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Halswell Newsletter

#121  August 2020

 Any community events are online and probably will be for at least the next month.  
Keep an eye on our Facebook page or our website for upcoming activities. (you can look at this page and see what is happening whether you are a Facebook user or not).

Happy reading.

Lynne and Chrys

Do you want to know more about recycling in your area?
Do you want to know what all the fuss is about?
Do you want to be a better recycler or be more informed about the issues?
Join us on 18th August at the Halswell Community Hub and hear from Averill from EcoSort. EcoCentral operates the EcoSort, the recycling plant in Christchurch and the second largest in New Zealand.
12.30 - 1.30pm at the Halswell Community Hub - 381 Halswell Rd
 Light Refreshments available, all welcome. Bring your lunch 



Due to the disruptions caused by Covid 19 and it now being winter, we have decided to resume in Spring with a fabulous fun family day at the market. Put September 27th in your diaries, and we’ll see you there.

A great Family Fun Day with something for everyone.
Live music featuring Katrina Robinson - The Singing Diva
Free games, old fashioned races, face painting. Lots of stalls and. fabulous food at affordable prices.
All set in the award winning grounds of St John of God, 26 Nash Road, Aidanfield
Save the date and we will see you there!!
The Halswell Newsletter is put out by the Halswell Community  Project with some funding assistance from the CCC and a lot of local volunteer time.  Find the PRINT VERSION HERE.

Check out the Halswell Community Website for more local information.

Thanks to all who have contributed to this newsletter!

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The Halswell Community Hub is based in the old Halswell Library on the corner of Sparks and Halswell Roads, opposite the Butchers and the little block of shops.
We have lots going on so pop in for a chat about the many groups and activities using our facilities or to join us for coffee, cards or Mahjong!!
For more information or to enquire about booking the facilities email or phone 0204 127 6083
Here is a quick taster of what happens at the Hub:
Every Tuesday, 10 am - 12 noon.
A great place to connect and chat with others from the community. Everyone is welcome :-)
Join us for hot drinks, home baking and a warm welcome every Tuesday.

Social beginners Mahjong lessons at the Halswell Community Hub. Pop in and give it a try. A great way to learn the game and meet new people.
Every Wednesday 12.30 - 2.30pm

We are collecting wine bottle lids and can tabs for the Christchurch Kidney Society.
All proceeds go to local children with Kidney Disease so drop your lids and tabs into the Hub during office hours or drop us an email to arrange another time.

Coming Up:
Saturday 10th October at the Skate Park on Halswell Domain
Last years event was a huge success so mark the date in your diary now!!



During the July School Holidays we held 2 really cool Junk Jam events. Lots of creativity and fun was had by all attending. 

The redevelopment of Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka will be complete by October, or the end of Term 3. The final phase involves the total refurbishment of the school’s two original red brick blocks. After these are finished, a number of old buildings will be demolished and landscaping and creation of a central courtyard where the whole school can gather can start.
See what the campus will look like once complete, with new Māori names for each block.


We are now enrolling at Hillmorton High School. At Hillmorton High School our mission is clear. To inspire academic excellence, leadership and a love of learning. We are an urban co-educational school situated in the South-West of Christchurch. The school is a medium-sized Years 7-13 school with a dedicated Middle and Senior School. The size and scope of our school means we are able to provide students with a caring and supportive environment, where they are known as an individual from Year 7 through to Year 13. At Hillmorton, we have a dual zone depending on the year group you are looking to enrol into. Please see our new website for more information.


Halswell Residents Association is running a candidates evening on
Tuesday 25 August
At Knights Stream School,
A good number of candidates have already committed to coming along. We will begin with candidates for both electorates giving a brief presentation, and then we will run something informal for each electorate separately.  We would love to see lots of people come along; these evenings have been very successful in previous elections.
Put the date in your diary now and come along.




We have some great entries and guest artist appearances as well as a star-studded line up of Celebrity Judges and PAGE28 as support artists.
Nibbles and light refreshments available on the night (cash only please) and a fantastic range of items in the Silent Auction.  Doors open at 6.00 for a 6.30pm start.
All enquiries to Andrei Moore on or 027-632-5823
Tickets available from 


The Halswell Garden Club’s June meeting will be held on Tuesday August  11th 2020 in the Mohoao room at the Te Hapua/Halswell Centre in Halswell Rd, beginning at 1.00pm. Our speaker this meeting will be Sandra Wallace who will be talking to us about Birds in Our Gardens. Phone Elizabeth Ph 322-7214 for further information.

