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Photo Competition for websitePHOTO COMPETITION – Help create a Little River Brochure by entering digital photograph/s of Activities, Scenery & Nature in the Little River, Birdlings Flat and Cooptown area.

Submit a photo suitable for publication by email to  Closing date 16 April, 2017 at 5pm.  Your entry needs your name, address, telephone number and location of photo.

Winners notified individually and at the Little River Giant Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Festival on the 23 April, 2017 at the Awa Iti Domain in Little River.  For terms and Conditions and further information read more HERE

Nina Cookto 5 April  –  NINA COOKS EXHIBITION “OPENING” at the Little River Gallery.

Little River Gallery.  Main Road, Little River.  Opening at 11am on the 11 February  All Welcome.

Exhibition runs through to the 8 March.  Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week.  9am to 5pm.

Cruise Ship30 March – Wednesday   – CRUISE SHIP DAYS FOR MARCH  into Akaroa.  There will be 14 Cruise ships into Akaroa Harbour for   on the 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 22, 23, 26 AND 30th.       Two ships in on the 8th. Why not take a trip to Akaroa or Wainui to see the Cruise Ships.  They look awesome in the harbour and Akaroa town is buzzing on these days.  Fun!!!

On these days there will be extra busses and traffic on the roads to cater for the tours the Cruise Ship passengers go on as well as the extra campervans and visitors to the area travelling around the Peninsula for Summer Season

31 March – 2 April- LIVING ECONOMIES EXPO -9AM on Friday to 5pm on Sunday  – held at Lyttelton.


Unleash the Beast1st April – THE BEAST BIKE SHOW –  This is the first of an annual motorcycle bike show held in Little little-river-hotelRiver.   This is tru bike hires grand opening and we plan on making this an amazing event so come check it out.  In the next few years, it is expected to grow from a small event to something even more amazing as we celebrate our love for the two wheeled beasts with plans already been put together for the addition of a rally in 2018.

What is it all about you ask?   It’s simply love of our two wheeled friends with  Food, displays, music deals and prizes.

The BEAST bike show prizes with trophy for each class.   $40 entry fee per bike with:   British $300 total prizes.  European $300 total prizes.   American $300 total prizes.   Sports and Touring $300 total prizes ..  People choice prizes total $1000

Will be spot prizes from our many sponsors.   To register send,  name,  address.   Contact details and  And details of bike  To

BP Rugby Logo1 April – Banks Peninsula Rugby starts today across all grades.  Games to be played at Little River at Awa-iti Domain   –  Under 6 BP v’s Waihora White 10.30am at Little River .  Division 3 BP v’s Kirwee 1.00pm at Little River and Division 2 BP v’s  Westmelton 2.45 at Little River



Tree Climbing Course1 & 2 April – Saturday and Sunday – TREE CLIMBING COURSE– at the Little River Camping Ground.  9 to 4pm over the two days.

Cost: $ 525.00 includes Using all needed equipment, lunch and certificate.  SIGN UP (email) :   Questions: call mark 02102685430.   Limited places ! (only 4)

For further information and booking go HERE

1 April – AKAROA HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10am to 3pm at Potter’s Croft garden, 57 Rue Grehan.  Enjoy the flavours of the Peninsula prepared by guest chefs.  Local produce stalls, Delightful garden setting.  Cake Auction.  Proceeds to the Akaroa Health Hu.  Bring a chiller bag.  Free entry

2 April    – Sunday – 5pmST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH–Church Services first Sunday of the month 5pm, Formal Service with Communion.   Third Sunday 5pm – Brief Family Centred Message followed by a shared tea. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

Photo Competition for websitePHOTO COMPETITION – Help create a Little River Brochure by entering digital photograph/s of Activities, Scenery & Nature in the Little River, Birdlings Flat and Cooptown area.

Submit a photo suitable for publication by email to  Closing date 16 April, 2017 at 5pm.  Your entry needs your name, address, telephone number and location of photo.

Winners notified individually and at the Little River Giant Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Festival on the 23 April, 2017 at the Awa Iti Domain in Little River.  For terms and Conditions and further information read more HERE

3 April     – Monday 10 -12noon.  CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING.Bruces Garden (2)

Bruce is working on getting the garden in shape for summer.  If you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome.

Phone Bruce on 3251 040 to let him know you are coming


3 April – Monday – Your Priorities – Are We On Track? – The Banks Peninsula Community Board would like to hear from you if the issues we’re advocating for align with your immediate and future priorities. We’d also like to let you know what local projects the Council is proposing in its Annual Plan, which will be open for consultation from 20 March – 28 April.
You are invited to Come along to a Community Forum  on 3 April – Little River – 6pm-7.30pm, Little River Rugby Clubrooms, Awa-iti Domain, Christchurch-Akaroa Road. 
Please visit the Council’s Annual Plan website or a Council Service Centre from 20 March to view the Draft Annual Plan and get details on how to make a submission:
We look forward to seeing you there,  Banks Peninsula Community Board.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA3 April  – Monday – The LRWCT Meeting 7.30 in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.  Items for the Agenda to  Robert (Chair) –  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233, or Barb (Secretary),  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947. All welcome to the meetings.

