Wednesday 7th April 2021 Last week our year 13 Geography students took a visit to the Christchurch City Council Civic Offices.
We are currently working on research projects about issues in our local environment. During our visit we were lucky enough to meet several Christchurch City Council (CCC) members who informed us on career pathways in the CCC, possible research topics and key issues Christchurch is currently facing. Our first speaker was the councillor for Halswell Ward, Councillor Anne Galloway. Anne informed us on what life is like as a councillor, and the main issues currently facing Ōtautahi. We were incredibly fortunate to have a quick look into the Council Chambers where Anne explained what happens in the room as well as how the public can present a submission on an issue they believe needs to be addressed. Anne Galloway also has a large involvement with the youth council and a passion to ensure the young people of Christchurch get their voices heard. Next we had Kate Russel the Manager for Parks, Partnerships and Programmes present to us about opportunities within and connecting with the Christchurch City Council. This included future internships, apprenticeships and career pathways we could be involved in in the future. Kate highlighted to us the importance of stimulating and encouraging confidence in young people so they can aim high and achieve everything they are capable of. Our final speaker was Brendon Winder, the Manager of the Residential Red Zone. Brendon talked to us about the current issues and focuses in the Red Zone. Ranging from possible revitalisation projects, to repairing the underground infrastructure of the area, while showing the public that although it may seem little has been done on the surface, good things take time, money and a solid foundation below ground. Brendon also highlighted several issues in Christchurch that incorporate the Red Zone such as providing a pathway from the Central City out to New Brighton in hopes to regenerate the appeal of our beautiful coast. We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to listen to and connect with several important Christchurch City Council members who provided us with possible research ideas as well as valuable information and connections.