Shona Clarkson is our featured potter in our Gallery this month.  Shona has been playing with clay for a few years, but never seems to find enough time to make every idea that is planned in her head or in her workshop.     On display you will find Bird Feeders, fruit and seeds for those starving birds in your garden, hard to get Salt Pigs for your gourmet cooking and Fruit Bowls for your home decor or for storing fruit.
The address of our Gallery is 9 Candys Road, and we are open at the week-ends from 11 am - 3 pm.    You can contact us at


 Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Card making, Painting, Patch work, or anything else you are doing or wish to share with others.      
For more information please contact Marion 322-8996 or Trudy  322-8178  


It is so good to be able to recommence our club meetings on the 2nd Thursday each month at 10am in the Hao Lounge, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road. 
Guest speaker for meeting on Thursday, 13th August will be Barbara George, Chief Executive of The Court Theatre.  All welcome.  For further information phone Don 322-7803 or Julie 741-3966.


We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 1.30pm at Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, Halswell Road in the Mohoao Room.
We have speakers, coffee mornings and outings.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 6th August when Grant Windsor from Radio Lollipop will tell us about the work they do in the Hospitals.
For further information contact Robyn on 322 8288.


Friday afternoon EUCHRE at the Halswell Bowling Club 1-15pm till 3-30pm every Friday.   
Entry Fee $3-00. Meat Raffle $2-00 followed by a cuppa.  
Ring Noel Hopgood 3228636 for further info.  

Important Information
From Sunday 26th July. the 10.30am service and Kidzone on all Sundays will be held at Halswell Baptist Church, 6 Balcairn St. 
8.00am services will be held only on 2nd and 4th Sundays at St Mary's Hall lounge.  For any clarifications, call the Church Office on 322 6095

Reminder that Ruth’s normal drop in on second Friday is now on 7 August 2-3pm at Te Hāpua café.


August 1st is International Alopecia Day

Some of you would have noticed me around Halswell New World, Post Shop or out walking my dog or in the playgrounds with my son. I’m Bex and I’m a bald woman. I have Alopecia.

So what is Alopecia? It’s an autoimmune disorder – What occurs is that lymphocytes around the hair follicles release chemical messengers (called cytokines) that reject the hair for unknown reasons resulting in hair loss. It can be a small as a few patches on the head, to total hair loss for the entire body (Yes ladies' armpits & legs included! :)

For some like me who’s had it since the age 12 it’s just part of life, but for some, especially people who are just learning about it & coming to terms with Alopecia, it can be absolutely life-consuming!!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! If you need support or know anyone who is struggling please reach out there’s a conference in Palmerston North next year, for more info on that & other interesting details check out or



Located in the Halswell Domain behind the bowling club.
The 2020 season is about to get underway and we have registration days available as follows:
Tuesday 25th August, morning – mid week open day
Sunday 30th August, 10.00am to 1.00pm (for all juniors and seniors) 
What does Halswell Tennis have to offer? 
Senior social tennis - During the summer season, this is held each Saturday at 2.00 pm and Wednesday evenings at 6.00 pm during daylight savings time.  All abilities and ages are welcome.
Mid-Week Tennis - Social tennis every Tuesday morning from 9.30am with women and men of all abilities and ages most welcome
Junior Tennis - We cater for both junior interclub players and junior beginners and coaching

Join the 50s plus movement!
Dance Fitness for Mature Groovers.
Wednesday 12 August 9.30am
Venue: Halswell Community Hall
We keep it simple and fun with great music.
Staying young is way more fun!
Contact Karen 0212692391

Our Halswell classes are Tuesday and Fridays 9.30-10.30am
KEEP ACTIVE! is a fun, social setting for anyone to help maintain or improve their fitness.
These sessions comprise an aerobic warm-up, circuit activities, stretching cool-down and a social cuppa.

Join others from the community who find attending these sessions very helpful/beneficial – balance improved, able to lift things more easily, stamina increased, more flexible, sleep improved, feel more alive 🙂
You will also meet some friendly people!


