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Halswell Newsletter

#120  July 2020

Its nice to be getting into more normal territory after lockdown and to see so many activities and events opening up and starting up again.
Thanks to all the lovely people who sent in articles. 
We have information from two schools in this newsletter, some discussion of ancient trees uncovered in the area - a range of notices and a little bit about the General Election coming our way in September.
Happy reading.

Lynne and Chrys

After a huge success last year, we are again running Junk Jam at the Halswell Hub during the July School Holidays.
Will you make a jungle animal? A truck? A cloak? A superhero? Or something else......
Let your imagination run wild and create a masterpiece of recycling.
All supplies will be provided. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.
This is a free event, but bookings are essential, and parents or caregivers must stay during the session


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.

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A few years ago, Craig Pauling (now an ECAN Councilor) told  Halswell Residents Association about some native tree stumps excavated  during stormwater basin excavation at Longhurst. Unfortunately, it seems that these were not preserved. However, over the past few months more stumps have been excavated. University of Auckland kindly identified the tree species for us - it is matai. Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board has now granted us the money to radiocarbon date these trees, and the results are due early August. Meanwhile, work is going on at a subfossil kahikatea forest near Hoon Hay Valley

Council has decided Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub will be the home of Netsal’s new indoor 10-court facility.
The Council agreed to issue Netsal a 33-year lease on the land, subject to conditions around traffic, lighting and access. A comprehensive Traffic Management Plan will also be developed to consider matters around parking on and around the site.
The decision was based upon the Hearings Panel recommendation, who considered the 92 submissions received during the public consultation process earlier this year. Of the 92 submissions received by the Council on the Netsal Centre proposal, 76 per cent were in favour, and 24 per cent were opposed to granting the lease.
Netsal is an organisation jointly set up by Mainland Football Federation and the Christchurch Netball Centre, and would develop, own and operate the facility as a new home for both sports.
Read more about the decision on Newsline



Christchurch Libraries will be celebrating Maraki on-line this year. There will be a range of activities and entertainment from colouring sheets, to videos, crafts and bvlogs. More information is available from here:
Libraries issue call to return overdue books
More than 120,000 books are back on Christchurch City Libraries shelves. However, a significant number of the loans prior to the lockdown period remain outstanding. Customers are being asked to check around their homes for any books or other library items that may have been forgotten while our libraries have been closed to the public.
We at Recreate NZ are starting up our new Farm to Plate Module at the Halswell Hall this coming July. For those who do not know what Recreate NZ is, we are a non-profit organisation that works with individuals with intellectual disabilities to provide recreational 
Recreate NZ
We at Recreate NZ are starting up our new Farm to Plate Module at the Halswell Hall this coming July. For those who do not know what Recreate NZ is, we are a non-profit organisation that works with individuals with intellectual disabilities to provide recreational programmes and opportunities.
 Our Farm to Plate Module is a new mid-week opportunity for our participants to learn about where their food comes from, find useful ways to repurpose their food, experiment with recipes, and learn essential kitchen skills. We will be harvesting our own produce and making things such as jams, relishes, pickled foods, and food preserves.
We are reaching out to our local community, in the spirit of repurposing and being a non-profit, to see if any of our community members may be able to help us in our start up. We are looking for any second-hand items that can help us cut start up costs, and possibly help you clean out your cupboards. Below is our wishlist and we are very thankful for any donations we may receive. If you are interested in helping in any way, please reach out to or contact (021) 225-3924.
Wish List
Kitchen Equipment
  • Compost bin (portable preferred)    
  • Glass preserving jars, lids, and cans      
  • Cutting boards
  • Child safe knives
  • Regular knives
  • Water bath canner (large saucepan w/ lid)
  • Canning rack to fit
  • Wooden spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Ladle
  • Jar lifter
  • Home canning funnel
  • Trash bag/cleaning tools
  • Kitchen timer
  • Tongs
  • Oven mitts
Food Related
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
Gardening Related                        
  • Gloves
  • Secateurs
  • Loppers
  • Pruning saw
  • Spade
  • Rake
  • Trowel(s)
  • Planking for a garden

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.

Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka, or Oaklands School as it was called, opened in 1964. Since then generations of local families have attended. Recently a story appeared in the Western News about one of the original school teachers, Mrs Diane Jellyman (now called Diane Carson), whose granddaughters attend the school today. Diane taught in the school’s original red brick blocks, which are now being totally renovated for a new generation as part of the school’s redevelopment.  The red blocks are the last part of the redevelopment to be finished – at this stage by Term 4. Diane shared a picture of staff from 1966, below. If you were a student and want to share some images or memories email It will be great to share them when the school celebrates finishing the redevelopment later this year.




