Chathams Community News

Community news from New Zealand's Chatham Islands.

Over 30 years of planting on Mangere and still going

Mangere plantings in 1981Mangere Island provides an important predator-free refuge to many rare and endemic invertebrates, birds and plants. Restoration first started on the island in the 1970’s with the Wildlife Service planting akeake shelterbelts in Douglas Basin and on the Top Plateau in an effort to expand the habitat available to black robins. Since the early 1990’s tens of thousands of akeake have been planted on the island thanks to the Tuanui and Moffet families and planting contractors.  The job isn't over yet and the planting continues.

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School children visit Rangatira

In early July three Chatham Islands school children accompanied Department of Conservation staff to Rangatira or South East Island for a 4-day field trip. The primary purpose of the trip was to check and close Chatham petrel burrows for the winter, however this trip offered an ideal opportunity to expose the next generation to the special nature of the island and its inhabitants, along with the challenges in keeping them safe.

Their stories are below;
Mia, Harriet and Jacob checking a Chatham petrel burrow

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2012 Kaingaroa memorial game

There are some photos of the match and aftermatch function on our Facebook page here

Chatham Island Medical Relief

If you are being sent to New Zealand by the Chathams Medical Centre for treatment and you are a resident on either Chatham or Pitt Island you are entitled to apply for monies from medical relief For more information please contact the following persons - Pat Lanauze Chairperson 3050073 or Barby Joyce Sec/Treasurer 3050211

The Chatham Islander newspaper available online

CI July 2018Back issues of The Chatham Islander newspaper are available here courtesy of the publisher.

The Chatham Islander is published monthly and distributed to islanders for free. Subscriptions are available for friends, family and anyone connected to the islands. One year (12 issues) is $60 including GST and postage within New Zealand. Overseas subscriptions are also available.

For more information about The Chatham Islander, or to subscribe to the printed version contact:

Rosemary Graham
Rose Communications
8 Gresford Street
Christchurch 8013

021 160 2066
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Eva Cherie Arts Gallery

Eva Cherie's art gallery is now open for viewing by appointment - ring 3050 377

Consultation Findings on the Chatham Islands - Wharf Facilities Study

The consultants working for the Chatham Island Enterprise Trust, Chatham Islands Council and the Department of Internal Affairs for the Chatham Islands- Wharf Facilities Study received a fantastic turnout for meetings and corresponding response forms on the project.

The project team received the majority of feedback while on the Islands between 9 to 15 December. The schedule of appointments and meeting with key stakeholders, community and government organisations and individuals proved very engaging. The formal response forms received to-date has also supported the feedback while on the Island.

While response forms have only been initially evaluated, what can be ascertained from the feedback is invaluable to ensure that engineering options are generally consistent with the feedback. This highlights the importance of the individual feedback obtained through the response forms. The organisations involved in the project would like to thank all those who gave their time and effort during the consultation process.

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Local lime for sale

Hokotehi Moriori Trust is reopening the Lime Quarry at Henga in the next couple of months. We have undertaken sampling from two independent sources in NZ over the past couple of years and both indicate that Henga lime is of a VERY high quality and can be applied directly to the land.  Anyone wanting to see copies of the tests please make contact.

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Church Services

Anglican church at Te OneAnglican Church Service held every Sunday 10.30am at Te One Church

All Welcomed, Reverend Rewai

Budgeting Information and Tips

Chathams Community Focus has Budgeting Worksheets available. You can pick these up from our office Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm. We also have Planning for Success (A do it yourself kit for developing your own business plan) books to give away, you can drop into the office and pick one up or contact the CCF office to post one out to you.

Internet available at CCF

Internet Use $2.00 per hour at Chathams Community Focus office between 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday

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