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RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON – has been declared from midnight 9 December.   That means a  permit is needed to light a fire in the open air in  those lands encompassed by the CCC (including Banks Peninsula), Selwyn District Council and those lands encompassed by the Hurunui and Waimakariri District Council

Fires that do not require a fire permit in a Restricted Fire Season are:  Gas cooker or gas barbeque and a contained barbeque.

You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light or allow another person to light a fire in the open air in an area that is in a Restricted Fire Season unless under a permit issued by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand and in accordance with the condition of the permit.  Any permits issued during a restricted Fire Season are suspended if Fire and Emergency declare a Prohibited Fire Season or prohibits fire in open air in the area.  Go to or phone 0800658 628 to read more or obtain a permit.

Little River Phone DirectoryNew Phone Directory –    The Little River Phone Directory is now being revised for release in early 2018 with the proceeds from sales going to the Little River Support Group for People with Cancer.

A draft is at the Service Centre for you to check or add your details.

If you would like to advertise please contact me or ph 3251132 – ads and payment are required before Christmas.

CASUAL CLEANING STAFF REQUIRED.  Casual – Cleaning Staff Required – Little River-  Tourist Accommodation.   2 hours per clean, between 12 – 2pm – no more than 1 clean per day.   $20 per hour plus holiday pay and travel allowance applies.
May suit reliable high school student/student after some holiday work-would need own transport
Call Ruth Shepherd – 027 378 6892 or email
Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290171 or 0221669523

CHRISTCHURCH  BIODIVERSITY FUND – This is to announce that information on the Christchurch Biodiversity Fund and associated application form is now available on the Council’s website

Signature Dishto 18 December –   Exhibition  “Signature Dish” 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.

santa-behind-christmas-treeChristmas Display complete with the Little Christmas Train in the Waiting Room of the Little River Historic Railway Station.

Big Ideas Suggested Land Uses for the  Little River Town Centre display and Response Forms available to take and complete on the Grey Board in the Waiting Room.

 Display in the Heritage Room at the Historic Railway Station is on Cocksfoot Grass on Banks Peninsula and How butter was made in the old days – Butter Churn on display in the Heritage Room.

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.

Little River CommunityTrust Logo newLittle River Town Centre – Suggested used on Public Land –  The Little River Village Planning Committee is preparing a CONCEPT PLAN for publicly owned land in the Little River Town Centre.  We have  identified 11 ideas  from the Little River – Big Ideas consultation process  and we are now  refining them for implementation.

We would love to have your comments on the suggested land uses and activities to help in implementing the plan using the 11 identified Little River Big Ideas.    Please print out the attached Response Form and write in your comments  and leave in the Big Ideas Boxes by the displays at the Little River Service Centre or in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station or you can email your comments and areas of interest you would like to be involved with to  Fiona Nicol, Project Coordinator, Little River Wairewa Community Trust at​To read about the 11 projects go here

Living Streams Emblem signDecember – Wednesday  – LIVING STREAMS NURSERY – The nursery is now open Wednesday 9am to 3pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.  Read the December newsletter here Living Springs Nursery – last newsletter of 2017

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.

Cruise Ship11 December –   CRUISE SHIP DAYS FOR NOVEMBER into Akaroa. There will be 17 Cruise ships into Akaroa Harbour for December  on the 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29,  and 31.  Two ships in on the 27 and 31st.  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.


leadershipAre you leading in local communities or groups of interest?  Are you wanting to grow and develop your own leadership, or encourage leaders around you to flourish?

LinC 2018 has taken the best of its programmes of 2015 & 2016 that impacted on almost 100 community leaders and has sought to reach further, grow smarter and become more sustainable. With this in mind LinC now becomes three core components, Cultivator, Incubator and Activator, each with clear objectives and customised support and input to ensure our communities and programmes continue.

To find out more

11 December – Monday – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING  at the Little River Service Centre. 4238 Christchurch to Akaroa Road.  Please find a link below to the agenda.

Christmas at the Races11 December – Sunday – 10:00am  – 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

 13 December – 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

Learn to sew13 December  – 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

Carols poster 2017 (1)14 December – Thursday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS at 7pm at the  Wairewa Marae, Christchurch to Akaroa Highway,  Cooptown.  Little River.

Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate to share for supper.

A combined Little River Churches Event Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.

Contact Christine Peters 3251 099

REVIVAL CLOTHING FLYERRevival Clothing has closed for Christmas.  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.  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 hone 3251 259

24 December – Sunday – CHRISTMAS EVE MASS – 5PM at the Little River Community Centre.  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. Lets plan for these faith building opportunities.

25 December – Monday – CHRISTMAS DAY.Christmas 2017 Service

Christmas Day Service at St Andrews.  (Church on the Hill/Church Road.)   9.30am.

Communion with Rev John Latham.


All Welcome.

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

New Years Party Little River Hotel31 December – NEW YEAR EVES PARTY  AT THE LITTLE RIVER HOTEL. 5pm  till late.  -2k18 is speedily on its merry way.  We have arranged some great Live music and just to top off all the new year celebration fun everyone can get in the spirit and dress up in there favour Era.

Courtesy van will be running,
Bring on the shenanigans, laughs and fun times.

To add to the celebrations it’s also the handsome wilbys birthday.

The Hilltop Tavern31 December –  The Great Depression & The Drew Peacocks entertain at the Hilltop Hotel.

Hilltop Tavern       Summer Hours 7 days 10am to late .

Phone: 03 3251005


Dafodils by Bruce (2)January    – Monday 10 – 12noon.  CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING – It is nearly summer and Bruce is busy getting the garden in tip top shape for the Banks Peninsula Show on the 20 January 2018 – Saturday.

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

Little River CommunityTrust Logo FAJanuary  – 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

7  January   – 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.

13 January    – 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.

Roanga Workshop13 & 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.

Trap Library14 January    – 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.

Little River A&P Show Poster20 January 2018 – Saturday – The Banks Peninsula A&P Association Little River Show is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local A&P shows, the annual event at Little River’s picturesque Awa-iti domain is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers, giving them the chance to show the very best of what the district has to offer to the rest of the rural community as well as the hundreds that travel to the event from Christchurch, the rest of Canterbury and beyond.

Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway
















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