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WHAT’S ON IN LITTLE RIVER AND DISTRICTS July 2019 

Gallery Exhibitionto 24 July  – New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery – MATARIKI HUNGA NUI – featuring Robin Slow, Brian Flintoft, Amber Smith. 

Matariki will guide you in all things,  From time to eternity,  Maintain the gospel teachings,  Take hold of opportunities presented.   Be patient, be calm.   The path to righteousness  is through faith, hope and charity.   Be loving, be patient, be calm.

The exhibition runs through to the 24 July .  Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm. http://www.littlerivergallery.com/


Bruce KingCORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNINGIt’s Winter and the garden needs clearing and mulching.   There is plenty of work in the garden  if you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome. Phone Bruce on 3251 040.

Bruce King received an award from Volunteering Canterbury for Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to the Community  for his incredible  work In creating and maintaining the Coronation Library Garden. Bruce was nominated for this award by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.   He also mows the lawn and cares for the garden in front of the Little River Community Centre and beautified the Awa-iti Domain by organising  hundreds of daffodil bulbs  for the Little River School Children to plant over several years..  These now give us all a lot of pleasure when they flower each spring.  With tireless energy Bruce has also  commenced tidying up the grounds at St Andrews Church by pruning back the overgrown trees and seeing the lawn in front of the  coronation library was not being kept up to scratch has commenced mowing that too.

Bruce is now retired and says it is nice now that he has more spare time  to be able to give back to the Community.  Bruce would love to see other people in other Communities taking the lead in looking after their own parks and Domains to keep them in a state everybody can be proud of.

Well done Bruce we all appreciate the work you do.  Photo shows Bruce receiving his award from Ruth Dyson. 


Cheese Making CourseArtisan Cheese Making Workshops in Little River – Dates:          Saturday 3rd August.  10am – 2pm.  and Saturday 24 August.     Fun and interactive day.  Learn how to make cheese at home using everyday kitchen equipment.  Workshops are run  on an informal basis for small groups.  A light lunch is provided , with a selection of cheese to taste.  Participants take home samples of previously made cheeses, list of suppliers and recipes.  A small selection of cheese making supplies will be available for purchase on the day .  Full details go to information of following link.    Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop 06.07.19 

Cost is $90 per person including lunch. Venue Okuti Valley Hall .   Contact: Kath Macdonald,                 Little River Creative ,                 Mobile 027 298 9288.                  Email macdonaldkath@gmail.com 

We would like to know more about residents’ experiences of travelling in Christchurch City (including Banks Peninsula). 

The city’s transport network should provide you and your family with access to a range of locations and activities throughout the city. It is important that there is a range of transport options available to connect you to the places that they need and want to go.

There is an opportunity to give open feedback at the end of the survey. All responses will be made anonymous. Please only complete this survey once.  To complete survey Go here


Flower Power Garden Trail 1LITTLE RIVER FLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL 2019.  Looking for gardeners happy to open their gardens to the public for this event. The Garden Trail will be held on the Sun & Mon of Labour Weekend (27 & 28 October)  from 10am-4pm both days. All sorts of gardens from the manicured to the wilderness are welcomed. Weeds are fine (though perhaps not illegal crops). Proceeds go back into the community.

Any queries or to let me know you’re interested phone Kathy  3251906 


awardsAward’s call for biosecurity championEntries are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. These Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our country against pests and diseases.

The Awards acknowledge people and organisations across New Zealand who are contributing to biosecurity – in our communities, businesses, iwi and hapū, government, in the bush, our oceans and waterways, and in our backyards.

