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Subject: State Highway 75 closures – Please note the following road closures on the NZTA website:  Road works – State Highway 75 – Little River to Akaroa. Due to road repairs, there will be short term closures in place from Wednesday 7th October to Thursday 15th October between the hours of 9:30am and 10:30am. The road will open temporarily at 10am to allow traffic through the work site. Outside of these times the road will remain under 24/7 Stop/Go traffic management with temporary speed limits in place. Allow extra time for your journey.

to 28 October  – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery  –  by  CLAIRE REILLY – INNER LANDS –  

Claire was born and educated in Wellington.   She has lived and worked in Christchurch since 1976 and is now a full-time artist. Her career spans more than three decades of painting and exhibiting throughout New Zealand, with many works going overseas.

Her paintings celebrate survival and resilience within the natural environment.  Over time she has developed a painting style that has an intensity and luminosity of colour that embraces a dream-like atmosphere. She has a close affinity with birds in the landscape, with the bird motif signifying a sense of joy in flight, and hope and renewal.

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

PONIES 2 GO – Open 10-4 Weekends, School and Public Holidays weather permitting $6 Pony Ride $3 Animal Visit and $8 to do both.

Led pony rides and interactive animals.  Come and meet and pat  Mrs Chips the Little Pony,  Chopper the sheep, Ping Pong the Lamb.   Pat the rabbits and  guinea pigs.  Meet the batman fowls  Leith and his girlfriend Vicky and the new Angora Rabbits Twinkle and Dusty.     A lovely outing  under the shade of the willows  for the children meeting all the  animals.

Most of the animals are rescued and  rehomed with Ponies2Go

You will find Ponies to Go behind the Little River Silo Stay.  Contact Karen 021 0742595

19 October 10am.  Next Community Board meeting – The Agenda for the Banks Peninsula Community Board meeting on 19 October 2020 is now available on the web. It can also be found via the link below:

Read the Banks Peninsula Community News . 

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.

20  October – 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 $60 for the whole season.   The “season” will run until daylight saving ends in early April 2021. The last evening of the season being 30 April. The only Tue night that badminton won’t be on is 15th Dec (LR School Assembly). That makes 25 evenings in total, hence why the  season fees are  $60 to cover the hall fees. 

Contact.   Simon

Airbnb/HomeAway – Have Your Say: District Plan Change –  We’d like your feedback on a proposed change to the Christchurch District Plan relating to short-term accommodation in residential, papakāinga and rural zones. To give us feedback, click here.
Open for feedback through 22 October

Tell us what’s important for Greater Christchurch in 2050 – The Greater Christchurch Partnership is creating a new plan – Greater Christchurch 2050. It will describe the kind of place we want for future generations and the actions we need to take over the next 30 years to make it happen. These actions will be real and achievable actions that can be delivered by the partner organisations – Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Canterbury District Health Board, NZTA Waka Kotahi and Greater Christchurch Group, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Complete the Survey: Tell the Greater Christchurch 2050 team what you want for 2050 by answering a few quick questions here.  Open for feedback to the 9 November.

Talk to the team: If you have any questions about Greater Christchurch 2050, email

Go to the MeetingCome along to this Waka Toa Ora workshop and tell the Greater Christchurch 2050 team what you think should be in the plan…        Thursday 22 October 2020.  Time:       12:30 to 2:00 pm.  Location: Spark Place, Tūranga (Central Library)

Register online here 

24 October – Saturday – BARRYS BAY CHEESE – CELEBRATE OUR  125TH ANNIVERSARY WITH US – Labour Weekend – 10am to 5pm.  Live Music by The Eastern Band.  Food and Drinks.  Cheese Platters, Empire Chicken, Cheese Breads by Mapu, Sausages, three Boys Beer and local wines for sale t the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory.

Bring the family and a picnic rug to toast a day of good music, great cheese and local history,  Hear the factory’s story from 1pm  Parking available or French Connection bus.  We are gathering information about the history of our factory, so please contact us if you have a story to share.  Phone 03 304 5809 or  Go to website here

24 October – AKAROA &BAYS LIONS CLUB  PADDYS MARKET & AUCTION – Akaroa Recreation Ground.  A full stock  available for sale.  The Market and auction will be held as long as we are at Level 1.  If we are not postponed to Saturday 14 November 2020.

