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Beautiful Beasts to 3 April  – BEAUTIFUL BEASTS  – the new exhibition at the Little River Gallery by artist Lisa Grennell. 

What aspect or feature, makes human the creature?   Let’s make a vow, not to treat the cow  just as a feast at the very least.   Their manner is mild, like a human child,  fit for love, the silken glove.   Beast has no ambition nor destructive mission  to gather too much, or violence and such.   These artworks give pleasure, beyond possible measure.   They make us all think, as we’re nearing the brink,   when all beasts are equal, planet Earth may sequel.

The exhibition runs through to the 3 April.  Little River Gallery,  Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

Feedback Sought on the proposed new Pest-Free Banks Peninsula rate.  Go here for full details.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA from jillEMPLOYMENT OFFERED – Project Coordinator Position.  The Little River Wairewa Community Trust seeks a person who can communicate effectively between various organisations, is well organised and can coordinate a number of projects arising from the Little River Big Ideas.

The person would be prepared to work flexible hours (up to 15 per week) and have a knowledge of Little River and its surrounds.

In the first instance please email the Secretary at for a job description and application form.   Application close on the 5.00pm 31 March 2019

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR Le Race – Saturday 23rd March

Please help Little River School raise funds for our 2019 Basketball Team(s) by volunteering to marshal at the Le Race event this year! This is an easy great fundraiser to support our kids, and only involves a short morning of standing around wearing a hi-vis! Please contact Serena ASAP on 021-329241,

We are advertising for a new Chair/member of the District Licensing Committee.   Applicants need to  keep in mind any issues they  may have around conflicts of interest and the need to be impartial. Go to link following for further details.  Expressions of interest close at 12.00noon on Friday 15 March 2019. Your application should include a CV detailing your previous involvement in similar work and a cover letter outlining what you will bring to the committee.

Community Board Newsletter July18 March   – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am to 12 – Akaroa Boardroom,  78 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa Always enjoy reading the  Banks Peninsula Community Boards Newsletter.  Follow the link to  read their March   Newsletter HERE

Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,

20 March – Wednesday –HELP FILL UP REVIVALS COMMUNITY FREEZER at 9am  We are going to be doing a Community Cook-up on Wednesday 20th of March at the Rugby Clubrooms to fill up our community freezer. All are welcome to come and give a hand – bring a knife and chopping board.  Read all about this and much more in Revivals Community Newsletter.Revival Newsletter March 2019

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 100km 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 <>

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 

Living Streams Emblem sign23 March – 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

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.

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.  To apply please visit:

 HUI FOR HEALTHY GREATER CHRISTCHURCH –  Go here for further details.  

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

28 March –JUSTICE OF THE PEACE SERVICE – DROP IN SESSION AT THE LITTLE RIVER LIBRARY .  11.00am – 12.30pm .  Val Peak will be holding the JP drop in sessions each Thursday .  Bookings are not necessary.

circus29 March – Friday – OUTDOOR CIRCUS SHOW  – directly behind the Birdlings Flat Community Centre. 7pm sharp for 30 minutes.  Everyone welcome to come and watch..  Come early, bring a camping chair or blanket to sit on.  No cost, but the hat will be passed around for donations to cover expenses.

This is a way that the Circus school can begin to engage with Birdlings Flat and provide performance opportunities for our talented students.  Because Circus explores the potential of the human body, and always involves managed risk, this show is weather dependant and sadly does not have a rain date.

Previously I have performed a MulletMan show at the Community Centre and lots of people turned up and enjoyed themselves, so I was keen to create the opportunity to have a larger cast Circus Show out here.
The show has also been booked on Saturday the 30th March at the Akaroa Harvest Festival. Birdlings Flat was a perfect place to perform the show on the way.

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

Akaroa Harvest Festival Poster 201930 March – Saturday – THE AKAROA HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10am to 3pm –  Potter’s Croft, 57 Rue Grehan Valley Rd, Akaroa

We are looking forward to this year’s Akaroa Harvest Festival on Saturday March 30th once again at the beautiful grounds of Potter’s Croft. Experience a unique Banks Peninsula festival with local dishes prepared by guest chefs alongside the stall holders of the farmers market.  There will be cooking, beekeeping and foraging Masterclasses throughout the day and this year will also a see some amazing local and international musicians with local beer and wine producers completing the day. $10 entry. Bring a chiller bag. Leave dogs at home!

