Community Facilities Network Plan

The below information is from the Christchurch City Council website,, 6 March 2019.

16. Community Facilities Network Plan
Reference: 19/207225
John Filsell, Head of Community Support Governance and Partnerships, Paul McKeefry, Community Facilities Specialist.

1. Purpose of Report
1.1 The purpose of this report is to update the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee on the development of the Community Facilities Network Plan.

2. Executive Summary
2.1 The development of a Community Facilities Network Plan project is underway and will include advice on specific facility opportunities identified by Council.
2.2 This report provides an overview of project goals, scope and timeframe along with emerging information.

3. Staff Recommendations
That the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee:
1. Receives the report.

4. Key Points
4.1 Key points are discussed in section 5 of this report below.

5. Context/Background
Issue or Opportunity
5.1 A Community Facilities Network Plan us being developed that will provide a framework to inform and guide Council’s decision making processes over the provision and operation of community facilities. It will also provide information on specific facility opportunities identified by Council; namely, a Shirley Community Centre, a Multicultural Centre, a Centre for the Dallington-Avondale-Burwood area and an Okains Bay Community Centre.
5.2 Project objectives include:
· Explore the feasibility of four potential community facilities identified by Council.
· Describe current community facility provision including use, capacity, degree to which facilities are fit-for-purpose, cost and asset condition.
· Develop a current list and framework for recording facilities provided by Council and others.
· Cross-reference existing provision against community need.
· Develop a framework and criteria that assists Council in making decisions on the provision of community facilities including working with others.
· Produce a Network Plan as a living document to be updated over time.

Strategic Alignment
5.3 The LTP 2018-2028 Service Plan is aligned with Council’s strategic direction of enabling active citizenship and connected communities in respect of community facilities, it states:
· We [Council] provide community centres, halls and houses to encourage participation in local activities and build a sense of community.
· We [Council] offer support to community organisations to help them deliver the valuable services they provide.
5.4 On 22 June 2018 Council resolved (CLTP/2018/00017):
· That the Council requests staff to complete the Community Facilities Network Plan as soon as practicable; and approves an additional $170,000 operational expenditure in 2018/19 to expedite this, inform next year’s and future years’ annual plans. Potential developments include but are not limited to; the Shirley Community Centre, a Multicultural Centre, a Centre for Avondale, Burwood and Dallington area and an Okains Bay Community Centre.

Network Plan Scope
5.5 The Plan will primarily cover community facilities owned and/or managed by Christchurch City Council including halls, community centres and cottages, leased facilities for volunteer libraries, toy libraries, community gardens and play centres. For the avoidance of doubt these are detailed in Community Facilities Asset Management Plan (17/696137).
5.6 Other facilities will be analysed to inform the “network” and identify opportunities to partner with others and/or signal gaps:
· Community facilities (or similar) situated on reserve managed the Parks Unit.
· Council-owned heritage classified buildings used as community facilities.
· Facilities owned by others.
5.7 The plan process will consider but not be limited to the following inputs:
· Demographic, e.g. – Population, Diversity, Geographical spread
· Financial, – CAPEX for new and R&R, OPEX
· Range of options for facility provision, including but not limited to:
– Mixed model use such as community centre and libraries (Citizen Hub Strategy)
– Facilities provided in partnership including draft partnership documents and templates
– The promotion of non-Council facilities
– Non-asset solutions.
– Current and planned provision of facilities by Council and others.
– Utilization and availability of facilities.
5.8 Council owned facilities currently leased by Early Learning Centres will not be included in the Plan as Council has approved a process to determine its future involvement (13 December 2018).

Project time frame
5.9 The project involves two workstreams that are interconnected. The development of a Network Plan and the consideration of potential facility opportunities identified by Council (see section 5.1 of this report).
5.10 Information on the identified facilities will be available to Council in order to inform any debate at the conclusion of the 2019/2020 Annual Plan process in June 2019. Any Council decisions on these facilities in the Annual Plan process will inform and update the Draft Network Plan which will then be finalised for Council consideration prior to September 30 2019. Conversely the emerging findings of the Network Plan will be used to inform the advice provided to Council on the identified facilities.
5.11 The table below summarises the key outputs and dates:

Project Output (Date)
– Initiate background research, project plan including timelines and milestones (29 October 2018)
– Finalise project team and engage contractors (13 December 2018)
– Update and finalise a detailed project plan with timelines and milestones (15 February 2019)
– Update SCDH Committee (6 March 2019)
– Community Board engagement (March 2019)
– Information report on non-Council facilities and their availability (March 2019)
– Individual draft feasibility assessments for Shirley, Okains Bay and Burwood-Avondale-Dallington facilities (March 2019)
– First Draft Network Plan available (will have gaps) (Late April 2019)
– Draft Business Cases for Shirley, Okains Bay and Burwood-Avondale-Dallington facilities (May 2019)
– Information from Draft network Plan and draft facility feasibility/business cases used to inform officer comment on Annual Plan submissions (April –May 2019)
– Report to SCDH Committee covering the Draft Network plan and feasibility and business cases (if applicable) for the four identified facilities (5 June 2019)
– Council consideration of facilities as part of the Annual Plan in the context of the draft Network Plan (June 2019)
– Present report Draft Network Plan and recommendations to the Council for consideration and decision, primarily on community engagement (18 July 2019)
– Present Draft Network Plan to the Council for consideration and adoption
(26 September 2019)

