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#125 December 2020

Here we are as the end of a very “interesting” year draws to a close.  The Hub will be closing for three weeks over Christmas while our wonderful workers have a well deserved break and will be back in the new year with a wide range of activities and events. 
The Halswell newsletter team would like to wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas - new year break.  If you are looking for activities around Halswell Check out our Website and Blog – there are some good options up there for discovering more about Halswell.

Lynne and Chrys


If you haven't had a look already checkout our new new website which is now up and running. 
Check out information about the local area, groups, clubs, activities and events and support local businesses advertising on the site.
If your club or activity is not listed or you want to advertise your business you can sign up on the website or contact Kate on 0204 127 6083 for more information

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.

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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 Halswell Butcher 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

Important Dates:
Last Coffee Morning for 2020 - Tuesday 15th December
First Coffee morning for 2021 - Tuesday 12th December

Last Mahjong for 2020 - Wednesday 16th December
First Mahjong for 2021 - Wednesday 13th January



Having a clean out? Trying to create some space in your garage? Got old sports equipment that's sat collecting dust? We have the solution!
Donate your used or outgrown sports gear to be recycled back into the community. Simply drop it off to your nearest Give Gear Get Great collection bin and then applaud yourself for doing something great!
The cost of equipment can often be a barrier to participating in sport and recreation. By donating used or outgrown sports gear, you can help individuals, schools and organisations in your local community. You could be the one to help the next Olympian start their sporting journey!  
Look out for bins at Te Hāpua and the Halswell Hub.


Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka’s annual Twilight Gala is on Friday 11th December from 5pm. Everyone is welcome. Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka’s Parent Teacher Association member Karen White said the year had been a challenging one for many people and bringing the community together to connect and have fun was a focus of the gala. It would be a chance for pupils to perform songs and dances for their families, and for people to get something to eat and catch up with each other. Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka principal, Margaret Trotter, said the gala was also an opportunity for people to tour the school and see changes from its major redevelopment. The redevelopment included a number of new learning and administration spaces and the upgrade of original red brick blocks. The redevelopment would be completed by early 2021, with the school’s hall getting an upgrade and the addition of a new central courtyard and sports courts.

Lime, who run a public e-scooters are trialling the hire of ebikes around the city.  They are starting with a fleet of 100 e-bikes, which are already available for hire and they have a permit to increase that to 200. 
E-biker users must comply with the usual road rules for biking and users will need to park out of the main thoroughfares on footpaths, as with e-scooters.
Lime’s e-bikes will be available for hire on both the Lime and Uber apps. 


Gratitude is an attitude that can improve our physical and mental health, happiness and overall wellbeing.  It is well worth a few minutes to understand how you can harness gratitude and reap its many benefits.
Psychologists and neurologists have found that our brains are wired to see and remember the bad stuff much more than they are able to see and remember good things.  This makes sense in a world where you need to be on constant lookout to avoid being eaten by lions or alligators! 
However it also means that even now, in a world in which many of us live pretty good lives by the standards of past generations, we notice only the bad parts of our lives.  Noticing what is good or even what is neutral takes a lot more effort. 

So yes, our world has been disrupted by Covid 19 and many have had to give up travel plans.  Many young people are struggling with the impact that lockdown had on their schooling, many are dealing with unemployment and feeling cut off or lonely.  These things cannot and should not be dismissed.  However, you might find it easier to manage these problems if you can also see the good things going on around you.
This is not rocket science! The secret is to notice the small things as well as the big ones.  Notice how nice it is to stand in the shower and feel the water on your skin or spend time really looking at the beauty of a flower or a view.  Feel the enjoyment of living in a body that can can do what it can do, notice the laughter of small children or the feel the sun on your face.  If you are feeling adventurous, spend some time thinking about how miraculous it is that we come to be living on the tiny rock in a very large universe.   There are any number of things that we can notice at any time in any situation. 
If you have a few spare moments while you are waiting somewhere or sitting having a cuppa – take some time to notice and bask in the enjoyment.  When you get good at this you might even be able to direct your mind to notice and stay with the enjoyment of the many good things that are happening, as they happen. 
Do this often enough and it can become a life changing habit.  Don’t wait round for happiness to eventuate.  Create it by developing the practice of gratitude.   


Buying a vehicle privately can often mean you get a better bargain - especially if you know a lot about cars - but you have to be careful, as you have less consumer protection.
If you buy a car from a private individual (or from a car market which provides a venue for private sellers but was not involved in the sale), you are not covered by the laws that cover purchases from dealers (i.e. The Fair Trading Act or the Consumer Guarantees Acts).  
However, you are covered against a seller’s misrepresentation of the vehicle (if you can prove that misrepresentation caused your loss), under the Contract and Commercial Law Act. You are also covered by this Act if the seller wasn’t the legal owner of the vehicle when they sold it (see our information about checking a vehicle’s history)
If you have a problem with a vehicle bought privately (i.e. not from a motor vehicle dealer), you can make a claim with the Disputes Tribunal.
If you have any queries call us on 0800 367 222 / 03 349 5236 or check out our website for more information.




