The Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group (CCPG) is proposing that the quake-damaged water’s edge is rebuilt with an international standard pathway incorporated along it. The most urgent need is from Scarborough to Ferrymead Bridge, and that it should form the beginning of an eventual greenway onwards into the CBD via the river ways.
The coastal communities of Sumner, Redcliffs and Mt Pleasant were badly damaged in the February, June and December earthquakes of 2012. Community representatives have come together and identified that a coastal pathway is the most highly desired/needed piece of infrastructure for the area. They’ve established a group with a significant body of skilled people wanting to see the project established. They’ve gathered many hundreds of local supporters in a short time.
A safe Christchurch walking pathway is so desired largely because of the high number of walkers/cyclists living near the hills and beaches, but also because historically, Main Rd and Ferry Rd have been over-represented in the cyclist crash statistics.
Such a pathway would not only be a great metropolitan and tourism asset for Christchurch, offering access from city to beaches and hills, but also letting workers from the coastal communities commute safely into the new cycle-friendly CBD and local children to school.
Representatives of the CCPG have been working to try to convince council to plan ahead for such an amenity before they begin piecemeal repairs in the area.
CCPG currently has a working group of 25 and a paid up supporter base of 150. We meet monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Mt Pleasant Temporary Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road. All supporters welcome.
Chair: Tim Lindley
Treasurer: Chris Abbott
Secretary: Maria Simmonds
Committee: Linda Rutland, Janine Banbury, Mike Sleigh, Angela Woodward, Graham Colley, Sue Lazar, Alasdair Hutchison and Bryan Inch
Tim Lindley (Chair)
Tim has lived on Mt Pleasant for around 25 years and loves the way we can so easily get out and enjoy our stunning natural environment of hills, estuary and seaside. Tim is a science consultant and managing director of Aspire for Life Ltd an on-line food, health and fitness company. Tim is a keen sea kayaker and sees the Christchurch Coastal Pathway as an essential city asset which will encourage people of all abilities to enjoy the good life Christchurch has to offer even more.
Chris Abbott (Treasurer)
Chris and his family have lived in Sumner for 20 years, ever since returning to Christchurch after 12 years in London, where Chris found cycling to work faster, cheaper – and often wetter – than taking the tube. Chris is an IT Project Manager for CDHB. Chris and his wife, Janet, run Abbott House Sumner B&B on the corner of Nayland and Menzies Streets. Chris and Janet are both keen cyclists, Chris commuting on his bike to the city more often than not.
Chris’s interest in the Christchurch Coastal Pathway is driven by his desire to see a safe route available to all, but especially the young and old. Chris’s great-grandfather lived in Sumner for decades and used to swim in the sea every day – summer and winter!
Maria Simmonds (Secretary)
Maria has lived in Sumner for 20 years with her husband Richard and loves the seaside
lifestyle and all the opportunities it offers: boogie boarding at Taylor’s, kayaking on the
estuary, hill walking, bird spotting at McCormack’s Bay, the limitless opportunities for
photographs and having a village on her doorstep. A submission she made to council in
2009, for a walkway from Sumner to Monck’s Bay went nowhere. She is therefore delighted that a 6.5km coastal pathway will now be a reality. Maria has worked as a teacher for 27 years, ten years of this teaching students with special educational needs. Currently she works part-time as an itinerant teacher of mainstreamed students with special needs.
As a keen walker, swimmer and cyclist, Maria is looking forward to walking and cycling on our world- class pathway and to swimming in the saltwater pool.
Janine Banbury (Past Treasurer)
Janine lived on Mt Pleasant for over 20 years, where she and her husband Bruce brought up their two daughters, before moving to Sumner 8 years ago. Janine grew up in New Plymouth, and still visits her hometown regularly. The New Plymouth walkway (now 10 years old) has become a fundamental element in the lifestyle of both locals
and visitors. Seeing its success has driven her passion for the Christchurch Coastal Pathway. ”I love walking, biking or just sitting and watching the sea and people on the New Plymouth walkway. I love that their walkway is a facility for everyone – the elderly, the young, individuals, families, walkers, cyclists, motorised scooters, wheelchairs, skateboarders, surfers and commuters to use as they see fit, whilst enjoying the shared space and the amazing views on offer.
Janine, along with being a Director and co-owner of three small businesses, also
works in Bruce’s architectural practice, Banbury Architects.
She walks the beach daily, loves travelling (intrepidly and not so intrepid), has a strong
interest in New Zealand Contemporary art, and loves spending the summer swimming and body boarding at Taylor’s Mistake.
Graham and his wife Dorothy are Redcliffs residents and passionate about the ‘riviera’ of Christchurch, our piece of stunning coastline from Ferrymead to Scarborough .The people of our city deserve a world class coastal pathway so that all ages can fully appreciate, interact and enjoy this asset, and show it off with pride to our visitors.
