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Drum Festival 201823/24 and 25 February – THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2018 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River.  Saturday 24 February 2018 1:00pm and Sunday 25 February 2018 9:00am . A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

Includes cultural drum groups from around new Zealand performing rhythms from Africa, Asia, the Middle East & South America plus drum and dance workshops and evening camp-fire tribal drumming.  Featuring Takumi Japanese Drum Group, Doug Brush, Robert Koffie, Chitongo, Ra McCostie and many more.

The program will be a moving progression of concerts with different groups performing in unique locations in the bush, beside the river, in the shade of the walnut trees and at the local pub.  oFor further information on how to get tickets phone Marcus on 3251 014 go here 

Cooptown BBQ 201825 February – COOPTOWN BBQ

Come meet the neighbours!

11am 25 Feb at 4451 Christchurch to Akaroa Road.

Bring a salad/drink/plate – sausages provided
RSVP Cat 027 7157933

Headland– 7 March – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – HEADLANDJANIE PORTER – Paint daubed on canvas stretched, a bruised sky.   Turgid sea, whirling birds, shelter on the laboured land.

Walks and wanderings on Headland.

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

Open Seven Days a week.  9am to 5pm.

Kaitiaki_Header_IMage_Newsletter_logo_22_08_2013HABITAT PROTECTION FUND CLOSING SOON – WWF’s Habitat Protection Fund will be closing soon. WWF’s will be closing for applications on 28 February 2018. Make sure you get your application in on time, so you don’t miss out.   We’ve made changes to the application requirements, so you need to use the new application form and pay close attention to the guidelines document on our Habitat Protection web page. If your application doesn’t meet all the requirements we won’t be able to consider your project for funding. Becky Wilson is the person to contact with all community conservation inquiries. Get in touch with Becky if you have any questions about the suitability of your project or completing the application form. Email: Phone: 04 471 4297 or 0800 435 7993

SUPPORT OFFICERS NEEDED INCLUDING BANKS PENINSULA – Peninsula based job – full time and permanent in Akaroa/Little River.  Vacancy 10463 – Support Officers is now live.  Please click on the link to view –,10463.html  The closing date is Tuesday 21 February 2018.

Akaroa Photo Competitionto Wednesday 28 February 2018  – LIFE IN THE CRATER – PHOTO COMPETITION – Loads of great prizes to be won in the Akaroa Summer Photographic Competition 2017-2018 with the theme ‘Life in the Crater’. Running from 1 December 2017 to 28 February 2018.We invite you to submit images that best reflect ‘Life in the Crater’ which covers Akaroa & Banks Peninsula area.  Entries close at 5pm on 28 February 2018. Entries include 16 and under. And adults. Please submit entries to as jpg attachments. You only need to sign the T&C’s form once. Not for each image. Thanks. Phone03 304 7816 or 027 4197507.  For further details go to website here

Purple-loosestrife-story-1-1INVASIVE WEED – A infestation of a nasty pest plant, purple loosestrife, has been discovered in Prices Valley  Our biosecurity team are really keen to get on top of this invasive weed and are asking for people, particularly on Banks Peninsula, to check their properties and notify Ecan if they suspect it may be present.

The below link provides some information about how to identify the weed and who to contact if you think you see it.

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124Akaroa District Promotions  and Department of Conservation  SEAWEEK ART COMPETITIONWin an Akaroa Harbour boat trip on the DOC boat with Department of Conservation officers Derek Cox & Tom MacTavish and a delicious fish ‘n’ chip meal from Akaroa Fish & Chips .  Second prize: Prizes from the Little River Art Gallery

To enter: Create a drawing or painting in colour or black and white, on A4, with the theme of marine mammals and/or marine reserves as these are very special to Banks Peninsula. Categories (as at 1 Jan 2018): 5-7 years; 8– 12 years; 13-16 years; 17+ years. (1st & 2nd prizes awarded in each category) .  Entries close: 4pm Friday 23rd February 2018 and can be left at: Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa and The Little River Craft Station or post to PO Box 166, Akaroa, 7520—unfolded.  Please note artwork will not be returned unless requested.  Date for prize-winners boat trip: Saturday 11th March 2018 (wet weather alternative 12th March) For full details go here ADP & DOC Art Comp details 2018

Headlandt0  7 March – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – HEADLANDJANIE PORTER – Paint daubed on canvas stretched, a bruised sky.   Turgid sea, whirling birds, shelter on the laboured land.   Walks and wanderings on Headland.