Network Update
5.12 The project team will provide an update on Council’s current suite of community facility assets, their condition and fitness for purpose.
5.13 The project team will provide an update on Council’s partnership approach to activating community facilities.

Facility Update
5.14 The project team will provide an update on progress on four facility opportunities as of, namely:
· Dallington-Avonside-Burwood
· Shirley
· Okains Bay
· Multicultural Centre.

Richmond Community Needs Analysis

“The Board and Governance Team see Richmond as a priority area, the research is to look at the strengths, needs and gaps of the area.
Once the research is completed the findings will be presented to the Community Board.
Scope of study: Aims and Objectives
The aim of the research is to develop a profile of the Richmond community and their needs in terms of current and future recreation, sports, arts and health and social service provision
Specifically, the research will fulfil the following objectives:
(a) Provide an accurate demographic profile of Richmond and identify future demographic trends of this community, drawing on 2018 Census data.
(b) Create a profile of existing recreation, sports and arts and social and health agencies in the community.
(c) Profile residents’ existing access to recreation, parks, sports, arts, health and social services and potential future demand for these services, focusing especially on the way residents are interfacing with Council assets and services: what is working well, and what would make this community better.
(d) Develop a document that will assist with future planning for Richmond, taking into account barriers to access, and future patterns of access fort different services.
(e) Gaps and issues in existing provision of services will be identified.
(f) Gather information that can inform future uses of the former Shirley Community Centre site.”
Email from Papanui-Innes Community Board, 2 November 2018.

“15. Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board Area Report – November 2018
5. Significant Community Issues, Events and Projects in the Board Area
5.4 Richmond Community Needs Analysis Survey
A contract has been let to independent social researcher, Sarah Wylie, to undertake a Community Needs Analysis for Richmond.
The research will:
– Provide a demographic profile of Richmond using 2018 Census data when it is available
– Profile existing recreation, sports, arts, social service and health agencies in the community and predict future demand, including any barriers to access, gaps in services and how residents are interfacing with Council assets and services
– Gather information to inform decisions on the future use of the Shirley Community Centre site.”
– Link: 14 November 2018

Community Needs: Community Centres

Just a quick update. I finished my feedback for “Draft OARC Regenerate Plan” for Christchurch last night.
Supporting Information:

Since the beginning of this year I have been researching the community needs for Shirley, then Richmond.
But recently I have been researching Dallington & looking into my idea for a community centre at the former Burwood Primary School site, so that the Shirley Library building at The Palms can be sold.
I remembered Bebe Frayle from the Dallington Residents Association LTP presentation:

If you have a look at, my research shows the need for two community centres:
OARC Regeneration Plan Idea for Shirley/Richmond by Joanna Gould
“Shirley/Richmond, new Community Centre at 10 Shirley Road opposite Shirley Primary School, includes Shirley Library, Learning Spaces, Service Centre, sell Shirley Library building at The Palms.”
OARC Regeneration Plan Idea for Dallington/Burwood/Avondale by Joanna Gould
“Dallington/Burwood/Avondale, new Community Centre at 255 New Brighton Road close to All Saints Church, includes Coastal-Burwood Governance Unit more central to their residents, small Meeting/Learning spaces with kitchen, Service Centre, Volunteer Library similar to Redcliffs Village Library, sell Shirley Library building at The Palms.”

It was frustrating to find the Coastal-Burwood Community Board had asked Sarah Wylie to research their Community Needs in 2017.
Pg 69-103 ‘Coastal-Burwood Community Facility Needs Assessment’
Prepared for Community Governance Team, Coastal Burwood By Sarah Wylie
Pg 102 “Strong feedback came through supporting development of a community hub facility serving Burwood, Avondale and Dallington.
The former Burwood School site was identified as the best location for this, close to All Saints Church, another key amenity in the area.
Demand was identified for smaller meeting spaces and accompanying kitchen able to cater for group activities, particularly for older adults.”

