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POP UP PENGUIN DESIGN COMPETITION – The Little River Wairewa Community Trust is giving you a chance to create a winning design for our 2metre high Penguin statue.  Could you create a winning design for this Penguin?  Get involved by participating in our Penguin design competition.  You need to come up with a great new outfit to be painted on the Penguin.  The theme is Gateway to the Peninsula.

How to enter: Show us your best design,  click link for the templates, or collect a template from the Little River Service Centre,  fill in your details and scan to or pop your entry into the Pop up Penguin letterbox inside the Little River Service Centre

The winning design is to be painted on the 2metre high Penguin. The Penguin will be displayed on the main street of Little River as part of a Christchurch wide Penguin trail over summer. The Penguin will then be auctioned off to raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.  Entries close 19 August.  Winner will be notified 24 August.

We would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved. Email:

to 28 August – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – REVEALING LANDSCAPE by Christine Maynard – 

Slices of strata, a timeline laid down.  Rust, coal and limestone, sienna brown.  Ruler road parting the landscape, a seam.  Ridges and valleys, meandering streams.  Convey it with pigment, the colour of clay, abstracted view, strip the detail away.  You bring to the painting, the places you’ve seen,  the loveliest places that you’ve ever been.  The place of my birth,  a landscape of dreams.
The exhibition runs through to the 28 August.

Open 7 Days a week 9am to 5pm email or call 021 325 074

F’Aerial Arts Circus School – New pre-school classes!  Little River Community Hall.  Thursdays term-time: 10.30-11.15am

Casual attendance ok, but enrolment essential.  $12 casual / $100 per term.  Parental involvement required
Contact Treesa.  Phone: 021 278 1289.  Email:
Facebook: F’Aerial Arts Circus School

15/16/22/23 August – Akaroa Community Arts Council Inaugural Community Art ExhibitionUnlocked In Paradise will be held at The Old Post Office Sorting Room in Akaroa.

Greetings Artists, just a wee reminder not to miss Unlocked In Paradise, our inaugural community art exhibition. We’ve had a wonderful response and the standard is satisfyingly extremely high.  
The gallery is open to view  Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 August – 10.30am to 3.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 August – 10.30am to 3.30pm. 
Bring your friends and family, some artworks are for sale. See you there at The Old Post Office, on the corner of rue Lavaud and rue Balguerie.  Please email for more details or call Lesley 021 527184

13 August – Thursday –  A talk and Q&A about Regen Ag at the Duvauchelle Hotel,  at 1.30pm.   Save the date.

This talk will have Jono Frew (touring with Peter Barett from Linnburn Station seen on Country calendar), Sam Lang and Cornelia Holten. We managed to have these superstar guest speakers for only koha donation at entrance! Such a great opportunity for anyone interested in the future of farming, climate change, soil health etc…  Focus is to “attract” local farmers but is open to the wider community.

Contact Geraldine Regenerate Banks Peninsula <>

15 and 16 August – Saturday and Sunday – CURIOUS COLLECTABLES AND ANTIQUES – A special opening of the Shop.  Hi everyone, just letting you know that we have been very busy down at the old cinema, Paul Flight’s residence.
The building has been sold and we have been working on displaying all of Paul’s life collections, and there are many many amazing things.
Spread the word next weekend the doors are opening in the building from 10 till 4 pm by his daughters and Valmai.

Hope to see you all there if you are in the mood to see or buy some NZ antiques and or collections.  10am to 4pm each day.

17 August –  Monday – 10am – 12.30pm Next Banks Peninsula Community Board Meeting at Lyttelton.

Read the Banks Peninsula Community News .

Also, please note the Banks Peninsula Community Board plan is now available online here:

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.

18 August – Tuesday – WINTER 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.

Badminton is likely to be ongoing into summer, but costs will be calculated until daylight saving comes in (27th Sept).  That’s 15 Tuesday evenings. To cover hall hire, shuttles etc the cost will be $5/evening or $50 for the whole season.Contact Simon

22 August – Saturday – PLAYCENTRE QUIZZ NIGHT –  the Little River Playcentre Annual Fundraising Quiz Night.   Doors open 6.30 for a 7pm start at the Little River Community Centre. Entry Fee $60 per team (limit of 4 people per team).  Auction and Raffles will be held on the night with some fantastic prizes.

Delicious platters are available to pre-order.  $30 Antispesto platter for 4 people veg and Gf options.
Please register your tea and order meals by email to or contact Rebecca on 021 1708983 for further detail.
For $10.00 you can sponsor a question.

So lock in the date if your keen to come for an awesome night of entertainment. Please note that this year it will be held on SATURDAY 22nd of August, not Friday night as has previously been the case.

23 August  – Winter Well Being Workshop “INDULGE” at Phytofarm, Okuti Valley, Little River.

In winter the workshop will focus on looking after yourself, it can be a vulnerable time with colds, flus and viruses. We will make products that warm and nurture you.   For full details go here

Contact Valmai phone  03 325 1314 email

You will also receive a workshop notes with plant profiles and the recipes of the products you make.

23 August – Sunday – 1pm to 3pm.  PLANT FOR THE FUTURE – The Okuti River Project invites you to help – Okuti Valley Hall. Planting from 1pm.  Afternoon Tea from 3pm.

This is Stage 3 of a five year project.  See how the project and plants are progressing.  Meet at the Trap Library/Bowling Club Okuti Valley Road AT 1pm.

We will plant 400 trees, flaxes and grasses along the river.  Family friendly, wet or fine.  Bring gumboots, spade and gloves.  Food provided.  Call 03 3251 014 for more information.