You are invited to the opening on the Saturday 10 February at 11am.

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

Cruise ShipCRUISE SHIP DAYS FOR FEBRUARY   into Akaroa. There will be 20 Cruise ships into Akaroa Harbour for December  on the 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 24, 26,   and 28.  Two ships in on the 5, 9, 12 and  17th.  On these days there will be extra busses and traffic on the roads to cater for the tours the Cruise Ship passengers go on as well as the extra campervans and visitors to the area travelling around the Peninsula for Summer Season.  If you have time check out Akaroa on a Cruise Ship Day.  They look awesome anchored in the Harbour

Living Streams Emblem sign February  – Saturday  – LIVING STREAMS NURSERY – The nursery  will now  be open Wednesday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.  Read the December newsletter here Living Streams Nursery – newsletter Feb 1st 2018

Annelies  can always be contacted  for plants outside of Nursery Hours.  Phone her and she will arrange to meet you at the nursery or have a look in the nursery and let Annelies know  the plants required and she will put aside  for you to pick up.   You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre      Phone 3251 229. 

Little River Youth Group LRYG 2018 Term 1 February – Wednesday nights  – LITTLE RIVER YOUTH GROUP – A typical evening will involve a range of activities including games, music, bible discussions, prayer, food and of course a great bunch of young people. The Little River Youth Group offers a place for young people to hang out in a positive environment and learn about God.

St. Andrew’s church, Upper Church Road.   Every Wednesday night during the school term from 6:30 pm – 8pm.  Term Dates: Feb 7th, 14th 21st and 28th and March 7th, 14th and 21st.   For young people in years 5 – 13.  For more information contact

Sewing Circle February – on a Thursday – 10am to 12pm during the term – REVIVAL  SEWING CIRCLE- FOR BEGINNERS – at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre.

$2.00 per class Materials extra. Term 1 we will be sewing Cloth Shopping Bags, Cushion Covers, Purses, Aprons,


As we have limited spaces please email Justine at  redflaxnz @ if you are interested.

CCC Logo26 February – Monday – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUITY BOARD MEETING – 10.00AM to 12.00pm.  at the Akaroa Sports Complex, Akaroa Recreation Ground, Akaroa.  Any enquiries  to Liz Carter 941 5682 / 027 281 4835

To read the latest Community Board Newsletter go here

Revival Clothing27 February  – Tuesday – Revival Clothing open . 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 hone 3251 259

The biography section at the Little River Library has just been completely refreshed, so come along and have a browse for something new to read. 
If you want to know about the latest biographies coming into Christchurch City Libraries, go to the library website<>, type in ‘biography’ in the search box, and after it has loaded (with about 17,000 entries!), scroll down to the left hand side of the page where it says ‘New To The Library’. You can then select ‘past 7 days’ (or past 30, 60, 90 or 180 days).  Some examples of biographies that have come in over the past 7 days are:  To read the full article go here 


2 March  – THE LITTLE RIVER TOY LIBRARY has moved to more central  premises.  It is open fortnightly between  3.15 to 4pm on Fridays commencing 22 December  You will find us behind the Little River Service which is on the Main Road, Little River. For more information contact Roriana Tini  3251-961 or email  The Toy Library will be open this month  on the 2 and 16 and 30 March

sEAWEEKSeaweek runs annually and this year from the 3 to the 11 March.  The Theme is The theme will be Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People

Akaroa District Promotions has organised a large number of activities over this week.  Including competitions, Films, Worsley Exhibitions at the Akaroa Museum, Dolphin Talks  and Operator Specials on Cruises and Sea Kayaking Safaris.

