WHAT’S ON IN LITTLE RIVER AND DISTRICTS FEBRUARY 2019
Details painted, perspective stated. The nature of bird, the fish that was lured. Conservation devoted,
measurements noted. Elements leap from the paper, to make the heart caper. To have and to hold, red sticker means sold!
Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm. http://www.littlerivergallery.com/
“Live at the Point” Sunday Sessions – “Live at the Point” is a great family event featuring free live music every Sunday from 13 January to 3 March at the Godley House grounds in Diamond Harbour. Please find more details, including the 2019 line up, at: https://diamondharbour.info/live-at-the-point/.
Civic Memorial Service for the Eighth Anniversary of the 22nd February 2011 Canterbury Earthquake –
You are invited to come to a Civic Memorial Service on Friday 22 February at 12.30pm on the north bank of Oi Manawa at the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial (corner of Montreal Street and Cambridge Terrace). For more details please view the attached poster here
23 February – Saturday – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY – The nursery is now open Wednesday Saturday 10 to 2pm. The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week. If you need plants outside of Nursery Hours contact Anneliese 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.
Contacts Annelies (ph 021 1082161 or email email@example.com) or Fiona Waghorn firstname.lastname@example.org phone 3290 171 or : 022 1669 523
Dance to the beat of a different drum. FREE
A Celebration of culture, showcasing performing acts, crafts, demonstrations and global food from 80 cultures.
For more details visit ccc.govt.nz/events or call 941 8999 (Cancelled if wet).
House Concert Pigeon Bay Hall 6.30pm. Shared Pot luck 7.30 music starts. $15.00 per adult (children free).
email email@example.com or phone 027 3070576 for the address.
24 February 2019 – SURFCASTING COMPETITION 2019 – The bait is over.. Banks Peninsula Young Farmers’ Surf Casting Competition for 2019 is finally here! It’s a great oppor-tuna-ty to dip your fins and win some kraken prizes. Categories include: * Biggest Fish (Adult), * Biggest Fish (Kids), * Most Variety, * Smallest Fish, * Ugliest FishSponsors of the prizes will be announced soon!
$10 PER ADULT. $5 PER KID. $20 PER FAMILY (2 ADULTS 2 KIDS)
7:00am start at Birdlings Flat (entry forms must be filled out on arrival). 3:00pm weigh in at the Little River Hotel. 5:00pm prizegiving at the Little River Hotel. There will also be raffles and sausage sizzles. For any enquiries please contact the club’s President, Tom Power, on 0220791802.
25 February – CHCH TO LITTLERIVER RAILTRAIL MEETING -5.30pm in the Billiards Room, Henry Wigram Drive, Wigram Place. Meeting to discuss the extension to the Little River Railtrail to make it a round trip to Christchurch and return and would welcome input from interested people/groups. See as marked on map on left. A light supper will be provided so for catering please reply that you are coming by the 15 February to firstname.lastname@example.org
WAITANGI DAY DISPLAY in the Heritage Room of the Historic Railway Station – Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.
CHECK OUT THE NEW LITTLE RED ENGINE AT THE LITTLE RIVER RAILWAY STATION – It arrived on Valentines Day February 14 at 7.30 in the morning. A 31 tonne ex NZR Hunslet DSA – class shunting locomotive manufactured by the Hunslett Engine Company in Leeds. This one was in the service of the NZ Railways from 1957 – 1985 and shunted Wagons in the Ravensdown Yard at Hornby from 1985 to 2002 before going to Mainline Steam in Christchurch. In 2009 it was sold to a private collector in Dunedin, from whom the Little River Railway Station Trust bought it from. The Trust hopes to get the engine operating again and any Railway Maintenance engineers or diesel engineers out there please contact Jodi on email email@example.com
February – CRUISE SHIPS INTO AKAROA for JANUARY – there will 20 Cruise Ships into Akaroa in February . Two on the 7th. Three on the 11 and two again on the 17th. Be aware that the roads will be really busy on Cruise Ship Days with extra buses as well as the normal busy holiday time traffic, campervans, trailers with boats and holiday makers so take your time and do not rush.
There will be Cruise Ships in Akaroa on the following dates. 1st , 4th ,7th(2 ships), 8th, 10th, 11th (3 ships), 13th, 15th, 16th , 17th(2 ships) , 18th, 19th, 20th , 25th , 27th, and 28th. The Cruise Ships in the harbour look amazing. Well worth a trip over to see.
WELCOME TO LITTLE RIVER BAGS – The Little River Wairewa Community Trust welcomes newcomers into the area with a bag of goodies and information e.g, The phone book. The latest Akaroa Mail. “What’s On” guide, Brochures about community groups – Food Bank, Revival Clothing, Living Streams Community Nursery.Local business also give a small gift usually in the way of a voucher to go with their brochures. If you would like to be involved in this wonderful welcoming practice, please contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0273132287
I have new people in the area to make bags for and would like to have some ready to go by the end of February/beginning of March. Thank you so much to those who already contribute, and I look forward to hearing from anyone else!!!
