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#122 September 2020

Spring is definitely springing and hopefully soon we will be out of Covid Alert level 2.  
Check the dates of events - there are a few that have been changed because of our most recent lock down levels.

Happy reading.

Lynne and Chrys
After a long break thanks to Covid 19, we're getting back into running our markets again this month. 

This will be 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!!


Join us for our monthly connections meeting. 
This month we hope to hear from our local community board members, Andrei Moore and Debbie Mora as well as local Councillor Anne Galloway

12.30 - 1.30pm at the Halswell Community Hub - 381 Halswell Rd
 Light Refreshments available, all welcome. Bring your lunch

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!

THANKS also to our Advertisers for supporting this newsletter

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!!



CVNZ brings people together, to connect with each other and to care for our environment. We work on a diverse range of conservation projects with the goal of enhancing biodiversity through restoring habitat around Canterbury.
We are a not for profit charitable trust and we specialise in recruiting and managing volunteers. We bring people together to connect with each other and to care for the natural places we all cherish.  
We work with a variety of different people from all walks of life, working alongside different community conservation groups with the common goal of helping to preserve, protect and enhance biodiversity across Aotearoa New Zealand. We try to make our volunteering events enjoyable and educational. All our work is physical and might involve planting trees, releasing native trees, weeding, picking up rubbish, track maintenance or monitoring threatened species.
We run regular projects throughout the week, as well as projects on the weekend around Christchurch and in Lyttleton Harbour. We also offer overnight volunteering opportunities in Christchurch and our other main sites throughout the country. There are several ways you can be informed about volunteering opportunities: 
Join our volunteer email list – email us at
Look on our website under ‘Get Involved’ and ‘Volunteer’, search for projects
Check out our Facebook page for events:
Look us up on Instagram: @conservation_volunteers_nz  
He rau ringa e oti ai –“By many hands the task is completed”
Our local team are: Hamish Fairbairn, Donna Lusby and Anna Colombus. We would love to hear from you or to see you at one of our volunteer events!  

Paterson House
We are based at Paterson House in the Halswell Quarry. This lovely historic house is available for use by community groups for meetings and events. There are full kitchen facilities, Wifi, a TV for presentations and tabled seating for up to 10 people. For use of the house we request a koha to help with our costs. Contact Donna ( 021 457 568) for more enquiries and bookings.

Some good news on the horizon...
An epicentre of community activity is planned to help serve the needs of the fast-growing communities within the Southwest of Christchurch. 
A Sport and Recreation Hub will be built at Hillmorton High School that will provide an array of activities for everyone. The school hopes that facilities will include a double court gym, fitness centre, 6 tennis court astroturf, a community food zone, an entertainment zone where families and community groups can sing, dance and entertain, and an outdoor adventure circuit.

Exciting fitness programmes and sports events will cater for the whole community, from preschoolers to older adults.
Currently entitled to one court and classrooms indoors, a group of motivated Hillmorton High staff, board and community members have been working hard liaising with Community Groups, Funders and the ministry of Education to pull together this fantastic hub for sport and recreation for use by both the school and our many communities here in the south west of Chch.
They are working to make sure the plans are expanded to have two indoor courts, as well as other multi-use indoor spaces which flow onto 6 new outdoor court spaces (moved from where the new middle school is currently being built) and ultimately, capped off with spaces for food, celebrations and performances.
With a growing number of communities in SW chch, a growing number of students at the school, and a growing percentage of them enjoying sport and recreation, we think this is timely and important.  The new Sport and Recreation Hub built at Hillmorton High School will be a place where everyone can be Active and Healthy Together. 
Here's a glimpse of what it looks like...


In 2021 Oaklands Te Kura o Ōwaka will become a rubbish-free school. Staff, students, and the dedicated Eco-Warrior group have come up with ways to achieve that and improve their local environment. Initiatives include a toy swap, making and selling wax lunch wraps, and learning about recycling and composting.  The school’s orchard, vegetable gardens and chicken coop will be reinstated as part of landscaping of the redeveloped campus. The school’s major redevelopment will finish at the end of Term 3, in a month’s time. The redeveloped campus will have no rubbish bins.
   Year 1 student Matiu Lee at the school’s Toy Swap.



