At the Woodend Community Association our aim is to promote and support any initiative which advances safety, wellbeing and community spirit in the Woodend community.
We provide a platform for the members of the Woodend community to express their ideas and voice their concerns.
Our aim is to raise awareness of developments which have an effect on our Woodend community and provide the information necessary to answer questions which arise.
We liaise with the Waimakariri District Council and its Committees and Boards and other local, district and national organisations on matters that affect the common and general interests of the Woodend community.
We endeavour to encourage the development of additional amenities and services for the Woodend area and seek support from appropriate channels to ensure the realisation of the projects that might arise.
We welcome anyone who would like to join the Committee and has a passion about supporting the future of our community. We meet the 1st Monday of every month, 7.30pm at the Woodend Community Centre, School Road, Woodend.
Our Committee Members
My name is Mark Paterson. I am married to Rachael and have 3 daughters – Ella, Molly and Lucy I have lived in the Waikuku – Woodend district for most of my life. I am employed as a Business Development Manager in the transport and logistics industry. I have vast experience in many aspects of management.
Rachael and I have been raised in families that have been very community focused. My father Hugh is a life member of the Woodend rugby club, Tennis club and also North Canterbury Rugby Club. Rachael’s father, Bernard Kingsbury is involved in pretty much anything to do with Cust including the museum, Fire Brigade and St Johns. In 2011 he was awarded the QSM for services to St Johns and the fire brigade . We both feel that it is important to give back to the community in which we love living in. The only way to get things done is if like minded people come together and work towards common goals which benefit all. If everyone gave a small amount of time back to their community so much would be achieved and it would foster a real pride and sense of belonging in where we live
What you are passionate about? I really enjoy sport in particular rugby. My children are involved with the Waikuku Beach Surf Club and the Netball Club and I enjoy supporting them in these pursuits.
Currently I am the Chairperson of both the Woodend Community Association and the Gladstone Park Advisory Group (my father held this position before me) and am also on the board of trustees for Woodend School. I also served for 9 years as the President of the Woodend Rugby Club and am a life member. My wife Rachael is currently the secretary of the Woodend Netball Club.
Part of Woodend Community Association since 2006.
I have seen how people can make a difference in their local communities so when we moved to Woodend in 1999 I decided to take a more active role in the association so I joined in 2006.
I have an interest in greenspaces, parks and reserves from my days as part of the Kaiapoi Borough Council, Parks and Reserves Superintendent for Waimakariri District Council and Sicon for 20 years, I am a gardener now for GSL looking after ARA polytechnic in Christchurch.
I am also the Team Leader of the Eastern Sector Post Civil Defence Volunteers team which covers Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus, Waikuku areas including the beach communities up to about Saltwater Creek.
I feel a long term connection with Woodend after living here in the 1970’s when my father was the local vicar and we lived in the vicarage opposite the Anglican Church during my high school and early working years. After living in Christchurch and then Kaiapoi, we moved back to Woodend with my wife Sue and daughter Amy after building in Chinnery’s road in 1999. Sue is also active in the community as the manager for the Judsons Rd Pre School. I am a member of the Rangiora Baptist Church as well.
My name is Andrea Rigby. My family and I love living in Woodend because of the lifestyle it offers with the beach and rural environment yet it is still in close proximity to Christchurch. I have two young children who love the outdoors and I have horses which I do Competitive Trail Riding with so we are very fortunate to live here!
I joined the Committee because I am interested and passionate about making Woodend a safe and enjoyable community for my children to grow up in. I wanted to have direct input in to achieving that so thought it best to join the Committee!
The WCA projects that are close to my heart are the reduction in speed limits and safety measures on SH1, walk/cycle ways and our beach project.
My name is Adrienne Simpson and I have lived in Woodend for the last 18 and a half years and I am the Principal at Woodend School.
We moved to Woodend to build a new home and love the ‘country’ feel of our outlook. We thoroughly enjoy living in a semi-rural area, although that is rapidly changing. It is a very friendly community and I have enjoyed teaching at the school for quite some time.
I joined the Community Association as a representative from the school and am enjoying being part of the local projects. It is another excellent way for the students and the school to contribute to and build links with the community, helping the students to realise that they are part of a wider community and can contribute to the development of projects within the community.
Hi my name is Jocelyn Adams and I came to live in Woodend after the earthquake with my husband Geoff and son Hamish. I have always been passionate about my community and think Woodend is a great place to live. I’m involved with the Woodend Flower Show and work part time at a local pre school and involved with scouting . I joined the WCA to have a say to make a difference.
My name is Doug Wethey. I have lived in the Woodend area for about 40 years and Woodend Beach for 30 years. My wife Lou and I have 7 children and about 18 grandchildren “at the last count”. I am a semi-retired businessman. In the past I have served on the Woodend School Committee and been involved in various local pursuits. I am currently a volunteer at the Tuhaitara Coastal Park. I enjoy living at the Beach and its environs and it has been a great place to raise a family.
In recent times I was involved in successfully pushing for road calming measures at the Beach and this led me to becoming a committee member of the WCA.
My current interest locally is to push for better traffic management through Woodend whether by the By-Pass or other means, a cycle trail through to Pineacres and better public facilities at Woodend Beach.
My name is John Archer and I have lived in North Canterbury most of my life and my family history have been linked to the Woodend Community for five generations.
I have been married to Judy for 47 years and we have raised three Sons who have all attended Woodend School and we have had three Grandchildren continuing this association.
I currently sit on the Woodend/Sefton Community Board as Woodend’s elected member and encourage contact on any issues impacting Our Township needing airing.
I am a retired Landscape Architect, keenly interested in environmental issues and sound policies and activities that protect and enhance our enjoyment of our surrounds. As an advocate for anything that improves the well being of our Community, I have been associated with various Community Groups and activities during the past 41 years, in one way or other.
I acknowledge the importance of a link between Woodend and our Beach Community and beyond. This extends to advancing a bond with our neighbouring community at Pegasus. One of these links was to foster the Walk/Cycleway from Woodend to the Beach. This pathway now provides a link with the Tutaepatu trail to Pegasus and Waikuku Beach in the north and Pines/Kairaki in the south via trails throughout Te Kohaka o Tuihaitara reserve.
Another issue that I have been promoting, over the past 30 odd years, is a by-pass for our town, along with others who had the foresight to understand the impact increased traffic volumes would have on our Community.
It is my belief that all eyes see the same thing differently and the art of living harmoniously within a community is to look for a common ground promoting this.
John is born and raised in the Woodend Area. He has been heavily involved in various community groups for most of his life including Scout Leader for 19 years, Woodend Rugby Club Committee, running Boys Club for 18 years and being part of the Lions group. John is an active supporter of Woodend School. John is most famous in the community for writing a book about the history or Woodend called ‘At the end of the bush’. It is well worth a read.