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How are our vulnerable getting on? Volunteers needed

Red Cross and the Sumner Hub are jointly door knocking in Sumner on TBA Briefing starts 9am at the Sumner Community Centre.  2 hour door knock. 

The aim is to see if there are any vulnerable residents who are in need of help:

  • have they had earthquake repairs,
  • are their homes warm in winter (distribute ‘Ready for Winter’ packages)
  • do they know about all the community activities on offer,
  • do they need other assistance and where to go to get help,
  • residents still living in red zoned properties

We need at least 10 local volunteers, each to team up with a Red Cross volunteer to door knock, ask questions and hand over information. 

To volunteer and join in the door knowck, or for more information contact:

  • Marnie Kent at the Sumner Hub on 326 7817
  • Anna Brooke (team leader - Recovery outreach) at Red Cross on 339 7974 or 027 807 4247

Council voted 5:2 in favour of the skate park.

The Hagley Ferrymead Community Board held their extraordinary meeting on Tusday 5 May to consider matters relating to the Levi's Skate Area Proposal.


The board listened to many deputations for and against.  The motion was put and the board voted.

  • Sara Templeton - For
  • Yani Johanson - Against
  • Jo Davies - For
  • Paul Londsdale - For
  • Brenda Lowe-Johnson - Against
  • Alexandra Davids - For
  • Islay McLeod - For

View the agenda online




Strengthening Communities Funding 2015-16 is open now.

The Community Grants funding round has changed from previous years. There will no longer be a Small Grants Fund( applications for $5000 and under.) All applications will now be considered for funding from the one Strengthening Communities Fund.  The opening of the fund to applicants has been delayed this year, but this will not affect decision dates. Successful applicants will still be able to access funds by early September as usual. http://www.ccc.govt.nz/cityleisure/communityfunding/index.aspx

Earthquake Recovery Info

Free earthquake counceliing for people who are in distress with EQC or Insurance - contact Annie Currie (registered Psychotherapist) 326 5086


In the Know Hub is the place to go to ask questions to help individuals progress through the residential repair and rebuild process, to meet the experts or community hosts.

  • Now  open at Eastgate Shopping Centre from April 20th to June 26th, 9am - 8pm
  • The Hub is a community-led  initiative supported by CERA, EQC and MBIE
  • Aim  to be responsive to the information and support needs of residents who are still making their way through the repair and rebuild process

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.  Link to online form

Community profiles are out

Note, Clifton and Richmond Hills are considered as part of Redcliffs!!  We would like to hear your feedback on this.  Do you think this should be changed?  Where do you think the boundary should be?  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Click here and tell us what you think.

CCC releases the draft Long Term Plan 2015-2025

The SCRA lodged an submission.

Identified topics/issues:

The SCRA supports the proposed funds allocated in the Draft 2015-25 LTP for:

  • Sumner Master Plan open space projects
  • Scarborough Park Playground renewal
  • Sumner Community Facility Rebuild - centre & library
  • Freight Route Improvement - Sumner to Ferrymead
  • Sumner Road Corridor
  • Suburban Masterplan: Sumner Streets & Lanes
  • Taylors Mistake Rd Upgrade
  • Scarborough paddlingpool
  • Scarborough beach concrete access ramp renewal
  • Scarborough Beach rockwall reventment renewal
  • Core route and facilities
  • Major cycleway: Rapanui-Shag Rock cycleway - Sumner to City
  • Community profile boundary
  • The SCRA requests/supports:
  • - A change in the CCC community profile boundary of Sumner to consist of Clifton Hill, Richmond Hill, Sumner, Sumnervale, Scarborough, and Taylors Mistake.

Parks & open spaces
The SCRA requests/supports:
- Turning red zoned land into such things as green spaces, parking and recreational activities.
- Community consultation on use of red zone land.
- Consultation with SCRA on what to do with red zone land.

