Rangiora’s newest primary school is one step closer to opening with the appointment of a principal.

The establishment board of trustees has announced Danny Nicholls will be the foundation principal for the new Rangiora West School. 

Funding for the new school was announced by the Ministry of Education in 2013 as part of the Government’s $1 billion investment in education in the Greater Christchurch region.

The school will open in 2020 with room for 350 year 1 to 8 students. It was planned in response to rapid population growth in the Waimakariri district after the Canterbury earthquakes. 

Construction of the $13.2 million school, on the corner of Pentecost and Johns roads, will begin in early 2019.

Nicholls currently lives in Taupō and works as a school leadership advisor in the Bay of Plenty. He was previously the principal of St Patrick’s Catholic School in Taupō.

For more information: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/north-canterbury/108531883/principal-appointed-for-new-rangiora-west-school

Townsend Fields presents a living space that enhances your outdoor experience with open countryside. Surrounded by recreational reserves, waterways, native planting and recreational walkways and paths, Townsend Fields is a dynamic subdivision creatively designed and located at the end of Townsend Road in Rangiora. Simply put, it’s the town’s newest, eco-friendly location to call home.

Whether it is retirees looking for a tranquil, peaceful setting or families wishing to raise their children in a safe, family-friendly environment, Townsend Fields is the natural choice for living.  Lot sizes begin at a spacious at 600m2. Stage 1a is now complete and has 45 lots available for purchase. The land is TC1 rated (meaning future land damage from liquefaction is unlikely)so residents can be rest assured the associated natural spaces will be less impacted by any future seismic activity.


Stage 1a is NOW available to purchase, with Stage 1b available in May/June 2019. There will be five stages in total.


Plan today for a fabulous future at Townsend Fields. Get in touch


Behind the Project

Townsend Fields operates via Steve Wakefield as director and Justin Busbridge as General Manager. The development contracted True Line Civil to undertake all of the construction work under the guidance of Eliot Sinclair and Partners, who are the engineer to the contract. Eliot Sinclair and Partners were briefed to ensure there was minimal disturbance to the natural amenity of the landscape. Townsend Fields is fortunate to have entered the development realm when the prominence of the ecological and cultural significance was at the forefront of the sector. Townsend Fields presents a living space to Rangiora that enhances the occupant’s outdoor experience by having access to recreational reserves and the wildlife the surroundings will attract.


Environmental Step Change Award Finalist

Townsend Fields foremost aim is to ensure their design preserved its natural beauty. This secured the developers with a place as a finalist in the ‘Environmental Step Change Award’ in the 2018 Enterprise North Canterbury Business Awards –  a huge and notable achievement to acknowledge the intensely hard efforts the developers have done to ensure Townsend Fields is created with preserving nature in mind.


CNC Project

For commuters heading to Christchurch CBD, the Northern Corridor Project which is underway brings many benefits to the Christchurch and Canterbury community by unlocking space to provide safe solutions for all travel modes. The CNC Project includes options for cyclists, pedestrians and private vehicles, and allows for improved public transport routes and infrastructure. The CNC will make travel times in and out of Christchurch more reliable via all main routes – the CNC, Main North Road, Marshland Road and the Western Belfast Bypass (SH1). For more information on the CNC project, visit: www.nzta.govt.nz


New Kerbside Collection Service for 2019

Waimakariri District’s $2 million per year kerbside collection and transfer station operation contract has been awarded to Waste Management New Zealand Ltd, following sign-off by Council last week. The contract involves the provision and delivery of wheelie bins for the two new bin collection services for rubbish and organics. This is on top of continuing recycling bin and rubbish bag collections and the operation and maintenance of the Districts two transfer stations and resource recovery park. Read more here: https://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/your-council/news-and-information/2018/12/enhanced-kerbside-collection-service-takes-a-leap-forward



Commuter towns must take their share of new residents as greater Christchurch’s population balloons by as much as 50 per cent in the next 30 years, a new report says.

The draft report said a combination of population growth and social change meant up to 86,000 new homes, more that previously thought, would be needed by 2048. However, it warns the rowth in satellite towns will lead to increased traffic congestion without better public transport.

For more information: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/108807986/housing-shortage-looming-for-christchurch-with-commuter-towns-likely-home-of-future-residents?cid=app-android