Waimakariri Sustainable Living Info

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Welcome to the information page for Waimakariri District in North Canterbury (updated 2019). The Council is a subscriber to Sustainable Living, your free learning source for Future Living Skills. Register at this site from your Waimakariri address to get access to the new learning guides for individual and group study.

Local information links below are grouped under the same eight topics - no need to register first to use the links below. Local phone enquiries to Rhys Taylor at 03 693 8726 or by email to Lesley Ottey ( rethink@ecoeducate.co.nz )

Gardens & backyards – for food and for nature


Kaiapoi Food Forest , Council backed, is now open, corner of Cass and Meadows Streets. See photo above

Kaiapoi Community Garden, 48-52 Hilton Street, by Borough School. Open Wednesdays 10am to 2pm in summer and 11am to 1pm in winter. Contact Mandy Griener 03 327 2821.  Include skills workshops (e.g. bread making, preserving, cooking).

Rangiora Community Garden, opposite 101 East Belt.  Tues to Fri from 10am to 2pm Ph. 313 9438 or email mheerink@xtra.co.nz  This is run by the Hope Community Trust, and is also a part of the Fruit and Vege Co-op which provides $15 fruit and veg boxes once a week - by arrangement: more info on Facebook page


Satisfy Food Rescue is a charitable trust that runs a food rescue system out of the Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust offices at 116 Williams St, Kaiapoi. They rescue food from supermarkets and cafes, and supply it to 13 North Canterbury support organisations & food banks. email satisfyfoodrescue@outlook.com or phone 027 951 6052 Facebook page

LEARN MORE about organic food growing using our Sustainable Living Learning Guide (once you’re registered)  

The Menz Sheds are allies of community gardens, helping with construction and projects: Kaiapoi is in Dale Street, Kaiapoi. Behind Patience and Nicholson. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am to 1pm. Contact: Paul Grenier 03 327 2821.

Rangiora operating out of the Rangiora A&P Show Grounds in Ashley St, Rangiora. Contacts: Ian Stephenson 03 313 5992 or Peter Cornelius 03 3 13 6501

McIver's Oxford Community Men's Shed is in Pearson Park Oval, Oxford (access off Dohrmans Rd). Open Tues 7pm to 9pm, Thu & Sat 10am to 2pm. Contact the Secretary C/- 2 Campbell Lane Oxford 7430 or email oxfordcommunitymensshed@gmail.com

Food choices - the critical consumer

Explore the option of buying less-travelled food, direct from the producers:

Farmers Market at Ohoka Domain, cnr Mill and White’s Rd,  Fridays 9 to 12.30, all year.  Also here

Kaiapoi Farmers Market, Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles St.  Saturdays 9 to 12.  

Oxford Farmers Market, Main Street, Sunday mornings.

If you occasionally take food prepared at home to sell or barter or if prodicing food commercially you have regulations to meet.

LEARN MORE about consumer food choices using our Sustainable Living Learning Guide on Food (once you’re registered)

Minimising waste in Waimakariri

Council reducing your waste info.   Info on current WDC kerbside collections & recycling.  Info on the new wheelie bins service.

Businesses encouraged to do a waste audit with Target Sustainability; your Council can help meet costs!  A recycling directory for businesses in and near Christchurch may help.

Hazardous chemicals on the farm (ECan page)

Read more on reducing and avoiding waste - see the free NZ website One Planet

Burning restrictions  on outdoor rubbish and garden waste in residential areas.

LEARN MORE about minimising waste using our Sustainable Living Learning Guide (once you’re registered)


Resilience: Civil Defence and Emergency Management

What natural hazards do we face here? (ECan page)

Climate change (ECan page) 

Get ready and get thru (prepare for surviving first three days after a natural disaster, or getting out safely)

LEARN MORE about community resilience using our Sustainable Living Learning Guide (once you’re registered)

Building work, for warm and dry homes (and cleaner air)

What do you want to build?

New Home?  - free guide (from CCC website) for energy efficient new build and repair.

Subsidies. Environment Canterbury has partnered with Waimakariri District Council to provide extra financial assistance to Kaiapoi homeowners.  Note, this is a limited offer.  If you own your own home, you can get $850 towards an approved heat pump or gas heater, when an existing open fire or solid fuel burner is the main source of heating in the living area and it will be decommissioned; and the home must be in the Kaiapoi Clean Air Zone 1 and be built before 2000; also home insulation must be brought up to EECA standard (up to 60% subsidy is available on that). Call one of these approved service providers to check if offer still available, get details and a free assessment:  Heat & Home Kaiapoi — 327 4813 (Vaughan)  , or Community Energy Action — 0800 438 9276, or AirCon NZ — 0800 161 162

Night air pollution in Canterbury (ECan page)

Guide to selecting & storing wood suitable for wood-stoves. 

ECan alphabetical list of clean air authorised solid-fuel burners (wood and pellet). 

LEARN MORE about eco-building and reducing power bills using two of our Sustainable Living Learning Guides (once you’re registered)

Energy efficiency

The section above covers much of this topic - on renovations or new build, but there is plenty you can do to make an existing home warmer and drier, and reduce winter power bills.  See the Sustainable Living Energy learning guide to learn more.

Energywise- warmer Kiwi Homes Programme.

Community Energy Action 0800 GETWARM can provice energy audits and free curtains for low-income households.

Financial assistance on insulation and improving home heating with clean-air options (Ecan page)


Water use and our impacts on rivers

District Council water supply info, and more info here.

Beach & river water quality  (map for locations here)

Air, water and land pollution-your reporting 24hr hotline.  0800 765588.   (you can also use Snap send solve app on phones)

LEARN MORE about water using our Sustainable Living Learning Guide (once you’re registered)

Getting around Waimakariri

Christchurch roadworks locations and district roads map.

District and Region roles in public transport.

Metro bus maps and timetables.

Advocacy for  rail commuter link from Waipara via Rangiora & Kaiapoi to Christchurch (facebook page).

‘Total mobility’ door to door subsidised transport info (Ridewise).  Eligible users have photo-id cards or vouchers from ECan. Download PDF guide to this scheme here

Airport & Christchurch links, door to door. SuperShuttle.

Walking in Waimakariri –includes walking maps for Kaiapoi, Oxford and Woodend.

Places & Events to visit in District: Visit Waimakariri.

LEARN MORE about lower carbon travel options using our Sustainable Living Learning Guide (once you’re registered) 

Extra information sources

Library on-line catalogue search.  (A new user? Library search tips available here.)

Community organisation directories and info for new residents

Business & organisation listings for Kaiapoi

TimeXchange Waimakariri. (the time bank coordinator, Kate, is based at Kaiapoi Mon & Weds, and Rangiora Tues & Thurs morning 0221 635 199)

Biodiversity fund for rural planting, fencing, habitat enhancement (ECan)

Citizens Advice Bureau info search.  The nearest CAB to visit or phone is  at 141 Percival Street, Rangiora,  Mon to Fri 9am to 4.30pm  03 313 8822 

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Tip: After you 'Get Thru'?
What would you do in the weeks after a pandemic, flood or earthquake’s disruption? Practical skills offered in our Community Resilience guide.