Barb Gaeth, Secretary/Coordinator
26 June – Wednesday – BRAIDED RIVERS SEMINAR – 8.30am to 5pm at the Lincoln University. This is a Free Seminar. While we don’t yet have a full programme in place, PDFs of presentations from the 2016 workshop and 2017 seminar will give you an idea of the format and content (and it’s worth having a look at these to follow the story so far).
We recommend you register early as the previous two seminars and workshops were booked out and waitlisted. A great deal more focus has been placed on braided rivers and their unique ecology since our previous seminar in 2017, so we anticipate strong interest this year. Please note: if you are presenting a paper, you do NOT need to register. If you would like to present a paper, please email me. To register, please go to http://braid.org.nz/seminar-2019/ .
27 February – Wednesday – YOGA @ LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CENTRE – 9.45 -11am. All welcome.
The Little River Youth Group. Meets in St Andrews Church from 6.30pm to 8pm on Wednesday nights from the 13 February to the 10 th April. The youth Group is for ages 5 to 13years. A place for young people to hang out, join in games and activities, sing worship songs and explore the bible and learn about Jesus.
Little River Wellness Workshop
Hot weather prompts fire restrictions – Fire restrictions are being put in place across the greater Christchurch region as the hot summery conditions push up the fire risk. As of midnight tonight, anyone wanting to light a fire outside in the Christchurch City area, including Banks Peninsula, or in the Selwyn, Hurunui and Waimakariri districts will need to first obtain a permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). Go here for full details or People can apply for fire permits online at checkitsalright.nz(external link) or call FENZ on 0800 658 628.
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.
To read more about the Trust and the Town Planning Projects they are facilitating go here
ASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS – Join us to view the night sky above Akaroa. Friday & Saturday nights, 8.00pm-10.00pm. 10 inch Newtonian telescope. Heritage Park, 10 mins drive from Akaroa. Check with us for times and conditions, phone Craig on 027 3000 547. Dress warm. Charges: Children $5. Adults when accompanied by a child are FREE. Children under 15 are free, (in other words everyone is FREE).email@example.com phone 027 3000 547
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
2 – 10 March – Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019. The theme will be “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”. Pick up your Rocky shore Guides and Colouring Activity Books from the display in the Little River Library. Check out the Seaweek Collage created with treasures picked up from our stony Beach at Birdlings Flat. This original artwork kindly donated by local artist/potter Barb Gaeth. What can you make with what you pick up from the beach?
3 March – BIRDLINGS FLAT BEACH CLEAN UP – at 2pm. Meet at the hall/car park. Bring some gloves, bags supplied. This years rubbish run followed by a drift wood art competition, and the usual sausage sizzle/drinks etc. The locals can come down later for a social drinkie BYO. Details about driftwood comp to Norma 3290044 for Rubbish Clean up Fiona 3290171. All Welcome, children, families Contact Fiona 3290 171.
DRIFTWOOD ART SCULPTURE COMPETITION – Competitors can start creating their Art Sculpture with their finds from the Beach Clean Up at 3.00pm in front (Seaward side) of the Birdlings Flat Community Centre. Norma will be there to give further instructions ideas. Any queries phone her on 3290044. . Supported by Te Whare Tapere o Te Mata Hapuku (Birdlings Flat Community Hall )
SEAWEEK POETRY COMPETITION 2019 – Run in association with the School for Young Writers. Entry details ecan.govt.nz/poetrycomp Further information from Jocelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027 7030 772. Entries close 11 March, Great prizes to be won across four categories. ECE, Schools, Te Reo and Open. This competition is run biennially in Canterbury.
Akaroa has a programme for Seaweek . Check out the events on in Akaroa on the poster here
3 March – Sunday – 5pm –ST 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.
4 March – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – Always enjoy reading the Banks Peninsula Community Boards Newsletter. Follow the link to read their February Newsletter HERE
Contact Liz Carter, Community Board Advisor, Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,email@example.com
Strengthening Communities Fund – Open from 4 March to 9 April – The Council’s 2019/20 Strengthening Communities Fund will be open for applications from Monday 4 March and will close at midnight Tuesday 9 April.
The Strengthening Communities Fund accepts applications for all levels of funding, there is no minimum request limit on this fund. Organisations may make one application to the Strengthening Communities Fund at metropolitan level and/or one application per community board area. Applications can be for both operating and/or project costs. Operating costs may include salaries and general overheads such as power, rent and administration costs. Project costs may include the costs of community programmes, events, activities and equipment. Please ensure you read the information on our website carefully before making your application. If you have any questions please contact a Grants Advisor on (03) 941 8999, your local Community Development Advisors or Recreation Advisor or attend one of our grants information sessions (dates to be confirmed).
