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Walking Festival Poster 2019BANKS PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL  – Try out some of our family friendly walks – a great chance for grandparents to get the grandkids out and about too.

Still spaces available on – 23November – Saturday 24 Ōhinetahi Reserve – Watlings and Bush Road Tracks with Viv and Mike Smith  and 23 November – Saturday – 25 Ecology of the Port Saddle and History of Lyttelton Port   with Banks Peninsula and 24 November – 29 Children’s Bay Farm Walk with Debra & Humphry Rolleston.

Many walks have sold out already, but there are still the walks above  to choose from so visit our Banks Peninsula Walks website for more information or EVENTFINDA to book a space

little river gallery nov23 November – 17 December – METALICA – The New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery by JANE DOWNES & MARK DIMOCK .  Metal most lustrous,   rusted yet wonderous.   Feather to frond,   a weld to bond.   Cut and bend,   results transcend.

We invite you to join us for the exhibition opening of Metalica. Saturday November 23rd at 11am.

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.

Izzy Fundraiser23 November – Saturday – QUIZ NIGHT – 7 pm at the Little River Community Centre . With the wonderful Quiz Master Bob Masefield, licensed bar and light supper super provided. Teams of 4 $60. Doors open at 6.30pm.
To book a table, donate raffle prizes or sponsor a question please call Jane on 0273425620 or email

FUNDRAISER FOR IZZY’S TRIP TO RUSSIA – It’s very exciting Izzy has been given the opportunity to attend the International Ballet Festival in St Petersburg next April!  The small group will be hosted by the Festival organisers and her trip will include morning master classes with prominent Russian teachers from the Vaganova Ballet School and the Mariinsky Theatre School. Followed by rehearsals for the Young Stars Performance at the Hermitage Theatre at the end of the week. They also attend the Gala of International Ballet Stars Dance Open, which concludes the festival in St Petersburg.

Drum Festival 201923/24 November –  THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2019 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River. A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

The Drum Festival is a weekend festival of rhythm and dance, entertainment and education based on Banks Peninsula. Being the only dedicated festival of the drum in New Zealand it is a catalyst for the gathering of drum performers from throughout the South Island and beyond. Workshops on African Dance to performance by Japanese Taiko are part of a programme which involves over 50 performers/tutors and 200+ participants and guests which is very family orientated.

The festival is held in the relaxed space of Manaia Native Habitat where participants can also stay (Little River Campground in Okuti valley). Past festivals have included Japanese Taiko, West African, Arabic, CSM Samba, Robert Fugah from Ghana (drum and dance), Ra McRostie and Doug Brush. Expect a stellar line up. Contact Marcus 03 325 1014 or 021 611 820 or book at Little River Campground,  Saturday 11.00pm to 10.30pm.  Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Mundi23 November – Saturday – MUNDI, a very accomplished world music fusion band will be playing at the Okuti Hall on Saturday 23 November. Hopefully an outside concert. 8pm-10.30pm.
Koha of $10/person is appreciated.
Free with a Drum Festival ticket ($25).
Contact Marcus

Birdlings Flat Trivia Night 23 November – BIRDLINGS FLAT TRIVIA NIGHT – 7 – 10 pm.  Birdlings Flat Hall, Poronui Beach Road,  Birdlings Flat.

Come down for a fun night of trivia questions created by our very own Jo Cameron! Teams will be a maximum of 4 people but we can make up teams down there also. BYO but there will be snacks provided plus bring your own. Please help us make it a fun night by coming down!

Living Streams Emblem sign 23 November   – Saturday  – LIVING SPRINGS COMMUNITY NURSERY – The Nursery is open on a Wednesday and Saturday each week.  Read the October  Newsletter   newsletter 30-october-2019

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

Summer with your neighboursSummer with your Neighbours – Funding applications extended to 16 February 2020 (or until no funds remain)

Summer with your neighbours (formerly known as Neighbourhood Week) is set up to bring people together. Have you ever wanted to organise a neighbourhood gathering?  Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to put on a potluck for the whole street. Summer with your neighbours is about bringing people closer together, and celebrating the unique and diverse mix of each neighbourhood.

Please note that applications will be considered by the Community Board as they are received. No applications will be considered after 16 February or when no funds remain, whichever occurs first.

