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Prominent Cathedral Square site transformed

A prominent vacant site in Cathedral Square has been temporarily transformed into an urban park by its owner.
“The transformation that has occurred at 9 Cathedral Square is a great example of how vacant sites can be used to help support the city’s regeneration while waiting for permanent development to take place,’’ says Christchurch City Council’s Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage Carolyn Ingles.

“The site on the corner of Colombo and Hereford streets was previously uninviting, but now it is a welcoming, interesting space.’’

The site is owned by Surja Yang, of Emerald Development Limited.  He has worked in partnership with the Council on a low-cost makeover of the site so that it looks attractive and provides a pleasant space for Central City visitors, workers and residents  .

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September update: Selwyn Waihora Zone Delivery Lead

Hear from Selwyn Waihora Zone Delivery Lead Gill Jenkins, as she talks about sediment and stormwater in the zone and updates us on one of the many local projects underway.

Selwyn Waihora’s waterways have many precious species including kōwaro (Canterbury mudfish), tuna (eel) and pātiki (flounder), and it’s important to protect and enhance the waterways they live in.

Sediment is fine particles of soil that when it rains, flows through stormwater drains or down hillsides, into streams and rivers.

Stopping sediment from entering waterways is crucial, as sediment smothers fish habitat, makes it hard for them to see their food, and once it’s in the waterway, is extremely difficult to remove.

Sediment during development
In the Selwyn Waihora zone, earthworks near waterways and land developments pose some of the biggest risks when it comes to sediment in waterways.

Construction companies, land developers and their contractors have an obligation to make sure they mitigate the risk of sediment getting into waterways.

We have an online toolbox with tips and tricks to make sure sites are prepared to handle any rain events and keep sediment on-site and out of streams.

The toolbox can be found at esccanterbury.co.nz but we welcome anyone who would like advice or assistance in this space to get in touch online or by calling 0800 324 636 – we’re here to help!

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COVID-19 key updates from Environment Canterbury

New Zealand is at alert level 2. Please go to the Government’s dedicated website covid19.govt.nz for COVID-related updates and advice or the Ministry of Health website for detailed health information.

At Alert level 2 our Tuam Street and Timaru offices’ opening hours are 9.30 am-3.30 pm (outside of these hours the buildings will be closed).
Systems are in place to ensure physical distancing and all visitors are required to scan the QR code and sign in and out.
Please note the majority of our staff are still working remotely, so we prefer – where possible – that you contact us on 0800 324 636 (8 am-5 pm) or via our contact us page.
For an update on Metro services please visit the Metro website.
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Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting as cases of respiratory illness rise in community

Following an increase in viral respiratory illness being seen in the community, Canterbury DHB has made changes to visiting for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals today – effective immediately.

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Rapid impact assessments continue in Canterbury

Rapid impact assessments are continuing today in areas affected by flooding in Canterbury.
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Roading: State highways update

The Ashburton River/Hakatere Bridge on SH1 has opened to pedestrians and light vehicles, as well as 50MAX and high productivity permitted motor vehicles (HPMV).
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Changes to state of emergency in Canterbury

The Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has lifted the state of emergency for the region except for the Ashburton, Selwyn and Waimakariri districts, where it will be extended for seven days.

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Canterbury flooding – last updated 5:22 pm

A state of local emergency remains in force for the areas of the Waimakari District Council, Selwyn District Council and Ashburton District Council owing to severe flooding across Canterbury.
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Flooding closes some Canterbury tracks

Anyone planning to head into the Canterbury outdoors this long weekend is urged to check the Department of Conservation website before venturing out, after flood damage closed some tracks in the region.
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Roading: State highways update

The Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are advising motorists to use the Journey Planner software today, given the still-changing situation across Canterbury.
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