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ArtsA STRATEGY FOR ARTS – In 10 years, we want to have a reputation as a truly creative city that embraces the arts. How do we make it happen? You can leave your feedback on Have Your Say.  

Feel free to leave your feedback on the above Have Your Say Link as to how you would like Art in all its spheres to be integrated into Little River/Banks Peninsula and what could be in 10 years’ time.



Simonto 29 August – THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY PART 1 IDENTIFY exhibition by Simon Van der Sluijs at the Little River Gallery.  

The Exhibition opens at 11am  on the 4 August and  runs through to the 29 August  2018.    To read more about the exhibition go here  You are all invited to the opening of the Exhibition.

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

Cruise ShipCRUISE SHIPS INTO AKAROA 2018/19 Season –  The updated Cruise Schedule can be viewed on this page

Cruise Cancellations – On mornings when the cruise ship is cancelled due to adverse weather etc. there has previously been a cancellation email and text sent by Hollie Hollander from Akaroa District Promotions to those who business or interests need this information. There will no longer be a cancellation email sent out so those of you who would like to be on the text list please text Darin Rainbird to 0212763763 and put in the text ‘Please add me to the Cruise Cancellation text list’. And add your name. Darin will be providing this service going forward.  Those of you who are on the text list already will have your names and numbers transferred to Darin.

CHECK OUT the new display at the Little River Railway Station, in the Heritage Room, It’s about MURDER AND MAYHEM in LIttle River and policing in colonial New Zealand. There are some interesting snippets from local newspapers too! Did you know that there was a foul murder here in 1887???? The scalliwag was incarcerated a number of years and appealed the conviction.

Display created by Sue Mather for the Little River Railway Station Trust and can be seen when the Craft Station is open.
Open 7 days a week – Winter Hours 9.30am am to 4.30pm.

Bit on the SideThe Little River Gallery’s “THE BIT ON THE SIDE’.  We have a sweet new side project! We’ve created a unique window into the art world featuring ever-changing artists and themes. To be found and enjoyed just beside the gallery (between the gallery and silo’s) and with beautiful night lighting is available to view 24 hours!

Come and have a peek into our intriguing window of opportunity soon…

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

Neighbourhood Week 2018Neighbourhood Week Registration has Begun –

Neighbourhood Week is back again, this time for the entire summer! It’s about bringing people together, so why not organise a local gathering to get to know your neighbours, community, family group, or sports team
Neighbourhood Week Registration has Begun – For full information and to register go to


ecan-logo21 August – Tuesday – BANKS PENINSULA WATER ZONE COMMITTEE MEETING.  4.00pm at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre.  This meeting is open to the public.   Follow the Link to Agenda HERE  Contact Warren Brixton, Committee Advisor, 3251 386


Phone 021 2334 567  Go to website here

Ecan Drop In Session22 August – Wednesday – DROP IN SESSIONS FOR ADVICE AND SUPPORT.  If you need some help understanding ways to improve biodiversity or want some advice on Biodiversity, Managing Stormwater discharge, stabilising hill slopes, New activities (eg culverts, bridges across rivers, removing native bush), Septic Tank maintenance, Farm Environment Plans.

Drop in and have a chat to our staff.  Banks Peninsula Zone Team Drop in Days – Little River Service Centre.  Wednesday 9am to 1.00pm March to September 2018.

Brainwave Trust22 August – Wednesday – BRAINWAVE TRUST TALK FOR TEENAGERS/PARENTS – 7.30 start, Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Gold coin donation.  Contact Vanessa Phone 021 1201404

Unravelling the Mystery of the Adolescent Brain.  Recent research shows that adolescence is a time of major brain growth and development. It is a time of opportunity for adolescents to develop new skills and for learning that prepares them to take on adult roles and responsibilities.  While this important period of development usually starts around puberty of 10- 12 years and ends in the mid 20’s some children as young as eight are already starting puberty.  To read more go HERE

Website here

Waste PreventionWASTE PREVENTION BANKS PENINSULA – has a Facebook Page.  Go HERE to read all the latest tips.  Waste Prevention Banks Peninsula is a closed group whereby BP residents can find out more about the soft plastics recycling trial, but more importantly how to work on reducing plastics all together. Run by waste prevention educator and Little River resident Sharon McIver from Our Daily Waste, this will be a space for people to ask questions and show off their own waste prevention tips and successes.