4 April  – Tuesday – Revival Clothing will be open at St Andrews Church .  10:30am till 4pm at st Andrews Church. Lots of fresh clothing on the racks so come along and say hi :)All Welcome.  Contact Heather. 3251 259 or Contact Fiona 3290171

Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA4 April  – Tuesday – DROP IN SESSIONS – The Little River Wairewa Community Trust holds Big Ideas 1 regular drop in sessions at the Little River Service Centre every Tuesday morning  between 10 and 12. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Trust or would like to find out more about our ongoing projects please feel free to drop in and have a chat with Robert (Chair) –  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233 or Barb (Secretary),  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947

5 April -Country Living Outing – VISIT TO KAITUNA HOMESTEAD– Meet 1.30pm at Kaituna Homestead.  Afternoon Tea $20.00 per head.  Numbers to Homestead required by 29 March to Karen de Pass 3290842

Pumpkin5 April – Wednesday – PUMPKIN SOUP MAKING  for the Pumpkin Festival.  9am at the Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.   Please bring a sharp knife and a cutting Board and meet at the Clubrooms in the Domain.  Morning Tea supplies.  Your help is hugely appreciated.

Tomo PosterJan176 April   – LITTLE RIVER MEDITATION CIRCLE – Thursdays 9 & 23 February, 9 & 23 March and 6 April.  10.30am to 11.45am.

Registration Essential.

179 Breitmeyers Road. Cost $10.00.

To register contact Tomo Takaku on 021 049 8207

On the wing8 April – Saturday – ON THE WING– Exhibition by Kirsty Nixon at the Little River Gallery.  Exhibition opens on the 8th April  at 11am and you are invited.  Exhibition runs through to Wednesday 3 May.

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

8 April – Saturday at 5pm. CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Saturday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre. This months Service will be Palm Sunday Liturgy recalling Christ entering Jerusalem.    Father Paul Shannahan will be honouring Miles McIllraith who has been caring for the grounds around the St John Evangelist Church for the past two years – he has sold up and moving –   and also Mrs Anne Dowell who is the Parish Council Representative for Little River.  She is retiring.   Visitors are most welcome. Mass will be lead by  Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Marie Couper will lead a worship time for the children.

Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa.  You are invited to Akaroa for the Easter Services and a coffee after.  Times will be advertised in the Akaroa Mail.

callum-gentleman-april-8-fb_orig Hilltop8th April – Saturday – CALLUM GENTLEMAN– entertains at the Hilltop at   7.00pm

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.

Open all cruise ship days

okuti river project9 April – Sunday – OKUTI RIVER PROJECT – FRESH WATER FUN DAY.  Bring your gumboots and join the scientists to see what is living in our streams.

Electric fishing display, feed the eels, see the diversity of insects.

Okuti Valley Hall.  2 – 5pm

Afternoon Tea and Chocolate Fish will be provided. For full details read more here


Okuti Morepork March 2017_29 April    – Sunday – 10-12noon. LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN. Allison   will be available to take your return traps, or loan you some new ones and to offer help and suggestions on using them. Open every 2nd Sunday in the Month. Okuti Valley Road up the Toy Library entrance at the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club. Phone Allison 03 3251 336

Allison needs people to join the Okuti Pest Network. This would involve taking a turn to open the Trap Library. 2 hours on the 2nd Sunday of the Month once a year at the Okuti Valley Hall and walking through the Okuti Reserve twice a year to check traps (at 2 week intervals) and pull out any weeds that you may see. If you are interested in being involved Phone Allison 3251 336.   The Okuti Valley Reserve is home to the Morepork and supports some rare species of native fauna.

 Big Ideas 1Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA10 April – Monday – 7 – 9pm – A Community Meeting to discuss the initial ideas for a Village Plan for Little River

Guest Speakers:   Stuart Wright-Stow,  Little River Big Ideas,  Sue Jarvis – Lincoln Envirotown Trust.  At the Okuti Valley Hall.  Light Refreshments served.

Those interested in attending please RSVP to Barb at by 1 April 2017

Enviroment canterbury11 April – Tuesday  – Annual Meeting for the  Wairewa / Little River Rating District at 7pm at the Little River Rugby Clubrooms.

This is the annual Rating District meeting to discuss work on improvements to flood protection. It is a public meeting and all rate-payers within the Little River catchment are invited. Nominations will be taken and elections held for membership to the Rating District Liaison Committee. Further information can be obtained at the Little River Service Centre  or by phoning Environment Canterbury  on 0800 324 636

13 April – Thursday – SCHOOL BREAKS UP FOR HOLIDAYS – Commences again on  Monday 1st May.


14 April – Good Friday -Little River Hotel Closed

Easter15 April – Easter Saturday – In store Family Fun Day at the Little River Hotel.  Easter Egg Hunt, fun

Activities.  for the Kids and a boucy Castle and for the adults a Happy Hour from 5pm – 6pm Saturday Night

16 April – Easter Sunday – Little River Hotel Closed

17 April – Easter Monday Open

Hill Top lucky-lost_115 April -The Lucky Lost entertain at the Hill Top from 3pm​ – Easter Saturday.