TU MEKE Kids Market (market for second-hand children’s goods)
- Saturday 5 December, 9am - 12noon
- Halswell Scout Hall, Halswell Domain, Halswell Rd
- All indoors, pram friendly, free parking
- CASH ONLY, no ATM on site so come prepared with plenty of cash!
- FREE entry 
We will have a selection of pre-loved maternity wear, babies, kids and tweens clothes, toys, books, accessories, furniture and other nursery items and more! 
There is still enough time to grab a stall too! 
If you have baby & kids items to sell, TU MEKE Kids Market is where YOU want to be to SELL them.
Not sure that you have enough for an entire stall, why not share a stall with a friend or family.
Head over to our Facebook page and send us a message.


Here comes Christmas and the summer and once again we'll all be looking for things to do with the kids.  This webpage provides a range of outdoor activities that can be found around Halswell - pretty much all of the free of very low cost. 


The Halswell Garden Club’s December meeting will be held on Tuesday December 8th  2020 in the Mohoao room at the Te Hāpua /Halswell Centre in Halswell Rd, beginning at 1.00pm. Our speaker this meeting will be Christine Lowdon who will be talking to us about “The Evolution of Christmas.” Phone Elizabeth Ph 322-7214 for further information.

 Season’s Greetings from your local potters!  Our popular stall at Barrington Mall runs from Monday November 30 to Friday December 4, open 9 am - 6 pm.   A great chance to get ahead with Christmas presents for special people.  We look forward to seeing you there!   But if you can't make it to the Mall, our Gallery at 9 Candys Rd, Halswell, recently refurbished during a remedial programme partially funded by a grant from the Rātā Foundation, is open week-ends from 11 am - 3 pm, except for the week-end of December 26/27.   You can contact us at


The Halswell Friends and Neighbours group will wind up the year with a luncheon on 17th December at 12.30pm at the Summerset Cafe.
 In 2021 we will start up on Tuesday 9th February at 1pm and will set the program for the first half of the year. Any inquiries to Judy Palmer Ph 4200923.


HALSWELL FRIENDSHIP CLUB (A Club for Active Retirees)
We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 1.30pm in the Mohoao Room, Te Hapua Halswell Centre, Halswell Road.
We have speakers, coffee mornings and outings.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 3rd December when we will be having Mystery Entertainment.
Our outing in December is a Christmas Luncheon at The Vineyard, Old Tai Tapu Road.
For further information contact Robyn 322 8288.


St Marys Church is due to reopen to the public by the 1st Sunday in Dec'20 (please refer to our websites, FB page and Church notices and other information.

All Saints Church, Prebbleton - 9.15 a.m Service and Kidzone on all Sundays.

Our Lions Motto worldwide is “We Serve” with all Clubs in New Zealand taking this as being our prime objective. We at Halswell Lions focus on the needs of the Halswell community, with our Club motto being “FUN-FELLOWSHIP-SERVICE”. We extend a very warm welcome to all men and woman that wish to SERVE their fellow Halswell Residents, within a committed friendly group to come and explore our objectives further.
We meet in the Heart of Halswell at the Halswell Bowling Club. Please contact President Peter for details of our next meeting , cell phone 0274 490722  or email


28 February 2021

Get a stall – find out more at
027 370 0344

NEWS FROM LWCC (Living Waters Christian Centre)
What’s Happening in the Tents ⛺️ 
Over this year we have had church online, via zoom, and then enjoyed getting back under the canvas for two services a Sunday. For the summer months of December and January we will just be having one service at 9.30am. We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas with a Carols service on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm and then no service on Sunday 27 December. You can find details on our Facebook page or at  Here is what’s planned this month....All are welcome! 
LWCC Kids have a fun & faith packed program during the term time at our 9.30am service led by Jacqui and her team.

After the big storm recently, some of our children rescued eggs that they found floating in the swale. They looked after them during our service and then Jacqui took them home to care for them and much to our delight six ducklings hatched!
GRUUVE, music and movement for babies and preschoolers continues to be lots of fun on Thursday mornings in the little tent from 9.45am -11am.
Term 4 began on 8 October with a cacophony of animal sounds, songs and activities as we explored “Who’s in the Stable?” in our lead up to our end of year party THE BIG BIRTHDAY on Thursday 10 December.
 We love welcoming new families, enquiries to Ruth
Fusion Youth hang out every Friday night during term time between 7pm and 9pm. Coming up on the calendar this month are hangouts in the little tent, mini golf and a gathering. The cafe food is cheaper than chips, with a few gold coins getting you the likes of tacos, toasties and Becs’ legendary hot choc.
 If you have young people looking for something to do on a Friday night give one of our youth leaders PJ or Kesiah a call via our office on 3221243 or connect over social media or just come along!



24th December Christmas Eve - 10.30 p.m at St.Mary's Church, 329, Halswell Road, Halswell
25th December Christmas Day - 9.15 a.m at All Saints Prebbleton and 10.30 a.m at St.Mary's Church
NO 8.00 a.m Service on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.


