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Have you seen the new Sumner Hub Website? www.sumnerhub.nz.

A one-stop shop for EVERYTHING in Sumner, noticeboard, directory. weather, what’s on, buy/sell/lost cat/ real estate/ babysitting…you name it.  Sign up to received e-News updates

Its back for 2015! The Sumner Photographic Competition.

Start taking photos now or go through your existing photos of images taken between Godley Headland and Clifton Hill. Upload your favorite image/s between 24th to 28th August onto http://competition.photophuse.com/ (see rules online).

This year people will vote online from 31st August until 11th September. So remember to get your friends and family to go to http://competition.photophuse.com/ and vote.

For more information, contact the Sumner Hub on 326 7817.


Sumner Library and Community Facility Rebuild

The rebuild of the new Sumner Library and Community Facility has reached a major milestone with the appointment of a lead consultant on 7 August to undertake detailed design work.

Christchurch project management firm The Building Intelligence Group has been awarded the contract and will partner with Athfield Architects Limited to undertake the next stage of the design process, called developed and detailed design, for the rebuild of the community facility and library. They will also see the project through to the end of construction.

The Building Intelligence Group and Athfield Architects Limited have worked individually or collaboratively on a number of well-known local projects, including the Cave Rock Apartments, the refurbishment of Eastgate Mall, the former Tuam Street Library and St Margaret's College Gym/Chapel. They also worked on the new Devonport Library on Auckland's North Shore.

A concept design for the rebuild on Wakefield Avenue, which is the first phase of the design process, was completed last year. The concept design sets out a proposed floor plan for the new facility, which will incorporate a library, community centre and museum. The concept design sees accessible parking, the library, community office, display area and pocket park on the ground floor with the rest of the community functions, hall, kitchen and museum space on the first floor.

Sumner residents had the opportunity to provide feedback on the concept design in November last year. A Joint Working Group, comprising a number of Sumner residents, has also had input and had sign off on the final concept design since it was set up last year.

Council Unit Manager Community Facilities Rebuild Darren Moses says the Council has valued the input from residents so far. "We know Sumner residents have greatly missed their community centre and library since they were lost in the February 2011 earthquake. We've made changes to the initial concept design based on residents' feedback as it's important this new facility meets their needs. We're looking forward to continuing to work closely with the community as we progress the next phase of design work and can’t wait to break ground on the site next year."

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in mid-2016 and be completed in mid-2017.

Contact Matt Cummins, Senior Project Manager, Community Facilities Rebuild Unit, Christchurch City Council on 03 941 8236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan Stage three


Message from Kimberly (Billy) Mossman, The Esplanade Sumner

"The inundation area is most of the village from the Esplanade back to Evans Pass, with only small pockets being inundation area 2."

"The proposed changes to the District Plan have come about as a result of the government asking all councils to make planning decisions around climate change. The CCC commissioned environmental impact reports by Tonkin and Taylor, (environmental engineers) the latest of which has identified about 6000 homes in Ch-Ch and Banks Peninsula that could be vulnerable to erosion and almost 18,000 properties that could be susceptible to coastal flooding. The LIM reports for these properties will now state any such vulnerabilities from this report."

"The proposed changes would limit new development in coastal areas considered most at risk, meaning new builds, units, infill housing and subdivisions will non-comply. Sumner is just one of these areas, the new rules affect all coastal areas throughout Christchurch and Banks Peninsula."

"Most other councils around the country have chosen to take more of a wait and see approach, whereas the CCC are proposing this ultra conservative approach, regardless of the harm it will cause to our coastal communities and property values. There seems to be no suggestion of solutions to the future problems we could face, just a pulling away by the council to reduce risk."

"The submission process is our tool to make sure that these changes don’t become part of the new district plan. Ideally we need thousands of submissions and unfortunately we only have until Sept 4."

"A group has been formed in the last few days called the Christchurch Coastal Residents United, CCRU. On Friday this group asked the council for more time for this submission process, but they were turned down. Also on Friday the CCRU meet with members of a Kapiti group that forced their council to remove hazard zoning on 1800 Kapiti coastal properties in 2013. This group was able to disprove the science their council was basing their proposals on. The CCRU believe our situation is very similar and that the science in the Tonkin and Taylor report is also easily refutable."

"The CCRU have set up a website www.ccru.co.nz, the last time I looked it had a template for a submission relating to Brighton, I used this template and tailored it to make a submission more specific to Sumner. Mine is attached below, you might like to use this to tailor yours."

