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Postal services are continuing: – Notice from Catherine Boyd.

The delivery of post is considered an essential business, and you will continue to receive your mail, either via rural delivery or post box. There will not be any over the counter sales of stamps, courier tickets, domestic parcel tickets or prepaid bags.

If you have a post box, parcels can still be collected. You will be contacted if a parcel has arrived for you, and a time arranged for it to be collected in a safe way.  Also, if you have an item to be sent, that already has the postage on it, this can be organised as well. You can still put letters in the street receiver, and for anything else, please call 941-5691 to organise a safe drop-off for your item.

Any other queries, i.e. tracking a parcel, please call NZ Post on 0800 501 501.

The Little River Challenge Service Station  – will remain open 9am to 4pm everyday for all services.   Phone or email if there is something  you need from Christchurch and  they will do their best to try and help.    Phone 3251 002   or email  

The Little River Store  – Will remain open.  9am to 3.00pm.   . Phone 3251 933. They will have all your basics.  Café Closed

As Fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, “CHESKIN” in Cooptown  WILL remain OPEN Monday, Wednesday and Friday  10:00am till 2:00pm       7 days . 

Produce hamper service continues: $30 $60 $80 $100 options.  Swappacrate rate concept as per 2019/20.  Phone 021 568 224      to txt orders    

Or email  orders   – prearranged  collection.

CUSTOMERS calling in MUST APPLY “GELEX” 71% ALCOHOL HAND GEL as provided BEFORE HANDLING ANY PRODUCE..  ALL KEY SURFACES SPRAYED AND WIPED REGULARLY DAILY.  All produce our own, or sourced from known bulk suppliers.  All hamper orders  will be assembled from bulk,  minimising handling.

New customers welcome.  All orders received pre 9:00am may be collected same day.

To read Jeremys Full notice go here

Vetlife in Little River will be open. for clinic and vet services normal hours 8am to 5pm.    Phone 3251 006 or email  to pre order Animal/Pet food products so we can have these ready for a easy/quick pick up.  information on further services  or check website

Little River Vet will be open but hours may be reduced.   Phone 3251 940 Mobile 027 374 5492 for further information or check website  Animal/pet  Food and Product drop offs can be arranged.  To read their notice with details go here

Wairewa Motors in Cooptown is open for fuel 24 hours as normal.

Courier services will also be operating.

Transfer Station at Barrys Bay open every Wednesday 12 to 2pm and Birdlings Flat will be open Saturday 9am to 12 noon until further notice. Kerbside collection is also continuing as normal till further notice. Please remember to space your bin at least 50 cm apart for safe collection in keeping the driver safe and for not having to get out of the truck.

Murray Peden – Banks Peninsula Automotive – Transport services are essential services and can remain open. This includes businesses providing services to keep vehicles operational for essential work purposes (eg vehicle testing, mechanics, tyre services ).

I understand this to mean that if you provide an essential service and you need your car worked on,  that makes me an essential service. This includes WOF, servicing and repairs to keep your vehicle going safely.  My suppliers will still be operating but on a limited basis.  Other than that we will be shut down.  If you need me I will be available on 021 1080 222 or 3251982

Shane at the Little River Garage will be open as above too.  Phone 3251 002

The ‘Little River Big Ideas’ plan identified that new pedestrian improvements were needed on Western Valley Road, to provide safe pedestrian facilities for school children and the wider community.

We are proposing a new chip sealed footpath from Council Hill Road to Little River School.

Two parking spaces will be removed outside the Fire Station to support the project. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch to phone 03 941 8795 by Friday 27 March.  We aim to have the footpath installed in May 2020.

Read the full notice here

Coronavirus: What impact is it having locally?New Zealand authorities are working to prevent a widespread community outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Here is the latest information on how the containment measures are affecting Christchurch City Council services, facilities and community events.


Find out more( hyperlink to Newsline)

Do your bit to slow the spread!

Unite Against Covid-19 is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Find out what help is available and get the latest updates.

REVIVAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT – Frozen Meals, Foodbank and Coron19 Virus help

If you know of anyone who needs help, maybe is feeling a bit isolated living on their own and would like a phone call, grocery shopping done or  prescription collected please  Phone Heather  021 0260 3292   and she will organize someone to help.

To access a lovely frozen meal phone Heather 021 0260 3292     and for a Food Box phone Pam Baird  3251 917 or Fiona Waghorn 329 0171.  For help with shopping contact Fiona McLean email and for prescriptions get your script sent through to  Nicky Morgan  at Halswell Pharmacy on Ensign Street and says that she can bring it to Little River. We can get her to take it to the garage, but if there are people that can’t leave home, then we can organise someone to deliver.