  Contact Sharon email or 325 1290/ 021 2516 123 to show your interest and with any queries.

INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS – we have a supply of these for loan if you need. Wheeled walking frame, over toilet seat, shower stool, walking stick, nonslip shower mat, sock aid, long handled shoe horn, foam air ring and foam cushion. Contact Virginia Phone 0272750733  or (at the end of August) Jo 3251 939

23 August Thursdays JIU JITSU CLUB Training Time is every Thursday at the Little River Community Centre. Juniors start at 4.30pm and Seniors commence at 6.30pm.

Beginners welcome it’s never to late to get fit and look after yourself at the same time. Contact Mario 3251132. 

Little River Toy Library24 August –   Friday –  LTTLE RIVER TOY LIBRARY  will be open this afternoon.  It is open fortnightly on a Friday.   We are now offering FREE membership to all Little River families!!!! You just have to pay for the hire of toys.

Great time to get some new and entertaining toys for your kids or grandkids.
Come on down this afternoon…. have a look around.   The Little River Toy Library is open Fortnightly on a Friday.  Opening times vary.  Check with Vanessa on 021 1201404

Scam24 August – Friday.  SCAVVY ON SCAMS WORKSHOP – 11am with Bronwyn Groot.  Commissioner for Financial  Capability (CFFC) at The McFadden’s Centre, St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFadden’s Road, St Albans, Christchurch.

Join us for a fun interactive workshop to get savvy on Scams.

RSVP or phone 03 3660903


Savvy on Scams flyer

DANCING25 August – Saturday – 7pm to 9pm – SOCIAL DANCE – at the Little River Community Centre.  Open to all who have danced at our beginners classes and anyone else who likes to ballroom dance.  Very relaxed, informal and social.

Bring a plate and BYO drinks.

$donation depending on numbers to cover hire of Hall.  Contact Tim and Fae 03 325 1373 or to confirm numbers or for more information.

stream projectMILLION METRES STREAMS PROJECT – Million Metres is an online fundraising platform. We raise money for restoring the Banks of New Zealand’s waterways.  Our goal is to raise funds to plant one million metres of waterways with native plants and trees.  The initiative is led by the Sustainable Business Network, in partnership with the Department of Conservation.  For further information go to the link here About Million Metres for project holders – 2 pager

float and field day 201825 & 26 August 2018 – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY. Public Event.  Come and join us for a weekend of fun flying from 4 flight lines. You must have a current MFNZ Wings Badge.
Please ensure that you have a MFNZ wings badge to fly at this public event. You are welcome to camp at the site, but you should be self-contained, as per the Council’s instructions. We have a NOTAM for 1200 feet.

Our sponsor this year is Hangar One and there are prizes and a raffle to be awarded on the Sunday lunchtime. A Buy, Sell & Exchange tent will be operating and there is food on site. Landing fee for the weekend is $12.  Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email

Living Streams Emblem sign25 August – Saturday   – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY –  The nursery is now open  Saturday 10 to 2pm.  Just one day over the Winter. The nursery has some great specials on at the moment.  Read their June newsletter Here for full details  of plants available with prices – also a list of specials available at the moment.

If you need plants outside of Nursery Hours contact Fiona Waghorn   and she will arrange to meet you at the nursery or have a look in the nursery and let her  know  the plants required and she will put aside  for you to pick up. Plants can be paid for on line, cheque or cash.    You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.

If Anneliese is unavailable contact  Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or : 022 1669 523

Okuti26 August – Sunday – The OFFICIAL LAUNCH of the OKUTI RIVER PROJECT   –  at the Okuti Valley Hall. 12 noon for a free lunch and then into planting 1000 small trees and shrubs.   We will have deputy mayor Andrew Turner, Ecan Chair Steve Lowndes and Iaean Creswell to officially open the project.   If you can bring your own spade and gloves it would be appreciated  and bring some gumboots.   A great opportunity to celebrate spring and catch up with friends and neighbours, so please invite them.

