Here is a list of links to interesting and helpful sites:

The Waimakariri in New Zealand is only 15mins north of Christchurch.

Gateway to the heart of North Canterbury and home to Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Pegasus, Ohoka, Oxford and a host of friendly towns, there are numerous accommodation options and activities available.

 Kaiapoi Art Expo – This year celebrating 10 Years:
A social and inspirational environment celebrating the Waimakariri arts and crafts. and their facebook page

Arts Canterbury is committed to profiling art galleries and artists in Christchurch, New Zealand, and districts. It is an incorporated charitable organisation, governed by an elected executive committee whose membership is currently made up of artists, business and community representatives from Timaru, Selwyn, Hurunui, Ashburton, Banks Peninsula and Christchurch.

Waimakariri Art Trail

Creative Arts

President: Ruby Whitty

Meet at the Kaiapoi Club: Thursday – Meeting Rm One – 9.30am   –  2pm

Section Annual Membership    $10.00

Weekly fee for Tea & Coffee    $2.00

Section members participate in many different crafts, as well as Drawing and Painting.

Visits are made to Artist’s Studios and Art Exhibitions.

Members and visiting artists provide tuition and support to the group

Kaiapoi North School Arts page. The school provides many opportunities for students to engage in music, dance, drama and art.This page is a showcase of some of the learning.

Enterprise North Canterbury – to grow and sustain business in North Canterbury

Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is a member of New Zealand’s i-SITE network and the official i-SITE for the Waimakariri District, with trained friendly staff and the ‘official’ local experts.

  • FREE advice and friendly service
  • Itinerary planning
  • Local and regional maps and brochures
  • FREE Booking service for local and nationwide accommodation, buses, trains, shuttles, ferries and attractions
  • MV Tuhoe River Cruises Booking Office
  • Selection of local products and souvenirs
  • DOC Brochure and Backcountry Hut Tickets
  • Bike and fishing rod hire

iSITE_Aaron_CampbellKaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Centre Hours and Location

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Public Holidays: 11am – 4pm (closed Christmas Day)
Anzac Day: 1pm – 4pm

The Old Railway Station
57 Charles Street
Phone: 03 327 3134

David Ayers , the Mayors own Blog:

 david-ayers-5.jpg“First elected to the Rangiora Borough Council in 1983, I served continuously on that Council and its successors until 2001.

I was Waimakariri Deputy Mayor from 1995 to 2001.

Between 1986 and 1995 I chaired the Finance committees of the Rangiora and Waimakariri District Councils and from 1998 to 2001 I chaired the Audit Committee. At the time of the 2001 local body elections, I decided not to seek re-election.  I was finding that the time demands of the dual role of Councillor and Assistant Principal of Rangiora High School were too much.

Between 2001 and 2007, I chaired the Council’s Rangiora Ward Advisory Board.

My working life has been in education.  After gaining an MA (Hons) in History, I taught at Mairehau, Cashmere and Rangiora High Schools, being Assistant and/or Deputy Principal at the latter two.

After retiring as Deputy Principal of Rangiora High School in 2005, I worked as a teacher adviser for the University of Canterbury.

I am involved in a wide range of community groups: the Rangiora Community Watch, the Rangiora Methodist Parish, the Rotary Club of Rangiora, the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group, the Ashley Community Church restoration committee and the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.  I am also a patron of the North Canterbury Musical Society and a trustee of the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust.  One little job that I do is as an attendant every two or three months at the Rangiora Museum.  I am also an Alternate Civil Defence Controller for the District.

In my work as a teacher, I coached cricket and hockey for many years

A bit more: I have lived in Canterbury all my life, in either Christchurch or Rangiora.  I am married to Marilyn and we have lived in the house on the corner of High and King Streets since 1976 – although people still often refer to it as “Dr King’s house”, as indeed it used to be before we bought it off him.

Our sons, Matthew and Daniel, both received good educations at Rangiora Borough and High Schools before going on to the University of Canterbury.

Although I was not born in Rangiora, the Ayers family has a long association with the District.  My great great grandparents arrived in Woodend from Bedfordshire in 1858 and my great grandfather, Samuel Ayers, settled in Rangiora with his new bride, Sarah Ann Judson, in 1875.  The house he built still stands. He was a Borough Councillor as was one of his sons (and my great-uncle), Cecil.”

Mary Kelleher – Kaiapoi – The Story of a New Zealand Woollen Mill

The Mill story starts with the Maori kainga depicted in Charles Haubroe’s 1855 painting of the Cam River in Kaiapoi and ends with the earthquake that destroyed much of the North Canterbury town. Windows, like the ones in the original building still standing in spite of any earthquakes, are used as a motif to show the passage of time and the changing fortunes of the town and mill.

Project co-ordinated by Jackie Watson. Contributions from: Waimakariri Arts Trust, John Shivas (current owner of the Kaiapoi Woollen Mill site), Jackie Watson (Kaiapoi Shakes book and Rubble Rousers public artworks), Creative Communities, Kaiapoi Community Board.

Launched at Waitangi Day Family Celebrations, Feb 2014.
Mary’s website links

about her exhibition

and to buying a copy of The Mill Is Kaiapoi  www.handmade

Lawrence Leitch
Born 1958 the young Leitch attended Wellington Polytechnic School of Design. In the early 1980s he lived and worked in the United States. On his return to New Zealand Leitch began a career as a full time artist, gaining nationwide recognition for his outstanding watercolours.
Leitch’s solo exhibitions of 2004 and 2010 were both complete sell outs. With worldwide sales, the demand for this artist’s work exceeds the supply

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