Parents and caregivers of Year 11-13 students can gain skills to help their teens get the information they need to evaluate a range of career and study options. 
Presented by career consultants from the University of Canterbury, this free seminar will cover:
  • Career pathways
  • Supporting your teenager with career decision-making
  • Choosing tertiary options to suit your teen
  • Communicating effectively with your teen
  • Key questions to consider
  • Top 10 skills/attributes sought by employers.
Details: 7pm, Thursday 6 August, UC 69 Creyke Road, Christchurch.
Book here:

Did you know:

Over 40% of NZ women will struggle with bladder weakness at some stage during their lives. A lot of women think it’s normal to wet yourself while exercising or sneezing after giving birth. It may be common but is not normal! Our pelvic floor is an area of muscle & like all muscles it can be strengthened. It is especially important to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into your daily routine post baby, it is vital to focus on this area if you’re wanting to get in to more vigorous exercise or you can cause yourself some serious damage not just discomfort from leakage.
Some simple exercises to help train from the NZ Ministry of Health:

Pelvic floor muscle exercises
You can do these exercises lying down, sitting or standing. With practice they can be done anywhere and at any time – even while you’re watching TV or feeding your baby.
·         Squeeze and draw in your back passage as if you’re stopping a fart.
·         Squeeze and tighten your vagina like you’re holding a tampon and your bladder as if you’re stopping yourself weeing.
·         Hold the squeeze for a few seconds – at first you may only be able to hold the squeeze for 1–2 seconds until your muscles get stronger. Later, try to count to 10.
·         Relax and then repeat about 5–10 times.
·         Keep breathing normally while you do these exercises. Make sure that you don’t pull in your stomach or squeeze your bottom when you squeeze – you will be using the wrong muscles if you do this.
It is as simple as that. Look after yourselves Mummas!  I highly recommend finding a fitness Class like Kangatraining or getting in contact with a Personal Trainer who has done training with Continence NZ to help keep you safe & strong while training. If you are having issues the team at Freedom Health have some wonderful womens Health Physios.

Calling for volunteers for a fun working bee pruning eight neglected wisteria. These are on public land in Halswell (with permission).
The plan is to do it on nice sunny day in early July.
Someone with experience in Wisteria would be especially welcome.
The work will vary from raking leaves and prunings, to pruning, and some work on stepladders.
Bringing your own tools.
 Please email


Launched in July 2010, Heads Up for Kids is a fundraiser you can help with. 

Heads Up for Kids is an unique collection which asks New Zealanders to dig out and donate old decimal and pre-decimal New Zealand currency, and all foreign money.  The obsolete cash is then redeemed for New Zealand dollars and used to fund education programmes for young New Zealanders who would otherwise not get the opportunity.
You can drop off your old coins or foreign currency to Halswell New World or the Halswell Community Hub 


Have some time to spare and want to help your community, while gaining skills and making new friends? Why not Volunteer for Citizens Advice Bureau Christchurch? We are looking for volunteers to join our friendly team in Hornby.
We work with clients by listening carefully, thoroughly researching the options available to them and by explaining the information in a way that they can use it. We also help people access information and services online or make complaints when needed. You will need excellent communications skills and be computer literate. On any given day, a volunteer working their shift might be approached about a whole range of questions, from tenancy rights, requests for directions, or needing documents signed by a Justice of the Peace, to helping somebody who has just been made redundant. Volunteers are fully supported with initial learning and ongoing development.
If you want to be part of great team then contact us at 0800 367 222 / 03 349 5236 or email for more information or click on  Our next training course starts in September!


Have you ever wanted to get together with your neighbours and organise a neighbourhood gathering? Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Summer with your neighbours is about bringing people closer together, and celebrating the unique and diverse mix of each neighbourhood. Summer with your neighbours is set up to bring people together and runs for the entire summer. You can apply for a small subsidy towards your local gathering. Visit for more information and to apply for funding. Applications open 1 August and close 6 September 2020.


