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

Riccarton Street blocked for cycleway

John McNeil

cycleway plan

Residents of the western end of Elizabeth Street have now been blocked permanently from driving into Wainui Street.

The permanent closure yesterday is part of work being carried out to build the South Express Cycleway, that will link Templeton to Christchurch. The only access to the western end of Elizabeth Street from now on will be from Centennial Avenue.

This street closure is one of a number of traffic changes that will have a significant impact on the surrounding area.

Surprise chairmanship move at Community Board

Mora BroughtonIn a surprise move, Mike Mora has been re-elected as chairman of the Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board.

Up to only a week or so ago, it was anticipated that Mr Mora would hand over the chairmanship to deputy chairman Andrei Moore. This was a move signalled by Mr Mora at the first meeting of the board following last year’s local body elections, when a resolution to that effect was passed.

 However, events were turned on their head at the board’s meeting last evening. When nominations were called for the position of chaiman, Mr Mora was the only name put forward. And member Helen Broughton was nominated and chosen for the position of deputy chairman, with Andrei Moore not standing.

Riccarton Community Day photos

Happy twins

Here's a selection of photos taken at the 2020 Riccarton Community Day, on 24 October, in perfect weather.

This year's event was unusual, as because of uncertainty of restrictions due to the Covid-19 response, it was decided to spread the activities across four locations. This did not dampen enthusiasm, however, and a great crowd enjoyed the day.

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).