For catering purposes, please indicate if you will attend, with any dietary considerations, ie gluten free, vegetarian etc. to Marcus Peunenter email or  phone 325 1014 or   Alison Evans 3251-336

Okuti River Project Launch poster

Lyttelton Tunnel Closures – 26th to 28th August

The NZ Transport Agency is closing the Lyttelton Tunnel to install a new $29 million fire protection system in the tunnel. The closures will take place between 11pm and 4am on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of August. The three nights of closures are the first in a series of night closures in coming months to enable the fire protection system to be safely installed and tested.

                A 90-day schedule of closures can be viewed here.

Community Board Newsletter July27 August – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am Lyttelton  Community Board Room, 25 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton. The Agenda can be read on line here Read  the Banks Peninsula Community Boards August  Newsletter HERE Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,

28 August 2018 – Volunteering Canterbury Annual General Meeting – 4.30pm at Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

For more information contact Glenda Martin at

DANCING29 August – every Wednesday  till the end of October –   BALLROOM DANCNG LESSONS 7-8pm.  Come and learn beginner’s Ballroom and Latin dancing with Faye and Tim. Try out the Waltz, Rock n Roll, Social Foxtrot and Meringue.  Held at the Little River Community Centre. 

$2.50 per person.  Partners not essential. Two left feet and a lack of rhythm a definite advantage!  Contact Tim and Faye 03 325 1373  or to book in or for further information.

daffodil 31 August –  Friday – DAFFODIL DAY – The Official Cancer Society Collection Day. A Fundraising stall will be held in front of the Little River Café selling  marmalade, bags, bears etc on Daffodil Day   between 10 -2 pm. Any offers of produce, lemons, sugar, made up marmalade or offers to help man the stall please contact Fiona Waghorn 3290171

The Little River Diner also has Marmalade for Sale. All proceeds from the sale of the marmalade go to the Little River Support Group for People who have Cancer.

AlcoholAction Plan to Tackle Alcohol-Related Harm

The Christchurch Alcohol Action Plan (CAAP) a joint strategy led by Christchurch City Council, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and New Zealand Police – has been developed in response to community concerns about harmful alcohol use.

A city free from alcohol-related harm is the vision behind a new strategy launched in Christchurch. Read and share the full story online.

Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 – Akaroa

The recent summer season in Akaroa (2017/18) saw increases in the number of freedom campers and associated issues, and calls from the community for further restrictions to help reduce the impacts from freedom campers.

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.

CHECK OUT the new display at the Little River Railway Station, in the Heritage Room, It’s about MURDER AND MAYHEM in LIttle River and policing in colonial New Zealand. There are some interesting snippets from local newspapers too! Did you know that there was a foul murder here in 1887???? The scalliwag was incarcerated a number of years and appealed the conviction.
Display created by Sue Mather for the Little River Railway Station Trust and can be seen when the Craft Station is open.
Open 7 days a week – Winter Hours 9.30am am to 4.30pm.

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.

Revival ClothingTuesday – Revival Clothing is open each Tuesday. 10.30am  – 4pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River.    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.  Contact Heather. 3251 259 or Contact Fiona 3290171

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 or anonymous line 03 974 1982.  Absolutely confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.

For Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bags contact Heather Williams home 3251 259


Fathers Day High Tea Sept 20182 September – Sunday – FATHERS DAY HIGH TEA – 11am to 3pm at the Pigeon Bay Hall. I have some great live music that will be played by local musicians, whilst you enjoy your high tea.  There will also be other things to entertain the whole family:  You will be able to have your palm read by the fab Fiona, who has provided reading for High Tea customers very successfully before and enjoyed by adults and children alike.

A lovely and very talented photographer will be there displaying some of her work available for purchase as well as offering to take portraits for you and your friends/family.