“Some New Zealander’s don’t understand that the work they’re doing is part of our biosecurity system – from trapping, to pest and disease management in our forests, rivers and oceans, these are all biosecurity actions,” Roger Smith, Head of Biosecurity New Zealand said.  To read the full press release go here

Entries close 5pm, 24 July. Find out more about the Awards and enter, visit ThisIsUs.nz/biosecurity-awards


Badminton 24 July  – 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 Fowlers@landcareresearch.co.nzresidents to Little River contact her and  she will organise a Welcome to Little River Bag for them.  Email lrwctrust@gmail.com


25 July –   – 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


BP Netball quizz night26 July – Friday – QIZZ NIGHT – BANKS PENINSULA NETBALL –  Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at the Little River Community Centre, Western Valley Road.  To raise funds for uniforms, equipment, coaching and umpiring courses.

Auction and Raffle to held on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won.  Tea, coffee and cake provided. Cash bar available.  Entry fee of $60 per team (max of 4 people per team).  $20 Antipasto platter (for 4 people) available to pre order.

Please register your team and platter order by email to –  bankspeninsulanetballquiz@gmail.com or contact Tracey on 325 1107 or 027 5656553 if you have any further questions.  $10 you can sponsor a question please email for details.  $2 Red dot buys one answer per section.  Payments to BP Netball Ref Name 02 0832 0020776 000


exhibition27 July – ELEMENTALA warm welcome to attend the opening of this exhibition, Saturday July 27th at 11am.   Tiny and contained artworks that will tug at your heart strings and capture your imagination.  Create-Curate, Curious – Curios, Clusters, Creatures, Coveable – Collections, Exhibit – Elemental.

This exhibition features work by David Lloyd, Blanche Fryer, Lee-Ann Dixon, Anthony Savill and Jane Downes.  The exhibition runs through to the 21 August.

Little River Gallery, Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week. 9am to 5pm. http://www.littlerivergallery.com/


BP Rugby Logo27 July  – Saturday – Banks Peninsula Rugby at the Awa-iti Domain each Saturday.

Finals day on Saturday at Prebbleton. Come and support the Div 2 Boys. Junior games are being played on Sunday to make up for the rain last week

Come on down and enjoy a good game of rugby.  Under 8 BP v Leeston  (Sunday) at Little River 10.40am.  Under 6 Gold v Southbridge (Sunday) at Little River 9.50am  Come on down and enjoy a good game of rugby


Living Streams Emblem sign 27 July   – 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 Autumn promotion newsletter living streams nursery promo3 Contacts Annelies (phone 021 1082161 or email annelies.pekelharing@gmail.com) or   Fiona Waghorn waggie@xtra.co.nz phone 3290 171 or 022 1669 523


Road Show Series30 July – Tuesday – ROAD TRAUMA IN OUR COMMUNITY –  ROAD SHOW SERIES – BANKS PENINSULA/LITTLE RIVER

Please join us as we introduce our first of many Road Shows within the Canterbury Region.   Our first official Road Show will be held in Little River on Tuesday, 30 July at 7.30pm at the Little River, Rugby Clubrooms.

MC – Pam Richardson, Community Board Chair.

We would warmly welcome a gold coin donation to support the Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust.   For further information, please visit www.roadtrafficaccidentrust.org.nz.


Pigeon Bay Social3 August – Saturday – MID WINTER CEILIDH at the Pigeon Bay Hall 7pm.

Live Band and Caller.

BYO Drinks and Plate.  Spot Prizes.  Dress anything Tartan.  Dinna Fash.  Tis only a wee dance.

$25.00pp.  Children Free.  No experience or partner required.

Tickets from Pigeon Bay Hall Committee.  Acc 02 0832 0049691 00 Name and number of Adults/Children.  CA Bouge, Akaroa, Little River Store.  Jane 0276292 306


Cheese Making Course 3 August – Saturday – Artisan Cheese Making Workshops in Little River – Dates:       Saturday 3rd August.     10am – 2pm,  and Saturday 24th August

Fun and interactive day.  Learn how to make cheese at home using everyday kitchen equipment.  Workshops are run  on an informal basis for small groups.  A light lunch is provided , with a selection of cheese to taste.  Participants take home samples of previously made cheeses, list of suppliers and recipes.  A small selection of cheese making supplies will be available for purchase on the day .  Full details go to information of following link.    Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop 06.07.19 

Cost is $90 per person including lunch. Venue Okuti Valley Hall .   Contact: Kath Macdonald,                 Little River Creative ,                 Mobile 027 298 9288.                  Email macdonaldkath@gmail.com 

Winter High Tea 2019 june_aug _24 August – Sunday – WINTER HIGH TEA –  11am to 3pm at the Pigeon Bay Hall.High Tea $20.  Cream Tea $12.00,  Kiddies $12.00.

