It has been a very busy time over the last couple of months and we have been proactive on a few fronts. In particular, the Business Association's submission into the Christchurch City Council's Long Term Plan and working on a collective approach to reduce the increasing Beggar and Homeless issue in our city.
The Business Association has never shied away from tackling the hard issues and in particular begging and homelessness. We have been working on a multi agency approach to this issue with Safer Christchurch. It is complicated issue and we do not want to just move the problem somewhere else, so we are looking at strategies that will provide a positive long term outcome for these people.
Ambassador ProgrammeWe have asked that the council provide funding support to re-introduce the Ambassador programme, which we established back in late 2007. The Ambassadors are security trained registered guards who assist with the many issues that happen on the streets daily, whether it be helping a visitor find their way around, attending a security issue within one of our city businesses or acting as they eyes and ears for the police. This would be a powerful resource for the city.
The Government and Council have co-funded the Homes First Programme which is a targeted approach to dealing with the homeless issue. They will provide a full wrap around service to help long term homeless citizens gain access to a home and help them stay housed by providing a wrap around service to ensure they are able to maintain a life off the streets.
CCBA Members Facebook Forum
We have set up a members private community discussion Facebook page where you will be able to discuss issues and share ideas with other city centre business people. We would love to get to know our members better so we will be running regular polls and discussion forums so the CCBA Executive can understand how best to serve your needs.
This is a private community discussion page just for retail and hospitality business owners and managers who are members of the Central City Business Association.
You can only see the content if you have joined the page, and we anticipate it will grow to become a community page where we can discuss issues and concerns that affect our members, and working together to help our city businesses flourish and grow.
Access and Parking Made Easy!
Below we have updated our easy to understand map of the major off street car parking buildings in the Retail Precinct and how your customers can access them. Please note the two way change to Durham Street from Tuam to Lichfield to enable easy access to the Lichfield Street car park. Please feel free to download this map and share it on your social media networks.
It is easy as they are all located on two streets, Lichfield and Hereford Streets
More Hospitality Opening On The Terrace
CCBA Member Events
Events bring more people and with more people you have more opportunities to capture their spend.
Christchurch Art Gallery 15th Birthday Party
Friday 4th May from 7.30pm
Consider this your invitation to join us for a FREE party of epic proportions celebrating not only the Gallery’s fifteenth birthday, but also the opening of Tony de Lautour’s exhibition US V THEM.
Live music from Into the Void, Astro Children, Motte and heaps more. Celebrate the occasion by spray painting a Tony de Lautour design on your own t-shirt, (remember to BYO) or get a Tony inspired airbrushed (temporary) tattoo!
Cakes by Anna will be bringing the birthday vibes with a cake stall. Tommy Taco and the Vagabond Chefs will also be serving up some delicious eats and the pop-up bar will be stocked with Three Boys Beer, Greystone wine and Karma Cola.
10 August 2018
It’s good news for Christchurch rugby fans – the All Blacks are coming to the city in 2018.
The All Blacks will play against Canterbury and Otago in a Game of Three Halves on Friday 10 August 2018 – in a South Island first. The popular event is used to prepare the All Blacks for the Investec Rugby Championship.
The All Blacks will play 40-minute matches against Canterbury and Otago, who will also play a 40-minute match against each other – a total of 120-minutes of entertainment. The matches are not being broadcast on TV, so the only opportunity fans will have to see the All Blacks play in the city this year will be live at AMI Stadium in Addington.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union, ChristchurchNZ, V-Base and the Christchurch Stadium Trust have worked together to secure the event for the city. There are no All Black test matches scheduled in Christchurch in 2018 and 2019 – making Game of Three Halves the only concrete opportunity for locals to see the All Blacks play in the city for at least the next two years.
Ticket prices have been kept low – at traditional pre-season levels – to ensure the game is affordable and to make sure everyone has the chance to see the All Blacks in action.
All three teams will meet with fans for autographs and photos after the final whistle blows.
• Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and will go on sale to the public from Monday, 30 April at www.ticketdirect.co.nz.
REMINDER - USE OUR DIGITAL TOOLBOX
We are always looking for content for our Facebook so we encourage you to use it. If you have promotions or something special coming up, please let us know. Send me through the details including any images, so we can help you promote your business. My details are listed at the bottom of this newsletter.
We would also like to remind our members that we offer the opportunity for you to update the content on your webpage. You may have new seasonal images or new product that you want to promote. Again, please send me the information so we can update your page and keep it fresh.
Central City Business Association
Mobile: 021 2233 963