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
7 – 8 March – PREDATOR TRAPPING WORKSHOP – a two day course run by the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in conjunction with DOC. This workshop is specifically designed for motivated individuals and team leaders of groups that wish to become more active in undertaking predator pest control and their local conservation areas. This conservation workshop aims to provide an overview of New Zealand pest predators, focusing on rats, stoats and possums. You will look at defining why these predators are pests, their impacts and control methods. The main focus will be on developing an effective predator control plan for your area and the importance of monitoring. This course allows you to work out the right methods to match the outcomes you are looking to achieve. You will also gain the practical experience you need to be able to trap successfully.
This course has a good balance between classroom theory and a short field component where the participants get to handle and set DOC200 and GoodNature A24 traps. A range of other traps are discussed and demonstrated.
The course would be suitable for people wanting to set up a new predator control programme or those wanting to review their current programme.
There is a cost of $154. To find out more go to https://www.nmit.ac.nz/study/short-courses/cfs322-introduction-to-predator-trapping-methods
The Hilltop Tavern. 5207 ChCh to Akaroa Road, Little River. Phone 3251 005.
10March – 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.
Update on the Okuti River Project – The plants that went into the ground beside the Okuti River in the spring look amazing. They are going to be a real asset to that stretch of the river in years to come – not to mention providing habitat for the birds and insects . Thanks to a couple of kind volunteers the grass has been knocked back which will help them survive their first summer. We also have had the new fence installed which will keep stock out of the river and this gives us more stream side to play with next year! Funds will need to be allocated to contract someone to look at fish-passage on that stretch of the river. pest control, some remaining weed control.
10 March – 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 Paul Shannahan has retired now and Mass will be led by Father Geoff Gray and Maria Couper will lead a worship time for the children.
10 – 17 March, 2019 – GODZONE EVENT -In the week 5-10 March 2019 leading up to the event there will be approx. 250 competitors, 70 teams of 4, of both domestic and international teams arriving in Akaroa for GODZONE. There will also be approx. 100 crew and support crew. The race will run throughout Canterbury and back to Akaroa. Competitors arrive into Akaroa the week of the 5th – 10th March. Welcome and registration is on Saturday 9th March at The Gaiety, Akaroa Area School Gym and rec ground. GODZone HQ is at the Pavilion-Akaroa Sports Complex. Go website go here
The GODZone course will remain a secret until teams arrive in Akaroa for registration on Saturday 9th March. So the start line might not be in Akaroa! But the finish line is.
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
23 March -Saturday – BIKE SHOW & DISPLAY DAY – 12noon to 3pm at the Little River Hotel. Come show y our bike off, meet other bikers, relax with live music.
Free sausage sizzle
Join our charity run with the publicans from Little River Hotel starting at Cafe Carmen @ 47 Carmen Road, fuel up the G.A.S next door $10 per head comes with coffee sponsored from Cafe Carmen
23 March – Saturday – BEN WATERS FINALE – entertains for one concert only at the Akaroa Yacht Club. Doors open 7pm for 8pm start. Full bar and light refreshments – $100 per person includes $50.00 towards Akaroa Health Hub Appeal. To book and further information go to eventfinda
29 March – DANNIEL CHAMPAGNE – entertains at the House Concert, Pigeon Bay. Venue to be confirmed.
“The finest guitar player of his generation”. Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA.
Sumner Road Ready to Reopen in March – Work on reinstating the critical road link between Sumner and Lyttelton is almost finished. The Christchurch City Council team and contractors are on track to have the Sumner Road reopened to traffic at the end of March. For more details and to view a video please visit: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/news-and-vents/newsline/show/3318
TIMEBANKING IN LITTLE RIVER – People in the Little River area have been 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 selwyntimebank.net.nz. Little River Contact Virginia Phone 027 2750733 or Sandra Tuckwell phone 3251 970
Revival Clothing sadly farewells Justine Balcar who has been the manager for the last 2 and a half years and who has returned to her home in New Brighton for family reasons. She has been an inspiration to us all and has taken Revival to a new level. She will he missed by the whole community and has promised that she will come back to visit us often.
Due to popular demand this year Revival will be opened every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10.30 till 1 pm. We are also looking at opening Revival once a month on a Saturday morning- watch this space!
A big thank you to the volunteers who have worked through the summer break to sort and price clothes and keep the rack at the Craft Station topped up! A huge thank you to the community who have kept the lovely clothing coming!
Tuesday – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 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.
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.
The Christchurch City Council is currently seeking feedback on a range of topics related to the central city, including: · Living in the central city, Transport, Facilities, services and attractions, Safety, Impressions of the central city. It should take around 10 – 15 minutes to complete. All answers given will be made anonymous so no one will be identified. If you have completed previous central city surveys we encourage you to complete it again this year to help us track changes over time.
Your feedback will help inform decisions being made about the central city as we continue to develop Christchurch into a great place where people want to be – both now and in the future. Follow this link to complete the survey www.ccc.govt.nz/
16 April – Tuesday – Community Meeting on Charity Act Review – As you may know, the Government is reviewing the Charities Act 2005 to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The Department of Internal Affairs will be holding a community meeting in Christchurch about the review on Tuesday 16 April from 10am-12.30pm. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Please register and find more details at http://www.dia.govt.nz/charitiesreview .