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Little River CommunityTrust Logo new28 May – Tuesday –  Fiona McLean, Acting Secretary/Coordinator for  the Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be working at the Little River Service Centre between 10 – 12 noon each Tuesday.  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 Fiona.  Email  Fiona will be there each Tuesday.

Yoga arielleYOGA @ Little River Community centre is on each week on a Wednesday morning

9.45 -11am, Heart Breath Yoga a gentle form of Hatha Yoga  suitable for everyone, beginners and experienced practitioners. 
Great for your health and wellbeing. Includes Breathing, Meditation, Relaxation and Asana. $15/class.  Just come along and bring a mat if you have one.
with Arielle Atman – experienced Hatha Yoga Teacher
For more info ph.027 2321610,

Badminton29 May – Wednesday – Have you tried Badminton yet? It is great fun and good for agility and fitness. Starting 1st May in LITTLE RIVER at the Community Centre, Western Valley Road.

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

Contact Simon

Walking Festival 1Banks Peninsula Walking Festival 2019 – We are busy planning this year’s Walking Festival which is always very popular for the weekends of November 2019. We are looking for special walks or tramps within the Little River area and people to guide them. If you have a special place on your land or know of a great walk we would love to hear from you.  Contact Donald Matheson

retail awards NZThe Little River Gallery – The best little gallery around?  We have been nominated in the NZ Retail awards, best Merchandising Category.  We’re a bit thrilled, and keen to win, so how about helping us get there by voting for us in the ‘People’s Choice’ section?  The home page on our website has a link to take you there or follow the link here   Voting closes the 30 May 2019


Voting closes the 30 May 2019.  In anticipation.  Thank you!

Hill top pizza nightHill Top Hotel – Join us every Friday Night  for half price Pizza night.  4 – 7pm.

Phone 3251 005

Hill Top Hotel,

5207 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River 7591

exhibitionto  29 May  – EXHIBITION AT THE LITTLE RIVER GALLERY.  Simon van der Sluijs’ ‘Dissectum’.  It is the second of a trilogy of exhibitions titled ‘Anatomy of Melancholy’.

A cut to heal,  the depth to feel.   A stitch to mend  lest we offend.  Tendency to Melancholy  (the opposite of being jolly).  Anatomy of that divide,  Dissectum is to see inside.
The exhibition runs through to the 29 May.

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

30 May  – Thursday –JUSTICE OF THE PEACE SERVICE – DROP IN SESSION AT THE LITTLE RIVER LIBRARY .  11.00am – 12.30pm .  Val Peak will be holding the JP drop in sessions each Thursday .  Bookings are not necessary

Our Winter hours at the Challenge Garage everyday are:  7.30am Open.         5.30pm Close. 

CHALLENGE GARAGE 4223 Main Road / State Highway 75.  Little River Canterbury 7591.  Phone / fax   :   03 325 1002  

SCULPTURE ON THE PENINSULA  are  accepting submissions for our November 2019 event up until 5 July. Details  at  Sculpture on the Peninsula is a contemporary sculpture exhibition held every two years.  It is the largest scuptural exhibition in the South Island and attracts both leading and emerging sculptures. The event runs from 8 November to Sunday 10 November and is held at Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Duck Shooting History

DUCK SHOOTING SEASON IS HERE – Check out the new display in the Heritage Room at the Little River  Railway Station. Some interesting facts about the history of duck shooting for you and early photos of duck shooting in our local area.
The NZ Duck Shooting season opens each year on the 1st Saturday in May. This is when most hunters take part and most birds are shot. Each hunter can shoot up to 50 ducks per day and no limit on geese.

NZ has a three-month season May to July so even if you don’t make the opening weekend you can still enjoy some waterfowl shooting later in the season.   A License must be obtained from Fish and Game New Zealand every season. Restrictions apply.

HEALTH WARNING REMOVED –  Canterbury District Health Board‘s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued for Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa.

Recent water testing at Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa, has shown the quantity of potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) in the lake has decreased and concentrations are now below the levels that are of concern to public health.

Environment Canterbury’s sampling of Lake Forsyth/ Te Roto o Wairewa will continue on a monthly basis.

Climate Change Survey – Closes 31 May – What do you do each week to reduce your impact on the environment?  Is enough being done to tackle the issue of climate change?

The Christchurch City Council is working on a Climate Change Strategy for the city. As an organisation, we’ve already set ourselves the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and now, as part of our Climate Change Strategy, we’re in the process of setting a carbon neutral target for the whole city.