From Christmas to Easter open 7 days 10am to late.

14 – 17 April – Friday to Monday – EASTER BREAK

St Andrews Church Service – to be advised.

15th April – JOHN TOOGOOD (please book to avoid disappointment)  entertains at the Hilltop Hotel

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.  Open all cruise ship days   

Motukarara Races17 April – Easter Monday –  INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL MOTUKARARA RACES –  A relaxing day at the popular Motukarara Races is a fantastic way to enjoy a day out  with family and friends. Loads of entertainment. A family day out Gates open 10am – first race 12noon.  Ad u l t s $ 1 0 . 0 0 C h i l d r e n u n d e r 1 7 y e a r s f r e e . Other dates for races as below.

Workshop22 April – Saturday – 10am – 4.30pm – THE ABUNDANCE OF AUTUMN YOGA WORKSHOP in Wainui Bay with Lisa Mills & Kathy Guidi at the Wainui Bay Community Centre.  $120 includes organic lunch and herb teas.

Bookings Essential, limited to 18 participants.  Contact Kathy Guidi 03 304 8822, 021 202 2954 or email

This workshop is for women only & caters for both beginners and those with experience. Treat yourself to the loving gift of yoga and exquisite food in the beautiful environment of Wainui Bay, Banks PeninsulaAbundance of Autumn in Wainui Bay 2017

Pumpkin23 April – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COUNTRY BUMPKIN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – 11am to 3pm at Awa Iti Domain, Little River.  The Little River Schools Biggest Fundraiser.  Support our School Kids and have some fun.

Famous Home-made Pumpkin Soup and Pie, sausage sizzle.  Pumpkin and Scarecrow competitions.  NEW KIDS CLASS – Come dressed up as a pumpkin or scarecrow.  Kids Races.  Lots of Stalls although spaces are going fast.  Contact Lynn Odgers of you’re keen to have one.  Non Profit organisations are free.

​23 & 24 April – BANKS PENINSULA DOG TRAILS – at Grounds  Kaituna Hall, Christchurch Akaroa Road.  Four Courses  Hunts 1st day only Entries close 10am second day.

Anzac Day25 April – Tuesday – ANZAC DAY in Little River.  Anzac Day is celebrated in Little River with a Service in the Little River Community Centre at 9.30am followed by  a march to the War Memorial Gates for Wreath laying and returning to the Community Centre for Morning tea.

26 April – Wednesday – BADMINTON – at the Little River Community CentreSeason will run through to the 20 September. 22 evenings. Whole season charge of $65.00 or casual night rate of $6.00 per night. Contact Simon at

Kaituna Golf Club Men June 14KAITUNA GOLF COURSE

The golf Course is open for casual players

Green Fees $15.00


3 May – Country Living Outing – COOKING BY ALISON MERCHANT (Food Merchant).  Cost $45.00.  Venue Jenny Walls, 292 Wainui Main Road, French Farm.   phone  021 925277.  Menu – Blackened miso salmon with miso sauce.  Whole herb encrusted fillet of beef.  Roasted red vegetable salad (hot or cold).   Balsamic & Cumin glazed potatoes (hot or cold).  Bookings to Jenny 03 304 5870. by 26 April

5 May – Wednesday – LITTLE RIVER YOUTH GROUP – What: A typical evening will involve a range of activities including gamLRYG Flyer Term 1es, music, bible discussions, prayer, food and of course a great bunch of young people.

Why: Little River Youth Group offers a place for young people to hang out in a positive environment and learn about God. Where: St. Andrew’s church, Upper Church Road. When: Wednesday nights, fortnightly, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Term Dates: Feb 8th & 22ndMarch 8th & 22May 5th.  Who: For youth age 10 to year 13

For more information contact Katrina 0226578440 or

7 and 8  May – Sunday and  Monday –  WOMANS HEALTH FOR ALL AGES AND STAGES –  Phytofarm is proud to host The Women’s Health Workshop with medical herbalist, Isla Burgess.  This will be an invaluable practical workshop for all women. The workshop will be guided with a flexible adaptable approach – the hormonal dance, key plants, their role and preparations.

About Isla.  Isla’s forty years of passionate experience into the exciting world of plant medicine is an inspiration.  Conference Presenter (NZ & USA), Author & Women’s Health Practitioner.

10am Finish between 4/5pm.  Cost : $345 including lunch + G.S.T at Phytofarm, 166 Okuti Valley Road, Little River .  For further information, registration & payment details:  WomensHealthforallAgesandStages  email



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