Prices are per person.

Payment with cash or eftpos.

Please contact Debs for bookings.  thehightealady@gmail.com

phone 03304 6708 or 0223079974


Winter Hours for places to go for a meal in Akaroa and Little River.  Akaroa Eateries Winter Hours 2019


Anglican Church4 August     – 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.


Community Board Newsletter July5 August  – Monday   – BANKS PENINSULA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING – 10am to 12.30     Check out what the Community Board have been doing in  their  July Newsletter HERE

Contact Liz Carter,  Community Board Advisor,  Banks Peninsula/Lyttelton. 027 281 4835/ 941 5682 liz,carter@ccc.govt.nz


5 August Little River CommunityTrust Logo new  – 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 lrwctrust@gmail.com


Riccarton-House-Evening-Shot-27 August – Wednesday –   10.30am – Country Living VISIT TO RICCARTON HOUSE – 16 Kahu Road,RHB-interior-entrance-300x200 Riccarton.  Lunch in the  Drawing Room Riccarton House (you pay for your own lunch).  House Tour $15.00 (Gold Card $12.00)  Reply to Mary by 31 July.   email  manderleyfarm@gmail.com

The tour entwines the Deans family story, from its origins in lowland Scotland, to the triumphs and tragedy in New Zealand, with a guided experience of over 20 rooms throughout Riccarton House.

Rooms as diverse as the Victorian dining room, nursery, coal cellar, Edwardian bedrooms and Jane Deans 1856 bedroom are visited. All are fully restored and decorated and furnished in period style. Many original family items, ranging from china, furniture, brogue shoes and a violin are on display.

Riccarton House & Bush is a unique New Zealand heritage site set in a twelve hectare reserve flanked by beautiful open parkland and ornate gardens, bordered by the River Avon and set against extensive native bush forest featuring Kahikatea trees up to 600 years old.


ALLISON AT tRAP lIBRARY11 August   – 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. 

Gaye and Neil have been setting  and checking the possum traps in the Okuti Valley Reserve and trapping two a day.  Think how many native trees and birds their awesome efforts are saving.


11 August   – 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 Geoff Gray .


Holistic Healing Workshop13 August – HOLISTIC PULSING THERAPY -Professional NZQA body/mind therapy training in our neighbourhood. Suitable for both practitioners & beginners. Special deal for locals.  

I’m offering half price personal sessions, prior to the workshop, at Birdlings Flat, for new people wishing to try this delicious therapy. Contact me if you have any questions or want to book in.


Inspiring Communities19 – 20 August – Monday – Tuesday –  Inspiring Communities is really excited to be co-hosting a new 2 day workshop focused on evaluating community-led change with the very awesome Kate McKegg from DEI in Christchurch, August 19-20th.  Kate Sclater from Rata Foundation suggested that we contact you to see if you could help us get the word out about the session through your networks in the broader Canterbury area.

Our August workshop follows on from the highly rated, sold-out “Unpacking Developmental Evaluation” workshop we piloted with Kate in Auckland last year.  We built on participant feedback to expand the session and intentionally bring together both evaluation and community-led development tools, frameworks and practical supports for those working in community-based change contexts.  We want to do all we can to help communities authentically tell their stories and demonstrate their success.
Venue: McFaddens Centre, 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans, Christchurch 8052.   Monday (9.30am – 4.45pm) / Tuesday (8.45am – 4.00pm).  Cost: $200 +GST (not for profit organisations) / $595+GST (central and local government, business, community funders).  To register go here     See full posterMaking-Sense-of-Community-led-Change Flyer August 19-20th 2019


Forsyth 2019 124 – 25 August – Saturday and  Sunday – FLOAT AND FIELD DAY – LAKE FORSYTH – Come and join us for a weekend of fun flying.  Buy Sell and Exchange MFNZ Wings Badges required.

