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The Artisian LabThe Artisian Lab 1THE ARTISIAN LAB – Narielle A’Court opened her Little River Gift Store The Artisian Lab last Wednesday full of local NZ made gifts.  The shop  stocks hats, socks, gloves and capes made by “Wild: A Cosy Knitwear range of wild wool and opossum  from Wainui Bay, Parry Soaps made from Colostrum milk and Manuka Honey, delicious  Honey  collected from the local Bays and surrounding Country Side of Banks Peninsula and Forsyth Gems and Glass her own handmade  range of jewellery and much more.

Her store is a collaboration of NZ Made Handmade products that are produced locally by people who are skilled in their field and produce quality products for you to enjoy. Pop in when you are next in town.

You will find her behind the green hedge, opposite the Little River Gallery   at 4020 Main Road, Little River   Hours 10 to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday, 1 – 4 Monday and Tuesday.  Phone 021 041 6703

19 September    – Thursday –JUSTICE OF THE PEACE SERVICE – DROP IN SESSION AT THE LITTLE RIVER LIBRARY .  11.00am – 12.30pm .  Val Peak will be holding the JP drop in sessions each Thursday .  Bookings are not necessary

Living Streams Emblem sign21 September    – Saturday – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY – The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.   You will find the nursery behind the Little River Service Centre.  The Nursery has a number of plants to clear.  Check out what is on offer in the Spring  in the newsletter

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

Collage-Upcoming-Exhibit-300x25421 September – Saturday – Opening of New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – FLIGHT & FLOURISH – featuring Kathryn Furniss and Wendy Matenga  at 11am. You are all invited.

Still and blue,  A cove to anchor.  Mountains soar,  surrounding shelter. An offering, an urn,  Flourishing bright.  Upon sunset skies  Nga manu take flight.  Deep sea greens,  and delicate rose hues,  Teacups to taste,  Butterflies in bloom.

Exhibition runs through to the 15 October.  Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944. Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm.

21 September – HOUSIE NIIGHT IS BACK!!  6.30 TO 10PM at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre.   Come down for a very fun evening of laughs and entertainment with our favorite (only) caller Matt. He has been warned to rein in his calls although filters is not Matt’s specialty.

Usual format of $ 3.00 per card and we will aim to get through around 5 rounds. Trivia with spot prizes between rounds.  We will also have a good old meat raffle so bring a few extra coins.

Planting Day Pa Road22 September – Sunday – 1pm.   WEEDING ON PA ROAD – HELP NEEDEDCan you help?
A lot of weeding at Pa road was done last Friday, but there is more!!! It just needs a few hours with a small group of people to clear the grass around the saplings.   The best tool may be a grubber if used carefully so as not to disturb the roots. Strong hands can do without.    A weedinghook is useful. Some of the weeds are joining the roots of the  poa cita and windgrasses which is a bit more tricky.   Afterwards the area will be weedeated and mulched.

Contact Annelies Phone 3251 229 or 021 108 2161

seed swopMonday 23-Saturday 28th September – The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap is coming to Little River Library – .

Do you have any home-saved or bought seeds to donate to the community? Drop them off at Little River Library and we’ll put them out for everyone to share (either full or part-packets).

This event is for everyone, so don’t worry if you don’t have any seeds to share this year – you might next year.

We welcome vegetable, herb, flower, native and heritage seeds – and you can also bring in  any spare seedlings you have potted up.

Seeds and plants can be dropped off before or during the Seed Swap week. For further information, contact Catherine and Geno at the Little River Library.

Thank you and happy gardening

25 September – Wednesday –  10.30am to 12pm. Ever thought about getting Alipay? Maybe it’s time!!! The Hong Kong-based Explorer Dream will visit Akaroa 16th Jan 2020. The ship will carry 2800 passengers and half will be Chinese.

To help get you started the team from the Christchurch Airport South Alibaba programme are going to be holding an information session in Akaroa. This open to all businesses not just ADP members.  Read the information brochure following South Alibaba Programme Intro (Aug19)

If you wish to book a space or have any initial questions the ever helpful Jie Li (Product Manager) can be reached via

Location: TBA.  Notice from Akaroa District Promotions.

Badminton25 September  – Wednesday – Have you tried Badminton yet? It is great fun and good for agility and fitness. Starting 1st May in LITTLE RIVER at the Community Centre, Western Valley Road.

All equipment is supplied. Even some friendly tutors willing to share their skills. Beginners welcome. 7- 8.30pm.  $5 casual fee or $50 May until Sept.

