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Are you interested in playing cards and/or scrabble on a regular basis in Little River.  If so contact Virginia on 027 2750733 

under2Little River Playcentre Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.15am to 11.45am.
New Mums this is for you!
Come along  on a Wednesday morning to join the play group for you and your under 2 year old!

Phone 03 377 2540.

Dog Registration Fees – The Cost of registering your dog will go up by $2.00 from 1 July. The increase means those with responsible dog ownership status who register their dog before July 1 will have to pay $59 for their first dog and $41 for each of their other dogs. More information can be found here

Men-web-300x149 to 6 June -New  Exhibition at the Little River Gallery  – MEN by Gill Hay.    The exhibition runs through to the 6 June  2018.  To read more about the exhibition go here

Little River Gallery.  Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. 

Open Seven Days a week.  9am to 5pm. 


BP Rugby Logo19 May  – Saturday – BANKS PENINSULA RUGBY GAMES played at Awa Iti Domain, Little River are as follows –

Under 6 – BP vs Prebbleton 9.50 Little River.  Under 7 – BP vs Southbridge 10.50 Little River.  Under 8 – BP vs Waihora 11.50 Little River .  Div 3 – BP vs Hornby 1.00 Little River.  Div 2 – Bp vs Diamond Harbour 2.30 Little River
Come on down and enjoy a good game of rugby and support our local teams.

Copy of Breast Cancer Poster Template - Made with PosterMyWall22 May – Tuesday – 9am to 12noon.  PINK RIBBON BREAKFAST – A morning of Friends, Food and Fun at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms.

Bring a plate or just come along and support a great  cause.
Spot prizes, raffles and games.
Contact or phone 027 66 555 06.
Donations can be made at

Business awardsWestpac Champion Business Awards – Entries and Nominations are now open for the 2018 Westpac Champion Business Awards. The Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses and charities in the Canterbury Region.

This year’s awards feature a host of new categories – to see these and to nominate a business or enter your own at HERE.

Enviroment canterbury23 May – Wednesday – DROP IN SESSIONS FOR ADVICE AND SUPPORT.  Our Staff will be at Little River every Wednesday  from 9.00am to 1.00pm.  If you need some help understanding ways to improve biodiversity or want some advice on how to reduce stream bank erosion, drop in and have a chat to our staff.

Banks Peninsula Zone Team Drop in Days – Little River Service Centre.  9am to 1.00pm March to September 2018.

Heritage23 May – Wednesday 10am to 2pm –  Tangible and Intangible Heritage Workshop – As you know, Christchurch City Council is working to develop a Draft Heritage Strategy, and you’re invited to a workshop to help us make it as effective and meaningful as possible.
We’re working in partnership with Ngāi Tahu to develop this strategy, based on all the information which you and other key stakeholders shared with us in May and June last year. We’re also developing an implementation plan to make sure that the strategy is relevant and accessible for everyone across the city and Banks Peninsula. That’s where you come in – to be a success, this plan needs input from the community, heritage building owners, advocates and professionals. To do this collaboratively, we’re hosting the above  workshop to which you’re invited:

Tangible and Intangible Heritage – Our connections between people and places, past and present.  A light lunch will be provided  Where: Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive.  We’re delighted to announce that guest speakers include Katharine Watson (Archaeologist) and Chris Johnston (Melbourne-based heritage consultant).  Join us to discuss the values, visions, ideas and opportunities to better celebrate, protect and promote our tangible and intangible heritage. More details will follow closer to the time. We’ll be consulting on the Draft Strategy later in 2018.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please reply by email to: or phone (03) 941 8047 by Friday 18 May.

Little River Toy Library25 May – 12.15 to 12.45pm –   LTTLE RIVER TOY LIBRARY  will be open this afternoon.   We are now offering FREE membership to all Little River families!!!! You just have to pay for the hire of toys.

Great time to get some new and entertaining toys for your kids or grandkids.
Come on down this afternoon…. have a look around.   The Little River Toy Library is open Fortnightly on a Friday.


Qizz Night - Sue25 May – Friday – QUIZZ NIGHT at the Little River Community Centre – ANGUS LATHAM, NATHAN SILCOCK, JACK THOMPSON & GEMMA THORNLEY are raising funds for a “World Challenge trip” to Nepal, December 2018 with Lincoln High School.  7 to 10pm

Bar, Raffle and Auction.