We are excited to be offering programmes for $100 for the full week (8.30-3pm) and $50 for siblings in Halswell and Spreydon. Head to to enrol. These holidays – Together We Succeed! An exciting set of programmes jam packed full of games, stories, songs, off-site trips, activities and so much more! Join us as we dig into the story of Ruth supporting Naomi in her journey home and explore how we can care for each other. Who inspired Ruth to encourage Naomi the way she did? We cannot wait to find out!


Tickets available from 


 We are delighted to confirm that our gallery at 9 Candys Road is once again open at the week-ends, but please note the new hours of 11 am - 3 pm.   During the month we will be giving the gallery a bit of a face-lift, but that will not interfere with our week-end opening times.   On display we have, as promised, new work from the lockdown period, so do drop in and check it out. You can contact us at or follow us on facebook


Get Creative Craft Group will break for the school holidays after our final gathering on 2 July and will resume at the start of Term 3 on Thursday 23 July. We meet each week at the South West Baptist Church in Balcairn Street on Thursday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30am. New people welcome. We teach card making (cost $3.00 per card), or feel free to bring along some craft you are working on or just come along for friendship and a chat over a cuppa. Morning Tea is a gold coin donation. For further information contact Janet on 021 1477 656.

          ALL WELCOME 
Where:  Halswell Community HUB  (corner Sparks and Halswell Rds) 
When: Every Wednesday morning (during School terms)   9.15am to 12 noon.   
 Entry $3.00 includes morning tea.
 Come join us to learn new crafts or just have a social outing.
 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 3228996 or Trudy  3228178  

We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 1.30 pm at Te Hapua Halswell Centre, Halswell Road in the Mohoao Room.
We have speakers, coffee mornings and outings.
We are back after Covid and our next meeting will be on Thursday 2nd July when Roger Spicer from the Menz Shed will speak to us about what they do.
Our outing in July will be lunch at Kowhai Cafe, Oderings Barrington.
For further information contact Robyn on 322 8288.

Friends and Neighbours is up and running again on Tuesdays at 1pm (except 1st Tues of each month). We are making a new program on 30th June for the rest of the year.
$2 buys you two raffle tickets and tea and biscuit each week. Come and check us out.
For more info phone Judy Palmer 4200923.
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. 

St Marys and All Saints Church Services
Our Services have now recommenced:
9.15 a.m - Holy Eucharist - All Saints Church, Prebbleton
10.30 a.m - Holy Eucharist - St.Mary's Church, Halswell
8.00 am Service at St. Mary's will not be held until further notice. 

RUTH DYSON,THE MP FOR PORT HILLS invites you to her regular drop in from 2 – 3 pm on 7th August on Friday 14th at Te Hapua Cafe



SHARP Trust After-School Programme Coordinator/Supervisor
We are looking for a creative and organised individual who has experience working with children and coordinating Christian after-school programmes. SHARP Trust has a unique opportunity to support and encourage families and young leaders in the Spreydon area. Email Amy at for more information and an application form. Applications close Friday the 3rd of July. 

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.

It's common for bills, credit cards and costs such as kids' medicine to get out of hand. Is your debt making life unmanageable? Debt can happen to anyone, for a variety of reasons, but you don’t need to live in crippling stress or worry any longer. Help is just a phone call away!
Long term debt counselling is provided through community-based home visits (or by phone if COVID restrictions apply) and a team of Head Office caseworkers. CAP helps anyone, regardless of religious belief, race, nationality, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. 
CALL FREE ON 0508 227111. Start your journey out of debt today.

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. Raffles, Spot Prizes and some great entertainment.
We are also planning a 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.  More details next month 😊 
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.

we are a group of retirees working for some of the disadvantaged people in the Christchurch region.  Jerseys for pre-schoolers, (peggy square and crocheted blankets), hats and other warm clothing.  Currently we are very short of knitting yarn and looking for helpers and donations of any size balls or parts of balls or oddments of wool. If you are able to help, please ring 03 338 5030.

