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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)

The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers (the Ashburton District), with Ashburton as the main township. The area is one of the fastest growing rural districts in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).

Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.

The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:

Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.

The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.

Public meetings coming up for Long-Term Plan consultation

Ashburton District Council media release: 12th March 2021

Ashburton District Council is preparing to adopt its draft 10-year plan for the district next week ready for residents to provide feedback, and a series of public meetings have been scheduled where all residents are welcome to attend.

The Council’s draft 2021-31 Long-Term Plan will set out what projects, activities and services the Council is proposing to carry out over the next decade, and how these will be paid for.

The proposals will be outlined in a consultation document and presented at seven public meetings (7 to 9pm) right around the district. An online webinar will also be held on Tuesday 6th April from 7 to 9pm for those who are unable to attend in person.

  • Ashburton: Monday 22nd March at the Council Chambers (131 Havelock Street);
  • Mayfield: Tuesday 23rd March at the Mayfield Hall;
  • Rakaia: Wednesday 24th March at the Rakaia Rugby Clubrooms;
  • Methven: Thursday 25th March at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall;
  • Hinds: Monday 29th March at the Hinds Community Centre;
  • Mt Somers: Tuesday 30th March at the Mt Somers Springburn School; and
  • Hakatere: Wednesday 31st March at the Hakatere Hall.

This consultation closes on Monday 19th April 2021.

Have your say on proposed State Highway 1 Tinwald corridor improvements

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is looking at ways to make the State Highway 1 (SH1) corridor through Tinwald easier for local drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to use. There is a focus on Lagmhor Road, Agnes Street and Graham Street.

A drop-in session will be held on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at the Tinwald School Hall (from 3 to 6.30pm).

You need to provide your comments or feedback by 5pm on Friday 16th April 2021.


Page last updated: 19/03/2021

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