Riccarton Community Hub

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

Poem: What More Is There To Be Said?

A poem written by Muslim Sirwan Mohamadi -- an Iranian refugee -- two days after the Christchurch mosque tragedies.


What more is there to be said?
When women and children are among the dead?
What is going through your head?
Now that 50 and more could be dead?

Mosque Commemorations

March for loveA large number of planned vigils and events around Canterbury and New Zealand are being held over the next few days in commemoration of the massacres on 15 March. The main events in Christchurch are:

The Christchurch City Council also advises the following:

    • Environment Canterbury has announced it will provide free public transport for anyone wishing to attend the two community-led gatherings mentioned above, arranged for this weekend. Bus service will run to their usual timetables and we’re advising people to allow extra time for their journey.
    • A condolence book has been set up on the ground floor of the central library, Tūranga, where people can leave messages of support and sympathy. Tūranga is open from 8am until 8pm on weekdays, and from 10am until 5pm at weekends.
    • The Great Hall at the Arts Centre of Christchurch in Worcester Boulevard is open as a place of reflection and gathering. All are welcome.

Prayers at Connect Event

John McNeil

Connect prayers 3

Prayers to mark last Friday's tragic mosque massacres were said in four languages (Korean, Chinese, Maori and English) at the Connect Day at Harrington Park this afternoon. The short ceremony was part of the annual Connect Day, which brings together the incoming student intake at University and residents from the local community. There was also an opportunity to people attending to write short tributes and messages of support for the Muslim community.

New Filipino Play Group Starting in Riccarton


Supling Filipino Language and Culture Playgroup is starting on 5th of March. The playgroup will be open from 10.00-11.30am every Tuesday, at 80 Rattray St, Riccarton. There will be bilingual (Filipino and English) stories, songs, games and activities – all relating to Filipino culture. The playgroup is intended for children 0-5 years old, and enquiries can be made to Jo Atara-McKenzie, 021 115 1657.

See below for information in Tagalog.

Major Changes Proposed for 3 Riccarton Rd intersections

Ilam Middleton Riccarton intersection

The City Council is proposing major changes to three intersections on Riccarton Rd. The most extensive will be the intersection of Riccarton, Middleton and Ilam Roads.

Under the proposals, through traffic from Middleton Rd to Ilam Rd will be blocked. It will become a T intersection with only a left-hand turn out of Middleton Rd allowed, and a left turn from Riccarton Rd for vehicles travelling west.