Timeline

2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

2012

– 16 August 2012
“Community services general manager Michael Aitken said that though the building (Shirley Community Centre) was significant to the local community, it was too badly damaged to repair.
The Shirley Community Trust plans to buy and develop the abandoned Catholic church site in Emmett St as a new community centre.
Trust spokesman Graeme Mitchell said about 117 groups in the area had lost their premises in the September 2010 and February 2011 quakes and it felt like they were in the “forgotten suburbs”.”
– Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7486705/New-community-centre-planned-for-Shirley

2013

– 15 August 2013
“PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL FOR COMMUNITY FACILITY SHIRLEY/RICHMOND AREA
Jill Hawkey, Strategic Planning Coordinator, and the Reverend Joohong Kim, Minister of Crossway Community Church, attended to present a deputation regarding a proposal for a public-private partnership between the Christchurch City Council and the Methodist/Presbyterian Church to establish a new community facility for the Shirley/Richmond area.
The Board supports in principle the proposal by Crossway Community Church to establish a publicprivate partnership and recommends that the Council:
(a) Grant a long term lease for the former Shirley Community Centre site at 10 Shirley Road to Crossway Community Church.
(b) Note the Crossway Community Church (with the support of its parent bodies, the Methodist Church of New Zealand and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand) proposes, through engagement with the local community and stakeholders, to design and build a new multipurpose community facility available for both the church and wider community.
(c) Note that the Church intends to fund the capital project and manage and operate the facility according to an operational plan agreed under the public-private partnership within available funding.
(d) Note the importance of the geotechnical investigation for the proposed site at 10 Shirley Road and requests that the Council undertake an urgent geotechnical investigation.
(e) Consider this proposal by Crossway Community Church.”
– Link: http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2013/July/ShirleyPapanui17July2013CONFIRMEDMINUTES.pdf

– 16 August 2013
“Christchurch City councillors are backing in principle a proposal by the Methodist Church to build a new community facility in Shirley that could also serve as their place of worship.
Reverend Joohong Kim, a minister of the Crossway Community Church, yesterday told councillors the quakes had left the Shirley/Richmond bereft of community facilities.
Kim said his church had settled its insurance claim and had funds available to invest in a new building. It wanted to spend that money on a new facility, preferably on the site of the old Shirley Community Centre in Shirley Rd, which could serve both its needs and the needs of the local community.
It was willing to pay for the cost of constructing the facility and the running of it, if the council was willing to grant a long-term lease on the land.
Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button said the Shirley community had huge needs and to a large extent they had suffered in silence over the past three years. “There is just no community space there. I really hope you support this.”
But Cr Yani Johanson said he was concerned the proposal had not gone through proper council channels.”
– Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9048840/Councillors-back-Shirley-community-site

2014

– 4 September 2014
“Ms Dalziel said work would begin immediately, with a focus on repairing buildings closed due to earthquake damage, and rebuilding facilities demolished after the quakes.
The council had set aside almost $29.1m for the repair and rebuild of community facilities, and $11.7m for heritage facilities.
Decisions on which facilities to prioritise for funding was based on feedback from Christchurch residents, Ms Dalziel said.
Funding would come from the council’s Facilities and Infrastructure Improvement New Borrowing Allowance, ahead of insurance discussions being finalised.”
– Link: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/40m-rebuild-community-heritage-facilities-chch

2015

– 24 March 2015
“A meeting was held on 17/02/15 between CCC PM, representatives of church groups proposing to establish a facility on the site of old Community Centre, and the CCC Asset Owner. At this meeting the church provided background on their work to date and the mechanics of their offering. CCC PM is now gathering information internally to understand status from a property and community support point of view. Feedback received as part of this will inform whether or not further stakeholder consultation is required. The end output will be a recommendation report by the Asset Owner to the Community Board and Council regarding the Church Group’s offering. An update is to be provided to the Community Board via a seminar sitting on 1 April, but it is highly unlikely that the recommendation report will be available at that time.”
Christchurch City Council, Elected Member Update, Project: Shirley Community Centre, Pg 24
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2015/03/CHED_31032015_AGN.PDF