Maintenance of public spaces
The SCRA requests/supports:
- Funding for ongoing maintenance of gardens and garden beds (weeding & planting)
- Funding for ongoing maintenance of footpaths for safety (repairs) and & hygiene (cleaning)
- Funding for pest control along promenade (rats amongst the rocks)
- Funding to place 10 Doggy Doo bins along beach front from Scarborough to Shag Rock, including emptying of bins
- Funding for maintaining existing rubbish bins as well as placing bins around Scarborough Lifeboat area
- Funding for maintaining footpaths in the Sumner Village as well as water blasting 3 monthly

Christchurch Coastal Pathway (1 million visitors to Sumner per annum)
Recognise Sumner as a highly visited/tourist destination.  The SCRA requests/supports:
- Transport: create safe cycleway/roads for pedestrians when merging with trucks, fast moving traffic and high volume of traffic.
- Pedestrian crossing and road in the Sumner Village designed with materials that create a texture to slow traffic down and or entering a high pedestrian use area.
- Parking: turn red zone land around the Sumner Village into car parking (not including 20-24 Nayland St)
- Facilities/Infrastructure: Build changing rooms beside existing Scarbourough & Esplanade public toilets.  Build a public toilet within the Sumner village.
- Upgrade/replace concrete ramps along to promenade onto the beach.
- Fix/replace concrete walkways along the Sumner promenade (some pathways are hazards, causing people to trip and injure themselves - see attached photo).
- Sign boards with a map & points of reference for local history and information for tourists.
- consultation with SCRA on Christchurch Coastal Pathway in the Sumner area.

Sumner Village Master Plan
The SCRA requests/supports:
- consultation with SCRA on the Sumner Village Master Plan.

Sumner Rd
The SCRA requests/supports:
- That provision needs to made to ensure public safety with the expected influx of oversize & dangerous goods vehicles through Sumner as a residential area.
- Funding spent on safe cycleways the length of Wakefield Avenue.

Heathcote River, Avon River and Ihutai Estuary
The SCRA requests/supports:
- Funding allocated in the LTP for improvement of water quality in the rivers and estuary.

Flooding is an issue in Sumner.  The SCRA requests/supports:
- Funding for native plants to plant on the Sumner valley slopes and gullies to minimise erosion.
- Funding for clearing of open and closed drains (sediment and weed removal).
- Funding for ongoing annual maintenance.
- Funding for weekly inspection and maintenance on all flood gates opening onto the beaches.

Strengthening communities
The SCRA requests/supports:
- The continuation of Strengthening Communities funding
- The increase of Strengthening Communities funding


Click to view information on LTP

Click to view the entire documents and links

Click to view the Keep our Assets submission suggestions

Click to go online and HAVE YOUR SAY

Levi's Skate decision making process gets undeway.

 Deputations on the Levi's skate project

Hagley Ferrymead Community Board will hold an extrordinary meeting for residents to give a deputation and/or come along and listen.

Date: Wednesday 5 May 2015 (Link to view Agenda)
Time: Meeting starts at 5 pm
Venue: Sumner School Hall (Dryden St)

Giving a deptuation

The meeting is a public forum and anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to seek speaking rights (speak to your submission in person) to the Board at the meeting regarding this matter contact the Community Board Adviser, Jo Daly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 941 6601.

Please note time available to present may be limited and you may wish to consider joining with others who have similar submissions.  Link to more information


CCC Q&A about the Levi’s Skate Area proposal Click to view

Levi's Skate Concept Plans Click to view

Research - The benefits of Public Skateparks Click to view

Community Oposition links facebook.com/LevusSkatePark Petition against the skate park click to view

Community Support links https://www.facebook.com/sumnerskatepark?fref=ts 

Media Coverage

Redcliffs school closure

Education Minister Hekia Parata has begun consultation with the Board of Trustees of Redcliffs School in Christchurch about the possible closure of the school because of concerns about the long-term safety of the Redcliffs site.

Ministry of Education announcement of consultation process

The purpose of this period of consultation is to hear the views of the board, parents and community before a decision is made.  The Ministry of Education will fund a facilitator to assist the community through the consultation process. Submissions close on 1 May 2015.


Redcliffs School Board of Trustees announcement

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Supporters of Redcliffs School,

The Board would like to meet with our community on Thursday (26 March) evening at 7pm at Sumner School hall.  At that meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear more information about yesterday’s announcement.

In the meantime, we would like to give you as much information as possible to ensure you are fully informed.

What does the announcement mean?

Yesterday’s announcement was a proposal for closure. This means that the school and the community have an opportunity to make submissions against this proposal by 1 May, 2015.

It does not mean that closure of the school is imminent. A final decision on the future of the school will not be made until all submissions have been considered.

There are numerous examples of schools that have successfully been through this process and remained open.

Why has the Minister made this decision?

The expert advice provided to the Minister concluded that the site can be made safe, and reducing the size of the site and building a bund could achieve this.

The Minister’s concern is that if a future event occurred, even though the school would be safe, we would be unable to be on the site while any assessment or repairs to the bund took place.

The Board’s response.