AKAROA 2019 FINAL POSTER31 March -Sunday –  LE GRAND AUTO SHOW – Akaroa Recreation Ground 10.30am to 4pm. This is a special event with 150 invited cars. There are a wide variety of cars vintage, classic & new. This event showcases some of the best cars in Canterbury, McLaren, Jaguar, Porsche, Classic American, Citroen and many more. Sponsored by Archibald Motors. A fun day to suit everybody with a variety of cars, food and drink available.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Akaroa Health Hub, Akaroa Fire Brigade & Westpac Helicopters. $5 entry. This year there will also be a drivers dinner on the Saturday night before the show and the proceeds from that will also be split between the 3  Phone021 048 7003 or 03 337 0250 (Pam)   Sponsors Archibalds.  $5.00 Entry $10.00 per Family

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: 

Cruise ShipMarch   –  CRUISE SHIPS INTO AKAROA for MARCH –  there will 12 Cruise Ships into Akaroa in February .  Two on the 4th and 5th..  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 4th  ,5th, 6th, 14th, 15th, 16th , 18th , 18th,  25th ,  27th,  28th, 29th & 30th.  The Cruise Ships in the harbour look amazing.  Well worth a trip over to see.

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

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.

braided river26 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 .

DOC Community Fund – Open for Applications  –    The round is open for 4 weeks and closes at 5pm on 22 March.  The round is focused on projects that protect and enhance New Zealand’s biodiversity and approximately $8 million will be available for projects undertaken by community groups, non-government organisations and private landowners.  If you are looking to apply, head over to our website to find the criteria and application forms.

This year two application forms are available depending on the size of your project. If you want to apply for $20,000 or less then complete the shorter ‘small grants’ form, and if you want to apply for $20,000 or more, fill in the slightly longer ‘large grants’ form.

One piece of supporting information can accompany your application, but please note letters of support are no longer requested as part of the application, and will not be provided to the assessment panel.  A guide is available to help you with your application and if your project involves predator control, check out our predator control factsheet. Both of these are available on our website.  If you have any questions about applying, you can get in contact with the Funds Team either via email at or on 0800 86 20 20.

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.

Bruces Garden (2)1 April  – Monday 10 -12noon. CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNINGIt’s Autumn

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

Wellbeing Workshop1 April – Monday –  2019 OVTRK Forum on   Decision-making for the Wellbeing Budget.  7-9pm at Environment Canterbury (car park access off St Asaph St).

We will gather at 7pm for light refreshments provided by koha from CCC.  The Forum will start promptly at 7.30pm..

New Zealand is about to implement its first Wellbeing Budget in May, leading the world.  Adie Gray will talk about the work being done by Statistics NZ. This work has links to the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework and the CDHB Canterbury Wellbeing Index. Adie’s particular role in the project is as Māori Partnership and Design Lead, tasked with ensuring Te Ao Māori perspectives are not tokenistic and are meaningfully applied within the project.

Adie will present for around 30 minutes on Challenging tokenism toward decision-making for Wellbeing. Participants will then break into the four wellbeings (social, environmental, cultural and economic) and workshop responses – including talk about who is at the table in deciding what wellbeing looks like. Adie will be available during the discussions.

We note that these developments are alongside the impending return of a primary purpose for local government to uphold the four wellbeings and hope there will be an update on this aspect by the time of the Forum

For further information on     • the Forum – email     • OVTRK – see

3 April –  Wednesday – 10am COUNTRY LIVING OUTING – Visit Kelvin and Lesley Finlay’s’ Wilson Mill 4.8ha Garden.  Followed by Lunch at 12noon at Urban Revival Restaurant, Silverstream, Kaiapoi.  $8.00 for the Garden Visit and you pay for your own lunch.  Reply by 27 March to Mary at

Wilsons Mill Garden is  known as one of the finest and most expansive gardens in New Zealand. A superb landscape design that includes a lily-clad lake, willow tree lined stream with bridge, a large oak orchard, a secret garden just to mention a few of the features in the garden.       There is also a vast collection of vintage cars to view.         Lesley has very kindly offered to provide tea and coffee before the garden tour.  Go to website here


Anglican Church7 April   – 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.

Black Tie evening13 April – BLACK TIE EVENING – A Banks Peninsula Rugby Club Fundraiser. Guest Speaker Sir Graham Henry, with a live Auction to follow.
Join us for our major fundraiser of the year. Its going to be a great night.Table of 10 – $1100. Single $1120.00. Meal included. LImited tables available.

Cash Bar Available.
Contact George Masefield. 027 322 5133 or

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY14 April  – 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.

14 April     – 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.  

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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