-19 August 2015
9. Shirley Community Facility Rebuild – 10 Shirley Road
(This report is from Pages 17-32, so I won’t include it all here, link is below)
The purpose of this report is to seek approval to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the open market inviting proposals for the development and operation of a Community Centre or similar at 10 Shirley Road, the site of the former Shirley Community Centre.
– Option 1 (preferred option) | Request For Proposal (RFP).
Under this option an RFP would be released to the open market asking respondents to put forward a proposal as to how best a Shirley Community Facility should be re-established at 10 Shirley Road. The RFP document would signal an openness to a wholly third party funded and managed facility, a wholly Council funded (using $2.52m from Community Facilities Rebuild Tranche 1) and managed facility or any mixture of approaches.
– Option 2 | Straight application of Tranche 1 funds
Under this option no RFP would be released and Council staff would instead proceed with consultation to inform design of a wholly Council funded facility at 10 Shirley Road utilising the Tranche 1 allocation of $2.52m.
The operating model for the community facility would be determined separately.
– Option 3 | Straight acceptance of Crossways proposal
Under this option Council staff would receive delegation to directly progress a lease with Crossways Church who are proposing tofund and manage a replacement Community Facility at 10 Shirley Road.
– Option 4 | Do not rebuild a replacement facility at 10 Shirley Road.
Under this option no replacement facility would be established on 10 Shirley Road. The $2.52m of funding allocated in Tranche 1 would either be used to establish a Shirley Facility on an alternate site or returned to the fund for allocation elsewhere as appropriate.
Attachment to Clause 9 Includes:
– Report from John Filsell/Recreation and Sports Manager/Recreation and Sports Unit/Christchurch City Council, from the Community Meeting on 30 April 2015.
– Shirley Community Centre Feedback, 3 pages long.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2015/08/SPCB_19082015_AGN.PDF

– 19 August 2015
Part A – Matters Requiring a Council Decision
1. Shirley Community Facility Rebuild – 10 Shirley Road
The Board considered a report seeking its recommendation to the Council for the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the open market inviting proposals for the development and operation of a Community Centre or similar at 10 Shirley Road, the site of the former Shirley Community Centre.
Staff Recommendation
That the Shirley/Papanui Community Board recommend to the Council that it instruct Council Officers to prepare and release a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the open market inviting proposals
for the development and operation of a Community Centre or similar at 10 Shirley Road.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2015/08/SPCB_19082015_MIN.PDF

2016

– 19 July 2016
“The rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre has stalled after a private funding plan was rejected.
The Crossway Community Church proposed to the Shirley-Papanui Community Board that a collaboration between the church and the city council be used to fund and maintain the new centre.
The church would have invested $2.5m to the new centre and the city council $1.5m.”
– Link: https://issuu.com/the.star/docs/116201na

– 31 August 2016
“The Council has allocated funding of $2.57 million to cover the capital costs of the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre. This project is in Tranche 1 of the Community Facilities Rebuild Programme.
Information from the Project Manager indicates a timeframe of around 18-24 months from approval of the concept design through to the opening of the new facility plus the time needed for the consultation process.
‘Soft’ consultation with the Shirley community by the Shirley/Papanui Community Development Advisers regarding the rebuild of a facility in Shirley has already started and will continue until 17 November to be followed by a community conversation.
The Board wishes to proceed with this project and suggests that a process similar to that put in place for the rebuild of the St Albans Community Centre be followed.”
Shirley/Papanui Community Board Agenda | 8. Shirley/Papanui Community Board Area Update | 2.2 Shirley Community Centre Rebuild
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2016/08/SPCB_20160831_AGN_689_AT.htm

– 31 August 2016
“Funding of $2.57 million has been made available in the Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan in the 2016/17 financial year for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre.
The Shirley/Papanui Community Board (to become the Papanui/Innes Community Board in October 2016) have identified this as a priority project and have instructed officers to begin this project in the 2016/2017 financial year to allow construction in the 2017/2018 financial year.
The Board are the decision makers to the project under delegated authority from the Council and as such, will make decisions in an end-to-end process including the scope, design, funding, construction and management of the facility.
The Shirley Community Facility Working Party will provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure that any community facilities built in Shirley and funded by the Council meet the needs of the Shirley Community.
The Shirley Community Facility Working Party will be formed by the Papanui/Innes Community Board in the upcoming electoral term with a membership of Community Board members, community representatives and Christchurch City Council staff.
Draft includes: The role of the Working Party, Term, Membership, Role of CCC Staff, Responsibilities, Ways of Working, Community Board, Administration, Role of the Independent Chairperson.”
Shirley/Papanui Community Board Agenda | 8. Shirley/Papanui Community Board Area Update | 2.2 Shirley Community Centre Rebuild | Attachment A | Page 54 | Draft Terms of Reference: Shirley Community Facility
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2016/08/SPCB_20160831_AGN_689_AT.htm

