No solution in sight for traffic pressures on Langdons Road?

Analysis: the recent announcement that Kmart was moving to Papanui raised some questions about safety and traffic volumes, especially at the intersection of Langdons Road and Greers Road. I’m having trouble reconciling advice given to the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board with what I’ve been reading in the retail development’s Resource Consent.Northlink sign.jpg Continue reading “No solution in sight for traffic pressures on Langdons Road?”

Commentary: Kmart moving to Papanui

Kmart no plans in Papanui redactedI’ve seen a massive public response to recent news that Kmart Shirley will be relocating to the new Northlink shopping precinct on Langdons Road in Papanui. Rumours of Kmart opening a store in the Papanui area have been circulating for a while. I’ve asked Kmart’s corporate office about this several times, and as recently as two months ago, the response was “We do not have plans in Papanui at this stage.” I’ve passed on these responses to Think Papanui readers in good faith. Decisions to close and open major retail stores aren’t made overnight, so I’m left wondering if the person I was communicating with was not aware of the plans being made at higher levels in the organisation, or was simply being economical with the truth? Continue reading “Commentary: Kmart moving to Papanui”

Exploring Papanui Ward

Analysis: Papanui Ward is one of 19 wards & subdivisions that the city of Christchurch is divided into for local government representation. It has a population of around 25,000 people and includes a whole lot more than just the suburb of Papanui. It’s where I make my home, where I work, and where my children attend school. It’s also the area of focus for Think Papanui. So, where exactly is Papanui Ward and how do readers know if they’re part of it? Here’s a brief overview and a visual tour of some parts of the Ward.

CCC Papanui Ward map 2016
Papanui Ward (showing the 2016 population of 23,094 people)

Papanui Ward is described in detail on the Christchurch City Council website. (If you want to check what Ward you live in, you can use the Council’s interactive online map.)

Candidates elected to represent the Papanui Ward will be part of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board, so will be making decisions across a much larger population and geographic area than just Papanui (link to 2016 map). The Papanui Councillor will also be part of decisions that affect the whole city, or parts other than Papanui. Continue reading “Exploring Papanui Ward”

Papanui impacted by proposed school zone and roll changes

Analysis: the Papanui area will be impacted by proposed changes to zones and the capacity of Christchurch high schools arising from a review that aims to reduce out of zone enrolments across the city.

[Edit January 2020: see this article for details of the outcome for Papanui and Burnside High Schools, including their zones for 2020 and a further change planned for 2022.]

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The school zone boundary between Burnside and Papanui High Schools is set to change – by 2022 the boundary is proposed to move closer towards Papanui. Continue reading “Papanui impacted by proposed school zone and roll changes”

Nor’West News: “Papanui candidates step up for October elections”

Today I’ve announced that I’ll be a Papanui Ward candidate in this year’s local body elections. Thanks Nor’West News for covering this:

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The full article also can be found in Continue reading “Nor’West News: “Papanui candidates step up for October elections””