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 to 24 October Gallery –   Kirsty Nixon’s latest exhibition “Friends in High Places” opening at the Little River Gallery.  The Exhibition runs through to the 24 October.

Little River Gallery. Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

 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 find out what the Little River Wairewa Community Trust have been up read their  latest Newsletter here

BP Rugby LogoBanks Peninsula Rugby Club.  Touch 2018/19.  Register your team today at

First game 11 October

The new display in the Heritage Room at the Railway Station is ‘Little River Buildings’ where we have a map locating where the pictured buildings were. Any information and / or pics of local buildings, many of which are no longer standing,  are welcomed by the Little River Railway Station Trust. Contact Ken Sitarz on 329 0884.

The display can be seen when the Craft Station is open.  Open 7 days a week – 9.00am am to 5.00pm.

Ask for Copper Free Brake Pads – Most of the brake pads fitted to our vehicles contain copper and other heavy metals.  Each time a car brakes, tiny particles of dust from the brake pads grind down, landing on the road.  This can have lethal impacts on  urban water quality and aquatic life.  Next time you are changing the brake pads on your vehicle ask for a copper free option, it could make a world of difference.

2o October –  22 October – LABOUR WEEKEND  – Public Holiday all day on Monday the 22nd.

Wine Tea October 201820 October – Saturday  of Labour Weekend. –  AFTERNOON TEA AT FRENCH PEAK WINERY.  The High Tea Lady and French Peak are getting together to offer a lovely afternoon with a specially selected High Tea together with Wine parings.  Surrounded by the wonderful French Farm scenery.  $25.00 pp.

Please contact us to make your booking to Phone 022 3079974/3046708 or -02102956043

Spring Fair21 October 2018, Labour Weekend – SRING FAIR at ORTON BRADLEY PARK.  10am to 4pm.  A Great Day out for the Whole Family.  Food, coffee, wine, beer, arts & crafts, jewellery, clothing, plants, rhododendron walks, old machinery demonstrations, bouncy castle, pony rides and much more.
Live Music all day

Eftpos & ATM on site. Free Parking.  Adults – $10, Children – Free.  Friends of the Park – Free (with card)
No dogs please.  Free Bus meeting Diamond Harbour ferry
(return ferry ticket required)

Living Streams Emblem sign27 October  – 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.  Read the Nursery Promotional Newsletter with ideas on what to plant on your land on he following link Newsletter promo 20181002

Contacts Annelies (ph 021 1082161 or email or   Fiona Waghorn phone 3290 171 or : 022 1669 523

Community Breakfast snip28 October 2018 – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – from 9am to 12 noon  at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.

Join us for a free BBQ Breakfast with a selection of delicious hot and cold food (plus V/Gluten free options).

A chance to catch up with your friends, neighbours and family.

Showcasing local community groups – Ponies Go, Little River Village Planning Committee, Little River Toy Library, Revival Clothing and Little River Fire Brigade.  Poster attached.  Community Breakfast Poster

28 October – Sunday – RESTORING THE OKANA RIVER – from 12.00pm onwards  after the Community Breakfast  for a couple of hours or for as long as it takes.  Meet at the Okana River behind the domain.  We will proceed from the bridge upstream.  Bring Gloves and a Grubber.  The Grubber is for grubbing out hemlock.  When chopped a the base it tends to surrender and disappear.  Shears ma come in handy to show native nettle how to behave.  Paul Bainbridge will be marking the spots where the plants are with some colour as there are no stakes to mark the plants.  Please let us know if you can come so we have an idea of numbers to  Annelies Pekelharing, Living Streams Nurser Co-ordinator.  Phone 3251 229 or 021 108

opEN DAY28 October – Sunday – CANTERBURY WESTCOAST AIR RESCUE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES OPEN DAY  10am to 3pm.  GCH Aviation Air Centre, 73 Grays Road, Yaldhurst.  Suitable for all ages.

If you haven’t heard already, our Air Rescue and Emergency Services Open Day is gearing up to be a huge event next month. On Sunday 28th October we invite you to join the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crew and other local Emergency Services for an action-packed day!
We have a ginormous event planned, filled with activities and skills demonstrations, with a huge variety of food and drink options also available. All taking place at our brand new GCH Aviation Emergency Centre on 73 Grays Road.

