local area as well as helping in the reserves and parks on the Port Hills nearby. We can organise the provision of highly subsidised traps for catching rats, stoats, mice, possums, hedgehogs and mustelids and advise on their use. Contact p....................@gmail.com.  See also the Facebook page Sumner Pest Control Group for up to date news about their efforts and successes. This is part of a co-ordinated environmental effort for regeneration and restoration of wildlife, and the area is already seeing a marked increase in sightings of bellbirds, warblers and fantails.

Redcliffs Community Shed

Workshop, tools and craft space, open to the public to use - contact the Shed Supervisor or look at thier notice board for details of current activities, projects and opening hours.
Address: 99C Main Road, Redcliffs.
Email: r.....................@gmail.com

Sumner/Redcliffs RSA

Good news, our local RSA is now on line! Keep in touch with their events and news via their website here. Remember you're always welcome to join members each week:
Members of the Sumner Redcliffs RSA meet at the Village Inn for comradeship and coffee.

Redcliffs Residents Association

Committee meetings are held regularly, usually on the first Monday of the month (the second Monday if the first is a public holiday) at the REDCLIFFS LIBRARY, 91 Main Road, (rear entrance) at 7.30pm. All residents welcome to attend, to catch up on local issues. There is a Directory for Redcliffs in booklet form if you prefer that to the internet variety - contact the Secretary for copies Tel: 03 376 6133 or email s........@redcliffs.org.nz.

Linwood/Central/Heathcote Community Board meetings

These local council meetings are held fortnightly at the Board Room, 180 Smith Street, Linwood. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The dates, agendas and minutes can be found here.

Planting days

There are regular planting and maintenance days in the area, in Drayton Reserve, Mahoe-nui above Sumner, McCormacks Bay, Charlesworth wetland reserve at Humphreys Drive (every Sunday 3pm - 5pm) and Calder Green reserve in Heathcote.  Volunteers who would like to get their hands dirty in the interests of improving the environment are always welcome. See Projects & Activities page for details.

Drayton Reserve

For up to date information on this exciting ecological project at the back of Redcliffs, and how to get involved see the Drayton Reserve Volunteers website.

Information Centre and Sumner Museum

The Hub, a comprehensive information centre for the Sumner/Redcliffs area, is open at the Sumner community centre and library Matuku Takotako (corner of Wakefield Avenue and Nayland Street) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Co-ordinator:  email here. The museum has also reopened in the centre.


Volunteers undertake track maintenance In Barnett Park and on the eastern Port Hills. Second and fourth Monday mornings. Contact Paul Tebbutt for details of regular work parties - new members welcome. Car pooling where possible.
Phone: (03) 384 3086.

Oral History Project

Sumner Bays Union Trust is in the early stages of developing an oral history project for Sumner and Redcliffs. We have a generation of people who were both adults during World War 2 and during the earthquakes. As these people are in their 80s and 90s, time is of the essence, so we’re going to work on recording as many of these stories as we can while these wonderful people are still with us. If you know of a suitable candidate for this project, please let Eddie Hayes know. We will ensure that appropriate steps are taken so that the process is as clear and ethical as possible, including obtaining written consent from participants.  Contact a....@sumnerbays.org.nz.

City to Sumner Community Watch Patrol needs volunteers

The City to Sumner Community Watch Patrol is a community group for this area which operates both day and night endeavoring to keep crime and graffiti down. The patrol provides, cars, fuel and instruction. It is under the supervision of the NZ Police and Community Patrols of NZ (CPNZ).  We would like more members to help with the patrols on a rostered four hour patrol each month time to be indicated/requested by you, this may be either day or night at your preference. The areas covered by the patrols are Linwood, Woolston, Heathcote, Sumner, Lyttelton, and the Eastern Port Hills.  Are you  interested? Please contact: Colin Morris. Tel: 0225027077

Rockers of Ages Choir

For Elders and Aspiring Elders (any age welcome) Sing songs from around the world as well as fun and funky songs from the last five decades in harmony, it really doesn't matter what your voice is like or whether you think you can sing or not. Every practise includes time for a cup of tea and a chance to get to know each other. Music is provided, but you don't need to be able to read music. There are NO AUDITIONS. Donation (suggested range $2-$10 per week).
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, Sumner Bridge Club, 57 Dryden Street, Sumner
Email: a....@themuse.org.nz or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Coffee and Conversation and Happy Hour, Fridays in Redcliffs

Sumner Bays Union Trust will hold these nice events, aimed mainly at seniors, in the Uniting Church Hall, Augusta Street.  Coffee and Conversation is at 10.30 a.m. on Fridays, with guest speakers, games and other activities, but once a month on the first Friday of the month (except it will be the second Friday in November) it will be replaced by Happy Hour from 4pm - 6pm instead.

Ongoing issues

Main Road Master Plan

The Council have proposed landscaping and other improvements for the Main Road through Redcliffs, similar to the work planned for Sumner and Woolston. However this is on hold at the moment due to funding constraints. Anyone with suggestions or complaints about local matters please contact the Redcliffs Residents Association.

Christchurch Coastal Pathway development

Website: www.christchurchcoastalpathway.org.nz

Local planning issues

Lots going on - Main Road Master Plan, Estuary Edge Master Plan, coastal hazards. Interested to be involved? Contact the RRA committee at Contact us.