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Artistic Endeavours
To  17 January 2020  – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS. A collection of artists explore the concepts of James Cooks charting of Banks Peninsula, February 16th, 250 years ago.  Art and artifacts to enjoy, intrigue and provoke BY Anthony Savill, Rhonye McIlroy and Anna Jacobi

Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

hELP AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFEHELPING AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE –  LIANZA has teamed up with the Animal Rescue Craft Guild- NEW ZEALAND Division to assist with efforts to care for injured Australian wildlife.

If you need a VENUE for your wildlife sewing/knitting/crochet bee, your local library may be able to help. Many public libraries across New Zealand are happy to host groups creating supplies for Australian wildlife. These libraries are listed below – contact them directly to make arrangements.

 Check out the Christchurch City Libraries homepage for links on making crafts to help Australian wildlife

aKAROA mUSIC fESTIVAL 202010 January to 26 January – AKAROA 13TH INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL– Masterclasses, Summer School & Concerts.  Proudly brought to you by The Pettman National Junior Academy of Music

Now celebrating its thirteenth anniversary, the Akaroa Music Festival is New Zealand’s premiere residential music school. An array of distinguished international musicians provides lessons, masterclasses and concerts against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful seaside towns.

These intensive days of music making also include solo performances, chamber music and a string orchestra, all designed to engage and inspire advanced young musicians. Students are invited to apply on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, recorder, flute, clarinet, bassoon, harpsichord and piano.

If you have never experienced an extended live-in music festival, be prepared to work hard, have fun, and play better than you thought you could. Our students come from all over New Zealand and from abroad, and the friendships made here are ones that last. Mix work with and pleasure in Akaroa, the gem at the heart of the remarkable Banks Peninsula.  Go to eventfinda website here for concerts and registrations for workshops

Little River A&P Show Poster18 January 2020 – BANKS PENINSULA A&P SHOW – The Banks Peninsula A&P Show at Little River is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local shows, the annual event at the picturesque Awa-iti domain in Little River  is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers.

The Little River A&P Show gives them  the chance to show the very best of what the district has to offer to the rest of the rural community as well as the hundreds that travel to the event from the rest of Canterbury and beyond.  Go here to plan your Show Day and get Schedules and book trade space.  Buy your Tickets on line or at the gate on the day.

Saturday  January 2019.  Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway.  Schedule on following link schedule-2020

Badminton Summer21 January  – Tuesday – SUMMER BADMINTON  on a Tuesday at the Little River  Community Centre, Western Valley Road.  All levels welcome, Mixed doubles, Rackets provided

All equipment is supplied. Even some friendly tutors willing to share their skills. Beginners welcome. 7- 8.30pm.  $5 casual fee or $50 October to April.

Contact Simon

Living Streams Emblem sign22 January – LIVING STREAMS COMMUNITY NURSERY –   The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.

You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  Contact Anneliese email    Phone 3251 229 or Marcus Puentener –

homeshare-web-banners-855px-125 January – Saturday – Home Share Accommodation Consultation – Community Drop in Session 11am to 1pm at the Gaiety Hall, Rue Jollie, Akaroa and at other venues We’re also holding a series of community drop-in sessions – details of these are on our Have your Say webpage.

We want your feedback on options we’re considering around managing home-share accommodation (e.g Airbnb, HomeAway, Bookabach etc) under the Christchurch District Plan.

The options apply to listings of entire homes where the owner isn’t present.  They don’t affect the current rules for individual rooms that are let within a property (i.e. bed and breakfasts). They also don’t affect listings of entire homes in commercial or mixed-use zones where guest accommodation is permitted under the current rules.

A summary, along with more detail, of each option is available on our project webpage.  We want to hear from you so please visit our Have your Say webpage to share your feedback.

