Kaiapoi's History Put On Display

Published: 17-Apr-2019

Kaiapoi is set to put its history on display, after the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board approved a concept design for new interpretive sign panels.

The new signs will be installed around the Town Centre and reserves in locations that have multiple historical stories to share. Smaller marker posts will also be installed to help visitors locate other sites of historical significance.  Homes for the first lot of signs include Trousselot Park, Williams Street Bridge, McAllister Square and the old courthouse and jail.

The signs will be constructed by a local company from macrocarpa slabs and steel, while it’s hoped the marker posts will be able to reuse timber from the old Kaiapoi Wharf.

Board Chair, Jackie Watson, says that while it’s exciting to see a lot of new development underway, it’s also important to showcase the town’s rich history, “The community has expressed a desire for more heritage trails around Kaiapoi. These panels and marker posts will make it possible for both residents and visitors to take short walks around our town centre and learn more about stories that have shaped our town.”

Now that the concept has been signed off, Council staff will work on detailed designs for the signs before they are constructed and installed.  The Community Board has allocated $20,000 from the General Landscaping Budget for the first group of panels.

Amongst other matters discussed in this month’s meeting, the Board considered two discretionary grant requests.  They approved $420 to the Clarkville Playcentre for the replacement of a much loved tandem tricycle and the purchase of three new balance bikes.

An application from Presbyterian Support for funding towards running an expo for older adults was declined.

The next Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board meeting will take place at 4pm, Monday 20 May at the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre.