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 Dusk-small1 February to 4 March – Opening of the new Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – HOROMAKA (Banks Peninsula) by Janie Porter.   Janie Porter is well-known for her work painting portraiture, landscape and birds. Her latest exhibition ‘Horomaka/Banks Peninsula’ references observing and reflecting, sea and birds and land, walking, exploring, wondering at its beauty.

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


Open Day Flyer23 February – Sunday – All are welcome to celebrate our Hinewai Open Day:  Celebrating Hugh Wilson and Hugh’s twin sister, Hilary Wilson’s 75th birthday.  10 am to 3 pm.  BYO picnic lunch, Tea and coffee available all day.

  • Parking off Long Bay Road near Paua Bay Road with a shuttle provided down into Otanerito Valley.
  • Guided walks.
  • Conservation Themed Informational marquees.
  • People’s Choice Art Competition (remember to get your voting token on the way in and to vote by 12 noon)
  • Two Conservation Themed Art Sales – Tricia Hewlett’s art and the Art Competition Artworks.
  • Demonstrations
  • Displays
  • Music
Come along and celebrate with the Hinewai Team.   For enquiries email Tricia Hewlett on

24 February – Monday – RIVER RATING DISRICT LIASON COMMITTEE MEETING –  WAIREWA/LITTLE RIVER – 7PM at the Little River Library.  Little River Service Centre – 4238 ChCh to Akaroa Road, Little River. 
As a ratepayer for the Wairewa/Little River/River Rating District you are invited to a public meeting to elect your Liason Committee an to discuss works and finances

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, contact customer services on 0800 324 636

These meetings are only held every three years so this is your chance to made your voice heard. Visit website

25 February  – 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 for six months.

Contact Simon

26 February – LIVING STREAMS COMMUNITY NURSERY –   The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.  The Nursery is full to the brim, so come and see what suits your needs. With the urgency of climate change, one thing we all can do to help our distressed planet is plant (these very affordable) trees!!  Read their mid-summer newsletter on following link mid summer newsletter

You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  Contact Anneliese email    Phone 3251 229 or Marcus Puentener –

29 February to 9 March – SEAWEEKThe theme for this year is Connecting with our Seas; We are using the following theme Connecting With Our Seas and whakatauki: Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au  –  I am the sea, the sea is me

We would like to highlight the diverse connections and interactions we have with the sea which makes our lives so intertwined with the health of our ocean environment.”

Check out the  Seaweek Display in the Little River Library and pick up your free  Rocky and Sandy Shore Guides that can help you do a m2 survey.

The link to the Seaweek Website

FINALEPHEMERAL ART COMPETITION Create an ephemeral art work using what you find at the beach, in the estuary or on the sea that expresses the theme for Seaweek 2020 – ‘Connecting with our seas: Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au / I am the sea, the sea is me’.

Where: For children & young people within the Canterbury Region only.
When: 16 December 2019 – 10 March 2020
Details: Canterbury Ephemeral Art Competition

There’s something about being a New Zealander… we’re drawn to the beaches and the seas beyond! And there’s nothing better than creating art when at the beach – making sand or driftwood sculptures is such fun – or bringing found objects back from a time at the beach & creating ephemeral art at home! Check out the art some children made back in 2016 on Sumner beach:

Once you have created the art work, photograph it and send it in using the form link below. Entry is free.  Read full article here


29 February –KNOW YOUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD.   Seaweek 2020 scientific talks at the Boat Shed, Akaroa.  7pm.  (We will accept koha donation on the day to pay for the venue).

Friends of Banks Peninsula’s new sub committee “Regenerate” and the NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust with the support of Friends of Banks Peninsula are organising events for Sea Week 2020.

Meet our local PhD students and special guest speakers and hear their talks on latest studies and stories about what’s happening in our marine environment followed by a Q&A session.  – “Investigating potential impacts of tourism on Hector’s dolphins” by Will Carome, M.Sc. student, University of Otago

BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETINGS for February – 17 February – Monday – Banks Peninsula Community Board Meeting in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.

The members of Our new Community Board for Banks Peninsula are  Howard Needham, Reuben Davidson, Tyrone Fields, Nigel Harrison, Jamie Stewart, Andrew Turner and Tori Peden  (Chairperson).   Read the Banks Peninsula Community Board Newsletter  here

169-FITNESS-EQUIPMENTFITNESS STATIONS FOR LITTLE RIVER – Prepare to limber up for 2020 in Little River with five new fitness stations set for installation in Awa-iti Domain. Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū – Banks Peninsula Community Board approved the installation in December, amending the master plan for the domain.

The new apparatus, which allows for a range of fitness activities, will be in place by February. The installation follows requests from local residents seeking additional fitness activities.  Read Newsline article here   

YOGA CLASSES THIS TERM in Little River:  EVENING: 8 week course starting Tuesday Feb 11,  7- 8.15pm .

MORNING: 8 week course starting Wednesday, Feb 12,  10 -11.15am $150/course

Each course includes Asana, Breathing, Meditation & Relaxation and is suitable for beginners and intermediates With Arielle Atman experienced Yoga teacher.  To enrol and for more info 0272321610 .
We have a new studio space which I am very excited to be teaching in at 72 Western Valley Road, Little River

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 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.  FROZEN MEALS – Two or three times a year Revival Clothing organize a Community Cook up to make and freeze meals that can be given to people in need of them.  These are delicious and if you or know someone who could need one of these please contact Heather 3251 259.

A Prohibited Fire Season will be effective from midnight Friday 24th January 2020 and encompasses the land within the Hurunui District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City (including Banks Peninsula) and Selwyn District.