The former Burwood Primary School site is now:
Re: former Burwood School Site (255 New Brighton Road) which is currently in the disposal process by Ministry of Education and LINZ.
Attachments: List of disposals as at 30 November 2018
“Pg 5, 3452777, Canterbury, Ministry of Education, 255 New Brighton Road, New Brighton, Christchurch, Disposal Status: Right of First Refusal”

The latest updates from the Coastal-Burwood Community Board are:
“4. Community Board Plan – Update against Outcomes
On 1 October 2018, the Board met to receive and review progress on its Community Board Plan 2017 – 2019, which had been monitored against the Board’s agreed Outcomes and Priorities.
A community facility for Dallington/Burwood was seen as a priority. It was agreed that the Board would next review its Board Plan in June 2019.”
“5. Deputations by Appointment
Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Group – Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Community Hub, Bebe Frayle and David Collins will speak on behalf of the Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Group regarding the Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Community Hub.”
“5.4.1 Burwood, Avondale and Dallington Community Group
The Burwood, Avondale and Dallington community group meetings continue to happen monthly. The group is supported by Coastal-Burwood Community Governance staff and Board members. The group are currently organising three community events, one in each area as well as a combined event to be held in March of 2019.
The group are completing a feasibility study with regards to having a combined Community Hub to collectively service the three suburbs. The Burwood, Avondale and Dallington areas have dramatically reduced community spaces/places as a result of the 2010/2011 earthquakes with approximately over half of the land and housing lost to the red zone.”

Obviously my concern now is, if the Dallington/Burwood/Avondale community were researched by Sarah Wylie in September 2017, and still have no community centre, and have to wait til June 2019 for the Board to review its Board Plan.

What does this mean for the Shirley/Richmond community, that have been researched by Sarah Wylie in October/November 2018, with a report due to be presented to the Papanui-Innes Community Board early next year, when are we likely to see a community centre?

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”.

Think: Christchurch with Hila Oren

Thank you Facebook AI engine for suggesting I go to this event:

Think: Christchurch with Hila Oren
The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts
Monday, 10th September 2018
“The following guest speakers will be joining our ‘Thinker in Residence’ on the stage to share their thoughts on how Christchurch, a city of explorers, could leverage our unique selling point.
Simon Hunter | KPMG, Nigel Watson | NZ Antarctic Heritage Trust, Jasina Gurung and Thomas Akolo | Linwood College, Lianne Dalziel | Christchurch Mayor and Tim Loftus | ChristchurchNZ

“Are you an explorer? We think most people from Christchurch are. Come along and hear from some talented and passionate people about where they think being a city of explorers could take Christchurch.”

Christchurch on progressive path
“Christchurch’s first ‘thinker in residence’ believes the city is moving in the right direction. Ms Oren, who is the chief executive of the Tel Aviv Foundation, is considered a global leader in creating a city’s narrative, supporting entrepreneurialism and philanthropy.

She has been brought back to the city for two months by the Christchurch Foundation as the first ‘thinker in residence’ to engage with city leaders, charities and social enterprises on several projects. She has shared her infectious enthusiasm for ‘city making’ at this week’s Think Christchurch workshop, delivering a thought-provoking keynote address.

Ms Oren heard about Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expeditions when she was on a leadership programme at Harvard University in the United States.
‘You need to celebrate your links to history and tell the stories of Shackleton, Edmund Hillary, New Zealand’s suffrage leader, Kate Sheppard, and others who have played such a huge part in what your city is today,’ she says.

‘Explorers from all over the world should want to touch Christchurch’s spirit to inspire them.’
‘As to the future, your city is at a crucial stage of considering ‘where to, now’. Even just bringing me from the other side of the world to help you think through ideas demonstrates that you are bold in taking the next step.'”

Elevating the City’s Quality of Life
Education | Arts & Culture | Social Services | Innovation | Environment
Building Knowledge | Speaker Series 2017/18 | Hila Oren

My Story…
For me the “Think: Christchurch” event, was inspiring and encouraging, listening to the guest speakers speaking my language, using words I use, talking about a vision for Christchurch similar to mine.
I am a Christchurch resident ‘thinker’. I went to the above event because I have a creative growth mindset. I’ve been listening/learning/researching and creating ideas to help our community.

During this week I’ve read articles/comments regarding this event and listened to: ‘What does a thinker in residence do?’ Chris Lynch/NewstalkZB asked Christchurch Foundation chief executive Amy Carter.
The irony is that without ‘thinkers’ sharing their thoughts on talkback radio, this radio show wouldn’t exist as it does, the ‘thinkers’ help provide the content.
‘Thinkers’ have value and add value to our communities.

When I started with this ‘project’ in April 2018, I didn’t have a clue where this journey would take me.

In May 2018 I presented my verbal submission ‘You Are Here’ to the Christchurch City Council’s 2018 Long Term Plan, for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre, to create a multi-cultural centre as a ‘Gateway to the East.’

Afterwards I went to the Christchurch Art Gallery for the first time.
I walked through the exhibitions admiring all the artworks, and then I found ‘Our Collection: 19th and 20th Century New Zealand Art’.
The saying goes ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, but standing in front of the Māori portraits, the 3 words that came into my mind were: ‘Tell Our Stories’.

