Redcliffs Residents Association

Information for Redcliffs residents

Redcliffs, Christchurch, New Zealand

News & Events

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Get outside! Drayton Reserve plant sessions

Drayton Reserve. Our next nature sessions are 2-4pm Sunday and then 2-4pm Wednesday 17th April.  At these sessions we will be clearing, mulching and watering seedlings planted last year, and talking about nature of course! Meet at the water bin below the Main & Avery tracks junction, on the Main track. Please wear strong shoes, sun hat, gloves and protection glasses, and bring your water bottle, and weed cutting tool. If you are walking in the Reserve, please use our bottles and bins for watering our native seedlings - it has been very dry.  
For further info contact Dave Bryce here.

Book Sale!

Support your local library and fill your shelves. Redcliffs Village Library in Main Road will be holding a book sale on Saturday 20th April from 10am to 3pm.  Great selection adults' and children's books, DVDs and jigsaws. Cash only.

Sumner Ferrymead Foundation grants programme

The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation is celebrating 30 years of supporting the local community. To celebrate they are offering $30,000 in grants for clubs, groups and orgnanisations - Sports, Arts and Culture, Education, Environment and Community.  Details on their website here. Applications close on 22nd April.

Mother of All Clean Ups, 11th May

Once more, time to show some love to the rivers and Estuary. Annual “Mother of all River and Estuary Clean Ups” event this year will be held on Saturday May 11th starting at 10am. Hosted on Mothers’ Day weekend to commemorate Mother Earth by cleaning up her rivers and estuary.  Everyone welcome - can you help?  
Health and Safety equipment and rubbish bags are provided and our area - estuary edge mudflats, shore and plantings - will be organised by Chris Doudney of the Redciffs Residents Association.
Meet at 10am at the Redcliffs jetty on the corner of Celia Street and Beachville Road.


It's Annual General Meeting time 23rd April

It's the time of year for your local Association AGM and this year it will be followed by a talk from Tanya Jenkins the very knowledgeable manager of the Estuary Trust, on "Birds of the Estuary". All welcome (but only residents can vote in the business part of the meeting). 
The Association needs to agree a new Constitution if it is to stay registered as an Incorporated Society (which it does!).
Come to Redcliffs School Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd April.
BTW Would you be interested in serving on the Committee for the next year? Meetings are monthly on a Monday evening and there are special interest groups.  New members are very welcome, contact the secretary before 5pm on Monday 22nd April on 0274274772 or email,

Public meeting - Birds of the Estuary

On Tuesday 23rd April the Residents Association will be holding a public meeting at Redcliffs School Hall. Tanya Jenkins, the knowledgeable and passionate Manager of the Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust will be speaking on "Birds of the Estuary" after the Annual General Meeting.  AGM starts at 7pm and the talk at 7.30pm. All welcome.

New take on old rules

The RRA has been in existence since 1913 under various names, and uncontroversially  and successfully been an Incorporated Society since 2012. This has enabled it to manage not only RRA affairs but to apply for and administer grants on behalf of other local organisations such as the Predator Free Redcliffs workers, the Regreening Barnett Park group and the Redcliffs Response and Resilience Team.

But the government, in its wisdom, has seen fit to pass a new Societies Act to replace the, possibly a touch outdated, Act of 1908.  This required some work to enable the RRA to be compliant and able to re-register under the new Act.  The new Constitution will be put to members of the RRA at the Annual General Meeting.

We have worked to make it as similar as possible to the old Constitution, but with the addition of an improved mechanism for dispute resolution and some clarification of responsibilities.  The Common Seal has been removed as no-one knows what use it might be.  The criteria for membership have been more clearly stated, but rest assured all residents of Redcliffs will still be eligible to be Members.  It is necessary now to formally consent to being a Member and to supply contact details.  Members will have the privilege of voting at General Meetings but everyone in Redcliffs will still be welcome to come along to the committee meetings and all other meetings and events.

Please have a look at the new Constitution which is posted here,  send us any comments, and come along to amend or ratify it at our AGM on 23rd April, 7pm at Redcliffs School.

New Constitution for RRA coming soon

Calling all residents!  The Residents Association has been labouring to rewrite its constitution to make sure it can continue operating as usual under the new Societies Act. The new Constitution will need to be ratified at the next Annual General Meeting in April so please take a bit of time to consider any changes you would like to see. The RRA is your organisation and working for you. Click here for a link to the draft. Comments to

Call for new Committee members

The Annual General Meeting of the Redcliffs Residents Association is coming soon, so time to ask yourself if you would like to get involved.  There will be places on the Committee for people who would like to play a part in benefiting the local area and community. Meetings once a month on a Monday evening. Contact the Secretary to ask for information or express an interest.  Email or phone Pat on 03 376 6133.

Art & Craft Markets

The very popular Mt Pleasant Art and Craft markets are back in 2024 at McCormacks Bay, every second month. These have been very popular in the past and we are pleased to offer these on a regular basis. Saturday 9th March and Saturday 4th May are our first two dates. Mark these in your calendar now. These will be co-ordinated by Barb Hampton. Expressions of interest from stall holders can be directed to or 0272113884

Italiano Classes at Redcliffs Library

Learn to Speak Italiano!
Group Italian Language Courses start again at the Redcliffs Library on 30th April and 2nd May 2024. Enjoyment guaranteed!  To register and for all enquiries, please email
Details can be accessed via this link:
Siete tutti benvenuti! (Everyone is welcome!).

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  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.

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 second Monday of the month 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

Waihoro Spreydon Cashmere Heathcote Community Board meetings

These local council meetings are held at the Council Service Centre, Christchurch South Library. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The dates, agendas and minutes can be found on the Council website and 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

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: or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) for more information.

Coffee and Conversation and Happy Hour, Fridays in Redcliffs

Sumner Bays Union Trust 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


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.