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Pre-retirement home Little River

Would anyone finding their present home and holding too large but wanting to remain in the Little River community for as long as possible, please phone 03 3434228  for an outline of a proposal for a retirement unit  build at Little River.  Developer is considering a 9 unit development with room for motorhome or caravans on 2ha lifestyle block and is looking for expressions of interest.  Unit sizes 40 and 50m2.  Price is not known yet but is expected to be around $200,000 for a shareholding in the company which will give exclusive use of a unit to the shareholder and the right to locate a caravan/campervan on a site without charge.  Craig Mason, 31 Corsair Drive, Wigram, Christchurch 8042.  Phone 03 343 4228. email

Little River CalandarLittle River Calendar for 2018 now available at the Little River Craft Station, showcasing our beautiful Peninsula with locally taken photographs.  To purchase please call in at the Craft Station or email 

Costing $20.00 these make an ideal present for Christmas for your friends and family or just have one for yourself.


Living Streams Emblem signNovember  – Wednesday  – LIVING STREAMS NURSERY – The nursery is now open Wednesday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.  Follow the link following to read    Living Springs Newsletter November 2017  The Nursery needs two more volunteers to help with the watering of plants.  Can you commit to an hour per week to help with this task. The day you work can be of your choosing.

Annelies  can always be contacted  for plants outside of Nursery Hours.  Phone her and she will arrange to meet you at the nursery or have a look in the nursery and let Annelies know  the plants required and she will put aside  for you to pick up.   You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre      Phone 3251 229.

Wednesdays – ECAN AND BANKS PENINSULA WATER ZONE COMMITTEE – “On Wednesday’s, Peninsula residents can drop in to the Little River Service Centre to meet either Geoff Thompson, a Land Management Advisor or a Biodiversity Officer from Environment Canterbury to talk about ECAN and Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee matters. Geoff will be in the office each Wednesday morning 9am to 1pm. Contact


Banks Peninsula Walking Festival– 29 November – BANKS PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL –  The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of November 4 & 5 November, 11 &12 November, 18 &19 November and 28 & 29 November.


You must register for the walks on Eventfinda, link following . . The programme is on there too. The departure place will be emailed to you once you have booked the walk. Email Phone 0274197507.   Sponsors Project Lyttelton. Little River Wairewa Community

 16Cruise Ship November –   CRUISE SHIP DAYS FOR NOVEMBER into Akaroa. There will be 8 Cruise ships into Akaroa Harbour for November on the 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 20, 23 and 30.  On these days there will be extra busses and traffic on the roads to cater for the tours the Cruise Ship passengers go on as well as the extra campervans and visitors to the area travelling around the Peninsula for Summer Season.

For interesting statistics on the passengers and Crew the Cruise Ships carry into NZ Ports read more on the MBIE WEBSITE

Unearthedto 22 November  – Saturday – UNEARTHED – See the Light of Day.  Silent Auction, a bargain you might pray.  For the Artist, the ends justify the ends.  Artworks reappear like long lost friends.  Come and see this diverse collection displayed here for your dilatation.  Hidden treasure from the Gallery Vaults.     Exhibition runs through to the 22 November.

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

Art at the Bird18/19 November – Saturday and Sunday – ART AT THE BIRD – Celebrating local creativity – opening at 11am Saturday 18 November.  Photography, Painting, Origami, Pottery, Fabric Art, Folk Art, Upcycled and Recycled Items, Tied Fly’s, Carving, Polished Stones, Stained Glass.  Free Entry.  Cash and Carry.  10 – 4pm.

Birdlings Flat Community Centre, 157 Poranui Beach Road, Birdlings Flat.

Birdlings Flat Garage Sale19 November – Sunday – BIRDLINGS FLAT ANNUAL GARAGE SALE   (same weekend as ‘Art on the Bird’ so buy some art and score some junk as well!

Its also part of neighbourhood week and CCC have granted us some funds for a sausage sizzle, fizz and lollies for the kids as well. Just come along with a table or car boot and sell some stuff.

Held at the new  Birdlings Flat Community Hall.

Details to Fiona 3290171  (Just remember to take away anything that doesn’t sell).

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival19 November – Sunday – Banks Peninsula Walking Festival Walks today with tickets still available include Discover Uramau meet 9.50am Lyttelton.  Diamond Harbour School Track and Beyond, Meet 10am Orton Bradley Park.  Secrets of Ellangowan – Meet 10.30 Akaroa Summit.

To book click here

women's circle November19 November – Sunday – NEW MOON  WOMENS CIRCLE  – I warmly invite you to join me as we gather in sacred circle, to honour the energy of the new moon. A time to move within , renew your energy and to slow down to connect deeply within. This is our time of deep introspection allowing us to feel our intentions of what we would like to create for the coming month, whilst being held in the energy of each other. 7pm,  Cost $10.00, 102 Western Valley Road.

Please call – text Leisa on 0274854886 to confirm

Christmas at the Races

20 November – MOTUKARARA CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES – Christmas at the Races is your one-stop Christmas Party shop, with each of the 47 events nationwide promising fine festive food, live entertainment, exciting racing action and the chance to dress up and toast the season. Simply choose a hospitality package that suits your group’s style and budget and turn up on the day! Packages sell fast, so beat the rush and book now.