It is my privilege to be part of the executive committee for the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group. In my business life I am a director of 4 companies, with a background in Sales and Marketing. In my ‘community life’ I have been involved with school boards, Lions International, Save the Children Fund and am currently involved as a trustee of a charitable fund directed towards medical needs.
As keen walkers and lovers of the Port Hills, it is extremely exciting to be part of this project which will showcase our city’s interaction with the coastline and the Port Hills, inject vitality, vibe and growth into the local communities, and provide a ‘must do ‘ attraction for both Christchurch residents and our visitors.
Alisdair was raised on Clifton Hill in Sumner. His interest in the Estuary developed in the early 1970’s when he joined the Christchurch Estuary Association, organised a small boat flotilla up the Heathcote River to show city councillors its potential for recreation, and wrote a geography thesis about conflicts in the administration and use of the Estuary. In 1974 he joined the Commission for the Environment in Wellington undertaking environmental audits of government projects. In 1987 he returned to Christchurch (and Sumner) to manage the Ministry for the Environment’s South Island Office retiring in 2010. Alisdair was a member of the establishment group for the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust later becoming a board member and overseeing protection of the foreshore for public access and use. His main recreational interest involves mucking about with small boats.
Bryan and his wife Jacqui are in the process of rebuilding their house on Richmond Hill and looking forward to getting back to the Sumner area. Bryan is self-employed as an Independent Director and Business Consultant. He has spent over 20 years in senior management of the banking industry both in New Zealand and internationally, mostly with Rabobank, and also 3 years as Chief Executive of CBS Canterbury Building Society.
Bryan is currently a Director of; McCashin’s Brewery, 26000 Ltd, Duncan Forestry Ltd,
Partners Finance Advisory Board and Executive Director of Brownrigg Agriculture (Hawkes Bay).
Bryan was attracted to the vision created by the Pathway Group and is looking forward to working with the community to develop an outstanding outdoor area and facility for all to enjoy.
Sue has lived in the Sumner / Redcliffs area for 32 years. She has been a keen runner since the early 1980′s and has run regularly in the area. She is now an avid cyclist and owns a small dog therefore it’s a very bad day if she doesn’t walk, run or cycle in the area.
Sue is a director of a busy Property Management Company so communication and multi-tasking are high on her skills list. She has been on numerous local committees including getting the Redcliffs Crèche established in Barnett Park and the hall built in Redcliffs Primary School.
Sue is extremely passionate about the Christchurch Coastal Pathway and believes locals
and visitors all deserve to experience what she gets to see and do everyday on a safe, stunning, informative pathway.
Linda Rutland (Inaugural Chair)
Linda has lived in Mt Pleasant for the past 20 years. Being a hill dweller living close to the edge of the Avon Heathcote Estuary Linda has always wanted better and safer accessibility to the coastline, enabling people to freely enjoy this stunning coastal location. Linda has a background in advocacy, local government and fundraising.
Mike has lived in Sumner for 14 years. He is a keen fisherman and in the summer frequently uses a small boat based at the Sumner Fishing and Boating Club slipway for fishing in the bay. Mike also enjoys catching up with people on the Esplanade and beach. In his professional life he has significant experience in major infrastructure development, planning and environmental law and tourism businesses. He is a former founding trustee of the Otamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust.
Angela Woodward (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu)
Angela and her husband Andrew have lived in Sumner for four years and can often be seen walking their two dogs around the village and beach. Angela grew up in Christchurch, regularly visiting Sumner in the weekends and, after a 12-year stint in the United Kingdom, she is pleased to finally call Sumner home. After living in crowded
London and risking life and limb cycling to work there, she appreciates the natural
environment of these seaside suburbs all the more now and can’t wait to be able to safely cycle all the way to Ferrymead – and beyond – on the coastal pathway. Angela has visited many such pathways on her work travels around the world and feels that it is about time we had a world class pathway to welcome visitors from all over Christchurch and the world to enjoy our beautiful natural environment and learn about our local history. Angela works in project management and fundraising in the non-profit sector.
Liz Studholme (Coordinator)
Liz Studholme has lived in Sumner for 10 years. Weekends are spent on The Esplanade and beach or up in the surrounding hills. Liz has worked in Advertising and Marketing and enjoyed working on some of NZ’s well known brands. She has also worked in fundraising for The Christchurch City Mission and Pillars Inc. ’I feel so lucky to be involved in this project. There are so many great reasons to get behind the pathway. It will have something for everyone and be an icon for our new city. The coastline here is like none other; alps, hills, sea, village and estuary and so close to the city centre. It doesn’t matter what the weather, it never fails to inspire’