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 to the 21 Novemberlittlerivergallery  –    The exhibition  IMPRINT – featuring the work of Sofia Minson, Kate Beatty, Melissa Sharplin, & Hamish Southcott.   Imprint is  the new exhibition at the Little River Gallery.  The exhibition runs through to the 21 November, 

“Golden impression of colonial oppression.   Signs and symbols of cultural expression.    Ribbon of road and bird of prey,  through mountain pass god light a-splay.    Positive etch in timber round, of human hand, beauty found.    Flight and feather riot of colour pattern born from hours of labour.    Imprint    Express    Impress.”  Little River Gallery. Main Road, Little River. Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

Saturdays – EFD – Elegantly crafted and handpicked accessories for you and your home.  Biz will be opening her shop between  10am and 4pm on a Saturday over the summer season until Easter. Pop down and check out the lovely selection of bags, hats and accessories  available.  Biz can open other days by appointment.  EFD can be found  at 4267 ChCh to Akaroa Road, Little River.  Phone 027 535 7433.

Walking Festival10 – 11 – Saturday to Sunday, November 25, 2018 – THE BANKS PENINSULA WALKING 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 Bon’s Bay Langer Reserve. These events include walks exploring the areas the new facilities serve.

Walks around  Little River with spaces left  include Little River Ridge Tops, Wildlife Watch on Kaitorete Spit, .  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.  There are still spaces in walks a below in date order for 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24th.

 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 

YOGA IN LITTLE RIVER – Wednesdays 9.45 -11am @ the Little River Community Centre – all welcome, meditation, breathing, relaxation and asana. Get fit for Summer! $15/class. Just come along or for more information  phone .Arielle – 027 232 1610

Timebanking has arrived in Little River and surrounding areas and we hope you’ll join us. We have become a Neighbourhood within the Selwyn Timebank.
Timebank is a way of trading skills, knowledge, loan equipment and goods. Instead of dollars, time credits are used as payment. You earn time credits for the work you do and then spend them to buy another members time to get the goods and services you need. Imagine someone else doing those jobs you dislike so you have more time for enjoyable activities. You don’t owe anyone in particular and you can spend your time credits whenever it suits you. Individuals, families, schools, clubs and organisations can be members of  a Timebank.
Timebanking is a great way to get to know people in our community – to connect, contribute and belong.
If you are keen to join (cost free) go to to register or phone 03 423 0456.

Local contacts are Virginia Brownlee 0272750733 and Sandra Tuckwell 3251970

Art at the Bird Poster ll17/18 November – ART AT THE BIRD II – Celebrating Local Creativity –

Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Upcycled Items, Handcrafts, Gemstones and much more…
 Birdlings Flat Community Centre – 157 Poranui Beach Road, Birdlings Flat
Opening on 17 November at 10am
Cash and Carry
Free Entry

Homemade ice cream17 November – Saturday –  HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SHOP – OPENING
We are opening a homemade ice cream shop from our home, 23 Lake Terrace Rd, Birdlings Flat from 17 November  at 10am.
The ice cream is sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and 100% natural.
Opening all summer, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm,
EFTPOS available.

17 & 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.

Inside Out Garden Tour14 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.

Living Streams Emblem sign24 November  – 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 November  Newsletter with ideas on what to plant on your land on he following link here

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

24  November – Saturday  – Information meeting for TE OKA RESERVE  – DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN  – 10am  to 12pm at the Akaroa Farmers Market (Madeira Te Oka BayHotel Carpark, 48 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa).    Come and talk to the team, find out more.  Or take time to read through and have your say on the Management Plan Link.

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:

  • 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 is open  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 or email

BP Walking Festival 201824 November – Saturday – OKUTI TRACK – This walk is now available again due to a postponed of the earlier date.