For more information please visit: To apply for funding please complete the form below and return to

Walking Festival Poster 201923 November – Saturday 24 Ōhinetahi Reserve – Watlings and Bush Road Tracks with Viv and Mike Smith –

Enjoy this section of the Summit Road Society’s Ōhinetahi Reserve on the Watlings and Bush Road Tracks. Keep going up (and up!!) through native bush to the Summit, taking in spectacular scenery that gives you views right down Lyttelton Harbour. Keep a look out for tomtits, fantails, bellbirds and kāhu as you go and the volcanic bluffs that come into view as you come out of the bush. Hear first-hand from local volunteer firefighters Viv and Mike as they share their experiences fighting the Port Hills fires in 2017, the impact the event had on the Reserve, and the natural regeneration that is now occurring since then. Please note that a reasonable level of fitness required.

Walk Length: 3 hours. Walk climbs about 400m.  Full details go here

Walking Festival Poster 201923 November – Saturday – 25 Ecology of the Port Saddle and History of Lyttelton Port   with Banks Peninsula Conservation Trusts Kate Whyte and Sophie Hartnell, and Neil McLennan, Lyttelton Port Company

Enjoy panoramic views of Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour from the Port Saddle, located between Sumner Road and the eastern edge of Lyttelton Township. The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT) and the Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) have partnered to restore native biodiversity by removing weeds and pests and restoring habitat through planting native trees. The walk will include ecological insight of the land and fascinating insight into the Port’s history and development for the future.

Walk Length: 2½-3 hours, 2km. Walk climbs about 150m.  For full information and booking go here

Walking Festival Poster 201924 November – 29 Children’s Bay Farm Walk with Debra & Humphry Rolleston

For those of you who have been to visit the famous Akaroa ‘Rhino’ there is now the opportunity to explore further on a new track around the entire headland between Akaroa and Takamatua, with spectacular views of the harbour, hills and historic. The walk will give you a unique opportunity to walk with the landowners Debra and Humphry Rolleston who have created this track on their property. You will also meet a long-extinct Moa along the way and visit the sheep resting under the trees. Loop back via Takamatua to return to Childrens Bay foreshore with a picnic stop en route.

Walk Length: 2½ hours, 6km  For full information and booking go here

CCC LogoThe Akaroa Library will be closed for until the 18 November to  15 December  for repairs and refurbishment.  Read the full notice Temporary closure of Akaroa Library 22 October 2019

Read more about the Banks Peninsula Water Zone committee in their Newsletter here

Alison with awardA note from Alison – I am feeling very proud of our team of volunteers that have contributed so muchOkuti River Project plantings to our Okuti River Project over the past few years. We won the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board Award this year along with a $3000 prize kindly donated by the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust.Here is a  photo from the Conservation Week celebration held at the Antarctic Centre and a photo of the hundreds of trees planted beside  the Okuti River.  The Little River Wairewa Community Trust are the umbrella organization for this project and thankfully look after our accounts. Images are provided by Nancy Zhou and DOC.

Ball room dancing 111BALLROOM DANCING (111) So people, we are back and ready to dance again!
Beginners classes will start for another 8 week block from 3rd November 6.00pm to 7.00 pm at the Little River Community Centre.

We will be teaching the same dances and recapping on the beginners steps in the Waltz, Rock n Roll, Social Foxtrot and Meringue.  Cost $2.50 per person.

ALSO – These dance lessons will be in preparation for the Xmas Gala dance in LR on 21st December from 7pm. This will include teaching of new dances from Barbara Edwards and demonstration dances from NZ champion dancers. Cost $20 per person all profits to the LR Fire Brigade. BYO drinks and bring a plate. More details of this event to follow.   For more info ring Tim and Faye 03 3251373 or  

YogaMonday  – EVENING YOGA CLASSES  7 – 8.15pm @ the Okuti Valley Hall. 6 week ourse started  Nov 4, $90. Asana, Breathing, Meditation & Relaxation.

Suitable for beginners and intermediates. With Arielle Atman experienced Yoga teacher. Enrol and info phone 0272321610 .

Wednesday mornings 9.45 – 11am @ the Little River Community Centre. $15/ class. All welcome.

Badminton Summer26 November  – 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 May until Sept.

Contact Simon

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

LITTLE RIVER FLOWER POWER GARDEN TOUR – A very successful garden tour was held over Labour Weekend this year. Hundreds of garden lovers had the opportunity of visiting 14 fabulous Gardens in the Little River and Birdlings Flat area including the stately Kinloch Gardens. Brilliant weather made the whole experience a really pleasant outing for everyone. Over 400 tickets were sold raising approximately $5,000 after costs. These funds will be disbursed to Community Groups. What an amazing weekend for Garden Enthusiasts.