– 8 September 2016
“Item 12 – Proposed Shirley Community Centre Rebuild Request for Delegated Authority” Christchurch City Council Video
– Link: http://councillive.ccc.govt.nz/video/6510

– 26 October 2016
“Another project waiting to get off the ground is the Shirley Community Centre. Demolished in 2012, the rebuild of the $2.57m facility is still early in the consultation process.
He said engaging with the community board was the next step for the long-awaited facility.”
– Link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/85262786/community-centre-builds-delayed

– 15 November 2016
“Planning for this project has started. Council has approved delegated authority to the Papanui-Innes Community Board for decision-making around this project.
Information obtained from previous community consultation will be analysed and a community meeting held to obtain further information on the use of the facility.”
Papanui-Innes Community Board Agenda | 7.1.1 Matter – Shirley Community Centre Rebuild
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2016/11/PICB_20161115_AGN_1195_AT_WEB.htm

– 15 November 2016
“A community meeting is planned for Thursday 17 November, 6-8pm at the Shirley Intermediate School Hall. The Community will be asked ‘What would you like to do at the new centre?’ This is the start of a partnership with the community to provide a new community centre. At the next Board meeting the Board will be asked to form a working party, similar to the St Albans Working Party concept, to progress the design of the new community centre and to approve a terms of reference for this working party.”
Papanui-Innes Community Board Agenda | 10.2.2 Shirley Community Centre Rebuild
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2016/11/PICB_20161115_AGN_1195_AT_WEB.htm

– 9 December 2016
15. Papanui-Innes Community Board Area Update
15.1 10 Shirley Road Community Facility Rebuild
Community Board Resolved PICB/2016/00044
Part C
The Papanui-Innes Community Board resolved to:
1. Approve the recommendation that the site of the new permanent Shirley Community Centre be confirmed as the existing site (10 Shirley Road).
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2016/12/PICB_20161209_MIN_1197.htm

2017

– November 2017
“The psychosocial impacts of the earthquakes have been felt heavily by east Christchurch communities. Over the years since the earthquakes, east Christchurch residents have experienced many stressors including protracted insurance negotiations and repair and rebuild processes, making decisions to accept the Crown offer to purchase their red zoned property, school closures, and living day-to-day in a visibly damaged and depopulated environment.
These stressors have led to poorer mental health outcomes for some residents, with particularly concerning evidence of mental health and wellbeing impacts for young people in east Christchurch emerging in the seventh year of recovery.
Community connections have been tested by significant upheaval, depopulation and uncertainty.
The loss and damage to community facilities, local shopping hubs, and the transport networks linking communities with each other, with the rest of the city, and with the natural environment has created further challenges for communities trying to retain their sense of connection and identity.
This Community Profile shows that east Christchurch needs employment opportunities, affordable housing, safer families and safer communities.
East Christchurch communities have identified that they need places to gather, transport linkages between communities and the rest of the city, better protection from present and future hazards and climate change and restoration of the natural environment that provides strong identity and amenity value.
The major industries employing people living in the areas surrounding the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor were construction, manufacturing, retail and healthcare. In the years following the earthquakes, the construction industry grew significantly and by mid-2015 it accounted for 15 percent of all employment in Christchurch.
However, Canterbury Development Corporation reports that activity has begun to taper off and new opportunities will therefore be required to provide ongoing employment for many east Christchurch residents.
In 2011, Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman advised that the psychosocial impacts of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes would vary across the population with up to 10 percent of people likely to experience psychological distress requiring professional help. He identified two factors as key to psychosocial recovery: community empowerment and engagement to encourage a sense of self-efficacy, the restoration of social connectedness to ensure long term recovery.
Evidence gathered since 2010 has shown that significant numbers of Christchurch residents have experienced decreased quality of life and weakened levels of social connectedness with impacts on mental health and wellbeing.”
“Community Needs Profile for East Christchurch | Regenerate Christchurch”
– Link: https://engage.regeneratechristchurch.nz/25752/documents/55619

