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Here is another great walk that families can enjoy as part of the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival – Orton Bradley Farm Adventure on Sunday 29th November.

Orton Bradley Park is home to sheep and beef cattle. November is a great time to come close to our ewes and their lambs, or spot cows with calves from a distance. We invite families (children, 5+ years) to join us on this walk – an exploration of the secluded part of our farm. It is a time to take in the scenic views across the sea, feel the clover and grass underfoot, listen to lambs playing and cows calling to their calves. We will play or rest half-way, with a shared picnic. Tickets can be booked through Eventfinda.

27 November – Friday – THE COURT JESTERS . The Pigeon Bay Community are flying in the Court Jesters again to scare you scriptless.   Come and enjoy an evening of hilarity.  .
6pm opens.  Shows starts at 7.30pm Price  $35.00pp.  Tickets from or Charles 027 757 9778.  No door sales so get in early.
Drinks available from 6pm.  Cash only.  No eftpos.  Your ticket could win you a gift voucher for two to the court Theatre and to other prizes to be won.
A BBQ will be available prior to the event more later . Print off and remember to purchase a ticket . Remember the fun and laughter we had last time here is another opportunity

28 November to 15 December – TO HAVE TO HOLD – New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery .  The exhibition features work by Lorelei Jenne, Jenny Wilson, Debra Powell, Jasmine Keir and Jane Downes.  The opening of the exhibition will be at 11am on Saturday 28 November,  You are welcome to come along and meet the artists.

Theme to explore, narrative told.  Pigment to brush, fire, weld and fold.  Hues of green, hints of gold.  Sweet and delicate, strong and bold. Desire to have, to cherish to hold. Megan Gainsford

Exhibition runs through to the 15 December.  The Little River Gallery.  Open 7 Days a week 9am to 5pm

28 November – Saturday – F’Aerial Arts Circus School presents…The Imaginarium – A mystical forest filled with a menagerie of whimsical creatures… performed by our talented circus students – and featuring special guests!

Note: If your family would like to attend but cannot for financial reasons please 
get in touch – a lovely local has gifted some family passes to the afternoon show.
Little River Community Hall –  2pm and 7pm.  Tickets: Adults $14 / Kids $6 (under 12) / Family $40

LITTLE RIVER PLAYGROUND RENEWAL – It’s time to get some new equipment at the playground that’s safe and fun for a range of ages and abilities, as well as being easy to maintain. If you would like to discuss this project with the team, please join us at the Little River Community Breakfast on Sunday 29 November from 9am at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa-iti Domain, Little River.

The Little River Playground renewal is open for feedback from 17th November 2020 – 8th December 2020.  For full details go Here

29 November – Sunday – Little River Farmers Market – Little River Farmers Market  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

29 November – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST –  9.00am to 12 noon  at the Banks Peninsula Rugby Club Rooms, Awa-iti Domain, Little River.
Join us for a delicious free breakfast with a selection of hot and cold food.  A chance to catch up with friends, neighbours and family.
We will have stands showcasing our Little River Wairewa BUSINESS EXPO,  Civil Defence and Little River Volunteer Firebrigade, Little River Playground Update,  Pony’s2Go Rides for the children and the Little River Wairewa Community Trusts Games Trailer.
ALL WELCOME.  Contact Fiona

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

The Wasteline team are endeavouring to improve the recycling in the Bays’ mini-skips and recycling trailers.  Read how on the following message Miniskip or Trailer Recycling Guide

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.  Make sure you book early as tickets sell out quickly!  BOOK ON EVENTFINDA HERE

There are still some spaces available in

20 Tane’s Botanical  Wonderland .

23 Kids Nature Trail to Omahu Bush

26 Orton Bradley Farm Adventure – Indulge your Senses

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

30 November 10am.  Next Community Board meeting – The Agenda for the Banks Peninsula Community Board meeting,

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.



LITTLE RIVER PLAYGROUND RENEWAL  – It’s time to get some new equipment at the playground that’s safe and fun for a range of ages and abilities, as well as being easy to maintain.

The Little River Playground renewal is open for feedback from 17th November 2020 – 8th December 2020.  For full details go Here

2 December –   Wednesday –  Country Living Outing – Visit Heather Cochrane’s garden lunch Crate and Barrel Hotel Leeston.  Meet at 10.30am at Heather Cochrane’s Place, 23 Show Ground Place, off Manse Road,  Leeston.  Lunch will be at the Crate and Barrel Hotel Leeston.  RSVP by Wednesday 25 October.

After moving from their Killinchy farm 5 years ago the Cochrane’s purchased 1 ½ acres bordering Ellesmere Show Grounds. They built their new home and initially employed a landscape gardener to give ideas but established the rest of the garden themselves with the idea of creating an easy care garden.

Reply to  Mary

5 December – Saturday – WALKING IN THE SHOES OF SHACKELTON AND WORSLEY.  The Christchurch Foundation is bringing Tim Jarvis virtually to Akaroa to speak about exploration, climate change, as well as Akaroa’s own intrepid explorer Frank Worsley, the captain of the Endurance, the ship that sank, crushed by the sea ice on one of Shackleton’s Antarctic Explorations.