$60 table/4 people – call 03 3251284 to book

AKAROA, LYTTELTON & BANKS PENINSULA OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE – The Akaroa, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula Official Visitor Guide is  found in Little River at the Little River  Information Station, at the Little River Challenge Service Station, Little River Service Centre and at many of our local business.  A number of our local business promote themselves in it but it would be great to have more support from the Little River area.  The Akaroa District Promotions are wanting to gauge whether there is enough interest to produce the next 2018/19 Visitor Guide.  Please read the following from Hollie Hollander, Executive Officer,  Akaroa District Promotions and take part in the survey at the end of her notice.  You can contact Hollie  at

The Akaroa, Lyttelton & Banks Peninsula Official Visitor Guide (OVG) is the DLE sized brochure that can be found in the box outside the Akaroa 4 Square and various locations in Akaroa.  It is the official visitor guide for our district and has a wide distribution across New Zealand, particularly the South Island.  The existing 2017 guide was produced by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism and published by Beck & Caul.  60,000 copies were printed in March 2017.

Beck & Caul distribute 85% of the guides to i-SITEs and travel wholesalers/agents and VisitorPoint distribute them also to many locations.  The cost to distribute the guides with VisitorPoint is $405 plus GST per month plus a monthly fee for the extra guides that go out on request.

This distribution cost has been paid for by Akaroa District Promotions since Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism ceased to distribute the guide at the end of June 2018.  VisitorPoint distribute the OVG to locations in:

  • Central South Island
  • Christchurch 1 areas
  • Christchurch 2 areas (Transport)
  • Christchurch Airport
  • Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs
  • South Canterbury.

Akaroa District Promotions want to know if there is enough interest to reproduce the next 2018/2019 guide. Please can you click on this short survey with Survey Monkey to let us know if you are interested in advertising in the guide, either as a current advertiser or a new advertiser?  The cost in the survey is a guide only and based on last year’s figures.

Here is the link to the Survey:

website-banner1-2021Beca Heritage Week is – Strength from Struggle – Remembering our courageous Communities. This year there are some significant anniversaries in terms of large scale national and international events including:

•125 years since women’s suffrage achieved in New Zealand
•100 years since the World War I armistice
•100 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic.

The theme for Beca Heritage Week 2018 reflects these significant anniversaries which were hard won or hard fought struggles in world and New Zealand history. These anniversaries present an opportunity to remember the challenges faced by many communities in the past, commemorate the loss, courage and endurance of those who came before us, and celebrate their victories. Want to be involved?? Applications now open – closing Friday 8 June. Follow the link…/heritage/heritage-week/ for further information. Beca Heritage Week runs from the 12 to the 22 October 2018.


Cuttings taken from a rare Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) tree will be planted in Little River.
The tree had been lost from the Awa-iti Reserve.
However, Council arborists had earlier taken cuttings and four of these had survived.
Three would be planted in Little River, including in the reserve, and the fourth possibly planted in the Botanic Gardens.

To read the latest Banks Peninsula Community Board Newsletter go here  Pam Richardson has been elected chairperson of the Banks Peninsula Community Board following the resignation of Christine Wilson.   Jed O’Donoghue will take over the Deputy Chairperson role.

5 and 6 May –   Saturday and Sunday – OPENING WEEKEND OF THE DUCK SHOOTING SEASON. The NZ Duck Shooting season opens each year on the 1st Saturday in May. This is when most hunters take part and most birds are shot. Each hunter can shoot up to 50 ducks per day and no limit on geese. NZ has a three-month season May to July so even if you don’t make the opening weekend you can still enjoy some waterfowl shooting later in the season.

A License must be obtained from Fish and Game New Zealand every season . Restrictions apply.   Go here for  a copy of the 2018 Handbook.

SALUTE TO ADVENTURE – The Worsley Exhibition at the Akaroa Museum. 71 Rue Lavaud. Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free Entry. Frank Worsley was born in Akaroa and was one of the finest sailors, navigators, and Antarctic explorers of his time. Step into his world and discover where his thirst for adventure led him. 

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.  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. 

Revival Clothing Monthly On  Tuesday – Revival Clothing is open each Tuesday. 10.30am  – 4pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River.    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.  Contact Heather. 3251 259 or Contact Fiona 3290171

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 or anonymous line 03 974 1982.  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

Lake forsyth Canal BridgeA temporary gravel causeway across the Te Roto O Wairewa (Lake Forsyth) outlet canal has been replaced with a modern bridge. The bridge connects Birdlings Flat with Bossu Road and means there is now 4WD vehicle access across the beach for local residents and visitors, regardless of whether or not the lake is open to the sea.