Climate change has major implications for the health and wellbeing of current and future residents, and for the planning of pretty much everything we do as a city. So to help inform the strategy and the action plans that will support it, we’ve put together a short survey. We’d really appreciate you taking the time to share your views. Take the survey

This won’t be your only chance to have your say on the strategy – it’s just an early opportunity to provide some input. There will be other opportunities in the coming months.

EQCThe Public Inquiry into the EQC is currently inviting submissions from claimants and residents who have past experiences with EQC following the Canterbury (and other) earthquakes and have views about future changes.

Help us spread the message

Dame Silvia Cartwright is the Chair of the Inquiry and she very much wants people to have their say. It’s important, as it will help make sure that lessons are learned and changes made for future improvements to EQC.      Submissions can be made online, but let us know if you have members who prefer to have their say on a print form, as we can send you these too.  Written Submissions are open until the 26 May 2019.

Lay of the Land1 – 26 June —  EXHIBITION AT THE LITTLE RIVER GALLERY.   Brent Forbes – LAY OF THE LAND –

An invitation to attend the opening of Brent Forbes solo show ‘Lay of the Land’ opening on Saturday June 1st at 11am.

Beautifully moody land and seascapes – That magic hour of suns’ last stand   picks out the folds of our dear land.   The ribbon of road divides the scene,   rear-view mirror shows where I’ve been.   And now I stand with brush in hand,  margin marked between sky and land.   Brings to mind, one stormy day   the rough sea clawing at the bay.   Black rubbed back, a streak of blue,   an arc of land and sea construe.

The exhibition runs through to the 26 June .  Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

BP Rugby Logo1 June  – Saturday –BANKS PENINSULA RUGBY GAMES

All games played at the domain are posted here Draw will be posted here when it comes out


Come on down and enjoy some good games of local rugby.

Living Streams Emblem sign1 June   – Saturday – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY – The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.   You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  The Nursery has a number of plants to clear.  Check out what is on offer in the Autumn promotion newsletter living streams nursery promo3Contacts Annelies (phone 021 1082161 or email or   Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or 022 1669 523

Anglican Church2 June    – Sunday – 5pmST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month. Formal Service with Communion with a shared meal.     Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

Bruces Garden (2)3 June   – Monday 10 -12noon. CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNINGIt’s Autumn

The garden is looking good.   There is plenty of work in the garden  if you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome. Phone Bruce on 3251 040.

Community Board Newsletter July3 June  – Monday   – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am to 12.30 –     Follow the link to  read the Banks Peninsula Community Boards  May Newsletter Here

Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,

clean up day5 June –  Wednesday – WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY ‘CLEAN-UP-DAYEncouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

You can pick up litter where ever you are – at home school, work or play.

Take a picture and send it to us

Help us save the planet and wildlife.


mural-35 June – Wednesday – A Strategy for the Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch 2019-2024 – – In 10 years, we want Christchurch/Banks Peninsula  to have a reputation as the best place in Aotearoa to live and be creative. How do we make this happen – Come along and chat with staff about Toi Ōtautahi, a draft strategy for the arts.  Little River Drop in sessions 

Wednesday – 5 June –  4:30pm – 6:30pm,  Little River Board Room,  4238 Christchurch-Akaroa Road,  Little River

Go here  to read full notice.

The full Draft Strategy for the Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch consultation is open for feedback until 17 June 2019. Go online to to read the strategy and have your say.

5 June  –  Wednesday –  COUNTRY LIVING OUTING –   Start at 10.3am at Saints, 68 Tai Tapu Road, Tai Tapu.  Lunch at the Flaming Rabbit, 1/3 Vernon Drive, Lincoln (opposite New World).  $20pp includes morning tea.     Reply to Mary by the 29 May   email

The 150 year old Church is now a boutique luxury retreat which has been magnificently restored with meticulous attention to the smallest detail and with many features reclaimed from the city’s historic landmarks.

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY9 June   – 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.  There are even traps for birds like the pesky magpie.   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.

Akaroa now has its own Trap Library contact for details.

Trail ride9 June – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER TRAIL RIDE – 9am to 3pm .  Entry on the day from 8am.  Western Hills Farm, 130 Western Valley Road, Little River.  Sign Posted on the day.  Adults 16 years and over $60.00 includes lunch.  Kids (10 to 15 years $20.00 includes lunch.  Entry on the day – cash only.

Family and intermediate loop and a deviation hill climb.  Contact 021 377 750.  Riders must wear protective footwear and helmet.  No dogs permitted.

Fundraiser for the Banks Peninsula A&P Association.

