Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board

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The Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board hold regular meetings that you’re welcome to attend. Anyone can ask to speak to the board about a local issue, activity or project. 

The board's main roles are to:

  • Represent and act as an advocate for the interests of our community.
  • Consider and report on all matters referred to us by the council, or any matter of interest to the board.
  • Maintain an overview of services provided by the council within the community.
  • Communicate with community organisations and special interest groups within the community.

The Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board generally meets in the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Boardroom at 180 Smith Street, on the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month at 3.30pm and 9am respectively.

These meetings are open to the public. 

If you would like to speak at a board meeting, please contact the Community Board Advisor on 03 941 6601.

The Community Board offer grants to assist local groups to undertake small community projects.

Community spirit for Roimata Food Commons

Fruit trees in Woolston’s Radley Park

A desire to produce healthy, accessible food for his local community inspired Michael Reynolds to set up Roimata Food Commons.

The edible gardens were set up in 2017 with 34 fruit trees planted in Woolston’s Radley Park.

Today the gardens are well on the way to becoming a celebrated community food system, administered by a charitable trust made up of passionate people from across the city.

“We now have over 100 fruit trees, many other edible plants, as well as over 1000 native plants that have been added along the banks of Ōpāwaho,” Mr Reynolds says.

“We’re all devoted to the exploration of creating a localised food system that is ecologically regenerative for the community,” Reynolds says.

“Recent events have highlighted the importance of a secure food supply, as well as the ability of food to create opportunities for people to connect and share abundance.”

He says the development of the “community garden” space has been a vital step, and with the production of seasonal vegetables and perennial herbs, members of the community can harvest something from the garden almost any time.

Everyone is welcome to be part of the project, help grow nutritious food and make some new friends. Roimata hosts working groups on Wednesdays (10am to 12pm) and holds community events over the year, supported by funding from the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board.

The Board administers various funds to support the local community, with assistance available for community groups, sports teams and individual projects.

Find out more about community funding (external link)or email communitygrants@ccc.govt.nz for more information.

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Meet the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board

Your community board are your local representatives. We work to help meet your local needs, goals and aspirations.

Community Board member for the Linwood Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154
021 308 440

Community Board member for the Heathcote Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154
021 190 2645

About Darrell

How would your closest friends describe you?
I would like to think that they would describe me as being 'like a dog with a bone' meaning that I refuse to give up and that I will stand up for people. I also think that they would say that I do my best to ensure that decison-making is transparent and that I work towards ensuring that justice not only must be done but also be seen to be done.

What has been one of your most defining moments in life?
When my 19 year old daughter Julia, was diagnosed with cancer it changed everything. She is now 36 years old and in good health. The way I view 'life' now is completely different.

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon?
Hopefully relaxing and out walking with my wife Lee and, whenever possible, with our grandchildren.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I would love to learn to play a musical instrument. As a youngster and before I could really appreciate music, I learned to play the piano but gave up. The saxophone would be my choice of musical instrument to learn to play. Dream on! Much easier to listen to the accomplished experts at my age. The reality is that I am all fingers and thumbs and not in any way musically talented.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
Life's events reshape us and in the final analysis, the pursuit of possessions steals our energy and our time. I guess we all aspire to having possessions and I'm no different, as the possessions that create happiness and improve our lives are great. However, the older I get the more I find joy in new experiences (new places and meeting new people) and in trying to be 'better' rather than seeking more.

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table?
Because I want to repay a debt to society. Over the year in my life and career, people and the community have given so much. Life and living has been focused around providing for our family and developing my career. Now it's pay back time. My aim is to ensure that people are well represented and that Council is accountable to the wider community.

Community Board member for the Linwood Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154
027 473 2795

Jake McLellan

Councillor for the Central Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154
027 844 0296

Community Board member for the Central Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154

About Michelle

How would your closest friends describe you?
I'm a mother to six mostly grown up children - three beautiful daughters and three handsome sons, so I asked them how they would describe me. As well as being a very experienced human taxi, they described me as enthusiastic - from their point of view sometimes too enthusiastic; quirky - for example, my opinion that crocs are the best shoes ever invented, and a great scratching post - this one is from my seventh child, a Burmese cat called Camilla. 