Contact Simon to Little River contact her and  she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them.  Email

Spring Fling Flyer28 September – Saturday – LITTLE RIVER SPRING FLING BARN DANCE – 7pm at the Little River Community Centre.  Live Music by local band Decorum.  Nibbles provided BYO Drinks.


This is one of the Free, Fun,  Family Community Events  The Trust regularly hosts  to bring the Little River Community together.

Contact Fiona McLean, Little River Wairewa Community Trust  Secretary phone 021 2459349  email

The Great Kuru Cpunt20 – 29 September – THE GREAT KERURU COUNT –   Join in the fun and make a difference.  20 September to 29 September

The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project. This project depends on as many people as possible getting out and about gathering data on kererū. Each year the number of people taking part grows, and last year kererū were voted Bird of the Year, proving just how much New Zealanders love kererū.

Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count. Whether you see any kererū or not, sharing observations will help build up a clearer picture of where kererū live, how many kererū there are or aren’t, what they are feeding on, and most importantly how best to protect them. So far New Zealand citizen scientists have contributed to a total of 34,961 observations. In another few years, Aotearoa will have a statistically robust open-source data set on kererū. This data will be used by scientists at Victoria University of Wellington and elsewhere to improve conservation outcomes for kereru.

Workskhop28 September –  FORAGING TOUR – Wild Edible Greens and Seaweeds.  10am to 12pm.  After this foraging tour, a walk in nature will NEVER be the same. Held at  Koru Kai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay  Full details here

and same day

INTRODUCTION TO OCEAN FISHING –  with Fishing  with Expert Peter Langlands.  Time: 2pm – 4:30pm.  This is an informative workshop suited for beginners so you can get started with catching your own ocean fish. Held at  Koru Kai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay  Full details here

Singing Workshop29 September – MARIE ISLAND MUSIC – SINGING WORKSHOP –  11am to 2pm at the Okuti Valley Hall.   Discover and unleash your own unique voice through fun and interactive singing exercises.

Learn basic fundamental breathing techniques, warm ups and range exercises.  Enjoy a sing a long for practising your new singing tips and techniques.

To book phone Marie 0211 309 9235 or Sue 03 3251 301 or email

Price $60.00 (early Bird $48.00 if deposit made before 15th September.  Includes Light Yummy lunch.

October Holiday Programme30 September to 11 October – Kukupa Clay and Crafts October School Holiday Programme.  All materials included.  Early bookings essential.  Ages 6- 13 years.

A fabulous Holiday Programme  including Learning Pottery Techniques and create your own amazing sculpture that can be fired and Glazed.

DIY Clock Making – Create your own actual working clock to take home

Mosaic Madness – If you like the sound of mixing concrete and tiles smashing this is for you.

Soft Sculpture – Design and sew your own fun felt food and animal sculpture

DIY Kite Making, DIY Slime, DIY Camp Cooking – Spend the morning outdoors preparing, cooking and eating yummy camp food.

Birding Trip to Lake Ellesmere/Kaitorete Spit with guest tutor Steve Attwood. for 9 – 13 year olds).  A conservation and biodiversity trip where we will travel almost the full length of Kaitorete Spit to see many endangered and native species.

Minecraft Mania – What could be more fun a Morning making minecraft cookies, Chocolate, Slime and much more.

Create a Digital Rockband using Computer Coding

Half Day 9.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 4pm $30.00 per child.  Full day 9.30am to 4.00pm $60.00 per child.  Venue Okuti Valley Hall, Okuti Valley Road.

All enquiries and bookings to Alyson Aisiable  email  Phone 021 052 1930.

Flower Power Garden TourFLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL – Labour Weekend Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October. to 4.00pm.  In Little River and Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula.

Explore 14 diverse gardens, 3 of which are new to the event this year. From beach-side gems in Birdlings Flat to lush valley producers of proteas, herbs, hazelnuts and berries. This year a must-see is the park-like grounds of Kinloch Estate. Rhododendron lovers are also in for a treat with several gardens featuring them.

A fantastic chance to wander in private gardens, visit a herbal learning garden and properties that grow flowers and food commercially.

Tickets $15 per adult, children are free. Available from Little River Craft Station from 12  September and can be purchased on both days of the event. If buying tickets on Eventfinda, a map and garden information will be emailed to you.

