Dear Members

CanCERN is off to the CCC ‘Building Resilient Communities’ seminar tomorrow morning which will be a good opportunity to hear from our new Mayor. We have also been invited to the public briefing being hosted by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Minister Gerry Brownlee next week. It’s great these briefings are being held although how the invite list for the briefing was chosen would be an interesting question to ask. We have yet to hear of another group from the community actually receiving an invite other than via the ballot. CanCERN takes our stakeholder responsibility seriously though and will be taking good notes which we aim to have summarised and available in next week’s newsletter.

Spring fever hits the east side again with the second annual Spring River Festival taking place tomorrow,  Saturday 2 November!

The festival promises something for all ages and is organised by Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON), the group advocating for the Avon River red zone to become a river park and reserve.

 This year the festival will follow the journey of the specially-carved waka huia as it makes its way downstream.

 Starting at Cambridge Green with an early morning river walk it will arrive by waka at Kerrs Reach for the grand opening by new Mayor Lianne Dalziel at 9:30am.  A multi-code regatta will then get underway with dragon boats, waka, rowing boats and kayaks all competing in handicapped racing to win the coveted Spring River Challenge Trophy.

 At mid day the festivities will travel further down river to arrive at Owles Terrace and then into New Brighton by foot accompanied by the Natural Magic Ukulele Pirates!

 By this stage New Brighton will be buzzing with excitement and colour! The carnival and market will be in full swing, with sand-painting on the beach and a kite fest and skate-fest to keep us entertained. Once the pirate band arrives it will take the stage to kick off the free family concert on the waterfront green at 1pm.  Among the many acts are headliners Stone Cold Chillers and One Drop Nation.

 Meanwhile at 2pm out on the water there will be a Stand Up Paddle Board race around the pier.  In the evening the Pierside will host a concert to keep things rocking (cover charge applies).

 “Its time to celebrate the potential of the lower Avon-Otakaro as the playground of the city!” says Evan Smith Co-Chair of AvON.  “Lets recognise the importance of the river to the life of the city and restore it to its natural health.”

 Information stalls at the New Brighton market include ones by Environment Canterbury on the Natural Environment Recovery Plan, and by Forest and Bird, Coastal Pathway and of course AvON.

 The festival has received generous sponsorship from Canterbury Community Trust and from Wainoni Pak’nSave and Stanmore New World.

 See the full programme at

Have a great week.

Kia Kaha Everyone.

The CanCERN Team