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Clare Reilly to 19 November  – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery by Clare Reilly – Journeys of the Heart.

The call of the light reveals an illuminating path.   Not merely to survive but truly thrive.   Now dance me into a fresh dawn  of hope and possibilities on  these Journeys of the Heart.   I’m over the moon to be alive.

Exhibition runs through to the 19 November.  Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

7 – 28 October – BECA HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Encounter our Stories – For your guide to Heritage FestivalEventrs in Christchurch and Selwyn go to here

Ball room dancing 111BALLROOM DANCING (111) So people, we are back and ready to dance again!

Beginners classes will start for another 8 week block from 3rd November 6.00pm to 7.00 pm at the Little River Community Centre.

We will be teaching the same dances and recapping on the beginners steps in the Waltz, Rock n Roll, Social Foxtrot and Meringue.  Cost $2.50 per person.

ALSO – These dance lessons will be in preparation for the Xmas Gala dance in LR on 21st December from 7pm. This will include teaching of new dances from Barbara Edwards and demonstration dances from NZ champion dancers. Cost $20 per person all profits to the LR Fire Brigade. BYO drinks and bring a plate. More details of this event to follow.

For more info ring Tim and Faye 03 3251373 or 

Summer with your neighboursSummer with your Neighbours – Funding applications extended to 16 February 2020 (or until no funds remain)

Summer with your neighbours (formerly known as Neighbourhood Week) is set up to bring people together. Have you ever wanted to organise a neighbourhood gathering?  Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to put on a potluck for the whole street. Summer with your neighbours is about bringing people closer together, and celebrating the unique and diverse mix of each neighbourhood.

Please note that applications will be considered by the Community Board as they are received. No applications will be considered after 16 February or when no funds remain, whichever occurs first.

For more information please visit: To apply for funding please complete the form below and return to

Little River CommunityTrust Logo newEach Tuesday – Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator for the Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be working at the Little River Service Centre between 10 – 12 noon. 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 her. If you know of any new residents to Little River contact her and she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them. Email


Badminton Summer22 October – Tuesday – SUMMER BADMINTON  on a Tuesday at the Little River  Community Centre, Western Valley Road.

All levels welcome, Mixed doubles, Rackets provided

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

Flower Power Garden Tour

FLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL – Labour Weekend Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October. to 4.00pm.  In Little River and Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula.

Explore 14 diverse gardens, 3 of which are new to the event this year. From beach-side gems in Birdlings Flat to lush valley producers of proteas, herbs, hazelnuts and berries. This year a must-see is the park-like grounds of Kinloch Estate. Rhododendron lovers are also in for a treat with several gardens featuring them.

A fantastic chance to wander in private gardens, visit a herbal learning garden and properties that grow flowers and food commercially.

Tickets $15 per adult, children are free. Available from Little River Craft Station from 12  September and can be purchased on both days of the event. If buying tickets on Eventfinda, a map and garden information will be emailed to you.

A community fundraiser supported by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.   Contact Kathy email

Living Streams Emblem sign26 October   – 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.  Read Newsletter 07-10-2019 Living Streams

Volunteers Required .  The Nursery is also looking for more volunteers to join its happy productive team.  Contact Annelies Pekelharing for further information.  Contacts Annelies (phone 021 1082161 or email

Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair27 October – Sunday – 10am to 4pm.  ORTON BRADLY PARK SPRING FAIR.  Marine Drive, Charteris Bay.  A fantastic day out for the wh0le family.  The spring Fair showcased the park and its heritage with music, food and drink, market stalls, rhododendron walks, machinery demonstrations, activities for kids and more.

Take the ferry across to Diamond Harbour to Lyttelton.  A free bus shuttle will run to Orton Bradley Park and back again throughout the day.  Adults $10.00.  Children free.  Dog free park.  Free paddock parking.

October High Tea 2019_127 October –   Sunday 27  –  HIGH TEA at the Pigeon Bay Hall –  Enjoy a Sunday relaxing  on the veranda looking out at the beautiful view of Pigeon Bay.