What has been one of your most defining moments in life?
Being a mother has been what has defined me the most. Like so many others, I had a difficult childhood. Being a mother gave me the opportunity to create, I hope, the family life for my children that so many of us sadly don't have. 

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon? 
I'll probably be pottering around the house with Camilla following close behind. And there will be one of my kids on the other end of the phone, going through a blow by blow on our latest Netflix favourite or comparing notes with one of the girls on a recycled fashion find. 

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why?
I would love to learn Te Reo. It's beautiful language, and one that is an important part of our heritage. Unfortunately I don't have much of an ear for languages, but its resurgence means most of us have at least a little Te Reo we can use and understand. 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
My crocs (of course!), my coffee plunger, my phone, my bike and a beautiful Doris Lusk print I have hanging in pride of place. 

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table?
I grew up in Christchurch, and did my law degree here. I brought my children up mainly on the West Coast, but came back for my youngest to go to Hagley College. Community is everything to me. When I was a full-time mum, it could be hard to find my place and my value outside the traditional workforce. Connecting with my community gave me that place, and advocating for it made me appreciate the value I could add, especially with my legal skills. 

I have always been a determined community advocate, especially for the people who don't have a voice - some might say I'm like a dog with a bone - and I bring this to every meeting, and every community issue I work on. 

Sara Templeton

Councillor for the Heathcote Ward  

PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154 
021 036 7672 

Community Board member for the Central Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154
021 0243 5756

About Sunita

How would your closest friends describe you?
I asked my childhood best friend (from 25 years) to answer this question, and she replied:

"Sunita is a people person; she is an empathetic, compassionate, and caring individual. She has this unique ability to connect with people and become part of their lives. Sunita is a doer, self-assured, self-driven, and a great problem solver. Sunita's positive attitude and energy support her in making the most out of every situation, in a work environment, or outside of work. I believe these are some of her good qualities, as it keeps her motivated and focused. Most importantly, she is the one you can count on".

What has been one of your most defining moments in life?
The most defining moment of my life is becoming a mother, a Ph.D. qualification journey, and elected as a community board member. However, most dear to my heart is the journey; the learning I gained, the path I walked, and the people I met along is most significant. I see the world from the lens of a mother, a researcher, a teacher, and put people at the centremost of any decision making.   

Where are we most likely to find you on a Sunday afternoon?
Sunday's are mostly family, friends, and house workday. You will find me cooking, organising for the coming week, and spending time with friends and family.

What is a skill you'd like to learn, and why?
I aim to focus more on my fitness level, adapt a healthy routine, and establish measures to improve immunity. The most significant learning of the year 2020 is "Health is wealth." 

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. I believe Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. I look forward to the ongoing journey.

Why did you become a Community Board member, and what do you hope you can bring to the table?
My vision is to ensure Christchurch Central is where all the community members feel safe, valued, and have a sense of belonging. My diverse experience as a community worker, the Justice of the peace, a researcher, business lecturer/mentor, a marriage celebrant, wife, and a mother gives me the ability to recognise and respond to the community's needs and well-being. I bring to this role an open heart that listens to others and an open mind that accepts others' opinions to find ways to get the job done.

Community Board member for the Heathcote Ward

PO Box 73052, Christchurch 8154
03 384 9428 / 021 707 198

About Tim

After a career working at national and international level in science, business management, and business development, mostly with a Lincoln-based Crown Research Institute, I now enjoy very much applying the skills developed in those roles to help make our beautiful city a great place for all who live in it.

I am passionate about protecting the environment and making much better use of the stunning natural resources we have, creating new active transport and recreation alternatives through cycleways and walkways, and supporting the fantastic work of community groups, volunteers, and passionate individuals throughout our whole board area.

I am very concerned about the future impact of climate change and sea level rise on our city, and that we keep moving towards to a better future as our population expands and becomes more diverse.

As well as being a Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board member I serve on the boards of the Coastal Pathway Group, The Avon/Heathcote/Ihutai Estuary Trust, and on Te Tira Kāhikuhiku - the Red Zone transitional projects committee.

I can also be found at Lyttelton farmers market on Saturdays with my foodie wife Rose’s brainchild of ‘selling food as it should be’ and tramping the hills most Thursdays.


Yani Johanson

Councillor for the Linwood Ward

PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154
021 799 321