10 Shirley Road Update

I presented the .pdf below, to the Papanui-Innes Community Board re: 10 Shirley Road on 28th September 2018.


Pg 2 of the .pdf explains “what” I have been researching, and the websites I have created, since I made my first presentation to the Papanui-Innes Community Board in April 2018.

Pg 3 of the .pdf explains “why” we need to “Get Creative Christchurch”.
Through my research, I’ve realised the need for more spaces/places in our community, to help our residents with “Identity | Well-being | Learning”.

Mapping Our World

Today I learnt to use Google My Maps.

My Maps has allowed me to present an interactive map of the whole area showing:

10 Shirley Road, at the centre of the map.

Support Services (green ?):
Te Puna Oraka, Shirley Community Trust, MacFarlane Park Centre, Drug Arm, Mental Health Education Resource Centre, Work and Income, Early Start Project, Plunket Shirley, Autism NZ, Delta Community Support Trust, The Champion Centre.

Education Providers (purple children):
Mairehau High School, St Francis of Assisi School, Mairehau Primary School, Shirley Primary School, Shirley Intermediate School, Banks Avenue School, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, Arahina ki Ōtautahi, Kidsfirst Kindy MacFarlane Park, Shirley Playcentre, Kidsfirst Kindy Richmond, Kidsfirst Kindy Mairehau.

Libraries (black book):
Shirley Library, Papanui Library, Parklands Library, New Brighton Library.

Metro Info Bus Routes (colour coded as per network map):
O Orange Line, Or Orbiter, 28 Papanui/Lyttelton, 44 Shirley, 60 Hillmorton/Southshore, 100 Wigram/The Palms, 107 Styx Mill/Northlands, 108 Casebrook/Northlands, 125 Redwood/Westlake, 135 Burwood/New Brighton, 150 The Palms/Spencerville.

Each pin is clickable and has more info/links, + & -, are in the bottom left hand corner, so you can zoom in/out.

Click on the square with arrow, in the top left hand corner, to show/hide map legend/layers.

“Rise Up Richmond” Website

Welcome to my “Rise Up Richmond” website https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/.

The ideas/research for this website began after I presented my verbal submission to the Christchurch City Council’s 2018 Long Term Plan, for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre (https://www.10shirleyroad.org.nz/), 10 Shirley Road, Christchurch, to create a multi-cultural centre as a “Gateway to the East.”

“Are you saying that rather than just building back a community centre, that actually we should look at the whole of the area, and look at the whole of the needs.
So maybe what we need to be considering for the Long Term Plan is a budget that would enable a full needs analysis, and to look at what the different options are.”
Mayor Lianne Dalziel – 12th May 2018

I began to look around at our Richmond suburb, and soon realised that we already have so many positive things happening here.

Richmond Village is a destination space for our history (Maori & British), our food (NZ & International) and our art (Street Art & Bill Sutton), all showcasing our NZ identity/heritage.

I hope that after you read through this website you will realise like me, we have an identity, a history, our heritage, a story to tell…so let’s “Rise Up Richmond”.

Call For Community Facility Grows

– Link: https://www.star.kiwi/2018/05/opinion-call-for-community-facility-grows/

Opinion: Call For Community Facility Grows
By Joanna Gould | May 10, 2018

I attended an antenatal class at the Shirley Community Centre 11 years ago and have been a local Shirley resident for the past 10 years.

I have a passion for research, learning and community spaces. The former Shirley Community Centre at 10 Shirley Rd was an iconic focal point of our community since 1915. It was originally Shirley Primary School, and later on our Shirley Community Centre, a place for cultural, educational and recreational activities.

It was seriously damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake, and was demolished in 2012.

Since the earthquakes, our community has been struggling to get our homes repaired and rebuilt. Two primary schools have closed, our roads are still damaged, there are detours and closures in place, and sucker trucks run throughout the night due to sewer system failures when it rains.

The Dudley Creek flood remediation is overdue by a year, and the ‘temporary depot/storage yard’ sites at 10 Shirley Rd and 40 Guild St are having a negative impact on residents lives.

Recently we learnt that the new QE II campus, built to relocate Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools, may change ‘our school’ zones, which will deny our children access to ‘our schools’.

And now, after years of waiting for the rebuild to start for our community centre, we have been dealt another blow. We find out that the funding granted by the city council has not been included in the draft Long Term Plan.

The 10 Shirley Rd site is a constant visual reminder to me, and the locals/road users of Shirley Rd, that our community has been left behind; we haven’t rebuilt from the earthquakes.

What message are we sending to the children at Shirley Primary School and the children from other schools that travel past this area?

That it’s okay to treat your community spaces like this?

Do our children matter to the city council? Are they not future Christchurch ratepayers?

Our community’s health is at stake. We can not wait 10 years. We need our community centre rebuilt now.

My suggestion is to combine city council resources with funding and donations to create a new Shirley Library, service centre, learning space and playground, with the existing Shirley Playcentre. That would lift up our community and give us a meeting place for all cultural, educational and recreational activities.

I created the website www.10shirleyroad.org.nz to collate my research and ideas for my submission to the city council’s Long Term Plan.

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