Little River Farmers Market – Little River Farmers Market – We’re really looking forward to the start of Little River Farmers Market, we’ve already got some great stalls lined up. We will be operating every Sunday from 25 October 9am -1pm in the space between the Little River Gallery and Silo Stay

 A 3x3m stall is $20  and Richard is still keen to hear from any local growers who would like a space.
All profits raised through the year will be donated back to the community.
All enquiries to Richard and Alex  email

25  October – Sunday – ORTON BRADLEY PARK SRING FAIR 2020 –  10am to 4pm.   Music, Gourmet Food Stalls, Activities for the kids, Art Stalls, Plant Stalls, animals and more. Explore the walking & biking tracks, have a go on the high ropes course, see the vintage machinery working or stroll through the Rhododendron garden. Something for everyone!
Entry Fee: Adults $10, Children Free. Free parking on paddock.  Cancelled if wet. No dogs.  Contact  Go to website here

26 October – Monday – LABOUR DAY HIGH TEA – 11am to 3pm at the Pigeon Bay Hall.

Every one welcome.  Special diets catered for please arrange in advance.

High Tea $20.00  Cream Tea $12.00  Kiddies $8.00.  Prices per person.
Eft Pos available.
Bookings required to
Debs O’Keefe  Phone 022 3079974

27 October – Tuesday – 6.30pm.  MENTAL HEALTH EVENING.  Suitable for senior school children, families, farmers and wider community.

With Guest Speaker Dr Lucy Hone.
Live music by Peat and the Lemon Tree.
You can find meaning again.  Your are never alone.
Gaiety Hall.  Akaroa.  Free admission and supper

28 October – Wednesday – SHEEP DOG TRAINING DAY  – Get the best from your working dog.  Starting at 12pm at 3875 Christchurch – Akaroa Road, Little River.

Experienced dog trialist, Steve Kerr from Fairlie will be available to tutor dog owners.  $10 entry fee.  Lunch provided by Farmlands after the training session.  Sponsored by Purina.  Bring your dog or pup.
Reply by 25th October to Ross Millar 325-1156   Email:

29 October – Thursday – 6pm at the Akaroa Area School.  IS THIS NORMAL – THE ‘ALL ABOUT BEHAVIOUR WORKSHOP –

Topics include.  Big Emotion – Why is my child so worried, angry, withdrawn.  Like all of the time.
Nature or nurture- what really is the cause.
What’s with hitting breaking stuff and hitting siblings.
When should I worry or worry more than I am now.
Facilitators   Dr Dean Sutherland and Anna Mowat

31 October – Saturday – NEW EXHIBITION AT THE LITTLE RIVER GALLERY – Josh Bashford & Fatu Feu’u.  Exhibition runs through to the 25 November.

The Little River Gallery.  Open 7 Days a week 9am to 5pm

email or call 021 325 074

31 October – Saturday – BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP – 13am TO 3pm.  With Tutor Alan Webster.  Learn the Traditional Art of Bookbinding with Alan Webster as he takes you through this fascinating process from start to finish.  You will leave the day with your own unique bound book and the skills to springboard into this art form.

$65.00 per class.  All materials provided.
For further information and to register visit or Tel: 027 298 9288You will find us behind the Little River Service Station 4223 Main Road, Little River.

F’Aerial Arts Circus School – Term 4 Timetable
Tuesday – 4.15-5.15pm Kids (5-10 years)*  *numbers permitting
Wednesday – 3.30-4.30pm Kids (5-7 years)
4.30-5.30pm Kids (8-10 Years) FULL
5.30-6.30pm Youth (11+ years)
6.45-7.45pm Adults
Thursday – 10.30-11.15 Pre-School (3-4 years)  *parental involvement required
Sunday – 6.45-8.00pm Stretch n Flex – Ages 11+ (Vinyasa Yoga and upper body/core conditioning)
Contact Treesa.  Phone 021 278 1289.

YOGA CLASSES in Little River.    Tuesday nights 7 – 8.15pm.  5 week course starting 13 0ctober.  Suitable for everyone with or without Yoga experience.  There will be a focus on Yoga Asana, Healing movements, Breathing, Relaxation and Meditation.
Cost $95 for the 5 classes. With Arielle Atman, experienced Yoga Teacher, Healer and Facilitator.  For more information and   to enrol phone  027 2321610.

1 November  2020– Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River Wairewa  Marae.

This is the tenth anniversary so we hope to make it a special occasion.  We will be screening a short movie of the early days in Christchurch and Little River along with a photo board display of past events and people of Little River, plus a performance from the local Kapa Haka group and a celebratory cake.  There is a charge of $5 per person which includes tea, coffee  and a selection of finger foods for lunch.

RSVP to  Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust

2 November  – 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.

Coming up – 29 November –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA BUSINESS EXPO – To show off what is in the community.  Do you make cakes? Paint? Computer IT? Sell wood? Beautician?

Anyone and everyone who has a business in Little River can come and show off their business and make connections with others in the Community.  We are holding the Business Expo alongside the Annual Little River Community Breakfast on Sunday 29 November.  So spread the word about your company and also get a delicious breakfast.