Join The Banks Peninsula Trotting Club on Sunday 20 November or Akaroa Trotting Club on Sunday 11 December at the idyllic Motukarara racecourse. Each day offers wholesome country hospitality, live entertainment and first-rate harness racing action. For further information go to website here

20 November  – MONDAY MORNING YOGA is starting again next Monday 30th October10am – 11am at 102 Western Valley Rd, Little River. (Lisa Bevan’s studio).  Suitable for all levels. Everyone welcome.  $15 per class.  Including stretches, (asana) meditation and relaxation.  Look forward to seeing you there.  Love Arielle.  email

REVIVAL CLOTHING FLYER21 November     – Tuesday – Revival Clothing will be open at St Andrews Church .  10:30am till 4pm at st Andrews Church. Lots of fresh clothing on the racks so come along and say hi :)All Welcome.  Contact Heather. 3251 259 or Contact Fiona 3290171  Revival Clothing 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 now have a rack of clothing in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station.

Learn to sew22 November – Wednesday – LEARN TO SEW – Do you enjoy sewing, or would you like to learn how to sew? Revival are introducing a new group for those who enjoy sewing, or want to learn how to sew at the same time as mingling with other locals.
The group will meet at the new Birdlings Flat Community Centre (Te Whare Tapere o te Mata Hapuku) from 10am till 12pm, starting Wed 22nd November. There will be multiple sewing machines available for use or you can bring your own along. Gold coin donation per session  love to see you there.  Contact Justine at

24 November – GRAND REOPENING of THE LITTLE RIVER TOY LIBRARY.  3.15pm at 4236a Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River.  (Behind the Little River Service Centre.  All welcome.

Signature Dish25 November – Saturday – An invitation to the exhibition opening of “Signature Dish at 11am at the Little River Gallery.  Exhibition show work by Amy Hoedemakers, Jane Downes, Blanche Fryer, Lisa Grennell and Kara Burrowes.  An invitation to feast, a table of five,  From earths elements, each artist will strive,  Each their own flavour for you to savour, From dwellings to fish, their “Signature Dish”.  Exhibition runs through to the 18 December.

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

25 November – GARAGE SALE – Next to the Little River Garage held 10 – 2pm fortnightly.  Sausage Sizzle, music and stalls.  Contact Dionne Fossey  3251 002.

Craft Station Produce StandCocksfoot Grass on Banks Peninsula.  Display in the Heritage Room at the Historic Railway Station is on Cocksfoot Grass on Banks Peninsula

How butter was made in the old days – Butter Churn on display in the Heritage Room.Butter Churn

Produce Stand Selling local produce and Information Service. Open 7 Days a Week – Winter Hours 9.30am to 4.30pm with the Little River Craft Station.  If you have any produce you would like to sell thorough the Produce Stand, contact  the Craft Station on Duty to find out details or phone 3251 320.

Memorial Boards for the Great War and 1940-45 War on permanent display in the Waiting Room of the Station.

25 November – Banks Peninsula Walking Festival Walks today with tickets still available include Kaituna Valley Settlers Walk leaving 10am Kaituna

To book click here

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival26 November – Sunday – Banks Peninsula Walking Festival Walks today with tickets still available are Mt Evens Vertical Views and  Vegetation – Meet 10am Purau.

To book click here

Living with water28 November – Tuesday –  LIVING WITH WATER – Drop in Session –  4.30pm – 6.00pm.  Akaroa Sports Pavilion, 78 Rue Jolie.  Come along and discuss the latest coastal hazard information – the 2017 Coastal Hazard Assessment for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula Report.  Christchurch City Council staff working in natural hazard’s, consents, Civil Defence and Emergency Management will be on hand to talk through the report findings.  For further information go to


1 December – QUIZZ NIGHT – Little River Community Centre – arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.  This is a fundraiser to support Sarah Cameron, now a Year 13 student at Christchurch Girls High to attend the United Nations Youth New Zealand  Global Development Tour.  $60 for a table for 4.  To enter a team go to or phone Di at 027 369 6904

3 December   – 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 December – Monday  –  LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUST  GENERAL MEETING –  7.30 pm at the Little River Service Centre – All welcome.  Items for the Agenda 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 latest Community Newsletter here Community Newsletter October 2017

Dafodils by Bruce (2)4 December   – Monday 10 – 12noon.  CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING – It’s Spring coming into Summer. The daffodils and spring bulbs Bruce and the Little River School Pupils have planted have finished flowering in the Domain.  There is plenty of work in the garden to clear up  for summer – 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.

9 December    – Saturday at 5pm. CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Saturday 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.

Trap Library10 December   – 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 information.

Trap Library can be found on Okuti Valley Road up the Toy Library entrance at the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club.

14 December – Thursday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS at 7pm at the  Wairewa Marae,  Cooptown.  Little River.

30/31 December – Saturday and Sunday – ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES  FAIR.  $5.00 adults, children free, 10am to 4.30pm.  The Gaiety, Rue Jolie, Akaroa.


Roanga Workshop

 13 & 14 January – ROANGOA MAORI ( TRADITIONAL MAORI PLANT MEDICINES) – Workshop hosted by Phytofarm.  10 – 4 pm at Manaia Native Reserve.

Workshop run by  Donna Kerridge a Maori Medicine practitioner and teaches who invites you to join her to learn the philosophies that support the practice of Rongoa Maori and our wellbeing through connection to the land.

Cost $345 including GST  ($10pp donated to Manaia Native Reserve towards conservation and pest control. )  email valmai@phytofarm for information and registration.  Registration to be received by 5 January 2018.

















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