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

Revival Clothing NewsletterTRevival 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 will be closing for the summer break.  Their last day for 2019  will be Thursday12 December and reopening on Tuesday 11 February but Revival Clothing will open on request during the summer break for a group of 6 or more.  Phone Heather on 3251 259.

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.

Read Revival Clothing latest newsletter above.

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 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.

Life in ChCh SurveyLIFE IN CHRISTCHURCH – BANKS PENINSULA SURVEY – The feeling of belonging to a community is fundamental to people’s overall quality of life and sense of belonging. We want Christchurch  (Little River) to be a place full of strong communities, where everyone feels they have a place in the city’s future.

It is important that we all live in neighbourhoods and communities where we feel a sense of belonging, where we feel welcome, and where we feel safe.  We want to know more about your experiences of living in your local neighbourhood, and how we can better support communities in our city. It should take around 10 – 15 minutes to give us your feedback on your neighbourhood and community.  Go to the following link to complete the survey,

Anglican Church1 December  – 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.

Maintenance to Bridge A63 on Little Akaloa Road – Start Work Notice – Maintenance to Bridge A63 on Little Akaloa Road  Early December

Selwyn Garden Expo1 December – Sunday – Selwyn Garden Club presents SELWYN GARDEN EXPO – 12.30 TO 5PM at the West Melton Community Centre.

Guest Speaker at 3pm Lynda Hallinan former NZ Gardener Editor, Author, Broadcaster and Passionate Gardener.  Plant Sales, Local Garden Related Stalls, Demonstrations, Speakers, Expert Advice.

Tickets $15.00.  Presold Only.Email


Little River CommunityTrust Logo new2 December  – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY  TRUSTS GENERAL Meeting.  7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre.

We are looking for new people to join the Trust either as members or members with a view to becoming a Trustee.  If you would like to be part of a small dynamic group who are working to support our local community through being involved with the River Big Ideas Projects – A community led plan for Little River or being involved in one  of the Community Events (Community Breakfast, Community Dance, Walking Festival, ) we run  please come along or contact Fiona McLean our Secretary.  Our group has the support of the Banks Peninsula Community Board and we work together to keep the community informed

Items for the Agenda to Secretary/Coordinator

4 December    – Wednesday –  Country Living Outing – 11am at Jenny and John Brunton, 54 Chapter Street, St Albans.  Lunch at 54 Chapter Street.  $20pp includes lunch (money goes to Motor Neurone Foundation).  Reply by 27 November.            

Step back in time and visit a beautifully restored villa and delightful garden.  Jenny is an avid collector and has spent a lifetime collecting many and varied treasures, one large collection will amaze you.

Reply to Mary Millar email

The greatest show7 December – Saturday – The Greatest Summer Showcase!  6.30pm Saturday 7th December, 6.30pm at the Little River Community Hall
Roll up, roll up to Little River’s Circus and Dance Students Summer Showcase! The talented students of Jenny Moulin’s School of Dance and F’Aerial Arts Circus School will be showcasing their hard-earned skills in ballet, aerial arts, contemporary dance, adagio and more – to the tunes of The Greatest Showman circus movie. Come one, come all and support our local kids!
Koha entry. There’ll be some chairs, bring cushions too – see you there!
 Contact Teresa Scott  email

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

Allison at the Trap Library8 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.   Go up the west entrance (the old Bowling Club entrance)  of the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club.


St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church8 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.   Father Geoff Gray, Parish Priest from Akaroa has been sent over to Hokitika for 3 months from 11 August. Last month Father Paul took the service in Little River and may do again this month.

Fr Paul Shannahan sent a note to say that if you see a container in the sheep paddock on the St John  the Evangelist Church Site in Little River it will contain stones that came off the Church with the earthquakes.  They have been saved and stored on the  Bower Ave site that was once the home to the Redemptorists.  Father Paul suspects no action is anticipated in this move but rather the Diocese  are wanting to clear the Bower Avenue site of a score of containers.

So if you see a container appear soon in the sheep paddock you will know why.  ”

Community carols 201911 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  further details to follow. 

21 December – XMAS GALA DANCE – from 7pm. This will include teaching of new dances from Barbara Edwards and demonstration dances from NZ champion dancers. Cost $20 per person all profits to the LR Fire Brigade. BYO drinks and bring a plate. More details of this event to follow.

For more info ring Tim and Faye 03 3251373 or  

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.



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