Expressions of interest to Kaitlyn email

3 November Tuesday –  Public Health Update : COVID-19 –  1:00 to 2:30 pm.  Blue Room, Salvation Army, 853 Colombo Street

Speaker – Dr Anna Stevenson, Medical Officer of Health, CDHB

In January this year COVID-19 first became known to the world. Since that time our regional public health unit – Community and Public Health, a division of Canterbury District Health Board – has been responding to the disease, protecting the community, monitoring the situation and planning for the future.  To read more and how to attend the workshop go here

Use the registration form to tell us your questions in advance. A calendar appointment will be emailed following registration.

4 November –  Wednesday – COUNTRY LIVING OUTING to Barbara Townend Garden, 242 Waterholes Road (Cnr Weedons and Waterholes Rd).  Start time   10.30am.  $10 garden visit including morning tea.  Lunch at The Flaming Rabbit, 3 Vernon Drive, Lincoln (opposite the New World Supermarket).

Reply by          Wednesday 28th October to Mary Millar email

Barbara established her amazing garden around her new home 10 years ago. The 15 acre block also farms alpacas. Barbara describes her garden as a collection of her favourite plants.

7 November – Saturday – 2020  – MOTUKARARA FIREWORKS NIGHT – 5:30pm–10:00pm at Waihora Domain, 130 Park Road, Tai Tau. Suitable for all ages. Gate Sales only.
The Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade has taken over the running this event.  We would love to see you all, at this year’s fireworks evening, held at Waihora Domain, Park Road, Motukarara.

This family event is for all ages to enjoy, we will have bouncy castles, pony rides, food available, live entertainment/music, free tractor hay rides, stalls & of course our amazing fireworks display to finish off the night.  Bring your family & friends- car parking on site. $20 per car, $5 per person for walk in’s

8 November – 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: 

13 & 15 November   – Friday, Saturday and Sunday Canterbury Anniversary weekend. –  Visit the  Pigeon Bay ART EXHIBITION.  Pigeon Bay Hall.  Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Exhibits by 19 Artists.  AE Gibson, Alice Lewis, Anne Moore, Anne Visser, Barb Gaeth, Ben Reid, Elaine McDonald, Fiona Grace, Jan cole, Jan Priestley, Jen Coster, Karen Wernier, Kilmeny Keyes, Lachlan McGrail, Lieve Bierque, Penny Townshend, Sandra Palmer, Joan Lee Spicer and Rust Pots.

Cash and Carry.  Eft Pos available.

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

29 November – Sunday – SAVE THE DATE – Little River Community Breakfast 9.00am at the Banks Peninsula Rugby Club Rooms, Awa-iti Domain, Little River.

28-29  Saturday and Sunday – November 2020 – INSIDE OUT AKAROA HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR –   10am to 5pm both days.  

Every 2 years, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula, plays host to one of the most stunning garden experiences in New Zealand, showcasing a weekend where you are given an insight into some of our most gorgeous homes and unique gardens, that thrive in this volcanic landscape on the crater rim.

Akaroa’s extremely popular Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour is on this November and it is bigger and better than ever with a magnificent range of houses and gardens, some never open to the public before. This is your chance to have a sneak – peek around some of the most beautiful gardens in the South Island, all with their unique character and situated in sensational locations. This is a “not to be missed event”, for anyone interested in beautiful homes and fabulous gardens.  

Tickets will go on sale now via Eventfinda – tickets $30 per person.

Tickets will also be available in Akaroa at the Akaroa Museum and Akaroa I- site & Little River Gallery

BANKS PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL –   Welcome to the 2020 Banks Peninsula Walking Festival, running every Saturday and Sunday from 7th-29th November

Come and explore beautiful Banks Peninsula this November, enjoying the spectacular landscapes that make it such a unique gem. Our guides will lead you on tracks, reserves and private land, sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience along the way. Hear their stories, meet new people and appreciate the ‘great outdoors’ as you go.

This year’s programme is expected to be as popular as ever with a great variety of walks to enjoy all around Banks Peninsula. Join the continuing multi-year Kaitorete Spit challenge, take the family on the Omahu Bush Kid’s Nature Trail, or visit Le Bons Bays Langer Reserve and take your pooch along for ‘Grunts, Dykes and Dogs!’ Explore the western headland of Akaroa Harbour on Lands End Farm, learn about the military history at Godley Head, or explore the Packsaddle track at Little Port Cooper. The great variety of walks offers something for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Whether it be history and heritage, botany or geology – you can even have a go at whale spotting! There is something for everyone with a guarantee of beautiful views and scenery along the way.  Make sure you book early as tickets sell out quickly!  BOOK ON EVENTFINDA HERE

For further information go to the Rod Donald Trusts website here

Project Lyttelton, Little River Wairewa Community Trust,   Rod Donald Trust.  Christchurch City Council.  Rata Foundation.  Akaroa District Promotions

29 November – Sunday – 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

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.

Country Living Outings – Email Mary if interested.  Further details of upcoming outings to follow.

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

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


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