Riccarton Community Hub

What's happening in Riccarton, and where to find it

English lessons

English classes for newcomers to New Zealand are offered by a number of groups in the Riccarton area. Some require a fee, while others are free. Contact each group to find out more details. 

Following is a list of those currently available: 

Oak Development Trust
Weekly classes on Friday mornings, 10.00am - 12.00pm, during term time; for migrants, particularly those without permanent residency. There are classes for beginners, new learners and for those with intermediate to advanced English. Child minding is provided. A donation of $5 per lesson is requested, which includes morning tea.
Riccarton Baptist Church
80 Rattray St, Riccarton.
Contact: Chang Hun
Phone: 960 6878 / 021 1455 8062

Canterbury College
English language school (registered with NZQA, MOE and TEC).
Meeting Times: Open all year, except 2 weeks break Christmas/New Year
145 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
Contact: Mr David Pepperle, Manager
Phone: 365 1920

English Language Partners
English Language Partners provide a wide variety of English lessons. Classes are free for people with a residency visa. People without a residency visa pay $50 per term.
Residents can also have a volunteer home tutor, providing a lesson of one hour per week in your own home.
There is an ESOL intensive class, for residents/citizens, that focuses on English for everyday life in New Zealand. This is 18 hours per week for 15 weeks.
English for employees is for residents/citizens who are working and who have less than 80 NZQA credits.
Classes in Riccarton:
Elementary-Lower Intermediate, Mondays, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Intermediate, Tuesdays, 10.00am-12.00pm
High Intermediate, Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00pm, Riccarton
Beginners, Fridays, 10.00am-12.00pm
Bi-lingual for Chinese beginners, Fridays, 10.00am-12.00pm (bilingual teacher)
To find out how to join a class, contact 377-3141, or email

Rewi Alley Academy
Rewi Alley Academy is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) accredited private tertiary institution.
It offers NZQA and TEC accredited English language courses to international students and immigrants to New Zealand. Examination preparation classes prepare student for the internationally-recognised General IELTS and Academic IELTS examinations.
Courses: General English; Listening and speaking in English; Exam preparation; English for migrants; Group programmes; After-school English tuition for high school students. Many of the courses are in 20-week semesters.
Phone for more information on fees and how to join a class.
32A Matipo Street, Riccarton
Phone: (03) 343 0136

Risingholme Community Centre
Reading and writing focus for ESOL IELTS Level 3
This course focuses on reading and writing skills only and does not cover speaking or listening. Classes are held at Riccarton High School.
More information at www.risingholme.org.nz/Courses/Riccarton-High/ESOL-IELTS-Level-3/
ESOL Business English - Level 2 to 3 (intermediate)
This class aims to give intermediate-advanced students the language and confidence to use English in a wide range of business and social situations.
Fee: $70
Length: 8 weeks/16 hours
Location: Riccarton High School.
More information: https://www.risingholme.org.nz/Courses/Riccarton-High/ESOL-Business-English-Intermediate/

St Peter's English conversation class
Meets every Friday during school term time at Petersgate, 22 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, from 4 pm until 6 pm.
A group of tutors from St. Peter’s congregation present lessons designed to assist migrants with life in New Zealand.  The class is free and all are welcome.
Phone (03) 348 5653

South West English Classes
We offer English classes at a beginner level and above – all cultures and levels are welcome! Come along for an enjoyable morning with friendly, trained ESOL teachers, to learn and practice your English skills. Classes meet during school term time. The cost is $4 per class, which includes morning tea.
Halswell English
Location: Te Hapua – Halswell Library (Hao Room) - 341 Halswell Road
Time: Tuesdays 9.00am -11.00am *Please note the day change.
Contact: Helen 322 8843
Wigram English
Location: Cadet Forces Rooms - 43 Corsair Drive, Wigram. *Please note location change
Time: Thursdays 9.00am – 11.00am
Contact: Sally 978 0548

Upper Riccarton Library
The Upper Riccarton Library has started a new free weekly group for anyone wanting to practice conversational English. It’s on from 11am to 12pm, Thursdays, at 71 Main South Road.

A registered and accredited private training establishment, PEETO is a multicultural learning centre providing ESOL training services to learners from more than 60 nationalities since 1991. (NOTE: PEETO has been bought by Wilkinsons English Language School and has now moved from Rattray St, Riccarton, to new premises at 20 Twigger Street, Addington.)
Phone: 343-2890

Exercise Class, St Peter's Anglican

Held in the Parish Hall every Tuesday from 9.30 am until 10.30 am, followed by a cuppa. The roll is full at the present time but if you wish to join you may put your name on the waiting list.

St Peter's Anglican Church
22 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton,
Christchurch, 8042

Phone (03) 348 5653

Falls Prevention Classes

Thursdays, 9.30am at Kauri Lodge
14 Riccarton Rd.
Cost: Gold coin donation

Contact: Angela
Phone: 348 0274

Food Together Riccarton

A city-wide network providing fruit and vegetables. Available Wednesday mornings (9am-12pm).

Contact: Helen
Phone: 021 255 5200

Forensics Club

The Forensic Club's object is “the practice of public speaking, and the education of its members by debates...”
Meeting Times: Thursday, 7.30pm: normally weekly in April and September, fortnightly between.
1 Puriri Street, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041

Contact: Rodger Lane, Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 352-8174


Fruit & Vegetable Co-operative

48 Elizabeth St
Christchurch 8041

Every Wednesday, 9am-12pm

Ph. Helen at 021 255 5200

Funtime Playgroup

A playgroup for pre-school children and parents, at Riccarton Community Church, 44 Elizabeth St, Riccarton.

Funtime meets 10am-11.30am each Tuesday during school term.

Contact: Lucy
Phone: 343 0799

Gentle Exercise Group

St Ninians Presbyterian Church
9 Puriri St, Riccarton

Contact: Russell Graham Fitness
Phone: 027 437 6417.

Good Companions Social Club

Old time sequence dancing. Tuesday, 7.15-10.15pm.

Temporarily at Wharenui Primary School Hall, 32 Matipo Street, Christchurch 8041

Contact: Mrs Lois Gemmell, Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 384-8655

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board

Contact: Peter Dow, Christchurch City Council