The Halswell District Lions Club has been providing service to the Community and beyond for nearly forty years, and is part of the largest service organisation in the world with 1.4 million members we have served those in need for 104 years.
To continue our good work we need new members, recently our District the upper part of the South Island including the West Coast raised $15,000 for the Cyclone Harry victims in Fiji. This was spent on village water tanks, and additional 20ltr carry water containers, Food, clothing and other essential items, were distributed.

Locally we donated $4000 to the Hillmorton High school for outdoor equipment. Our club made more recent grants, to the Salvation Army and the Food Bank during the lockdown.
WE cannot continue to do this without members. We need people to help us help others. WE say “where there is a need there is a Lion” can you give us a few hours a month.
We meet at the Bowling club in the Domain on the first Wednesday of the month for a Meal and usually a Guest Speaker, the meal cost is $25. If you are interested phone Lynley the Monday before (027 690 0659) that you would like to attend so we can advise the caterer. But if this does not suit you we meet on an alternate night being a business meeting on the third Wednesday of the month to discuss our Service projects and fundraising activities for the coming month. If you would like to see what it’s all about just come along. For more information feel free to discuss it with Colleen 027 686 8100.


 Do you wanna Dance?
It’s Rock’n’Roll

You will be taught in a fun format, by experienced Rock'n'Roll Dancers.
Junior Club. Ages 7-17. Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm during School terms.
$35 a term. $20 for club Members.
Next Beginner Lessons for adults: Wednesday 29th July 2020 7pm till 8pm.
Cost: $40 for the 4 week beginners set.
Hei Hei Community Centre, Wycola Ave, Hei Hei
Contact  to register.
Follow us on Facebook 
Christchurch Rock n Roll Club

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


Consider signing up to flu tracking this winter.  Each week they send you an email, you click on the link and spend a few seconds ticking boxes. You can find out more and sign up by going to 

FluTracking helps our health providers get good information about what is happening in our local communities.  You can also see the information produced by the surveys about what is happening locally.

There are a multitude of mental health resources online - a collection of links are available here  or just google mental health and find a whole lot more!
Some quick tips for dealing with anxiety or anger
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.
The first is the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Referendum, and the second is the End of Life Choice Referendum.  In this newsletter, we are providing information from the Parliamentary Website that outlines what you are voting on.   You can see it in more detail at   
We will provide the same information on the End of life Choice Referendum in the next newsletter.
The proposed Bill sets out a way for the Government to control and regulate cannabis. This regulatory model covers how people can produce, supply, or consume cannabis.
The Bill's main purpose is to reduce cannabis-related harm to individuals, families/whānau and communities

The Bill would allow people to possess and consume cannabis in limited circumstances.  People over 20 will be able to have a limited amount of cannabis in their possession and consume it at home or on licensed premises.

The Bill intends to reduce cannabis-related harm to individuals, families/whānau and communities by:
  • providing access to legal cannabis that meets quality and potency requirements
  • eliminating the illegal supply of cannabis
  • raising awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis use
  • restricting young people's access to cannabis
  • limiting the public visibility of cannabis
  • requiring health warnings on packaging and at the time of purchase
  • improving access to health and social services, and other kinds of support for families/whānau
  • making sure the response to any breach of the law is fair.
The Bill controls the production and supply of cannabis
The Bill would regulate how cannabis is produced and supplied by:
  • limiting the total amount of licensed cannabis for sale
  • controlling the potency and contents of licensed cannabis and cannabis products
  • applying an excise tax when a product is packaged and labelled for sale
  • setting up a licensing system under which all cannabis-related businesses must hold a licence
  • regulating location and trading hours for premises where cannabis is sold or consumed, in consultation with local communities
  • banning people from importing cannabis and allowing only licensed businesses to import cannabis seeds
  • separating businesses that are licensed to grow cannabis and produce cannabis products from businesses that are licensed to operate premises where cannabis can be sold and consumed.

You can find out more detail from this summary of the Bill.

What happens after the votes are counted?
You can vote
Yes - I support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill or
No - I do not support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill

If more than 50% of people vote 'Yes' in the referendum, recreational cannabis wouldn't become legal straight away. After the election, the incoming Government can introduce a Bill to Parliament that would legalise and control cannabis. This process would include the opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas on how the law might work.

If more than 50% of people vote 'No' in the referendum, recreational cannabis would remain illegal, as is the current law.

Medicinal cannabis and hemp will not be affected by the outcome of the referendum. Medicinal use of cannabis will still be allowed if prescribed by a doctor, and hemp will still be legal.
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