The Halswell Hall has embraced the opportunity to partner with our local Recreate New Zealand team who are based at the Hub. As part of their Farm to Plate initiative, the Hall makes the kitchen and Sunbeam Lounge available to this enthusiastic group of young people on a Thursday.  They plant, tend and grow vegetables at their local “farm” and bring produce to the Hall where the participants learn about where their food comes from, find useful ways to repurpose the produce, experiment with recipes and learn essential kitchen skills.  They have been making soup, pickles, pizza, pesto, and baking among other things.
As part of our partnership, the group spend pproximately an hour of each session completing some valued maintenance work for the Hall.  To date they have washed down all the railing fences and have repainted the back one nearest the Nottingham Stream.  They have sanded, primed, and applied two coats of paint.  Thanks to this willing participation, the Hall has benefitted from the work and the willing and very able painters have learnt some new skills and can be proud of the visible improvement as they travel past on the way to their farm.  They have also been doing a fantastic job of filling our green bin every week as we clear the section nearest to the stream.  It has made a real difference.


Averil Stevenson, from Eco Central, gave a very informative talk on recycling at Halswell Connections last month.
Recycling changes depending on the markets that Ecocentral can find for our waste.  Currently we can recycle clean paper and cardboard, hard plastics 1,2 and 5 glass, and aluminum and tin cans. 
For recyclers to accept our waste to make into new products, we need to keep it as clean and as pure as possible.   When different materials get inadvertently mixed together, it is considered contaminated which lowers the price or makes it unsuitable for recycling. Here are some of the ways to avoid contaminating our recycling:
  1. Remove all lids from the bottles that we recycle. Why? Because lids fall through the sorting grates and contaminate glass and paper.
  2. When it comes to paper, only recycle paper larger than a standard size envelope. If paper is small, it falls through and contaminates other recycling. Shredded paper can go in the green bin. As can greasy or food contaminated pizza boxes.
  3. When opening cans, leave them attached to the can by around 2cm. Rinse and pop in bin. DON”T put loose lids in the recycling. They contaminate the paper. Loose lids can be taking to the eco-drop or just put in the red bin.
  4. NO Soft plastics please! There is currently no market for these items so all soft bags go in the red bin.
  5. The lids from margarine containers go in the red bin. You guessed it, because they can easily slip in with paper and contaminate paper.
  6. All recycling should be clean and dry so it doesn’t contaminate paper and cardboard.
  7. If you buy milk in plastic containers, consider buying it in the bottles you can see through. That uncoloured plastic, when recycled is sold for $700 a ton while the containers that you can’t see through fetch $10 a ton! Plus, you can actually see how much milk you have left.
Keep up the good work with the recycling!



Saturday 17th October at the Skate Park on Halswell Domain
Last year’s event was a huge success so mark the date in your diary now!!

Halswell New date for "Meet the Candidates Evening" for Banks Peninsula & Wigram electorates
Because of the postponement of the election, we have moved our meeting originally scheduled for August to:  7.30pm on Wednesday 23 September at Knights Stream School, Richmond Ave.
See you there!
Halswell Residents Association




New date: 11th October
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 September 8thh 2020 in the Mohoao room at the Te Hapua/Halswell Centre in Halswell Rd, beginning at 1.00pm. Our speaker this meeting will be Dougal McEachen who will be talking to us about Worm Farming. Phone Elizabeth Ph 322-7214 for further information

This month our gallery at 9 Candys Road will be open for the week-ends  of September 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 only; usual times, 11 am - 3 pm.   This is to allow the builders to work on repairs to the cottage, including a re-vamp of the gallery.   At this stage we see the Gallery reopening the week-end of October 17 & 18, but more news on that in the next e-newsletter!  You can contact us at

Halswell Friends and Neighbours Group
The Halswell Friends and Neighbours group is unable to meet in Covid-19 level 2. If we go down to level 1 we can resume. We meet on Tuesday afternoons at 1pm (except the first Tues) and have a variety of activities. $2 buys 2 raffle tickets and afternoon tea.
 For more information phone Judy 4200923.


St Marys and All Saints Church Services
Important Information
St.Mary's Church, 329 Halswell Road, Halswell is currently under Earthquake repairs. This will continue approx. 'til the end of November '20. 
Any changes to the time frame of closure will be notified via our websites, FB Page & church notices.

The usual services will take place as follows:
St. Mary's New Worship Venue: 10:30 am Service and Kidzone will be held in the Halswell Baptist Church, 6 Balcairn Street, Halswell, Christchurch 8025.  

On 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month - 8.00 a.m service will be at the St.Mary’s Lounge.
4th Sunday will be the Breakfast Service.   

All Saints Church, Prebbleton - 9.15a.m Service and Kidzone.
No communion will be served during Covid-19, Lockdown Level 2, and all events lined up during this period will be postponed to a later date which will be notified.