– November 2017
“Christchurch City Council | Strong communities:
Strong sense of community, Active participation in civic life, Safe and healthy communities, Celebration of our identity through arts/culture/heritage and sport, Valuing the voices of children and young.”
“Papanui-Innes Community Board | Community Outcomes and Priorities:
We support active participation in our communities.
Strategies to reduce poverty and to improve wellbeing for families and others.
A range of social and recreational initiatives which build and develop community wellbeing and connectedness are provided and supported.
All work is culturally inclusive and diversity is supported.
Young people and older adults are supported.
Partnerships are created and strengthened with community organisations.
Disability access is considered across all projects.
Fostering the development of leadership skills particularly in children and youth.”
Papanui-Innes Community Board Plan 2017-2019
– Link: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/The-Council/Community-Boards/Plans/Papanui-Innes-Community-Board-Plan.pdf

– 8 November 2017
“$125k fast-tracked to move building and keep community ‘goodwill’. The money will go towards a shortfall in shifting the transitional St Albans Community Centre from Colombo St to MacFarlane Park where it will be used by Shirley residents. A city council report said it was initially estimated $100,000 would be needed to move the building but more detailed planning has revealed it would cost $225,000. Cr Cotter confirmed Lions intended to gift the building to the city council next year.
For the past four years, the Papanui-Innes Community Board and the Shirley Community Trust have been seeking a solution to the lack of a facility in the Shirley area.”
– Link: https://www.star.kiwi/2017/11/125k-fast-tracked-move-building-keep-community-goodwill/

2018

– February 2018
“Shirley Community Centre, Community Facilities. The capital budget for this project is being considered as part of the Long Term Plan process. Consequently, the project will not be reported upon until funding is made available or the project is cancelled. Target Start Date: 1 July 2019.”
– Link: https://ccc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/The-Rebuild/About-the-Rebuild/Social-Community-Development-and-Housing-Committee-Community-Facilities-Rebuild-and-Heritage-bimonthly-report-February-2018.pdf

– 9 February 2018
“She (Pauline Cotter) said the facility (St Albans Community Centre) was “bigger and better” than before and while the Shirley Community Centre rebuild was on the “back burner”, it would be serving that community as well.
When it is completed the new St Albans Community Centre will include a large hall with sprung floor, a recreation room, two small meeting rooms, a multi-media room, an office, kitchen and toilets.
The operation of the St Albans Community Centre was temporarily moved from Colombo St to the St Albans Tennis Club on Dover St on Thursday as its building is being moved to MacFarlane Park (Shirley).
The community centre will operate from the tennis club until the new facility is built.”
– Link: https://www.star.kiwi/2018/02/objection-delays-community-centre-rebuild/

– 23 February 2018
5. Significant Community Issues, Events and Projects in the Board Area
5.6 10 Shirley Road
“Local community board staff are developing a localised research project on what the community currently have and what they would like. Staff will come back to the Board with the results in the coming months to ascertain the Board’s thoughts around the future of this site.”
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/02/PICB_20180223_AGN_2429_AT.PDF

– 1 March 2018
“The Lions Clubs International Foundation originally provided the building as a temporary replacement for the earthquake-damaged St Albans community centre, but it gave the go ahead for the building to be moved from Colombo Street to MacFarlane Park (Shirley).
A new permanent centre is planned for the Colombo Street site so the temporary facility is no longer needed in that location.
The new facility should be ready for use as the MacFarlane Park Community Centre (Shirley) by the end of June.
The 125sq m building will be managed by the Shirley Community Trust, which will make it available to local organisations, including sports clubs and church groups.”
– Link: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/newsline/show/2379

– 9 March 2018
12. Papanui-Innes Community Board Area Report – February 2018
12.2 Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan (LTP)
The Chair and Deputy Chair will request a meeting with the Chief Executive to discuss the information provided and the deferment of funding for the Shirley Community Centre at 10 Shirley Road.
13. Elected Members’ Information Exchange
13.2 10 Shirley Road
Members requested that funding for a community centre at 10 Shirley Road be brought forward in the LTP and that staff review the community facilities available in that area.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/03/PICB_20180323_AGN_2431_AT_WEB.htm

– 23 March 2018
9. Papanui-Innes Community Board Area Report, March 2018
4.3.5 10 Shirley Road
Staff have held meetings with St Johns Church, St Stephens Church, Shirley Primary, Helen Anderson Trust, Santa Clauses workshop, Shirley Intermediate, C3 and Kids Club around what they see the needs this community to be. We are still arranging meetings with past tenants of 10 Shirley road, and those individuals that have engaged through past communications about this project.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/03/PICB_20180323_AGN_2431_AT_WEB.htm