High Tea $20.00 Cream Tea $12.00, Kiddies Tea $8.00.  Prices pp.
Please do drop me a line if you have any questions.  Also please let me know in advance if anyone in your booking has any dietary needs
Please contact Debs for bookings. or phone 03 3046708 or 0223079974

Walking Festival Poster 2019BANKS  PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, November 24, 2019  

Come and explore beautiful Banks Peninsula this November, enjoying the spectacular landscapes that make it such a unique gem. Our guides will lead you on tracks, reserves and private land, sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience along the way. Hear their stories, meet new people and appreciate the ‘great outdoors’ as you go.

This year we have some great new events, along with some ever popular favourites. We have rangers, conservationists, historians, geologists, and many more passionate local guides who will lead, inform and inspire you along the way.  There is something for everyone, so book early as places are limited and walks fill up fast.

For more programme information visit or book tickets on Eventfinda.  Or read 2019 Printable Programme Final – Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

Sponsored by Project Lyttelton .Little River Wairewa Community Trust.  Rod Donald Trust.  Christchurch City Council.  Rata Foundation.  Akaroa District Promotions

Seniors Hui 20193 November 2019   – Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River Wairewa  Marae.

Friends and Family,  Under 5’s and Over 50’s.

Lunch is $5.00 per person and includes tea, coffee and a selection of finger foods.

RSVP to  Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust

Anglican Church3 November  – 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.

YogaYES YOGA IS HAPPENING AGAIN NEXT TERM – Wednesday Mornings 9.45am to 11am at the Little River Community Centre. Starting Wednesday 16 October.


Each class includes Mediation.  Relaxation Breathing and Asana.  Suitable for all levels.  Casual classes $15.00 per class.

So looking forward to seeing you all again. 

For more information and to enrol phone Arielle on 027 1610 or email

Evening classes on a Monday night at Okuti Valley Hall start Monday 4th Nov. This will be a 6 week course 7-8.15pm.$90 for the course.  Phone Arielle if you would like to join in.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo new 4 November   – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY  TRUSTS ANNUAL GENERAL Meeting.  7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.

We are looking for new people to join the Trust either as members or members with a view to becoming a Trustee.  If you would like to be part of a small dynamic group who are working to support our local community through being involved with the River Big Ideas Projects – A community led plan for Little River or being involved in one  of the Community Events (Community Breakfast, Community Dance, Walking Festival, ) we run  please come along or contact Fiona McLean our Secretary.  Our group has the support of the Banks Peninsula Community Board and we work together to keep the community informed

Items for the Agenda to Secretary/Coordinator

6 November   – Wednesday –   10.30am – Country Living Outing – to Jude Bailey Home, 311 Goulds Road,  Springston.  Lunch at Memorys Café, 227 Leeston Road, Springton.  Garden Visit $5.00.  Memorys Café $25.00pp.  Reply by 30 October.

Transformed from a bare paddock 46 years ago, the garden has evolved over time to a now outstanding show piece with Rhodes, perennials, a few natives, pond, pool etc.

Jude has kindly invited members of the group to view inside her home.  311 Goulds Road is the 1st house on the right if turning off Leeston Road towards Coes Ford.  Big hedges and a brick entrance way with white roses.

Please park on the road verge.  Reply to Mary Millar email

Sculpture on the Peninsula8,9 & 10 November – SCUPTURE ON THE PENINSULA – Held in the grounds of historic Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula.  Public open days – Saturday, 9 November – Sunday, 10 November.  Fulll details here

Sculpture on the Peninsula is a contemporary sculpture exhibition held every two years. It is the largest sculptural exhibition in the South Island and attracts both leading and emerging sculptors.

The Lombardy Charitable Trust hosts Sculpture on the Peninsula at Loudon Farm, Teddington, Banks Peninsula. Proceeds from the Event are donated to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in Governors Bay.

To date Lombardy Charitable Trust have donated more than $660,000 to Cholmondeley since the event began in 2000.  Tickets available – 1 October 2019.   Children under 12 – free.