This is one of the largest RC model flying events in the country. We typically get 80-90 pilots attending and many more models. The event is over two days and there is camping available, but it is advised that you have self-contained accommodation on site. The area is a CCC park and reserve and so we need to obey local bylaws concerning the way we use the site, including care with rubbish, local wildlife, no dogs, health and safety etc. We run the event primarily for the enjoyment of the fliers and we ask that they have their MFNZ Wings badges and current membership to cover things such as safety and insurance. Public are welcome, but we do not advertise the event in the wider community, largely because we do not want it to become too big.  For full information go to the following link Forsyth, 2019 adv.


Cheese Making Course24 August – Saturday – Artisan Cheese Making Workshops in Little River – Dates:       Saturday 3rd August.     10am – 2pm,  and Saturday 24th August

Fun and interactive day.  Learn how to make cheese at home using everyday kitchen equipment.  Workshops are run  on an informal basis for small groups.  A light lunch is provided , with a selection of cheese to taste.  Participants take home samples of previously made cheeses, list of suppliers and recipes.  A small selection of cheese making supplies will be available for purchase on the day .  Full details go to information of following link.    Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop 06.07.19 

Cost is $90 per person including lunch. Venue Okuti Valley Hall .   Contact: Kath Macdonald,                 Little River Creative ,                 Mobile 027 298 9288.                  Email macdonaldkath@gmail.com 

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 2Plant for the future5 August –  Sunday – PLANT THE FUTURE – The Okuti River Project invites you to help from noon to 3.00pm. Meet at the Okut Valley Hall for Hot Soup from 12pm.  Planting from 1pm just up the Road.

This is stage II of a five year project.  Come and see how the project is progressing.  The kids will love it.  Bring gumboots, spade and gloves.
To read the presentation Alison and Marcus presented to ECAN go to the following link The Okuti River Project (2019)
Contact Alison evansfowlerfamily@gmail.com or Marcus littlerivercamp@gmail.com

Little River PLaycentre Quizz night30 August – PLAYCENTRE QUIZZ NIGHT – Time – Doors open 6.30p.m. for 7.00 p.m. start.  Where – Little River Community Centre.  Entry fee of $60 per team (Maximum of 4 people per team).  Auction and Raffle to be held on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won. Supper will be provided and cash bar available.  Delicious light meal options are also available to pre order, or limited availability on the night:  – $30 Antipasto platter (for 4 people) veg and gf option.  – $15 Pulled pork and slaw soft tacos, gf and low carb option.  – $15 Spinach a feta spanakopita. Please register your team and order meals by email to littleriverquiz@gmail.com or contact Rebecca on 021 1708983 for further details.  For $10 you can sponsor a question please email for details


sWING INTO SPRING31 AugustSaturday – SWING INTO SPRING – Neill Pickard and his very popular band returns to The Gaiety for our event of the year!   The Gaiety Trust invites you to Swing into Spring with your friends, dance with the band and enjoy the performers.

BYO drinks, supper platters will be served. Dress from your favourite vintage is optional.

For tickets, table bookings and info call Dale 03-3048900

100% 0f your ticket purchase ($75) goes straight to the Akaroa Community Health Trust for our new facility.


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 selwyntimebank.net.nz. 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  waggie@xtra.co.nz.     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.

Check out the interesting display in the Heritage Room inside the “Station”, around the subject of whaling in the past,  on the peninsula in particular.  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


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 www.littleriver.org.nz 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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