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Image may contain: indoor, text that says 'NO VACANCY'Do you have accommodation in or around the Little River or Birdlings Flat area?
The Little River Wairewa Community Trust is updating their website and want to make sure you are featured.  The website is funded by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust and is FREE to join.
The website is for the community, to make sure everyone who lives here has the local information they need all in one place. It’s also helpful for visitors to the area.
Email  Lyn Leslie if you would like to be included, at
If you know a friend who runs an accommodation, share this with them. We want everyone in the area to be featured. And, just a reminder, its free

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

to 29 January .  SUMMER SHOW – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery

Exhibition runs through to the 29  January.

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

19 January  – 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.

Contact.   Simon

 Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'READY YOUR LAUGH -HOLE SALTYBUSKERS.CLUB'22 January – Friday – BIRDLINGS FLAT CIRCUS COMEDY SHOW – This show  is an unofficial part of the Salty Buskers Festival that I am running in Akaroa and New Brighton and will include 15-20 minutes from everyone participating in the festival in a super fun group show in front of the Community Centre starting at 7:30pm.
No admission as per usual but we will ask for contributions at the end.  This keeps it accessible to everyone.  Nathan Bonner and Min

23Little River A&P Show Poster January 2021 – Saturday –BANKS PENINSULA A&P SHOW – The Banks Peninsula A&P Show at Little River is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local shows, the annual event at the picturesque Awa-iti domain in Little River  is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers.

The Little River A&P Show gives them  the chance to show the very best of what the district has to offer to the rest of the rural community as well as the hundreds that travel to the event from the rest of Canterbury and beyond.  Go here to plan your Show Day and get Schedules and book trade space.  Buy your Tickets on line or at the gate on the day.

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.

24 January – 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.  Local Growers can Contact Richard if they 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

24 January – Sunday – 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.

27 & 28 January – LIFE ALFRESCO – Draw, Paint and Sculpt – held in Takamatua.

$80.00 for the two days.   10am to 4pm.

All skill levels welcome.

More details on or

phone Lesley 022 5043447 for further details.

29 January – Friday – 2021 – SOUTH OF FRANCE – FIONA PEARS AND CONNOR HARTLEY-HALL  Gaiety Hall, Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula.   7:30pm.

Violinist Fiona Pears and guitarist Connor Hartley-Hall share a love of Gypsy jazz. This music was originally made famous by legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and French virtuoso violinist Stéphane Grappelli, when they formed the ‘Quintette du Hot Club de France’ back in the 1930s. Take a virtual trip to the South of France from the comfort of the concert.

The music Fiona and Connor will be performing in their upcoming shows will be a mix of fiery Gypsy jazz, heartwarming ballads and some well-known classics such as ‘ Czardas ‘ and ‘Dark Eyes’.

These shows will be exciting and dynamic; a musical experience not to be missed.  Book: Akaroa Museum. Arts on Tour NZ Trust

30 January – BIRDLINGS FLAT QUIZZ NIGHT – 7.00pm.  Birdlings Flat Community Centre.  Come down to the Community Centre to test your general knowledge skills against fellow residence.  Teams of up to 4 people but you can join others on the night.  Doors will open at 7.00 pm with a 7.30 pm start. BYO.  Contact Jan


RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON – FIRE BY PERMIT ONLY – As of 11:59pm on Wednesday 16th December the Canterbury area which includes the district’s of Selwyn, Waimakariri, Hurunui and Christchurch City including Banks Peninsula.

This means that you must apply for a permit to light a fire in the open air unless it is an approved fire type.

To find out if you need a permit head to our website

to 31 Jan 2021 – POP UP PENGUIN ART TRAIL –  Decorated penguins are displayed across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula on a Public Art trail that will celebrate all the unique parts of our city

Check out the  “Gateway to the Peninsula Penguin” by Frankie Bakker ” in the Heritage Park,  Main Road, Little River sponsored by the CCC and selected by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust as part of their decorate a penguin Competition held earlier in the year.

Frankie is a local artist who spent many hours on this passion project which is inspired by the local native animals and landscape.

 Another local Little River Artist has also designed and painted a penguin.  Jane Downes “Kiwiama” Penguin  sponsored by Go Media is at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

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.  Check out our penguin in Little River  and upload the App Code displayed there  to “collect a penguin” and you could unlock a reward from our sponsors.  To read more about how you can purchase a penguin at auction go here

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 minimizes 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

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.

1 February – 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.

3 February – Wednesday –  KIDS HOLIDAY CIRCUS CLASSES with F’Aerial Arts Circus School .  1.15 to 5.30pm at the Little River Community Centre.  Free

Keen to try the trapeze, climb the silks or swing in a sling?  These one-off classes are a great way to have a go before committing to a full term – or just for some holiday fun!
1-1.45pm 3-4 years $12
2-3.30pm 5-9 years $20
3.45-5.15pm 10-17 years $20

Email to book or more information.

Join us for Waitangi Day Commemorations on 6 February 20216 February 2021 – Saturday – WAITANGI DAY AT OKAINS BAY – A great family fun day out in Okains Bay.  Events include a traditional Maori welcome onto the Marae, a magnificent carved Waka being paddled up the river, colonial displays, exhibits, crafts, vintage engines, printing presses, children’s games, a traditional hangi lunch, music and a garden bar and so much more.

Please phone the Museum for more details 03 304 8611. 

14 February  – 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 please contact Rouke Bakker by emailing: or grbakker@gmail.comer 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.

The Akaroa Trap Library has a new Co-Ordinator  please contact Karin Bos by emailing: 

20 February – Saturday – LE GRANDE SWIM – 6.15am to 1.30pm.   The Generation Homes La Grande Swim is essential for your ‘Kiwi Summer Swimming Roadie’ if you’re taking on the only endurance distance in the Series, the 5km ‘Wainui to Akaroa’. Now that’s a reason to fist-pump the sky when you cross that finish line!

Why not make a weekend of it in the beautiful bay area and experience the distinctly French-influenced restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

Swims on offer:

  • Wainui to Akaroa – 5km – cross the Harbour in our longest swim of the Series
  • The Akaroa Bay – 2km
  • Beach to Rec Grounds – 750m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids 100m and 200m (7-10 years)

Go to website link here for all details and how to enter.

20 February – Saturday , 2021 AT 11:15am – 6:15 PM – CASSELS BANKS PENINSULA FESTIVAL –  Orton Bradley Park

Public · Hosted by Banks Peninsula Festival
Nestled on the sun drenched side of Lyttelton Harbour, Orton Bradley Park plays home to the Banks Peninsula Festival: a vibrant showcase of music, food, beverage and culture from around the region and beyond.
Enjoy world-class local musical talent across two stages, international quality cooking demonstrations in our sprawling teepee and stroll the gorgeous grounds between and surrounding each area at your leisure.
Banks Peninsula Festival celebrates the spaces, art and culture we all hold so dearly but can all too easily overlook among the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Escape the grind and enjoy a day of excitement and intrigue in your very own backyard!


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