Workskhop9th Nov 2019 –  WILD EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS  – Time: 10am – 2pm.  Your own garden & local environment is full of healthy, medicinal, nutritious and edible greens that you could be gathering, using and eating everyday – for free (no supermarkets, packaging or sprays involved).  $80.00.  Price includes a delicious, healthy and nourishing lunch, an informative booklet and a healing salve.  Held at  Koru Kai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay.

Further details here

Community Breakfast 201910 November –  Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – 9am to 12.30 at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.

Join us for a free breakfast, with a selection of hot and cold food plus V/Gluten Free Options.  A good chance to catch up with your friends, family and neighbours.  A chance to make new friends too.

Information Sharing Stands on The Little River Big Ideas Projects with Representatives from the CCC and Project Leaders to give you the opportunity to talk about The Village Plan, Drainage, Playground, Village Walks and the Little River Tennis Courts.

All Welcome and it is FREE.

Contact Fiona McLean email

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY10 November   – 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.

To help control rats loan a Good Nature trap that automatically resets itself.  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.

St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church10 November  – 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 Geoff Gray, Parish Priest from Akaroa has been sent over to Hokitika for 3 months from 11 August. Last month Father Paul took the service in Little River and may do again this month.

Fr Paul Shannahan sent a note to say that if you see a container in the sheep paddock on the St John  the Evangelist Church Site in Little River it will contain stones that came off the Church with the earthquakes.  They have been saved and stored on the  Bower Ave site that was once the home to the Redemptorists.  Father Paul suspects no action is anticipated in this move but rather the Diocese  are wanting to clear the Bower Avenue site of a score of containers.

So if you see a container appear soon in the sheep paddock you will know why.  ”

17 November – Sunday – Catherine Marshall Reserve – Duvauchelle Peak Covenant Walk.  10.00am to 2.30pm

Workskhop8 December – OPEN DAY AT KORUKAI HERB FARM – 12.30 to 4.30pm.  Pigeon Bay

Free Entry  – Come and get a free farm tour at KoruKai Herb Farm.  Enjoy some homebaked goodies and do your xmas shopping.
Take in the peacefulness and of course the view!

Please email to express interest and get directions. Please also state if you would like to have afternoon tea so we can plan ahead.  Full details here

bakingTIMEBANKING 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.

New display at the Little River Railway Station  –  if you’re interested in the history of forestry on Banks Peninsula check out the new display in the Heritage Room.

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.

Report an issue to the Council – Is there a large pothole in the road? Does a street rubbish bin need to be emptied?  Please contact the Council if there are any issues or problems that need to be fixed.  You can log a report online or contact the Council on 03 941 8999.

It is important that you let the Council know so that any problems are dealt with promptly.

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

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

Postcard photoUPDATE ON POSTCARD STORY – I had a message from a Marnie Walters who whose fathPostcard photo 1er had bought a postcard for her from a collectibles store in Rotorua about 25 years ago when she was a horse mad little girl and convinced her Dad to buy it for her for the picture.

She loved how the postcard tells a story with a few words. The postcard is postmarked 22 December 1908 and is addressed to a Miss Letitia Heyward, C/- Heyward, Coach Road, Little River.

The notice was put on and also sent out in an email newsletter and we got a reply from our local historian Kathy Bisman. Letitia Marie Heyward was born in 1896 and came from a large family with three brothers and two sisters. She attended Little River Side School which was halfway up Coach Road to the Hilltop, then Puaha School which the Little River Side School building was shifted too and is still there today being used as a home. In both cases she would have ridden a pony or horse to school. The family shifted to Christchurch and in 1928 Letitia married Walter John Sutherland. Letitia died in 1974 and Walter shifted to Rotorua about 1984 and he died there in 1985 so that would by why the postcard ended up in Rotorua.

Letitia and Walter had two daughters (Patricia Marie & Shirley Letitia. With the leads from Kathy I looked in the Christchurch Telephone Book and result found Shirley Letitia and yes she was a direct descendant of Letitia Marie Heyward – her daughter in fact.

Marnie will be contacting Shirley to return the postcard to the family. Thankyou Marnie and Kathy for making this possible.

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