Halswell Friendship Club - A Club for Active Retirees

We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 1.30 pm in the Mohoao Room, Te Hapua Halswell Centre, Halswell Road.
We have speakers, coffee mornings and outings.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 3rd September when we will be entertained by the Richmond Hand Bell Ringers. Our outing in September will be to the 10 pin bowling alley.
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.  


Get Creative Craft Group
 Get Creative Craft group is continuing to run during Alert Level 2 and new people are welcome to attend. We teach card making and the cost to make a card is $3.00. Otherwise just bring whatever you are making or simply come along for fellowship and a chat. We meet on Thursday mornings from 9.30-11.30 during the school term at the Baptist Church in Balcairn Street and there is a gold coin donation for morning tea. Contact Janet on 0211477656

         ALL WELCOME 
Where:  Halswell Community HUB (corner Sparks and Halswell Rd) 
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  


Reminder that Ruth’s normal drop-in  is on the second Friday is on 11 September 2-3pm at Te Hāpua café.


This is a special event for Mental Health Awareness Week
Date: Saturday 26 September
Time: 11.00 am until 3.00 pm
Free Entry
Place: Te Hapua / Halswell Centre


Located in the Halswell Domain behind the bowling club.
The 2018 season is about to get underway with two registration and open days called Love Tennis
This will be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 1.00pm to 4.00pm
This is for all the family and a great opportunity to come and see what the Halswell Tennis Club has to offer.
Some events happening on the day will be a sausage sizzle, raffle, courts available for a hit, games/coaching for the little ones, spot giveaways and an opportunity to win some of your subs back if paid before the end of the weekend. We will also have an EFTPOS machine available.
Senior social tennis
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.
If you would like to play tennis either socially or competitively, come along and visit the club, meet our members and have a hit with us.
For more information about senior tennis please contact Dean on 027 879 2167, email
Mid-Week Tennis
• Social tennis every Tuesday morning from 9.30am
• Women and men of all abilities and ages most welcome
• Very friendly atmosphere
• Morning tea provided
• Regular coaching
• 3 interclub teams for those who wish to take part
Feel free to pop along any Tuesday over the summer season and give it a go.
For information please phone Glennis Griffin 325 2169 or 021 258 3656, email
Junior Tennis
We cater for both junior interclub players and junior beginners.
Registrations are now being taken, so come and have a hit.
Weekly coaching is part of the programme for junior players, provided by the club coach Bryan Smith.
For more information on junior tennis please contact Sinead Mitchell 021 152 7831 or email
Further information about the club is available on the Halswell Tennis Club website:  

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!



These are uncertain times, and you may be worried about money? Do you need some budgeting advice or help with managing your debt? There are several free budgeting advice services in Christchurch. They can help you put a budget together and work out ways for you to reduce your spending or increase your income. There is information on our website:
or you can call us on 0800 367 222 or 03 366 6490 (Mon to Fri, 9am – 5pm) 
How do you avoid getting into unmanageable debt?
It mostly boils down to living within your means – in other words, spending no more than the amount you earn and only borrowing money (e.g. a student loan) if you are confident of your ability to pay it back.  You can do this by putting together a budget which lists your total income and all of your expenses. You can also get budgeting and debt management advice online on the Sorted website (



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.

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 do not 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 voting system in NZ is called MMP, short for Mixed Member Proportional.    
Under MMP, you get two votes — a party vote and an electorate vote.

Your Party Vote
The party vote largely decides the total number of seats each political party gets. Parties with a bigger share of the party vote get more seats in Parliament.

Your Electorate Vote
You vote for the candidate you want to represent the area you live in with your electorate vote.
The candidate with the most votes in your electorate wins, and becomes an MP.

Political parties try to win party votes and electorate votes
Political parties must get at least 5% of the party vote OR win an electorate seat before they can have any seats in Parliament.
Because MMP is a proportional system, the share of seats a party wins in Parliament is about the same as its share of the party vote. This applies to big parties and small parties.  

How seats in Parliament are allocated
Every candidate who wins an electorate gets a seat in Parliament. They are called electorate MPs. The remaining seats are filled from party lists. Every party has a party list, which is a list of candidates ranked in the order the party wants those candidates to be elected to Parliament. Candidates elected from a party list are called list MPs.

Parties negotiate to form a government
Usually no party gets enough votes to govern alone. Parties often need to come to an agreement with other parties to form a government or pass legislation.
Some types of possible agreements are:
  • coalitions — when two or more parties join together to form a government
  • confidence and supply agreements — when one party agrees to support another on certain issues and laws that are voted on in Parliament.

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