"Or you can make an online submission on the CCC website, http://proposeddistrictplan.ccc.govt.nz this Youtube tutorial shows you how on youtube. If you need help with your submission call the council on 941 8999."

"I feel these changes have the potential to steal the zest and vibrancy that we are starting to see return to our community. If like me you would hate to see what Sumner would look/feel like in 20 years time with no new development….. please share this information to all your networks and make a submission…. and remember we only have until Sept 4, that's less than two weeks!"

Kimberley (Billie) Mossman
03 326 5677
0274 515 502

Kimberley Mossman's Submisson example

CCC Info:

The proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan Stage three proposals were notified on Saturday 25 July 2015; submissions are open from Saturday 23 July until Friday 4 September.
Topics in Stage three include:

·        Natural Hazards
·        Natural and Cultural Heritage
·        Coastal
·        Central City
·        London Street/Stanmore Road zone change
·        Specific Purpose (Burwood Landfill and Resource Recovery Park) Zone
·        Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone

Information on the Proposals, including information sheets are available on the website:  http://proposeddistrictplan.ccc.govt.nz/PropertySearch/ContentContainer.html?page=gotaquestion

Drop in sessions were held across the city during August where people came and learn how their property will be affected.  

If you have any queries about the District Plan Review content or process or need assistance using the online plan, please contact the Council call centre on 941 8999 or you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coastal Hazards


CCC Coastal Hazards information http://ccc.govt.nz/environment/land/coast/coastal-hazards

Amphibious house design in the UK http://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/15/baca-architects-amphibious-house-floating-floodwater/

Amphibous house design on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SM6eZ-QuV8

Tonkin & Taylor reports http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/blog/2015/7/coastal-hazard-report-released

Want to make an equiry or complaint with the council??

What issues concern you around Sumner?? i.e. dog poo on pavement/sand, lack of rubbish bins, clogged up drains, flooding, etc. 

  1. Via CCC website Link to online form
  2. Via new app called Snap Send Solve.  Note CCC have subscribed to this platform so its does work here in NZ as well.

Drilling on the Village Green

Council are planning to undertake some geotechnical work on the new library site, corner Nayland and Wakefield, around 17th and 18th August (subject to availability of the contractor).· This is so we can get a better understanding of the ground conditions and give some good information to the structural engineers as they commence the design.

Contact Matt Cummins, Senior Project Manager, Community Facilities Rebuild Unit, Christchurch City Council on 03 941 8236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Roadworks from Lyttelton over to Sumner

Sumner Rd

To be kept up to date for any developments on the re-open of Sumner Rd (between Sumner and Lyttelton), please email your details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a subject header "Sumner Road updates".

Wakefield Ave


Clifton Bay corner


Main Rd (Shag Rock Reserve)


Shag Rock corner



Tara King
Consultation Leader
Public Information and Participation
Christchurch City Counil
DDI: 03 941 5938
Mobile: 027 208 3235
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Overview Notice: Sumner / Scarborough: Wastewater repairs

Repair of earthquake damaged sections of the wastewater network.


Sumner Community Centre 35th Anniversary - A success Story

Framed Postcards 

For sale - make an offer!.  View at the Sumner Hub Monday - Friday 10am - 12pm.



Click here to see who the winners of the Photographic competition

Sponsor this photo onto a canvas to go on a wakefield shipping container.· More info


New community Brochures

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Your community, Your association, Your say

The Sumner Community Residents’ Association (SCRA) is an incorporated society that works voluntarily to represent the interests of the Sumner community. Membership is open to anyone living, working or owning property in the Sumner, Sumnervale, Clifton, Richmond, Scarborough, and Taylors Mistake areas.· Interested people from the wider area may also address us and participate in our deliberations. The Local Government Act requires that the Council must consult with community groups and so what you say does matter.

In addition we try to act as a two-way channel between the Council and the community and bring issues that are before the Council to the notice of residents who may be affected by the impact of proposed changes. And when things need to change, we are also vigilant in bringing such items to the attention of those who can do something about it.

We are keen to hear your views on:

  • Anything happening in your area
  • Anything happening in Christchurch which may affect Sumner
  • What the SCRA has said or done
  • What you think we should (or should not) be doing

We take an active interest in local issues. Motivated residents can shape the way our area develops. We speak collegiately and ensure that the wishes of the community are brought to the attention of the decision makers.

It is most helpful if you write to the secretary with any specific concerns or points of interest.· We always give matters put to us in this way our full attention and will do our best to keep in touch with you.

Official Information: Your Right To Know

Need to access official information?· Go to· 'How to find out what you want to know from Central and Local Government