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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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Community Day 2015

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It was a great day at Harrington park again this year. The weather could have been kinder to us but despite the wind and it being a bit cold there was a lot of fun. A variety of food was enjoyed including Filipino, Chinese and Korean, fresh cut up fruit with marshmallows and biscuits that children could decorate themselves. There were some great designs. The Cheapskates were a hit again as was the Police Obstacle course and the car being demolished. Pony parties were new this year and there were a constant line up of children for waiting for a pony ride. The clown was enjoyed as was Ronnie from 'What now'. Children enjoyed throwing sponges at Steve the local police officer. When it comes to the tug of war, the girls are the 2015 champions until we meet again on 15th October 2016 for the next Riccarton community tug of war, boys vs girls!

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Celebrating Music - Older Persons Gathering

July 22nd.

Those who gathered were treated to Patrick O'Connor's lovely deep voice singing a selection of songs, a Korean dance followed by Angela who works as the diversional therapist at the Maples bringing us songs from the 1940 and 50's. A musical quiz was enjoyed.

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