Feedback will be collected until Monday 2 March 2020. After this it will be considered as part of the process in selecting a preferred option, which may include a District Plan change for public notification. Staff will report to the Council on the outcomes of the engagement and include a recommendation for the preferred option. You will then have an opportunity to make a formal submission on the plan change.

oKAINS bAY mUSIC FEST25 January – OKAINS BAY MUSIC FEST –  full day family-friendly summer festival on the big paddock behind the Museum in Okains Bay, show-casing predominantly musical artists from Aotearoa.. with a dash of Aussie spice!
Set against the epic backdrop of the historic grandstand, moved to Okains Bay from Akaroa in 1991 by a bunch of local farmers.
Pigeon Bay Social Club has been organised boutique curated events such as house concerts, hall concerts & backyard concerts. We are now taking it next level with a handpicked line-up of some of our favs!
Come and support this incredibly special museum and this grassroots movement for bringing people together to celebrate all the things we love in life… music.. food.. family.. friends… art … craft…. and loads of dancing!
Highly recommended to book your spot at the Okains Bay Campground and make a weekend of it- bring your bikes!  Tickets  limited to 500 available on line at Dash Tickets


26 January – Sunday – INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL EVENT – TROTTS AT MOTUKARARA – This is an Interislander Summer Festival event. Bring your family and friends for an exciting day out with exciting harness  racing on the grass track. Loads of FREE entertainment for the kids and live music on course. Avoid the rush and check out the prime locations for your group. Fantastic food and beverage packages available as well as private areas to set up your own picnic on the front straight.

General Admission $10.00. Only available on the gate- cash only. Go to website here

 Dusk-small1 February to 4 March – Opening of the new Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – HOROMAKA (Banks Peninsula) by Janie PorterThe opening of the exhibition will be at 11.00am on Saturday 1 February and you are welcome to come along.

Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944.

Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

Anglican Church2 February Sunday – 5pm –ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month.  Agape shared fellowship meal.

Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Paul Williams 3251-259.

To keep updated with upcoming events check out their website here

High Tea2 February – Thursday – HIGH TEA at the Pigeon Bay Hall –  11am to 3pm.

High Tea $20.00.  Cream Tea $12.00. Kiddies $8.00.

Prices are per person.  Cash or Eft Pos.

Please contact Debs for bookings email  phone 033046708 or 022 3079974.  If you like to plan ahead other dates that are scheduled for a High Tea are  Sunday February 2nd, Sunday March 1st, April to be confirmed, Sunday May 10th

Community Board Newsletter JulyBANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETINGS for February – 3 February – Monday 10am at the Lyttelton Community Boardroom, 25 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton  and

17 February – Monday – Banks Peninsula Community Board Meeting in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.

The members of Our new Community Board for Banks Peninsula are  Howard Needham, Reuben Davidson, Tyrone Fields, Nigel Harrison, Jamie Stewart, Andrew Turner and Tori Peden  (Chairperson).   Read the Banks Peninsula Community Board Newsletter  here

169-FITNESS-EQUIPMENTFITNESS STATIONS FOR LITTLE RIVER – Prepare to limber up for 2020 in Little River with five new fitness stations set for installation in Awa-iti Domain. Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū – Banks Peninsula Community Board approved the installation in December, amending the master plan for the domain.

The new apparatus, which allows for a range of fitness activities, will be in place by February. The installation follows requests from local residents seeking additional fitness activities.  Read Newsline article here    

Little River CommunityTrust Logo new3 February  – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY  TRUSTS GENERAL Meeting.  7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.

Items for the Agenda to Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator or phone 021 245 9349

Each Tuesday – Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator for the Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be working at the Little River Service Centre between 10 – 12 noon. If you would like to know more about the work of The Trust and how you could be involved or how the Trust could help you with your own community project idea pop in and have a chat with her. If you know of any new residents to Little River contact her and she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them. Email

5 February – Wednesday –Country Living Outing to the home of  Jan Chaffey, Artist/Environmentalist.   199 Cossars Road, Tai Tapu – Phone 329 6670 (Take note of phone number in case you can’t find the house).  Meet at house at 10.30am for a cuppa on arrival.

Jan will show us her garden, great views from Lake Ellesmere to the mountains and her art is well worth a viewing.  Cost: $5

How to get there: Cossars Rd is right turn before Raspberry Cafe, keep on Cossars Rd and you will come to Rocklands. Stay on tarsealed road and go up the windy road to the very top. Jan’s house has a black chimney.

Lunch: Raspberry Cafe for 12noon.

