Think Papanui and The Christchurch App announce local news collaboration

Press release: Hyper-local news sites Think Papanui and The Christchurch App are collaborating to increase the availability of local democracy reporting and community news in Christchurch. Think Papanui’s news can now be found on a dedicated Papanui button on the Christchurch App, as well as through Think Papanui’s own website and social media channels.

Simon Britten founded Think Papanui in 2016. The initiative focuses on the Papanui Ward (Redwood, Northcote, Papanui, and some surrounding areas), and shares information on City Council consultations, Community Board agenda items and decisions, local projects in action, and generally what’s happening in the community.

Metropol Magazine Publisher Murray Dempsey launched The Christchurch App in 2018. “With so much attention being focused on what’s happening at a national and international level” said Murray, “we believe there is a need for a news site focused on delivering relevant local news and events”.

Papanui Ward Councillor Mike Davidson was pleased to hear of the collaboration. “Think Papanui has been a valuable asset for Papanui Ward residents over the last three years” said Councillor Davidson, “and now to be teamed up with the Christchurch App is a massive win for our community. As a user myself of the Christchurch App to be able to quickly retrieve local news from Think Papanui is fantastic.

For more information:

Think Papanui:
Simon Britten, curator, info@thinkpapanui.nz or 027 787 5241
https://thinkpapanui.nz/
https://www.facebook.com/ThinkPapanui/

The Christchurch App:
Advertising enquiries: Murray Dempsey, Managing Director, Metros Publishing Group
murray@metros.co.nz or 021 639 994

Tracey Edwardes, journalist, tracey@thechchapp.co.nz or 021 332 737
https://www.thechristchurchapp.co.nz/
https://www.facebook.com/chchapp/

Press release: Simon Britten to stand as a Papanui Community Board candidate

SBTP profile pic 4c portrait hi-cFounder and curator of Think Papanui Simon Britten has today announced that he will be a Community Board candidate in the Papanui Ward at the 2019 local body elections.

Earlier this year Simon announced that he would be a Papanui Ward candidate, and he has now confirmed his decision to stand for election to the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board.

“What I really value about Think Papanui is the focus on the local community,” says Simon. “I’m standing as a Community Board candidate so that I can continue to contribute at this local level. I’m also involved in some really exciting community projects in my employment at Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi, and if I’m successful in being elected to the Community Board, I’ll still have the capacity to see those projects through to completion.”

Background:

In 2016 Simon founded the Think Papanui community engagement initiative, and he is still involved on a daily basis. Think Papanui’s aim is to share information on City Council consultations, Community Board agenda items and decisions, local projects in action, and generally what’s happening in the community. “This has helped keep the community informed,” says Simon, “and has also helped me keep in touch with local government and our community”.

Simon has had the privilege of working in a leadership role at Papanui-based youth and community development organisation Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi since 2011. For a large part of that time he has been involved with the school attendance service, supporting children, whānau/families, and schools. He has also worked in areas including youth employment and alternative education.

Previously Simon worked for Tait Communications in marketing management, and has volunteered with the Papanui Youth Development Trust. He has served on boards including the Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust, Pillars – the charity working nationally with children of prisoners, and the Casebrook Intermediate School Board of Trustees. He is a previous Vodafone Foundation World of Difference recipient, and has completed two Canterbury University postgraduate courses for leaders in the community sector.

For more information:
Simon Britten, info@simonbritten.com or 027 787 5241
https://simonbritten.com/
https://thinkpapanui.nz/

Press release: Simon Britten to stand as a Papanui Ward candidate

11 March 2019

Press release

Simon Britten to stand as a Papanui Ward candidate in the 2019 local body election

Founder and curator of the Think Papanui Simon Britten has today announced that he will be a candidate in the Papanui Ward in the 2019 local body elections.

In 2016 Simon founded the Think Papanui community engagement initiative, and he is still involved on a daily basis. Think Papanui’s aim is to share information on City Council consultations, Community Board agenda items and decisions, local projects in action, and generally what’s happening in the community. “This has helped keep the community informed”, says Simon, “and has also helped me keep in touch with local government and our community”.

Simon values a connected community that cares for all of its members, and is passionate about making a contribution through an elected role in Papanui.

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