– 3 April 2018
“The Papanui-Innes Community Board has taken the rare step of starting a petition to fight the city council over funding.
It comes after the city council removed funding for the centre planned for Shirley Rd, near the intersection with Hills Rd.
The removal of funding prompted community board chairwoman Ali Jones to threaten to stand down, citing it as her ‘die in the ditch’ project.
‘One of the roles of a community board is to represent and act as advocate for the interests of its community and this is what we are doing. The LTP and annual plans are all about lobbying the council.’
Innes Ward city councillor Pauline Cotter said she was fully behind the board and its petition.
‘We’ve got a really proactive board that goes out to the community . . . and gets people talking, asks them what they want to see in their neighbourhoods,’ she said.”
– Link: https://www.star.kiwi/2018/04/community-boards-rare-move-to-start-a-petition-over-city-council-frunding/

– 13 April 2018
4.3 Community Facilities (updates and future plans)
4.3.5 10 Shirley Road
Local staff have engaged with all those members of the community who have been involved with 10 Shirley Road since this building was lost to this community.
A survey has been completed with those members on what they would envisage being placed on 10 Shirley Road in the future and staff are now engaging with the wider community around future proofing this site moving forward. This is being done to ensure that staff are also meeting with all members of the community that we possibly have not engaged with in the past.
A petition requesting the inclusion of funding for 10 Shirley Road back into the Long Term Plan has obtained over 200 signatures to date.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/04/PICB_20180413_AGN_2432_AT.PDF

– 27 April 2018
4. Public Forum
4.3 10 Shirley Road – Don and Joanna Gould
Don and Joanna Gould addressed the Board regarding their ideas for a replacement community facility on the 10 Shirley Road site.
After questions from members, the Chairperson thanked Don and Joanna Gould for their presentation.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/04/PICB_20180427_MIN_2433_AT.PDF

– 27 April 2018
10. Papanui-Innes Community Board Area Report – April 2018
4.3 Community Facilities (updates and future plans)
4.3.5 10 Shirley Road
The Board included a request for the reinstatement of funding to begin consultation and design for a community facility into the 2018/19 financial year as part of its submission to the Christchurch City Council Draft Long Term Plan.
Survey of residents is continuing and there is strong community engagement around this.
– Link: http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/04/PICB_20180427_AGN_2433_AT_WEB.htm

– 30 April 2018
“An east Christchurch suburb overlooked since the earthquakes is close to breaking point, community leaders say.
Papanui Innes Community Board chairwoman Ali Jones told a council submissions hearing on Monday Shirley was in dire need of new community facilities, but had been largely left out of the Christchurch City Council’s draft 10-year budget.
Jones asked for $153,000 to be put back into the budget to begin consultation and design work on a new facility.
‘The community is close to breaking point. They need a place to meet, to gather, to mend.’
There are eight schools in Shirley and 65 per cent of residents are families with children. About 21 per cent of the population is between 0 to 15, compared to the city average of 17.8 per cent.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said reinstating a community centre in Shirley would have to be weighed up against all the other challenges facing the city.
‘You do need to take a city view when you sit around this table. You can’t take a ward by ward view.’
‘We have to work out ways of making sure we have enough money on budget to do what is absolutely core critical across the city.'”
– Link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/103484014/christchurch-suburb-overlooked-since-the-earthquakes-community-leaders-say

– 4 May 2018
“Is Shirley Christchurch’s forgotten suburb?
For years Shirley residents have watched as millions of dollars have been poured into other Christchurch suburbs to build community centres, new swimming pools and libraries.
Shirley’s much-loved and used community centre on Shirley Rd was demolished following the 2010-11 earthquakes and Christchurch City Council has no plans to rebuild it in the next 10 years.
Shirley residents acknowledge their area was not as badly damaged as others in the earthquakes, and are not saying other areas do not deserve new facilities. They just want their community centre rebuilt and their footpaths and roads fixed.
There are eight schools either in or very nearby. One of the three schools bearing the suburb’s name will move to Burwood and it is taking its zone with it. Shirley has been entirely left out of the school’s new zone. Roughly half the suburb is inside the existing zone.
There is anger in the community about this and some feel “abandoned” after supporting the broken schools through the post-quake years.
The community is fighting back over the school zone and the council’s unwillingness to replace its community centre.”
– Link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/103563627/is-shirley-christchurchs-forgotten-suburb

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