Christmas in the Park and the Santa Parade are cancelled, so come along to our Jingle Bell Service to kick off Christmas in a fun way. Sat 5 December at 5.30pm, St Marys Church, Halswell Rd. Come along to make some jingle bell noise, sing some songs, and take part in the Christmas story.  Bring along a picnic tea, or just a rug and stay for the free sausage sizzle and bouncy castle.  Tea and coffee available. If you have a spare can in the pantry bring it along for the City Mission.  See you at our newly repaired church! Details below.
This event is sponsored by Harcourts Halswell

Our annual “Halswell Carols in the Quarry” will be held on Sunday 6th December (if wet, Sunday December 13th) commencing at 4.30pm at the Halswell Quarry Park. This event has been developed over many years to celebrate Christmas with the Halswell community. Music and Carol singing will be led by the Steadfast Band. This is a great afternoon of interest to all ages. Our thanks to the Christchurch City Council for their ongoing financial support, which allows a no cost event to be held. The Halswell Lions welcome the community of all ages to join with us in celebrating Christmas. 
We look forward to meeting all members of the Community at this cost free Christmas celebration on the 6th December 2020.




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!

Walking Netball
A new craze from the UK and another way to keep fit and make new friends. Follow the link to find out more.

Proposed Improvements to Halswell Road
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is proposing improvements to Halswell Road between Dunbars and Curletts Roads. Halswell Road is a State Highway and is a key public transport corridor which currently experiences significant travel delays during peak periods.
This project forms part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme aiming to help manage growth in the south west areas of Christchurch by providing residents sustainable travel choices to the central city.  It is looking at providing two bus lanes, in addition to the existing lanes, along this 2.5km section of Halswell Road. We will also investigate how we can operate these lanes and if other road users will have access to them.
The improvements aim to:
  • Achieve faster and more reliable travel times for buses along Halswell Road
  • Improve safety, comfort, and convenience of getting to and from bus stops
  • Make bus stops accessible to all users
  • Make bus travel a mode of choice for commuters travelling to the city from the south west suburbs.
Have your say
We are seeking your feedback on how we can make Halswell Road (Dunbars to Curletts Road) better for buses using the corridor. We need your help to identify key features or issues that we need to be aware of on Halswell Road. This will help us find out what needs to be taken into consideration to ensure we get our improvements right.
Please provide your feedback by 5pm Friday, 4 December 2020. There is a freepost survey form attached to the project booklet, or you might prefer to provide to provide feedback via our digital feedback platform.

Recreate NZ is a non-profit based out of the Halswell Hub that works with youth with intellectual disabilities. We run a couple weekly programmes during the school term that are education based that we are looking for volunteers for. On Tuesdays (starting 16th Feb), we take a group of 6 participants in our van to a vege plot/farm in Leeston to teach them about growing vegetables and garden care, etc. On Thursdays (starting 18th Feb), we lead a cooking group in the Halswell Hall to teach a different group of participants cooking skills and kitchen etiquette. These programmes help us give them essential life skills and employment skills that are vital for their future. We are looking for one or two lovely volunteers per day to help out on these days. Knowledge in either area is by no means required, however, would be embraced if the skills were there. The idea is to have a volunteer commit to either Tuesdays or Thursdays, fortnight arrangements can be made as well. If you are at all interested in helping out at either programme, please get in touch as soon as possible with Sally Davis –, PH: 021 871 787.


Cantabrians Ceramics Exposition

An event by 12 potters from Canterbury with special displays of vases for floral art,  bonsai,  ikebana plus  domestic ware and sculpture.


Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department is now in the new Waipapa building, tucked in behind Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
Waipapa will be the home of the Emergency Department, Intensive Care, Medical Assessment, Child Health services, radiology services and a number of wards.
Directions: Turn left when driving in off Riccarton Avenue and follow the signs for the Emergency Department. Emergency drop off and accessible parking will be available out front. Find out more here.


"Halswell's Got Talent” which was held in the Hall on 11th October was a very successful night with some wonderful performances across a wide range of talents.
Congratulations to our winners:
Overall winner:  Breanna Bennetts,
2nd Overall winner:  The Cuzzies
3rd Overall winner:  Murphy McMillan. 
Awards also went to
Rosa Murray,
Philip Chapman,
Murphy McMillan and
Ella & Lily Wilson for section awards.
Thanks to our brilliant team of Judges led by Carla Weber in a challenging and interesting night.
From the raffle and door sales, and a Grant from the Halswell Lions, the Ladies toiilets have been upgraded in the Hall and now have a lovely new vanity with hot water, a large mirror, over-mirror light and complementary wallpaper. 
We have also been fortunate to receive a Grant from Air Rescue and are replacing the curtains in the Hall over the next few weeks.

We are looking for a Communications Manager for our Committee (not a Committee position – this can be separate from Committee and a few hours a month.)
Just email us at for further information.

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