29 & 30 August 2020 – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY.  Public Event.Come and join us for a weekend of fun flying from 4 flight lines.  You must have a current MFNZ Wings Badge.

Please ensure that you have a MFNZ wings badge to fly at this public event.  You are welcome to camp at the site, but you should be self-contained, as per the Council’s instructions. We have a NOTAM for 1200 feet.

To read full information go here

Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email

WASTE ON BANKS PENINSULA .  For a  comprehensive and current guide to waste on Banks Peninsula from the Akaroa Website go here

Please note the following important points:

  • All items destined for the yellow bin must be clean and empty of residues with no lids
  • Plastic with numbers 1, 2 and 5 ONLY can be recycled – all other plastic in the red bin along with all lids
  • There is currently no soft plastic recycling
  • Ashes go in the red bin

EATL8R MEALSHeat & Eat Meals now delivered to Little River/Birdlings Flat – No matter what stage of life you’re at, having an Eatl8r meal (or five!) in the fridge is always a good idea. The perfect solution for a family run off their feet with a new baby, or for someone who is recuperating from an illness or injury, Eatl8r is a great option for a reliably delicious dinner.

A family business, the Eatl8r team strives to ensure that you enjoy each and every one of their meals. We work hard to provide the best service possible, with consistently delicious meals turning up at your door for a tasty treat at mealtimes.  To order go here

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.

LITTLE RIVER HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION, INFORMATION SERVICE , PRODUCE STAND AND CRAFT STATION – 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 Historic Railway Station Building is on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9.30am to 4.30pm (Winter Hours) . The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy.

2 September – Wednesday – Country Living Outing  – Fundraiser for Izzy Hoult. Listen to 5 exceptional people share their life stories – Email Mary if interested.  Further details  to follow.

6 September – Sunday – FATHERS DAY HIGH TEA – at the Pigeon Bay Hall.  11am to 3pm.  Bookings required.  Contact Debs phone 0223079974 email 

7 September – 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.

You are welcome to pop into see her to discuss any projects you or your group would like some help with.

Tuesday 8 September 2020 – Meet the candidate: CATHERINE CHU at Cheskin Orchard – 5:30 – 7:30 pm  CATHERINE CHUNATIONAL BANKS PENINSULA.  Light refreshments and nibbles will be available.

5:30 – 6:00pm Meet and greet with Catherine
6:00 – 7:00pm Short address on policies and issues confronting Banks Peninsula, with open floor question/answer forum
Meeting close 7:30pm

Please txt JEREMY on 021 568 224 with your full name and address expressing your interest to attend on or prior to Monday 31 August 2020

10,11 & 12 September, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – WOODCUT PRINTMAKING WITH SASKIA VAN VOORN – Internationally renowned and trained artist Saskia lives and works in Le Bons Bay. We are so lucky to be able to offer her Woodcut Printmaking workshop for the community right here in Akaroa.

Favouring the natural environment, Saskia specialises in woodblock printing using a technique inspired by the 18th and 19th century woodcut of Japan. Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world). Learn her technique of making detailed drawing, then using multiple woodblocks add the skills of how to use gradation of colours to achieve depth and subtlety to make your print.
All skill levels are welcome to come to our inaugural printing workshop, with a strictly limited number of students. Beginners and more experienced artists are most welcome. Saskia will work the room to give everyone one on one tuition.
Learn from a master tutor over 3 consecutive sessions. Be quick !  All materials supplied * see note on registration form

Please email or call o21 527184 for more details.

13 September– Sunday – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY    – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property?

Trap LibraryThe famous Trap Library is  based in  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 please contact Rouke Bakker by emailing: or

The Akaroa Trap Library has a new co-ordinator  please contact Karin Bos by emailing: 

7 June Sunday – 5pm –ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month.   From this Sunday 7th June we’ll be meeting back up at St Andrews at 5pm. For now no shared meals so we should be finished by about 6pm. Look forward to meeting again in person! If you’re experiencing any respiratory symptoms please stay home.

Local contact Paul Williams 3251-259.

To keep updated with upcoming events check out their website here

Country Living Outings – Email Mary if interested.  Further details of upcoming outings to follow.2nd Sep        Fundraiser for Izzy Hoult. Listen to 5 exceptional people share their life stories

7th Oct        Helen & Brian Coker Stoneycrop 211 Halkett Rd West Melton

4th Nov       A visit to Barbara Townsend’s 15 acre property

2nd Dec       Visit Heather Cochrane’s garden lunch Crate and Barrel Hotel Leeston

13 th to 15th November. Anniversary weekend. –  Visit Pigeon Bay ART EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS.  Pigeon Bay Hall.  Open 10am to 5pm daily.  (Updated details to follow)

Exhibits by 21 Artists and five workshops.

See full information on attached poster.

Eft Pos available but no cash out.  Cash and Carry Exhibition.

Tea and Coffee and Cake  provided by Pigeon Bay Hall Committee as a fundraiser for the Hall.

For any information contact Phone 027 223 1171

BANKS PENINSULA ADVENTURE RACE – Back for a second time after last years success! A new 3 hour event is available for those getting into the sport, as well as the 6 and 9 hour races for those who want to push themselves. The event is within a 1 hour drive of Christchurch, but the exact location is kept a mystery until the week of the race.

Competitors will trek and bike their way through native bush, streams, farmland and trails before reaching the finish. The course will be kept secret until the day before the race, so you have time to plan your strategy and route choice. Teams of 3 or 4 people are required, with prizes for the fastest teams in each gender and age category.

This event is a fundraiser for New Zealand athletes travelling to the World University Orienteering Championships in Russia next year.

For more information and to enter head to

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