These are  local volunteer Community  Services and there are no charges.  We simply wish to make life a little easier at this difficult time.

Please do not be afraid to ask for help.  We will get through this together.

Volunteers required –   To make a friendly phone call, drop off food, grocery shopping, Dog Walking, posting mail or help with cooking meals for the Community Frozen Meal service.  This can be done in your own home with recipes and ingredients provided.  If would like to help in any way please phone Heather on  021 0260 3292 or Fiona McLean

For physiotherapy support during the Covid-19 crisis – 
As it is now not possible to see a physiotherapist in person, I am offering email or phone advice to past clients of Banks Peninsula Physiotherapy (Carli Richter).  if you are currently seeing another physiotherapist they may also be able to provide you with phone support/sessions, and it may be best to contact them if this is the case.
There will be no charge for this of course, and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can if you have messaged me.
Ways to contact: email, phone or text 02040059411 (best not to leave a phone message as they sometimes get missed), or through my Facebook page, which still exists!  
I may also be able to arrange supply of some items like tape, braces etc to be shipped directly to you (charges do apply here of course).
Stay safe and do get out and exercise, but go easy to avoid new injuries!!


Join our Mainly Music sessions on-line! Mainly Music, hosted by the Akaroa Combined Churches, is pleased to announce that we now have online sessions available, aimed at preschool aged children, for families who would like to join in. Please email your details to and we will ensure you are emailed a link once a week so your family, friends or grandchildren can participate.

Sue Church
Mainly Music, Akaroa

KEY FACTS ABOUT 2020 DOC POSSUM CONTROL IN BANKS PENINSULA RESERVES  – The Department of Conservation Mahaanui District Office plans to reduce possum numbers in Misty Peaks Armstrong Reserve and Ellangowan Reserve (see map attached with following notice)

Feratox (encapsulated Cyanide) Bait Bags will poison the possums.  A ground-based team will staple the small, labelled, blue bags to trees within the boundaries of the three scenic Reserves.  The operation will be conducted in the first period of favourable weather between 1 May to 30 June 2020.  It is expected that laying the bait will take less than four weeks.  DOC will contact all neighbours and place warning signs at normal entry points immediately prior to the operation starting.

Read the full article in the Key facts pack  here


Many martial arts clubs in Christchurch have decided to close their doors for training in the near future due to the potential risk of COVID 19 virus transmission.

Due to the nature of our training and close contact involved in grappling and other training moves, the Club Committee has decided to cancel all Junior training from Thursday the 19th of March 2020 until the end of the School Holidays ending on 28th of April 2020.  At this date the committee will reconsider whether to recommence training in late April and will advise parents and club members then.  We do not have email addresses for all parents so please pass this message on to other members. We have also emailed the school office.

Thanks for your understanding and keep safe.

Club Committee, Little River Jiu Jitsu Club Incorporated

Strengthening Communities Fund Open

Applications for the Community Board’s Strengthening Communities Fund opened on Monday 9 March and close Wednesday 15 April. This fund supports community-focussed organisations whose projects contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing.

For more details, including criteria and how to apply, please click here.

POSTPONED TILL FURTHER NOTICCE  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 $50 for six months.

Contact Simon

LIVING STREAMS COMMUNITY NURSERY –  Dear Nursery Volunteers and Little River community.  The nursery will be closed from 24 March until further notice.
Customers will still be able to order plants by phone or online.  However a Nursery can not survive if it is closed down and left unattended.  Watering will have to continue, as will propegating, seed sowing and putting in cuttings.

Because of self isolating we can only have one person in the nursery at the time.  We intend to make 2 rosters: one for watering and one for propegating.  Volunteers could choose any time that would suit to be in the nursery and do some potting for as long as they like.  Hygene will be the most important. We will discuss this later on.
Tasks to be done will be on a white board, as detailed as possible, including size pots and where to put the newly potted plants.
But first and foremost we like to hear from you whether you are able to be involved. If you feel this is not an option for you, we competely understand.  All our best in this very difficult time,

You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  Contact Anneliese email    Phone 3251 229 or Marcus Puentener –

GALLERY CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE due to COVID 19   –  New exhibition at the Little River Gallery – ATTITUDES AND LATITUDES by John Emery.  John Emery exhibits his responses to his half-life in New Zealand. The natural landscapes of Mackenzie Country, it’s inhabitants animal or otherwise, historic and current.

The exhibition runs through to the 31 March.