For the full programme go here SeaWeek Events Poster 2018 FINAL

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x1243 – 11 March – Seaweek . Akaroa District Promotions & The Department of Conservation Art Competition.  Marine mammals and marine reserves are something very special we have in and around Banks Peninsula. Draw your best marine picture including other interesting sea themes, and be in with the chance to win!

First Prize A harbour cruise with DOC Rangers, followed by a Fish & Chip meal from Akaroa Fish & Chips .

Second Prize – Voucher from The Little River Gallery.  (1st & 2nd prizes will be awarded in each age category)

Entries close 4.00pm, Friday 23rd February 2018.  Submit entries to:  • Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa.  • Little River Craft Station.  • Posted (no folds) to P.O. Box 166, Akaroa 7542 .  For details of criteria visit:  or see poster here ADP & DOC Art Comp details 2018

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x1243 and 10 March – Ministry For Primary Industries trailer at approx 10am Fishing rules change regularly, and to help with keeping up to date, the Ministry of Primary Industry Recreational Fishing Info Trailer will be located on the Beach Road waterfront, giving out information on the legal rules and requirements to follow for recreational fishing.

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124SALUTE TO ADVENTURE – The Worsley Exhibition at the Akaroa Museum. 71 Rue Lavaud. Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free Entry.  The Worsley exhibition has been refreshed  and will be open again in time for Seaweek. Frank Worsley was born in Akaroa and was one of the finest sailors, navigators, and Antarctic explorers of his time. Step into his world and discover where his thirst for adventure led him.

4 March   – 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 FA5 March –  Monday –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUST  GENERAL MEETING –  7.30 pm 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

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x1246 March – Tuesday – TALE OF TWO WORSLEYS –  Two adventurers, a century apart. 6.30pm The Gaiety, 105 Rue Jolie , AkaroaNew Zealanders are renowned for their desire to explore the world and are great at it. A hero to Akaroa is Frank Worsley, who captained the Endurance during Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. However, he is best remembered for navigating the expedition party to safety after the Endurance was crushed by ice floes in the Weddell Sea. Join this wonderful talk on Worsley’s life and achievements; celestial navigational techniques; new adventurers who retraced Worsley’s footsteps; and a family legacy that has continued into modern times. Gold coin donation with a light supper provided

6 March – 2018 CENSUS NIGHT – Every five years, we run the census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. By asking everyone to complete a set of questions about themselves and their household, we can capture a snapshot of who is living in, and visiting, New Zealand.

The next census is on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.  This page gives information about release dates, 2018 Census content, and our strategy for running and producing information from the 2018 Census.

The census website gives more information about what the census is and why we do it.

7 March – Wednesday – GOOD YARN WORKSHOP – A Hands On Workshop that will give you practical tools and confidence to talk to people in rural Communities about Mental Health – 3.30 – 7.00pm at The Little River Rugby Club Rooms.  All Good Yarn workshops are run  by experienced facilitators who have a wealth of knowledge in the rural section. No charge, Refreshments supplied.  Contact Bridget  Frame and Gayle Litchfield. Phone 027 417 1812.  RSVP by 2 March.  Enabling the Farming Community to talk about Mental Health Issues.  .