A community fundraiser supported by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.   Contact Kathy email

LITTLE RIVER HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION  –  if you’re interested in the History of Forestry on Banks Peninsula check out the display in the Heritage Room.


Please find attached the notice of works starting at the Little River Railway Station.  The works are due to commence Thursday 5th September and are due for completion mid-November, 2019.   Read full notice Little River Railway Station – Exterior Maintenance & Painting

The Craft Station will remain open whilst the Exterior repairs and maintenance is carried out.  It will be great to see it like new again.

Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust  Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.

Art workshopLearn from a master tutor over four weekly sessions with Akaroa Community Arts Council.  Classically trained in Holland, Siene is one of our most respected and successful working artists on the Peninsula. Oils are his passion.
All skill levels are welcome, with a limited number of students, Siene is able to work the room and give everyone the tuition they need. This is a rare treat!
September 5, 12, 19 and 26, thursdays, 10am to 4pm with an hour for lunch.  Go here for further details.

Weaving ClassesWEAVING SCHOOL IN AKAROA –  Classes starting August 24 then weekly until 28 September. We are very excited about this! Master Weaver Ngaio Tuari, our Kaiwhatu, will guide us through the traditional methods of gathering the haraheke, preparing it for weaving, dyeing and working it into kete and other useful or just plain beautiful Maori objects.

Go here for full details

Motukarara Fire WorksThe Little River volunteer fire brigade needs the communities help with the Motukarara Fireworks evening on the 9th November.

We need volunteers to help operate some stalls in shifts and to help with general duties on the night. We need lots of support from our wonderful community to help us make this a success.

Contact Edwin Van Soest if you can help with this fun family event email

Sumner-road-sqPlease Don’t Walk Sumner Road

The Council has just started a massive planting operation above Sumner Road. We’re putting traffic management and temporary fencing in place to reduce the risk to people travelling the road from small rocks being potentially dislodged by the planting teams above. We urge people not to walk Sumner Road – at any time – but particularly over the next month while this work is being done. In rockfall zones, pedestrians are at increased risk than people cycling or in vehicles due to the longer time they spend in the area. For more information please click here.

Community Board Newsletter JulyMonday   – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am to 12.30 in the Akaroa Sports Complex, Akaroa.

The agenda for the Banks Peninsula Community Board is on the following link.

Always good to read what the Community Board are doing.  Read their September Newsletter here

Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,

Little River CommunityTrust Logo newEach 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. If you would like to know more about the work of The Trust and how you could be involved or how the Trust could help you with your own community project idea pop in and have a chat with her. If you know of any new residents to Little River contact her and she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them. Email

2 October  – Wednesday –   10.30am – Country Living Outing.     Visit to Stoddard Gallery, 2 Waipapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour.  Talks from 11 – 11.20 and 11.20 – 11.40.  Followed by Lunch at the Preserved Café, 21Waiapapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour.   $5.00 per person.        Reply by  the   27th September to Rowena MacGill 0274-829410 

Build in 1862 Stoddard Cottage is the oldest building in Diamond Harbour and the birthplace of renowned artist Margaret Stoddard. The Gallery is a craft co-operative which operates in the cottage with a variety of Arts and Crafts by local artisans, usually open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.There will be a talk about the cottage by a member of the trust, and a talk about the Gallery by a member.

5 October – LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTARY FIRE BRIGADE GOLD STAR PRESENTATION – 6.30PM at the Little River Community Centre.  Gold Star Presentations commence a 7.30pm.  The Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade invite you to join the in celebrating their Honours Night, including the presentation of 25 year Gold Stars to CFO John Genefaas and Ex-CFO David Irving. A light supper will be provided and there will be a cash bar.  RSVP by September 5 to or Jenn on 027 314 6391

Valley Walk6 October – Sunday – 10.30am to 1.30pm.  WESTERN VALLEY CONVENANT WALK.  Western Valley – 194 Montgomery’s Road, 5km up Western Valley from the Akaroa Highway turn off.  We are delighted to invite our members and supporters on a guided day walk to one of the five Western Valley-Multi covenants. This beautiful block of forest remnants and regenerating bush owned by the Johnsons lies near the head of Western Valley near Little River.

Learn about the diverse native flora and fauna being protected in perpetuity under BPCT covenant. Landowners Antony and Fran are keen pest trappers and bird enthusiasts, and will guide the walk along with BPCT Covenants Officer Marie Neal.   Enjoy a pleasant walk through tracks under the bush and out onto a grassy knoll for great views of the wider catchment to large tracts of surrounding protected native bush areas.  Hear about how this project contributes to a much larger 1,000 ha core-area of native forest connectivity.

