The Association was formed in the early 1980’s as a result of objections to fencing
on Stanpit Marsh installed by the Council to control the movement of ponies and cattle.
The fences severely restricted public access and the residents were not happy. So
much so they joined together and took the Council to task with over 250 people packing
the Leisure Centre to vent their anger. They won their cause and SAMRA was born.
Another early victory was preventing the Sandhills Holiday Park from being developed
Since then SAMRA has aimed to champion local causes.
The Association now has over 1000 members. Through our Newsletter, SamraMail, various
meetings and social events we attempt to promote community spirit and resolve any
We are also part of the Christchurch Joint Residents’ Associations. (CJRA)
• To protect the environment.
• To preserve the amenities of the area.
• To represent the opinions of the members.
• To co-operate with other associations in matters of common interest.