Riccarton Community Hub

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

Election Candidates

John McNeil

The Wigram electorate -- which includes Riccarton -- is currently represented by Labour's Megan Woods, who won comfortably in the last election with a margin of 4,594. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Wigram's party votes by a slim margin – 41.4% to National's 41.2%. Before Ms Woods, the seat was held by Jim Anderton of the Alliance and Progressive parties. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate now includes an area south of Hornby and Aidanfield, and no longer includes the Avonhead area.

Each voter has two votes in the election. The first is for the candidate you want to represent you in parliament. The second vote is for the party you would prefer to form the government. Not all parties have a candidate standing in the Wigram electorate. However, even if it has no candidate here, you can still vote for a party in your second vote.

Following is a list of parties and their Wigram candidates (if there is one).

Elections: Voting Information

John McNeil

This year's general election will be held on Saturday, 17th October.

You can do advance voting at:

Westfield Mall

Sat 3 Oct 9am–6pm
Sun 4 Oct 10am–6pm
Mon 5 Oct–Wed 7 Oct 9am–6pm
Thu 8 Oct–Fri 9 Oct 9am–9pm
Sat 10 Oct 9am–6pm
Sun 11 Oct 10am–6pm
Mon 12 Oct–Wed 14 Oct 9am–6pm
Thu 15 Oct 9am–9pm
Fri 16 Oct 9am–5pm

Rārākau: Riccarton Community Centre

Sat 3 Oct - Sun 4 Oct, 10am – 6pm
Mon 5 Oct - Fri 9 Oct, 9am - 5pm
Sat 10 Oct - Sun 11 Oct, 10am - 6pm
Mon 12 Oct - Fri 16 Oct, 9am – 5pm

Wharenui School Hall

Sat 10 Oct – Sun 11 Oct, 9am-6pm

On Voting Day, 17 October,

All polling places will be open 9am-7pm
Westfield Mall, Level 2
Rarakau: Riccarton Community Centre
Wharenui School Hall
St Ninian's Presbyterian Church Hall, 5 Puriri Street


Two referendums are being held in conjunction with the election:

1. Whether euthanasia should be made legal; and
2. whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal.

For information on the referendums, you can visit the Government Election site https://www.referendums.govt.nz/

There is a quiz on the Cannabis Referendum at https://www.thedrugtest.nz/?fbclid=IwAR3reReMfBGlQSpUKzw98tlsIjZTGyDcyp2JwTgGbMsx9zNLtQGwMzUCH4Q

There is a quiz on End of Life Act (euthanasia) at https://www.votesafe.nz/?fbclid=IwAR1K1h7vylwfb_fnqovHilaXkLtM4A5H8O1VWY7nOdWzDfct_qO_9A1CB_s


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Rārākau: Riccarton Centre,
199 Clarence Street
11am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm



Come along to ROAR and find out information on a variety of groups and services
See below for programme information

Increased housing density putting squeeze on Riccarton parking

The government has made a directive to increase housing density, which the Christchurch City Council is considering challenging, despite the prospect of a hard battle.

A member of the Hornby-Halswell-Riccarton Community Board, Helen Broughton, has been fighting for years to reduce the density, particularly in Riccarton.


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Want to start a new hobby or sport? How about joining a new group?
Come along to ROAR and find out information on a variety of services.
There will also be food, performances and activities.