Redcliffs Residents Association

Information for Redcliffs residents

Redcliffs, Christchurch, New Zealand

News & Events

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


Moa Kids raffling for energy

Emma here from Moa Kids, the not-for-profit early childhood centre based in Barnett Park in Redcliffs.
We are currently fundraising for solar panels. To that end, we are running a raffle - people can purchase tickets online and the information is below. Tickets are $5 each or you can get 3 tickets for $10.   Lots of good prizes and vouchers.
Purchase online:
1) Simply deposit the amount into the Moa Fundraising account with 'Raffle tickets' as your reference 03-1590-0006828-01 
2) Email with your name and number so that we can attribute your tickets. We will draw the raffle at the children's Christmas concert.

Learn to speak Italiano!

Group Italian Language Courses start again at the Redcliffs Library on 17 October. Beginners and continuing classes. Enjoyment guaranteed! 
Registrations close on 12 October. To register and for all enquiries, please email
Further information on the Connectitalia website here. Or call Beniamino on 022 046 9357 for more information.

McCormacks Bay Wetland Enhancement Project

McCormacks Bay Wetland Enhancement Project needs your help.  Come along to one of the regular dates for planting, weeding and general wetland management  Watch the improvement as you go by. Monthly sessions, third Sunday of the month from 2pm - 4pm. Tools and afternoon tea provided. No need to register, but for further information email


New Zealand ShakeOut is the national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. It is taking place Thursday 19th October at 9:30am.
ShakeOut takes place across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold. You can also practice a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation walk) if you're in a coastal area.  Find out more about New Zealand ShakeOut at  and sign up for the 2023 drill.

Heritage Week event

We are putting medium density housing under the microscope to learn how it can be done well at 'Reaching a happy medium in urban housing'.  As more medium density is on the cards in Ōtautahi Christchurch, we want to find out if we can harness its potential for affordability, sustainability, connectivity and wellbeing.

We have a leading expert in medium density housing, Guy Marriage, joining, as well as Annie Wilson, General Manager of Kāinga Maha (a not-for-profit property development company), in addition to other experts and those who are currently living in medium density housing. Make sure you join us, in person or online, on Tuesday 17 October, for this vital conversation.  Come to Level 1 Tūranga Central Library. 6-7.30pm, Tuesday 17 October. 

Free, but registration required here. In-person and online options available

Coastal Pathway Heritage Walk

Coastal Pathway Heritage Walk, Saturday 14th October.  Meet at 10am at Scott Park and walk in the company of local experts who will talk about the history of the area from Mt Pleasant to Sumner, and the ecology of the estuary, plus the exciting archeological finds when Redcliffs School was built.  Staff from Fulton Hogan will give a tour of the Moncks Bay section they are building and will soon complete. Finish at Cave Rock around 12.30, from where you can enjoy the fun of Sumner and get the No 3 bus back. Part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

Labour Weekend Extravaganza!

Come to Ferrymead Heritage Park for their Labour Weekend Extravaganza. Sunday 22nd October, 10am to 4pm. Stalls, events, fun.

Food Truck Alley back

The Food Truck Alley will be back again on Sundays 4pm to 8pm, starting 24th September. Bigger and better - 19 food trucks, live music, playground.

The godwits are back

The first group of 115 godwits have arrived back from Alaska and are resting up from the long flight. They will be joined over the next month by the rest of the group. We will keep a tally at the community centre so you can pop down and keep track of progress. If you are walking your dog in the area, please keep them on a leash so they can recover from the 13,000km flight in peace.  Remember dogs on the Coastal Pathway must be on a leash and they should not be allowed to run free on the estuary where there is a high likelihood of disturbing the weary birds.

Christchurch Kids' Market - monthly

The Christchurch Kids Market is back on Sunday August 6th - come on down! First Sunday of each month at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 10am to 12pm.This is run by kids for kids. Support young entrepreneurs, preloved toys, home made and home grown. Any questions? Contact:

Dog control in the estuary - protect the birds

Residents are reminded that the summer time is an important feeding time for migrating birds and nesting time for those that nest locally. At some stages of the tide birds need to feed on the exposed mudflats or roost and preen undisturbed on margins and beaches. After being chased by dogs it can take 45 minutes for birds to settle and resume feeding so they are very vulnerable. The whole estuary area and the beach around South Brighton Spit is a no-go area for dogs to be off the lead. So if you are a dog owner please be mindful of this, and if you see a dog roaming free or chasing birds please note time and place and report to Council using the Snap Send Solve app on your mobile or for immediate action call direct to their phone number, 941 8999.

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.