A Word from the Mayor
16 November 2017
One year on: this afternoon /evening ( Sunday 11th, as I write ) the Waiau and surrounding areas came together on Waiau’s Village Green to acknowledge the 14th November 2016 Hurunui Earthquake.
While the weather was overcast and cool, it was not unpleasant for the large crowd including many children who gathered to enjoy a variety of entertainment and barbeque meal.
While it was a happy and fun filled event, in contrast to gatherings in Waiau one year ago, the challenges still ahead for many were acknowledged, and ongoing support to the community was pledged.
Mt Lyford and the Scargill Districts will each have small community anniversary events that are appropriate for them over the next week or two.
Deputy Mayor Marie Black is currently in China, deputising for me as a guest of Changping District, our Sister District, and Honghu City in Hubei Provence with whom we have a formal relationship based on our mutual connections with Rewi Alley.
The main purpose of the trip, funded by Hubei Province, is to represent Hurunui District as part of a New Zealand Delegation attend an unveiling of Rewi Alley’s Stature in Honghu City, and take part in celebrations recognising Rewi’s work for the people of that region.
While in China the opportunity presents to revisit Changping which we visited eighteen months ago to build opportunities for trade, tourism, and education.
These opportunities and relationships will be strengthened by this visit, and the school in Changping which our Waiau School is corresponding with will be visited.
Over the weekend of 1st 2nd and 3rd of December a number of high level Chinese delegations will attend celebrations in Christchurch to mark the 120th birthday of Rewi Alley.
Our part in those celebrations will be hosting those Delegations, the New Zealand Governor General, and other Dignitaries to the opening of two small gardens linked by a bridge, in Chamberlain Park Amberley.
Chamberlain park was the site of the Alley family home and the Amberley School.
The gardens are a mixture of New Zealand and Chinese natives symbolising co-operation between two Districts, the Bridge symbolic of the bridge building between the two countries by Rewi Alley. (google Rewi Alley)