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Gallery Exhibitionto 6 March – FLORA, FAUNA & FABRICATION – The exhibition at the Little River Gallery by artist John Emery

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.

“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:


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

Living Streams Emblem sign23 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 or   Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or : 022 1669 523

Culture Galore Snip23 February 2019 Saturday – CULTURE GALORE –  at Ray Blank Park 12 – 4pm! 

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 or call 941 8999 (Cancelled if wet). 

Pigeon Bay house concert23 February – Saturday – PROSAD – Regas to Reggae.  Sitar meets guitar in world of fusion and live loopy. 

House Concert Pigeon Bay Hall  6.30pm.  Shared Pot luck 7.30 music starts.  $15.00 per adult (children free). 

email or phone 027  3070576 for the address.

Fishing Contest24 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!


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.

Railtrail extension25 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

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.

New TrainCHECK 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

The engine  can be viewed at any time with the other pieces of Rolling Stock (this includes an A Class Passenger Carriage, Flat Deck Wagon and  a Guardsvan plus a Gangers Hut ) the LRRSTrust are collecting out on the siding on the Back Platform  of the Little River Historic Railway Station – one of the  few remaining examples of a Class 2 Vogel Station. For further information on joining the Trust or helping with their many working bees go to their website here  The inside collections and displays can be viewed when the Craft Station is open. Go here for further information.
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.

Cruise ShipFebruary   –  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 Bage (2)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 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

Braided River Seminar

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 .

27 February – Wednesday – YOGA @ LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CENTRE  –    9.45 -11am. All welcome.

Includes Meditation, Breathing, Relaxation and Asana.  $15/class with Arielle Atman (teaching since 1992).  
More info Arielle 027 232 1610,

Youth Group

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.

For more information contact

Weight Watchers28 February – WEIGHT WATCHERS IN LITTLE RIVER – Banks Peninsula Rugby Club Rooms each Thursday at 10am.  Opening 10 January.

Little River Wellness Workshop


fire1Hot 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 link) or call FENZ on 0800 658 628.

logoThe 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 

AstronomicDelightsASTRONOMIC 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)  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



Care for our seas2 – 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?

Beach Clean up3 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  Further information from 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

Anglican Church3 March    – 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.

Community Board Newsletter July4 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,

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).

To apply please visit:

Coronation Garden4 March  – Monday 10 -12noon. CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNINGIt’s Summer .

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

pREDATOR TRAPPING7 – 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

Dennis at the Hilltop9 March – Saturday – RAMBLIN ASH & DENNIS DUGAN – entertain at the Hilltop Hotel.  6.30pm to 9.30pm.  Old Timey Banjo Pickin’ and sing singin’ all the way from Australia to New Zealand and Back Again.

The Hilltop Tavern.  5207 ChCh to Akaroa Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 005.

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY10March – 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.

Alisons TreesUpdate 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.  

Godzone10 – 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.

Fundraiser for Izzy Hoult16 March – Saturday – MEXICAN DINNER & QUIZZ NIGHT – 7pm at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms. Teams of Four.  $20 pp.

Raffle – Cash prizes only. If you would like to donate a raffle prize or sponsor a question, please  contact  Jane Hoult 027 342 5620.  Also Contact Jane to purchase your ticket.
Bring your own drinks and sombrero.
Fundraiser for Izzy Hoult to attend Alana Hanes Australasian Ballet Competition in Wellington at Easter this year. A four day event attended by competitors around New Zealand, Australia and even further afield. Izzy will be representing the Southern Ballet in the competition  and the experience she hopes to gain by mixing with so many dancers is part of the drive.  Izzy recently auditioned and gained place in the Royal New Zealand Ballet Christmas Play  –  Nutcracker – and went on t.our with them

Le race Petite2019  Le Race– Saturday 23 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 

Introducing 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.  Contact for Little River Prize Giving Robyn Twemlow <>

Bikefest23 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

The Little River Hotel,  4099 Christchurch to Akaroa Highway.  Phone 3251 007.

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.

‘The word prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft spoken young mans skills. It’s no wonder he’s toured the world with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Butler and Kiki King – Champagne puts on a blockbuster live show that simply needs to be seen to be believed’ 
~ The Calgary Herald, CANADA   enquiries to

Pulsing Rocks Workshop30 – 31st March – HOLISTIC PULSING – THE GENTLE ART OF BODY MIND with Corinne Murray.  Individual and small groups training to suit students.  Held at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre.

For further information and enrolment contact or  phone 03 329 0067  cell 021 022 80908

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: 

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

Revival Clothing

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     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 new display in the Heritage Room featuring Waitangi Day.
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.

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

16 April – Tuesday – Community Meeting on Charity Act ReviewAs 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 .













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