After a mid- morning start, walkers will arrive at grassy knoll for lunch, then continue on a loop back to the start. The walk will take approx. three hours including breaks.   You will need sturdy footwear, reasonable fitness, a packed lunch, and extra snacks and water. Please be prepared for potentially changeable weather with suitable outdoor clothing layers, and a daypack.

RSVP: To    We encourage carpooling due to limited parking space. Further details will be circulated following RSVP returns. In the event of bad weather the event will be cancelled).

October High Tea 2019_16 October – Sunday  and Sunday 27 October –  HIGH TEA at the Pigeon Bay Hall –  Enjoy a Sunday relaxing  on the veranda looking out at the beautiful view of Pigeon Bay.
High Tea $20.00 Cream Tea $12.00, Kiddies Tea $8.00.  Prices pp.
Please do drop me a line if you have any questions.  Also please let me know in advance if anyone in your booking has any dietary needs
Please contact Debs for bookings. or phone 03 3046708 or 0223079974

Anglican Church6 October  – Sunday – 5pmST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH– Church Services first Sunday of the month. Formal Service with Communion with a shared meal.     Third Sunday 5pm –  Family Service followed by a shared Meal. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo new7 October  – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUSTS Meeting.  7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.

All Welcome.

Items for the Agenda to Secretary/Coordinator

French Fest11 – 13 October – Friday to Sunday – FRENCH FEST 2019 in Akaroa.

  • Friday 11th October: This will be a family friendly street party on Beach Road.  It will include Mundi & DangerBaby playing in the truck and some roving entertainment.  The street party will commence at 6pm and conclude at approximately 10pm.
  • Saturday 12th October: The Landing 2019-our exciting historical re-enactment on the main beach. The Landing will be held at 8.30am -10.30am at the Akaroa Main Beach – rain or shine! Bring a beach chair and a rug (and a raincoat if it’s raining). Following on from the acclaimed success of The Landing 2017, Akaroa Community Arts Council once again is working in partnership with AHFSI to produce this living history re-enactment. Following this the parade will leave for Akaroa Recreation Ground at approx. 10.35am with restricted parking along the route.
  • Saturday 12th October: Le Jour du Marche (Market Day) – Following the re-enactment and parade the main events of the day will take place on the Akaroa Recreation Ground.  The official opening will be at 11am.  Activities on the green will include market stalls, French games, food, wine, music and entertainment running from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The Cultural & Heritage Marquee will have a significant heritage area, the photo booth and interesting displays. This will pack down at approx. 4pm.
  • Saturday 12th October: Le Cabaret evening – This will take place in the Festival Marquee on the Akaroa Recreation Ground.  The Cabaret show starts at 7pm sharp (doors open at 6.30pm) and finishes with a rocking dance.  Admission is by ticket only, $40 and on sale from this week at the Akaroa Museum (cash only) and online at Eventfinda.
  • Sunday 13th October: Circotica – Circus Workshop & Show

Circus Workshop 11:00am to 12:30pm – 90 minutes. Give It A Go Circus Workshop!

Come and try out different circus activities: adagio, aerials, floor acrobatics/tumbling, juggling, mime/clown. Tickets: $12 per person. (pre-bookings essential). For ages 7 – 60 years old.

Circus Show 2pm – 50 minutes approx. An Awe-Inspiring Circus Show!  Presented by performers from Christchurch based circus school Circotica.  Tickets: $12 per person. (door sales if available). All ages.  Tickets:  Go here for full details of the French Fest Programme in Akaroa

ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY13 October   – Sunday – 10-12noon – LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN.  – Interested in protecting theRat Trap 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.

To help control rats loan a Good Nature trap that automatically resets itself.  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.

  13 October   – 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.   Father Geoff Gray, Parish Priest from Akaroa has been sent over to Hokitika for 3 months from 11 August.  Apparently we will not have a Priest available to say Mass this coming Sunday at 5pm (second Sunday of the month).  Fr Simon Eccleton will be celebrating Mass at Akaroa at 9.30am on Sunday morning.  There will be visiting Priests coming to Akaroa to celebrate Mass each Sunday, so we will make sure that Little River will be covered on the 2nd Sunday next month.

