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ODT Waipara Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018 was an amazing weekend together, bringing together families from the Riccarton community and families from Riccarton Baptist Church. And there were so many things that made it a great time. Like the enthusiastic team that made it happen, and the way everyone encouraged each other and worked together with activities, games and duties. There was an amazing effort put in each morning with the cabin competition. We had a fun camp concert around the camp fire, and we had Donna come to tell us bedtime stories every night. Well done to all who challenged themselves with the various activities, whether that be high ropes, vertical swing, archery, rafting or making the human pyramid as part of the mission challenge.

Here are some photo highlights from the weekend.


Community Fun Day 2017

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One of the most popular community events in Riccarton is on again this year.

Community Day 2017 will be held at Harrington Park, Peverel Street, on October 14 -- and you are invited!

There will be FREE BBQ, food, activities & entertainment for all ages. This year we will be running a fancy hat design competition for all ages bring your original hat design along to be judged by Maria Wright, a well-known Christchurch hat designer.

The day will run from 1pm to 4pm, so pop along and have fun.

* Pic above: Some of the crowd at the 2015 event.

Summer Camp 2017

The Oak Development Trust Summer Camp was held at Waitangi weekend at Waipara with 80 being in camp either in cabins or tents.  Such a  beautiful place to spend a weekend sharing lots of fun, conversation, activities, and also at times just to be. Camp started with a scavenger hunt that was judging on creativity, team work and keeping connected to nature. A  mushroom found on the field got a greater regard than one found in the kitchen chiller. The annual raft race was held with the 'Girl Power' fighting well to display their strength and courage to come from behind and nearly win. The water slide gifts loads of fun. and he pond became a go to place in the heat for both swimming and canoeing/kayaking. High ropes and tree climbing were new activities. The joy and blessing of camp is in the connections made, the conversations had and the experience of being in a nurturing environment that looks out for one another. The great food also was a treat. Thank you for the team in the kitchen and to the Riccarton West Community Garden for its generous donation of vegetables.

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Community Garden Consultation

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Draft Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines have been compiled for the Riccarton-West Community Garden. We would like to know what you think about them

We are inviting comments until 9 April.

You can get the draft document as well as consultation forms from;

  • Oak Development Trust office
  • Downloading from Oak Development Trust website (www.odt.org.nz)
  • Emailing: or

There will be two drop in sessions where you are able to come along, find out more, get the documents, and leave your comments or forms.

Friday 18 March at the Common Ground Café, 80 Rattray St


Wednesday 23 March at 80 Rattray Street

5.30 - 7pm


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Riccarton West Community Garden Guidelines ...

Riccarton West Community Garden SOPS Information Proposal document download version ...