ECan and CCC Long Term Plans – open for feedback now

Environment Canterbury (ECan) and the Christchurch City Council currently have draft Long Term Plans for the 2018 to 2028 period open for public feedback. These plans are reviewed every three years, and set out the what, when, and how, of planned spending.

The ECan plan is notable for the proposal in the public transport section to axe six Christchurch bus routes. The consultation document also outlines revenue and finance policies, and plans including freshwater management and air quality.

The City Council is asking for feedback on spending priorities, and the consultation document includes details on the Council’s financial strategy as well as the infrastructure strategy. Down in the detail, the plan also proposes to give Community Boards more say in prioritising intersection upgrades (the Harewood/Breens/Gardiners intersection gets a specific mention).

Feedback on ECan’s plan can be given until 26 March 2018. You can find consultation information and a link to make a submission on ECan’s website, and more detail specifically on the bus route options on the Metro website.

The City Council plan is open for feedback until 13 April 2018. The online feedback form and a link to the consultation documents is in the ‘have your say’ section of the Council website. All the draft documents and additional underlying/background documents can be found here.

CCC LTP cover

Think Papanui Facebook Page reaches 1,000 likes

Think Papanui launched in 2016 to promote community engagement with local government, focusing on the Papanui ward in Christchurch. The Facebook Page has clocked up 1,000 page likes and as a small gesture of thanks one lucky person will receive a gift generously donated by Joe’s Garage.

Cranford Regeneration Plan

Consultation outcome: if you are interested in the Cranford Regeneration Plan, you can view a revised plan and other supporting documents on the City Council website at Documents include a summary of key issues and a full listing of comments received & staff responses.

Think Papanui page launched on Facebook

This week Simon launched the Think Papanui page on Facebook. Think Papanui is a page promoting community engagement with local government, focusing on the Papanui ward in Christchurch, New Zealand. The page is not affiliated with the Christchurch City Council, the Papanui-Innes Community Board, or any political party. Content is curated by Simon, and will primarily be a news feed relating to Council and Community Board consultations, meetings, agenda items, and decisions. Selected local events may be promoted and local organisations profiled. For an official source of Council and Community Board information, please refer to


Thank you for your support

Thanks to the more than 2,500 people who voted for me for the Papanui Community Board. Preliminary results show that I’ve come up just short, but as a first-time candidate I have had a great response – polling higher than some successful candidates in other wards in the city, and no other unsuccessful Christchurch council or community board candidate came closer to getting over the line. Thanks again for all the support, and congratulations to Emma Norrish and John Stringer. Official results will be declared on the Council website and by public notice later in October.

Preliminary results 2016