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.


Important information on Coastal Hazards Adaptation

Sea level rise threatens our coastal suburbs with increased flooding risks and we need to look ahead and plan. Council staff will be holding a drop in session to discuss the Coastal Adaptation Framework on Monday 1 November 2021 —any time between 2.30pm and 6.30pm, at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, 14 Wakefield Ave, Sumner.
There is background information on their website here, and other dates and places if the Sumner session is not suitable for you. This is important!


Sumner Freecycle Day 23rd October

Sumner Community Residents Association is organising a Free-cycle Day on Saturday 23rd October, when Sumner residents are encouraged to put unwanted items outside from 0800 for people to take as they wish.  Saves waste and encourages re-use. Would anyone like to organise a Redcliffs Day??

Redcliffs Bowls news

Due to covid restrictions we were unable to have our usual summer opening day, however bowling is under way. Last Sunday we had our blue September fundraising tournament where we raised $1202 for the prostate cancer appeal.
Our next community activity will be a tournament free of charge for year 7 & 8 children from local schools. This tournament is a fundraising opportunity for the pupils to raise funds for their school by competing for prize money that has been pledged by local community minded people and the club. Teams of 3 players representing their school will play on the 3rd and 10th November at the club 9 James Street Redcliffs at 3.30 pm. To assist children to get used to bowling we will conduct a coaching clinic at the club in the school holidays on Monday 4th/11th October.  Sessions are free, bowls provided and flat soled shoes are required. Contact Denise Morland 0275163388 for times and info.
We are experiencing good growth in membership at the club. This is a direct result of our comprehensive coaching programme led by our coaching and development officer. We have coaching sessions open to anyone wanting to try out our sport on Sunday and Tuesday mornings contact the club at r.............@xtra.co.nz

Council consulting on Community Strategy

Council is updating its Community Strategy to set priorities for community engagement and encourage inclusiveness - here is their message:
Some time ago we sought your initial thoughts via ‘Have Your Say’ and forums at the Linwood Boardroom to ask you what you would like to keep, change or refresh in our existing Strengthening Communities Strategy. We listened to what these submissions said, and are now wanting to hear what you think about the Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy. Thank you for all your feedback so far, it is important to hear what to our communities value now, and aspire to into the future. The draft strategy is our continued commitment to how we will work with others to build a healthy, happy and resilient Christchurch. The Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board intends to host a meeting to present and discuss the Strategy on Wednesday, 13 October from 6.45-7pm. If we are at Level 1, this will be held in the Function Room, 53 Hereford Street (staff will be there to guide you). If we are at Level 2 or above, this will be held via Zoom (online). Please RSVP to L........................@ccc.govt.nz if you wish to attend.
There is also a Briefing on Residential Intensification being held before the Community Strategy presentation, from 5.30pm in the Function Room/Zoom. Please let me know on the same contact details if you would like to attend this also.
You can find out more about the Ōtautahi Christchurch Community Strategy consultation, read the full draft strategy and give feedback online here Feedback is open until Monday 25 October.
We want you to have your say in whatever way works best for you. As an individual or as part of a group, you can answer our consultation questions via our online form, calling or emailing me, sending in a video or voice recording or inviting our team to attend a meeting or hui you are hosting. If you have a different idea on how you might like to have your say, please get in touch.

Boneseed clearing in Barnett Park - volunteer weedbusters please

A group of keen environmentalists is starting regular weedbusting sessions in Barnett Park, where the invasive shrub Boneseed is starting to cover the ground. Boneseed was introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental plant, but has since escaped from gardens to invade a lot coastal areas in Canterbury. The yellow flowers may be pretty at this time of year but signal a plant with profuse seeding that crowds out native shrubs, which our native species rely on. Combined with native replanting, in due course we can regenerate a proper wooded coastal environment to bring back the birds. Want to help? Meet at the Bay View Road entrance at 1pm for two hours, on Sunday 17th October, and Wednesdays 29th Sept, 13th Oct and 27th Oct.  Please wear protective clothing and gloves and bring loppers. We will meet fortnightly - join us for gardening on a grand scale! All welcome. For more information contact Sue Cooke at c.............@gmail.com. See their Facebook page here.


Covid vacc - how to get it

To book your vaccine go to The Book My Vaccine Website or call the Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. When you are eligible to book you can also take any children in your care aged 12-15 with you.  Currently everyone aged 30 or over can book. 16-29 year olds - do not worry: it will not be long.  If you are uncertain whether it is right for you, your GP or practice nurse will be happy to discuss in detail.

Linwood College Rebuild Fund

Linwood College has set up a Foundation to support the school in the future. To donate (tax-deductible) to help the school in all the important ways that are not covered by the Ministry such as specialised equipment, trees and shrubs and pastoral care, go to their Givealittle page or contact the Foundation on 021 239 8946.

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.