Biketober Christchurch – ‘Get on ya bike New Brighton’

Biketober Christchurch – ‘Get on ya bike New Brighton’

The local Canterbury West Coast branch committee is supporting a collaborative community event this Sunday 11th October 10am – 2pm called ‘Get on ya bike New Brighton’ as part of the Christchurch-wide events for Biketober’s Festival of cycling. This is about promoting cycling in Christchurch but also helping communities to reimagine their urban spaces for all users and ages.


‘Get on ya bike’ includes TG committee members facilitating a group bike ride from the bus interchange to New Brighton along the Avon River trail, as well as some free family-friendly activities at New Brighton Mall. The event includes performances, fun activities, food, workshops and live music.


Please come along with your friends and family to support this event, and check out the other Biketober events.


If any TG members can help with the group bike ride from central city or facilitate activities in New Brighton Mall (including a bike decoration station and community mapping exercise), please contact Grace.


Supercharging Urban Development in Ōtautahi/Christchurch

Supercharging Urban Development in Ōtautahi/Christchurch

Te Pūtahi’s Occasional Series: Free Public Event

Monday 2 Nov // 6-7.30pm

Tūranga or Online (Zoom)

FREE – Register at Humanitix



Can we supercharge urban development to create Christchurch as a more affordable, low carbon, compact city? New requirements in our planning regulations aim to maximise the benefits of intensification by enabling more multi-storey housing and easier access to everyday places via public transport, on foot or by bike. But what exactly has changed and what could it mean for our urban and major suburban centres?

This event will introduce you to the new requirements and tools enacted by the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development and help us all understand what effect it might have in Ōtautahi and Greater Christchurch.

Five speakers will explain and explore the new requirements in a local context:

  • Jym Clark (Ministry for the Environment) provides an overview of the document and the vision for New Zealand’s cities
  • David Falconer (Christchurch City Council) explains the process the Council is required to follow to implement the changes
  • Duncan Whyte (NZ Planning Institute) explores what this might mean for Christchurch and the significance for other centres in our region
  • Architect Heather Blewett (Urban Design Forum) discusses the architectural possibilities and what urban intensification requires in terms of public space and other amenities
  • Axel Downard-Wilke (Transportation Group) throws light on the transportation implications and how to make a denser city accessible for all

This is an opportunity to consider what outcomes the policy aims to achieve, the challenges and opportunities, and to gauge public and professional reactions. All are welcome.

The event is being held in Tūranga and will also be available online via Zoom. Please register at Humanitix.


This event is part of Te Pūtahi’s Occasional Series and is made possible by the support of the Transportation Group, Urban Design Forum and NZ Planning Institute.


Image: New Zealand Government

Canterbury Branch Avon River Walk, AGM & End of Year Social

Please join us for the Canterbury Branch Avon River Walk, AGM & End of Year Social

Wednesday November 11 2020

Meet at 5:15pm at Firefighter’s Reserve (Southeast corner of Kilmore & Madras)

Or join us afterwards for the AGM/Social at Pomeroy’s Pub – new Tasting Room from 6:30pm.

We’ll walk leisurely and stop frequently to discuss best practice placemaking, urban design, transport outcomes of a section of this project in it’s iconic setting along the Avon River. The conversation will continue at the social at Pomeroy’s afterwards, kicked off by a quick branch AGM in Pomeroy’s new Tasting Room.


Please RSVP via this link, and please also indicate if you are interested in the brewery tour from 7pm.


UPDATE: The 2020 C-WC Branch Committee – Chairs Report and Treasurers Report is uploaded for your reading and hardcopies will be provided at the AGM, as well previous 2019 AGM Minutes and 2020 AGM Agenda.


Committee roles and AGM

Please also note that the Canterbury / West Coast branch is inviting nominations from TG members for branch committee roles – Chair, Vice-chair, Administrator, and two Committee members. For more information or to nominate yourself, please send a short bio and your expression of interest to by 5pm Friday 6 November.

Role Nominations Duties
Chair Open Organises, chairs monthly meetings

Annual report

Representative on national committee

General contact

Comms: social media, roundabout content

Vice-chair Open Chairs monthly meetings in lieu
Administrator Open Supports chair for monthly meetings, takes minutes

Comms: social media, roundabout content

Committee member Two open Attend min. 50% of monthly meetings to plan events

Event organisation (lead or support, typically one per year)

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