Please RSVP to Tricia Smith Email: by Wednesday 29th January – numbers attending Jan Chaffey’s and numbers for lunch.  Tricia Smith Phone 325 2234

Get your glow Yoga5 February – Wednesday – GET YOUR GLOW YOGA RETREAT – A four day retreat housed in blissful harmony with nature, in the Okuti Gardens eco site. With the choice of elegant and sumptuous yurts, teepees or a truck with waterside views, glamping never looked so lovely.
The food will be provided by the gorgeous and gladly named Flip Grater, (she sings and guitars too – a true artist) who will prepare daily feasts of vegan delights, breakfast, lunch, dinner and a few more treats to tempt and tease your tastebuds.
We will have a series of classes well spaced to allow for relaxation, contemplation and regeneration. They will range from yoga of all descriptions and levels, meditation, pranayama,and chanting to drumming workshops, Hula hoop yoga, art class, individual reflexology/reiki treatments, and aerial yoga one on one lessons.
This will be a wonderful and rare chance to recharge, have time and reconnect with yourself, and laugh a lot with other wonderful people.  Full details and bookings go here

Drum Making Retreat6 – 9 February:   SHAMANIC MEDICINE DRUM MAKING RETREAT  – 3 day immersive shamanic medicine drum making workshop & retreat with Chalice Malcolm of Wildheart Medicine/Auckland hosted at the beautiful Birdsong Retreat & Sanctuary in Wainui by Kathy Guidi.
This is a workshop to birth your medicine drum.  In indigenous traditions throughout the world, the medicine drum is a sacred tool to support deep healing and cleansing.  Chalice will take us on deep journeying processes to meet with the spirits of the deer/elk & trees;  your drum will be uniquely yours.  You will receive its specific power and medicine over this three day immersive retreat.

Full details, enquiries, and bookings go here

African Dance 28 February –  Saturday  – AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP – with Tutor Ra McRostie.  The workshop will be for 1.5 hours and will cost $20.00.  7-8.30pm.  Suitable for all ages.

Share in the joy or African Dance!  “African Dance is fun, powerful, liberating, uplifting, transformative. I am passionate about creating a friendly environment open to everyone, where people can feel free to express themselves through music and dance.”   Classes are accompanied by live drumming. 

Enquires and bookings to Samara   .  Okuti Valley Hall, Little River. 

9 February  – Sunday – 10-12noon – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN.  – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property? Then come and visit our famous Trap Library based at the Okuti Valley.   We have traps and lures for all sorts of pests and free advice on where to set the traps for maximum success.

Trap LibraryA note from Alison – I am still coordinating the Akaroa Trap Library but …we have a new coordinator forAllison at the Trap Library the Little River ‘branch’! It is Rouke Bakker who lives in Okuti Valley. He can be contacted on

 Rouke  grew up in the Netherlands, spent 3 years working in Kenya,  3 years in Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand in 1993 and to Diamond Harbour in 1999. He  loves the Peninsula so when the opportunity came he  moved further into it (from Diamond Harbour to Okuti Valley) on 17 November 2017 with Ellen and Frankie. They are  now the  guardians of a 20 ha piece of paradise that they would  like to see  regenerate to it’s original state.  Most of Rouke’s neighbours have the same expectations/intentions, which is encouraging.  Controlling pests such as possums, stoats and rats seems to be an inevitable contribution.
Rouke  still has a full time job but would like to give some of his  free time to the local community, and the trap library seemed an obvious opportunity.
Little River Trap Library Contact Rouke
Akaroa Trap Library-contact Alison on 3251-336

The Trap Library can be found on Okuti Valley Road.   Go up the west entrance (the old Bowling Club entrance)  of the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club.

9 February   – Sunday at 5pm.   CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Sunday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.   Visitors are most welcome.   Father Geoff Gray is the Parish Priest.

Revival Clothing Newsletter11 February -TRevival Clothinguesday – Revival Clothing  –   Open each Tuesday and Thursday  10.30am  – 1.30pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River. Contact Heather Williams  Phone  3251 259 or Fiona Phone 3290171 or email     Revival Clothing also have a stand in the Waiting Room at the Historic Railway Station.  This is restocked regularly and is available 7 days a week whilst the Craft Station is open.

Revival Clothing will be closing for the summer break.  Their last day for 2019  will be Thursday12 December and reopening on Tuesday 11 February but Revival Clothing will open on request during the summer break for a group of 6 or more.  Phone Heather on 3251 259.