Workskhop13 October and 9th Nov 2019 –  WILD EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS  – Time: 10am – 2pm.  Your own garden & local environment is full of healthy, medicinal, nutritious and edible greens that you could be gathering, using and eating everyday – for free (no supermarkets, packaging or sprays involved).  $80.00.  Price includes a delicious, healthy and nourishing lunch, an informative booklet and a healing salve.  Held at  Koru Kai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay.

Further details here

electionsIT’S ELECTION TIME!  Saturday 22 October 2019

Voting papers are sent out from Friday 20 September.  The local elections are being held on Saturday 12 October 2019, where Christchurch will elect a Mayor, 16 councillors and 37 community board members. 

Elections will also be held at the same time for Environment Canterbury and the Canterbury District Health Board.
The people we elect will make decisions – big and small – on our behalf for the next three years. Some of those decisions will shape the city for generations. This year’s local body elections are a great opportunity for you to have a say in the decision-making and to get your views heard.
Candidates – who can I vote for?  Read full article here

REFUGEE SETTLEMENT TEAM – Great news! I have been accepted by the Red Cross as a volunteer with their Refugee Settlement Team. I will be supporting people from the Horn of Africa who arrive in Christchurch in early October.

As you are aware, people fleeing war, famine and persecution have few possessions, so when setting up a home in our beautiful city, they will need a range of homewares and pantry items to provide a comfortable safe environment for their families.

I invite you to join me in welcoming these newcomers to New Zealand by contributing any surplus items you have from the attached list. I can be contacted in 0272750733 to arrange collection. You can also help by spreading the word and forwarding this email to your family and friends.
Many thanks
Me rongo / In peace  View list of Household Items required Homewares List

Workskhop8 December – OPEN DAY AT KORUKAI HERB FARM – 12.30 to 4.30pm.  Pigeon Bay

Free Entry  – Come and get a free farm tour at KoruKai Herb Farm.  Enjoy some homebaked goodies 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 afternoon tea so we can plan ahead.  Full details here

bakingTIMEBANKING IN LITTLE RIVER – People in the Little River area have gardeningbeen offered a fantastic opportunity to become a Neighbourhood within the Selwyn Time bank. This means we can trade time credits rather than money for services, products, and equipment. Learn more about Time Banking at Little River Contact Virginia Phone 027 2750733 or Sandra Tuckwell phone 3251 970

TRevival Clothinguesday – 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 Contact 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.

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.

New display at the Little River Railway Station  –  if you’re interested in the history of forestry on Banks Peninsula check out the new display in the Heritage Room.

Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust  Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.

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.

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.

AkaroaFrenchFest2013-2607smaller11 October, Friday  to Sunday 13 October – FRENCH FESTTo be held on the last weekend of the school holidays in October. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori)  at the Akaroa Frenchfest. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street come alive with entertainment, music and roving entertainment. On Saturday enjoy the living history reenactment on the main beach, the parade and official flag raising and the market stalls and activities all day. Saturday evening we have a ticketed cabaret. Sunday day is being developed so keep an eye out for progress. The programme is coming closer to the time. To  register a stall   go here

21 December – Community Dance – Little River – Save this date – further details to follow.

Postcard photoUPDATE ON POSTCARD STORY – I had a message from a Marnie Walters who whose fathPostcard photo 1er had bought a postcard for her from a collectibles store in Rotorua about 25 years ago when she was a horse mad little girl and convinced her Dad to buy it for her for the picture.

She loved how the postcard tells a story with a few words. The postcard is postmarked 22 December 1908 and is addressed to a Miss Letitia Heyward, C/- Heyward, Coach Road, Little River.

The notice was put on and also sent out in an email newsletter and we got a reply from our local historian Kathy Bisman. Letitia Marie Heyward was born in 1896 and came from a large family with three brothers and two sisters. She attended Little River Side School which was halfway up Coach Road to the Hilltop, then Puaha School which the Little River Side School building was shifted too and is still there today being used as a home. In both cases she would have ridden a pony or horse to school. The family shifted to Christchurch and in 1928 Letitia married Walter John Sutherland. Letitia died in 1974 and Walter shifted to Rotorua about 1984 and he died there in 1985 so that would by why the postcard ended up in Rotorua.

Letitia and Walter had two daughters (Patricia Marie & Shirley Letitia. With the leads from Kathy I looked in the Christchurch Telephone Book and result found Shirley Letitia and yes she was a direct descendant of Letitia Marie Heyward – her daughter in fact.

Marnie will be contacting Shirley to return the postcard to the family. Thankyou Marnie and Kathy for making this possible.

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