The Board is determined to demonstrate to the Ministry how this problem can be solved. Over the next few weeks we will be working with the relevant experts to put together our submission.

How can you help?

This will be discussed further on Thursday night. Community members are welcome to come as well.  We know you have lots of ideas and expertise and we will co-ordinate these at the meeting.

In the meantime you can:

  • communicate with the board by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • support and share our Facebook page – Support Redcliffs School https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Redcliffs-School/331377870406850?fref=ts
  • make your own submission to the Minister. If you would like further information on this process please feel free to contact the board or see the facts sheet attached.

It is really important that we all direct our energies towards working together on our response and supporting each other. You can be assured the board is working hard to do all we possibly can.

We really encourage you to come to this meeting on Thursday night. Please invite others in the community who will also be interested in attending. You are welcome to forward on this email from the Board.

Video Clip of Redcliffs school children

Roadworks from Lyttelton over to Sumner

Sumner Rd Corridor

Paper copies are available at Council Service Centres and Libraries

Questions and Answers


Wakefield Ave


Clifton Bay corner


Main Rd (Shag Rock Reserve)


Shag Rock corner



Christine Toner
Consultation Leader
Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73011 Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8154
Ph 03 941 8355

Sumner Community Centre Rebuild

A Joint Working Group (JWG) that will have input into the final design of the new Sumner Community Facility on Wakefield Avenue has been set up and met for the first time this month.

The group comprises Sumner residents Max Capocaccia, Peter Hansen, Colette Doughty, Humphrey Archer, Hagley/Ferrymead Board Chair Sara Templeton, Councillor Paul Lonsdale and Council staff representatives. Chris Mene is acting as an independent facilitator for the group.

The JWG met for the first time on Tuesday 2 December and will meet up to four times through to March 2015.

The purpose of the JWG is to provide recommendations, guidance and advice to the Council project team to ensure that the design of the new facility meets the needs of the community.  The new facility will incorporate a library, community centre and museum.

A concept design, which sets out a proposed floor plan for the new facility, has been developed. The concept design currently sees the library, accessible parking, community office, museum 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.

The JWG will be taking into account feedback received from a successful community workshop held in Sumner on 23 November. About 30 residents attended the workshop where they had the opportunity to develop, share and discuss their ideas for the design of the new facility.

The JWG will report its recommendations back to the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board.

Here is the link to the Sumner Community Centre Floor Plans Option 2 which the Christchurch City Council have put forward for discussion.

The JWG welcome your input and encourage you to make contact to let them know your views on the concept design. They would also like to know -

  1. What building materials and styles you would like to be considered, and also NOT like.

  2. What you would like to use the facility for?

  3. What other ideas do you have to make this an outstanding facility?

The JWG will be meeting again with the Council on the 3rd February and will take all the feedback. This is your chance to have your say!  Please email Peter Hansen with your thoughts on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Regular users of the Sumner Community Centre facility Interest Form

If you have an interst to use the facility on a regular basis, copy and paste the following questions into an email and send to Peter Hansen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Use of space in the new Sumner Library and Community Facility

Group name -

Contact person name and details -

Purpose of organisation -

Date of establishment of organisation/group -

Does your group hold a unique cultural/historical position? -

What facility are you operating from now? -

How many people are in your group/organisation? -

Who does your group cater for? (for example youth, families, older adults) -

Why do you want to use space in this facility? -

How much/what type of space would you require? -

How frequently would you use the facility? -

How long would you use it for? (length of each session or full time accommodation) -

How many people would use it each time? -

What time of day would your organisation wish to use the centre? -

From the list below, please circle the equipment you would need?

Storage -

Sound equipment -

Furniture –

Visual Display -

Water -

Kitchen facilities -

Any other requirements -

Other? -

Overview Notice: Sumner / Scarborough: Wastewater repairs

Repair of earthquake damaged sections of the wastewater network.


Scarborough Pool

The Scarborough paddling pool is finally open with some more features to come. 

To make the facility we are looking for some extra fundraising to help us add the finishing touches.

To find out more go to http://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/Scarborough_pool or contact the Sumner Community Hub on 326 7817


Sumner Community Centre 35th Anniversary - A success Story

Sold out due to popular demand 

Stay tuned for 2016 calendar

Click here to view calendar (it may take a few minutes to download)

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Framed Postcards 

Price range from $25 for small frames and $45 for large frames.  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

Have you seen our New Brochures?· Click on each brochure to read.



Sport & Recreation


Health & Wellbeing

Built Environment

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