AkaroaFrenchFest2013-2607smaller11 October, Friday  to Sunday 13 October – FRENCH FESTTo be held on the last weekend of the school holidays in October. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori)  at the Akaroa Frenchfest. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street come alive with entertainment, music and roving entertainment. On Saturday enjoy the living history reenactment on the main beach, the parade and official flag raising and the market stalls and activities all day. Saturday evening we have a ticketed cabaret. Sunday day is being developed so keep an eye out for progress. The programme is coming closer to the time. To  register a stall   go here

9 June  – 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 Geoff Gray  

Little River CommunityTrust Logo new10 June  – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUSTS Meeting.  7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre. All Welcome. Items for the Agenda to Secretary/Coordinator

Silverstream Bull Sale12 June – Wednesday – ANNUAL BULL SALE 2019 – at 2pm.   Silverstream hosts and annual on farm auction where this year we will We will be offering 72 Charolais and 18 Herefords Bulls

Silverstream Charolais 31st Annual Bull Sale will be held on Wednesday 12th June at 2pm on their Property.

.  The sale is always held on the second Wednesday in June every year.

12 June – Wednesday –  Waka Toa Ora Seminar with Akina Foundation – You are invited to a Waka Toa Ora lunchtime seminar:  “Our vision is for a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive New Zealand”   12.15pm to 1.15pm.  Aoraki Room, Community and Public Health, 310 Manchester Street

Join us to hear Jill Borland, Kaiwhakahaere Hononga / Relationship Manager – Te Waipounamu at Ākina Foundation provide insights into the growing social enterprise movement in Aotearoa New Zealand and how an intentional focus by organisations of all kinds on their impact would contribute to a healthier Greater Christchurch.

Jill will outline Ākina’s mission, the Government ‘Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme’, along with local activities and impact capability building opportunities.

Book online here – a calendar appointment will be emailed following registration. Read more about Ākina here.

voluntering canterbury“PUT ON YOUR OWN OXYGEN MASK FIRST” A free mental well-being workshop for community organisations

We are delighted to advise that we will be hosting a ‘mental well-being workshop’ on Thursday 13 June 2019, from 3-6pm, at Christchurch Community House.
Facilitating this Workshop is Pup Chamberlain, Health Promoter with Community and Public Health.  Pup will share personal stories from his former career as a Police Officer as he covers the following topics: wellness, reflection, sleep, and laughing at ourselves!
This workshop is for anyone who volunteers or who manages volunteers – it is an opportunity to learn about looking after your own and others wellbeing.

Registration essential:

Full Moon Pigeon Bay15 June – FULL MOON IN JUNE – Outdoor Yard Fire, and DJ’s Café Dre, Mat Hoods, Person Will.  Proceeds to Shishu Bhavan  – Mother Theresa.  Missionaries of Charity Children’s Home in India.

Tickets available from Rhona’s $15.00 pre Sales.  $20.00 at the door.  Kids Free 8pm till late.

Location on registration.

email or phone 027 4984 520

Whale Pots 2WHALE POTS RETURNED – The Members of the Railway Station Trust have  refurbished the two Whale Pots that were in front of the Craft Station and have placed them  on a new stand  at the Information Centre end  of the Little River Historic Railway Station.

If you know any of the history of these two pots the Little River Railway Station Trust would love to know.   Please contact Jodi

Trust members also with the help of the contractors moved the Cattle Wagon out of the Goods Shed to make room for the restoration of the Goods Shed which has commenced.

ChCh Heritage WeekCHRISTCHURCH HERITAGE WEEK – Event applications now open!  If you have a great idea for a festival event, we want to hear from you!

We welcome everyone’s applications to take part in this year’s Christchurch Heritage Festival programme as we bring together a wide range of community events and activities.

Event applications are now open – closing 5pm, Monday 10 June. See application details and apply online here: Christchurch Heritage Festival (Heritage Week) will run from 7–28 October 2019.
To get in touch with us please email

TIMEBANKING IN LITTLE RIVER – People in the Little River area have gardeningbeen offered a fantastic opportunity to become a Neighbourhood within the Selwyn Time bank. This means we can trade time credits rather than money for services, products, and equipment. Learn more about Time Banking at Little River Contact Virginia Phone 027 2750733 or Sandra Tuckwell phone 3251 970

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 Contact 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 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.

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

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 display in the Heritage Room on the New Engine.  DUCK SHOOTING SEASON IS HERE – Check out the new display in the Heritage Room at the Little River  Railway Station. Some interesting facts about the history of duck shooting for you and early photos of duck shooting in our local area.
Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust  Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.

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.

30 August – PLAYCENTRE QUIZZ NIGHT – Save this date – further details to follow

21 December – Community Dance – Little River – Save this date – further details to follow.











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