Climb from the lowland forest of the Okuti Reserve through farmland to French Hill and Hilltop, with fabulous viewsoKUTI tRACK 1 over Okuti Valley and further west. Opt for a lunch/beer stop at the Hilltop Tavern before returning back down the Valley. The Reserve is one of the best examples of lowland forest remaining in Canterbury and is unique with having wetlands, rare ferns and podocarps such as kahikatea and matai. Learn about morepork (ruru), biodiversity, conservation and pest control, as well as the Outdoor Classroom being developed in the Reserve.  Guide: Donald Matheson.  Walk Difficulty – Tramp.  Duration – 5 to 6 hours.  For further details and tickets go HERE

BP Walking Festival 201824 November – SKETCH-A-WALK IN AKAROA WITH LILIANA SEQUEIRA AND MARIO LUZ – Start 10am.  2.5 hours.  Cost $12.00.  Urban sketchers Liliana and Mário lead this gentle stroll around the picturesque historic town of Akaroa with plenty of opportunities for sketching. Sketchbook and pencils mandatory! Fantastic results last year but limited places, so sketching enthusiasts – book early to ensure your place.  For further details and bookings go HERE

BP Walking Festival 201824 November – A PLALK ALONG THE WATERFRONT with SARAH PRITCHETT.  Start time 10am.  1.5/2 hours one way.  You can choose to either walk or car pool to the start.  Cost $12.00.  A “plalk” you ask? What on earth is that? Answer – it’s your opportunity to give something back to the earth, meet a passionate local waste-buster, and take a leisurely stroll from beautiful Cass Bay to Te Ana Marina, enhancing the environment by picking up any litter you find en-route. We’re delighted to bring this new concept to the Walking Festival, based on the popular sport of “plogging”. Have fun and feel great at the end – physically and morally! Finish with a coffee stop at the popular new Te Ara Marina. For further details and bookings go HERE


littlerivergallery24 November   – Saturday to 17 December    New Exhibition  WORKING TITLE  – featuring the work of David Lloyd, Jane Downes, David Green, Blanche Fryer and Kimberley Dodd.    Working Title  is  the new exhibition at the Little River Gallery.  You are invited to attend the opening at 11am on the Saturday the 24 November.  The exhibition runs through to the 17 December.

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

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  races.
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

Alpaca Social Club PBSC30 November – Friday– The long awaited meeting of the Alpaca Social Club & the Pigeon Bay Social Club! AT PIGEON BAY HALL SUPPER ROOM . 
$15  ( to reserve tickets)  6.30pm doors open for shared pot luck,  7.30pm music starts

The Alpaca Social Club is the bringing together of 2 kindred musical souls. Both musical adventurers and travellers, on different instruments and across a multitude of styles, Jon Sanders and Craig Denham are something of a live phenomenon. With strong roots in acoustic music, celtic trad, gypsy swing and various world music styles and playing “The music they love from wherever that comes from” they’re always ready to take live music into unexpected places with skill, humour, passion and a sense of adventure. 
Featuring:  Jon Sanders on Gazouki (Bozouki/Guitar hybrid) Bass and Vocals  Craig Denham on Accordion, Keyboards, Whistles and Vocals

Wainui Good Folk festivalART AND CRAFT STALLS – Expressions of interest are sort from Community Groups, locals and Commercial Operators for limited Stall Site space available at the Wainui Good Folk Festival January 5th 2019.  The festival is to raise money for the YMCA and  The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.  Stall Site Costs:        Community Groups and Locals    Donation.                  Commercial Sites            $100Please contact: Anne-Marie Robinson, Art & Crafts Coordinator  027 445-6651

Please reply if you are interested and outline your art/craft/products and approximately how many people will be operating at your site. For full notice go to notice here WAINUI GOOD FOLKS FESTIVAL STALL HOLDERS INFORMATION

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 HEREROAD WORKS ON GOVERNORS BAY ROAD/DYERS PASS  INTERSECTION – Read full notice HERE