Community Board Newsletter July29 October – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am at the Little River Service Centre .  Read  the Banks Peninsula Community Boards October   Newsletter HERE  Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,


We are looking for teams and or players – we can put you in a team.
Come on and enjoy the fun. This is social sport so don’t worry about score get a team and get on the floor.
If you don’t have a team – let us know and we’ll help. Email:
We will also be looking for Referees. Please let me know if you are interested.

pHOTO hUNTLITTLE RIVER LIBRARY ANNUAL PHOTO HUNT – Bring in your photo (can be scenery, family life, landmarks, houses, etc) and the Library digitises them, uploads them to the new Discovery Wall at Turanga (new Central library), then gives them back to you.   The winner this year will receive a large canvas print of their favourite photograph. Photos can be dropped into Little River Library, or any other branch of the library. Any queries can also be directed to the Library’s call centre – 941-7923. The winner this year will receive a large canvas print of their favourite photograph. Entries close 31st October, and the winner will be announced on Friday 30th November

speed limitSPEED LIMIT REVIEW – To improve safety and provide consistency across the roading network in Banks Peninsula, we are proposing speed limit changes on a number of roads, taking into account the safe and appropriate speed.The roads have been divided into areas and we welcome your feedback on any or all of the roads identified for a speed limit change.

Once consultation has closed, the Banks Peninsula Community Board will receive a staff report including consultation feedback, and then make their recommendation to Council.  Go here for full details and how to give feedback..  Open for feedback from 11 October to 6 November

Road Maintenance Working Party for Banks Peninsula – can you help?

Banks Peninsula has a network of unsealed roads built in the late 1880s during the days of the District Roads Boards.  The roads are narrow and winding and have not been designed to cope with the increased use by heavier vehicles.  The Community Board is concerned that the roads appear to be deteriorating and know that general maintenance must be increased and standards raised. While there are funding constraints, there is a desire to look at ways of getting the most from the available funding.

A working group is being formed to provide advice to our Council engineers on prioritising spending. The Board is looking for three community members to join the group. We are seeking residents who have a good knowledge of Banks Peninsula’s unsealed roads and can bring a local perspective. We need a  geographic spread of members.

The meetings are likely to be held in Little River, probably during the day or late afternoon but this will be decided by the working party.

If you feel you can help and also commit to ongoing meetings, then send your name – along with your reasons for putting your name forward for consideration – to by 22 October.

TE OKA RESERVE  – DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN.  Te Oka Reserve extends from sea level to about 680 metres. The Council bought 903 hectares of farmland in Te Oka and Tumbledown valleys to form the park, aiming to protect and enhance natural values, and to provide recreational opportunities.  Reserve features include:Te Oka Bay

  • a landscape containing a variety of grassland, forested and coastal environments
  • an existing track network
  • proximity to Te Oka and Tumbledown Bays

Consultation on the Te Oka Reserve Management Plan opens today and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Submissions need to be with us by 5pm Tuesday 18 December.  Contact Philippa Upton, Engagement Advisor, Public Information and Participation, Christchurch City Council. Phone 03 941 8808

HeritageStrategyCampaignMonitorbanner801x27_084453CCC DRAFT HERITAGE STRATEGY 2019-2029  – It’s time to have your say on the future of heritage…  With your help, Christchurch City Council has been putting together the Draft Heritage Strategy 2019–2029.

Developed in partnership with the six papatipu rūnanga, it’s a major piece of work that outlines how we can celebrate and protect one of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula’s most vital assets – its rich, diverse and often hidden heritage.

As the title suggests, it’s also a draft – and we need your help to make sure it does what it promises before we set our strategy in stone.

You can read the full document and leave your feedback  HERE.   Consultation opens today and closes on Monday 12 November.

akaroavillageCOUNCILS FREEDOM CAMPING BYLAW – CCC has a proposal to amend the Council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw.   The Hearings Panel has finished deliberations and will be recommending Christchurch City Council amend the bylaw to ban freedom camping in all but one area in Akaroa.