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

LITTLE RIVER GIANTCOUNTRY BUMPKING GIANT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our 2020 festival is now CANCELLED, however we are still fundraising. More details will follow on our Facebook Page, to include an exciting raffle and a local display of giant pumpkins. Keep informed of these fundraising events on their website here

BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING  – 30 March – Monday – Banks Peninsula Community Board Meeting

The Agenda for the Banks Peninsula Community Board meeting, 16 March 2020, to be held at the Akaroa Boardroom, is now available at the following weblink:

Read the Banks Peninsula Community Board Newsletter  here

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.

This Kaumatua Health Initiative is being launched by CDHB on Thursday 5 March from 10am-2pm and then every first Thursday of the month until December at the Birdlings Flat Hall.

It is for older people and their whanau, locals of Banks Peninsula and Selwyn.
The first session will focus on : Medication with Maori pharmacist.
Tai Chi. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Light lunch provided.
If you have questions ring Irihapeti phone 027 46 775 73

Volunteer Recognition Awards – Nominations Open

Volunteering Canterbury is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for Volunteer Recognition Awards. These Awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, at an event to be held on Monday 22 June 2020 in the Civic Offices. Nominations close at 4pm on Friday 15 May 2019.

A copy of the nomination form, together with more details, is listed on the Volunteering Canterbury website, , under ‘events’.

Submissions Open on Council’s Draft Annual Plan

The Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2020-21 – the draft budget for the coming year – focuses on the need to secure the city’s water supply and upgrade roads, footpaths and facilities. It also prioritises keeping rates as low as possible.

Submissions are open until 2 April. For more details and to make a submission, please click 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.

A Prohibited Fire Season will be effective from midnight Friday 24th January 2020 and encompasses the land within the Hurunui District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City (including Banks Peninsula) and Selwyn District.

The will be NO FIRES permitted during this time, unless it is an approved fire type (for cooking purposes). See to see which fires are allowed during this period.

All permits previously issued are suspended until the prohibited season is lifted.

Please take care undertaking any activities which could cause sparks.

CRAFT 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.

Do you have a skill at making a certain craft and would like the opportunity to turn that craft in to cash? We may have an answer for you. We are looking for new crafts men and women to join our very busy co-op. As a member you would be required to work in the Craft Shop one and a half days a month and this is a good opportunity for you to promote your items and make new friends. The Craft Station also supports community Projects. Local Craft people are preferred but all other applications would be happily considered . Interested? Please phone: Andrea (President) on 021 02547247 Or email your interest to Christine (Secretary) at:

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.

1 April Sunday – 5pm –ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month.  Agape shared fellowship meal.

Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Paul Williams 3251-259.

To keep updated with upcoming events check out their website here

April  – HIGH TEA at the Pigeon Bay Hall –  11am to 3pm.

High Tea $20.00.  Cream Tea $12.00. Kiddies $8.00.

Prices are per person.  Cash or Eft Pos.

Please contact Debs for bookings email  phone 033046708 or 022 3079974.  If you like to plan ahead other dates that are scheduled for a High Tea are   Sunday March 1st, April to be confirmed, Sunday May 10th

4 April – 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.

You may be wondering what has happened to all the big ideas that went to make up our Community Plan.  Over the past three years since the plan was finalised, members of the Little River Big Ideas team and the Little River Wairewa Community Trust have been pursuing the implementation of several of the projects. With a lot of help from the Banks Peninsula Community Board and Christchurch City Council (CCC) staff, a number of projects are now underway.  Read the February 2020 update on the projects here. 

11 April  – Sunday 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.   Father Geoff Gray is the Parish Priest.

11 March – Wednesday –Country Living Outing to Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden , 10.30, 1/199 Cossars Road Tai Tapu.  Lunch  at the   Raspberry Cafe .     $10 per person for  Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden .  Reply to Mary email by the 4 March.

Visit the annual autumn exhibition -Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden. You will view work  from 30 plus artists, there will also be approximately 70 artworks for sale.

12 April  – Sunday – 10-12noon – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN.  – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property?   Trap LibraryThen 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

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 Contact Rouke
Akaroa Trap Library-contact Alison on 3251-336

POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER – Date to be confirmed later – 11 – 13 April (Easter Weekend) –  Visit Pigeon Bay ART EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS.  Pigeon Bay Hall.  Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Exhibits by 21 Artists and five workshops.

See full information on attached poster.

Eft Pos available but no cash out.  Cash and Carry Exhibition.

Tea and Coffee and Cake  provided by Pigeon Bay Hall Committee as a fundraiser for the Hall.

For any information contact Phone 027 223 1171

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