I had been given a map of the Art Gallery, and as I was looking for the name of the Māori portraits exhibition, another name jumped out at me ‘You Are Here’.
It took me awhile to find this in the Outer Spaces. It is a signpost.
“- looking at the influences these artists had drawn on
– related to distance/directions from these artworks to this location
– how isolated we are in NZ and how we draw on influences from outside
– you are here, and what are you going to do about it?
– a challenge to the people of Christchurch post earthquakes”

Christchurch, The Garden City, known for its English heritage, Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Cathedral…
“The city suffered a series of earthquakes between September 2010 and early 2012, with the most destructive of them occurring at 12.51 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, in which 185 people were killed and thousands of buildings across the city collapsed or suffered severe damage. By late 2013, 1,500 buildings in the city had been demolished, leading to an ongoing recovery and rebuilding project.”

Post earthquakes the people in the East have been waiting/fighting for repairs/rebuilds, our footpaths/roads are ‘munted’, some of our schools have been closed/relocated, and our mental health/well-being has suffered.

The quintessential photo Hila captured of the girls dressed in kilts, walking to school through the trees and daffodils, had me thinking.
– Why was this image important?
– How many of us have driven passed the same scene and thought nothing of it?
– Did you notice their school uniforms? How are they designed?
– Are the girls just talking? Or are they making connections that will last them a lifetime?

Hila is right, we need to start appreciating what we do have.
We need to reframe some of the stories we have been telling ourselves.
Yes the earthquakes happened in Christchurch, we can learn from them and share our learning with others around the world, but they aren’t our identity.

Christchurch is still ‘The Garden City’.
How many photos did you see on social media this weekend, of people admiring the cherry blossom trees in full bloom around Hagley Park?

Yes we are explorers, it is in our DNA, and in our school uniforms (logos, kilts, Māori designs).
Our roots go back to the brave explorers, our Māori people and those who travelled on the First Four Ships. They went on a journey to discover the unknown, to learn more about the world and the new lands they would find.

Standing in the foyer during the break at this event, I was reminded again as we introduced ourselves, a person’s identity in Christchurch is connected to ‘what school did you go to?’

Learning is part of our Christchurch identity.
Our communities are centered around our schools.
Our education connects us to social networks/employment.
We value learning and the places it can take us.
“The MORE that you READ. The more THINGS you will KNOW. The MORE you LEARN. The more PLACES you’ll GO!” – Dr. Seuss

Q. Why is identity, well-being and learning important for our people?
A. When we know who we are (identity), what we need to be healthy (well-being), and the importance of a growth mindset (learning), this causes a positive ripple effect in our businesses, communities and economy.

Through my research I realised the ideas I had created, had a common theme: learning.
Shirley Community Centre: library with learning spaces available for anyone in the community to use
Sutton’s Place: arts/crafts community with learning spaces for local/overseas teachers to provide classes/workshops/retreats, opportunity to learn about W. A. (Bill) Sutton and his teaching/artworks and house/garden
Māori Heritage Park: indoor/outdoor learning spaces for Māori architecture/arts/crafts, opportunities to learn about the Māori language/culture/stories/legends
River Bank Centre: research/design/technology hub with learning spaces to inspire/educate with STEAM, opportunity to see startup/innovation businesses and to learn about Richard Bedward Owen and why he was called ‘River Bank’ Owen.

Q. Why do we need these types of learning facilities in the East?
To inspire/educate the children/teenagers living in the East, who now have fewer options for schools, and limited access to continued learning outside of the schools.
We need to open the eyes of every child in Christchurch to what is possible through learning.
In the south of Christchurch, children/teenagers see those attending Ara Institute of Canterbury.
In the west of Christchurch, children/teenagers see those attending the University of Canterbury.

Our access to knowledge and where our locals have gathered since the earthquakes, is currently hidden in the car park of The Palms, as our Shirley Library.
I see the 10 Shirley Road site (opposite Shirley Primary School) for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre, as an opportunity to show our children/teenagers that continued learning is possible once they leave school, and to inspire them to become ‘explorers’ and pursue their dreams.
The rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre represents laying a new foundation stone as the ‘Gateway to the East’, that says ‘we value our children and we value their learning’.
Hila Oren is right ‘it starts with our children’.

“Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana.
A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.”

We do need to ‘reframe our mindset’. We don’t need to rebuild our communities back to what they were pre earthquakes.
Post earthquakes we have the opportunity to tell the unique stories of our local people, to inspire/educate a new generation, leave a legacy for the generations to come, and to create new spaces/places/attractions, for the local/New Zealand/overseas ‘explorers’.

We need to move forward from ‘Think: Christchurch’ to ‘Get Creative Christchurch’!

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