Revival Clothing also run the Little River Food Bank.   Need a bit of help?? For a Food Box Phone Pam Baird 3251 917 or Fiona Waghorn 329 0171.  Absolutely confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.  FROZEN MEALS – Two or three times a year Revival Clothing organize a Community Cook up to make and freeze meals that can be given to people in need of them.  These are delicious and if you or know someone who could need one of these please contact Heather 3251 259.

1Harekeke Workshop5 February – Saturday – LEARN TRADITIONAL HARAKEKE WEAVING WITH KAHU COLLECTIVE – 10am to 3pm at Village Art, Little River, Banks Peninsula.  REGISTER ONINE VIA WEBSITE.

Registration fees $65

Village Art – Create  Inspire Relate  4223 Christchurch Akaroa Road , behind the Little River Garage.    Phone   Kath McDonald  027 298 9288     email

mixed media workshop22 Feburary, Saturday  & Sunday 22 March – Learn background techniques for creating Mixed Media Artworks and an Introduction to Monoprinting  with Jill Richards two separate days (Participants can attend one or both days), times and fees TBA

register for one or both days via website

Village Art – Create  Inspire Relate  4223 Christchurch Akaroa Road , behind the Little River Garage.

Phone    Kath McDonald  027 298 9288     email


Open Day Flyer23 February – Sunday – All are welcome to celebrate our Hinewai Open Day:  Celebrating Hugh Wilson and Hugh’s twin sister, Hilary Wilson’s 75th birthday.  10 am to 3 pm.  BYO picnic lunch, Tea and coffee available all day.

  • Parking off Long Bay Road near Paua Bay Road with a shuttle provided down into Otanerito Valley.
  • Guided walks.
  • Conservation Themed Informational marquees.
  • People’s Choice Art Competition (remember to get your voting token on the way in and to vote by 12 noon)
  • Two Conservation Themed Art Sales – Tricia Hewlett’s art and the Art Competition Artworks.
  • Demonstrations
  • Displays
  • Music
Come along and celebrate with the Hinewai Team.   For enquiries email Tricia Hewlett on

Restricted Fire SeasonA restricted fire season will be effective from midnight Friday 13th December (tomorrow night) and encompasses the land within the Hurunui District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City (including Banks Peninsula) and Selwyn District.A permit is required to light a fire in open air in these areas.

See for types of fire which have been authorised as not being fires in open air and do not need a permit

Any fire permits issued during a restricted fire season are suspended if Fire and Emergency declares a prohibited fire season, or prohibits fire in open air, in the area(s).

Craft Station Produce StandCRAFT STATION, INFORMATION SERVICE AND  PRODUCE STAND – Selling local produce.  If you have any produce you would like to sell through the Produce Stand, contact the Craft Station member on duty to find out details or phone 3251 320.

Do you have a skill at making a certain craft and would like the opportunity to turn that craft in to cash? We may have an answer for you. We are looking for new crafts men and women to join our very busy co-op. As a member you would be required to work in the Craft Shop one and a half days a month and this is a good opportunity for you to promote your items and make new friends. The Craft Station also supports community Projects. Local Craft people are preferred but all other applications would be happily considered . Interested? Please phone: Andrea (President) on 021 02547247 Or email your interest to Christine (Secretary) at:

The Craft Station is located in the Historic Railway Station Building on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm. The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy.

Report an issue to the Council – Is there a large pothole in the road? Does a street rubbish bin need to be emptied?  Please contact the Council if there are any issues or problems that need to be fixed.  You can log a report online or contact the Council on 03 941 8999.

It is important that you let the Council know so that any problems are dealt with promptly.

Summer with your neighboursSummer with your Neighbours – Funding applications extended to 16 February 2020 (or until no funds remain)

Summer with your neighbours (formerly known as Neighbourhood Week) is set up to bring people together. Have you ever wanted to organise a neighbourhood gathering?  Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to put on a potluck for the whole street. Summer with your neighbours is about bringing people closer together, and celebrating the unique and diverse mix of each neighbourhood.

Please note that applications will be considered by the Community Board as they are received. No applications will be considered after 16 February or when no funds remain, whichever occurs first.

For more information please visit: To apply for funding please complete the form below and return to

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