Lupins10 – 18 November  WORKING BEES TO HELP RID THE RIVERBEDS AROUND ARTHUR’S PASS OF RUSSEL LUPIN.  The Russell lupin, which has been added to the Regional Pest Management Strategy, is impacting the braided river nesting habitat of several birds, including the wrybill, banded dotterel and black-fronted tern, making it difficult for them to find suitable sites that also provide cover from predators. For more information on the threat Russell lupins present go to number of environmental organisations including the Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust, Eco Canterbury, Conservation Volunteers NZ, North Canterbury Forest & Bird, Environment Canterbury, BRAID, DOC,  are planning working bees from 10-18 November to help rid the riverbeds around Arthur’s Pass of Russell Lupin.

Working bees will take place 10am – 12noon & 2pm – 4pm daily and will involve removing the flower/seed spikes from the lupins by hand. Meet at the DOC office 30mins before the start time for health and safety briefing and to travel to the work site. Other activities, including guided walks and kiwi listening are also on the agenda outside the working bee times. Participants are expected to bring their own food and drink, and can participate for as long as they like, one working bee, one day or more.

Some accomodation is available at a cost of $10per night, though numbers are limited so bookings are necessary. Please contact Marion( accomodation queries. Contact Colleen ( travel queries, including carpooling opportunities and to register that you will be attending.

Public Submissions Invited – Draft Ōruaka Historic Reserve Management Plan

Pursuant to section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, this notice serves to advise that a draft reserve management plan has been prepared for the area known as Ōruaka Historic Reserve, situated on Bossu Road, near Birdlings Flat and Te Roto o Wairewa / Lake Forsyth, Banks Peninsula.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu invites written suggestions or comments on the draft reserve management plan. The location of the land to which the draft reserve management plan relates is shown in the figure below.

A copy of the draft reserve management plan is available for inspection at the following places for the period between Friday 9 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019:

  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, 15 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch.
  • Little River Library / Te Kete Wānanga o Wairewa, State Highway 75, Little River. C17033_Final_Public_Notice_Draft_Plan_20181031


2 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.

Coronation Garden3 December – 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.

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

Open Day8 December – Saturday – OPEN DAY AT KORUKAI HERB FARM –  10am to 4.30pm.  Pigeon Bay.  FREE ENTRY.  Come and get a farm tour at KoruKai Herb Farm.  Enjoy some homemade food and do your xmas shopping. Take in the peacefulness and of course the view!

Please email to express interest and get directions. Please also state if you would like to have lunch or/and afternoon tea so we can plan ahead.

PROGRAMME.   Open Day Start: 10am.   KoruKai Farm Tour: 10:30 – 11:30am.   Lunch (details below): 12 – 1pm.   KoruKai Farm Tour: 2 – 3pm.   Afternoon Tea: 3 – 4pm.   Open Day End: 4:30pm

For lunch we will crank up the BBQ and serve our homemade sausages, vegetarian paddies with a selection of homemade bread, salads and sauces. $20 per person (kids under 12: $12)
For afternoon tea we provide herbal tea, coffee and homemade treats. $12 per person (kids under 12: $8)
We will have our KoruKai products on display and for sale. So you can stock up on your favourite products, get all your questions answered and get your xmas shopping done.

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.

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY9 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 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.

9 December  – 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 or paulgshan@gmail

CAROLS 201812 December – Wednesday – LITTLE RIVER 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 099

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Community Board Newsletter July17 December  – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am.  Akaroa.    Read  the Banks Peninsula Community Boards November   Newsletter HERE  Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,



Wainui Good Folk festival5 January 2019  – Saturday – WAINUI GOOD FOLK FEST – A great day out featuring some of New Zealand’s most exciting artists. Music starts at midday and will run through until 9.00pm. 

Food is provided by a selection of the Peninsula’s more innovative food trucks and wine and beer by local wineries. All in the beautiful setting of Wainui. $40 a ticket. Midday until 9pm-ish. 

For more information email

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.








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