A very experienced and wonderful local face painter will be providing entertainment for the children.  There will also be some gift options for those last minute Fathers Day gifts.  Bookings recommended  Phone 03 3046708 or 0223079974

2 September   – Sunday – 11amST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month. Formal Service with Communion.   Third Sunday 5pm – Brief Family Centred Message followed by a shared tea. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA3 September    –  Monday –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUST  GENERAL MEETING –  7.30 pm .  In the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre – All welcome.  Items for the Agenda  to be received 7 days before the meeting  and sent to  Robert (Chair) –  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233, or Barb (Secretary),  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947.

The Little River Wairewa Community Trust run regularly drop in sessions on a Tuesday between 10 – 12 noon in the meeting room at the Little River Service Centre.  If you have a project you would like to discuss or would like to know more about the Big Ideas Town Planning projects come along and have a chat with Barb or Mac.

Coronation Garden3 September Monday 10 -12noon. CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING. Bruce has put the garden to bed for winter. There is still a lot of colour to enjoy. Take a stroll along the pathway and enjoy the autumn flowers. If you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome. Phone Bruce on 3251 040 to let him know you are coming

4 September  – Tuesday – COUNTRY LIVING OUTING – Visit to OtahunaGarden Tour only.   We are unable to go inside the Homestead because they have paying guests. The cost of $20 is for the tour of the garden only. No refreshments are available there.

Lunch – I have contacted The Raspberry Café and The Bicycle Thief and neither cafes are open on Tuesdays. Our only possibility is The Store at Tai Tapu. I have tentatively booked for between 25-30 people for 12noon. You can eat whatever you like from all day breakfast, soup, sandwiches etc from the food cabinet or full menu, so cost is up to you. I will also need to know numbers of those who wish to have lunch, so you will need to email me back. Email:

Banks Peninsula conservation Trust LogoWe would love to have you volunteer with us – Come and help us preserve and enhance the unique and special biodiversity of Banks Peninsula.



Where: Port Saddle, Lyttelton
When: Saturday 8th September 10am – 4pm
Details: Planting out an area on Port Saddle as part of our restoration project partnership with Lyttelton Port Company.

Please register your interest by contacting our  Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust Volunteer Coordinator Sophie Hartnell

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY9  September – 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.

Contact Alison on 3251-336 or Geoff Ettrick on 3251-332 for more informationTrap 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 September  – 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. Mass will be led by Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Marie Couper will lead a worship time for the children.   There are six families at present preparing children  for First Communion and they meet at 4pm.  To read the Parish Newsletter go HERE      Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa

Womens Sufferage Day13 September – Please find attached an invitation for a special event marking the beginning of celebrations of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.   This is a very special event for our city, as Christchurch was the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement.

It’s especially fitting to have the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern speaking at this event, inspiring the next generation of young female leaders in our city.   I look forward to seeing you on 13 September.   Lianne Dalziel,  Mayor of Christchurch

Beginners Garden course15 September -Saturday –  BEGINNERS GARDENING COURSE –  From Lawn to Kitchen Garden.  $70 per person.  Location: KoruKai Herb Farm.  Banks Peninsula.  10am to 3pm.

Learn how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your own backyard. In this workshop, we will cover many topics that will help you get started to grow a productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year. Go HERE for tickets and further information.


3 October – Tuesday –   COUNTRY LIVING OUTING – Visit to Orton Bradley Park, Charteris Bay to view the Rhododendron Garden. Park admission fee $5.00. Meet at 11 am and lunch is TBA in September. This will either be at the park Cafe (if a new lease is in place) or the Dark Star Ale House and Cafe, Diamond Harbour.

Contact  Mary Millar email

Don McGashans Free Flight NZ Tour19 October – Friday – DON MCGLASHAN’S FREE FLIGHT NZ TOUR – At the Gaiety Hall, Akaroa.  Featuring Chris O’Connor and support from Anthonie  Tonnon.  7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Tickets available from  R18 – General Admission $40.00 Buy Tickets  Additional fees may apply.  Phone Sales:  0800 BUY TIX (289 849) – Ticket Outlets  Websites:











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