Our Committee is embracing this time to generate “community” in our local area and we look forward to the inaugural “Halswell’s Got Talent” night to be held on Sunday 16th August.  See the separate information about this event and how to purchase tickets on Eventbrite. 
Interest has been strong and we are looking forward to celebrating bringing our community together for a fun night. A Silent Auction will be running throughout the evening thanks to the very generous support from our local Community businesses, Spot Prizes and some great entertainment.
Our Spring Community event with local entertainment, quality market stalls and displays by local people, Mike Pero Bouncy Castle, BBQ run by the Halswell Scouts and local “Coffee and Cruz” mobile coffee van on site is in the planning stage but will be on the evening of Friday September 25th.  Demonstrations and entertainment from local talent
and great community connection.  Mark it in your Diary 😊 
Your Community Hall is run by a small group of volunteers who oversee the bookings and maintenance of this excellent Community facility.  It is owned by our Community and we always welcome any enquiries regarding bookings for functions or social activities.  At the Halswell Hall we offer a range of facilities with the main Hall having a capacity of 200. We also have an excellent meeting room (The Sunbeam Lounge) which can accommodate up to 50.  This adjoins our upgraded kitchen and is ideal for smaller groups. The meeting room is readily available and we welcome your enquiry.  For any enquiries about availability or our facilities please email us at 
We still have the ability to engage more members, volunteers and Committee to help oversee the routine running of this valuable
Community facility for the coming year.  If you have a few hours a month available and enjoy being part of the community, we would love to talk to you about how you can help 😊  Just email us at for further information.


The following table shows all the residential dwellings that were sold in Halswell in the month of May 2020. It also shows a comparison for that month over the last five years.

If you have any questions or you are wanting to know what your home is worth on today’s market, please feel free to call me.  Raewyn 027 277 9736
Harcourts Real Estate Ltd Licensed Agent REAA2008 379 Halswell Road, Halswell
Raewyn Marles 027 277 97 36
Harcourts Real Estate Ltd Licensed Agent REAA208
379 Halswell Road, Halswell




This free event is being held on 14 & 15 August at Tūranga | Christchurch City Library and may be of interest to locals.
There are Two Referendums happening alongside this years General Election in September. 
Both involve voting on new laws that have already been formulated.  To vote on this, it is important to go into the polling booth having thought about the issues and thinking about what will best represent your point of view.
In this newsletter, we are providing information from the Parliamentary Website that outlines what you are voting on for the End of Life Choice Referendum.   You can see it in more detail at   
We provided information on the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Referendum in the last newsletter.
The referendum questionDo you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?
You can vote either:
Yes  I support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force, or
No I do not support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force.

About the End of Life Choice Act 2019
Parliament has passed the End of Life Choice Act. The Act will only come into force if more than 50% of voters in the referendum vote 'Yes'.

Who can ask for assisted dying?
The Act gives people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying.
To be able to ask for assisted dying, a person must meet ALL the following criteria. They must:
  • be aged 18 years or over
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • suffer from a terminal illness that's likely to end their life within 6 months
  • have significant and ongoing decline in physical capability
  • experience unbearable suffering that cannot be eased
  • be able to make an informed decision about assisted dying.
A person would not be eligible to ask for assisted dying if the only reason they give is that they are suffering from a mental disorder or mental illness, or have a disability of any kind, or are of advanced age.

Who would be considered able to make an informed decision about assisted dying?
Under the Act, a person is able to make an informed decision about assisted dying if they can do ALL of the following things:
  • understand information about assisted dying
  • remember information about assisted dying in order to make the decision
  • use or weigh up information about assisted dying when making their decision
  • communicate their decision in some way.
Making sure the choice is freely made
The doctor must do their best to make sure that a person's choice to ask for assisted dying is their own.
If, at any time, the doctor or nurse practitioner thinks a person is being pressured about their decision, they must stop the process.
A health practitioner is not allowed to suggest that a person consider assisted dying when providing a health service to them.
The assisted dying process
  1. The process of assisted dying begins with the person asking their doctor.
  2. The person's doctor and an independent doctor must agree that the person meets all the criteria, which includes being able to make an informed decision about assisted dying.
  3. If either doctor is unsure of the person's ability to make that decision, a psychiatrist needs to assess the person. If a person is not eligible, they cannot receive assisted dying.
  4. If the person is eligible, they choose a method, date, and time for taking the medication.
  5. At the time the person has chosen to take the medication, the doctor or nurse practitioner must ask the person if they still choose to take the medication.
  6. If the person chooses to take it, the doctor or nurse practitioner gives it. The doctor or nurse practitioner must be available to the person until they die.
  7. If the person changes their mind, the medication must be taken away.

What happens after the votes are counted?
If more than 50% of people vote 'Yes' in the referendum, the End of Life Choice Act will come into force 12 months after the date the final votes are announced.
If more than 50% of people vote 'No' in the referendum, the End of Life Choice Act will not come into force.

You can read more about the Act here.
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