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x1248 March –  Screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ movie followed by a Q&A session – Akaroa Cinema.  In the centre of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Come along to the screening of “A Plastic Ocean” film followed by Q&As with Maria Jesus Valdes (Department of Marine Science, University of Otago)

Time: Film start time 5.30pm (1hr 42 minutes), followed by a short session of Q & A.   Price $20.00  Extras: – Thanks to the sponsorship of the Akaroa Marine Protection Society, each movie goer will receive a free Akaroa jute bag

– Spot prizes throughout the night.  Number of seats: Only 36 seats are available, so places are limited!  Bookings: By calling 03 304 8898 or at the Cinema

NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124 10 March – Ministry For Primary Industries trailer at approx 10am Fishing rules change regularly, and to help with keeping up to date, the Ministry of Primary Industry Recreational Fishing Info Trailer will be located on the Beach Road waterfront, giving out information on the legal rules and requirements to follow for recreational fishing.

10 March  – Saturday at 5pm. CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Saturday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.   Visitors are most welcome. Mass will be lead by  Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Marie Couper will lead a worship time for the children.

Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa.

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY11 March    – 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 information.

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.

 CCC Logo12 March – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10AM TO 5.00PM at the Lyttelton Community Board Room, 25 Canterbury Street. Lyttelton.  Any enquiries contact Any enquiries  to Liz Carter 941 5682 / 027 281 4835

To read the latest Banks Peninsula Community Board Newsletter go here

Yoga Weekend Camp9 – 11 March –  Yoga Camp NZ 2018 at the  Little River Campground.   A community and family friendly event with  lots to offer in health/wellbeing/spirituality and movement. We have quite a few local teachers joining us and would love local residents to come down with their families. Workshops and classes included Yoga, music, dance, nutrition, herbal medicine, acrobatics, belly dance, meditation, life coaches.    For further details and tickets go here

manderley-garden-festival17 & 18 March  – Saturday and Sunday – MANDERLEY HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL10:00am to 4:00pm each day. 

Delight your senses with tantalizing taste sensations and visual delights at the Manderley Festival.  Browse 140 carefully selected boutique stalls with a clever mix of food, wine and craft beers set within the stunning grounds of Manderley gardens.

Experience the eclectic Manderley entertainment, programmed by Kate and Lei’lataua Limuloa, (runners up of NZ’s Got Talent 2013). With varied pace and tempo to suit all ages including ballet, circus performing, a singer and guitarist, and even tap and jazz dancing, it’s too good to miss. Maybe you prefer to wander peacefully and take in the breathtaking views.

Find your own little piece of paradise at Manderley come rain or shine. Whether it’s a relaxing day in the country, a family picnic or watching performances in the park, Manderley Festival is where it’s at.

A relaxing drive with something for everyone. Come, experience the renowned Manderley Festival.

Le_Race2018  Le Race– Saturday 24 March – 100k’s Road Race from Cathedral Square to Akaroa.

This annual cycle race starts in the middle of Christchurch at 7.30am for the pre-race briefing and then it’s all go at 8.00am. The finish line is in the centre of Akaroa, followed by prize giving on the Akaroa recreation ground. Make a weekend of it by booking into 1 of the many wonderful B&B’s in Akaroa and enjoy a family weekend away. Be warned! This is not your ordinary 100 km race. Hugely popular across all abilities, amazing views and more hills than you can shake a pump at.  Go to website here

Le race PetiteIntroducing Le Race Petite!!!  This is the perfect race for those not quite ready for the full 00km traditional Placemakers Le Race course.  Starting at 8.05am in Cathedral Square, the course follows the same route as the full length race, but ends at Little River.  This event has all the same features as Placemakers Le Race including timing , spot prizes and entertainment at the Little River finish line.  (Must be 15 or over at event date.


2 May – BALLROOM DANCNG LESSONSCome and learn beginner’s Ballroom and Latin dancing with Faye and Tim. Try out the Waltz, Rock n Roll, Social Foxtrot and Meringue.  Every Wednesday 7.00 – 8.00 at Little River Community Centre starting May 2nd through til the end of June.

Gold coin donation per person.  Partners not essential. Two left feet and a lack of rhythm a definite advantage!

We are not professional teachers but we love dancing. Hoping to have a bit of fun over the winter.  Contact Tim and Faye 03 325 1373 or
















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