The will be NO FIRES permitted during this time, unless it is an approved fire type (for cooking purposes). See to see which fires are allowed during this period.

All permits previously issued are suspended until the prohibited season is lifted.

Please take care undertaking any activities which could cause sparks.

homeshare-web-banners-855px-1Home Share Accommodation Consultation – We want your feedback on options we’re considering around managing home-share accommodation (e.g Airbnb, HomeAway, Bookabach etc) under the Christchurch District Plan.

The options apply to listings of entire homes where the owner isn’t present.  They don’t affect the current rules for individual rooms that are let within a property (i.e. bed and breakfasts). They also don’t affect listings of entire homes in commercial or mixed-use zones where guest accommodation is permitted under the current rules.

A summary, along with more detail, of each option is available on our project webpage.  We want to hear from you so please visit our Have your Say webpage to share your feedback.

Feedback will be collected until Monday 2 March 2020. After this it will be considered as part of the process in selecting a preferred option, which may include a District Plan change for public notification. Staff will report to the Council on the outcomes of the engagement and include a recommendation for the preferred option. You will then have an opportunity to make a formal submission on the plan change.

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.

Do you have a skill at making a certain craft and would like the opportunity to turn that craft in to cash? We may have an answer for you. We are looking for new crafts men and women to join our very busy co-op. As a member you would be required to work in the Craft Shop one and a half days a month and this is a good opportunity for you to promote your items and make new friends. The Craft Station also supports community Projects. Local Craft people are preferred but all other applications would be happily considered . Interested? Please phone: Andrea (President) on 021 02547247 Or email your interest to Christine (Secretary) at:

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.

SAVE THE BUSH BABIES – If you can knit or sew, please hep the Australian baby animals who have been burnt.  They need liners for pouches made of flannelette or blankets made from pure double knit wool  Size 12cm x 20cm.  Please bring them to the Little River Gallery and Nana and I will post them to Australia.  We really need your help.  Contact Saskia Fitzgerald 027 5668623

XMAS GALA NIGHT – A wonderful evening was had at the Christmas Gala Night held just before Christmas last year.  Approximately $1040.00 was raised from ticket sales and raffles which has been donated to the Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade.  The dancing was fun for all  and we were inspired by the dazzling dances demonstrated by the Champion Ballroom Dancers and even  learnt new dances  from  Barbara Edwards.

A huge  Thankyou must go to Faye and Tim Norman for organising this wonderful event.  The Hall decorations and the lovely supper plus all the dance lessons before hand.  You both do it so well and we are luck to have you in our Community.

Thankyou to the Sponsors Chook Manor and Robsons Canterbury.

Anglican Church1 March Sunday – 5pm –ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month.  Agape shared fellowship meal.

Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Paul Williams 3251-259.

To keep updated with upcoming events check out their website here

High Tea1 March – Thursday – HIGH TEA at the Pigeon Bay Hall –  11am to 3pm.

High Tea $20.00.  Cream Tea $12.00. Kiddies $8.00.

Prices are per person.  Cash or Eft Pos.

Please contact Debs for bookings email  phone 033046708 or 022 3079974.  If you like to plan ahead other dates that are scheduled for a High Tea are   Sunday March 1st, April to be confirmed, Sunday May 10th

1 March – OPEN DAY AT KORU KAI HERB FARMWe are participating in the nationwide Open Farms event on the 1st March and open our doors from 9:30am – 12pm.   Farm Tour 10am at the Koru Kai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay.  FREE

At KoruKai Herb Farm on Banks Peniunsula we grow over 80 medicinal herbs, and harvest/process 40 of them to be used for our products. We farm beyond organics and go a step further by actively building soil, testing for nutrient density of plants and sequestering carbon with the aid of the soil food web.

We are growing vegetables for a year round supply and sell surplus in summer and autumn. We keep Wiltshire sheep, ducks, chickens, and get milk from our house cow Lulu. We make butter, cheese and yoghurt fresh on the farm.

We will give you a guided tour of the farm, show you how we achieve self-sufficiency and run our business KoruKai Herb Farm.

To register for this free event please follow this link:

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.

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

2 March – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUSTS GENERAL Meeting. 7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre. Items for the Agenda to Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator or phone 021 245 9349 Each 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

5 March – Thursday – SEA WEEK QUIZ NIGHT – 6.30PM.  Ma Maison Restaurant and Bar’s terrace (2 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520)

Details:  – Know your big blue backyard! – Ma Maison, Friends of Banks Peninsula’s new sub committee “Regenerate” and the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust are organising a Quiz Night during Sea Week 2020.

Registration: 5 nzd per person (20 nzd for teams of 4 people) which will be donated to Penguin Conservation. (LIMITED SPACES, REGISTER ASAP TO SECURE A TABLE!)

Website link to more information. Contact: Maria Jesus Valdes

4 March – Wednesday –Country Living Outing –

6 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 Geoff Gray is the Parish Priest.

8 March  – Sunday – 10-12noon – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN.  – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property?   Trap LibraryThen 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

The Little River 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.

Little River Trap Library Contact Rouke
Akaroa Trap Library-contact Alison on 3251-336

14 March – Saturday – SINGING WORKSHOP at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre, Birdlings Flat.    11am to 1.30pm.  Special Price of $45.00pp.  School Teens $35.00.  Local contact Sue Phone 027 432 9568
Discover your own unique voice through fun interactive exercises.  Learn basic fundamentals, warm ups, Breathing  techniques and more.  Enjoy a sing-a-long and put your new skills into action.
Bookings Marie Island Music 021 1309 235.  email

21 March – Saturday – 2020  Le Race  – 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 Petite 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 <>


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