To read other interesting information go to the Banks Peninsula Community Boards May Newsletter here 

Saturday – LITTLE RIVER GYMNASTICS first term date. Will run for 9 weeks from the 6 May till the 1 June. Spaces are limited so please email for further information. 


Goats2 June – Saturday Queens Birthday Weekend – 1.30pm TO 3pm – CANTERBURY DAIRY GOAT BREEDER,  RIBBON SHOW AND INFORMATION  FUN DAY  – Goat owners and people interested in owning goats.  

This is for anyone, you don’t need to be a member or have goats registered. Please read the information and share around.

Canterbury A&P Grounds, Stable Block, Curtletts Road, Christchurch.  Contact  Club members free,  Non Club Members $2.00 per goat.

Banks Peninsula conservation Trust LogoWe would love to have you volunteer with us – Come and help us preserve and enhance the unique and special biodiversity of Banks Peninsula.

Where: Woodlands Covenant, Robinson’s Bay
When: Saturday 2nd June, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Details: We’ll be supporting our landowner tackle convolvulousbpct

Where: Balguerie Stream, Akaroa
When: Saturday 9th June, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Details: We’ll be supporting our landowner tackle Old Man’s Beard

Where: Port Saddle, Lyttelton
When: Saturday 8th September 10am – 4pm
Details: Planting out an area on Port Saddle as part of our restoration project partnership with Lyttelton Port Company.

Please register your interest by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator Sophie Hartnell

3 June – Sunday – 9am.  Pink Ribbon BreakfastPINK RIBBON BREAKFAST – Hosted by the Little River Hotel to fundraise for a good cause.   $25 per person includes a cooked breakfast and some refreshments. 

To help with catering  please reserve your seat before the day.  Contact Lauren  at the Little River Hotel on  03 3251007 or  on her cell phone.  021441956. 

Or private message her through Facebook.

3 June    – Sunday – 11amST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month. 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.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA4 June  –  Monday –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUST  GENERAL MEETING –  7.30 pm .  In the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre – All welcome.  Items for the Agenda  to be received 7 days before the meeting  and sent to  Robert (Chair) –  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233, or Barb (Secretary),  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947.

The 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.  Read the Little River Wairewa Community Trusts April Newsletter here

Izzy5 June – Tuesday –  11am.    IZZY HOULT BALLET FUNDRAISER –    Fund raiser for Izzy Hoult at Izzy’s  Home at 43c Western Valley Road, Little River.   French Themed  Lunch and Wine Tasting $30.00 includes wine and lunch.  Reply by 29th May to or  Phone 027 3425620

Raising money to help with New Zealand School of Dance – National scholar expenses.

Share with Jane her rather small, colourful and recycled family home for a French themed lunch with a touch of kiwiana and a tutored wine tasting with local expert Rob Fowler from Pieroth Wines NZ.

Meet at 11am for tea, coffee and a chat about the house, storage ideas and recycled treasures followed by lunch and wine tasting, enjoy samples of a variety of wine from the beautiful, diverse and historic French vineyards.  Izzy Hoult Ballet Fundraiser 2018

Wood-burning-fire-900x4809 June – Saturday – WINTER STILLNESS – STOKING YOUR INNER FIRES – Wainui Bay Community Centre,  Banks Peninsula.  10am to 3pm.   Part of the Ways of Wellness (WOW) Workshop Series.  With Lisa Mills: Yoga Teacher, Creative Therapist and Movement Facilitator and Kathy Guidi – Passionate Cook and WOW Girl

$85.00 includes lunch, art materials and hearty log fire.  Bookings Essential, limited to 18 participants.  Contact Kathy Phone 021 202 2954. For further information go to here

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY10 June     – 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.

10 June  – 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. 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

25 June – Monday – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD  meeting will now be held in Akaroa instead of Lyttelton.

DANCINGWednesday – BALLROOM DANCNG LESSONSBALLROOM DANCING LESSONS ARE CONTINUING BUT THE CLASSES ARE FULL.  Due to such a great response Faye and Tim will be looking to run another class later in the year.

Come and learn beginner’s Ballroom and Latin dancing with Faye and Tim. Try out the Waltz, Rock n Roll, Social Foxtrot and Meringue.  Gold coin donation per person.  Partners not essential. Two left feet and a lack of rhythm a definite advantage!  Contact Tim and Faye 03 325 1373  or











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