2.00pm  to 5pm at the Gaiety Hall, Akaroa.  $50.00pp.   Buy tickets off

Ticket includes canapes. An EFTPOS bar will be available. No cash accepted

LIVING STREAMS NURSERY– Open each week Wednesday 9am till 3pm – Saturday 10am till 2pm

At this time of year we can be short of volunteers. There is a lot of propagating to be done, which is time consuming when working with small seedlings.  And if you enjoy talking with customers and have a basic knowledge of native plants, we welcome you as shopkeeper on Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm.

Read the spring Newsletter here.

to 31 Jan 2021 – POP UP PENGUIN ART TRAIL – In partnership with Harcourts and with the support of many other sponsors and funders, Pop Up Penguins will give residents and visitors a fresh opportunity to discover and delight in all that makes Ōtautahi special. The public art trail will include 50 large penguin sculptures, sponsored by companies and decorated by established and emerging artists, along with up to 65 little penguins, decorated by schools as part of the Pop Up Penguins Learning Programme.

All decorated penguins will be displayed across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula on a public art trail that will celebrate all the unique parts of our city.

The penguins will highlight themes like climate change, community, Antarctica, creativity, innovation and exploration.

After 10 weeks out and about in Christchurch, the street-sized penguins will be auctioned to raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.  The art trail will be launched on our streets on 29 November 2020.

Image by @dicesales.  Full article here

6 December  – Sunday – Little River Farmers Market – Little River Farmers Market  will be operating every Sunday 9am -1pm in the space between the Little River Gallery and Silo Stay.  If the weather is wet it will be postponed to the following Sunday.

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

6 December – HIGH TEA at Pigeon Bay Hall.  11am to 3pm.  Get your favourite people together to have a lovely relaxed Sunday before the Christmas crazy gets us!  Please do book ahead of time.

Groups are very welcome, the more time you can give me the better, when it comes to booking a table for groups.

High Tea $20.00  Cream Tea $12.00  Kiddies $8.00  Prices are per person.  Eft pos available.

Bookings required.  Debs O’Keefe email  Phone 0223079974

7 December  – 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.

8 December  – 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

13 December 2020-  Sunday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY CAROLS – Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate for supper.  7pm at the Little River Wairewa Marae. Christchurch to Akaroa Highway, Cooptown, Little River.

A combined Little River Churches event.  Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.  Feel free to phone

Kim and Christine Peters for further details 3251 0

Rainwater tanks and resource consents – With summer soon upon us we are starting to think about water restrictions.  Did you know that in the Residential Banks Peninsula Zone, rainwater tanks can be installed without resource consent if they:  ·       Do not exceed 25,000 litres capacity and are supported directly by the ground; or

·      Do not exceed 2,000 litres capacity and are supported not more than 2m above the supporting ground.

If you are installing a water storage tank this year, please carefully consider its location so that it minimises impact on your neighbours.

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula  has some of the best water in the world and it’s up to all of us to be mindful of how we use it. Check out these simple household water-saving tips here

13 December  – 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: 

21 December -Monday- POP UP PENGUINS TRAIL FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP  Join Pohatu penguins in Akaroa for a fundraising workshop as part of the Pop Up Penguins trail.  1pm  to 4pm.

This 3 hours workshop will include a scenic safari to Pohatu Bay, seeing penguins up close in nesting sites, a walk and talk about 30+ years of conservation effort to protect them and a chance to help us in this effort by assembling penguin houses and predator traps.
All profits will go to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, the fantastic charity that the Pop Up Penguins Trail is fundraising for.
Join us now to help us help them.  Go here for further details and to book.

The 109th Banks Peninsula show is on Saturday 23 January 2021 at the Awa-Iti Domain, Little River and entries are now open . Check out the catalogue here on their website here

25 December – CHRISTMAS DAY.

Rod Donald Trust is delighted to announce that it has an agreement with the landowner to purchase Te Ahu Pātiki – 500ha of iconic land above Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.  The land includes the two highest peaks in the Christchurch area, Mt Herbert/Te Ahu Pātiki and Mt Bradley.  The area will become a Hinewai style conservation park protected in perpetuity with full public access and managed to enable the natural regeneration of native vegetation.
Fundraising is underway to raise $600,000 to complete the purchase and set up the park.  To make a donation visit the Christchurch Foundation website.…/te-ahu-patiki
For more information about the project visit our website.
To read more go here

29 December – TROTTS AT MOT – Banks Peninsula Trotting Club.  Gates open at 10am.

Welcome to the Home of Grass Track Harness Racing.  Located just 30 minutes’ drive from central Christchurch, Motukarara racecourse offers all the fun and excitement of the real Kiwi country racing experience

Grass track harness racing at it’s best. Loads of Entertainment for the whole family. Get your group together for your Xmas party. Fantastic Food and beverage options as well as private Gazebo sites.

General Admission $10.00. Only available on the gate- cash only.   Visit website here for tickets and further information.

1st January 2020 – Wednesday  – BANKS PENINSULA VINTAGE CAR CLUB NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC – at the Little River, Awa Iti Domain, from 11.00 am. The Cars will arrive from about 10am to 3pm.  Come along with your picnic lunch and check out  the lovely old cars on display.

Bring along your own vintage or classic car and join the display. Music by Mainland Big Band and lolly scramble for the children. Gold coin entry.

Enquiries to Ron Hassel 942 1105.

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 9.00am to 5.00pm (Summer  Hours) . The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy.

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