Freedom camping in certified self-contained vehicles would still be allowed in the existing Akaroa Freedom Camping Area (with a maximum stay of two nights in any 30-day period), and changes would see a slight increase in freedom camping parking spaces (from 16 to 18 spaces).

The recommendations of the Panel will be considered by the Council at its November meeting, and if the Council accepts the Panel’s recommendations, the changes would be in place in time for summer (by 1 December).  Read more on Newsline. 

ecan-logoThe Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Wairewa.

People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid the water until the health warning has been lifted.  Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Alistair Humphrey, says the bloom can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

“Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips — if you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately. No one should drink the water from the lake at any time. Boiling the water does not remove the toxin.  “Animals that show signs of illness after coming into contact with algal mats should be taken to a vet immediately.

“Fish and shellfish can concentrate toxins, and their consumption should be avoided. If fish are eaten, remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water.”  Environment Canterbury monitors the lake, and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality that are of public health significance.  For further information visit

WainuiROAD WORKS ON WAINUI ROAD – A Stormwater culvert replacement on Wainui Main Road at the East End of Wainui Bay.  Work will start November 2018 to Mid December 2018.  A temporary Road Closure will be in place on the Wainui Main Road and a marked diversion using Cemetery Road  will be in place for the duration of the works (3 to 4 weeks).
Works will be undertaken between 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday. 

Read full notice HERE

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week

Plan Ahead – Elders
Disasters can happen at any time. Make a plan with the older people in your family about how you’ll be in touch and where you’ll meet. Make sure they have water stored, as well as a getaway kit with a torch, radio, batteries, warm clothes, important documents and medications. If they live alone talk to their neighbours and share contact details.  For practical tips on how to keep in touch go to

 Revival ClothingTuesday – 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

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 new display in the Heritage Room at the Railway Station is ‘Little River Buildings’ where we have a map locating where the pictured buildings were. Any information and / or pics of local buildings, many of which are no longer standing,  are welcomed by the Little River Railway Station Trust. Contact Ken Sitarz on 329 0884.
Open 7 days a week when the Craft Station is open – 9.00am am to 5.00pm.

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.


Motukarara Fireworks3 November – Saturday – MOTUKARARA FIRE WORKS EVENING – 5.30pm  to 10pm.  Waihora Park, Duck Pond Rd, Motukarara, Banks Peninsula,    $20.00 per vehicle.  $5.00 pp walkin.

Featuring live music, bouncy castle, kid’s market, pony rides from Pony Parties, family friendly fun, free hay ride, goodie sales, sausage/bacon sizzle and of course, fireworks.  We’ve invited the best of Chch’s amazing food trucks and are thrilled to have attending: The Laboratory of Lincoln, The Whole Hog Food Truck, Yummy Treats Paella, The Famous Grouse Food Truck, Transylvanian Chimney cakes and American Delight Mini Donuts.  Gates open at 5:30pm, fireworks commencing after dark.


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Walking Festival3 November – Saturday to Sunday, November 25, 2018 – THE BANKS PENINSULA WORKING FESTIVAL –  The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 & 18 November and 24 & 25 November 2018.

Fabulous walks available over the four weekends in November. Check out what is available and make your booking by going to the following link…/banks-peninsula-walking-fest…     Brochures are available at the Little River Information Station also.

There is something to suit all fitness levels, from gentle meanders around the historic towns of Lyttelton and Akaroa, to climbing the high volcanic peaks with their breathtaking panoramic views.

You will have the opportunity to explore Hinewai Reserve by night, take the ferry to Quail Island and appreciate the historical and geological significance of the Peninsula. We have rangers, conservationists, historians, geologists, artists, and many more passionate local guides who will lead, inform and inspire you along the way.

Special events this year include the formal openings of a new tramping hut on Ōtamahua/Quail Island and a family campground at the Le Bons Bay Langer Reserve. These events include walks exploring the areas the new facilities serve.

Walks around  Little River include Little River Ridge Tops, Okuti Track to the Hilltop and return, Wildlife Watch on Kaitorete Spit, Hukahuka Turoa Walk and 8 over 800 Tramp 3 – French Peak and and Saddle Hill.  Check out full details in the above link. There is something for everyone, so book early as places are limited and walks fill up fast.

BP Walking Festival 20183 November –  9.45 to 3.30 – CELEBRATE OTAMAHUA HUT – QUAIL ISLAND’S NEW FAMILY ACCOMMODATION WITH IAN MCLENNAN AND OTAMAHUA/QUAIL ISLAND ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION TRUST VOLUNTERS.  6 – 7 hours.  Cost $35 Adults, $20 Children – includes Ferry, two walks, nibbles and drinks.  Includes Pirates Treasure Hunt for families in the afternoon.  Get inspired to plan a future visit with family and friends to create your own overnight adventure!     For full details and bookings go HERE 

Seniors Hui 20184 November – Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS HUI.   Reconnect with Little River.  Friends and family, under 5’s and over 50’s.    11am to 2pm at the Wairewa Marae, Main Road, Cooptown, Little River.

Lunch is  $5.00 per person and includes tea, coffee and a selection of finger foods.

RSVP to Trish Manson on 03 3251 153 or Pam Baird 03 3251917

4 November   – 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.

5 Little River CommunityTrust Logo FA November     –  Monday –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUST  ANNUAL 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.  Read the Trusts latest Newsletter here

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.

Coronation Garden5 November Monday 10 -12noon. CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNINGIt’s Spring. The daffodils and spring bulbs Bruce and the Little River School Pupils have planted are flowering in the domain. There is plenty of work in the garden for spring if you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome.

Phone Bruce on 3251 040 to let him know you are coming.

6 November  – Tuesday  –   COUNTRY LIVING OUTING –  10.30 am  Visit to John Stewart 750a Wairakei Road.  Stewarts $12.00 per person.  Lunch 12.00 Terra Viva 242 Roydvale  Avenue.  Reply by 30 October to Mary email

Visit John Stewarts classic cars, vintage childrens toys, bikes, trikes and pedal cars and a plethora of other Kiwiana and transport related items also their stunning garden.

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY11 November – 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.

11 November  – 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 led by Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Maria Couper will lead a worship time for the children.   There are six families at present preparing children  for First Communion and they meet at 4pm.  To read the Parish Newsletter go HERE      Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa

Inside Out Garden Tour17 & 18 November – Saturday and Sunday- INSIDE OUT – AKAROA HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR 2018 – a look into Akaroa’s heritage cottages, gardens and homes.  (This weekend is Canterbury Show weekend.  Gardens will be open from 10am-5pm all weekend.
The cost is $30 per person.

14 properties including Fisherman’s Bay Garden which is a haven in the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Banks Peninsula coastline, Nancy Tichborne’s new studio and garden in Akaroa, the newly completed ‘Kearney-Rhodes House’ in Akaroa, and many more. This year there will be also be a cluster of 3 properties in Takamatua, a stone throw from Akaroa township.

The Inside Out House and Garden Tour is a community fundraiser.  Tickets will be sold at the Akaroa Adventure Centre, Akaroa Museum, Ballantynes in Christchurch & Timaru, The Little River Gallery, and Eventfinda.

Trotts mott25  November – Sunday  – TROTS MOT –  12 noon to 5.30pm at Motukarara Raceway Banks Peninsula.

Free Entry – Family Fun.  Bring all your family down to Motukarara Raceway for the inaugural race of the 2018 season. We’ll have plenty of race day fun for you to enjoy including entertainment for the children and grass track racing at its best!  Go to website here


5 December – Wednesday – COUNTRY LIVING OUTING .     Visit Julie and Mark Ashmore-Smiths home and garden Eyreton (featured in the Press) lunch details later.  For more information and booking contact Mary email

Christmas at the Races9 December – CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES – Motukarara Race Course, Fiddlers Road, Motukarara. Sunday 9 December 2018 10:00am – 5:00pm

Have a cracker of a day at Akaroa Trotting Club’s annual meeting only two weeks out from Christmas on Sunday 9 December.

Just 20 minutes from Christchurch, Motukarara is the ideal venue to take advantage of the wholesome country hospitality, live entertainment, and first-rate harness racing action.








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